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Ferrari’s Gift to Ford

You know how people like to dedicate things to loved ones? It’s not too far-fetched to see someone dedicate a project to a future business partner either. But what if both companies were too damn proud to ever own each other?

Ford and Ferrari had a long and overly drawn out rivalry back in the fifties and sixties when Ford Jr. was real adamant about buying the struggling Ferrari company. Ferrari was seen as Ford’s answer to gaining a racing pedigree. Ferrari was merely happy to be blown up on the main stage when his company wasn’t doing so well financially. To make a long story short, neither company caved and after there was a long rivalry finally eclipsed by the multiple Lemans victorious Ford GT40.

In the midst of all this, Enzo had one car custom built as a gift to court Ford Jr. This is that car.

- Jon Tong

Roadkill Screens & Water
The Blasphemi episode of Roadkill has probably been Lawson and my favorite episode hands down in a while. The car is just so badass, you can’t help but cheer ‘em on even when they know better than to ride in such severe wetness using drag slicks.
Another technical addition I wanted to point out was type of flat screen filtration they’re using on their “air horns” or “velocity stacks”. I love this clean style and was really hoping the Weber screen filters were going to work on my SU carb air horns, but to no avail. After the 3rd different size pair I tried didn’t work, I had to give up (for now) and go with the ol’ K&N swap.
- Jon Tong

Roadkill Screens & Water

The Blasphemi episode of Roadkill has probably been Lawson and my favorite episode hands down in a while. The car is just so badass, you can’t help but cheer ‘em on even when they know better than to ride in such severe wetness using drag slicks.

Another technical addition I wanted to point out was type of flat screen filtration they’re using on their “air horns” or “velocity stacks”. I love this clean style and was really hoping the Weber screen filters were going to work on my SU carb air horns, but to no avail. After the 3rd different size pair I tried didn’t work, I had to give up (for now) and go with the ol’ K&N swap.

- Jon Tong

Welp, apparently the Rhode Island National Guard has their own ocean front property…

Damn, Uncle Sam.

Lawson

Welp, apparently the Rhode Island National Guard has their own ocean front property…

Damn, Uncle Sam.

Lawson

On the road again. I typically average 20
Hours from Atlanta to Hartford. Let’s see if I can do it in less.

… And as little engine fire as possible would be great.

Lawson Mahoney

On the road again. I typically average 20
Hours from Atlanta to Hartford. Let’s see if I can do it in less.

… And as little engine fire as possible would be great.

Lawson Mahoney

Driftin’ Bug

We saw some drag racing Beetles put the smack down, but what if somebody empasized drifting and/or sliding? I’m pretty sure the rear biased weight distribution would help put smiles on our faces too.

I really doubt that the VW engineers planned for all these functions, but nonetheless, has there ever been or will there ever be a car that is more universal?

- Jon Tong

Supposedly to be Painted This Week

Sure, Dad, sure… You’re “clean the garage” project that was supposed to be a total of four days became “let’s change the garage door” too or vice versa. Whatever. This car has been ready for paint for a while, and here’s hoping it’s done by July 12, the Nor Cal Z Owners’ car show up in Brisbane, CA.

- Jon Tong

Happy Fourth of July from the Mahoney-Tong Car Blog. 

You better be drunk… Cause I am.

Happy Fourth of July from the Mahoney-Tong Car Blog.

You better be drunk… Cause I am.

Roadkill Goes Off-road?

It was inevitable that these two guys try something off-road considering they utterly destroyed their Willys air bag suspension in the desert.

The question is which vehicle would you prefer, the Stepside pickup or the Baja Bug? Not gonna lie, I’m way more inclined toward the Chevy despite my love of all air cooled products. The Chevy is just way more practical and powerful. Either way both are only 2wd, so neither is going to escape the dunes without a quick tow here and there.

They asked us, and now I’m asking all of you, which would you prefer?

- Jon Tong

Parking Lot Finds Continued…

I swear classic Chevy’s are everywhere! This was another I found a while back as I casually walked to work late.

- Jon Tong

"Stretch" the Latest Creation

As I said, these past couple months were all about finishing school. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t tinkering with something in my spare time. Does anybody remember that crazy “stretched” frame John gave me a while back, the one I was supposed to use for a motorized bicycle?

Well I decided against it for now, but I wasn’t going to let that beautiful frame go to waste. Instead I built this totally custom fixed gear bike. It’s stretched 6 inches, has ape bars, and 1.5 gold plated chains united into one.

It’s definitely got some issues to work out, but anybody can see it’s pretty badass. Well, onto the next project!

- Jon Tong