Friday, August 12, 2022

I hope Ford builds trucks better than they keep them from being stolen... The 2023 Ford Raptor R won’t enter production at the Dearborn Truck plant until this fall, but one was stolen from the very same Blue Oval storage lot where a number of other vehicles have been taken in recent months.

in the news today, to no one's surprise, a cop blows through a stop sign, and hits a cyclist in a biking lane.

In recent weeks, Toronto’s High Park has become a battleground as cyclists try to ride in the car-free area safely and police have found that this park allows them the opportunity to flex power in a targeted enforcement blitz against cyclists.

 But an off-duty officer physically assaulted a female cyclist, and an on-duty officer blew a stop sign and hit a cyclist outside the park.

A police officer who was driving his SUV in High Park while ticketing cyclists actually hit one just outside of the park, while the rider was cycling in a bike lane.

 He was at a four-way stop with the officer and stopped. The officer turned right into him, failing to yield the right of way. The officer claimed that the sun was in his eyes.

While the cyclist was uninjured, his bike sustained significant damage—$2,067.90 worth of damage, according to Shellnutt. “This represents the only collision we have heard of in the park for weeks, caused by the very people alleged to be there preventing collisions and dangerous driving,” he adds.

“In no other incident would ‘the sun being in his eyes’ be an acceptable excuse for any traffic violation,” Shellnutt says. “It makes no sense that it could be an excuse in this situation.” (And from a vision perspective, sun in one’s eyes shouldn’t have made a cyclist only feet in front of a car invisible.)

“The officer issuing HTA tickets to cyclists failing to stop himself failed to stop but has not been charged

in 2018 in Toronto, roughly 140,000 fewer speeding tickets were issued than a decade earlier; 
44 per cent fewer careless driving charges; 
a 7,000-ticket drop in charges for making an unsafe left turn at an intersection, a 93 per cent decline

Thursday, August 11, 2022

cool photos from a 1920 drive through Strasbourg and out in the countryside. Every one of these is going to be a banner Thank you Bruce!

the old bridge over the Rhine river, border between France and Germany. 

Maison Kammerzell, the oldest building in Strasbourg.

good photos

interesting artist's concept for a new version of common airliners

photo by Nikolay Schegolev

there is one wood block street left in Cleveland, (300 ft long, it's also the shortest in Cleveland) but if the city won't repair it with wood, it's soon going to be a brick road of no interest at all.... Hessler Ct in the campus of Case Western, in University City

When the streets were built, there wasn’t such thing as heavy trucks, the street were designed for horse drawn wagons, curved dash Olds, and Model Ts... and the city didn't plan, or budget for, more maintenance on the wood block streets

Dedicated by Cleveland's Landmarks Commission in Nov 1975, Hessler Court, the only remaining Cleveland street to have wood block paving, had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places 7 months earlier. The Court's distinctive paving was installed by Emery Hessler for his private use ca. 1916.

Cleveland city records reveal that, in the late 19th Century, the two streets were part of a large tract owned by Emery M. Hessler, a medical supplies salesman. It was he who installed the distinctive wood paving on what was originally a private drive before being deeded to the city as a public street in 1908.

a lawyer in India who had been overcharged by 25cents for train tickets in 1999 has finally won his 22-year-old case against the railway to get a refund

he has attended more than 100 hearings in connection to the case, because he's determined to get back the  extra $0.25 he had to pay at a railway station in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Chaturvedi immediately complained about having been overcharged, but he wasn't offered a refund at the time, according to the BBC. So, he decided to file a complaint against the North East Railway (Gorakhpur), part of the Indian Railways, and the booking clerk involved in the incident at a consumer court in Mathura.

Consumer courts are notoriously slow in India, due to the large number of cases brought forward every year. That's why it took Chaturvedi 22 years to see his case through.

"The railways also tried to dismiss the case, saying complaints against the railways should be addressed to a railway tribunal and not a consumer court," Chaturvedi told the BBC. "But we used a 2021 Supreme Court ruling to prove that the matter could be heard in a consumer court," Chaturvedi added.

Twenty-two years after the Indian lawyer filed the case against the railway, the consumer court sided with Chaturvedi. The railway company was ordered to pay the man a fine of 15,000 rupees—the equivalent of $188—as well as refund him the 25 cents

press play, turn up the speakers, watch the smoke get let out of the tires

a woman used a golf club to smash the windows of at least 15 cars last night in San Diego

 she went down Akins Ave, about 2am... and ventilated a lot of cars. No one yet knows why, and cops are not ever going to figure out who.

