Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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Let me start the slow clap of admiration for the truckers... More than a dozen lined up beneath an overpass to help police try to prevent a suicide.

Michigan State  troopers received a call early Tuesday about the man standing on an overpass above Interstate 696. As officers routed traffic away, they directed truckers to drive into positions to shorten the fall if the man jumped.

Thirteen trucks lined the freeway as police dealt with the man. The incident lasted about four hours until he walked off to waiting officers and to seek medical help.


Did you hear of the motorcycle collector that passed away, and suddenly, his home and collection were raided by his former vintage motorcycle club members, spreading the inheritance to the winds, and the English royal govt customs and revenue agents got involved to repatriate the bikes? The John Lumley scandal

The John Lumley scandal, an affair that shocked the vintage motorcycle collectors a few years ago.

Mike Jackson was called in as a consultant for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), after the management of the Vincent-HRD Owners Cub attempted to convince them (and John Lumley’s Executors) that Lumley’s motorcycles, worth an estimated £1 million, were only worth £75,000.

His collection included Broughs, almost every imaginable kind of prewar and postwar Vincent HRD and all sorts of other mythical machines, including a Coventry Eagle Flying 8, collected over the decades because they had something special about them, such as a race history.

In the weeks following John Lumley’s funeral (April 21st 2009), HMRC received at least two tip-offs from concerned VOC members.

The Revenue took the unusual step of ordering the legal firm acting as John Lumley’s Executors to reopen their late client’s Estate, and the search began for the forty or more missing motorcycles.  “That was the first time, the only time, that I have seen this happen.”, said Mike Jackson, who was engaged by John Lumley’s solicitors and Executors Thackray Williams to assess and value any motorcycles that could be traced.

Keep in mind, the govt revenuers weren't acting from charity, to help the inheritors recoup the missing bikes. Actually, they were acting on behalf of the crown, who demands 40% of the inheritance (a million pounds sterling, roughly) and since the bikes had been stolen immediately after the death of the owner, the govt couldn't prove the claim, nor, could the inheritors pay up on the missing fortune they might have gotten from selling the collection

By and by, over twenty ex-John Lumley motorcycles had been found in the possession of senior VOC officers and prominent members, including a leading marque dealer.

More ex-Lumley machines would surface in the coming years, including a Series C Black Shadow with a Manx TT race history and a Scott found in Australia with one of John Lumley’s laundry bills in the toolbox

The new owners claimed variously that the dying John Lumley had gifted them his motorcycles on his deathbed – a claim that infuriated the hospice management and staff – or gifted them to the Vincent HRD Owners Club for posterity

That John Lumley (heavily sedated on morphine) had not in fact given away his collection (but his sister-in-law did), was treated as an irrelevance under the Law. Justice of a kind was served, however, when Revenue man Ray K–––––– made sure that the beneficiaries of John Lumley’s alleged deathbed philanthropy were penalized to the fullest extent possible, for failing to declare their ‘gifts’ in line with tax laws. The Revenue got its due and the miscreants got hit in their pocketbooks.

In the end, though, the rightful heir lost half or more of the value of his inheritance.

For the other side of the story, how 20 people stepped in to "help" the widow by taking away the boxes of parts and old motorcycles, https://www.vincentownersclub.co.uk/index.php?threads/the-estate-of-the-late-john-lumley-and-the-vincent-h-r-d-owners-club.10051/

But don't just take what I've posted as the only other side of the story: http://www.biker.ie/forum/archive/index.php?t-138538.html toward the bottom


making the Atlanta Speedway, in 1909. It wasn't long lived, and after WW1 the site became the location of a new airport for Atlanta and in 1925 it was named Candler Field.

In the later 1920’s the US Post Office was looking for an airmail stop in the South East.

 The two cities in contention were Birmingham, AL and Atlanta. A young city alderman, William B. Hartsfield, approached Mr. Candler and struck a deal where the City of Atlanta could use the land, rent-free, for a period of 5 years as long as the City paid the taxes.

It became the home of Atlanta Municipal Airport, the first passenger airport in the world with a control tower, and the first passenger airport with a passenger terminal.

It is, of course, today’s Hartsfield-Jackson International.


