Sunday 20 July 2014 at 5:35 pm
Jim Garner passed away yesterday @ 86 years of age. He spent the last 40 years of his life as an avid motorsports fan & tough participant at many events. After he made the movie Grand Prix in the mid-60's, he found that the racing bug was firmly entrenched in his psyche. His friends & family knew that Jim would often be found at various race events, hanging out with his pal Paul Newman & other like minded guys.
In the late 60's Garner started his own race team, "American International Racers". AIR fielded cars at Le Mans, Daytona, and Sebring, & competed in the 1969 Baja 500 flying the AMC colors. His team built ten 1969 SC/Ramblers for the Baja 500 race, finishing with 3 cars in the top 5 spots for the Sedan Class!
Garner proudly paced the Indy 500 multiple times. He drove a Buick in 1975, an Olds in '77, & again in '85.
Jim, we loved your passion for life, all types of racing, & we dug you movies too.
Sunday 20 July 2014 at 12:14 pm
One of the GREATEST custom shops of the 50's & 60's, was located right here in the metro Detroit area. The talented hands & fertile imaginations of Mike & Larry Alexander produced a legion of the coolest custom rides in the country. All of their cars had the flavor & attention to detail that one would expect to come from the Studios of the "Big 3". Their Deora custom was one of the 1st models that I ever built as a kid & it's always spoken to me thru its grace & elegance.
Sadly, Mike Alexander passed away around 10am Friday morning. I quickly got the bad news from Hiser, who was tight with Larry, who passed away a few years ago. Mike was always present at the Detroit Autorama & reveled in being with the local gearheads all weekend long . The Autorama tribute that was held for the A-Bros customs seemed to be so much better than the others that have come after it. Much like the cars & truck they created.
Mike & Larry have joined the ever-growing ranks of heavenly hot rodders & we will miss them a lot.
Wednesday 02 July 2014 at 9:31 pm
For months now, our buddy Don Christ has been chasing around from Dr to Dr treating his prostate cancer. That SUCKS. Even though he's going to be OK, this commotion in his life hasn't left a lot of time to play with his old cars. So his wife Judith & his sons, Jon & Jeff, cooked up a plan to re-energize him & make some serious headway on his 66 Shelby clone project. Their scheme is that we all show up in Franktown, CO on Sunday, build the car from the ground up & fire up the engine on the following Friday.
The whole Singlefinger crew has noticed that Jon & Jeff always seem to be helping others on their projects. So when they asked me to join in on this Colorado misadventure, there was no way I'd say no. I think it's going to be a freaking blast helping move Don's 66 Stang project forward. What could possibly go wrong?
On Monday the 30th, we started from a bare, painted body shell, not all of the parts have been accounted for, but we have credit cards & overnight delivery.
So will we or won't we get the engine to fire up by Friday?
PLACE YOUR BETS, LADIES & GENTLEMEN... and follow our progress in the FORUM
Sunday 08 June 2014 at 5:24 pm
One of the most irritating things in our world today is something that didn't even exist 15 years ago. The "smartphone". We're all addicted to them & we all have good reasons to love/hate the manufacturers, the phone companies, the internet "providers"..
Apple has perfected so very many insidious ways to relieve their customers of their hard-earned cash, that the list seems endless. For example, I really like how the "new" S4 phones have less memory than the same model did 2 years ago. Dropping the memory from 16G down to 8G, forces people to upgrade. Bye-bye $$$
Now Samsung new has added so many of the STUPIDEST features to their new S5 flagship phone, that now it's just another shitty phone, especially when you compare it to the old S3 that I just turned in. Unfortunately, that old S3 is no longer available for purchase. I HATE the S5 so much that I'm taking it back to Sprint, even though I'm going to get stuck with a $35 restocking fee to get rid of this POS phone.
The LATEST & GREATEST SAMSUNG TECHNOLOGY has a slower 4G data connection & you can't multi-task on the the new phone when you could on the old one (ie; can't get data connection while on the phone). It's slower to scan & delete emails than the S3 ever was. The Missed Call display on the Lock Screen show random images, not the person who's call I missed. (Lately, it's been showing Barth. ???) Since I'm no morning person, the screen brightness is horribly overwhelming in the morning & can't be turned down far enough not to blind you in a dark room. BTW, who gives a crap about fingerprint technology? And last, but not least, that stupid charge port cover is REALLY annoying!
It's nice to know that these days, EVERY industry is burdened with a legion of Marketing fucktards & Media Wonks that are making the lives of Engineers miserable across the globe insisting on adding complex features that the customers don't want.
