Friday, May 31, 2013

24 Hours of Nürburgring Photo Gallery

So far this year, Spring in Germany has been a season filled with cold and rain. Perfect weather for a 24 hour endurance race around the Nordschleife's hundreds of turns. I rolled in on Monday afternoon to catch the final hours of the race and snap some pictures. What I found was a bunch of AMG SLS's and BMW Z4's trying to run down the leading Aston which they eventually did. Also on hand were another seventy or so race cars, huge piles of empty beer bottles, and thousands of weary Germans neatly tidying camp sites and taking down home made viewing platforms as the race ground down to the final minutes. Lots of pictures after the jump.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New Trade - Simca 1204 Parts Car for Another Tan Ute!

I was thinking that it would be impossible to own just one Simca 1204, however, it turns out that's not the case if the same stuff is broken on both cars. Rather than have my parts car hang around here and take up space that I'd rather fill with Vauxhalls and AMCs, I traded it to someone who can appreciate it; Soggy. For those of you who don't know Soggy, he's the guy who runs the Simca 1204, Henry, in LeMons. It took a lot of coaxing for me to get rid of one of my old French Dodges but he offered me a slightly wrecked up, rusted, and non running VW Caddy Diesel. And of course I couldn't resist having two skin colored utes. Tandemonium.

After a couple of weekends, the status of the Caddy is not looking so bad. The battery is all charged up, it's got a new timing belt and tensioner, a perfectly adjusted injection pump, new air filter, and the interior was vigorously pressure washed and vacuumed about 4 times. It runs and drives but the rear brake lines are rusted off, which caused a slight incident while tow-starting it with the Roo Chaser. Basically, the car started at about 10mph the noise that it created sounded like it threw all 4 rods. For future reference, this is Rabbit Diesel clatter and can be ignored. Anyway, this caused me to hit the brakes in the Falcon which in turn required that Jon, the driver of the chase car, to swerve left and wrap the tow strap around the axle and pop the tire off of the sidewall. All of this happened while a realtor was showing a house across the street. Welcome to the 'hood.