Sunday, February 19, 2017

If you enjoy watching Top Gear, this might also appeal in a similar way, Guy Martin Builds A Boat, fitting it out with the best of the English industrial revolution achievements, in that "challenge" kind of way where the show's stars have to do the work themselves

Season 1 episode one, above, handles things like making cast iron from iron ore and coke, and seeing the inner working of Wedgewood (if you don't know what that is, ask a rich granny, they love the stuff) who get the credit for the creation of the assembly line, and then a bit about tea and how that was something that created the break times at the office or factory... who knew!?!?  and I'm just as fixated on the making of the cast iron stove and such, as I am on any goofy Top Gear cheap car across a jungle challenge. So, enjoy!

 and the rest of the episodes

Bud Ekins, had a Triumph dealership, and made a bike for Dean Martin, who wasn't allowed to ride it due to his movie contract, so he gave it to his neighbor

Cycle World Magazine Jan-Jun 1992

late 1930s Hudson Detroit bicycle with a 1970s Dana 3 speed aftermarket adapter on the crank

When clearing out an uncles place, this late 1930s Schwinn Autocycle was ebayed in hopes it was worth something.

Someone wanted it bad. They paid $14,500 on Ebay

First introduced in 1936 the Autocycle seriously revolutionized the balloon tire field in styling and sophistication. So much going on here that Schwinn incorporated the word AUTO into the title of these bikes. No other bike of the period had as many deluxe features and accessories as the Autocycle. The speedometer was a Stewart Warner

Notice the seat has a spring down the front and curved under it, so it pogo sticks on the vertical post.

if you want to read extensive original advertising from the factory brochures in the 30's see

Sampan, because when you're in paradise, you don't call a jitney a jitney

Jitneys started in about 1914, and the Sampan in 1922.

Truth is the same no matter where you find it, and in 1922, the cost of a taxi was obviously too much, and a Hilo taxi driver by the name of Fukumatsu Kusumoto wanted to provide lower, cost-effect means of public transportation for Big Island residents and visitors, mainly Hilo wharf and it’s surrounding areas.

He hit up several of his taxi driving friends, but no one was interested in his idea. Single handed, he was able to obtain enough funding and constructed the first sampan converting a Ford Model T into a multi-passenger jitney back in 1922.

Vehicle modifications started just behind the drivers seat, the back was rebuilt with wooden seats along both sides on an extended frame. Mr. Kusumoto’s single venture brought instant success as the owner of the Hilo Sampan Company. the Sampan Bus became a big hit with sugar plantation workers and their families.

In the 1930s and 1940s there were over 200 Sampans running routes around the Big Island of Hawaii, most casually cruising to pick up riders, and just like Uber or Lyft, delivering them where they wanted to go, picking up other riders along the way

There is one in San Diego that I've ran across through the years,

1960's album cover photos of Guy Webster

these guys were famous for a single hit "Pushin Too Hard"  and trivia moment, coined the phrase Flower Power

park ranger Nash, you're a damn idiot. This dufas harrassed a bike rider, and wrote a $125 dollar ticket for "possession of a bike" in Yosemite

as you can see, no signs saying anything about bikes not allowed through

And that is why dumbass Nash gets his minute of fame. Quit screwing with tourists you moron

this is what happened to some dummy that too a van out into death valley washpan roads

top fuel pedal trikes

long travel suspension atv competition... first I've heard of this

Honda 900 engine powered mini buggy at a Formula Offroad event in Bålsta, Sweden 2014

Cam A Go, could be adjusted manually or automatically

Iohan Gueorguiev - pronounced Yo-Han, is biking all over the North American continent from the Yukon, to Colorado, and then through central America, and then the rest of the world

Originally from Bulgaria, he moved to Ontario Canada, and in April 2014, he started biking from Tuktoyaktuk, Canada

imagine being at some random place when a damn volcano erupts, and you're there with a camera!

Guy Martin has dreamed about owning his own Merlin engine from a WW2 Spitfire, and if you persevere long enough at a focused goal, you'll likely achieve it, and so much more.

