Thursday, February 20, 2020

Got the hell out of the way just in time, by keeping aware of what's going on, and about to happen... smart!

I'm amazed how easy it is to flip a car over

Not everyone looks at acronyms the same

A different translation of an acronym, but ok. Not everyone translates them the same. If you are now triggered, I don't care. Shut up, go away.

And for anyone that wants to complain about Trump, well, shut up.

No one gets a lifetime of politicians that they approve of and admire. We all have to put up with some one getting elected that we just disdain.

So, it's your turn to be upset. Grow up, get used to it. We all have to deal with assholes, and right now, it's your turn.

Until someone amazing comes along that can convince Mike Rowe to run for president, you're stuck with being represented by a horde of losers trying to get elected, and so are the other guys.

Seriously,  no one running for president is admirable. They all are corrupt, crooks, criminals, liars, thiefs, cheaters, or something else that you wouldn't allow to date your daughter.

Clinton, JFK, they both were having sex in on the presidents desk with some woman not their wife. That is simply not what they swore to do when taking the job. It's deplorable.

They didn't honor their wife, their wedding oath, nor the basic social behavior of not having sex on the job in their office.

Bengazi? WTF? Not sending in a damn army to protect the embassy and ambassador is an offense to the USA citizens that pay your paycheck Hillary. She should seppuku to atone.

The list goes on, and the people that are so determined to get elected don't do it to represent us citizens, they do it for greed, power, etc. Nothing honorable.... but they take the job and hypocritically go on and on about honor and other virtues they simply can't exhibit due to their nature.

So, don't bother complaining about Trump to me, it's just your turn to put up with shit your can't do anything about, we had 8 years of Obama. Not a lot of pride in that, though he was far more brilliant than Bush 43. Nice as he seems to be as a guy you'd like to have a beer with, 43 was a moron. Just count your blessings Mondale wasn't elected.

Oh, and if you're simply seething that I'm posting this nonsense instead of cool cars? Fucking go away. This is a blog. It's not a dot com that exists to please you. It's a blog. It's what I do for my own reasons, and you simply don't matter. Those that enjoy 99.999% of the 42,0000 posts know it's a blip, move along, see what else got posted to enjoy. If you're upset? Just find another blog. I won't care you ever were here, or that you went away. Like a dream from a month ago, it happened, it didn't matter, and it won't ever be remembered. That's how little upset people matter. Plenty have bitched, I can't recall single one. Life is pretty cool that way. All the noise fades away, and libtard democrats the don't actually do a damn thing to make an effort to get elected and improve the representation in any govt office are exactly that. Pink hat wearing forgotten protesty types that no one remembers who leave behind dumpsters full of trash

keep your good kharma level way up... cause life has a way of letting Murphy's Law happen to the people that don't.

well... it's not fast, but it gets a lot of looks

Sidenote for anyone who has wondered why there isn't as much getting posted as usual

Things will be slow on this blog for a bit, I'm researching my family tree, and it's very interesting, and has turned into something that I've become obsessed with...
and I think you'll understand from how much, and how indepth I have gotten on a lot of stuff here, that I will spend a ridiculous amount of time on looking into something to get to the bottom of it.

Well, a family tree, is so much more intense than I thought it would be, and so far I'm back as far as 1200 years ago.

That's just on one line of ancestors.
I haven't even looked at their spouse's parents yet

Anyway, I have been focusing on that, and I think it's easy to see that the amount I post here has dropped by 40% at least for the last week.

I'm not sorry, as I have no commitment to this, it's simply something I enjoy a LOT, but I'm a little conflicted - because I do ENJOY the car stuff so darn much.

But I have wanted to know my family tree for about 40 years.
Now, with, I can actually dig into it from a computer. No trekking to cemeteries, libraries, and govt records.
It won't take forever, and there's only so much that can be looked into with a family tree. Sooner or later, it's going to be complete and I'll be back to working on this to my normal amount of posting every day

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Wow, big thanks to Eclectic AK! He found a photo of a Von Dutch lettered truck with Steve McQueen! Think how cool that truck would be to see at a car event!

imagine what that helmet Steve is wearing would auction for... after all, there couldn't be much out there that he owned or used that hasn't been auctioned already

this is a real GSX, a '74 Apollo GSX. I ain't ever heard of one, seen one, or considered it could even exist.

Thanks Al! 

up to no good, that's my guess. Looks like it's time to go play with tires and engines, and probably tear it apart later and smooth out the intake and exhaust in hopes of a competitive edge

Whatever happened to American companies making cheap, but damn good little go carts for lawn mowing money? (You know, mow lawns, deliver newspapers, etc, etc and save up a couple bucks) 

Cernak, the last single-line Buick dealer in New England, is shutting down... just clearing the lot of the used cars now. They used to host the BCA Buicks in the Fall event on their lot (Thanks Jim D!)

“We’re the last of the six,” Ken Cernak said about his family’s decision to close the 80-year-old dealership after the last car is sold this month.

