Sunday, June 13, 2021

it's a statistical fact that women live longer than men... why? Oh, I have an idea

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PS, it's got wheels. 

This is called a cement mixer ride

egg-laying hens being transported between two farms on a hot day, got overheated when the semi broke down, but were saved by a firefighter that sprayed them down with many gallons of water

If I were involved with the trucking company, or the farms, I'd make sure a dozen eggs got delivered to that firefighter weekly, for a couple years at least.

she is VERY excited, as she repeats a couple times, to learn how to drive truck with her dad

That's a lot to listen to and figure out while on the move, for someone without a lot of driving experience.

I like what they did here

shapes, contrast, colors, contours, and direction.

every so often I realize what a mind blowing variety of stuff I'm posting

 and I'm impressed such a crazy variety of things with wheels exists. 

Crop dusters, Fisher Price toys, Hispano Suiza glider trucks, 1911 Avro triple, bikes, bombers, blimps, ATVs, sidecar roadside assistance, tractors, dragsters, trailers... and that is just some of what I've posted this weekend. Some, not all. 

I just looked at a blog, and it had one year per page. I'm lucky to fit one day per page on a weekend, and one work week per page normally. 

If a blog only posts 10-20 things a year... they don't get on my recommended list. There's just not enough content to persuade me to tell you to go check them out (once a damn year to catch up with all they have posted)

a variety of racing Porsches

Alvey A. Adee, Assistant Secretary of State, age 72 in 1914. Famously known for biking daily to his work in D.C. and his yearly biking tours to Europe

looks like a acetylene lamp 

this is the first I've heard of the Shuttleworth air show... and since I like listening to old engines, and looking at old airplanes... these videos are a treat, for all of us that can't afford to travel and attend these shows. The internet is cool like that

The Shuttleworth Collection is both an Aviation and Automotive museum located at the Old Warden Airfield, Bedfordshire, England. It is well known for it`s variety of old and well preserved aircraft.

decide for your self, just how cool colorized photos are to look at, vs the black and white originals. 'Lady Be Good', 1944, somewhere over Germany.

My choice is certainly for the colorized versions

1938, hedge hopping while crop-dusting over a bean field at Seabrook Farms, NJ. Photograph By Edwin Rosskam. I think these are the first crop dusting photos I've posted

The usual traveling "dusting circus" had three or four planes, its own pilots, mechanics and mobile repair shop.

Beans caught in wheel of spraying plane. These planes must fly so low that their backwash turns the plants over while the spray settles. The small propeller behind the wheel spreads the "dust."

Bob Copeland had a career in crop dusting, but also in aerobatics shows and movie stunt flying.

Interested in aviation from a very early age, Bob learned to fly at the age of fifteen, in 1943.

Born in Colorado in 1928, Bob grew up during the great depression and graduated from high school in Boise, Idaho in 1945.

He gained ground school experience by joining the Civil Air Patrol as a cadet. He had to hitch hike or ride his bike seven miles out of town to take flying lessons. He paid for the lessons from his weekly wages as a helper on a creamery truck. Along with his pilot’s license he also earned a mechanic’s license and ended up with a job maintaining Empire Airlines’ 247 planes.

When the company ran out of money, Bob joined a crop dusting business as a mechanic, and helped build an airplane for his employer. In 1950, he took on his first flying job, dusting fields of sugar beets.

By the 1980s, crop dusting slowed dramatically. The urban growth took over the fields they had once sprayed, and growers began to use cotton seeds that were genetically modified to repel insects. Demand for crop dusting dropped. 

In 1966, Bob won sixth place in the Reno Air Race, a national aerobatics championship. He helped put on fundraising shows at the Chandler Airport, as well as bringing the 1978 “Cloud Dancer” film makers in to shoot scenes for at the airport for the movie. He flew with two friends in clipped wing Cubs, calling themselves the Clipped Wing Air Force. Bob also performed stunt flying for the 1977 movie, “Kingdom of Spiders,” and flew in a helicopter in “Cannon Ball Run II.”

