Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Wile E. Coyote & The Roadrunner

Wile E. Coyote (also known simply as "The Coyote") and The Road Runner are a duo of cartoon characters from a series of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons. The characters (a coyote and Greater Roadrunner) were created by animation director Chuck Jones  in 1948 for Warner Brothers, while the template for their adventures was the work of writer Michael Maltese, the characters star in a long-running series of theatrical cartoon shorts (the first 16 of which were written by Maltese) and occasional made-for-television cartoons.
In each episode, instead of animal senses and cunning, Wile E. Coyote uses absurdly complex contraptions (sometimes in the manner of Rube Goldberg) and elaborate plans to pursue his quarry. It was originally meant to parody chase cartoons like Tom & Jerry, but became popular in its own right. The Coyote appears separately as an occasional antagonist of Bugs Bunny in five shorts from 1952 to 1963. While he is generally silent in the Coyote-Road Runner shorts, he speaks with a refined accent in these solo outings introducing himself as "Wile E. Coyote — super genius", voiced with an upper-class accent by Mel Blanc (extraordinary voice over talent). The Road Runner vocalizes only with a signature sound, "BEEP,BEEP", recorded by Paul Julian, and an occasional "popping-cork" tongue noise.  To date, 48 cartoons have been made featuring these characters (including the three CGI shorts), the majority by Chuck Jones.

TV GUIDE included Wile E. Coyote in their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time. Here we see Coyote trying to catch Roadrunner in a dragster. Ironically, in nature, Coyotes are capable of outrunning and catching Roadrunners but a Plymouth Roadrunner would outrun a coyote in a matter of seconds.  The standard engine was an exclusive-to-the-Road Runner 383 CID (6.3L) Roadrunner V8 rated at 335 bhp (250 kW) and 425 lb·ft (576 N·m) of torque. Its extra 5 hp (4 kW) rating was the result of using the radical cam from the 440 Super Commando and a .25 raise in compression to 10.5:1 (vs. 10.25:1 with the 330 hp (246 kW) 383). When air conditioning was ordered, the cars received the 330 hp (246 kW) version, as the radical cam specs of the 335 bhp (250 kW) version didn't create enough vacuum to accommodate a/c; and there were concerns of over-revving which would grenade the RV-2 York compressor. For an extra $714, Plymouth would install a 426 CID Hemi rated at 425 bhp (317 kW) and 490 lb·ft (664 N·m) of torque. Combined with low weight, the 6-passenger Road Runner could run the ¼-mile in 13.5 seconds at 105 mph (169 km/h). It would prove to be one of the best engines of the muscle car era, and the Road Runner one of the best platforms to utilize it.

The standard equipment transmission was a four-speed manual with floor shifter and Chrysler's three-speed TorqueFlite automatic was optional. Early four-speed '68 Road Runners featured Inland shifters, which were replaced by the more precise Hurst shifters during the course of the model year. Plymouth expected to sell about 20,000 units in 1968; actual sales numbered around 45,000. This placed the Road Runner third in sales among muscle cars with only the Pontiac GTO and Chevy's SS-396 Chevelle outselling it. Dodge debuted the Road Runner's cousin, the Super Bee, as a mid-1968 offering after seeing Plymouth's success with the Road Runner, along with demands from Dodge dealers for their own low-priced muscle car as the Dodge Boys started the model year with the higher-priced Charger R/T and Coronet R/T - both of which were priced similar or higher than the Plymouth GTX.

Warner Brothers paid Plymouth $50,000 in 1968 to use the “Road Runner” name for their cartoon character as well as $10,000 Plymouth paid to develop the “Beep-Beep.”  And there you have it. “Zoom-Zoom”

Monday, January 27, 2014

Rod Shows recap: 2014 Grand National Roadster Show

Need For Speed was the theme at the 2014 Grand National Roadster Show and the Koolhouse display in Bldg. 5 was a smashing success.   It took us a full year to coordinate and we give Special Thanks to our participants  Stormy Byrd, Dave Franklin/Jack Goodrich/Joel Miner (ANW Racing team), Bill Fowler, Frank Forsyth, Don Palla and Eddie Barbosa for bringing our their cool cars.  As an added bonus, Stormy, Frank and Don aced awards in their Class and Rodz Deluxe Gals Carrie Holt and Neva Moore brought sparkle and smiles to the display. We handed out Rodz Deluxe Awards at the Drive In to Brian Nieri, Kevin Leisure, Wynn Walter and Troy Williams for their cool creations and watch for an upcoming feature on Wynn's hot rodded sled built by Hellboud HotRods (Lancaster, CA)

