Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Did Smokey Yunick invent the mercilessly fast look of black and gold?

Rick sent me a link to the ultra-cool Trans Am Yunick Camaro as further evidence that black and gold are the universal colors of cool.

The name alone, Smokey Yunick, should be plenty of reason to read Smokey Yunick's Power Secrets . It really is the ultimate good old boy book on engine building. Like the Mixmaster Matt, Smokey was a notorious rule bender and, I think, the first person to use nitrous on an automobile engine. Smokey clearly had a vision of fast with the above Hurst Floor Shift Special but his driver parked it in a wall before he was able to drive it in the 1964 Indy 500. Not surprisingly, there is mention of issues getting used to the handling. Check out Hot Rod's Smokey page for more details. If anybody has a decent color picture of the Hurst Floor Shift Special, I'd love to see it.