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Last Call- It’s a Jungle Out There Edition

Robert Emslie September 2, 2014 Last Call

Jungle Jim

To be a top racer you need to be larger than life. In the late sixties and early seventies, one of the largest lives was inhabited by “Jungle Jim” Liberman, a major presence on the drag circuit and a racer known for crowd-pleasing smoky burnouts. He was also known for his back-up girl, Pam Hardy, whose looks and track antics were as much part of the show as was the race. Jungle Jim and Jungle Pam offered the kind of over-the-top showmanship that made drag racing great during its heyday. Sadly Jim died in 1977 in an off-track car accident, but Pam continues to keep his memory alive to this day, as well as show her appreciation for her fans’ continued support.

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Last Call- Labor of Love Edition

Robert Emslie September 1, 2014 Last Call

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Today being Labor Day here in the States, I thought we’d wrap things up with a picture of a job we could all get behind- the building of Ford’s original Mustang. This remarkable perspective shot is from Ford’s San Jose assembly plant in Milpitas, Calif where Mustang production was added in mid-1964, with the first car rolling off the line on July 10th of that year. Here they’re being checked prior to getting an anti-corrosion bath.

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Last Call- Poor-Man’s Porsche Edition

Robert Emslie August 29, 2014 Last Call

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Porsche’s 911 and Fiat’s 500 (the original one) both are rear-engined. I think that’s reason enough to combine the two in a weird cinquecento/novecento undici melding, and that’s just what a Greek enthusiast did, with this as the result. The engine seems to remain the tiny-weeny Fiat four, but then again, it is in the back.

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Last Call- Old School Kool Edition

Robert Emslie August 28, 2014 Last Call

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I love old service stations, and the Shorpy Historical Archive has a swell collection of them. This one in particular caught my eye, and not just for the admonition to eat 9 slices of white bread a day but for the awesome name of this gas brand. Snapped in 1937 in Cleveland Ohio, this corner KOOLMOTOR station’s neon sign looms impressively over the four pumps and two bays of its downtown automotive oasis. I’ll bet it must have looked amazing at night. Also, sidewalks back then were so wide !

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Last Call- The Bull’s Ear Edition

Robert Emslie August 27, 2014 Last Call

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Lamborghini’s revered Miura is beautiful from any angle, of that there is no doubt. There are certain angles however that are not commonly explored, and one of those is the ascending line that defines both the top of the aft-of-the-door scoop and the outer edges of the engine cover. It’s like an animal’s ear, and in this particular vantage the car seems unfamiliar and almost alien. Can you think of another isolated line on the Miura that’s equally as beguiling?

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Last Call- Duh-Duh, Duh-Duh,Duh-Duh,Duh-Duh,Duh-Duh Edition

Robert Emslie August 26, 2014 Last Call

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Billionaire philanthropist, masked crime-fighter, unashamed tight-wearer, and Triumph owner- Batman was the coolest of dudes. Me, I’d be worried about catching my cape in the spokes.

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Last Call- Can’t Be Unseen Edition

Robert Emslie August 25, 2014 Last Call

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This is a 1969 Oldsmobile Hurst 442 Holiday Coupe and yes, the huge split scoop and stripe do conspire to make the car look like it has a giant, gold… well, you know what, on it.

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Last Call- Small Block, Big Bike Edition

Robert Emslie August 22, 2014 Last Call

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There have been a lot of crazy bikes built over the years, and this transverse V8-powered drag bike must rank among the craziest. Set up for the strip, this ’60s monster is only overshadowed by the leather-clad dude standing beside it, who seems even wider than the bike.

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Last Call- A River Runs Under It Edition

Robert Emslie August 21, 2014 Last Call

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The caption for this photo is ’1932 – Driving Across the River Pudding.’  Situated 120 feet above the river, near Barlow Oregon, sits a trio of steel cables, able to support not only a car – I think that’s a Dodge – but also a trio of bathing beauties on a safe journey from bank to bank. How cool must that have been?

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Last Call- Parking Plague Edition

Robert Emslie August 20, 2014 Last Call

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Consider the Bermuda Triangle, the Black Hole of Calcutta, and the parking lot at Tennessee home furnishings retailer Smart Furniture as doors to another dimension. In the case of the last one, that’s apparently a door full of mysterious clowns. That’s reason enough NOT to park there and consider doing all your business with the company online.

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