Friday Motoring Diversion - Bentley Continental GT3
Over the past few years the Ringbrothers have made quite a name for themselves by building classic muscle cars how they thought they should have been built in the first place. Located in the small town of Spring Green, Wisconsin, brothers Mike and Jim Ring started building their own parts for restoration projects and first built a 1968 Camaro which eventually led to others ranging from Mustangs, Camaros, and even a 1964 Fairlane. Many of which have 600+ hp. So when SEMA came around we were excited to see what their next big build was. When they announced it was to be a 1971 deTomaso Pantera we were even more so.
The 1971 donor car was owned by a gentleman by the name of Randy Brickle who was diagnosed with cancer and passed away before he could restore the car. His wife, Cheryl, wanted to finish the car and have a shop worthy of the build finish the car. Cheryl was referred to the Ringbrothers. When the car was delivered it was in rough shape.
The Ringbrothers lowered the car and reworked the suspension shoeing it with Baer six-piston brakes and 19″ HRE wheels giving it some serious stance. The front and rear fascias were completely custom built specifically for the car complete with carbon fiber and pop-up light replacement clusters. With the nickname of “ADRNLN” you would certainly expect it to get your heart pumping. And it lives up to the name. The car is powered by a 600 hp 6.3L LS3 V8 instead of the original Ford 351 Cleveland setup. The transmission remains the same ZF 5 speed albeit beefed up to handle the added power and torque.
The interior has been modernized by Nike who implemented a variety of materials not typically used in the automotive industry. Air conditioning and an Alpine 240 watt stereo system were added but let’s be honest, when you have a pair of Flowmaster mufflers and a 600hp American V8 behind your ears I doubt the stereo will see much use.
As an added bonus, the Ringbrothers were recently featured by Petrolicious in their weekly online videos. While it doesn’t show ADRNLN it does show a couple of their other builds, “Producer” (1965 Mustang Fastback) and “Afterburn” (1964 Ford Fairlane).
How’s everybody’s Monday??? Everyone have a good weekend?? Recovering from all the activities from the weekend?
Well, two videos should help with the transition from play to pay..
First up, Ken Block is back with another in his highly viewed Gymkhana Series. Released this morning, and no doubt riding on the coattails of Mr. Block’s win at Vegas in the GRC series.
And up next for you Corvette Racing fans, how about some footage of the team testing at Daytona? While the video isn’t the best (to be far, most spy video isn’t), the audio is intoxicating!! Crank it and crank it LOUD!! Thanks to YouTube user brendan007 for sharing this video!!!
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Back in the day of kicking around mid to late ‘60’s upstate New York, Tom Hale used to drive a pretty neat car. I was familiar with Corvettes, Mustangs and Chrysler’s entries in performance car domains but my friend’s Austin Healey 3000 was different. The long hood, chrome grill, wire wheels, 2 seats and convertible top made this an instant object of desire. No need to worry about our miserable winters or any sort of practicality hauling more than one friend or even a big load of groceries. This thing hauled around ego. That’s all it took.
Fast forwarding 2000 miles west to today another friend, Joe Morley of the famous Joe Morley’s Barbecue, introduced me to the 3000 he owned for quite some time but now a vintage car due to more than 40 intervening years since I first saw Tom’s. Joe also introduced me to the Bonneville Austin Healey Club, home to more 3000’s than I collectively saw since the 60’s. This past April I travelled with the Healey Club to Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah to check out the MMP Total Performance Museum’s latest Ford GT40 acquisition, following a few Healey enthusiasts in their 3000’s heading westbound out I80.
The GT was unbelievable; in fact, pristine isn’t good enough to describe it. Great car. After exploring the GT, I spoke with Jonathan Hanson, owner of a beautifully restored in brilliant original Colorado Red, Healey 3000. All restored cars have stories and Jonathan’s is no different.
Jon’s Austin Healey 3000 Mk III Sports convertible (BJ-8) left the factory November 20th, 1964, though labeled a ’65. Chassis number is HBJ8L/29817.
