Monday, December 10, 2018

The Peninsula 400; 400 seats, 400 miles, 400 minutes

The Peninsula 400 was a daily express passenger train operated by the Chicago and North Western Railway between Chicago and Ishpeming, from 1942 to 1969.

 It was one of the railroad's 400 passenger trains, whose name stemmed from the original '400-mile, 400-minute' express operated by the railroad between Chicago and Minneapolis–St. Paul.

Other 400s were the Shoreland 400, Valley 400, Twin Cities 400, and Flambeau 400, taking the upper middle class of Chicago with vacation time, to their fishing cabins in the northern woods of Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula

"The Peninsula 400" can be seen in the 1959 film Anatomy of a Murder in scenes filmed at the Ishpeming, Michigan train station.

We've all done it

Fixing a WW1 ambulance tire

field cooker, WW1

reminder, next Monday will be the day that Peter Jackson’s colorized, and vocalized, WW1 film "They Shall Not Grow Old" is coming to theaters

and don't rely on "Fathom" to accurately show you what theaters it's going to be in, as I've just seen for myself that only the theaters working WITH fathom get on that list. They may not be the theaters you prefer, the ones with screens that don't have repairs, the theaters that are closer to you, or with the better seats

With 26 victories to his credit, 94th Aero Squadron’s Commander, Capt Eddie Rickenbacker, was the USAS top scoring ace of WWI.

Sikorsky Ilya Muromets - Imperial Russian bomber June 1916, from colorized WW1 photos

A life well lived... a moment to honor and respect Bob Fletcher. Took on working 3 farms for his neighbors, when they were shipped off (unconstitutionally, effing ultra-conservative racist govt) to the Japanese internment camps in WW2

He lived in the bunk house of one of the Japanese families he was helping and only kept half of the profits he made in those three years even though the families whose farms he was working (90 acres in all) offered him all of the profits in exchange for him keeping their farms. He was unmarried when he first started working there, but married later on and his wife also lived in the bunkhouse and refused to move into the one Japanese family’s houses, even though the family offered and cleaned it for them before the families came back. The families all came back to their farms with money in the bank and managed and maintained homes thanks to Fletcher and his wife.

the Zoomobile... no way this could exist in today's society with crazy mothers and lawyers

Haters gonna hate, especially when it's the rich vs poor who hot rod and win the Pikes Peak race with a hot rod Model T in 1922, with only a 4 banger and some new Firestones (the most expensive things on the car)

The lightest smallest car to every race the PPHC, a true home built from scraps race car, and it ran the race in 19.50.900 to win King of the Mountain for 1922.

Junkyard frame from an old Ford delivery truck, a $50 Ford engine block, a scrapyard radiator and hood.

Versus all the factory specials. The Hudson, Essex, Lexington and Pierce-Arrow race cars.

So, where's the hate? Well, when Noel Bullock showed up the first time, he missed the practice week, missed the time trials, and still placed 24th! No paint, so sponsors, no team to help, and he slept under his car.

The Pikes Peak race started in 1916, without a lot of rules, without a lot of competitors

This upset the establishment, that the hoi polloi would dare to mix with the aristocracy!?!!? Indeed!

So, they changed the rules so he couldn't race at Pikes the next year.

A kid from Ord, Nebraska, named Noel Bollock shook the well-heeled racing establishment by grabbing the crown (and setting a new course record) in a Model T that he'd built up from stock.

Penrose and his rich racing buddies made a point of changing the race's rules so that Bollock's car could not compete the next year. Instead of pure race to find the fastest car, the rich bastards got the AAA to run it, and that meant that you couldn't race unless you met some strict rich bastard criteria. No racing the Pikes Peak entry at any "unsanctioned" race in that state for the year, which in reality meant that rich guys could afford to buy a car just for Pikes that wouldn't race anywhere else, but lunchpail blue collar guys were OUT.

AND there were no races in Colorado that were AAA races... Pikes was the only one.

PLUS a 1600 pound minimum. That hot rod was 1100 pounds.

Though Bollock adapted his car by adding weight, to meet the new rules, he was then banned from competition for competing in an unsanctioned race earlier that year.

A local Ford dealership would take advantage of the Noel Bullock win. Didn’t matter that it was a salvage yard built car with parts from several vehicle, and driven by a dirt track racer. The old Nascar saying “Win on Sunday Sale on Monday”, way before there was a even national stock car racing association.
the remains of the car were found on a Nebraska farm, and restored

Saturday, December 08, 2018

logging trucks are now effing amazing with this cab that raises and rotates

1969 Ford Cobra Torino Screamer commercial

It seems that one person was smart to record it off Speedvision, as this commercial is said to have only been broadcast once in 1969, and that was immediately stopped by someone who didn't want the legal problems of fighting Chrysler, or Warner Brothers, for using the trademarked "Meep Meep" sound

Thanks Bobby!

Paul Palmer shot these four old haulers sitting out in the open by the train depot in Silverton, Colorado. These guys no doubt lived a long and useful life and now add to the ambience of the surrounding railroad yard.