By 1989, Bob sold his business and took a vacation after twenty nine years

For more photos from Rosskam of the crop dusting subject in 1938:

Wives of "duster pilots" re-cover plane fuselage which has been damaged. In this dangerous occupation crashes are common but rarely fatal because of low speed, low altitude and high operating skill. Note farm machinery in background. Seabrook Farms

D'Ieteren survived into the modern era by changing with the times. They became the exclusive importer of Porsche in 1950 for Belgium and began producing bodies for Volkswagen in 1955.

probably the only car to have a rumble seat door

this was an ex-Spanish Army truck, and it's next incarnation must have been for tourists, or the tasteless crazy rich. Same license plate indicates same vehicle

Hispano Suiza, converted to a truck, with a rear wheel replaced by a winch drum, to launch gliders

June 8th, 1944, with the unwanted and unnecessary watermark of the colorist erased

Taken two days after the initial assault on the 6th June, the Allied Expeditionary Force had gained a valuable beachhead into northern France. 

Photographed is a US LST ('Landing Ship, Tank'), unloading an M4 Sherman tank crewed by US Army.

 The LST was a ship specially designed to carry tanks, vehicles, troops and other cargo which could deploy straight onto a beach without the use of a dock or pier.

 Seen in the background right behind the tank are large exhaust stacks, allowing the tank to operate in shallow water. Taken two days after the initial assault on the 6th June, the Allied Expeditionary Force had gained a valuable beachhead into northern France. 

 The chap standing in the foreground is most probably a British Royal Marine Commando of the 4th Special Service Brigade, indicated by the distinctive green beret and the oilskin overcoat. At least two brigades were operating within close proximity of Omaha Beach on the 8th June which accounts for his appearance. _

Original caption reads, "An American tank moves from the gaping jaws of an assault craft onto the beachhead won early on D-Day. A continuous flow of these vehicles supports the land troops moving onto the continent. Omaha Beach, France. Original Field Number: ETO-HQ-44-4804. Photographer: Himes"

If you want to see he version with the watermarks that distract a viewer from appreciating history because the colorist demands more credit than the original photographer (they are pissy whiners about this, I assure you) that they do NOT add to the watermark so the photographer, Himes, gets recognized as being on the fucking battlefield, instead of in some airconditioned luxury working on a computer, then head over to:  or

I do NOT appreciate the watermarks added. I do NOT! I appreciate the work a colorist does, and the more I respect them, the less often I crop the watermark off, or erase it, like with Imbued By Hues. I credit the source, regardless of where I find a photo, and YOU ought to know this and other amazing old photos was found on 

I don't recall noticing until now, that the star on top of the turret is probably the inspiration for Capt America's shield

it must have been amazing to crew on the fighter plane equipped dirigibles, imagine taking a moment now and then to look out a window and see the cities and country below you. USS Macon over New York harbor, summer 1933.

cool way to make that photo memorable, rotate it 90 degrees

I ain't got time to erase the watermark

looking really damn good

great choice of rims

some amazing stuff, especially the chalk skateboard that starts at 2:51 and goes til 3:10

always ride with friends, they might be the difference you need right when you need it.

very true, learned the hard way and never forgotten

standing ovation for dedication, and delivery, and innovation when his need for a skatepark was not being met


Facebook, it's really good for finding people who share your hobbies and are passionate about something. It's a pretty good way to learn things too, like, what are the cars in an old family photo album. This comes up often

someone posted 6 photos from their great grandma's photo album to the Art Deco Era Motor and Fashion group, and asked if anyone could identify them. It worked.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Roadside assistance Michelin?

the Road Runner sure changed a lot from 68 to 78

By the 1930s, the “Akeley shot” was written into film scripts to indicate a shot of a rapidly moving subject in the foreground and a blurry background. Carl Akeley’s gyroscopic tripods were used by major studios through the late 1980s

there was a lot more to Carl than most people would guess, he invented shotcrete, was friends with President Teddy Roosevelt, was known as the father of taxidermy, and killed a leopard bare handed, by punching it down its throat. 

