Flashback Friday Two 'Fer
This week we are bringing you a sweet two for one in this blog. We recently posted quick videos of both of these rides on FaceBook and they got tons of attention so we thought we would bring them both to you our loyal followers, in all their full text glory. Oh and if you aren't following us on FaceBook get yourself over there and do it now! (Well, after you check out this awesome blog then go!)
It's a bit longer than usual but aren't Fridays made for checking out awesome stuff on the internet. So, go enjoy.
This ride is something that really caught my eye. I saw it at Chicago World of Wheels. It's called the "Lockheed Lakester". Now I know you are thinking to yourself: Lockheed, o.k. aviation, and yea fuel tanks, belly pan racers; where's the surprise? Well, for this ride the "tank" is just the beginning.
The Lockheed Lakester was built form a salvaged 700 gallon wing tip fuel tank off a Lockheed Super Constellation. Prior to it's current incarnation, the tank was used as a hot water heater!
The ride stays true to the aviation theme throughout. It has a unique blend of both automotive and aviation parts that make this baby fly. The "cockpit" has gunner seats from a Lockheed Neptune Sub Chaser, the "steering wheel" is a yoke form a Rockwell Aero Commander. The passenger has the forward seat with the pilot steering from the back seat, reminiscent of a biplane. There's more plane than car in this ride.
The Lakester is described as a "streetable" two person ride. Powered by a turbo charged hemi, 4 cylinder. This speedster pays supreme homage to the vintage belly pan salt flats racers of old. It seems I was not alone admiring this unique ride, it won "Best in Class - Unlimited" at the show. Congrats fellas!
Now have a look at this "hybrid" of auto and aviation. Be sure and check out the detailing in the upholstery.
By the by, this ride is going to be the daily driver for the young owner, as long as he has clear skies for flying. Now that's one lucky guy!
On to a custom Corvette to beat them all.
You know, one of the things I like about going to GoodGuys events is that there are always surprises - there's always going to be something unexpected there. This year's GoodGuys Bowling Green event did not disappoint; I saw a forgotten, back-in-the day racer brought back to it's original 60's metalflake splendor from a pile of rusted out parts, a gleaming silver slammed roadster built out of a Peterbuilt, and a completely stock, all steel, full interior, Studebaker station wagon that had no trouble turning 11's all day.
However, one of the real surprises of this year's event was, of all things, a Corvette! Yah, I know you're all probably saying to yourselves "A Vette in Bowling Green, Kentucky of all places, only the Mecca, the ground zero for Corvettes. No real surprise finding a great Corvette in Bowling Green right? Been there; done that."
But in the land of customized, hot rodded vehicles, especially Corvettes, the challenge is to make one really stand out. And that's exactly what the guys from Heartland Customs in Purcell, Oklahoma did with JW Lorett's '64 fastback.
Underneath that beautiful cybergray metallic fiberglass body beats the heart of a bad to the bone, high tech ZR1, with a custom hydroformed chassis that houses an all alumunum, blown LS9 putting out 638 rear wheel horsepower mated to a Tremec 6 speed, and finished off with ZR1 suspension and brakes, front and rear.
And that body isn't just your Father's typical Corvette fiberglass skin. In addition to custom touches too numerous to list (for example, rear lower body diffusers patterned after a Formula 1 race car), the hood and in fact the whole body above the fender line is made out of carbon fiber.
The net effect of what the Heartland Customs guys have done is to have taken a 46 year old car and turned it into a state of the arts autobahn crusher that is so comfortable and elegant to drive that even your Mother-in Law would like to ride in it. (Not that I'd ever suggest making that kind of sacrifice!)
But rather than me continuing to jaw about this beautiful creation, have a look and judge for yourself.
Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!