Thursday, September 21, 2017

how about this, how they had to refill when the flying boat was anchored out in a foreign port

Jack McKay in his Maxwell

first time I've seen bombs with the grin

FDNY around 1912 give or take a couple years

Check out the one way sign in 1938 New York...

a double decker in 1913 New York

This Mack delivery truck has me wondering how many beer companies have existed and folded in the USA

Trying to cross the desert in the early 1930s... and getting stuck of course

The Rockwell XFV-12 was a prototype supersonic United States Navy fighter which was built in 1977.

The XFV-12 design attempted to combine the Mach 2 speed and AIM-7 Sparrow armament of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II in a VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) fighter for the small Sea Control Ship which was under study at the time.

On paper, it looked superior to the subsonic Hawker Siddeley Harrier attack fighter. However, it proved unable to produce enough thrust for vertical flight, even with an installed engine delivering more thrust than its empty weight, and the project was abandoned.

Ground testing began in 1977 , following the tests, and with the program suffering from cost overruns, the Navy decided the XFV-12A was not worth further development, and cancelled the project in 1981

just makes you get upset to read this sort of crap.... why can't people be honest?

the evolution of car safety, skip to 4:30 mark

Sergey Kirsanov art

One of the best articles I've ever heard of happened when I wasn't subscribed... thank goodness for online content from magazines. Try this: Car and Driver's field guide to automotive bullshit, because awareness is the first step in an effective defense.

Drift mode. If you need a special mode to do it, you can’t really do it.

 Bumper stickers that are already implied by the vehicle:
“Go vegan!” on a Prius, or promoting gun rights on a pickup.

 synthesized engine noise

 “Midnight,” “Blackout,” or any other “special” edition that just adds black stuff.

 MSRP. Not included is destination and delivery, which is added no matter what price you end up negotiating

 Not driving at least the speed limit. The purpose of driving is to get somewhere quicker than walking. Do that.

The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. It doesn’t measure initial quality, it measures the amount of stuff people can’t figure out about their new cars.

In modern BMWs, the first push of the power button doesn’t turn the car all the way off, and the first pull of the door handle merely unlocks the door. So you arrive at your destination, throw the car in park, then turn it off twice and pull the door handle twice to get out. It’s the slightest of intrusions, but what was so hard about the process of turning a car off that it needed to be improved on by adding steps?

Our country’s lax driver-­licensing procedures.

That there’s not a nation-wide standard duration for yellow lights.

They aren't all short simple jokes either:

It's bullshit that crash-test regulations push cars to get heavier while fuel-economy regulations drive them to get lighter, but subsidies keep our gas among the cheapest in the world so that nobody here wants the cars that meet fuel-economy requirements, and still we resist the fuel tax desperately needed to fund infrastructure improvements.

catching air on every lap

good way to get free publicity for your company, better than a vinyl wrap or lettering job

Bounty Hunter Dune Buggy

Designed in 1968 and finished in 1969, Bounty Hunter Dune Buggies used a body produced by Glass Enterprises in Burbank, on a short wheel base using the same length chassis as the Manx, and in this buggy, the seats were designed by Steve McQueen’s company, Solar Productions, and the interior is by Tony Nancy. It was featured in the January and December editions of Rod and Custom magazine in 1970

While many buggies were copied or took strong styling cues from the Manx, the Bounty Hunter was a completely original design.

In late 1970 or early 1971, in his garage at home, Mel Keys worked on a fiberglass dune buggy project for about three months with an assistant, Brian Dries. That dune buggy would later go on to become known as the Bounty Hunter, one of the few dune buggies that didn’t directly knock off Bruce Meyers’ Manx. Unfortunately, the dune buggy business was tapped out, and not many were made, and Mel went onto other things

Who is Mel Keys? He is a Art Center College alumni, who worked at Victress, then started a company called Fibercraft to produce fiberglass-bodied cars, and also participated in making the model of the Star Trek Enterprise used for the original tv show. He is now about 88 yrs old.

Similar buggies have auctioned at 4 thou, due to rough use, but this one might auction for 20-30 thou

Jim Clark, the only driver to have won both the Formula One and Indy 500 titles in the same year, is remembered by a newly expanded museum at Duns, Scottish Borders, that fundraisers have recently completed

Above, the glass walled expansion to the current "Jim Clark Room" museum

On the family farm in Scotland, in the fields and among grazing sheep, Clark developed his driving skills.

