There was a comment conversation over at Brigid’s blog this week with many of us waxing nostalgic about our first car. For many, myself included, that was a VW bug. My first was a white ’66 bug that blew its guts a few years after I got it on I-70 near O’Fallon, Missouri. My second car was a white ’65 VW bug much like my first. It lasted a few year more. When I read the article below, it just seemed appropriate to post it for all of Brigid’s friends.
Think your new “smart” car is puny? Try this one on for size. It’s a 1946 dragster powered by a Packard V-12 taken from a WW2 PT boat. It will certainly get attention.
15 06 2009
This “monster” has a 41-liter motor that produces, you don’t believe, a 2000 horsepower and 3000 lb-ft of torque. That’s right, this thing is actually even more bad ass than Leno’s container car. It was constructed by Rodney Rucker and knowing as the “Dream Rod,” one of the three Blastolene Brothers also responsible for shop the reservoir car and the insane Hemi Trike we stippled at the Grand National Roadster Show before this year.
Early we thought a vehicle like Jay Leno’s Tank Car would be a one-off. After all, how many hot rods out there are thirty feet long and have a 1792 cubic-inch turbocharged V12 underneath the hood putting out 1600 horsepower? But after the Los Angeles Car Concours “d’Elegance” this past weekend we can see from that giant engine outstanding out of its fuselage, it does have some rather impressive engine.
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