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Last Call: Formative Years Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 27, 2018 Last Call

As a youngster in the 1970s, I grew up with three female siblings and a father who wasn’t much of a gearhead, so I was the lone car enthusiast in my family. Fortunately, even though my dad had no interest in auto racing, he was willing to spend a few summer Sunday afternoons taking me out to the drags at Lancaster Dragway, about a half-hour from our house. As a result, my initial interests in cars was almost completely drag-racing-centric, and at the time, nobody was bigger in drag racing than Don Prudhomme. He would win the NHRA funny car championship four consecutive years, 1975–78.

My seventh-grade teacher, inspired by the 1976 Montreal Olympics, invited us all to bring in pictures of our favorite sports for a bulletin board collage. When the display was completed, my contribution was right in the center: a full-page color photo The Snake, doing a fiery nighttime burnout in his Army funny car.

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Last Call: A Very Low Point

Peter Tanshanomi September 26, 2018 Last Call

Land speed record cars tend to be low, pointy, claustrophobia-inducing things. And nothing seems lower or more claustrophobic than this famous belly-tanker built by Roy Fjastad for Don “Beachcomber” Johnson, circa 1961. If it looks scary here, can you imagine what it was like at more than 247 MPH?

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Last Call: Street Parked Edition

In Japan, slammed and stretched scooters have been a legitimate thing for a long time, and they don’t come much lower or longer than this one. It doesn’t seem very practical, but it might get some use, seeing as it was captured parked at the curb.

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Last Call: Bro Bus Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 24, 2018 Last Call

Even frat boys eventually get married and have a family. But sometimes, trading in your bro-dozer for a minivan is too horrific to consider.

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Last Call: Sea Air Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 21, 2018 Last Call

Evidently, the ad agency couldn’t get through a modeling session with just one Fiat X1/9. I’m guessing the first one rusted away from the salty seaside environment prior to the end of the model’s contracted session.

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Last Call: Reversed Engineering Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 20, 2018 Last Call

The 1980–84 Brazilian VW Gol was notable for combining Volkswagen’s Type 1 Beetle motor with a modified version of the Audi 80/Fox chassis. To the uninitiated gearhead, opening the hood on a front-engined car to find the venerable VW air-cooled boxer staring back at him or her might be enough to induce vertigo.

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Last Call: Unsprung Weight Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 19, 2018 Last Call

Putting a 3-cylinder, 2-stroke snowmobile engine in the back of a Yugo is, in theory, an inspired idea. However, bolting the entire engine, exhaust and CVT transmission directly to a solid rear axle — as elegant in its simplicity as it may be — can’t bode well for the ride and handling.

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Last Call: ’80s Italian Style Edition

The 1984 Fantic Sprinter Multispeed was a fairly ordinary Italian 50cc CVT “no-ped”, but as the Italians managed to do throughout the twentieth century, they managed to come up with a truly striking and unique package, even if the technology under the wrap is all strictly conventional.

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Two Wheel Tuesday: False Neutral Podcast #81 – The Return of Jeff

Our friend Jeff, who shared his adventures on a TW200 back in Episode 29, is back again to talk about his recent experiences riding the West Coast on another Yamaha, this one blessed with a great deal more power. We go on to discuss the death of Motus, the birth of the Ryker, and Harley’s chronic illness.


False Neutral – The Return of Jeff


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Last Call: Five-Wheel Friday Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 14, 2018 Last Call

There’s a point beyond which the rational parameters of logical vehicle design take a back seat to style, whimsy, and utterly nonsensical coolness. Those limits are exceeded well before you get around to creating a five wheel, four seat chopper trike. Hooray for human irrationality.

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