This years event honored a Century of Land Speed Racing at the Bonneville Salt Flats in building 9 which housed an array of historic cars never before gathered in one place.  Great music played all weekend and our little mascot pedal car gasser named ZOOM received 1700+ LIKES on Facebook and 345 shares thus proving hot rodding still rules in Southern California no matter what size they are.   Congrats to all the winners and Hall of Fame Inductees, Hope to see you next year at the GNRS Drive-In ---thats where we pick feature cars for our titles and we know how to pick 'em (even the judges think so.) Dont miss it.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Aluminum Autos

In case you're looking for a new hobby, here's an idea for you...
Albert "Tapper" Torney died at age 86 in 1998.  The neighbors thought him a bit eccentric because
he was always collecting empty bottles and cans.  He sold the bottles and kept the cans. What everyone eventually discovered was his large collection of model cars made from the aluminum cans.  The attention to detail is impressive. Just goes to show that " you shouldn't judge a book by its cover."

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Todays Kool: Hot Rod Pedal Cars

In celebration of all things hot rod, big and small, today we look at modified pedal cars. Although we love the classic styling of them, we prefer the hopped up versions.  Here's a neat selection of cool little gassers and some authentic antique models too. Enjoy!

Koolhouse "Zoom" mini-gasser unveils at The 2014 GNRS "Need For Speed" Exhibit

Koolhouse Publishing is proud to sponsor Bldg. 5 at the Grand National Roadster Show. Every year we create a display to coincide with the overall show theme. For 2014, the NEED FOR SPEED event  pays tribute to  a Century of racing at the Bonneville Salt Flats and  special commemorative book will also be available at the show with proceeds to benefit the Save The Salt foundation.

Our own exhibit will feature a selection of hot rods and race cars such as a 1925 Star Track roadster, the Alviso Roadster pickup, a selection of AF/X cars from the American Nostalgia West Racing club, the Strange Brew II Gasser, the Solo Speed Shop coupe,  the Revelation B/modified nostalgia dragster and an early, original version of the famous Winged Express Fuel Altered.  Guests of Honor will include legendary NHRA Hall of Fame drag racer Alvin "Mousie" Marcellus,  and the Ambassador of Nostalgia Drag Racing, Mr. Stormy Byrd. Stop by our booth for an autograph session on Saturda.

Additionally, Koolhouse Publishing will have its own miniature entry, a pedal car Gasser named "Zoom" created expressly for the show and owned by Sr. Feature Editor, Anna Marco. The 1960 Murray V-front Fire Chief conversion took over 30 hours to build and will also be seen at the West Coast Kustoms Cruising Nationals. More on the build story to come...meanwhile, stop by Building 5 at the Pomona Fairgrounds on January 24-26, 2014 and see it. Our lovely Trophy Girls will be on site on Saturday, January 25th too.  Don't miss out on all the fun!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

hyped up hybrid

We like customs at Koolhouse...Heres a good one...its a cross between a 57 chevy rear fin and a motorcycle...what's your opinion of it?

Monday, January 13, 2014

Automotive Quote of the Century

Letter to Henry Ford circa 1934:

"I have drove Fords exclusively when I could get away with one. It has got every other car skinned, and even if my business hasn't been strictly legal, it don't hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V-8."

---Clyde Barrow (of Bonnie & Clyde)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Rodz Deluxe Gal: Alyssa Asphyxia

Todays cutie is Alyssa Asphyxia.  Enjoy!

Age: 22
Occupation:Hair Stylist/Make Up Artist
Looking for:  modeling credits
Sign: Scorpio
Body Mods: 6 tattoo's

Favorite Band: Craic Haus (Irish Rockabilly)
Vices: Make Up, Hair Products, Shoes
Makes Me Laugh: I Love Lucy reruns, dirty jokes, and videos of animals doing weird things.

3 things I cant live without: family, friends, hair products
 Favorite Bar Drink: Red bull and vodka
I wish for: A second liver to drink more and to travel the world.

Favorite Animal: Pit Bull Terrier
Favorite flower: Gerbera Daisy's 
Favorite Vintage Car: 1949 Mercury Coupe
Famous Last Words:  “But our love it was stronger by far than the love of those older than we”
 by Edgar Allen Poe

Photographer: Juan Lopez,  TSM Photography

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Own a 1950s Lincoln road-racer? The Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum wants to hear from you!

