Wednesday, October 23, 2019

how to get the fans attention right from the start... at least, the fans closest to where you land

and how did I miss what seems to be a jumping contest for height and distance?

it seems to be at the World Finals each year, 2014-2017

Hat tip to which shows more long distance jumps

the longest nonstop commercial airline flight that currently can be done, is Singapore to Newark New Jersey

18 hours, 45 minutes
Singapore Airlines

Qantas tested a New York to Sydney flight, 19 hours, on last Friday, Oct 18th 2019

For the New York-to-Sydney test, the passenger and baggage load was restricted to control the weight on the plane. Medical researchers and scientists worked with Qantas to make adjustments to cabin lighting, and in-flight meals were adjusted to reduce jet lag.

Rather than starting with dinner and then lights off, as night flights typically operate, the research flight began with lunch and the lights were kept on for six hours to mirror the destination’s time of day.

that just ruined HIS day! (Happened in Feb 2019)

I haven't posted the Clark County Fair Tuff Truck challenge in years!

Monster truck tricks are getting better!

I hadn't heard anything from Monster Trucks for a long time, And didn't know they now do a short run to a ramp, and try for the highest jump, competition

Putting a fire cracker (probably an M 80) in the car trunk... what could go wrong?

When the boss wants you to do a low slow fly by, but he's not aware of the predictable results

getting that unstuck is going to take a while

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Harz National Park

Mom of the year! Her son with cerebral palsy wanted to try skateboarding, and she made it happen with a really cool wheeled rig

getting stuck, accidentally, but on camera... and getting unstuck.

you can see the trailer front tire stop rolling, and just start plowing deep.... and the tractor operator doesn't seem to notice.

I'd say they over filled it and made it too heavy for the soil condition.

But when they persist in driving over the exact same spot, around minute 6, I wonder, do they comprehend they GOT themselves stuck, when they could have easily moved 3 feet, or 8 feet, to either side of the problem?

No one wants to get close to that

tunneling through that rock instead of blowing it off the hill, was a lot of work for a cool looking tunnel. I wondered if it still existed, and after digging around online, got lucky and found out that it doesn't, it was destroyed when they made the road wider.

The Needle's Eye, Silver City - Clifton Highway, New Mexico

Clipping found in Arizona Republic in Phoenix, Arizona on May 21, 1963

an Italian cannon still stands on Cresta Croce, a, 11,000 feet high mountain ridge, left there in WWI, in the forgotten White War, which was over annexing lands held by the Austro Hungarian empire, but inhabited by Italians

a relic of WW1, hidden for most of the last century by snow and ice, stuck on the top of a mountain ridge overlooking Austria. 

Working in brutal conditions, Italians and Austro-Hungarians alike leveled peaks, opened roads, dug tunnels, built cableways, laid telephone lines, and transported tons of material to lofty heights—for combat, but also for the everyday needs of the thousands of soldiers who were living year-round at altitudes where only shepherds, wild herb hunters, and mountain climbers had ever ventured.

Marco Balbi, founder and president of the White War Historical Society, says that only about one-third of the 150,000 men who died on the Alpine front were victims of battle. The rest were killed by avalanches, landslides, frostbite, and illnesses caused by the extreme cold.

And thanks to climate change, relics from the war are continuing to re-emerge. The glacier is on the move, retreating as it melts. Fifteen years ago climbers who ventured up Corno di Cavento discovered that it was becoming possible to access the Austro-Hungarian garrison once again

After workers from those organizations excavated a tunnel in the ice, they used a massive heat conveyor to illuminate a space—203 feet (62 meters) long, 16 feet (5 meters) wide, and 10 feet (3 meters) tall, which was big enough to house 40 soldiers—in precisely the same state it had been in more than 90 years ago. Straw bunk beds, a storeroom, a telephone operator's station, a commander's small office with a desk, a large metal stove, even a stack of wood to heat the space—it was all there.

"It was like walking into an enormous defrosted refrigerator," says Gramola. "On the floor lay bits of food, dirty swabs, bandages, and quantities of relics—not just bullets, helmets, and military equipment, but the soldiers' personal belongings as well."

There was also a bag of dirty laundry, a deck of cards, a sewing kit, and a little mirror with a woman's photo.

"What struck me most about Punta Linke," he adds, "were the smells—of wood, of the tar paper used for insulation, of the motor oil for the cableway. The sense of smell is a primal one, an almost animal sense that can serve as a time machine to transport us back 100 years in an instant."