A 1973 F750 fire truck fixed up in NDSU colors by Brocke Franke for tail gating at the games, with bar stools, a grill, etc

A lot of this truck is all North Dakota, the astro turf is from the Fargodome, the bar stools are from a rural North Dakota cafe, and the wood is original to the truck, it's what the fire hoses used to lay on

I hope they fired whoever decided "Captain Pickup" was a good idea to publicize

stunning imagery got me to check out the movie trailer... to find out why a team of soldiers was pulling a Nazi staff car

as you can see, 70 years later, and even a movie image about a true story can't have the swastika on it depending on the country it's printed in.

Above printed in the USA, below, in Norway

Anyway, the story itself in intriguing, it's not about the Nazis... it's about a deserter impersonating a Nazi officer to first, just survive until the end of the war, but then, to grab as much power as he could to satisfy his sadistic desires by killing and murdering pows and wehrmacht deserters

To quote Wikipedia " the story of German war criminal Willi Herold, who assumed a stolen identity as a German officer and orchestrated the killing of deserters and other prisoners at one of the Emslandlager camps."

director Robert Schwentke (RED, Insurgent, Allegiant) uses the device of a uniform to explore what’s underneath, and finds darkness in the hearts of men. The Captain takes the real-life story of a 21 year-old conscripted private at the very end of World War II who, having deserted his unit, stole a captain’s uniform and adopted the role of very persecutors from whom he was fleeing. It looks at the implosion of violence from soldiers honed and hardened by war once the order of combat starts to break down.

It’s two weeks before the end of the war, and the Third Reich is unravelling. Deserters are pillaging and stealing in order to survive. One of them, Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), his face scabbed with crusted mud, narrowly escapes being shot by German officers in a jeep, then witnesses a fellow stray get pitchforked to death over the theft of some eggs. When he stumbles upon an officer’s uniform in an abandoned truck, he puts it on. And immediately his bearing changes. The cowed, kicked dog demeanour vanishes, in its place a clipped, casual cruelty.

The uniform brings him status and power, both of which he discovers a taste for. But if clothes maketh the man, in this case they make him a monster. Emboldened by the opportunistic soldiers who attach themselves to him, he embarks on a precarious game of brinksmanship, brutally raising the stakes every time it looks like he might be discovered. Of his rag tag band of men, two suspect that The Captain is, like them, a deserter trying to bluster his way out of a tight spot. One, Freytag (Milan Peschel) is the conscience that Herold tries to ignore. Furrowed and sorrowful, he bears witness to the atrocities. Kipinski (Frederick Lau) meanwhile manifests every savage impulse, he’s a rampaging Id armed with an assault rifle.

Assuredly uncomfortable, the reality of war often is. I don't think I'm going to see the movie, even with a blu ray so the damn thing doesn't have to be heard in German and read in English.

I understand that this was done in order to show the reality of the situation, as the Germans didn't speak English so Americans could see a movie without subtitles, but I also know that when making a movie, you either do it in English, or get fewer people paying to see it.

Of course, this was probably made to not just show how repulsive men can be in war, it may also have been made to get perennially shown in film schools, history classes, and maybe to try for an Oscar. All of those goals make up for the lack of box office ticket sales

these two full size posters are for comparison sake.

it seems that some truck drivers didn't get the message the last couple of times bridges were destroyed, and think 100 year old 15 ton bridges, and smaller, can handle over 40 tons, because of magic wishes and prayers

the 1911 bridge won't be repaired soon, as inflation prevents anything from being replaced or even repaired,  for what it initially cost over 100 years ago when materials and labor were far less expensive. 

The county this is in has a 3.8 million annual budget for repairs for all roads, but replacing this bridge alone? Would exceed that, all by itself

the beautiful PVTA Choppers dragster.

I've seen a lot of tires moved around, but I've never seen anyone pull off this cool trick

Friday, December 07, 2018

one very angry french farmer that isn't going to stand by while the prices of fuel go up with another tax

The spark for the movement came in mid-November, after Macron announced he would increase fuel taxes, in order to help finance his plan to transition France to renewable energy. The increase could add about 10 euros ($14) to a family’s monthy household expenses. And while that is a significant sum to many poor families, for many others, the pronouncement seemed simply to be the final straw — It was “la limite,” Valette says.

The fractured movement of yellow jackets exploded seemingly out of nowhere, gathering momentum over the past two weeks through Facebook pages that have organized local demonstrations across a country of 67 million people. It has no leader, and no affiliation to a political party or trade union. It resembles more the grassroots Arab Spring protests of 2011, which toppled governments, than the frequent French demonstrations that usually accompany mass strikes. The one commonality among these demonstrators are the high-vis jackets that give them their name, which can be found in every vehicle under French law.

A poll on Wednesday showed about 84% of French supported the yellow jacket movement

clever hidden back up camera

the auction prices for those early Macks and other trucks that I posted about in August. They all went pretty cheap, except the Brockway, it was 7400