Monthly Archives: February 2014

Tank auction! Get Your Military Vehicles Here!

OK, you don’t see this every day! AUTOWEEK reports on the upcoming Littlefield military vehicle collection to cross the block in a Massive armored vehicle auction that features more than 200 military vehicles of (practically) all types.

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See 13-car accident on lap 145 Daytona 500

Watch from inside Danica Patrick’s car as it develops and takes her out with a pretty good bump. The crash sequence appears to have been initiated when Kevin Harvick #4 Budweiser drifted coming out of the turn into the left front quarter panel of car Brian Scott #33 Nationwide.Danica-Patrick-Daytona-500.jpg&maxW=431

The comical thing is this photo showing diminutive Danica among those big, big boys.

With appreciation to AUTOWEEK. Read AUTOWEEK’s report here.

Jack’s 1986 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas Series III

Photo shoot at Ft Carson, CO on Friday, February 14, 2014.

View a slideshow of Jack’s Jag on Youtube and read about Jack’s XJ6 Vanden Plas here.

With appreciation to Ft Carson for letting us shoot this extraordinary machine in their hitorical settings.

Produced by Lance Medina with deep appreciation to Red Noland for releasing Lance for this shoot. Photographer: Dan Martin.

Anatomy of a Top-Fuel Dragster

Note: There is an email going around with facts that differ from this Popular Mechanics article. I’d trust this article over that email. There is no need to exaggerate anything about top-fuel dragsters — these beasts are mega-awesome any way you cut it! – Webmaster

No other ground vehicle can out-accelerate a top-fuel dragster. The fastest class in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag-racing series, these cars can rocket to 300 mph in less than 4 seconds. That seemingly physics-defying performance is why Jim Oberhofer, the VP of operations at Kalitta Motorsports, calls top-fuelers violence on wheels.

Add expensive too. One run down the strip consumes fuel, bearings, valve springs and other parts to the tune of $5800. Stand nearby when a “rail” car lights off and you can feel the ground shake. It’s unnerving.

These machines are so fast—topping 330 mph—that the quarter-mile track (1320 feet) was shortened to 1000 feet after Scott Kalitta was killed in 2008 when his car exploded at the finish and crashed into the catch fence. That tragedy did not deter the Kalitta crew. As the team prepares for the 2011 season, which starts Feb. 24, we peel off its top-fueler’s bodywork to learn the secrets of its insane acceleration.

By Larry Webster, January 24, 2011 6:30 AM

Popular Mechanics article

Popular Mechanics article

1 – Fuel Top-fuelers burn a mixture that’s 90 percent nitromethane and 10 percent alcohol. Interestingly, a gallon of nitromethane, which costs $58, has less energy content than gasoline (14 kilowatt-hours versus 34). But nitro is an oxygen-rich compound that requires less air to burn, so the engine can consume more of it, thereby producing greater power. The 58 nozzles in the intake tract are always open, dumping about 5 gallons of fuel in a 4-second run. That kind of flow requires a firehose-like fuel line. Continue reading