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Horesepower with Star Power: Bright (Head)lights, Big Money

There are few shortcuts to feeling famous, but slipping behind the wheel of a famous (or infamous) car may be one of them. You can get to Carnegie Hall via practice; but in a celebrity car, the route to stardom becomes the journey itself.

Cars driven by a celebrity and/or starring in a movie provide a special thrill for the car collector, elevating the commute and drawing recognition (along with gasps) in parking lots. Alongside the rise of roadsters in the 1960s, the “celebrity car” also came of age—often in a rare, richly appointed collectible.

What’s the effect of celebrity upon a value of the common car? Consider that Herbie, from The Love Bug, commanded a record-shattering $126,000 for a Volkswagen Beetle.  And when you add the element of rarity, the collectible car becomes a bona fide investment. In 2015, The Economist reported that investing in rare cars has outperformed art, wine, coins, and stamps; but also the world’s major stock markets. And expert say collectible cars are a sound investment, due to the potential of appreciation that accrues with a pop-culture fixture.

The trend of using vehicles as stars in television series began with the Batmobile, which began life as the 1955 Lincoln Future concept car, unveiled in prototype at that year’s Chicago Auto Show. Its features, housed in the steering wheel, included exterior microphones to pick up the sound of traffic (contrast this “perk” with today’s quiet luxury cabins!).  Prior to Batman, the Futura’s bright red exterior stole the limelight in the film It Started With a Kiss. In 2013, it sold for over $4 million in Scottsdale, Arizona.

If you’d love to park a star-studded set of tires in your garage, here’s an overview of the cars up for auction this year:

When the stars are aligned for a car, there is always the possibility of the car stealing the limelight. Cars will always be a part of Hollywood and trends will continue to be set by the big screen!


The Funny Car has a serious pull upon car culture and drag racing, where it represents a legitimate racing class that’s still grabbing headlines today.

Resembling “oversized stock cars,” according to ESPN, Funny Cars have their roots in “Altered Wheelbase Experimental” cars, or A/FX, whose rear (and sometimes front) wheels were relocated forward on the chassis, shifting the center of gravity to the rear. In racing, this transfer of horsepower to the back wheels along a shortened wheel base enhanced traction as the car moved down the track—trading equilibrium for a burst of manic power. The modifications lent the car a non-standard, or “funny,” appearance.

Nostalgia for the golden days of drag racing has prompted a resurgence of interest in Funny Cars—often vintage-style bodies mounted on modern frames. Today’s top Funny Car engines burn fuel at roughly the rate of a 450-ton Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The four official Funny Cars represented in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) are the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Charger, Ford Mustang, and Toyota Camry.

Key traits and characteristics of funny cars include:

  • Tilt-up fiberglass or carbon fiber body
  • Custom fabricated chassis
  • Ground clearance of three inches
  • Forward-mounted engines: placed in front of the driver, rather than behind, as in a dragster. Engines typically have varying piston heights and ratios, determined by the piston’s proximity to air intake
  • Fuel systems that propel the cars’ power. Funny Cars can burn as much as 15 gallons of fuel during a single run
  • V-8 engine, with two valves per cylinder; and somewhere between 7,500 and 8,000 hp
  • Ballistic blankets to protect the part of the engine prone to explosion
  • Fixed gear ratio of 3.20:1, with reversing gear and multiple-staged clutch
  • Twin parachutes to help decelerate and stabilize the car, once it crosses the finish line
  • Roll cages and fire extinguishers, both necessary safety measures – because Funny Cars have serious hazards

There is nothing funny about these cars as they have serious power in how they are built and how they are still relevant.  Something funny happened on the way to a drag race, a well-built car that has the captured the imagination of every car lover!

Owl Be There!

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar; sometimes it’s a record-breaking race car. Such is the case with the Smokin’ White Owl, the distinctively-shaped dragster conceived and built by Ollie Morris, Fred Offenhauser’s chief engineer, in 1954.  It was smokin’ not just in shape, but in speed—thanks to its aerodynamic body and Chevrolet V8 engine—and set Offenhauser on the fast track to success.

