History TheAllegedCar / RealLife

20th May '18 4:28:06 PM danlansdowne
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** In 2010, a self-taught mechanic and racing driver named Bill Caswell bought a [[https://jalopnik.com/5497042/how-a-500-craigslist-car-beat-400k-rally-racers 1991 BMW on Craigslist for $500]], taught himself how to add an FIA-certified roll cage, and brought it to Mexico to race against professional rally drivers with cars worth over $400,000. Despite having almost no budget and doing all the ''very'' regular repair work himself and with a friend, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he came in THIRD]].

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** In 2010, a self-taught mechanic and racing driver named Bill Caswell bought a [[https://jalopnik.com/5497042/how-a-500-craigslist-car-beat-400k-rally-racers 1991 BMW on Craigslist for $500]], taught himself how to add an FIA-certified roll cage, and brought it to Mexico to race against professional rally drivers with cars worth over $400,000. Despite having almost no budget and doing all the ''very'' regular repair work himself and with a friend, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he came in THIRD]].in]] '''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome third]]'''.
20th May '18 4:24:07 PM danlansdowne
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** In 2010, a self-taught mechanic and racing driver named Bill Caswell bought a [[1991 BMW on Craigslist for $500 https://jalopnik.com/5497042/how-a-500-craigslist-car-beat-400k-rally-racers]], taught himself how to add an FIA-certified roll cage, and brought it to Mexico to race against professional rally drivers with cars worth over $400,000. Despite having almost no budget and doing all the ''very'' regular repair work himself and with a friend, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he came in THIRD]].

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** In 2010, a self-taught mechanic and racing driver named Bill Caswell bought a [[1991 [[https://jalopnik.com/5497042/how-a-500-craigslist-car-beat-400k-rally-racers 1991 BMW on Craigslist for $500 https://jalopnik.com/5497042/how-a-500-craigslist-car-beat-400k-rally-racers]], $500]], taught himself how to add an FIA-certified roll cage, and brought it to Mexico to race against professional rally drivers with cars worth over $400,000. Despite having almost no budget and doing all the ''very'' regular repair work himself and with a friend, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he came in THIRD]].
20th May '18 4:23:21 PM danlansdowne
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** In 2010, a self-taught mechanic and racing driver named Bill Caswell bought a [[1991 BMW on Craigslist for $500 https://jalopnik.com/5497042/how-a-500-craigslist-car-beat-400k-rally-racers]], taught himself how to add an FIA-certified roll cage, and brought it to Mexico to race against professional rally drivers with cars worth over $400,000. Despite having almost no budget and doing all the ''very'' regular repair work himself and with a friend, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he came in THIRD]].
7th May '18 8:01:13 PM nombretomado
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* The Czechoslovak company Velorex is a respected name in motorcycle sidecars. They also built something that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velorex might be described as a car]], but which is basically a motorcycle sidecar without the motorcycle. It's vinyl-coated canvas over steel tubing. The frame is attached to what is effectively the rear end of a motorcycle with a 125cc or 250cc two-stroke single-cylinder engine driving the single rear wheel. ''Series/TopGear'''s Andy Wilman took one for a spin once, and reported (yelling over the din of the engine) that "braking is accomplished by writing a letter politely asking to reduce your speed, oh, sometime next week".

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* The Czechoslovak company Velorex is a respected name in motorcycle sidecars. They also built something that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velorex might be described as a car]], but which is basically a motorcycle sidecar without the motorcycle. It's vinyl-coated canvas over steel tubing. The frame is attached to what is effectively the rear end of a motorcycle with a 125cc or 250cc two-stroke single-cylinder engine driving the single rear wheel. ''Series/TopGear'''s ''Series/TopGearUK'''s Andy Wilman took one for a spin once, and reported (yelling over the din of the engine) that "braking is accomplished by writing a letter politely asking to reduce your speed, oh, sometime next week".



* The [[https://web.archive.org/web/20111211124209/http://www.f1rejects.com/teams/andreamoda/profile.html Andrea Moda]] and the [[https://web.archive.org/web/20120204035237/http://f1rejects.com/teams/life/profile.html Life]] cars from the 1990s rarely made it beyond the end of the pitlane. One of the Andrea Moda's unfortunate pilots was Perry [=McCarthy=] (''aka'' "The First [[TopGear Stig]]"), who posed for photographers in a faux-triumphal pose next to its silent form when it ground to a halt after a few hundred metres. The Life car was a repurposed Formula 3000 chassis with a W12 engine instead of the conventional V8/10/12 (which wouldn't even fit inside the chassis, as proven when they tried to go back to basics in their dying moments), and was usually about ''twenty'' seconds off the pace. Needless to say, both their entries were a sham from start to finish.