I suspect that as one thing leads to another, his contacting a lot of people about the spitfire engine had a lot to do with him getting a tv special about the following recreation of a spitfire

Sentinel, a 16m high sculpture by Tim Tolkien, installed upon Spitfire Island

The Castle Bromwich Spitfire factory closed at the end of WW2 after having made most of the Spitfires, and was converted into a factory making bodies for cars, including Minis; from 1977 it became the home of Jaguar cars.

The award-winning art project began in 1997 as part of the regeneration of Castle Vale estate. Using National Lottery funding, Tolkien was appointed as artist in residence. He consulted with Castle Vale residents about an art feature and found that they were inspired above all else by the area's air history, during World War II, and favoured a sculpture featuring Spitfires. The sculpture was opened on 14 November 2000. The sculptor is the great-nephew of J. R. R. Tolkien

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Your morning coffee and donut video: they finally got Doc in the air, and now there are 2 flying B-29s, and Doc is a freshly restored bird that will have a long long time before it gets grounded for maintenance issues

Crank your speakers up and enjoy the rumble on the next video!

like a boss

I love when artists get imaginative on photos, and change up a boring scene to a funny cool piece of art

these are so much fun

Keystones on a Cuda, at a dragstrip. Cool

I want to be this happy again, I bet I'll have to do a lot of exercise first to get back in shape

the price of lawsuits due to stupid people, has nearly doubled the price of a 2 gallon gas can, and put Blitz out of business

Blitz is out of business. Because in 2010, a Utah jury awarded more than $4 million to the father of a 2-year-old girl killed when a Blitz can exploded after the father, David Calder, tried to start a fire in a wood-burning stove in his trailer home by pouring gasoline on the flame.

In 2010 a 2 gal plastic portable gas can was 15 dollars at a corner gas station. It was 8 dollars online.

but now? The cheapest one on Amazon is $13 dollars

For a cheap damn piece of plastic.

Go to a swap meet if you want to buy a cheap old gas can. 

driving on water.. I want to know, is there a speed that any vehicle must attain in order to drive on water? Or, is it a mix of tire size, tread, air pressure, rpm per tire, 4 wheel drive, and then weight of vehicle plus the speed before the vehicle gets to the water?

wouldn't it be right to call these the only real ATV? They seem to be all terrain, and even on water... I've seen them drive up those Iceland cliffs too

Cool little rat rod

it has a wheel and its an engine and its the largest of it's kind in the world.... the Laxey Wheel

The triskelion on the front of the wheel is backwards. This happened by accident when transferring the image onto the wall; they forgot to reverse it, so, it's actually a mirror image of the symbol of Mann.

The heraldic device of the triskele has been associated with the Isle of Man for centuries. In 1405, Henry IV, King of England gave the Isle of Man to John Stanley. The latter gave Henry two peregrine falcons, and was to provide the same to every future English king on his coronation.

The symbol is closely associated with Sicily, and is attested there as early as the 7th century BC. In 1250, the Holy Roman Emperor died after having ruled Sicily for 52 years. Four years later, the papal legate invested the Sicilian kingship in the young son of King Henry III, of England and for about ten years afterwards Edmund was styled "King of Sicily".

The island was ruled by King Alexander Of Scotland, whose wife was King Henry III daughter, and this familial connection between the English and Scottish royal families could account for the introduction of the triskeles as a symbol of the Isle of Man.

Or, the appearance of the 'triskele' on coins of the tenth century Norse King, Anlaf Cuaran, whose dominion included Dublin and the Isle of Man; and it is probable that the later Manx Kings were a branch of the same dynasty. All the early examples of the Manx 'Legs' show them as if running sunwise (i.e. clockwise) and to that extent the heraldic symbol of the Island still retained an essential feature of the ancient pagan sun-symbol.

Why did I tell you all of that instead of posting about cars? I've always wanted to know about that 3 legged thing, and so, as I was learning about the Isle of Man TT, this kept coming up.