None of the cars had car alarms... so, no one rushed out to stop the vandalism

one of the benefits of wood roads, was that they were easily sanded perfectly smooth, one of the problems with wood block roads, is that they caught on fire. And that famous Chicago fire of 1871? Yeah, was fueled in part by it's wood roads. Two of those roads survived.

In the 1850s wood block streets started to be used in Chicago. The pavement would have been constructed of four by five inch wooden blocks, filled in with gravel and sand and covered with coal tar. All of these combustible material meant that during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 the streets were literally burning

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Good news, history research has been rewarding for Stephen, and he found a race between two vehicles that predates (by 11 years) what had been said to be the earliest documented self propelled auto race in the world

Steve (Serviside Blog) the most incredible researcher I've ever met or heard of, has already posted that the steam powered wagon race in 1878 in Wisconsin was the earliest documented,

and that predated the 1887 De Dion Bouton time trial in Paris

But yesterday Stephen sent me a link to an 1867 race!

The race was contested by “two road steam carriages”, one constructed Mr Isaac W Bolton of Ashton-under-Lyne, the other by Messrs Daniel Adamson and Co of Newton Moore.

“Mr Isaac W Bolton of Ashton-under-Lyne having only one four and 1/4 inch cylinder 9 inch stroke, the other, made by Messrs Daniel Adamson and Co of Newton Moore, having two cylinders 6 inch diameter 10 inch stroke.”

Run over a distance of around 8 miles, it took place between Ashton-under-Lyne and the showgrounds at Old Trafford, getting underway at 4.30am, possibly to avoid the attention of the authorities.

the Porsche history summed up in under 1 minute


when you gotta land that plane, you chose the most likely place that you can prevent the most damage to people... and then hope for the best. Everyone involved in this emergency landing on the 91 in Riverside walked away

well, here it is, the follow up on the LaBrea 100 mph crash that killed 6, the driver wasn't drunk, she's just a horrible driver that shouldn't have had a drivers license, after THIRTEEN prior crashes. How'd she even get insurance or registration?

the driver is currently renting a room in Los Angeles while working as a traveling registered nurse.

No alcohol or drugs mentioned as contributing factors to the 100 mph on a city street in a 35 mph zone. 

Thanks Mark! 

the Copeland steam powered bike

they had no idea, way back then, of how dark and weird Batman comics would get

looks like a Spartan trailer, that someone dis a great job of creating a matching COE for

I wonder what the 70s van craze in the USA would have thought of this Morris J

the British Car Museum in Haumoana, Hawke’s Bay, is selling off 500 of the 550 car collection


Tuesday, August 09, 2022

you might find some interesting articles in the online PRI magazine

creative artistic people do some really cool stuff


accessory steering wheel/column installed on a 1925 Ford.

1905 Cadillac in restoration at Museo del Automóvil. "El Garaje", in Havana, Cuba.

speed kills, it's true. Always has. But there aren't very many photos of bikes that made it into the car they t boned

I read somewhere that GM wants it's dealerships to NOT mark up the price of Corvettes.... but, the 2023 C8 Corvette has caused at least 2 dealerships to ask for $100,000 over MSRP


IF the video doesn't immediately start 5 minutes and 15 seconds after this guy decides to waste your time, just skip all his useless yammering, and get to the audio recording of the dealership that wanted an extra 100k for priority sale of the Vette. 

It's only a 45 second audio. This guy felt he needed 13 minutes for some reason... must be a You Tube monetization minimum time

the 40 acres in Maryland known as College Park Airport, began construction much the same as any other small airport of its size, except how it came to be... it's design and build were oversaw in 1909 by Wilbur Wright,

After four years of courting, negotiating, building, and testing, the U.S. Army agreed to purchase a Wright airplane in August 1909. An addition to selling the machine, the Wrights also had to train 2 U.S. Army officers to fly it, and an appropriate airfield to do that, and as they were pioneering airplanes, and pilot training, they got to design what airfield should be like.

While awaiting improvements to the airfield, and with Orville off to Europe with sister Katharine, Wilbur made news in New York with another Wright plane. As part of the Hudson-Fulton celebration at the end of September, he made headlines in that populous city with awe-inspiring flights down the Hudson River and around the Statue of Liberty that a million New Yorkers witnessed. The tremendous crowds that lined the Jersey shores of the river, as well as those watching from the assembled battleships over which he flew, gave him a tremendous ovation for his flights.