Going all in July 12th, 1980, while a California resident, Jon purchased his 3000 from its 2nd owner. Shortly thereafter taking it on a run from Danville to Mt. Shasta, Jon found the engine a great consumer of oil. Doing a complete engine rebuild, Jon knew he had to go the rest of the way. A great engine in a less than great body sits well with no true car enthusiast. Adding to the job’s complexity, Jon deciding in 1982 he needed to move to Utah after disassembling the car for the restoration’s frame off portion. He pushed his bodiless rolling chassis, all parts in plastic ZipLoc bags, onto the Mayflower moving van along with his other worldly possessions, and drove east. As Jonathan told me during the interview, he’s sure his new Utah neighbors were less than impressed seeing a car in pieces roll down the Mayflower van’s ramp.
Jon relishes getting down and dirty with his Healey. With exception of some required machine work on the engine and help on some body rust and paint top coat, Jon cranked out this beauty by himself as documented in his extensive photo library covering the entire project. In his own modest way, Jon tells me “These cars are very simple and a Haynes manual and a workshop manual are all you need to get you down the road if you are so motivated.”
Motivation, I think, is the key word. For myself, I have a hard time getting the lid back on a ketchup bottle.
Mighty Mo sometimes delivers the best results when shared. Bonneville Austin Healey Club charter Member Dave Maxwell, now a key club “go to,” guy when questions of bodywork and anything else Healey come up, allowed Jon to maintain his zeal during his 3000’s authentic restoration by doing its beautiful body work. A stickler for originality, Jon wrapped the Healey in a brand new coat of its original Colorado Red color. Excusing the auto reference, Jon jumped into overdrive when the pile of now shiny parts began resembling a car once again. The car reached completion in 1985.
Such a spectacular success resulted from invested time and energy, Dave suggested presenting the 3000 at the 1985 West Coast Austin Healey meet, associated with then Austin Healey Club Pacific Center. The trailered trip to Monterey, California, produced a third place in class Concours d’Elegance award! The car also performed a rescue on the way back to Salt Lake City. The long trip home proved too much for their truck as it barely made 2 MPH on the Sierra’s west side ascent, finally giving up the ghost on the east side. The 3000, top down, cruising as it was meant, took Jon to help while Dave magically coaxed the truck back to life.
A Charter Member, Jonathan Hanson presents his Austin Healey 3000 MK III during local Salt Lake City Healey Club events and car shows. The club’s website is http://www.bonnevillehealeyclub.org/ and Jon its webmaster.
Jon proudly shows his original owner’s manual signed by Mr. Donald Healey while both attended a 1981 Healey meet in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Jon’s love for classic cars in general, his Austin Healey in particular, produces infectious enthusiasm. It’s a beautiful car resulting from undeniable will as well as passion for a job well done. See you at the track.
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And today, this little nugget was found on Ebay.
Yup, the actual CAD (computer aided design) files used to design the Mosler MT900 Supercar.
It appears that the designer of the MT900, Rod Trenne, has decided to sell his creation for a cool $1.3 million USD (if you “buy it now”).
For those that didn’t know, the MT900 was one of the first cars to be completely designed in a CAD program.
So, if you want to start up a new supercar company, or want to understand the inner workings of car design, here’s your chance!
[photo | Rod Trenne]
Friday Motoring Division – Ken Box
We all love Ken Block and his mad driving skillz. We have been following his Gymkhana videos for a while now. It comes as no surprise that a spoof is now out. Meet Ken Box, a tribute to Ken Block. The vehicle of choice? A Crazy Cart. The Crazy Cart is powered by two 12v lead acid batteries giving the 140lb sled a top speed of 12 mph and a battery life of about 40 minutes. With the Crazy Cart you can drive it around like a go cart or pull the e-brake like “Drift Bar” to send the cart into a Ken Block style drift called “Crazy Cart Mode.” The Crazy Cart will set you back $399 and is available exclusively through Toys R Us.
So check out the video! It includes the usual Ken Block style of driving through such locations. Featured is a Ken Block doppelganger and a professional gorilla. Yes, you read that right!