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

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 4:30pm 4/16/12 4:30pm

Fast And Furious Saleen Mustangs And Ford GT

If you watch the film you'll notice a lot of Saleen vehicles running around. Not only are these "extra cars" from the Saleen family of products, they're actually the Saleen family's personal vehicles. The white GT is Steve's personal vehicle. The orange Saleen S302 PJ, designed to pay homage to Parnelli Jones, is… » 2/11/09 9:30pm 2/11/09 9:30pm

Silent Sam Turbine Livery Returns to Indy 500


In 1967 Parnelli Jones lead the Indianapolis 500 in an all-wheel drive entry built by Andy Granatelli - and powered by a jet turbine. With Jones at the wheel the turbine car almost won, but was felled by a spent bearing with but a few laps left in the race. "Silent Sam" was nonetheless a crowd favorite. Parnelli's… » 5/21/07 6:00pm 5/21/07 6:00pm

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… » 11/07/06 9:41am 11/07/06 9:41am

The Dirt, Scarcity and Emptiness of Current 909'd Offroading Kicked in…

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 10:59am 5/11/06 10:59am

The Parnelli Jones Saleen Mustang: Yeah, We've Got an East Bay Punk Ref…

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 4:00pm 4/13/06 4:00pm