How To Of The Day: How To Build A Soap Box Racer

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Oct 282015

How To Build A Soap Box Racer

With it’s first competition in 1933, the Soap Box derby is still going strong today. Seventy-five years later the events are still going strong. The Soap Box car designs have changed over the past few decades but the concept behind the car has stayed the same. Below we will look at the various designs, and the history of Soap Box racing.



Dec 212014

A 1911 Fiat S76 started for the first run for 100 years… 28.5 litres!


Duncan Pittaway made history today by firing up one of the largest-engined 4 cylinder cars ever built which was constructed by Fiat for a Land Speed Record attempt in 1911.This is the first time anyone has heard or seen this monster in action in over 100 years ! The heroic project has been a challenge of monumental proportions and the success is a huge credit to Duncan and his team who have triumphed over a multitude of difficulties during the last twelve years.

The stories of the original LSR attempts over 100 years ago are legendary and reported elsewhere but here is a brief specification of the car:

28.4 litres, 4 cylinder Land Speed Record car. 1911. 290 b.h.p. at 1,100 rpm.

Torque 1,384 lbs/ft . 1,876 Nm.

Bore: 190 mm. Stroke: 250 mm. 28,353 cc.

Wheelbase 2.75 m. (9ft 1/4″). Weight 1,900 kg.

Double chain drive.

2 cars produced

The engine has no starter motor, thus each 7.1 litre cylinder has to be hand-aspirated with fuel mixture and then detonated on the correct piston, after it has begun its downward stroke, by a small battery-operated trembler coil which produces a shower of high voltage sparks. The man on the crank handle needs to stand well clear at that point !

Turn the sound up for added thunder!


1911 Fiat S76


Rototiller Racing

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Oct 282014

If it has a motor and wheels, somebody will race it.

Do you have a rototiller? How fast does it go? How fast can you make it go?

If you can modify your tiller to go faster than any other and run behind it, holding onto the handlebars, for 200 feet, then you might have what it takes to be a rototiller racer.

The capital of this sport is Emerson, Arkansas. There, at annual PurpleHull Pea Festival, the champions assemble to find out who is the fastest rototiller racer.

As long as the engine doesn’t produce more than 50 horsepower, you can modify your tiller however you wish. Racers must run, not ride, their tillers for the entire race. They have to attach a kill switch to their wrists so that if they lose control of their tillers, they shut off automatically.

Shane Waller of Junction City, Arkansas holds the current record. He tilled the 200-foot field in just 5.59 seconds. That’s a speed of about 24 miles per hour.



Rototiller Racing


1910 Buick Bug – Jay Leno’s Garage

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Aug 202014

In 1910 Buick made a racing car with a 4-cylinder 622-cubic-inch (10.2-liter) engine. That’s more than the Viper or any other road car that’s mass-produced today. Still, the Buick Bug only had about 50 hp.

Get your road goggles on! Buick built only two 4-cylinder, 622-cubic-inch 60 Specials, and Jeremy Dimick of Flint’s Sloan Museum brought one down to the garage for a test drive!


‘Getting Started’ – 33 Exotic & Classic Cars Starting Up

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May 092014
‘Getting Started’ – 33 Exotic & Classic Cars Starting Up

Getting Started

Getting Started‘ is a short video that includes the sights, but more importantly the sounds, of 33 amazing vehicles roaring to life! From the ’69 Jaguar E-Type’s quiet Inline-6 to the rumble of the Aventador’s 6.5L V12 and the punch of the Saleen S7’s twin turbos, we don’t often have the pleasure of hearing these fire up. Spanning decades, cylinder numbers, and displacements ­ each engine¹s voice is as individual and recognizable as its body style. Just one of these cars is enough to get any automotive enthusiast¹s attention, but hearing all 33 unique cars one after another is like a symphony to any gearhead’s ears!



F1 2013 vs 2014 Sound Comparison

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Mar 202014
F1 2013 vs 2014 Sound Comparison

A sound comparison between 2013 and 2014 Formula One cars on the pit straight at Albert Park, Australia as they complete the first lap.

The Global Warming fanatics have officially killed Formula One!

In other words: 2.4L V8 engines (F1 2013) vs 1.6L turbocharged V6 engines (F1 2014).

Filmed both times from the stands of the Albert Park track in Melbourne, Australia.



Run Run Rudolph: The World of Reindeer Racing

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Dec 202013


Reindeer racing, in which competitors on skis are pulled by reindeer galloping down the snow-covered trail, is a popular sport in Norway, Finland, and Russia. The indigenous Sami people are reindeer herders, and know which are the fastest for the sport. Reindeer that run the fastest are highly prized for breeding purposes, and sometimes reindeer are the actual prize for winning a race!

Variations on the sport include reindeer pulling sleds, and reindeer teams of two or more. In Anchorage, Alaska, people actually race against reindeer, which ends up looking like the running of the bulls in Pamplona.



Rally Legend Walter Röhrl Scares German TV Host

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Oct 202013

Watch German television host Barbara Schöneberger’s facial expressions as she rides with rally legend Walter Röhrl.


Look, when you mix rally legend Walter Röhrl and a turbocharged Audi, the accompanying video is almost certainly going to be worth a watch. We’re unsure if German television host Barbara Schöneberger knew just what the potent combination of Röhrl and a new Audi S3 would do when placed on a demanding section of track, but the way it’s rendered her silent, aside from a few muted squeaks, is amusing all the same.

The two-time WRC champ clearly puts the fear of the car gods into his passenger, as he, seemingly without any effort at all, flings the S3 around the track. Meanwhile, the facial expressions of the television host are all you need to know about how quickly Röhrl is driving.



Race Between Two 90 Years Plus Athletes

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Apr 062013


Emiel Pauwels, 94, represents Belgium. Ilmari Koppinen, 95, runs for Finland. Depending on which news organization you consult, they ran either 60 or 100 meters, either of which is amazing. Place your bets.



The Greatest Show On Earth

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Nov 082012


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The “ISLE of MAN” TT.

New TT Fans every day from every corner of the world. Top Speed 190-206mph over a 38 mile road circuit.