Huh. I guess I didn't realize that Michigan isn't a member of the Driver's License Compact. This would explain why a speeding ticket I received in NY in the mid-1990s didn't show up on my MI license until an alarmingly long time later (as in, long after it would have fallen off my record in MI - 2 years on the DL,… » 12/17/14 4:54pm Wednesday 4:54pm

Related: When the airbags were stolen* out of my '94 Probe GT (still miss that car), the insurance company (one that has the world "club" in its name; I'm still with the Texas version of them because this was more silly than anything else) was adamant that the car be towed to the repair shop as it was "undriveable".… » 12/15/14 1:57pm Monday 1:57pm

1) The Clueless Know-It-All Dad With Family. Best way to trip one: display a '57-'59 Ford Skyliner retractable hardtop at half-mast and watch him fall all over himself explaining the "complicated hydraulics" while pointing to the mechanical screw jacks, drive cables, and electric motors that operate the top. Best was… » 12/12/14 11:52am 12/12/14 11:52am

Sounds like Mike Joy doing the play-by-play, too. Formula Ford (Yeah, I know SCCA calls it "Formula F" now because they allow a restricted Honda Fit engine package, but it's Formula Ford, dammit) is still a thing, and provides great racing when you can get a good field. » 12/09/14 10:57am 12/09/14 10:57am

Couple years back had a discussion with a Ferrari of City I Live In sales guy at A Local Race Track during an exotic car drive & video thingy. He said some of his customers are astonishingly OCD about the details of the cars they want. On the rare occasion the store gets a "stock" car, typically one produced for a… » 12/08/14 3:54pm 12/08/14 3:54pm

Not practical. You're essentially making it like one of those grab-a-prize claw games (with, admittedly, a more precise and repeatable claw). While it's technically possible to automate the grab, you can't "push" a wire rope-mounted latch into place with enough force to effect positive latch. (Where I work, we have… » 12/04/14 11:22am 12/04/14 11:22am

Traction on the salt. Really. Rick (the driver of the hydrogen Fusion) had his 205mph Merkur ballasted up to over 4000 lbs at the start of a run, filling the stock gas tank with water, and building another tank over the rear axle. Some of that water was used to spray the ambient side of the charge cooler on the… » 11/19/14 12:05pm 11/19/14 12:05pm

As the combination of TSA hassles, reduced flight counts to have more full flights, reduced seat pitch in most airlines, and airline nickel-and-dime fees has sucked all the remaining joy out of sticking yourself inside an airborne cigar tube with a couple hundred other humans now as least as miserable as you are, my… » 11/19/14 10:38am 11/19/14 10:38am

I can't see the price (eBay is blocked at work), but solid driver Little Birds range from the upper 20s to the low 40s, depending on how close to show-grade it is. The only ones that regularly go over $50k are documented show winners or the '57 E- and F-Birds, with dual 4-barrels or supercharger, respectively. » 11/17/14 2:17pm 11/17/14 2:17pm

Set your Wayback Machine to 1989. Ford debuts the SHO Taurus, which is a way to use the engines they were contractually obligated to buy from Yamaha for the aborted GN-34 mid-engined sports car that was cancelled. Ford doesn't have a FWD automatic that can handle the output of the SHO engine, so it's manual-only. As… » 11/17/14 11:06am 11/17/14 11:06am