The Jones’ Always Beat the Odds

Growing up Mr. Parnelli Jones was into horses but when he turned 16 he sold his horse and bought a hotrod. After that, he was unstoppable. It was a 1923 Ford T-bucket, the same kind of car that he’d seen Troy Ruttman racing at Carrell Speedway. He still remembers Ruttman started at the back and fighting his way to the… »10/23/15 2:51pm10/23/15 2:51pm


In 1971, Lotus Raced A Four-Wheel Drive F1 Car Powered By An Airplane Engine

The early 1970s were quite possibly the craziest years in Formula One and not only because of the mammoth sideburns. These were years of wild experiments in fields as apart as aerodynamics and sponsorship structures, and they produced fascinating evolutionary dead-ends like the Lotus 56, a turbine-powered, four-wheel… »4/16/12 4:30pm4/16/12 4:30pm

SEMA Show: Time Machine Huffs Sunoco, Churns Out Mustangs

At once both onward and backward into Trans Am racing are these two Ford Mustangs spotted at SEMA. The original was driven by none other than Parnelli Jones to multiple victories in the venerable American racing series that used relatively stock cars and both direction of turns. The 1969 1970 was originally built by… »11/07/06 9:41am11/07/06 9:41am

The Dirt, Scarcity and Emptiness of Current 909'd Offroading Kicked in the Head: Stroppe's Big Oly

We were just IM'ing with Scotto and got to listening to an old song by Jawbreaker that we used to cover when jamming with Bill Stroppe's grandson back in college. We'd smoke Chesterfield Kings and American Spirit Regulars on the curb outside the building when we were exhausted and sweaty from him being Bill Stevenson… »5/11/06 10:59am5/11/06 10:59am

The Parnelli Jones Saleen Mustang: Yeah, We've Got an East Bay Punk Ref for This One, Too

Back in 1996, we were in a band with noted off-road guru (and Parnelli Jones' Baja co-winner) Bill Stroppe's grandson. Actually, it wasn't much of a band. It was just the two of us in a hallway in the performing arts building at Saint Mary's bashing out Jawbreaker cult classics and punk-kid mixtape staples like… »4/13/06 4:00pm4/13/06 4:00pm