Once the training began, Wright and the two lieutenants stayed at private homes across the railroad tracks in the town of College Park. 

The first order of business, once everyone was settled, was to assemble the biplane, which Wilbur did for his students then adjusting the engine, unpacking crates, and putting together the forward and rear sections of the airplane.

That evening, Wilbur asked Lt. Lahm if he wanted his first lesson in cranking the engine. Lahm, was given this honor because he was in charge of the military detachment at the field. After about eight attempts, the engine sputtered to life to the delight of all those who witnessed it. 

As they packed up for the day, Wilbur remarked to the newsmen (who were always standing by ready to record every comment and facial expression of the famous aviator), that he would have loved to take the airplane out for a flight. "This is an ideal day for flying", he said. "I would give $100 a day if I could have this kind of weather for flying."

There was a great deal of excitement in the air the following day, with crowds of people arriving throughout the day in carriages and automobiles. Brig. Gen. James Allen, Chief of the Signal Corps and Major Squier arrived for the first time to inspect the airfield and were pleased with the improvements that had been made. They spent a great deal of time talking about the possibility of holding the 1910 International Air Meet at College Park, a topic that had dominated the news for the past few months.

However, it had recently come to the attention of the Baltimore & Washington Aero Clubs--who were making this recommendation--that College Park was a dry town. If this was to stand in the way of the movement they might have to get the state legislature to "wet it down" for the occasion!

Among the visitors, was the Chinese Prime Minister, Wu Ting Fang and his wife, who had arrived at the field in an automobile along with his bodyguard around midday, to witness two of the flights. The Associated Press in many reports of the day related that the Chinese diplomat was extremely curious, and amazed as the internal combustion engine was explained to him and inquiring particularly as to where the fire was. He asked Lt. Humphreys whether he could fly to New York, and ventured the opinion that the machine did not fly high enough, and that it made too much noise. At the conclusion of the flights he warmly congratulated Mr. Wright. "When you get it finally perfected, bring it to China," said Mr. Wu.

Texas State Troopers have been involved in over 1,000 car chases since Mar 2021, which caused 30 fatalities, injured over 70 others, and of those 30 killed, five had nothing to do with the pursuit; they were merely on the same road as Troopers sped by without lights and sirens

thanks Kim!

the Pittsburgh Airport has a fun art installation, Fraley's Robot Repair


Betty Shaw, of Ontario Canada, has been driving her 68 Mustang, for over 50 years (thank you Andrew! )

see the video on Twitter at :  as there is NOTHING on the internet about Betty or Mustang other than that

Monday, August 08, 2022

Vintage Farming Days at the Puget Sound Antique Tractor & Machinery Association 50th Anniversary, thanks Terry!

a Kenworth Bullnose! 

just cool photography of a steam tractor!

oh, Santa? I've been good this year, and kept blogging when I wanted to stop, and I just found something that would be REALLY cool for christmas!

that's Smokey Yunick's autograph on that intake!

Hey, it doesn't hurt to ask, right?

Thanks to Joe, Who told me about Elmer's private museum, which is getting auctioned off, we can now be gobsmacked at a collection that Elmer would NOT allow photographs of - and wonder if we can afford the incredible cars!

'62 406 4 spd Galaxie 500

'65 289 4 spd

'69 Road Runner upgraded from a 383, to a 440 6 pack w/ 4 spd

'66 GTO, 389 tri power 4 spd

'69 RS/SS pace car edition drop top

'74 Thing 4 spd

'72 Honda 600 

'69 500. 

'68 GTX with horrible changes, a 318 and orange shag carpet, I shit you not

'59 bug, 4 spd

'71 R/T with a 383, but only 56k miles, in the rare Citron Yella

'73 Comet Gt

4 spd 

413 long ram dual quads, 300F

2004 Nascar

'64 dual quad hemi 4 spd Belvedere

He even had a Polaris Star Car! 

and 67 (sixty god damn seven! ) PAGES of miscellaneous stuff I'll need at least an hour to look through
and 5 pages of mini bikes, scooters, Whizzers, sidecars, and motorcycles... plus signs and outboards

19 pages of pedal cars, including this D4

those are some COOL intakes!

the auction is at Fountain City Wisconsin, a month from now, Sept 14-17

Elmer and his wife ran a salvage yard, an auto sales and services operation, a shop called Bernie’s Bargains, a gas station, a wrecker service and, for a couple of years, they even owned and operated the local race track.