Reeves Callaway, who designs and soups up Corvettes, is at it again. (You may recall that one of his ``SuperNatural'' Vettes wears Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.'s run-flat tire system.)
His race shop, Callaway Competition, based in Leingarten, Germany, is building three GT-1 Vette prototypes of its own design, called C7-Rs, for the 1995 European GT racing season. In about a year he intends to build street-legal versions, priced at $150,000 a pop.
Reeves' quote of the week: ``The sportsman version of the C7 is for guys that want to tow to a closed circuit, put a driving suit on, and have as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.''
Hey, 'Mr. Big Polluter'
John Latour of Metairie, La., works on cars as a hobby. He collected 13 tires in his back yard to refurbish some cars, and as a result, his house wound up on a government list of waste tire sites.
``My kids think it's a joke that I was listed as a dump site,'' said Mr. Latour, who briefly stored the Volkswagen tires with rims in his yard. ``My neighbor even thinks it's a joke.''
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality apparently doesn't share his sentiments. Its regulations prohibit anyone from storing more than 10 tires on their property without a state permit.
But DEQ spokeswoman Jennifer Armand said the situation was a fluke. The program is supposed to target tire piles that will not be moved without government intervention, she explained.
``If he removed them, then that's great,'' she said. ``Then there's no problem.''
The Latour house made a list of about 140 waste tire sites in New Orleans and four neighboring parishes.
As Hawaii Five-O's Steve McGarrett always said: ``Book him, Danno.''
A recent edition of Runzheimer International's Runzheimer on Cars & Living Costs pamphlet revealed some interesting Chicago taxi tidbits.
Cab drivers told pollsters that 30 percent of them have dated their customers, and three actually married someone who had once been a passenger.
Other taxi trivia: the longest ride for a Chi-town hack was 750 miles roundtrip to Vienna, Ill.; the largest tip-$200 from an intoxicated blues musician; and the most unusual request-a passenger offered the cabbie $25 an hour to listen to her life story, which she estimated would take at least two hours.
Shrinks get a better rate than that. Sounds like she's ready for Donahue.
Every firm needs a hook to attract potential customers' attention.
One of the best we've heard lately involves Todd Kimmell, whose pastime is collecting mostly bizarre, long-forgotten ``found'' films, as he calls them. The 36-year-old former Philadelphia junkman splices snippets together, then exhibits them at quirky film festivals, according to a recent Associated Press story.
But by day, he operates Mambo Movers, which employs struggling artists and musicians. Its slogan: ``We're people just like you who happen to be huge and muscle-bound and own a truck.''
Ferris' day off
The Oct. 3 edition of TIRE BUSINESS showed a photo of how Michelin's giant Uniroyal tire in Detroit will look, once workers finish refurbishing the 10-ton, 80-foot tall landmark.
Here's how the structure looked back in 1964 at the New York World's Fair where, in its previous life, it was a ferris wheel.
Hit the road, Jack
It wasn't a funny story, but produced a chuckle, nonetheless.
Tour & Travel News, a newspaper for the retail travel industry, reported that a federal grand jury indicted two brothers on charges of bilking at least 2,000 ``would-be vacationers'' in 43 states out of $800,000 in fees for vacation packages they never received.
The brothers allegedly used a number of aliases-including Skip Town and Dusty Rhodes.