Category Archives: May 2012

RIP Carroll Shelby

One of America’s most famous car racers and designers passed away today at age 89.

You may have never heard of Carroll Shelby but I am more than certain that you have ogled some of the cars that he has designed because I know that I have. Shelby has been a trailblazer in the world of both automotive ingenuity and the culture that still surrounds racing today. How crazy is it to think that this man helped engineer a racing machine that would beat Enzo Ferrari’s mad racing streak.

This man was not only an automotive super hero but he was also a beacon of hope to those who needed a role model. Having a rough childhood riddled with sickness and again battling with illness and severe injuries from racing accidents Shelby has battled his way through on to the next project and he has been a key part of design even up till his death. But what made Shelby a true hero was that he even founded his own foundation in order to aid children who were in need of organ transplants. This was a man who gave back to his community and never forgot his roots as the son of a rural mail carrier.

The only thing I think people get confused on is what company Shelby designed cars for. For the younger generation they would most remember him for the Ford Mustang Shelby pictured below:

but Shelby was most popularly known for his AC (Auto Carriers) Motors based Shelby American Cobra:

and then after beating Enzo Ferrari at Le Mans in 1959, Henry Ford II eventually recruited him in hopes to build a car that would beat out Ferrari at future Le Mans competitions and Ford hired the right man. The Ford group had 4 consecutive Le Mans wins from 1966 through 1969 thanks to Shelby.

and most of you may have already forgotten or may have never made the connection in the first place but Carroll Shelby was also responsible for the Dodge Shelbys/ Shelby Dodges.

Why’d he start working with Dodge? because Lee Iacocca asked him to. Iacocca was responsible for getting Shelby to Ford so this time he had him work as a “Performance Consultant” on the Dodge Viper but he ended up helping to design and change previous designs for the new Dodges.

And Shelby didn’t stop here. Although there were a lot of ups and downs attached with it, he had also managed to take his original designs from paper to finished product to create the Shelby Series 1. But to keep a long story short his company (Shelby American) was bought up, then that company (Venture Corporation) went bankrupt but not because of their Shelby purchase and Shelby ended up buying his stock back for pennies on the dollar but his Vehicle Safety Standards certificate had expired so he sold his car without a motor or transmission as a “component car” but people still bought them and made their own Series 1 Shelbys at home.

Makes me just want to up and be a car designer! I WISH!

You will be missed and remembered. For every engine rev and street race won I know that you have contributed a big part of the ever growing love and passion of cars  in every true red blooded American and we will not forget it.

(Forgive the run on sentence).

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Blake Griffin made all 4 of his free throws? I call bullshit!

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

Know why?

Because the Grizzlies owned this shit today! It’s not over bitches!

I was a little pissed when they put a “Clippers vs Spurs” game time on during the halftime but you better make that “Grizzlies vs Spurs” bitches!

Bring it on!

Game 7 in MEMPHIS!

But seriously, Blake Griffin made all of his free throws. What are the fuckin odds of that happening?

12%. TWELVE FUCKING PERCENT.

Zach Randolph made 16 rebounds today and Marc had the most points with 23. The Grizzlies had an overall better shooting percentage except for the free throws because towards the end the Grizzlies missed a lot of their free throws. But what’s surprising to me is that the Grizzlies had a total of 22 turnovers in comparison to the Clippers 9 but they still managed to kick some serious Clipper ass.

But boy was this game tense. Tied 6 times and 9 lead changes. But I believe the Grizzlies will be able to deliver the finishing blow to knock down the Clippers from the ranks.

Best day ever.

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He’s on Fire! Boom Shaka Laka!

What better way to start a blog entry than with clips of Marc Gasol pulverizing Slop City’s own Bitch Griffin.

Here’s one where Marc just crushes Griffin’s foot.

And then the one everyone saw last night of Marc falling on top of Prissy Pants Griffin.

OUCH!

And watch Wade just smack the ball right out of Carmelo’s hands.

You’re not scoring on my turf BITCH!

Let’s watch that again but with Lebron and Tyson Chandler. Love those clean blocks! The Knicks didn’t even stand a chance in Hell against the Heat. Well, at least they stopped their 20 game playoff losing streak. Yay? Hahaha.

God I love playoffs season.

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Rondo Fail!

I love this shot. Not only is Josh Smith about to attack the rim, it looks like he has 2 more arms coming out from his shoulders. RAWR!

And then you see Paul Pierce doing a little ballet while everyone else is playing basketball.

Hawks triumph over the Celtics for a sweet victory in Atlanta.

Man, this shit was tense!

