Our wonderful co-founders and editors have returned from their luxurious Monterey Car Week trip, where they tried to buy a tiny convertible microcar for $70,000, displayed a bodacious Porsche 911 Turbo at Pebble Beach, and apparently rubbed shoulders with at least one celebrity. I also heard talk about caviar, too. You know, I’m not sure I’ve even seen a picture of caviar.
Anyway, before I go Google what caviar looks like, Jason, David, and Matt spotted none other than Aaron Paul, famous for his role in the movie Need For Speed. Though, I heard he was also in some TV show, one with a guy named Heisenberg and involving something called Blue Sky. Must be a show relating to science!
In true Jason fashion, he was distracted by rubber taillights. You heard that right, he found taillights that also worked a bit like a bumper:
See those? They’re fairly normal taillights of an early 1910s and 1920s type I generally call the “diver’s helmet” style, only these are made of rubber! Rubber! They’re brilliant! They act as a sort of low-speed bumper protector as well, and can rebound from slight impacts with the cool aplomb of anything made of nice, pliant rubber! I love them!
The company that made these, Rubbolite, is even still around, except they seem to have moved on from just rubber lights and onto a vast array of lighting needs.
Talking about the Bentley those lights were attached to opened the door to a short conversation with Aaron Paul. Jason said the conversation involved Toyota Tercel 4×4 wagons, but didn’t give us a breakdown of what was said. Fear not, for it seems reader Sean Flanagan was listening in:
Jason: “Rubber taillights? But I barely know ‘er!”
Mr. Paul: …
Mr. Paul: …
Jason: “Say, you look like the sort of fellow who would know a thing or two about Japanese compact 4WD wagons from the 80s. Let me ask you something…”
Mr. Paul: “Tercel.”
Jason: “Exactly! The interesting thing about the Ter-”
Mr. Paul: “No, I said, ‘Your smell’. I know it wouldn’t be rot in this Bentley, man, so it must be you.”
Jason: “Oh, thank you for noticing! I sourced this from a-”
Owner: “Please leave.”
Toecutter gets an honorable mention for a comment from Bishop’s piece about a deathtrap of a powered big wheel:
Big wheels have very unstable cornering and braking dynamics. That is the entire point of their design. Drift trikes have been built around the same concept.
I get the appeal from a fun standpoint, but not my cup of tea. I don’t like spinning around unpredictably. I also had a big wheel when I was a little kid, and was sad when I got too big for it, but there are bigger and better things out there.
I’m building a vehicle in the opposite direction. I’m thinking more “race car” turned microcar, but with 3 wheels and a bicycle drivetrain to get around various laws. Two wheels in the front, one in the back. No drifting, as that will get you killed, but I’m going to make damned sure it corners with lots of stability and lateral Gs without tipping over. Gas shocks on all 3 wheels.
Mine can do donuts and I’ve also panic stopped it from 50 mph without issue when it had the lowly Avid BB7 cable pull disc brakes on it. Now it has hydraulic disc brakes which assure it stops nice and straight every time, and a motorcycle handle and reservoir to assure the kinetic energy dissipated doesn’t boil the DOT3 fluid, plus there’s a mechanical disc brake and regen in the rear as a backup.
I feel like I always learn something new from a Toecutter comment. I agree with David: We should pass the mic to you every now and then. Have a great evening, everyone!
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