Own a 1950s Lincoln road-racer? The Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum wants to hear from you.

Photo by Roy Query.
Construction of the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum, located on the grounds of the Gilmore Automotive Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, is progressing on schedule for an August 2014 grand opening. With the building’s interior now in the interpretive planning stages, the museum is seeking a few very specific Lincoln models for display, including a road-race Lincoln from the 1950s, in order to paint a comprehensive picture of the luxury automaker.
Lincoln Museum rendering
Artist’s rendering of the Lincoln Motorcar Heritage Museum. Images courtesy of David Schultz.
In the words of Lincoln Motor Car Foundation president David Schultz, “The museum’s success will be achieved based upon how well the story of Lincoln is told.” Covering the brand’s lengthy history will involve the exhibition of Lincoln models representing the four clubs behind the museum: the Lincoln Owners Club, the Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club, the Lincoln and Continental Owners Club, and the Road Race Lincoln Register. While many of the museum’s planned exhibit vehicles will be loaned from club members, other cars (such as the previously referenced Lincoln road racer) are still needed to complete planned exhibits.
Lincoln Motorcar Heritage Museum
The museum’s exterior on December 21.
The museum is also seeking coachbuilt Lincolns from the 1920s and 1930s to represent the Lincoln Owners Club, and a 1961 Lincoln Continental sedan to represent the Lincoln and Continental Owners Club. At the present time, the Lincoln Motor Car Foundation is working with Group Delphi, a design firm that previously worked with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum to create exhibits and displays, on the conceptualization of the museum’s interior. Matt Troy, formerly with the ACD Museum, is now working with Group Delphi, bringing his particular automotive museum expertise to the planning process. Jack Juratovic, a member of both the Automotive Fine Art Society and the Lincoln Motor Car Foundation board, is also assisting with interior planning and design, Schultz said.
While the Lincoln Motor Car Foundation has amassed enough capital to complete construction of the museum’s exterior, more funding is necessary to complete the building’s interior and exhibits, as well as to fund ongoing operations. Schultz insists the museum will open on schedule next August, but won’t compromise on the quality of the exhibits to be displayed; in other words, if sufficient funding isn’t obtained, visitors can expect to see fewer exhibits instead of less elaborate ones. The foundation’s ultimate goal is to tell the Lincoln story, and doing so properly requires the generosity of both corporate and private donors.
Lincoln Motorcar Heritage Museum
The interior build-out, as of December 21.
Outside, the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum will be styled after the P.J. Platte (and later, A.W. Reister) Lincoln dealership that used to reside at 3700 West Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. In addition, the “Lincoln Stones” that once graced the entrance to Lincoln’s factory administration building in Detroit will be added to the museum’s permanent collection, courtesy of the Gilmore Museum. For additional information on the museum, or to become a donor, visit LZOC.org or the LincolnOwnersClub.com.
UPDATE (6.January, 2014): David Schultz tells us that the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum is also seeking a Leland-built Liberty V-12 engine, assembled by the Lincoln Motor Company at the onset of World War I, prior to its debut as an automaker.  As several manufacturers (including Ford, and later in the war effort, Cadillac) built the Liberty V-12 engines, it’s important to note that the museum is seeking one constructed by Henry Leland and Lincoln.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Asteroid Vette

In case you havent heard, we got the scoop on the restored Nordskog-Barris built Asteroid Vette as seen in Car Kulture Deluxe #62 page 30.  This stunning show car was designed as an all around racecar, show car and street car and is an iconic example of customized Vettes that was also seen on the album cover of Jan & Dean's Drag City. Gracing the hood is our equally stunning model, Laurel Rose.  We shot the car at the famous custom paint and body shop, Theatrical Autobody, that was formerly owned by Larry Watson and is now owned by Fidel Pananguia.  A team of 12 helped restore the car at Desert Autobody in Arizona and the car will be auctioned in January at the Barrett-Jackson sale.  Get your peek of the Vette in the current issue before its gone. Enjoy. Pix by Mike Basso/Styling by Anna Marco.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Years T&A

Happy New Year. Enjoy a little T&A...you didnt think we meant Model T and Model A, did you?
Cheers from Koolhouse Publishing. Model: Kimmie. Photo: Anna Marco