My heart was racing in my chest when I saw Rondo go in for the steal but Smith and Horford stepped up their defense at the right moment to box out Rondo from passing to Garnett.

It was just a great job and there were some awesome plays tonight as well.

Both teams had a total of 5 players scoring double digits but the Hawks had a better scoring percentage overall.

I have to hand it to the Celtics for their 2 buzzer beaters by Garnett and Rondo.

2 out of 4 of my predictions came true so all I need to do is keep my fingers crossed for the last 2 games on tonight.

LET’S GO LAKERS!

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Playoffs!

Thunder advances.

Clean win against the Mavs.

Maybe next time Dirk.

Whenever I think of KD anymore I can’t help but think of his Doodle Jump/Sprint commercial. I ended up downloading the game because of the commercial but it was just so so. Nothing too special about it. I’m going to go back to playing Draw Something and Hang Something or other.

Thunder vs Lakers will be an awesome upcoming series and Mark and I are very much looking forward to it. It feels like it was just yesterday when we were at the Playoffs games 2 years ago between the Lakers and the Thunder. The Thunder won’t be as easy to beat this year so the Lakers will have to bring all that they’ve got to make it a good series of games.

I’m sure we’ll have our own bets going on when the time comes for them.

We’ll be able to watch the Playoffs from Hong Kong…right? RIGHT?

I’d be happy too if Fisher could get another ring before Kobe.

It is what it is. Good thing he’s not on the Rockets. Phew~!

Spurs advance.

A little love kiss between Tim Duncan and Al Jefferson. An unrequited love met with such a bitter ending.

I’ll still be your bottom bitch Tim!

Hahaha. I’m just kidding. Love the angling on this picture though. Just priceless.

Let’s face it, the Jazz never had a chance and neither did the Mavs.

Still no Championship for the Jazz. Better luck next year.

I have the Spurs beating either the Grizzlies or the Clippers but losing to the Thunder or the Lakers. I’ve been disappointed before by the Spurs. No longer will I bet on them to win anything. I learned my lesson the first time around.

Clippers lead Grizzlies 3-1

I think they call this position the “Saucy Spoon”.

Come on guys, get a hotel room.

But anyways, I am going to puke. Not only do I absolutely despise the Clippers but I actually bet that the Grizzlies would take the Series…UGH. I might be out some moolah! AND IT WAS SUCH A CLOSE GAME YESTERDAY!!!!!!!! UGH…

I was watching during work and it seemed like it just went on forever. I still believe in Marc and OJ! LETS DO THIS SHIT!

Predictions and Hopes for Today’s Game Schedule

-Lakers close out the Nuggets, once and for all.

-76ers prove that the Bulls are nothing without Rose.

-Pacers halt the Magic’s attempt at a comeback.

-Hawks rise above the Celtics with a last minute clinch!

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Ferrari 250

Look at this gorgeous Ferrari we saw at Jack in the Box when we went to go get a quick breakfast.

It’s a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti. God isn’t it gorgeous?

Who thought I would find one in the streets of Honolulu.

Oh, did I also mention that I live next to all the luxury car dealerships? So every walk around the neighborhood is filled with Lamborghini’s and BMWs a plenty. Yum Yum!

Here’s a full picture of the Ferrari since you can’t really tell from just the picture of the back end.

And since I haven’t had the opportunity to write about cars I thought this would be a perfect time.

I thought my car blog entry days would be few and numbered in between since I had left LA but I’m glad Hawaii is proving to be a different type of car mecca for me. I’ve seen some classics here that I haven’t had the chance of seeing in LA.

So let’s talk about the Ferrari 250. Ferrari manufactured the 250 series from 1953 to 1964 and it included a lot of different variants which ended up becoming Ferrari’s most successful early line. It eventually ended up being replaced by the 275 and the 330 which I will talk about another time.

A lot of the 250s had the same wheelbases. The small wheelbase cars would be 2,400mm where the long wheelbase models would be 2,600mm. Most cars not only had the SWB but also the same type of lightweight V12 engine that made the Ferrari much lighter than other competitors which made the Ferrari 250s a car to be reckoned with when it came to racing. These lightweight engines weren’t the fastest engines of their time but for the weight they had a pretty impressive output which has lead the 250 series to many victories in several different racing competitions.

As soon as they debuted this car they were selling like hot cakes as well as being used in races. The combination of low weight + high power  + well-sorted suspension = made this car a winner.

This car is, till this day, still seen as one of the top cars of the 1960s as well as one of the best Ferraris of all time.

I’m just lucky that there are people out there maintaining such classics so that I can enjoy them too.

Maybe I can just wait at Jack in the Box to see if it rolls by again…

A girl can dream can’t she?

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