Sunday, March 25, 2018

Tazio Nuvolari, Lying In State, 1953

Here's a rare photo from a magazine of the legendary racing legend Tazio Nuvolari, lying in state. I'm struck by the simplicity of his surroundings; a few trophies, the attire he wore when he raced. He died August 11th, 1953.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

ORIS Ferrari Watch Vintage South American

This is one of those "endorsement" items, that you see quite often. For awhile, much like early Star Wars products, the Ferrari name could be seen on a lot of déclassé items, some legit, some not. But their tie-in with Oris made sense, as the watch company came out with several race and F1 special editions, and this particular wind-watch came out of Argentina, which of course was mad for all things Ferrari and Fangio. It's a clean, classic look...

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Original Artwork Book Cover Art for: DRAG STRIP Circa 1959

This is the amazing original cover art done by Charles William Smith for one of the most popular hot rod fiction books of the late-1950's era, DRAG STRIP, written by William Gault.
This is an amazing sight, and here is the original with a shot of the finished cover...

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Before there were key-fob car alarms, there was a cottage industry of low-tech, cool marketing products designed to ease the paranoia of our 1932 three-window being stolen. 

One great alarm system was THE DEVIL DOG! How could it not fail with such an intimidating name? In 1955, the company put these out, and car protection would never be the same. Maybe better, but not the same, ha!

1920's CROSSLEY dash

The epitome of an English quality car, the Crossley auto was manufactured from 1904 till 1937. This dashboard was from the early-Twenties, I believe, and conjure up understated taste and practical design...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

JET POWER! Hot Rod Gas Pedal

Here's a cool accessory, originally for a boat, but definitely a sweet add-on for a retro-rod. 
It's an aluminum "Jet Power" insignia pedal, about size 11, and ready to rocket!