Did you have cool parents, a lot of luck, and get a Rupp atv as a gift for xmas or a birthday? (if so, I'm jealous)

Rupp made a variety of atvs, minibikes and small dirt bikes, and of course snowmobiles. 2 wheeled, 3, or 4 wheeled off roaders, and snow mobiles too? That's really covering all bases

Rupp Manufacturing, Inc. was founded in 1959 by Mickey Rupp, with 8 employees housed in a 3,000 sq. feet facility, in Ohio manufacturing Dart Karts.

In 1960, Rupp expanded their production to making 1000 mini-bikes.

In 1964, Rupp created a few snowmobile prototypes, and by 1965, became a snowmobile manufacturer making 500 machines that year.

By 1969, Rupp employed over 400 people in a 180,000 sq. feet facility, producing a multitude of recreational machines including mini-bikes, ATVs and go-karts, and five models of Sno-Sport snowmobiles.

In 1970, Rupp sales topped $30 million and owner Mickey Rupp was honored as one of the "Outstanding Young Men of America." Rupp produced 35,000 snowmobiles that year.

By 1971, Rupp employed 850 people, and featured a research center, administration building, all-purpose proving grounds, a styling building, and even had some automatic computerized operations. In addition, owner Mickey Rupp served as a director of the International Snowmobile Industry Association.

By 1972, the good times were over, and Rupp circled the bankruptcy drain for 4 years, instead of just conceding the 70s sucked, and shutting down

This white one was taken away from the kids by their dad when he got afraid they'd kill themselves. With an 18 hp engine optional, it would do about 60 mph.

In the summer of 1975 Elvis bought several trikes, the first of which was a 1975 Rupp Centaur with a 340cc two stroke engine


I didn't know Ridgid was making pin up calendars in the 70s and 80s, but they had top talent... Raquel Welch

I have seen plenty of the post WW2 pin up art calendars that Ridgid hired George Petty to illustrate with his famous perfectly proportioned art, and you can see a good selection here: http://yargb.blogspot.com/2016/11/click-any-image-to-enlarge-back-in-day.html

I thought Gil Elvgren or Vargas did some for Ridgid too, but I'm probably mistaken

Strangely, this makes the 4th time Raquel has been posted. Twice modeling with cars, and once with a Vespa.

1952 Packard Starfire concept art by Richard H. Arbib

Arbib's creativity reached new levels with the Packard Caribbean and the beautiful 1951-1954 Henney-Packards. These cars set styling trends that lasted many years, such as the rear door that opens into the roof and the wrap-around rear side windows on the limousine style models. One of Arbib's most famous cars is the Astra-Gnome, which was featured on the cover of Newsweek in 1956.

Educated at the Pratt institute


Pierce Arrow ads

Monday, April 23, 2018

Edward Penfield, Pierce-Arrow

Regarded as the father of the American Poster Movement, Edward Penfield's poster style was his own, characterized by strong shapes simplified to the barest essentials and with elements selected that were of impeccable that were of impeccable taste and draftsmanship.

The simplification of detail was essential to the success of a poster which had to be immediately apprehended by a casual passerby. This same requirement applied to magazine covers as they were displayed in competition with other publications. Penfield’s cover designs were, therefore, conceived mini-posters that more than held their own on the newsstands.

After his stint with Harper’s- during which he served as art editor for Harper’s Weekly and Monthly, as well as Harper’s Bazar (1891-1901), he struck out on his own.

He became a regular contributor of covers to The Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, the old Life magazine, Harper’s Weekly, Litary Digest, The Country Gentleman, and Metropolitan Magazine. He was also an effective designer of calendars. His annual designers for the Beck Engraving Company were prized by other artists and saved long after the calendar years had expired.


kids and velocipedes

This picture is from the Latvian National History archive


Bought toward the end of the harsh winter of 1975, used for the rest of the winter, and never even touched again. 40 years sitting on the trailer under a tarp, in the shed.

The pair of snowmobiles (with trailer) sold as a package and fetched $23,000.


the Speed Spook Buick

Hot rod snowblower, chromed and on Cragars (I think)

How one person figured out to make the brake light work everytime

1997 Chevy Astro

todays WTF, C clamps securing the fueltank

Must be Monday

Stepson destroys stepfather’s Harley Davidson ‘in rage’ after getting Xbox shut off

A 19-year-old St. George man was arrested in 2014 after damaging his stepfather’s motorcycle in a rage. The incident was triggered when the stepfather turned of the younger man’s Xbox.