Who was “Ollie” Morris?

George “Ollie” Morris served in the Navy during World War II. Because he wasn’t able to afford college, he took night courses that focused on math, physics, and other aspects of engineering which he applied to repairing cars and modifying their parts. The Santa Ana drag strip’s opening in 1950 gave Ollie a new testing ground for his roadsters. He set a record two years later with a speed of 128 miles per hour – but a blown engine doused him in scalding oil.

“I felt that it’d be a lot safer if the engine were situated behind me,” he reflected in the book Merchants of Speed (MBI, 2009).

Radical for the time, but a mainstay of today’s market, this rear-engine design had a low chassis, welded aluminum body, and an open rear end to simplify access to quick-change gears.

Originally painted white and sponsored by Harvey’s Auto Glass, the car got its signature name from its similarities in shape and color to a White Owl Cigar. With Ollie in the cockpit, the Smokin’ White Owl broke speed records in 1954 (145 miles per hour!) and quickly achieved “legend” status. And like many classics, it’s now enjoying a comeback that’s linked by generations.

When the Smokin’ White Owl kept beating out Fred Offenhauser’s sponsored car, Fred dropped that car and began sponsoring the Smokin’ White Owl. Fred’s thinking was “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!” During the early to mid 1950’s, sponsored drag cars were very rare. Most racers had to pay their own way every weekend and a winning weekend at the track did not necessarily equate to a cash prize. No race had a purse and when a company sponsored a car they would only cover some of the fuel costs and maybe some of the food and lodging. Winners would typically receive a trophy and maybe some items given to the track by sponsors, but never money.

The Smokin’ White Owl originally ran a flathead Ford V8 and in 1955 it was the first drag car to use the Chevrolet V8. Morris ran the car with the Chevy V8 at the first US Nationals sponsored by NHRA in Great Bend, Kansas. Morris never lost a race at the Nationals. The final day of racing was rained out so officials rescheduled the finals for a few weeks later in Arizona. Ollie’s was one of the final four cars. Fred Offenhauser did not want to pay to have the car, and crew, run in Arizona so Morris did not show up, forfeiting his first race.

In 2002, Ollie and his grandson Dan began to rebuild the Smokin’ White Owl, but, sadly, Ollie passed away in 2008 before it could be completed.

“He was a living legend to me,” wrote Dan on his blog (jalopyjournal.com). With that, the hot rodder and former owner of Exeter Auto Supply in California commissioned Hot Rods & Custom Stuff to continue with the rebuild in honor of his grandfather. Dan currently owns White Owl Speed Equipment which he named in honor of his grandfather and the racer.

60 years later, with the White Owl painstakingly rebuilt – down to the chassis, white paint, and number 606 – Dan Marvin occupies his grandfather’s spot, tending to the cigar’s historic flame.

Made in the U.S.A.

Our cars speak volumes about our values.

Yet many Americans who readily support our economy still struggle over whether to buy foreign or domestic cars, especially because of misconceptions that persist—despite the fact that American autos have made enormous strides. Here are several reasons to buy an American made car:

They’re better than ever. Major players like Consumer Reports have flagged a number of domestic cars as superior to foreign-made cars from Toyota. And style-wise, American cars have gotten some jaw-dropping upgrades and makeovers: check out the Chevy Camaro, Ford Mustang and Chrysler Dodge Challenger.

The price is right. Foreign-made cars used to capitalize on cheaper labor and materials for a lower price; and American cars had a reputation as oversized gas-guzzlers, with prices to match. Yet as the economy has turned, American cars are proving to be less expensive than their foreign counterparts—and domestic carmakers are diversifying to appeal to the hearts, minds and budgets of the average American. Domestic automakers have begun to “go green” by offering a greater selection of gas-electric hybrids and increased efficiency for gas-only models. Plus, because Detroit understands it has to work harder to earn your business, they price their models well under similar models from Toyota or Honda.

They protect your assets. And not just with airbags! Incentives are now cropping up to offer peace of mind. For example, GM and Ford have rolled out payment protection plans at no extra charge to cover monthly payments in the event of job loss.

