Frozen Squirrels And Cows Licking Cars
Norwich Union Insurance has provided for public consumption its list of the top 10 strangest motor-vehicle claims from the past 12 months. It's a U.K. insurer, hence the weird words.
1. "A frozen squirrel fell out of a tree and crashed through the windscreen onto the passenger seat.
2. "The car was parked when a reindeer fell on the bonnet."
3. "As I was driving round a bend, one of the doors opened and a frozen kebab flew out, hitting and damaging a passing car."
4. "A herd of cows licked my car and caused damage to the paintwork."
5. "A zebra collided with my car when I was at a safari park."
6. "While I was waiting at traffic lights, a wasp went down a trouser leg, which made me hit the accelerator and prang the car in front."
7. "I couldn't brake because a potato was lodged behind the pedal."
8. "My parked car was hit by a bull that had escaped from an agricultural show."
9. "A cow jumped on my quad bike."
10. "As I came over a hill, I hit a cow in the middle of the road, which then hit the bonnet and shattered the windscreen with its rear end. (The cow survived.)"
Ken Duttweiler just completed testing on a 402ci Gen III small-block using EFI and one of these Magnuson High Helix superchargers. With ported heads and race gas to get that last little bit of power, Duttweiler was able to crank out an astonishing 770 hp. Duttweiler also said he thought there was more power left in the engine and that it could easily have made 790 hp. Amazing. -Jeff Smith
NMCA Car Craft Street Race Class And The Turbo StreakWhen Centerville, Maine's Tim Meagher showed up at the NMCA race in Columbus, Ohio, in his '90 Fox-body Mustang to compete in the Car Craft Street Race, other competitors raised their eyebrows at the turbocharged entry.
Although turbos have not been competitive in the class, everyone knew after seeing Michael Fratena's Camaro win at Bowling Green, Kentucky, that the combo, when applied correctly, could provide more than enough performance to garner a win. That said, Meagher and his 331ci small-block-powered blue 'Stang got instant credibility.
Meagher didn't do anything to prove otherwise either as he captured the top qualifying spot with an impressive 9.19 at 148 mph and continued to the runner-up slot in his first race.
At the recent NMCA/NMRA Super Bowl of Drag Racing held at Route 66 Raceway, Meagher took it a step further and won the event over Tim Hendricks. The win made Meagher the fourth different winner in the class and helped put him into the '06 title chase. "It was not an easy race for us at all," Meagher said of his Chicago win. "We managed to get it done with the turbo and also while running on drag radials. We're the only car in the class to run on the BF Goodrich drag radial, and it seems to be working really well for us," he added.
Meagher also said we've not seen all the car can do yet, either. "Once we get a little more time to work on it and get a few more laps with the car, I know we'll be a top-notch contender," he said. If Meagher's prediction holds true, this won't be the last time you read about him. And by the way, with two final rounds in his first two races, he already is a contender in the eyes of his fellow racers.
To compete in or learn more about the Car Craft Street Race Class or NMCA racing series, visit fasteststreetcar.com. You can also sign up by calling 866/694-3475. -Scott Sparrow