Sunday 11 May 2014 at 08:56 am
Good old fashioned, corporate greed triumphed earlier this year, when the US Court of Appeals again ruled in favor of Big Business over the US taxpayer. Despite a very vocal opposition from the public, the Court tossed out the FCC's long standing rules for an "open internet".
Now the FCC's chairman, Tom Wheeler is now encouraging internet "providers"
to experiment with carving up the internet based on a surcharge for high content users like Netflicks or Youtube. This gives the big corporations priority access to the web, effectively rendering small companies & the average citizen to 2nd class citizens of the web. CNN explains
The US taxpayers paid to develop the internet
(not you Al) & we gave it to the world for free. Greedy SOBs at the cable/phone companies managed to wrangle their way in-between us & the web, so they can hit us with usurious "access fees" to connect to a system that we paid for in the 1st place. Most likely, AT&T, Comcast & Verizon wouldn't be viable corporations today, if the US taxpayers didn't fund internet development years ago. Old fashioned land-line phones, TV viewing, & over priced cell phone packages are being eschewed by today's consumers.
The suits from Verizon & other internet "providers"
seem to have convinced bureaucratic puppets like Fred Upton (R., Mich.) and Rep. Greg Walden (R., Ore.), that pushing aside innovation, new ideas, &/or political discourse in the name corporate profits is a good idea. Now emboldened, Verizon is working to obtain Gov't approval to swallow up Time-Warner, thereby giving them control of 40% of all US web traffic. Rest assured that Washington & Verizon don't give a shit about your right to free speech, small business, or an open internet. It's all about the "benjamins" in corporate profits or campaign contributions.
Call or repeatedly email your Congressman & let it be known that the internet is for everybody, not just the Big Money Corporations that are at war with their customers over access to the world-wide web.
MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD!!!
Wednesday 07 May 2014 at 9:14 pm
Nitto Tire has done a new viral ad that has gotten a SH*TLOAD of attention in less than a week! They called it Getting Started.
Well done guys!
I have long maintained that this may the best form of advertising to get your company name & product maximum visibility out in today's marketplace. This video is absolutely fabulous, even if it has nothing to do with tires or their brand. It rocks never-the-less & ya really gotta love the legs on that dame in the opening sequence!
TURN UP the sound & enjoy:
Published on Youtube Apr 30, 2014
Every epic story has a great start. 'Getting Started' is a short video that includes the sights, but more importantly the sounds, of 34 amazing vehicles roaring to life! From the '69 Jaguar E-Type's quiet Inline-6 to the the rumble of the Aventador's 6.5L V12 and the punch of the Saleen S7's twin turbos, we don't often have the pleasure of hearing these fire up. Spanning decades, cylinder numbers, and displacements Â each engineÂ¹s voice is as individual and recognizable as its body style. Just one of these cars is enough to get any automotive enthusiastÂ¹s attention, but hearing all 33 unique cars one after another is like a symphony to any gearhead's ears!
Learn more about the video here: http://bit.ly/1kv2PD0
Monday 31 March 2014 at 11:24 am
March 31, 1932
Over 80 years old & still going strong!
We have a lot of buddies that are doing the same!
Saturday 01 March 2014 at 5:16 pm
Be sure to get one of our hot, new 2014 T-shirts & don't forget a poster for your shop too.
This one says it all. Even the guys that rarely buy T-shirts already have put their orders in.
These are the cars we're bringing this year's show: Singlefinger Crew @ Autorama
Friday 14 February 2014 at 12:33 am
The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre remains an unsolved crime, where 85 years ago, 7 men were found murdered in Chicago's SMC Cartage Company Garage. The only surviving witness to the carnage was a German Shepherd named "Highball", that belonged to one of the victims (John May). Highball's frantic barking alerted the neighborhood, where upon the Police were called in. Police discovered the dog chained beneath a truck & howling in fear.
It's believed that the Chicago cops had the dog put down shortly after the murders. Stories are told that on dark & lonely nights, passersby can still hear the woeful howling of the long-dead canine coming from where the SMC Garage once stood.
Happy Valentine's Day
Tuesday 11 February 2014 at 07:20 am
As a kid, I spent many years enduring my sister's fascination with some annoying, curly-top kid in the movies she adored. The torment of listening to "on the good ship lollypop..." blaring out of the TV set every Sunday morning was mind numbing beyond compare.
Thankfully, that mop-topp Shirley Temple kid grew into a pretty hot gal that my teenage eyes found really easy to look at. I could understand why Mickey Rooney had the hots for her. Hubba-hubba!
As an adult, Temple retired from Hollywood, raised a family & became active in politics. Her career as a US Ambassador earned her worldwide respect.
Well done, kid.