They rev our economy. Buying American could save current jobs, create future ones, boost technology, and fuel a resurgence.

We’ve been “Made in America” since 1946! Our exceptional auto parts (offenhauser.co) are made and hand-minted in California from the highest quality Golden State alloys. We’re an international leader—and proudly domestic!

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This Privacy Policy, together with the Terms of Use above, sets forth the general rules and policies governing your use of the Offenhauser Sales Corp. website. This Privacy Policy is the sole statement with respect to our privacy practices. Depending on your activities when visiting our website, or the circumstances of your transactions with us, you may be required to agree to additional terms and conditions.

We generally keep this Privacy Policy posted on our website and you should review it frequently, as it may change from time to time without notice. Any changes will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised Privacy Policy. WHEN YOU ACCESS OUR WEBSITE, OR OTHERWISE TRANSACT BUSINESS WITH US, YOU AGREE TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY, OR TO ANY CHANGES WE MAY SUBSEQUENTLY MAKE, IMMEDIATELY STOP ACCESSING OUR WEBSITE AND CEASE TRANSACTING BUSINESS WITH US.

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We collect two kinds of information: (a) information that can be used to identify or contact a single person; and (b) information that does not personally identify a single person, which we automatically collect when people visit our website or that you provide us.

Personally Identifiable Information
As a general policy, we do not automatically collect personally identifiable information when you visit our website. In certain circumstances, we may request, allow or otherwise provide you an opportunity to submit your personally identifiable information in connection with a feature, program, promotion, purchase or some other aspect of our website. Offenhauser Sales Corp may share this personal information with its affiliates and use it consistent with this Privacy Policy. Offenhauser Sales Corp and Offenhauser Sales Corp’s affiliates may also combine it with other information to provide and improve our products, services, content, and advertising. You are not required to provide the personal information that we have requested, but, if you chose not to do so, in some cases we will not be able to provide you with our products or services or respond to any queries you may have.

Below are some examples of the types of personal information Offenhauser Sales Corp may collect and how we may use it:

- You may provide your name, mail/shipping address, email address, contact preferences, credit card number and phone number (or someone else’s name, address, e-mail, or phone number when buying and sending product to them) when, for example, using our online store or in connection with a contest entry.

- You may provide certain demographic information about yourself (e.g., age, gender, purchase preference, usage frequency, etc.) when participating in a survey, poll or joining a forum.

- You may post a general comment or recommendation on our website.

Certain information may not be personally identifiable when standing alone (e.g., your age), but may become so when combined with other information (e.g., your age and name). Whether or not you provide this information is your choice; however, in many instances this type of information is required to participate in the particular activity, receive a benefit we may offer, or gain access to certain content on our website.

Offenhauser Sales Corp will use your personal information as necessary to process your transactions with us. We may use your personal information to later contact you for a variety of reasons, such as customer service, providing you promotional information for our products or upcoming events, or to communicate with you about content or other information you have posted or shared with us via our website. You may “opt out” of receiving future commercial and promotional email communications from us by clicking the “unsubscribe” link included at the bottom of most emails we send, or, if you have an account with us, updating your preferences; provided, however, we reserve the right to send you transactional emails such as customer service communications.

We also use personal information to help us create, develop, operate, deliver, and improve our products, services, content and advertising, and for loss prevention and anti-fraud purposes.

We may also use personal information for internal purposes such as auditing, data analysis, and research to improve Offenhauser Sales Corp’s products, services, and customer communications.

If you enter into a sweepstake, contest, or similar promotion we may use the information you provide to administer those programs.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information
We consider non-personally identifiable information to be any information that does not personally identify you. Non-personally identifiable information can include certain personally identifiable information that has been de-identified; that is, information that has been rendered anonymous. We obtain non-personally identifiable information about you from information that you provide us, either separately or together with your personally identifiable information. We also automatically collect certain non-personally identifiable information from you when you access our website. This information can include, among other things, IP addresses, the type of browser you are using (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.), the third party website from which your visit originated, the operating system you are using (e.g., Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, etc.), the domain name of your Internet service provider (e.g., America Online, NetZero, etc.), the search terms you use on our website, the specific web pages you visit, and the duration of your visits.

