Parnelli Jones' Boss 302 Mustang race car at Fabulous Fords Forever 2011
While at the Fabulous Fords Forever show in Buena Park, California on April 11, 2011, I was witness to an incredible orchestra emanating from the exhibition area after the show ended and most everybody and their cars had left the grounds, so I rushed over to the grassy area and lo and behold, what did I see? The owners of this fabulous Boss Mustang had arrived from Canada and backed the race car out of the trailer. After a slumber of 9 months, the Mustang was started and unleashed into the parking lot and then returned to the trailer. What an experience!! Super nice owners, very willing to talk about the car - you are a tribute to the hobby. Thank you, gentlemen!
BOSS 302 - BOSS Track Attack
2012 BOSS 302 - BOSS Track Attack at Miller Motorsports Park, UT. Monday
October 10 2011. Boss 302 driving instruction day. This is my last 30
minute session of the day. Catch and passes at 7:50 and 23:30. After the
checked flag at 30:00 I pull into the pits and the last 2 laps are with an
If you have a 2012 BOSS 302 - go!! If you don't have a BOSS 302, buy one,
go and enjoy a great car.
Laguna Seca Historic Races Part 1 of 2
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Day 3 of the Montery Weekend. This time we are at the Historic races.
Part 1 only includes Paddock cars and other things
Customs Corruption 1
AirNet Sp. z o.o. principal/owner on 27.09.2011 explaining how they extort
money from bona fide "customers" (taxpayers) of the Polish Customs Office
at their 106 Krakowska Street office in Warsaw, Poland.
Background: vehicle was impounded by Polish Customs for over one year
during which its historical status was denied and then confirmed (via
appeal). Once a positive decision was awarded, owner attempts to remove
vehicle from the impound lot, with full Customs Office clearance, but owner
of building (Michal Zerembski) which rents the land to the Polish Customs
Office threatens to have vehicle impounded if a settlement isn't reached
for parking fees for that time period, asserting that the vehicle is on
private land and thus must settle with his company before vehicle can be
released, despite the fact that the customs clearance process demands that
the vehicle be presented and held on that property until it clears customs.
This is a clear violation of the law, which is confirmed by 5 different
Customs Officers in various offices in Warsaw, and owner is assured by all
Customs Officers this procedure (extortion attempt) is illegal, invalid,
and will not be allowed to stand. Regardless, one week later this same
individual (Mr. Zerembski) calls Polish police onto the property to stop
owner from removing his vehicle from the property without paying the
private firm for parking. Polish Police officers agree with the property
owner and will not allow vehicle owner to take possession of his property,
and do nothing about the physical assault committed the same day by one of
AirNet's security guards against the owner of the vehicle. Interestingly,
Polish Customs officers do nothing to allow owner to take possession of his
vehicle, though they are all aware of the Custom Office Director's orders
to release the vehicle without incident or payment (she was absent that
day, 06.10.2011, when notified 2 days prior that the owner intended to pick
up the vehicle on said date; Vice Director and Customs Officer in charge
also tells owner that he must pay the extra parking fees and he won't
enforce the Director's orders to let the owner take possession of the
1966 Ford Mustang, Vintage Racecar, 600HP, Most Wins, FOR SALE!
1966 Ford Mustang, Vintage
Racecar, 600HP, Most Wins, FOR SALE!
This was the most heavily awarded vintage race car in Mexico. It won
everything there was to win... It is now for sale by the builder/driver in
San Diego and it is ready to dominate what the US has to offer. This Mustang has over 600 HP to the
rear wheels and was built as a no-expense spared vintage racer. We are
very pleased to offer this very special consignment from Pedro, it's San
This was built in 2000 from a very nice and solid car that normally would
have been restored for show. Instead Pedro commenced a no-expense spared
build of the perfect vintage race car. He started the restoration by
placing the shell into acid for 24 hours to lighten the metal, giving it
aluminum-like lightness. The car has all the necessary performance and
safety upgrades necessary. He was sponsored by Ford Motor Company through
their racing program so whatever he needed or wanted he received.
During its development this Mustang spent about 50 hours on the
Dyno. With a 406 cu
in stroker motor, Richmond transmission, Tordsen differential, Wilwood
brakes, this is ready to dominate the vintage racing tracks again.
Pedro was an affluent owner of one of Mexico's top restoration facilities-
he had over 50 employees restoring cars in a top notch facility. So
between the Ford sponsorship and his personal restoration facility this car
was built and maintained without regard to cost.
More details will be coming and the Mustang is available for viewing in
San Diego. For more information please contact Harry at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 951.901.5088.
1968 Lotus 56 at the 2011 Goodwood Festival Of Speed
The 1968 Lotus 56 Turbine Indy car, driven here by Parnelli Jones, as seen
at the 2011 Goodwood Festival Of Speed.
Lotus founder Colin Chapman is best remembered for having a lot of success
with unconventional and revolutionary racing cars. One of the most
outrageous Lotus designs was the Type 56, prepared for the 1968 Indy 500.
Although the novelties found on the 56 were not new, but the combination
proved to be a package very well worth the Lotus badge.
Designed by Maurice Philippe, the 56 was not equipped with a regular
internal combustion engine, but with a Pratt and Whitney industrial turbine
engine. Such an engine was used previously and proved very reliable. Due to
the nature of a turbine engine, no gearbox was needed. Using the proven
Ferguson four wheel drive system, the turbine engine's power was
transferred to all wheels.
Although the turbine was not quite as powerful as the turbo charged internal combustion engines used by
the competition, Chapman was confident that the four wheel drive system
would give Lotus the edge over the rest. The operation was partly funded by
Andy Granatelli's STP company and the wedge shaped cars were livered in
STP's striking orange colour scheme.
Lotus intended to enter their two Formula 1 drivers, Jim Clark and Graham
Hill and Granatelli himself would enter another two cars for American
drivers, including Parnelli Jones. Unfortunately Clark lost his life in a
Formula 2 accident earlier that year. His replacement, Mike Spence, was
struck by tragedy as well, losing his life after a high speed accident with
Lotus 56 in one of the Indy 500 test sessions.
Eventually Graham Hill, Joe Leonard and Art Polland entered the race with
the turbine Lotus. Again Lotus' bold move proved successful with Leonard on
pole, closely followed by Hill. Hill crashed out early in the race, and
Leonard and Pollard both retired with fuel pump problems. Leonard was in
the lead with just a few laps to go, when his turbine engine died.
A grief strucken Chapman had returned to Europe with Spence's body and left
the turbine Indy cars in Granatelli's hands. He campaigned the cars with
little success. At the end of the season the innovative cars were left
obsolete when the sport's governing body (USAC) banned both turbine engines
and four wheel drive.
Featured is Parnelli Jones' Type 56, which has benefited from a ground up
restoration in recent years. It is in full running order, but it is no
longer fitted with the original turbine engine. This unique racer is
pictured here at the 2004 Eyes on Design exhibition held at the Edsel and
Eleanor Ford House.