Corno di Cavento and Punta Linke are only a couple of the hundreds of sites being readied for the World War I anniversary.

"In the last century and a half," says Christian Casarotto, a glaciologist at the MUSE science museum in Trento, "the Adamello Glacier has retreated 1.2 miles. At the lowest-altitude points, up to 13 feet of thickness is lost every year."

The thawing is revealing more than artifacts. Corpses—unknown soldiers, victims of battles or a random bullet, an avalanche, a careless step—are melting free of their icy tombs. That includes two Austro-Hungarian soldiers, probably killed by a grenade, whose bodies were discovered in 2012 on the Presena Glacier.

read all about it at:

cool looking grill

have you heard of the 50-50 90 theory?

when there is a 50/50 chance of a good or bad outcome, 90% of the time the bad outcome will prevail. It's related to Murphy's law, of course.

This dozer could land on the track, and be no further trouble for the day, OR, it could land on the side, and cause the rest of the day to be an effort to upright it.

How? How does anyone get the money to drive such an expensive car without being SMART enough to not do something as stupid as drive onto rail road tracks?

Of course, my theory about such matters may be the thing that is wrong.

My theory is that to spend that kind of money, you've got to be pretty smart to get paid THAT much to waste it on that car. Plus insurance.

To be that smart to make that kind of crazy money, and yet so stupid as to do something like this? Doesn't correlate.

Now, I can see the obvious, that it's a woman driving, and because I already know that women aren't normally stupid enough to waste money on Maseratis, then the obvious is that it's her dad's, or her husbands.

Again, if he's smart enough to earn the kind of money to waste on a Maserati, then he's too smart to let someone this stupid drive it. Even if it gets him laid.

lucky to be alive and without broken bones

Tom asked if I'd heard about the reporter Angel Cardenas from the KMAX TV Good Day Sacramento not knowing how to act like a professional, when covering the Sacramento Auto Show... I hadn't. Wow, how did this not go viral?

so this moron just through away a career in tv reporting. First he climbed onto the back of a dark yellow T Bird, and NO ONE in the studio told him to stop, get off, and restrain himself. No one told him, "DON'T TOUCH" the cars.

So he proceeded to get into another T Bird, and in the process, door ding the one next to it

so, since he hadn't been clued in by anyone while messing with the old T Birds... he had to go jump on the hood of a new SUV

and did they realize in the studio that this moron had fucked up?


By the way, Allan Pierce's Pandra was there at the SAS

and that is pretty damn cool!

Thank you Tom!

The video recording of the reporter jumping on cars?
WAS on their website, and has been pulled down

and he was aware that his job was to be the "wild and crazy kook" on tv. He probably was hired for it.

when someone states that he is making a fool of himself on live tv.... there is self awareness. There wasn't enough though, nor respect for other people's cars

coincidentally, after featuring a watch yesterday, here is a bellytanker commissioned by a watch company to help sell it's themed watches, and it has humorous nose art too

 I doubt that this belly tanker was brought to El Mirage, or Bonneville, but I give this company kudos for at least appealing to a distinct demographic of car racing guys that has been ignored by every company not making car performance parts

nice talent!

I bet this pilot was a boy scout.. .. because he's thought ahead, and gotten ready to have a nice ride no matter if he lands where he intends to go, or has to put down somewhere else for reasons that would cause him to walk for help

Rome April 12, 1958: "Working hard to recoup recent loses, Italy's Communists are resorting to super-sales techniques to get votes in the national elections" (thanks Ray!)

One of the gimmicks of the Communist campaign is this car display with a model of the Soviet Sputnik, complete with dog occupant. The float is equipped with flashing lights, music and a microphone and public address system - plus, of course the slogan - vote Communist.

Monday, October 21, 2019

George Bartell, who was a class mate of Peter Brock at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, was introduced by Brock to Carroll Shelby, and then did a lot of advertising art and illustrations for Shelby, and made so much money he had Shelby make him a '64 Cobra, CSX 2278

Peter Brock, now a world renowned automotive designer, met illustrative artist, George Bartell, when they both attended Art Center College of Design in the mid 50s. Years later when Brock was creating Cobra ads for Shelby American and had no cars to photograph, hiring Bartell to create cars via his artwork was the answer.

