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Skip Jordan

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  1. And they say texting causes distracted driving? I would love to see the statistics on this (and I don't mean 36-24-36).
  2. "There's a Ford in your future. And you're not gonna like it."
  3. Has anyone mentioned "The Yellow Rolls-Royce?" I believe this is the same car. I also get a car fix from the original "Italian Job," which is sort of a slasher movie for car fans, since it involves the massacre of exotic cars.
  4. Speaking of hating a '37 Plymouth, my grandfather had one that I hated (he smoked cigars in it). Didn't that car have front wheels that changed camber when turning right or left?
  5. The Corvette LT-1 and LS7 also served as the basis for a number of MerCruiser I/O engines for Brunswick Corporation boats and a few other companies.
  6. Referring to an earlier post, I might add that I was at Disney studios after "The Love Bug" came out. This is one example where part of the back lot contained an absolute sea of Beetles in a variety of conditions.
  7. Yes, I don't remember those. In the 70s, I believe the tires were uncovered. I also seem to recall that, at the time, it was all a creamy beige and not two-tone; the fenders may have been a slightly darker shade of beige. In any case, the red pinstriping is as I remember it. This was nearly 40 years ago, and the mists of time have obscured a few details.
  8. Many years ago when I was in college, I had a summer internship to work at Warner Bros. to study film production. I was assigned to the short-lived "Banyon" series set, which was a film noir production about a 1930s Sam Spade-style private eye, played by Robert Forster. They had quite an array of cars from Hollywood Motors, including a Bugatti T50 that would seldom be coaxed into running. The hero's car was a gray Packard roadster. There were many scenes that involved machine guns peppering the car; this was accomplished by taping "squibs" of wired explosive dots of gunpowder along the side of
  9. Ditto. I was about the same age when I saw the SJ Speedster at Glen Pray's ACD restoration shop. The most massive car I'd ever seen, and resplendent in black and burgundy with impossibly shiny chrome.
  10. That's why I wish someone would rerun it. At the time, I didn't know it was a continuing series and I just accidentally came upon it while channel surfing. The Speed Channel isn't one of my default channels – too many hot rod shows – though i will be ready for Friday's all-day Barrett-Jackson marathon, in spite of all the muscle cars.
  11. The History Channel lost me when they put on the phoniest "reality" show of all time, "Chasing Mummies." Purportedly a documentary following archaeologists in Egypt, every scene had obviously been set up, and shot from a variety of angles that are beyond the capabilities of their single camera. Anyway, I wish someone would just rerun my favorite car series of all, "Victory by Design," hosted by Alain de Cadenet, who took you along with him while driving some of the greatest cars ever built, including early Alfas, Astons, Ferraris, Porsches, Jaguars, etc. At around $125, the 6-DVD set is a bit
  12. As an ad agency creative director, I've produced a number of commercials where the subject was cars, shooting NASCAR drivers like Geoff Bodine and Dale Earnhardt on the track and cars on the road. While we never had occasion to secure a camera to the subject car, we frequently would rent a camera car (notably a Lincoln Town Car because of its smooth suspension). The film crew would remove the trunk and the carpet liner, then drill holes in the bottom of the trunk for bolting down the camera mount. At wrap time, everything would be bolted back in place, and the car returned to the rental office
  13. Welcome. Based on the title of this thread, I'll make a wild guess and assume you're from Russia. Where?
  14. Look at my prior post, which asked where the oxen were, implying that a wood-wheeled conveyance would be pulled by oxen. You responded by saying this was a rear-engined car (which I assume had something to do with my post; otherwise, I don't know how it relates to this conversation). So I continued the oxen idea by suggesting they would have to push it from the rear.
  15. The thread on Harry Austin Clark has gone way down on the list, so you may not have returned to it. Unfortunately, I can't see a way to send you a personal message. I have a question about the Bugatti T59 fenders you mentioned, and I hope you can recall the information. Here's the post:
  16. Yes, those fenders are beautifully made. Let me ask you an important question: I see from photos in the Ken Purdy article in Sports Cars Illustrated that the fenders were seamed and riveted, and the rear fenders appear to have a metal plate closing off the underside. Further, can you tell me the inside color of the fenders? They appear to be flat, unpainted aluminum. Please PM me at sjordan47@comcast.net Here's a brief overview from the International Bugatti Register, with photos as it appears today. [sorry to hijack Mr. Clark's thread. We now return you to the regularly scheduled programmi
  17. I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and back in the 50s at the Tulsa State Fair, a car like this Rolls was always on display somewhere ( a model with the horizontal grille vanes). Also, growing up in Tulsa, it was the home of Glen Pray's Auburn Cord Duesenberg restoration facility, where he manufactured the 8/10 Cord replica. He let me climb all over his just-finished restoration of a Duesenberg SJ Speedster. Those were my initial triggers. At about the same time in my childhood, my Dad and I, on our way home from church, used to pass by a hole-in-the-wall used car lot that had a car exactly like t
  18. I have one of Mr. Clark's postcards, copyright 1970, of a 1934 Bugatti T59 (erroneously captioned as a 1936), chassis #59124, which at the time was owned by Dieter Holterbosch of New York City; it had previously been owned by F. R. Ludington of Pelham, and Mr. Holterbosch passed it to Robert Sutherland. While I have collected quite a lot of images and information on this car, I wonder if Mr. Clark had any additional photos of it, and where I might find them. The car no longer exists in this road-going form, and I'm trying to replicate it as a scale model. This car had earlier been photographed
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