Friday, October 7, 2011

Remembering HOOP


Artist, "Art Car" designer, Mini/microcar aficionado, and co-editor of this blog -- Steve "HOOP" Hooper passed away on September 22, 2011 after a battle with cancer.

Hoop was a person you couldn't miss, overlook, or forget. His art will be remembered -- and some of it will continue driving around.

His last interview, for AOL Auto News, can be seen at:
Artist Behind Coolest Car Sculptures Ever Faces Life's Greatest Challenge

And, to see some of his work, go to Hoop's website:
HOOPMOBILES from the mind of HOOP

He will be missed.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Three Berkeleys Charge up Kop Hill

Check out this video of three Berkeleys taking their runs up Kop Hill. It's a "non-competitive" hillclimb, but they seem to be making a run of it. (It's great to see the reactions of the crowd.)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Microcar im Schnee mit Stadtpelz

I'll have to admit, I don't know where I got this image -- but, it's pretty cool. (Actually, it's pretty cold, judging by the man in the Stadtpelz.)
This is a signed photo -- printed from the negative to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the car.

Can you tell me what the car is and where it's from?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Getting Around - Italian Style

Bumped into this little Fiat wagon on a street corner in Rome.

The streets are full of Fiat 500's -- mostly the new ones, but the old models are still around in pretty good numbers. The streets of Rome are made for small cars -- no room, no rules, and no parking. I don't understand how the bigger cars can get around.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

1957 St. Simons Cup

Not sure exactly where this one came from, but there is a small trophy that's been collecting dust in my office for the past few years.

On the bottom of its plastic (or maybe it's Bakelite) base is the name of the maker -- "Trophies for Champions, by F.N. Noble & Company, Chicago, No. 62".

But, the more interesting information is on the small brass plaque. It is inscribed, "1957 St. Simons Cup, Second H Modified".

Can anyone out there tell me where this race was run?

Better yet...tell me who came in second.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The "Big" DKW


The DKW 3=6 is often described as the big DKW. (Der grosse DKW) It claims room for six, with space for luggage -- all powered by a 2-stroke, 3-cylinder, 891cc engine. (A straight three.)

The car, manufactured from 1953 to 1959 went by many names. It was the DKW 3=6, the DKW Sonderklasse, the DKW F91, and the DKW 900.

One would assume the 3=6 is in reference to the 3-cylinder car with seating for six. But, according to the Audi history site, "Three equals six! This simple mathematical equation greatly impressed the public. A three-cylinder two-stroke engine, since it has twice as many working strokes as a four-stroke engine, therefore benefits from a power flow as smooth as a six-cylinder four stroke."

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Auto Union 1000 Sp Rally Car


Some artistic license was probably taken on this image -- making the "baby Thunderbird" look much faster than the 87mph top speed it was credited with.

Introduced in 1958, the sports version of the 4-seater Auto Union 1000 -- it boasted a 3-cylinder 981cc 2-stroke engine with a 4-speed gearbox. About 5,000 of the fixed-head coupe sports cars were manufactured between 1958 and 1965.

MINUTIA compared the 1000 Sp with the Ford Thunderbird back in March 2009.