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March 31, 2012 1:33 PM   Subscribe

4 non-supercharged Model A Fords from 1931 rack around a gravel course in 2012.
posted by Smart Dalek (26 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Yellow jumped the gun. Should be disqualified.
posted by uraniumwilly at 1:41 PM on March 31, 2012


Perfect anticipation, I thought. He dropped the clutch as her arms moved down.
posted by Brockles at 1:50 PM on March 31, 2012


That was just all kinds of silly fun.
posted by Mars Saxman at 1:52 PM on March 31, 2012


Colors other than black aren't stock.
posted by localroger at 1:53 PM on March 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


I would've preferred more Tommy guns shot out from the passenger windows but this was ok despite that omission.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:56 PM on March 31, 2012 [9 favorites]


Speaking of Chevy Chase did you hear about that one time he had Eartha Kitt in an airplane bathroom?
posted by Talez at 2:14 PM on March 31, 2012


THAT was rather boisterous, by cracky! Good show!
posted by Ron Thanagar at 2:22 PM on March 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


what? no 480p?
posted by RolandOfEld at 2:26 PM on March 31, 2012


Colors other than black aren't stock.

You might be thinking of the Model T.
posted by found missing at 2:40 PM on March 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


I love the Model A. It's on my short list for my next "daily driver." (I don't have to commute or use the highway much, so it's a fairly practical proposition.)
posted by maxwelton at 2:41 PM on March 31, 2012


localroger: "Colors other than black aren't stock."

FTFY (well, as best I could…).

Y'see, the Model A originally came in 4 colours - and black wasn't one of them.
posted by Pinback at 2:43 PM on March 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


That made me all kinds of happy inside.
posted by dunkadunc at 3:16 PM on March 31, 2012


Great fun.
posted by carter at 3:16 PM on March 31, 2012


After I stopped grinning, I went looking. They're a lot cheaper than I was expecting...
posted by cromagnon at 3:22 PM on March 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


My Grandfather used to "tune" Model T's/A's in the thirties. Yeah, that's right he was the original Fast and Furious. Anyway, he and his friends used to break into the local horse track in the middle of the night and race around the track here in Vancouver. One night something goes wrong, there's an accident and he takes out a section of the infield guard rail. They take off.

Owing the fact that Vancouver was a small city at the time, and he was likely a prime suspect based on nothing more than reputation, the cops show up at his house. The cops and my great grandfather go look at Grandpas car, sure enough it's damaged and case closed.

Rather than charge him with anything, he and his friends had to troop down to the track in cars loaded with lumber and nails, and fix the wrecked section.

Justice served, early twentieth century style.
posted by Keith Talent at 3:34 PM on March 31, 2012 [21 favorites]


Total missed opportunity to make the drivers wear old-timey outfits.

Also, the term "Old Timey" has always kind of meant the same thing, like stuff that was popular around the time people first started taking photographs. The term itself was popular in the late 1800s and there was a big spike in the 1930s. I'm guessing at the time people said things were 'old timey' when they were just a couple decades old.

It's kind of fascinating how much the shape and appearance of things changed between, say 1925 and 1950. That's the same amount of time as between 1987 and today.
posted by delmoi at 3:41 PM on March 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm guessing people probably just referred to things that were a couple decades old for a while as "old timey", but once people started having a visual record in the form of photographs, plus the massive changes in the 1930s/40s the "old timey" era became fixed.
posted by delmoi at 3:47 PM on March 31, 2012


I love the white wall tires.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 3:59 PM on March 31, 2012


Neat vid. They should let the Stig from Top Gear get behind the wheel of one of those things.

(↑ My comment before googling this. God I love the Internet. If you can imagine it, there's probably already a video of it somewhere.)
posted by Kevtaro at 4:13 PM on March 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


Along those lines, here are a bunch of "A"'s on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
posted by clever_username at 4:49 PM on March 31, 2012


They should let the Stig from Top Gear get behind the wheel of one of those things.

Some say he was manufactured on the same line as the cars he drives. Others say he supported the Nazis prior to ... oh, wait, I thought you said "Henry Ford."
posted by zippy at 4:52 PM on March 31, 2012 [5 favorites]


> My Grandfather used to "tune" Model T's/A's in the thirties. Yeah, that's right he was the original Fast and Furious.

Offy Manifolds! Frontenac heads! Raccoon tails!

Or just take out the head gasket to increase compression and kick a hole in the muffler to reduce pack pressure. You're lookin' at an under-60-second quarter. It's achieveable!
posted by jfuller at 5:35 PM on March 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


I love how easy it is for them to make the apex of the turn. It sort of reminds me of when my family fires up our four 50cc mopeds and races them. Speed isn't really the point of things.
posted by dunkadunc at 6:45 PM on March 31, 2012


The cars are clearly limited by their drivers.

I wish I could find video online, but there was once a "Heritage Series" race, where all of the old-time moonshiner greats, Junior Johnson, Willie Clay Call, and some of the '60s NASCAR greats, like Richard Petty, were put into Trans-Ams for, you know, a friendly competition.

They were crashing each other left and right, PITT maneuvers and suicide squeezes and all manner of nasty, nasty race moves that would get them booted from modern NASCAR, the dirtiest race I've ever seen, in stock '90s muscle cars going flat out. There was nothing friendly about this race, and it massively overshadowed the NASCAR main event that came after, with polite drivers in plastic-skinned race-engineered devices. The organizers were embarrassed, but the old men, the racers, were all wide grins and firey eyes up on the podium...
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:39 PM on March 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


Buddy of mine has a '31. He bought it off a guy we knew (who went to jail) who'd bought it off the family of the original owner. The original owner was a chiropractor who only drove it to church on Sunday *if it wasn't raining* (if it was, he walked).

18,000 original miles. And it's green.
posted by notsnot at 8:37 PM on March 31, 2012


Back in the early Seventies, I had some friends who were Model A freaks, who made a deal with an old farmer to buy his two original running Model A s off of him, way to hell and gone, in Fort St. John.

This was in the thick of the early culture wars, and both these bearded long-haired freaks were 4:20 friendly, as I believe the kids say these days. They decide to fly up there, and reason that this new hash-oil thing that had just come along was a weight and space-efficient way to carry their home-bound stash. So they duct-taped 1/2 dozen or so of the bottle-caps that stuff came in when it first landed here, got really ripped, and flew off.

Turns out, the passenger behind them was an RCMP officer, just returning from a drug-training course at "E" Division in Vancouver, and thought he'd apply his new-found knowledge toward preventing these Hippies from polluting his town with their narcotics.

So, he arranges on the cockpit radio to have their ride into town pulled over. A full-on road-side search of the van, the passengers, and their back-packs then ensues. Having found nothing so-far, the last thing the officer comes across is a mini tool-kit at the bottom a bag. Opening it up, there at very bottom, amidst all the tools, is the sandwich-bag with the bottle-caps of hash-oil. Peeling the duct-tape off of one of them, he asks the owner, "So, what exactly is this?"

"That's Model A distributor lubricant," the owner responds. (his brain has never worked that quickly before or since, in my experience)

"What kind of lubricant did you say this is?", asks the officer's partner; as he leans over and starts to put his finger into the thick, red, oily goo in the bottle-cap.

"Its REALLY STICKY Model A distributor lubricant," says the owner, as the cop quickly retracts he finger.

We always get a laugh out of imagining his next training trip to the big city, when they describe this new hash-oil things to the troops.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 8:56 PM on March 31, 2012 [5 favorites]


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