In 1956 (age 20) he bought a Sunbeam Talbot and began competing in local rallies. Within four years he was racing for Lotus in the 1960 season forming a winning partnership and friendship with Colin Chapman.

He won the World Championship first in 1963, then in 1965, and secured the top podium slot at 25 Grand Prix races. He was also the first British driver to win the grueling Indianapolis 500 race in America. In 1962 and 1964 he was deprived of two more championships due to mechanical failures in the last race of each season.

Clark’s tally of 25 victories was a record at the time and has only been surpassed by a handful of other drivers since then and none in as few races. His 25 wins came in just 72 starts, a win ratio bettered only be Alberto Ascari and Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1950’s. Only Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and more recently Lewis Hamilton have ever equalled or surpassed Clark’s tally of 33 pole positions in Formula 1, all in the modern era and none in so few races.

The Jim Clark Trust, working in partnership with Scottish Borders Council, is delighted to announce plans for a new expanded Jim Clark Museum to open by 2018. The project is supported by our Honorary President Sir Jackie Stewart and Patrons Club.

Plans for the new museum were announced at The Goodwood Revival by Lord March on Saturday 14th September 2013 as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Jim Clark’s first World Championship in 2013 and a parade of the greatest collection of historic Jim Clark cars ever gathered to celebrate one of Formula 1’s all-time greats.

The aim of the new museum is to inspire the next generation and generations to come, with a modern and vibrant celebration of Jim Clark’s incredible career and impact on motorsport around the world with trophies, pictures, film footage and some of the cars in which he raced. Exhibiting the cars in which Jim Clark raced will be the highlight of the new museum with the existing trophy collection at its heart.

The goal of the new museum is to inspire the next generation and generations to come, with a modern and vibrant celebration of Jim Clark’s incredible career and impact on motorsport around the world with trophies, pictures, film footage and some of the cars in which he raced.

Thanks Steve!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I haven't seen new images of converted vehicles turned into rail cars in quite a while, but then I found this Flikr account yesterday, and bingo! Several that the british converted in the 20's and 30's

British Army railroad vehicles/trollies with machine-guns landed from the S.S. Dorsetshire in Palestine - circa 1936

I have NEVER seen anyone sit on one of the classics, but, once upon a time, they were just a new car

1 of 4 ordered, original 383 4 speed, Coronet Crestwood.

just how stupid do you have to be to decide it'll be ok to drive out onto the boardwalk? A truck driver following GPS directions made a wrong turn this morning and wound up driving over two miles on a boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

the truck damaged about 100 feet of boardwalk railings.

It took four hours to remove the truck from the boardwalk. The Ventnor City Public Works Department was forced to remove 100 feet of railings in order to give the truck enough room to turn around. The cab of the truck was also detached from the trailer. A tow truck was brought in to remove the trailer.

impressive Datsun truck, I haven't seen a mini truck worked this much since the 90s

that's impressive strength for such small diameter wood

NASCAR 1969 Flat Out

racing at Riverside in 1970.... damn, I love the cars, and the diversity of models. The Falstaff 400 and the Motor Trend 500

Alaska yard art... been there several decades it seems

GMC has a new type of gear selector in the 2018 Terrain, right after Ezra Dyer did an article on why new shifters are stupid wastes of time

Let’s say a designer comes to me and says, “We’re thinking about this new idea for a shifter.”

I’ll say: “Stop right there. It’s stupid.”

The shifter is a solved problem. Enough with the novel shifters.

But this designer just has to explain how the dowdy shifter is about to become sexy, modern, and so very it. TMZ will hound this shifter. This shifter will have 2.7 million followers on social media. If this shifter were a hotel, it would have no front desk and you’d check in through Snap, and maybe the elevator would be, like, hidden in a tree that you climb inside like an elf.

in the new Tomb Raider movie, she'll have a river crossing, at the water fall, by running across a WW2 bomber wing that falls apart under her weight

Disabled British Army tank at Gaza, Palestine circa 1917 or 1918

British soldiers on a Motor trolly on Palestine railroads preceding passenger trains to investigate track - circa 1936

Fordson Armoured Car of No. 2 Armoured Car Company RAF waits outside Baghdad, while negotiations for an armistice take place between British officials and the rebel government during the Iraqi Revolt