The stepfather said he had returned home and found his stepson, Young, playing video games on his Xbox. He asked Young to stop and turn off the TV, and came back after getting the mail, found Young still playing on the Xbox, he turned the video game console off himself.

Young went outside and started attacking his stepfather’s 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle with a knife, then got into his 2000 Nissan Maxima, backed out of the driveway, “then rammed his Maxima into the motorcycle, pushing it into the garage and into the wall of the garage.”

While being transported to the county’s jail, Young told McDaniel he had missed the last two doses of anti-anxiety and anti-depression medication he is supposed to be taking.

Old story, found all over the internet

Von Dutch worked on, and painted, so many motorcycles and cars, it's no wonder I've never seen or heard of this one before. 1969 Münch 1200 TTS

Having learned his trade in the Horex race shop in the 1950s, Friedl Münch went his own way when the plant closed in 1959, later developing a racing front brake that would set him on the road to becoming a motorcycle manufacturer. In 1965 Münch was approached by wealthy French ex-sidecar racer Jean Murit with a simple brief: build a no-expense-spared ‘superbike’, though the latter term had yet to be coined. Münch found his ideal engine in the form of the air-cooled overhead-camshaft four powering the recently introduced NSU Prinz car. For Murit’s machine he used the 1,000cc TT sports version of this engine which, tuned for 60bhp, proved capable of propelling the bulky Mammoth to a top speed of 120mph. Nothing too remarkable there you might think, but while several contemporary production motorcycles could achieve a similar maximum, it was the Mammoth’s ability to accelerate powerfully from 20mph in top gear and cruise all day at 110mph that set it apart from the herd.

The production Mammoth first appeared at the Cologne Show in September 1966, by which time the capacity had risen to 1,085cc, power to 70bhp and the top speed top close on 140mph.

In early 1969 the European market 4TT became the 4TTS, and not long after it gained larger 41.3mm Rickman front forks and a new handmade aluminum gas tank (replacing fiberglass) that could be sized to customer requirement. By 1970 Clymer’s health was failing, and he sold his interest in Munch to millionaire Arthur Bell, who was looking for a suitable business opportunity for his son George. Bell commissioned a new factory in Altenstadt, near Frankfurt, and acquired URS, Helmuth Fath’s world-championship winning sidecar racing team. Rider Horst Owesle went on to win the 1971 sidecar world championship with a Münch-powered URS outfit.

Münch continued development, producing the 115 horsepower Sport-Münch and the 125 horsepower “Daytona Bomb,” which was aimed at beating Mike Hailwood’s 1965 one-hour speed record of 145mph, set on an MV Agusta. At Daytona, the Münch was averaging 178mph, but no rear tire would last more than four laps!

However, when George Bell suddenly pulled out and returned to the U.S. in 1971, Münch was forced into bankruptcy. He found a new business partner in the packaging manufacturer Hassia, yet just when things seemed to be going well again Hassia pulled out at the end of 1973, leaving Münch to declare bankruptcy yet again.


crop dusting low enough to knock the grasshoppers of the top of the stems

Mary Ann and Rebecca... D8 dozers that served at McMurdo Station... built in the 50s specifically for work in Greenland and Antarctica, with 54" wide tracks, and 30k pounds towing ability, about 25% more than regular D8s

the others that were at McMurdo were named Pam, Big John, Linda and Colleen

Pam and Colleen left Antarctica in 2013, Mary Ann stayed until 2014.

They'd previously had their blades removed by Russ Magsig and crew. There had been plans to ship Colleen north in 2012-13, but that was cancelled because of the width of the Bailey bridge from shore to ship http://www.southpolestation.com/mcm/1314/14photos1.html

Thanks a lot to Dennis!

tow starting a big dozer

all right, let's get this Monday started

One way to start an airplane was a truck pulling a spring mounted rope, or bungee type rope, until the line was stretched out, then letting go of the prop, and letting 'er spin

homebuilt trailer made by an employee of Hughes Aircraft during WW2, with a unique dolly up front made partially with a B 29 strut

Desi and Lucy's Long Long Trailer was a 36-foot 1953 Redman New Moon bumper pull

1955 Hudson Rambler super cross country wagon and 1955 Airstream Bubble

This can be seen much better in the book Silver Palaces, by Douglas Keister

The Blériot XI is the aircraft that was used by Louis Blériot on July 25, 1909 to make the first flight across the English Channel made in a heavier-than-air aircraft.