The Cernaks — Ken owns the business with his daughter, Jennifer — say the dealership has been a casualty of tighter margins and a reduction in the varieties of new cars available to them.

The service department at Cernak Buick closed at the end of January. The Cernaks are now selling off their used car inventory. The new cars were sold to another dealer.

the Cernaks said business was also affected when Buick’s product line was cut last year, with the new offerings that the dealership could sell reduced to just the Enclave, Envision, and Encore SUVs.

The Cernaks have been selling cars on Northampton Street since 1940, when Ken’s father, Samuel Cernak, started the business as a Studebaker dealership. Cernak switched to Buick in 1948, and the business has been a Buick dealership ever since.

The Cernaks could have added additional new car brands, but only if they abided by a General Motors requirement to relocate to Northampton and close the Easthampton dealership.

“We didn’t want to abandon the town,” Jeffrey said. “This is where we’ve been forever.”

Jeffrey cited his grandfather’s desire to see the business remain in Easthampton, where Samuel Cernak grew up as one of 15 children.

“People like coming here. You’re not going down into the hodgepodge of King Street (in Northampton),” Ken said. “It’s nice and peaceful.”

Jeffrey said that selling the dealership to an employee, or employees, hadn’t been an option available to the family. He also said that if a buyer for the dealership were to come forward, it is his understanding that General Motors would have to approve the takeover.

a Honda Civic with lots of after market stuff, and a sense of humor.

Not sure if there is any point to this side mirror cover, it might cause more wind to clear the side window of rain. Probably not

But this faux sponsor decal board? Love it.

The wing is ridiculous, but the decal next to the license plate? Lol, cool

The HDMI exhaust? Lol, nice! 

NAMI-A50 Belka, thanks Mark F! A concept car, Thanks Mark F!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

2016 Wrangler Backcountry had a couple easter eggs I didn't find until now...

Sometimes the factory does not get the colors matched when it paints bumpers, and the rest of the car

Wow, what a cool piece of Mopar art on a wagon, a drag strip wagon

Someone hired a painter to just go nuts, do whatever, and get paid.

and from what I gathered, it looks like the Duster got a couple repaints

Steve finds such cool stuff for his website Stiffspeed

I'm guessing this was a publicity shoot for the 65 Go Go Dart

a mighty large airliner piloted by someone with big brass balls and a deft handle on the steering yoke, landed about 30 degrees off the straight because of hurricane winds causing a 40-50 knot crosswind, at Heathrow, London, this past weekend..... Co-Pilot: landing is impossible / Pilot: hold my beer

great day to be a camera man recording all the airliners coming down sideways!

Saturday 15th Feburary 2020 airbus A380 from Abu Dhabi

Check out these airliners getting sideways taking off from Gatwick, same storm, next day

some 30-35 knot crosswinds, and look at the wings flex at 2:24

Another County Heard From, Bryant Baker, 1910, 15" x 10"

there sure was a LOT made of early cars scaring the slow horse carts.

Amazing concept of a seashell made into an automobile.

Damn internet has no larger size

C'mon, that is CUTE!

Hard to comprehend that 110 years have passed since this Byrant Baker painting was on the cover of Puck magazine.

If not for libraries holding onto such consumables, and then having the assets to digitize them for the future to access with the internet, the art would have just disappeared.

Anyway, cool new years cover for a magazine that was a big deal at the time, but seems to have existed mostly on old political scandals (remember Tamany Hall?)

I dig how they rightly forecast that aircraft were the cool new thing

It will take too damn long for Hallowween to come around, so, just pretend I waited that long to post this

I wonder who the artist was, he has a fun style

Good grannys grapples, it's in the Library of Congress!

Bryant Baker, 1910

Possibly Percy Bryant Baker, but he was one amazing sculptor as well, astounding, really. Lifelike busts of famous people in bronze or marble.

Bryant Baker was born in London into a family of sculptors and craftsmen. He studied at the Royal Academy of Arts and created decorative carvings for Westminster Abbey and the Victoria and Albert Museum. While at the academy, he was chosen by King George V and Queen Alexandra to model a statue and bust of King Edward VII. The royal family were so pleased with his work that they requested fourteen replicas of the bust in marble.

In 1916 he came to the United States and volunteered in the Medical Corps, making artificial limbs and face masks for injured soldiers.

He created sculptures of many presidents, including a seventeen-foot statue of George Washington and busts of William H. Taft, John F. Kennedy, and Calvin Coolidge, Edison, etc.

Amazing art. Once you see them, you'll wonder why the hell he was doing magazine covers

Crazy coincidence, his reported greatest masterpiece, was of William Wood Jr, who died when trying to prevent a car collision between his Rolls Royce which was currently racing a Stutz on highway 28 (Reading - Andover Boulevard), and an oncoming  car in the middle of the road. Wood turned out to the side to prevent the collision, and lost control of his Rolls when attempting to get back on the road.

