“For Corvette enthusiasts, the real star of ‘Clambake’ is the 1959 Stingray Racer concept— the car that is said to be the opening design salvo in what became the 1963 Corvette Stingray. While Corvette innovation was experience an exciting acceleration, the days of big money movie deals for Elvis were downshifting. Riffing on the similarity of every Elvis movie to every other Elvis movie, a studio executive once quipped: ‘Why do we bother to give his movies titles – couldn’t they just be numbered?'”
“The ’59 Stingray Racer has its own unique history. Designed by Peter Brock and Larry Shinoda, the chassis was provided from one of Duntov’s 1956 Corvette SS tubular frame racers. GM’s styling chief Bill Mitchell purchased the chassis and then directed and funded the design of the car in Chevrolet’s secretive Studio X. Once completed, Mitchell took the car racing as a privateer. The Stingray Racer was raced in 1960 SCCA competition by The Flying Dentist, Dr. Dick Thompson, who would bring home the C-Modified class championship in the car.
TSY‘s latest artist collab “Jesus Take The Wheel,” with Doug Werner the talented eye and artist behind @muchomoto on instagram. How inspiration struck– As a youngster, my family abruptly transplanted to West Phoenix and I found my sorry, red-headed, 10 yr old ass in Cholo central. It was an experience in survival for sure, and left me with an affinity for Lowriders, Cholo Art, and Rick James (Give It To Me Baby)…
1956~ Bettie Page photographed at Headley Farm, New Jersey by WEEGEE; Discovered after WEEGEE’s widow, Wilma Wilcox, bequeathed his archive to the ICP museum in 1993. WEEGEE (Arthur Fellig) and Bettie Page were friends, for years living only three blocks apart from each other just off Times Square, NYC. There is a story that WEEGEE once climbed into a bathtub fully clothed with Bettie hoping for a better photo until she literally kicked him out.
Believe it or not– Joe Strummer actually ran the Paris & London marathons. “I didn’t fuckin’ train. Not once. Just turned up and did it,” Strummer said. His keep-fit regime for success– “Drink 10 pints of beer the night before the race. Ya got that? And don’t run a single step at least 4 weeks before the race.” Got it, Joe…
“In less that 10 seconds the Two-TimerTriumph accelerates to 155.17 mph, a mark which rider / builder Dick Rios claims as ‘the all-time mph (record) for a bike in the quarter-mile.’ Rios also claims his 9.74 seconds elapsed time, recorded on the Fontana (Calif.) dragway clocks as the ‘lowest E.T. ever turned by a bike in the quarter.’ If anyone wished to dispute these assertions, he can find Rios and Two-Timer at drag strips across the U.S. (and hopefully, Europe) this summer on a coming exhibition tour.
In 1970 Jimi Hendrix was sent off to Hawaii to film a movie called “Rainbow Bridge.” His entourage rented a Bushwhacker dune buggy that was over-the-top. It was customized with a metal-flake paint job overlaid with pin-striping, and a loud floral-printed rag top and interior. The crew unbolted the top and Hendrix would flip himself around on the roll bar like a gymnast. Barry Hilton had about 50 customized Bushwhackers at his hotel painted light blue & Gold with big rainbow stickers on the top and sides that were used used in the movie– making the Bushwhacker dune buggy an icon of the psychedelic era.
Roy Orbison was fascinated with anything with an engine and wheels– motorcycles, go-karts, scooters, and automobiles. He was known to follow a car that he liked and make the driver an offer on the spot. He had a collection worthy of a museum by the late 1960s.
“Did you know that the original script for The Dukes of Hazzard had the General Lee painted grey for the confederacy? It did. Rumor has it that George Barris commented that it would be very hard to see the car in the Georgia woods if it were grey. He suggested that it be painted a very common color that is found in every auto shop in the country– Engine block orange. That, my friends is how the orange car was born!” –John Schneider (Bo luke)
A trailer load of General Lees ready for “Dukes of Hazzard” disposal. Seeing all these beauties in person must have been incredible. Makes me so pissed they were destroyed.