Thursday, November 23, 2017

The motor museum at Château Savigny-les-Beaune: it has a collection of cars, motorcycles, bicycles, fire engines, and airplanes

In this castle dating from the 14 thcentury, we find no less than nine collections, grouped by its owner, Michel Pont. Former racing driver on Abarth, from 1965 to 1972, finishing as well as 2nd in the 1968 French Championship, with 168 trophys, and has 30 Abarth race cars in this collection. It's the largest collection of Abarths in France


the 100 or so planes brought together by Michel Plat, unique in Europe and includes mostly French jet planes including the Dassault represented by Mirage III, Mirage IV, Mirage V, Mirage F1

Of American jets are the F-84 Thunderjet, F-8 Crusader. Several F-100 Super Sabers, an F-86 Saber F-104 Starfighter, an F-105 Thunderchief. The USSR is represented by many MiGs: with MiG-15, MiG-19, MiG-21 and MiG-23.

The helicopters include an Alouette 2 and an H-34 and a H-19 Sikorsky.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I just learned of another airbrush art magazine, which has been around for 10 years, from the UK

Check out this airbrushed coyote skull from Steve Gibson, it's incredible, both conceptually, and artisically

found in the Airbrushaction magazine (which I used to subscribe to, but got too expensive)

Stephen Gibson has a BA in Fine Art from Flagler College in St.Augustine, FL.

 His fine art efforts have been recognized by The Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as The Whitney Museum of Art.

He also holds studio classes in traditional approaches to drawing and painting at Cygnus Art Center in Egg Harbor Twp, NJ.

His introduction to the airbrush stemmed from watching t-shirt airbrushers on the boardwalk in South Jersey at a young age. It wouldn't be until the age of 20 that he finally became self taught when he purchased his first airbrushes and diaphram compressor and gave it a go.

His versatile work history has included time as a mural artist, an airbrush artist for a high end signshop, automotive bodyshop painter as well as a graphic designer.

Steve currently operates his own fine art and airbrush studio- Air Oil and Lead, Fast Fine Art in South Jersey.

Cole Foster documentary short by Fuel magazine

Stupid questions, which I've come up with, but I can't figure out if they are actually stupid, or just clever improvements

Lug nuts come loose, so, why not a cotter pin through the lug so the nut can't work itself off more than a fraction of an inch?

Disk brakes... why aren't they accordion shaped for more surface area contact and greater thermal dissipation?

These are actual shower thoughts. If they are the stupidest ideas you've ever heard, kindly say so, so I can delete this post. 

may you get a good mechanic with a sense of humor

candy apple red, invented by Joe Bailon, and it took him 10 years to perfect

Lay down a coat of gold first, then red atop that, then follow that with a clear coat with some red mixed into it and you get deep, delicious glowing paint known the world over as “candy apple red.”

Around 1956, he finally perfected the candy paint process and proceeded to apply it to other colors beyond red.

todays total WTF

pulled out of a tire.

you know those spike lug nuts on Semi trucks? … yep.

customer just wants a tune up, does not want the terminal connectors repaired/replaced/ cleaned

duct tape must be known throughout the land, far and wide, to be the problem solver

and under the soaked wet back carpet, was the battery looking like it's a science experiment.

Whoa... a garage made woody Prius, with white walls, and chrome back bumper

sun roof leak solution

Score Intl has a feature on both Ivan Stewart and Walker Evans if you want to read a good article on the icons of off road racing

the Castlebank carpet cleaner art deco vans

These “art deco” vans were made by Albion Trucks, Scotstoun in the 1930’s

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

someone named Headquake makes incredibly cool wood RC trucks, like this 1977 F150, with a full build video. He's made about 20 of these RC Creations, and they are fantastic!

it just doesn't get any better than this.... if I posted this photo and asked you to tell me something about it, you would never ever guess that it's an RC truck, handmade

Headquake has been making these since 2009, and was interviewed here:

the Joey Dunlop memorial, the only statue I think I've ever seen of a bike racer

The Paddy Dakar, an offroad orienteering rally starting in Doon, County Limerick, Ireland. Benefiting

The Paddy Dakar, now in its eight year, is an Orienteering on Motorbikes charity event that takes place in and around Slieve Felim, Silvermines and the Galtee Mountains which straddle county's Limerick and Tipperary.

 It is held as a tribute to Dakar Riders past and present who by their participation have demonstrated themselves to be the pinnacle of Off-Road endurance riding.

The Paddy Dakar is a weekend event and 2017 will be the eight time the event has been run. The course is aimed at people who ride adventure bikes and who may not have been in any kind of competition in the past, or have any Off-Road experience.

In short its going to be orienteering on motorbikes but on Off-Road conditions with Road Rubber.

Ireland has had 4 riders finish the Paris Dakar, it's the most dangerous off road rally with 48 deaths since its inception in 1978.

want to watch an interesting Indy 500? Here is the 1974

Budweiser tribute video for Dale Jr

Dale Jr. drove the Bud car for eight years. To honor his legendary NASCAR career and toast his retirement, Bud made this video

Thai mudmotor speedboats. These can clock 90 mph (how has Red Bull not made a race series with these yet?)

Rod Hall. He turns 80 tomorrow, Nov. 22, and just won the 2017 Baja 1000 Stock Full with his Hummer H1 Alpha.

Rod Hall now has a race record 25 class wins
he has more podium finishes than any American off-road racer
one overall win in 1969
the only overall win in a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
and is the only racer who has competed in all 50 SCORE Baja 1000 races.

Laura Kukuk of Petrolicious was invited into the Louman Museum for a private tour

Robert noticed something critical about the number 6 above, the wheels are not right. Looks like they put the rear wheels on the front, as the hubs and spokes are bigger.  In the black and white backdrop wallpaper photo behind it, clearly the #7 has the correct as raced wheels, and they are significantly smaller on the front! Bravo Robert!