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 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.)
in 2018 in Toronto, roughly 140,000 fewer speeding tickets were issued than a decade earlier;
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!
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Tuesday, August 09, 2022
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.
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."
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
Betty Shaw, of Ontario Canada, has been driving her 68 Mustang, for over 50 years (thank you Andrew! )
Monday, August 08, 2022
Vintage Farming Days at the Puget Sound Antique Tractor & Machinery Association 50th Anniversary, thanks Terry!
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?