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  • Preserving The Corvette Driven By The Man On The Moon

    This 1967 Corvette Coupe, once owned by astronaut Neil Armstrong, is in distressed, but salvageable, condition. (Photo: Joe Crosby)
    Armstrong's "other" vehicle

    It's July 20, 1969, and astronaut Neil Armstrong takes mankind's first steps on the moon.

    Meanwhile, in his garage in Florida sits his 1967 Corvette...the kind of car you might expect to be driven by a cool, living-on-the-edge astronaut. The car was among the most sought-after of C2 Corvettes, with a 390-HP, 427-cu.-in. V8 mated to a four-speed transmission.

    Now, after all these years, the car remains essentially intact; the only bit of bad news is that the second owner had added flared fenders to the car during his four-plus decades of ownership.

    Hemmings Motor News reports that its current owner, Corvette restorer Joe Crosby of Florida, has decided against a restoration of the car given its historical significance. In his own words, “Once you restore a car, you can’t ever go back to the way it was.”

    Instead, a “reactive preservation” is planned by Crosby, together with preservationist Eric Gill, to bring the car back to “as traded-in by Neil Armstrong” condition. As part of the project, Crosby spent six weeks tracking down replacement GM fenders, since reproduction fenders seemed inappropriate on a car with this kind of pedigree.

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  • "The Name's Bond. James Bond."

    Rolls-Royce Phantom III, from James Bond's "Goldfinger"

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    When Sean Connery would utter those words, he oozed a certain sophistication, self-assurance...and "cool". That style was reflected in the automobiles James Bond and others would drive, or should I say, deftly maneuver, at breakneck speeds on deserted mountain roads or through busy city intersections.

    Would you like to see 50 of those very special classic cars, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise? Well, you'll have to get on a plane and fly to England, to the "Bond In Motion" Exhibition at the Beaulieu National Motor Museum in Hampshire, UK.

    But if you can't journey to the other side of the pond, you can still view the cars and read about their background. Click here for photos and specs.

    Alongside the most famous Bond vehicles (like the Aston Martin DB5 and the Lotus Esprit S1), you'll also find other classics dating back to the elegant Fairey Huntress Speedboat in "From Russia With Love", the "Goldfinger" 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III, the buzzing autogyro from "You Only Live Twice", and Octopussy’s screeching Acrostar Jet.

    If you'd like to see them all in person, click here for admission information.

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  • Keep this in mind in 32 years- Ford To Make Aluminum F-150 Trucks

    In 2044, when you (or your child) is looking for an "antique" 2014 Ford F-150 pickup to restore, don't be surprised if the body panels are largely aluminum, not steel.

    But this is a Ford! This is a Truck! How can they do that? Well, thanks to Washington's latest fuel-economy regulations, Ford is working on switching from steel to aluminum to reduce the weight of its F-150 by about 700 lbs. (about 15% of its current weight). By cutting that weight, trucks can go farther on a gallon of gas, and it could also lead to smaller engines, further boosting fuel economy.

    But will you, a potential customer, go along with this drastic change? Will the most popular truck in the U.S. be as safe and durable as we expect from a Ford F-150 pickup? There's a lot at stake here, considering the F-150 is one of the most profitable vehicle lines in the world, and it's outsold every other vehicle in the U.S. since 1982.

    There are also a few interesting manufacturing problems that Ford has to deal with. Since aluminum is not magnetic, they'll need to invest in powerful, power-hungry vacuums to transfer the aluminum sheets within the factory, instead of the giant magnets they now use on steel. Aluminum is also "springier" than steel when pressed, is more likely to tear if pressed too quickly, and it scratches more easily.

    But Ford engineers continue to work on the first prototypes, so I think I'll reserve judgment on the 2014s until I can actually drive one. Sure hope their "Built Ford Tough" slogan will still apply!

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  • More than just athletes on display at the London Olympics

    BMW art car jeff koons

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    Walking around London during the Olympics, you'd expect to see all sorts of interesting people from every corner of the world (well, maybe not Antarctica; I don't think they have a track team this year).

    As an Eastwood customer, though, you're more into noticing all the different vehicles you might see during this international gathering. So you'd sprint right past the Men's 110m Hurdles venue and make a beeline to Shoreditch to enjoy the BMW collection of its 18 "Art Cars"—racing cars painted by famous artists.

    No, they didn't use Eastwood Concours spray guns (as far as I know!), nor did they use our Candeez paints, but it's still cool to see what a well-known artist can do with a racing car as a canvas! You may have heard of a few of these guys: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Caldor and more. (My favorite paint job is on the 2010 BMW M3 GT2, by Jeff Koons; see it above, and read about it here.)

    But if you just can't make it to London this year, you can see a photo gallery of the cars here.

    I guess you can watch the Men's 110m Hurdles on tape delay when you're done.

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