"out of the thicket came this gigantic fucking leopard screaming towards him teeth-first like a psychotic killer cat being launched out of a horrible predator-launching cannon. Unable to get his weapon back around quickly enough, Akeley dropped his gun and threw his arm up just in time to prevent the vicious beast from ripping out his throat. The leopard latched on to Akeley’s left hand, chomping down with all its might, and kicking at him with its back legs like a rabid 80-pound feral housecat intent on brutally mutilating him beyond recognition and burying his body in the back yard.

When his attempts to pull his hand out of the leopards’ jaws only made the creature bite down harder, Akeley, locked in a life or death fistfight with one of the most perfect predators nature ever created, did one of the most insane things ever – he punched his fist further into the leopard’s mouth.

Yes, you are reading that correctly. Carl Akeley, noted philanthropist and respected wildlife conservationist, punched a fucking leopard in the esophagus from the inside. The leopard gagged, Akeley pulled his hand out, and then he took the thing, body slammed it to the ground, and jumped on it with both knees, crushing it to death.

Akeley, bleeding profusely from horrific wounds on both hands, clawed to shit, still recovering from a recent battle with malaria, and barely able to stand, then picked up the leopard (despite a shattered hand), threw it over his shoulder, walked back to camp with it, and taxidermized it for a museum exhibit. " (my facebook page of  the World's Greatest Adventurers) 

In 1909 Akeley accompanied Theodore Roosevelt on a year long expedition in Africa funded by the Smithsonian Institution and began working at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where his efforts can still be seen in the Akeley African Hall of Mammals. 

While in Africa, Roosevelt convinced Akeley he should commercially produce his invention of “shotcrete” — a plaster gun he had used only a few years before to repair a crumbling facade of the Field Museum in Chicago. The cement gun used compressed air to shoot concrete like a firehose shoots water.

Akeley joined the Explorers Club in 1912, having been sponsored by three of the Club's seven Charter Members

The World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships awards gold medallions that bear Carl Akeley’s likeness—based on a photograph he had taken at Stein Photography in Milwaukee—to its “Best in World” winners. There is also a Carl Akeley Award for the most artistic mount at the World Show.

I've wanted a reason to post Carl Akeley here in this blog for 7 years, and because of the car mounted gyro stabilized movie camera, I finally found one! 

at age 14, Karlee Cobb set a speed record at Bonneville, 110 mph on a Buell, in 2008

The rules at Bonneville require a drivers license, and being from South Dakota, meant that Cobb was in a state that actually allows 14 year olds to get one. 

Oh, and her family runs at Bonneville, a lot. Her sister set the record the previous year that she broke, and her mom has the record for the fastest bagger. 

Another way to look at it is that they are the first mother / daughters to hold records at Bonneville. That's pretty cool!

Emilio Estevez is in a new Mighty Ducks tv show on Disney +, and his character drives this cool looking truck


just lift a truck, put on some larger than stock tires, and it's going to look better

it's rare to see a Fisker Kharma

Good looking design

Pettibone partners up with Habitat For Humanity

Pettibone Corporation officially began its new partnership with the nonprofit. Cadeau says the coalition is important.

Habitat’s plan is to pick a candidate for the house in September.

That's my buddy and high school class mate Dale, in the cab of the lift. I wouldn't have learned of this without him telling me about it, as good news doesn't get much traction. 

you might not have heard of Pettibone, I just realized, so if you want to look them up

something weird about an expiration sticker held on by packaging tape


Ford Fordson Tractor towing Erie City Iron Works Boiler, 1925

Maybe this was made to look this way, or maybe it was a series of mods to achieve a new reason for existing.

a little cardboard and presto chango! It's now a coupe!

production begins on Masters Of The Air, the follow up to Band Of Brothers, and, The Pacific. A Speilberg and Hanks production, it will air on Apple TV+

Friday, June 11, 2021

would you like to buy a piece of art for your office, garage, or club house? I'm pretty sure this would be the set piece of any one of those locations


These Ferrari 250 GTO aluminum body panels were removed from chassis 4713/GT during a 1997/1998 restoration

Chassis 4713/GT was delivered to Luigi Chinetti in 1963 to represent the North American Racing Team at that year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it finished third in the GT class and sixth overall. It was also campaigned by NART in the 1963 Tourist Trophy at Goodwood, and the 12th Tour de France.