Ways to generate complaints here at The Lego Car Blog: Mention Trump. Or Putin. Or the NRA. Insulting NASCAR is probably another method, so here we go!
NASCAR sucks. Old technology circling endlessly whilst everyone waits for a crash to liven things up. However we think Rod Gillies may have found a route to making NASCAR interesting, thanks to the addition of jet engines and the removal of gravity! Now the racers can crash in whole new ways!
This is Rod’s Racing Hover Car, piloted by the #5 mini-figure Todd Ravelston for Goddard-Reid Racing, and it looks good enough to get even TLCB staff into NASCAR. A long time in the future. Join us in the crowd waiting for the anti-gravity pile-up via the link!
This spectacular Model Team creation was discovered on Flickr by one of The Lego Car Blog’s multitude of Elves (if anyone knows what the collective term for Elves is please let us know). It’s a 1970 Plymouth Superbird, built by the car geniuses Bing-Bong Brothers. The Superbird was the American manufacturers first attempt at applying downforce to a race car, with the aim of generating more stability and grip for NASCAR oval racing.
The rules stated that the race car must be based on a road-going vehicle, and thus Plymouth created just under 2,000 Superbirds for the road, so you could look as ridiculous on the street as it looked on the track. You might think the colossal rear wing was placed optimally to generate maximum downforce whilst minimising drag, but actually it’s that high simply to allow the trunk lid to open!
It’s estimated around 1,000 Plymouth Superbirds survive today, and those that remain are amongst the most expensive and sought after muscle cars ever built. You can see more of the ‘Brothers far more affordable LEGO version at their excellent photostream via the link above.
This might be the most American post we’ve had here on The Lego Car Blog since the ThunderCougarFalconBird, a symbol of freedom and obesity; the Hummer. LegoMarat‘s excellent model recreates the car driven by American NASCAR racing hero Robby Gordon in the 2012 Dakar Rally, which was, er… disqualified.
The Dakar Rally is no longer held from Paris to Dakar due to the threat of terrorism in North Africa, and instead races through the deserts of Argentina and Chile, but retains its iconic name.
Curiously, Hummer may undergo a similar transformation. Following its collapse in the wake of the financial crisis (no tears were shed here at TLCB for that) the American icon may be sold to the Chinese. Hilariously, a communist Hummer is a real possibility.
And with American patriots now spitting coffee over the keyboards we’ll quietly depart with a bonus photo. If you want to see more you can check out all the images of LegoMarat’s work via Flickr at the link above.