The Most Famous Tractor In The World. Well, maybe.

Hoyt Clagwell You start it up, and pyrotechnics go off that would shame any fireworks display.  Point to one of its wheels, and it falls off.  Point to a second wheel, and it falls off too.  So does the steering wheel.  Grab the wiring harness and the gauges fall out, saying you’re flying at 3,000 feet.  Whatever you do, don’t call it any names or it might chase you around the barnyard.

This is a typical day in the life of a Hoyt Clagwell tractor. Continue reading

The Gumball Rally (1976), a review:

httpswww.movieposter.com MPW-45256Not as awesome as the Japanese movie poster, but it’s still good.

The Gumball Rally is a secret cross-continental race where by invitation only can men and women from all walks of life –teachers, housewifes, aristocrats, daredevils, etc.- running whatever vehicle they’ve chosen try to get from New York to Los Angeles first, perhaps even beating the previous year’s record time. While the race is spearheaded by candy company man Michael Bannon (Michael Sarrazin) -which explains the ‘Gumball’ name- and rich rival Steve Smith (Tim McIntire), it’s these two that would furiously contest getting there first with their respective copilots, as well as be the target for Lieutenant Roscoe (Normann Burton), who will be working with different law enforcement agencies to try yet again to stop the Gumball Rally. Continue reading

The Cars From That ‘70s Show

This post was originally published on CarLustBlog.com on June 3, 2015. It’s been tweaked a bit, but otherwise it’s all the same.

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That ‘70s Show was not only gut-busting entertainment, it was a learning experience, even if it had a lousy final season and continuity mistakes big enough to drive a Vista Cruiser through. It gave a window to how life was in mid-to-late 1970s North America. What we now consider kitschy-cool was actually considered lame back then, not everyone liked ABBA (or Styx for that matter), and being in the throes of adolescence sucked no matter what decade it is. Am I right?

If these cars could talk… most of them would have trouble remembering what went down. Continue reading