Two Engineers Combine a Convertible Cadillac and a Hot Tub in a Stroke of Genius

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This probably wouldn’t strike those of you in Minnesota as too awesome, but for two young men in California building a hot tub into a working Cadillac convertible makes perfect sense.

They are calling their invention the “Carpool DeVille” and not only did they figure out how to work, they plan to take it to Bonneville and run it to 100 miles per hour, or more. Throttle and brake controls are now moved to the top of the door to keep it out of the water, and the original engine now does double duty providing motivation and heating the water. All the necessary apparatus for operating the hot tub–from filters to pumps–are contained in the trunk.

The pair’s plans to go to Bonneville is to get into the record books with the world’s fastest hot tub. We kind of wonder why even bother–a big barge like this looks more suited to a slow cruise than top speed runs. Still, it’s pretty cool what they’ve managed to create.

Tiny Tires on a Drag Car Makes for a Nuclear Burnout

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We don’t know much about what’s going on with this video except from the looks of things, somebody has mounted some skinny tires on a legitimate drag car. And when the driver hits the go pedal things quickly go from interesting to nuclear meltdown. Besides the smoke, just listen to that wonderful sound.

S10 Pickup Takes Out Mustang at the Drag Strip

Drag Racing WreckWrecking your race car at the track is tough enough, taking out your opponent at the same time makes for a really bad night.

Thankfully, the description for this video says that both drivers were able to walk away. That’s all we know, so all that’s left is to check out the carnage and be glad you don’t have to fix it.


Drifter Chris Forsberg Premieres His New Garage Tours Series

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Formula Drift champion Chris Forsberg is a fan favorite because of his big personality, and that translates over to YouTube where he’s also a big draw.

And now the drifter has a new project in “Garage Tours,” a new YouTube series where Forsberg will be taking us to cool shops across the country. The first stop is the MA Motorsports race shop that’s the home base for his own drifting operation, but we understand that 10 of these videos are planned for season one. Surprisingly, MA Motorsports has a lot of cool projects going on besides drifting.

Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below. Will “Garage Tours” be a hit or just another YouTube flash in the pan?


This Plymouth Hemi Cuda Brought in an Astounding 3.5 Million

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Often here at the Horsepower Monster we’ll bring you news when a car brings in some astounding figures at auction. Usually they are some rare Ferrari or an original British or German race car from the ’60s.

But this is a bit of a switch. We know that the televised Mecum Auto Auctions have driven up the prices for classic American iron, but this is a bit ridiculous. A Plymouth Hemi Cuda just sold on auction for an astounding three-and-a-half million dollars. This 1971 model is the highest price ever for an American made muscle car.

See for yourself and let us know in the comments if you think this means American cars are finally getting the respect they deserve or that things are getting out of hand for the regular guy.


Another Excellent Example of: “Don’t Be this Guy”

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We get it: Showing off in front of pretty girls (we thought we saw some in the background) is a right of passage for every young man.

But showing off is also how stuff like this happens. Pain and humiliation and looking like an idiot rarely impresses anyone.

We consider this a public service announcement: Don’t be this guy.

Motorcycle Jumps a Biplane

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Here we have a motorcyclist who feels the need to jump an airplane. Why? Who knows?

Anyone jumping an airplane with a motorcycle has our respect, but what really gets us is the airplane pilot. Watch how he slides this plane between the ramps in this super slo-mo video twisted every way but straight. It’s glorious.


Walking Through the Oddities of the 1963 Corvette Stingray

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Among car guys and gals, the 1963 is almost universally at the top of the most loved list. Mostly because the design is just so exquisitely timeless that it still looks fresh and timeless over 50 years later.

And if you are a car guy (or gal) you probably already know that 1963 was the only year of the famous split window design. But do you know exactly why it was there in the first place, and why it went away just a year later?

This silver Stingray is owned by Jay Leno, and he had a gentleman named Mike McCluskey meticulously restore the car from the ground up. In this video he gives a complete tour of the car and all it’s oddities. It turns out that there are a lot of one-year oddities for the ’63 Vette than just the back window. For example, did you know the design staff and engineers changed the fuel door latch, the side-view mirrors and even the hub caps? The fact that those relatively inconsequential pieces were changed is much less interesting than the stories why.

Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments below.


Watching Racing Action in Slow Motion is Always Fun

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If racing is all about speed, then why is it so much fun to watch these incredible cars do their thing in slow motion?

We’ll leave the psychologists to figure that one out. Meanwhile, we’ll get back to this video featuring some great clips from the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship Series when the cars hit the track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

And if you’ve finished off this video and want more, here’s a couple more clips from the 24 Hours of Daytona and Sebring.