Disclosure to Third Parties
Offenhauser Sales Corp may from time to time make certain personal information available to strategic partners that work with Offenhauser Sales Corp to provide products and services, or that help Offenhauser Sales Corp market to customers. None of your personal information, including e-mail address, however, will be sold to any other company; except, in the event of a reorganization, merger, sale or bankruptcy we may sell or otherwise transfer any and all personal information we collect to the relevant third-party or third-parties.

Offenhauser Sales Corp reserves the right to disclose any personal information about you if we are required to do so by law, with respect to copyright and other intellectual property infringement claims, or if we believe that such action is necessary to: (a) fulfill a government request; (b) conform with the requirements of the law or legal process; (c) protect or defend our legal rights or property, our website, or other users; or (d) in an emergency to protect the health and safety of our website’s users or the general public.

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Your California Privacy Rights
Residents of the State of California, under certain provisions of the California Civil Code, have the right to request from companies conducting business in California a list of all third- parties to which the company has disclosed certain personally identifiable information as defined under California law during the preceding year for third party direct marketing purposes. You are limited to one request per calendar year. In your request, please attest to the fact that you are a California resident and provide a current California address for our response. You may request the information in writing at the address set forth below.

Public Forums
We may offer chat rooms, blogs, message boards, bulletin boards, or similar public forums where you and other users of our website can communicate. The protections described in this Privacy Policy do not apply when you provide information (including personal information) in connection with your use of these public forums. We may use personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable information about you to identify you with a posting in a public forum. Any information you share in a public forum is public information and may be seen or collected by anyone, including third parties that do not adhere to our Privacy Policy. We are not responsible for events arising from the distribution of any information you choose to publicly post or share through our Website.

The features, programs, promotions and other aspects of our website requiring the submission of personally identifiable information are not intended for children. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If you are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 13 and believe he or she has disclosed personally identifiable information to us please contact us at the address set forth below. A parent or guardian of a child under the age of 13 may review and request deletion of such child’s personally identifiable information as well as prohibit the use thereof.

Keeping Your Information Secure
We maintain reasonable and appropriate security measures to protect your electronic personal information stored on our systems. Please be advised, however, that while we strive to protect your personally identifiable information and privacy, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you disclose or transmit to us online and are not responsible for the theft, destruction, or inadvertent disclosure of your personally identifiable information. In the unfortunate event that your “personally identifiable information” (as the term or similar terms are defined by any applicable law requiring notice upon a security breach) is compromised, we may notify you by e-mail (at our sole and absolute discretion) to the last e-mail address you have provided us in the most expedient time reasonable under the circumstances; provided, however, delays in notification may occur while we take necessary measures to determine the scope of the breach and restore reasonable integrity to the system as well as for the legitimate needs of law enforcement if notification would impede a criminal investigation. From time to time we evaluate new technology for protecting information, and when appropriate, we upgrade our information security systems.

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Our website may contain links to other automotive-interest sites to help provide useful information to our customers. These sites may require you to input information for their data collection purposes. These sites should have separate privacy and data collection practices, independent of our practices. We have no responsibility or liability for these independent policies or actions and is not responsible for the privacy practice or the content of such websites.

Changes to This Policy
We reserve the right to change, update, or modify this Privacy Policy at any time. All changes and updates will be reflected on this page and it is your responsibility to review this page from time to time and to be aware of any changes to the Privacy Policy.

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You may write to us as at Offenhauser Sales Corp, 5300 Alhambra Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90032 if: (a) you have questions or comments about our Privacy Policy; (b) wish to make corrections to any personally identifiable information you have provided; (c) want to opt-out from receiving future commercial correspondence, including emails, from us or our affiliated companies; or (d) wish to withdraw your consent to sharing your personally identifiable information with others. You may also “opt out” of receiving future commercial and promotional email communications from Offenhauser Sales Corp by clicking the “unsubscribe” link included at the bottom of most emails we send.

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