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(Lead Photo: Will Kinnard) Lohnes once said that one of his biggest fears at a racetrack was to see a car coming back up the strip towards the tower. As someone who is often around the area between the tower and the starting line for various reasons, I fully concur…the idea of any car heading back towards the tower that isn’t an exhibition setup where that’s part of the program is enough to run my blood ice-cold. Regardless if the scene is like a no-prep where there are tons of people at the burnout area or if it’s just the starter and two crew with the cars, there’s only one way that scene can end…and that was realized at Jackson Dragway in Tennessee last night.

The details are thin on “why”, but as far as what happened, it’s known: while running the Open Outlaw Racing night, an individual in a Pontiac Grand Prix managed to jump the ditch at the end of the track, missing a car that was coming off of the shutdown area, before hauling major ass up the centerline of the track. The driver knocked out every timing cone before going full-on into the Christmas tree at highway speeds. We know that the individual was airlifted from the track for medical care, though at press time we don’t know the extent of their injuries. We know that they were the only person injured at the track. We cannot confirm at this time whether or not two other people in the car bailed out when the driver first went for the track, and we have no confirmation that the driver was either on a substance, nor that a substance was found in the car. The event had to be cancelled as a result.

Being close to the racing surface is dangerous enough. There are multitudes of reasons why you sign the waiver when you come through the gate and plenty more as to why access to the racing surface is restricted. But this incident is so far out of left field that even those controls wouldn’t have helped if anything had been different. Had the Grand Prix driver not gone for the tree, there were two cars ready to stage and two drivers who couldn’t have gotten out fast enough. You’ll see how fast track staff and crew moved once they figured out what was happening. We know many people who for one reason or another, will be in this area of the strip on any given night…this is why you keep your head on a swivel and are fully aware of your surroundings.

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Haukur Vidar Einarsson competes in Formula Offroad over in Iceland. Simple enough…the man is borderline insane, has no self-preservation function and is hell-bent on making a paddle-tired, Jeep-ish creation do things that would make Sir Issac Newton take pause for a moment. That’s not a knock agains the man, that’s just speaking the truth…no matter what we are looking at, whenever we watch Formula Offroad action footage, we can’t help but be awed by what these drivers are capable of doing with these rigs. It’s not just for fun, but an actual championship that is tallied up over the year. Drivers have to be precise, have to be daring, and have to be ready to power down regardless of the outcome in order to maintain the lead in points.

Einarsson lined up for a hill with a lip and dropped the hammer, and on this occasion that might not have been the best call. His buggy ended up kicking off of the hill into a backflip that nearly went twice over. The best view might be inside watching as Einarsson crashes back to Earth and just drives off like nothing happened whatsoever. That’s why this guy is a professional driver…we might need a service check in our shorts before giving anyone the thumbs-up.

THE MOST EXTREME JUMP IN THE HISTORY OF FORMULA OFFROAD - YouTube

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How many of you have some kind of horror story about the long road trip you took when you were a kid? The one where the air conditioning in the Caravan crapped out, you were seconds away from strangling your little brother at any given point in time, and you found the limits of your bladder’s strength when Dad insisted that he was going to push through to the next state? Yeah…you got back to school that fall and the first thing you did was to recount that hellish trip with everyone whose summer had to have been ten times cooler than yours. Oh, you stopped and bought fudge from Uranus and saw the world’s largest ball of twine? Neat. With your luck, you’d be classmates with one of the kids who rode along with their father in his race car across the country.

We’ve seen this LS-swapped Mitsubishi 3000GT before, at LS Fest East. It’s a 5.3L with a Powerglide and it’s a pretty stout performer. It’s also rear-wheel-drive, to shave some weight out of the car and it’s now a veteran of Rocky Mountain Race Week, having taken care of this year’s route. Cool car, slick setup, and bringing your kids on the ultimate “What did you do on your summer vacation?” story? Yeah, that’s a parenting win if we’ve ever seen it.

