Crashing a 59 Chevy Bel Air into a 09 Chevy Malibu

It hurts to see a classic car getting smashed up but I must admit that when I see crash test videos, I have always wondered how an older car would hold up.

This video was done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary. They paired up a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevy Malibu.

If you’re thinking the Bel Air with its size and big chrome bumper will hold its own, get ready for a surprise.

Redrawing The Illuminati Motor Works Logo

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Josh Spradlin of Illuminati Motor Works contacted me recently about redrawing their logo. Illuminati Motor Works is an official contender of the Progressive Automotive X Prize.

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Josh designed the logo and had painted it on the wall inside the garage. He needed to get the logo in electronic format so he could use it to get shirts printed or anything else he wanted to put the logo on.

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The challenge about the logo was the 3-D overlapping triangle and circle. To get that effect I created the circle and triangle in separate layers. Then I duplicated each element twice per each side, cropping out the overlaying section.

Find out more about Illuminati Motor Works and Progressive Automotive X Prize.

Check out this video of Illuminati Motor Works.

KillaCycle Video

I saw this video today and it is really something to see. The KillaCycle is the world’s quickest electric bike and on their website it states, “It is the quickest electric vehicle of any kind in the quarter mile”.

The power and the speed of this bike is one thing but what else is interesting is the silence. Being electric it doesn’t make any noise as it waits for the light, which makes for a usual scene for a dragstrip.

Dean Jeffries’ New Book

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In the Hemmings Newsletter this week I saw that Dean Jeffries has a new book out called “Dean Jeffries: 50 Fabulous Years in Hot Rods, Racing & Film”.

Dean is a legendary car builder who was behind such creations as the Mantaray, the Monkeemobile, the Green Hornet’s Black Beauty plus a lot of other cars.

The write up about the book says it gives Jeffries’ own account of the circumstances behind the famous TV and movie cars as well as his relationships with personalities such as A. J. Foyt, Steve McQueen, James Dean, Bruce Lee, Parnelli Jones, and Elvis Presley. In the video Dean talks about doing some of the movie stunts.

I think this book will be a definite must have. If you already have a copy, tell me what you think of it.

Bosozoku Car Craze

The Bosozoku car craze in Japan could best be described as a cross between an anime cartoon and an art car. While the modifications aren’t what you would consider performance enhancing they do come with a certain level of creativity. I came across this post “Video: Japan’s Bosozoku roll deep, phat, loud and weird” the other day. I looked around for more information and found this video. What do you think about the Bosozoku craze?

Drift Your Way Into Performance Art!

Looking for a new way to express your artistic abilities beyond just pencils, pens, and brushes?

Drift Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. teamed up with Bosch to stage a one-of-a-kind event on September 6, 2008. The event was billed as “Performance Art”. Vaughn created a unique pattern of tire marks by drifting his 650 hp Mustang through a closed course in downtown Los Angeles. He titled his creation “Abstract on Asphalt.”

Find out more about this event at www.BoschPerformanceArt.com.

Vaughn won the 2005 D1 Grand Prix USA vs Japan event and the 2007 D1 Grand Prix World Championship. You can find out more about Vaughn Gittin Jr. at his website www.vaughngittin.com

Now where did I put my car keys, I’ve got some performance art to create!!!