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* The [[https://web.archive.org/web/20111211124209/http://www.f1rejects.com/teams/andreamoda/profile.html Andrea Moda]] and the [[https://web.archive.org/web/20120204035237/http://f1rejects.com/teams/life/profile.html Life]] cars from the 1990s rarely made it beyond the end of the pitlane. One of the Andrea Moda's unfortunate pilots was Perry [=McCarthy=] (''aka'' "The First [[TopGear [[Series/TopGearUK Stig]]"), who posed for photographers in a faux-triumphal pose next to its silent form when it ground to a halt after a few hundred metres. The Life car was a repurposed Formula 3000 chassis with a W12 engine instead of the conventional V8/10/12 (which wouldn't even fit inside the chassis, as proven when they tried to go back to basics in their dying moments), and was usually about ''twenty'' seconds off the pace. Needless to say, both their entries were a sham from start to finish.
6th May '18 1:57:34 PM morane
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** Lucas electronics were notoriously unreliable in harsh climates, and this is one of the reasons why the British cars gained a bad reputation in Scandinavia. The Finnish pun ''Lucas was a good apostle but a bad electrician'' reflects this.
6th May '18 12:31:29 PM Jake18
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** The 300 SLR racing car of 1950s had caused one of the most-catastrophic Le Mans crash in the history. (see Racing section below)

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** The 300 SLR racing car of the 1950s had caused [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1955_Le_Mans_disaster one of the most-catastrophic Le Mans crash crahses in the history.history of auto racing]]. (see Racing section below)
6th May '18 12:07:03 PM Jake18
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* The Crosley "CoBra" (Copper Brazed) engine, which was an engine with copper brazings inside the block. Unfortunately, it was warp-prone when exposed to excess heat, which, in its case, was not a lot.

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* The Crosley "CoBra" "[=CoBra=]" (Copper Brazed) engine, which was an engine with copper brazings inside the block. Unfortunately, it was warp-prone when exposed to excess heat, which, in its case, was not a lot.
1st May '18 9:25:53 PM nombretomado
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* The Ford Pinto came out in the early 1970s, when the oil crisis forced American manufacturers to make small cars just to survive. Although it was fairly popular, it was discovered to have had a defect where a rear-end collision could rupture the poorly-placed gas tank. The result was a hysteria that gave the car its reputation and [[EveryCarIsAPinto named a trope]] for cars catching fire and exploding easily. It wasn't as ''unsafe'' as you might think; only 27 deaths were traced to accidents like that between 1971-77 out of over 2 million cars sold, and the government didn't think it needed recalling in 1974. What caused the panic was the "Pinto memo", as revealed in the ''Grimshaw v. Ford'' case, in which Ford allegedly claimed that there was a cheap fix that would solve the problem, but it was even cheaper not to fix it and settle future injury and wrongful death claims. That cheesed off the public and directly led to the court in ''Grimshaw'' slapping Ford with $6 million in total damages. (The memo itself [[IThoughtItMeant wasn't actually about the Pinto specifically]].) The Pinto would also be the basis for the 1974-78 Mustang II, which was anemic compared to other Mustangs and is considered the brand's DorkAge.

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* The Ford Pinto came out in the early 1970s, when the oil crisis forced American manufacturers to make small cars just to survive. Although it was fairly popular, it was discovered to have had a defect where a rear-end collision could rupture the poorly-placed gas tank. The result was a hysteria that gave the car its reputation and [[EveryCarIsAPinto named a trope]] for cars catching fire and exploding easily. It wasn't as ''unsafe'' as you might think; only 27 deaths were traced to accidents like that between 1971-77 out of over 2 million cars sold, and the government didn't think it needed recalling in 1974. What caused the panic was the "Pinto memo", as revealed in the ''Grimshaw v. Ford'' case, in which Ford allegedly claimed that there was a cheap fix that would solve the problem, but it was even cheaper not to fix it and settle future injury and wrongful death claims. That cheesed off the public and directly led to the court in ''Grimshaw'' slapping Ford with $6 million in total damages. (The memo itself [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant wasn't actually about the Pinto specifically]].) The Pinto would also be the basis for the 1974-78 Mustang II, which was anemic compared to other Mustangs and is considered the brand's DorkAge.
28th Apr '18 4:47:20 PM Reymma
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* The VM Motori 2.5/3.1 diesel engine, made in Italy and an option in the European versions of the Chrysler Grand Voyager, Jeep (Grand) Cherokee and Range Rover, was an Alleged Engine. Not only it has problems with connecting rod bearings, it has 4 or 5 (depending on version) head gaskets, that are, to top it all out, not too durable and need replacing pretty often.

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* The VM Motori 2.5/3.1 diesel engine, made in Italy and an option in the European versions of the Chrysler Grand Voyager, Jeep (Grand) Cherokee and Range Rover, was an Alleged Engine. Not only does it has have problems with connecting rod bearings, it has 4 or 5 (depending on version) head gaskets, that are, to top it all out, not too durable and need replacing pretty often.



* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invacar AC Invacar]], universally known as the "spaz chariot", was a light blue plastic yogurt pot on wheels designed for disabled drivers which was nevertheless produced in large numbers in the UK. Considered a death trap by everyone who drove it, nearly all existing examples were recalled by the government (who owned and distributed them through the National Health Service) and scrapped. What's funny, the Invacar was made by the same company who made the revered Cobra line of sports convertibles that were [[MarketBasedTitle sold as Shelbys in the States]].

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invacar AC Invacar]], universally known as the "spaz chariot", was a light blue plastic yogurt pot on wheels designed for disabled drivers which was nevertheless produced in large numbers in the UK. Considered a death trap by everyone who drove it, nearly all existing examples were recalled by the government (who owned and distributed them through the National Health Service) and scrapped. What's funny, funny is that the Invacar was made by the same company who that made the revered Cobra line of sports convertibles that were [[MarketBasedTitle sold as Shelbys in the States]].
28th Apr '18 3:40:47 PM Reymma
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gama_Goat The Gamma Goat.]] To quote Wiki/TheOtherWiki:

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gama_Goat The Gamma Gama Goat.]] To quote Wiki/TheOtherWiki:
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