Not your average 3000gt..MONSTER turbo V8! - YouTube

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I had the Nintendo game. I played Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” in my grandfather’s New Yorker many, many times over. Sure, the song was on the cassette that came with the Infinity sound system as a way of showcasing the capabilities of the uprated noise maker, but for me, it was all about two afterburners and some radical action in the air. In 1988, five-year-old me thought that outside of riding a rocket into space, this was the ultimate thrill ride. Thirty years on, that’s pretty much fact. I’ve been lucky to work around Air Force and Navy pilots and when you get them chatting, every last one recounts their time as a throttle jockey or RIO with a sense of wonder, like “…and I don’t know how the hell they let me do the things I’ve done over the years, but I got away with it.”

With the upcoming release of Top Gun: Maverick for next year, and the fact that I’m 95% sure that Chad watched the original the second after he finished up with the teaser trailer, I figured that it wouldn’t hurt to go back and look (and listen) to the sound and fury that the Tomcat was. Let’s face facts: I could care less about Tom Cruise’s acting, and I was too young for Kelly McGillis back in the day. I was hooked on the action. I wanted to see the jet trails streaming out of the back. I wanted to see steam catapult launches off of the deck. I wanted to see rolls, chandelles, and a pissed-off Commander with coffee running down the front of his uniform after a not-so-approved fly-by. In person, Tomcats shriek and scream. The noise sounds like two GE F110s trying to rip the sky apart and with afterburner on, you’d start looking for the rip in the stars.

The F-14 was retired in 2006 and the aircraft that weren’t taken up as museum displays were shredded. Iran, the only other country to get the F-14 (they had a deal with the United States before the fall of the Shah in 1979) still use them.

VFA-143 Pukin Dogs in the F-14b Tomcat - YouTube

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When Top Gun came out in May of 1986 it received mixed reviews but quickly became an absolute blockbuster hit that has become as iconic as any American action film out there. With a budget of $15 million nobody could complain about its profitability as it brought in $356 million. That’s insane money and shows just how popular this film was. It is preserved in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. I remember when it came out and can’t tell you how much I loved this movie in the theater. When Daphne and I saw it for sale in a package of Tom Cruise hits at Costco a couple years ago we brought it home and promptly found our spots on the couch. When Cole saw Days of Thunder and then Top Gun he was impressed and to me that shows just how this film touches the world.

When the new Top Gun Maverick comes out in June of 2020 I will definitely be watching it in theaters. While watching stuff at home with a big tv and surround sound is cool, it is nothing like watching a good movie on the big screen. If you want to be teased, then watch the trailer and let us know what you think.

Top Gun: Maverick - Official Trailer (2020) - Paramount Pictures - YouTube

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The most iconic cars in history all have distinctive design cues that define them. Jaguars are known for their cool grills, Camaros have those distinctive quarter panels and front ends, and the list goes on. The same goes for the Chevrolet Corvette which has always had a distinctive and recognizable rear end. The Corvette rear has been so distinctive in history as to even change from one year to the next. But for this survey we’re separating them into the typical generations and asking which one has the best butt. I have my favorites out of the bunch, but with all the hype of the new 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray and it’s somehow familiar feel, we decided that now was the time to ask you which one you guys and girls like most.

Is the C3 best? Or is it the C7? Are you into the first year cars? Or is there something about a C4 that just does it for you? There is no wrong answer here, because it’s all opinion based, but we still want to hear from you. Don’t worry, you don’t have to remember each one either, we’ve got them all below to check out and decide. If it were me I’d be happy to look at a few of these in my driveway.

Check them out below and tell us which you like most in the comments section.

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It seems fitting to look at the Iso Grifo now that the world has the word “Corvette” on their lips. The basic premise of the Grifo works like many American-European hybrids: take a beautiful body, in this case a Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed Bertone body that had the sleek elements of mid-1960s sports car style, and it was paired off with powertrains supplied mainly by Chevrolet. (There was a version in 1972 that had a Boss 351 from Ford.) Built between 1963 and 1974, the Grifo was meant to be Giotto Bizzarrini and Renzo Rivolta’s combination of expertise. Two different cars were being designed at the same time: the “A3/L” luxury variant that Rivolta wanted to push, and the “A3/C” race version that Bizzarrini wanted. Sometime around 1965 Bizzarrini and Rivolta’s cooperation came to an end, and the luxury line moved along.

