Saturday, March 27, 2010

GMC Universalle

Kienholz, Back Seat Dodge '38

via: http://kunst.gymszbad.de/zab2006/ts-1/kienholz/kienholz.htm

1964 sculpture expressing the "bedroom on wheels" statement about the older generation who were sexualy charged teens in the 30's, but became hypocrites and criticized the 60's sexually charged teens.
So, why post it? I'd love to see a '38 Dodge customized like this, sort of looking like a COE

Long term parking, art by Arman



 on permanent display at the Ch√Ęteau de Montcel in Jouy-en-Josas, France. Completed in 1982, the sculpture is an 18-meter (60-ft.) high accumulation of 60 automobiles embedded in over 18,000 kg (40,000 lbs.) of concrete.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arman

Sonia Delaunay, 1925 design for clothes and cars (Citroen B12)

Image via: http://www.artbeat123.com/marymac/sandr.html

Monument to Emile Levassor


Emile Levassor; Pioneering car inventor, racer, and victor of the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris 1895 enduring 48 continuous hours of virtually nonstop driving, a feat possibly not yet repeated. Ok, it was at an average of 15 mph, but that was incredible for 1895.
This monument (raised in 1907) is likely the most grandious tributes ever erected to an automobilist.
Monument to the car
On November 26, 1907, a stone monument was inaugurated square Parodi, boulevard de l'Amiral Buix in Paris XVI °, in honor of Emile Levassor and pioneers of the industry and motorsport. The sculptor Jules Dalou represented Levassor driving the car on which he had won the race Paris-Bordeaux-Paris. This monument, funded by public subscription, was presented to the City of Paris.
(StillOutThere commented contrary, disagreeing about the monument... fact check before you post a disagreement on facts, I'm always wrong in my opinion, just ask my girlfriend... but rarely about facts StillOutThere... )

Very cool Mercury airbrushed quarterpanel

Trivia


The 1931 Royale had 36 inch rims / wheels. So big, they had to have tires made specially by Michelin. According to "The Automobile" by Cheetham, they were the largest ever fitted to a road car.
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Citreon
The double chevron emblem represented meshing gears

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Cord 810/812
The headlights were from the Stinson aircraft, Cord/Auburn also owned Stinson

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Oldsmobile Starfire had a design of tailfins that were upside down, and below the rear bumper.. they were called "Skegs"

Car stats

California freeways:
75% of the cars on the freeways are newer than 1996.
1.2% are older than 1972

So why are the state politicians so focused on screwing with the emissions of the pre 1972 cars?

Los Angeles Red Light cameras, the city says it's losing money on the whole thing

http://www.knx1070.com/Red-Light-Cameras--Good-or-Bad-for-LA-/6639883#

To listen to the podcast (it's a short news clip) click on the link.

Briefly, the city of LA stop light cameras make 4 million a month, and LA says it's costing them 100,000 dollars a month.... yeah, they say they are losing on the stop light camera system.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

This is one of the times it's ok to cry






Jason Graham Hot Rods in Portland Tennessee burned due to a shop fire Feb 22nd 2010, about a million dollars of hot rods and equipment are a total loss

Reminds me that last August, 30 of Reggie Jackson's cars burned in a garage fire: http://www.nytimes.com/1988/08/05/us/fire-destroys-30-classic-cars-collected-by-reggie-jackson.html "Firefighters estimated damage to the building at $800,000 and to the contents at $3.2 million. The cause was not immediately determined. "

Gasser Madness

Via: http://www.czombieblog.com/2010/03/g-s-s-e-r-m-d-n-e-s-s.html

A couple less common cars at the Temecula rod run, '48 Lincoln 12 Continental, '41 Graham, '64 Mercury Commuter



I've never heard of the Mercury Commuter, it's good to know there are still surprises out there







Wednesday, March 24, 2010