It was built in 1854 to pump water from the Great Laxey Mines, which also has a pair of steam locomotives, very small ones, named Ant and Bee

A water-powered wheel was used because the Isle of Man does not have a supply of coal for a steam-powered pump.

250 imperial gallons of water a minute from the Laxey mines some 200 yards away and 1,500 feet below ground

The mine employed over 600 miners at its peak, producing lead, copper, silver and zinc, until it closed in 1929. In 1965 the Manx Government bought the wheel and site. The wheel was restored; in 1989,

The head of the government is the Queen of England, but the island is like Bermuda, it's an internally self-governing dependent territory of the Crown which is not part of the United Kingdom, even though it's located off the coast of England.

The island takes a holiday for the TT Senior Race Day... and that... THAT is cool. Tell me of any other country taking a holiday for a vehicle race!

the nose art on the last Boeing B-1B Lancer ever made: 86-0140

whoa, British people had some TOUGH tests to make sure their car was safe! Check out this brake test gauge!

the MOT of Great Britain, Ministry of Transportation, tests vehicles over three years old used on anything defined as a road in the Road Traffic Act 1988

The test was originally just the basic test of brakes, lights and steering after the vehicle was ten years old and every year thereafter. When they checked the brakes back in the early 70s, they put one of these Tapley G Meters on the floor. Steve was telling about it this morning. The testing guy would slam on the brakes and sometimes caused crashes and wrecks and the govt had to change that up and test the brakes on a set of rollers

This became known as the "ten year test", or alternatively the "Ministry of Transport Test". The high failure rate resulted in the age that vehicles became due for testing being reduced to seven years in 1962

Now the windshield wipers are tested, the exhaust NOISE is measured against the standard for that make, model, and year, and the lights are checked. They don't want owners to feel like they can OWN the car and change it to improve it's looks or performance. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

here one moment, gone the next! Fire engine falls into a sinkhole at 9.82 m/s2

Skip the first half of the video (of course) and poof, like a magician made it disappear.

A five-lane, 3-mile stretch of southbound Interstate-15 is down to two lanes in California’s Cajon Pass after a portion of roadway washed away, causing a fire engine to tumble off the side of the highway between Highway 138 and Cleghorn Road, according to San Bernardino County Fire spokesman Eric Sherwin. All firefighters on board were able to escape before the engine fell a few minutes later.

SO, they had already realized it was dangerously parked, but didn't move it. Gravity did though

The engine was initially dangling over an edge when water erosion from ongoing storms caused the roadway to suddenly fail Friday night. All firefighters on board were able to escape before the engine fell a few minutes later.
thanks Steve!

Cole Porter's Brewster bodied Buick

your morning coffee and donuts relaxed video... the Tour Divide with Jim and Tom

One of the two 1923 Rumpler-influenced Farman A6A prototypes fitted with an in-house designed aerodynamic body

a 1922 Labourdette Sliver Ghost, and I've never heard of Labourdette working up a silver ghost

why do I mention Labourdette like you should know what I'm talking about? Because of the incredible Mercedes that stick in my head, so unforgettable,  and the unreal 1939 Rolls Royce Phantom III Labourdette Vutotal which I bet you immediately see and think, oh hell, that stunning car

This makes me say god damn... how the hell anyone envisions this masterpiece, and then actually makes it happen, flawlessly, to plan... blows my tiny pea brain

So yeah, when I say Labourdette, I figure some of you readers will recall the stupendous cars I've shown you made by that French master carrossier 

Some carozzeria are like that to me, one example of their work just stands out of my memory bank of cars and smacks me in the brain like a basketball to the face. The Jonkheere Rolls is another example, and so is the Vanvooren name, see the next post

the Vanvooren design for an aerodynamic four passenger car to be built by Vanvooren on a prototype lightweight Bentley MK V chassis. It was to be called the Corniche. Due to passenger and luggage carrying demands made by Bentley, the first design was heavily compromised. High speed instability was the result.

If you wonder why I'm tossing the name Vanvooren around like you might know who I'm talking about, it's because of the gift Bugatti from France to the Iranian