A total of 413 Grifos were built over the entire run of two generations. With a claim that that the car could hit 68 miles an hour in first gear, you would think that the well-heeled set would’ve lined up for their chance to buy one. If any were waiting, they were out of luck by 1974, when Iso went belly-up.

It’s difficult to not look at the Grifo and see a mixture of Italian tastes and the C3 Corvette come together into one unified package. The power was certainly there, from the basic 327s to the 427s and 454s and yes, even the Boss 351 engines. It’s a car you don’t see regularly and one that isn’t really talked about much, but with the hype over the Corvette’s move to mid-engine (and it’s Ferrari 430-ish look), it’s only right to take a look at another Italian flavored Corvette take.

Iso Grifo Italian Muscle - YouTube

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I like RVs and I cannot lie! Of course my norm isn’t something this gnarly and huge, but I’ll take it! This is one of those things that pulls into the campground or out on the beach and turns heads in an instant. Can you imagine having this thing pull up next to you in traffic? How about seeing one out some dirt round in the middle of nowhere? This is taking RVing to a completely different level than what you find at the RV sales lot. With a giant wheel and tire combo being turned by a 350 horsepower 1100 lb ft Cummins this sucker will move out better than you might think. And thanks to the locking differentials front and rear it will go places you likely wouldn’t consider taking any other RV or motorhome.

Not only does it have all the power and capability to travel on any road, but it has a 20,000 lb rated towing capacity as well.

Inside this RV has all the creature comforts, including a slide out, and beds galore. It sleeps at least 7,  and has a bathroom out back that is bigger than those in most houses. We think that this is the kind of RV you could really stand living in out in the wild.

Check it out. For less than $350,000 it could be yours!

 

Crazy HUGE Off-Road Military Super C Motorhome RV! - YouTube

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Every time we dive into Copart.com, we brace ourselves for the worst. Sometimes there’s a gem that just needs a new fender or some paint, and all is happy. Sometimes, you look at the auction and you just get a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach for the former owner, who was probably beside themselves when they saw what happened to their pride and joy. Unfortunately, today is one of those scenes where we just have to bow our heads and sigh, because the work needed to bring this beauty back to life will be just as in-depth as the restoration was in the first place. And we’re saying that because if this is a car that wasn’t restored, we might just puke.

The floodwaters that raged through Iowa claimed this 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1. Grabber Green and gold striping with the blacked-out hood makes this Mach 1 look the part, and that scoop on the hood announces what’s going on underneath: a 428 Cobra Jet. Yeah, it’s an automatic, but we couldn’t fault this car if we tried. Unfortunately, the waterline on the door panels tells the story: this pony went for a swim. And as a result, everything needs to be torn down to the nut and bolt and checked, the wiring is immediately suspect, and the interior is gone, especially if the Ford has sat for any amount of time in the sun.

Seeing this Mach 1 in such a state is bad enough, but apparently the same owner also lost a 1973 Pontiac Trans Am in the same shot. Somebody buy that guy a beer. We’re pretty sure that he could still use one to this day.

Thanks to Nicholas Triplett for the tip!

Copart.com Link: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet

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“That’s not a car, it’s just a container to protect the engine from the weather.” First comment on this video…and they are not wrong in the slightest. If you don’t know what you are looking at, it is a Fiat 126, a city car that used an inline two-cylinder engine that at the most, was 704cc in displacement to get around. Yikes. Fiat sold millions upon millions of the “Maluch” (“toddler” in Polish) throughout the world, so it was popular enough, and it was rear-drive so there’s that. We’ve seen these little tykes fitted with street bike engines and they’ll haul sincere ass…a Hayabusa mill will literally make one of these fly like there’s no tomorrow. So, why not do what everyone else does, and jam in a Chevrolet V8?

We have exactly no information on the car other than V8 power. It could be the 267-cube V8 from the most gutted 1978 Chevy Malibu you could find and in this little gumdrop, it’d be something to behold. If anything, the lower power output would keep the Fiat from back-flipping if the tires caught enough traction. We would love to know how many millimeters long the driveshaft is, because there can’t be much room between the transmission and the axle. There’s no way.

There’s always the power-to-weight ratio argument, which is sound, but when you have to shift your right buttcheek to shift the transmission, that’s too tiny!

Fiat 126 Maluch (with Chevy V8 power) - YouTube

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