AutoGloss is a very very weak pun... for Automotive Glossary. You can
boo me later. If you're reading this page you saw a term that confused you a
bit, so you clicked on the link to find out what I meant. It occurred to
me recently that not everyone understands what the heck I mean sometimes, even
when I'm talking to life long hot rodders. What can I say... I'm a very
||An exciting motor sport for participants that practically
anyone can get involved in. It's a timed event, but unlike drag racing,
you are expected to negotiate a course. If you don't believe me,
check out the Autocross
web site (Use the pull down menus at the top of their page to navigate
around). You can also go straight to the FAQ
page if you want to find out exactly what this is all about. I do
apologize for the AutoGloss pun, but you'll have to find me to boo me
anyway hehehe. By the way... if Autocross is too slow for you, check out
the SCCA. They have a
WIDE variety of road racing events.
||A race where acceleration is king... a drag race is
typically 1/4 mile long, although some enthusiasts prefer the 1/8th mile
events. The track is a straight line, the participants are completely
stopped at the beginning of the race, and the object is to reach the end
quicker than your opponent does. E.T. in a drag race mean "elapsed
time" (not cute little extra terrestrial from the Spielberg movie)
and measures how long it took you to cover the full length of the track.
But... in the end the ET doesn't matter. All that matter is who reached
the end first. Check out the NHRA,
the IHRA, and the Goodguys
if you think you might want to see what this is all about.
||Nickname for Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth. Don't ask me
where the name came from because no matter how many times I've been told,
I forget it.
||A term for restored cars that means every part on it that
has a date code has the correct date code for when the car was built.
Restoring a car to the same condition that it was in when it was brand
spanking new using all correct date coded parts is an extreme pain
in the butt and the price such cars can command on the open market
reflects that. For my own purposes, I never paid any attention since
none of my cars ever counted as "restored". All of mine would
probably be better described as "modified" or
The problem with "numbers matching" cars is they are so
painstakingly and lovingly restored to such pristine conditions, that they
typically end up being more of a static display than something you can
enjoy driving around town. After all.. the instant you drive it, you start
adding wear to it.
Still have questions? Well then I obviously left something out of the
AutoGloss! Drop me a note to let me know and I'll fix 'er right up!