The car business has had some humble moments, such as the years following the 2009 bankruptcies and federal bailouts of General Motors (GM) and Chrysler. Modesty became fashionable. Automakers boasted of the high-mileage cars they were building. They advertised bland family sedans during the Super Bowl.
These days, small is out. Modesty is passé. And Dodge is introducing a car so powerful it could tow a Prius and still lap a Tesla … More
Jack and his kart could beat Top Fuel dragsters and went 5.89 in the quarter-mile at 228 miles per hour back in 1973
Jack McClure – aka Captain Jack McClure – has skimmed across dragstrips at staggering speeds and sailed into high political adventure at sea. He was a moonshine-runnin’ rebel with a rival to some of NASCAR’s pioneers back in the Southeast hollers and hills. He has been a stunt driver with the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show, a boat skipper whose craft was seized during the 1980 Marielito boatlift from Cuba, and a plucky participant in the 1967 Daytona 24 Hour race. (He was a non-finisher in the endurance race, along with such notables as the Phil Hill, Lloyd Ruby/Dennis Hulme/Mario Andretti team, the A.J. Foyt/Dan Gurney/Bruce McLaren team, Mark Donohue and Peter Revson, ad Bobby Allison.)
He (at first unwittingly) risked blowing himself to smithereens in a Turbonique-branded racing kart with twin T-16 rocket engines – while the manufacturer hid behind a railroad car. (At the first test-firing of those go-kart engines, McClure told close friend Ky Michaelson that he had asked Turbonique owner Gene Middlebrooks why he was hunkering down yards away. Replied Middlebrooks, “because I have a wife and two kids.”) … More
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