Monday, May 20, 2019

most bizarre thing you'll probably hear about today, a crazy man in South Africa while yelling that he wants a Lamborghini, drop kicked Arnold Schwarzenegger in the back. I can not make up anything more random than that

a chariot procession called Ratha-Yatra, moving an idol from the famous temple to Lord Jagannatha in Puri, India

 Every year in the rainy months, a chariot procession is taken from the main temple to the temple of the Lord's aunt.

the size and weight of the chariot gave the meaning of imposing and unstoppable, to the word Juggernaut, mostly due to the law of physics... an object in motion, where the weight and mass have inertia, tends to stay in motion until and equal and opposite force bring it to a stop

Sunday, May 19, 2019

coolest thing I've read in weeks, how Louie Unser won the 1961 Pikes Peak race - genius tactics

Louis J. Unser. drove a tour bus up the Colorado road several times a day as a teenager, and it paid off with consecutive 1960-61 Pikes Peak Hill Climb wins.

and his experience from winning the 1960 hillclimb taught him a way to put the odds of winning the next in his favor: be the last to make the run up the hill.

In Joe Scalzo’s 1971 book, The Unbelievable Unsers, Unser explained that he was counting on quicker qualifiers to sweep the unpaved road clear of loose gravel.

“During the qualifying run Louie had purposely stopped his car, parked, and chatted with some spectators along the side of the road for a few minutes,” Scalzo wrote. “His time, with the delay, was of course very slow.” That advantage combined with on-and-over-the-edge driving defeated Turner’s 406 Galaxie by the smallest margin ever recorded: 2.4 seconds.

Kickapoo Hotel (36 rooms) was at 730 Main St, Peoria, IL, and built over a Shell Station... is it me? Or is having a gas station under your hotel a bad idea?

above, 1964

notice the area just under the Shell Station, blank in the above photo, but below they used it for the Hotel signage

notice that below that is the Anheuser Busch eagle... Why? The Kickapoo Building was built in 1911, by St. Louis brewery Anheuser-Busch. During that era the brewery built several establishments to serve their products. The buildings often had distinctive architecture.

The bars/pubs/saloons that were connected to a brewery, or had a contract with one, were "tied houses" in contrast to a "free house" which was un-affiliated with any other particular company, and did business however they chose to


but skip ahead to the current time,

and the Busch sign is now where Hotel was

the building was originally used as a tied house for the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, which sought to expand its presence in Peoria's large brewing industry.

 The two-story building has a flatiron shape, (flat iron, the ancestor to a steam iron, still has that triangular shape) a design which took advantage of its triangular lot.

Flatiron buildings were once commonly built in Peoria as a necessity of the city's geography; while downtown Peoria was built on a grid aligned with the Illinois River, its subsequent additions were usually aligned with the cardinal directions, and extensions of streets from the additions into downtown led to the creation of many triangular lots.

The Kickapoo Building's lot was created by three of these streets, Main Street and Glendale Avenue from the original downtown and Knoxville from the boundaries of several later additions; while it was not the first building on its triangular lot, it was the first one to take full advantage of the space.
It's the last flatiron building in Peoria

Modern commercial development and freeway construction eliminated many of Peoria's diagonal streets downtown, including Knoxville Avenue itself, and took many of its flatiron buildings with it; the Kickapoo Building stands out among the survivors for its decorative commercial storefronts on all three sides.

this photo from the other side, as you can see from the lower left, where the van is at the old gas station was

It’s been the site for a saloon, hotel, gas station, restaurant, architectural office and uniform company, to name a few.

Anheuser-Busch recognized Peoria as the national distilling and brewing center it was in 1911. That was a time when the city had 11 distilleries, 14 breweries and 323 saloons and St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch wanted in.

So the brewery established a tavern amid all this competition that only served Anheuser-Busch beer.

The so-called “tied house” concept went out with Prohibition making the building, with its flat-iron shape, all the more unique

Friday, May 17, 2019

a Power Wagon collector! How damn cool is that!

I bet someone really great to talk to lives here, not many RVers have a concours old Jeep in military get up

pretty uncommon to find a Scout just neglected on the street

used to be someone's pride and joy

How many times do you have to be asked if your Challenger is a Hellcat before you decide to get these license plates?

I'll be damned, I haven't seen a set of slotted mags with Pro Trac N50s since I sold my Challenger 25 years ago

Notice that the Chevy has the front slotted mags, and the Charger has the back ones... believe it or not, I bought a set of unilug slotted mags for the front of my Challenger, and the big slotted mags were Mopar spaced, because I bought them from a guy in Ct when I was stationed in Groton, because he'd bought them for his 67 or 68 Road Runner, then found they wouldn't fit, and he refused to mess with his concours Road Runner to make them fit. No mini tubs of air shocks for him

I see that needs some translation to make sense... my 71 Challenger that I sold in 194 had soltted mages front and back, the unilugs on front, and the big 10 inch with Pro Tracs on back.
Seeing that there are 4 slotted mags here, it's not impossible that these used to be mine, is what I was trying to say

You don't see these hanging out in shopping center parking lots anymore...

about twice what I'd say it's worth... it's not a 390 with the AMC speed parts, or even a 401.

Oh, and the parts they replaced, that's nice, but, that's only about 500 dollars worth of parts, and a couple hundred for labor. And as to repainted, yes, that's not bad at all! But, we all know that a repaint is used to hide things, and make a car look good for selling. 

Someone's daily driver... as hard as that is to believe. CK20 I thnk it said on the badge