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One Lap of the Web: A podcast anniversary and a Facellia

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0800

-- Ford's F-350 can tow 35,000 pounds, which is pretty nifty. But it's lacking one crucial element in race-car transporting: it really could use Plymouth logos and a red, white and blue paint job with the word "REBEL" emblazoned on the side in the same lettering that announced Roosevelt's presidency. Hence, this 1965 Dodge C500 ramp truck built to look like something you could find in the paddock of Fontana Drag City circa 1965 with an altered-wheelbase Belvedere Funny Car on the back and a case of Tecate where the Mac tools go. The seller really wants to push this whole Don Prudhomme angle; he dedicates the majority of the listing to how great Barrett-Jackson was to Hot Wheels. (He'll also trade for a Mopar convertible. What's the point in having a Mopar if you've got nothing to tow it with?!) We'd steal Ralph Gilles' Man Van and park it at the Circle K Winternationals in sunny Pomona, Calif.

-- For those of you who forgot about Dre, I still cohost this here Hooniverse Podcast. And even I can't believe we've stuck it out for 50 long and tedious episodes, or 50+ hours that we've cruelly snatched away from the ears of our listening audience. ("Good evening, lady and gentlemen…") But 50 or nothing, it's still business as usual at the Palatial Podcast Palace. My baby-faced cohost Jeff Glucker and I talk at length about driving Aston Martins on ice and driving NSXs in the rain, in addition to a small thing that happened in a sleepy little Swiss town this week. Check it out over at Hooniverse, ShoutEngine, or something called iTunes that we hear will never catch on. (If you choose the latter, please leave a review so we can someday "stand victorious over the podcast body of Adam Carolla.")

-- GIFs are neat. GIFs are the communication method of tomorrow: in the future, all human thought and comprehension will be distilled into neat little lists of GIFs. Sometimes GIFs conjure a useful, worthwhile experience -- such as this set of animated images from the 1950 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, taken (we'd assume) from period newsreels. Giuseppe Farina won in an Alfa Romeo 158/159 Alfetta after 70 laps; the top three contenders were all in Alfa Romeos. Juan Manuel Fangio qualified third but retired from first after an oil leak. Guess what? He was also driving an Alfa Romeo.

-- Literary hero Albert Camus met his end in a Facel-Vega HK500 on a rain-slicked road by Petit Villeblevin. You can recreate this morbid journey with your very own Facellia, to the tune of $21,995! That not-insignificant chunk of change gets you an early 1960 convertible, the 123rd Facellia, built in June of 1960. The 1.6-liter Pont-

By Blake Z. Rong