Considering how poorly roads were engineered in 1923, near what is now the intersection of the 93 and the 95, it's not hard to imagine how fast the car was smashed, killing the driver, William Wood Jr.

The Rolls hit a telephone pole, ramming the steering column and steering wheel into Wood, the passenger, General Alexander Gardner was smashed into the car by the telephone pole, the back seat passenger (Paul Rice) was thrown clear, out through the torn away roof.

So, Bryant was commissioned by the grieving father, a wealthy textile mill owner in Lawrence, Massachusetts who made his fortune turning around failing mills, and built a village for the company execs... as by 1924, the company owned sixty mills and employed over 40,000 people, to make a bronze bust of the incredible young man that was the apple of his fathers eye, the heir apparent to the family industry and fortune.

Old man William Wood Sr was the son of a fisherman, who died at sea when Wood Sr was 12, who then had to provide for his mom and siblings. That set the tone of work as the lifelong passion for him for the rest of his life.

Fortunately for Wood, a wealthy textile manufacturer offered him a job working in his cotton mill. Pierce was impressed with Wood's work and promoted him to the manufacturing department, where he learned cost structures and figures.

In 1876, at the age of eighteen, Wood was sent by Pierce to a good job with a Philadelphia brokerage firm, where he learned about stocks and bonds. After tiring of Philadelphia, Wood returned and worked at a bank. When a textile company went bankrupt, its new manager hired William as paymaster.

In 1885, the mill in Lawrence, MA went bankrupt and was purchased by Frederick Ayer and his brother who were were successful patent medicine producers but knew nothing about the textile industry. Ayer's new manager convinced Wood to leave his job and be his assistant in charge of manufacturing. A short time later, 27 year old Wood was promoted to treasurer, and four years later he was made manager. Wood was then making around $25,000 a year, a very substantial amount of money for 1890.

Within three years of his promotion, William Wood married Ayer's daughter who was well educated; she had studied at a finishing school in France and then attended Radcliffe College in Cambridge, MA. Wood's first son, William M. Wood Jr., was born in Andover in 1892.

Wood brought together over fifty under-performing mills to reduce competition and increase prices for his products.

WW1 had made wool mills an incredibly profitable business, and the father, a mean old bastard, brother-in-law to future General George S. Patton, who had his managers plant dynamite during a strike at a mill... to implicate the workers on strike - who were innocent.

Why were they on strike?
Under a new Massachusetts law Wood was required to shorten the work week for all his employees. Wood did cut the work week from fifty-six hours to fifty-four hours, but he also increased the speed at which the looms ran in order to keep from losing profits. The workers were angry that they were working just as hard and producing just as much as they would in a fifty-six hour week, but only getting paid for fifty-four hours.

Anyway, back to the driver of the Rolls for a moment. How loved was he?  10 to 15000 people turned out for his funeral. Serious. He worked in the wool mill from the lowest job, to the highest, learning everything about the business, and all the employees.

Though he was only 26 years old at the time the United States entered World War One, Wood was placed in charge of all the company's contracts with the government and in 1917 received the largest order ever placed for textiles with one company.

After negotiating a contract with the War Department to provide woolen goods to the American Armed Forces during World War I, Wood resigned from the company and volunteered for the US Navy,  and was soon chosen as a candidate for training in the Harvard Cadet School for officers.

The old man, who'd recently lost a daughter to influenza, lost his only son, whom he'd hoped would take over and continue to grow the family wool mill factory industry, soon had 2 strokes, was forced to resign from running his business empire, never recovered from the depression.

He had his chauffeur drive him out on a deserted road, he got out of the car, out of his driver's sight, pulled out his .38 revolver and ended his own life.

And that is the crazy real story of an artist that among other things, made a bust of a Rolls Royce driver, who's dad was chauffeured to a middle of nowhere road to suicide, but the bust disappeared immediately after the family recieved it, and it was not even known about by the Smithsonian (as the artist, Bryant Baker was a national treasure) and it tuned up in 2015. Nearly 90 years after it disappeared

How about that, I just came across my photos being used by MotorPunk. Cool. Would have been a laugh to actually hear from them, and get asked to borrow some photos instead. Oh well.

Annoying that they don't actually back link to the sources, and that they plaster their watermark over my photos... thanks for making a couple good photos ugly with watermarks, you punks.

That's a shit move, putting your watermark on someone else's photo. Old Motor does that.
Maybe its a thing assholes do.

Fuck you Motorpunk, here's the original without your fucking watermark.  If I wanted your name on my photos I'd put it there.  Do your own home work and get to El Mirage yourselves, ya lazy punks

I think it's cool to find someone liking your photos and choosing to use them, as the best example they could find of what they needed to make a feature on belly tankers, for example. But not having the balls to put the links to the sources so your readers can see more? No class.
Putting your name on them? That's shit. Would you put your name on someone else's race car? No.
Grow the hell up. No wonder your magazine failed and went out of print. Give no respect, and you get no respect. Damn clowns.