Between 1963 and '67, Bartell created stunning oil paintings and water colors of various Cobras that were extensively reproduced in ads, posters, race programs, and other promotional materials.  Those ads became iconic symbols of that era.

Congrats to David Jodat! He won the Subaru of America 2019 American National Technician Competition

David Jodat, a senior master technician at Subaru City of Milwaukee in Wisconsin, has been a technician for more than 18 years.

As a Zone Champion (Minneapolis) and first-place winner, Jodat received $2,000, a crystal trophy and an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan to represent the United States in competing in the Subaru World Technical Competition this November.

Via Subaru's own magazine for Subaru owners and enthusiasts

Subaru holds the event in high regard, as was demonstrated by the attendance of Tom Doll, CEO; Mike Campbell, VP Service and Quality; corporate staff; and Subaru’s National Retail Advisory Board.

First, the “best of the best” Subaru techs had to complete a timed written test in a controlled environment. For the hands-on portion of the competition, the technicians were faced with real-world problems, written up on a repair order just as would be done at a Subaru retailer. Three one-hour timed rounds were held, with 30- to 60-minute breaks between rounds. The three rounds dealt with on-car driveability diagnostics, on-car body electrical diagnostics and mechanical-precision measurements.

The driveability segment challenged participants with three faults: no-start/no-crank, vehicle cranks but does not start and vehicle runs poorly. Same for the body electrical portion: power rear gate opens only partially, right rear window doesn’t work and the clearance lights do not turn on. For the measurements section, the three faults were: engine on stand with misfire present, valvetrain measurements required and partial engine disassembly needed to further analyze the misfire problem.

I just learned of an online digital magazine about the used car world

According to the 2019 Ideal Vehicle Awards, Volvo and Ram performed particularly well based solely on 50,000 owners survey responses measuring “the fusion between owner expectations and reality.”

The Volvo XC60 was named the 2019 overall winner. Ram was named the most ideal brand overall and most ideal popular brand,

 “IVAs speak to a vehicle's layout and design,” AutoPacific president George Peterson said in a news release. "Giving 50,000 owners a chance to tell us what they would change and how they would change it reveals which vehicles are best designed to meet their needs and expectations.”

U.S. brands received eight IVA vehicle awards, which was a decline from 14 last year. European brands earned three vehicle wins, down from eight in 2018. Asian brands earned 13 wins, which was an increase from five in 2018.

Nissan showed strength in the mid-size car and large SUV segments. Honda won the economy/compact car segments, and Subaru won the mid-size crossover SUV segments.

The all-new Ram 1500 won its segment. The 1500, the first since Ram’s spin off as a separate brand, earned top satisfaction scores in 22 out of 32 attributes, including interior quietness, driver’s seat movement, interior styling and power and acceleration.

“The Ram 1500 is a truly exceptional pickup,” Peterson said in a news release. “But what carries Ram to the top as a brand is high satisfaction in areas that can be problems for other brands, particularly second-row seat comfort, interior storage, passenger roominess and user-friendly gauges and controls.” 

The Hamilton Ventura... most people recognize it from the Men In Black movies... but it owes more to cars than movie stars. Elvis was an owner of one, wearing his in "Blue Hawaii" and Rod Serling wore his on The Twilight Zone)

the original 1957 model made wrist watch history as the world’s first electrical, battery powered watch. By the 60s, it was all over as quartz crystal technology watches bagged the majority of watch sales

Designed by Richard Arbib, who was given carte blanche to create a futuristic design to catch the growing rocket and sci fi industrial look that was in vogue, was inspired by the chrome on the Hudson, but clocked 90 degrees, which he'd just invented when hired by AMC in 1955

Arbib got his start working with Harley Earl in the late 30's and then went to work for Henney Motor Co. after serving in WWII. He designed bodies for the commercial Packards like ambulances that Henney built. Arbib's big breakthrough came when he penned the acclaimed Packard Pan American show car whose body was coachbuilt at Henney.

But you might remember his Astra Gnome far more, it was on the cover of Newsweek, Sept 3rd, 1956

and then he did some far out Jetsons stuff that is a hoot

above were considered by Kubrick for use in 2001

but though he was prolific in designing cars, boats, radios, vacuum cleaners, blimps and watches... he was also dating Bettie Page, and probably inspired Stan Lee to create the character of Howard Stark
Via the Red Bulletin, Nov 2019, page 78