Saturday, May 21, 2011

Julian Annual Motoring Classic

this is a Chrysler from Symbolic

Those Keystone Classics are terrific looking. I recall admiring them when in the mid 1970's
The above is a Ural with a sidecar

No idea why the Bombardier has Ferrari all over it, but nice matching helmets

Not many old gravity feed gas pumps in front yards

First Burma Shave signs I've come across

Give Hand Signals
To Those Behind
They Don't Know
What's On
Your Mind

it's not all streamliners and belly tankers at El Mirage, here were some other vehicles at the dry lake

The car museum website guide (1091 museums so far)

check into it for museums where ever you are, or are going, if you are glad to visit a car museum you've never seen before

Worlds largest Model A museum opens this summer

all-new Model A Ford Museum, proposed as a 12,000-square-foot re-creation of a vintage Ford dealership, is slated to open this summer on the Gilmore Car Museum campus.

When completed, it will become the world's largest public museum dedicated solely to the Model A Ford.

Built on 90 acres of farm land midway between Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, and Lansing, MI, the site includes eight historic barns, a re-created 1930s service station, a small town train station, and nearly three miles of paved roads. It isn’t uncommon for guest to catch a glimpse of one of the vintage cars or the authentic London double-decker bus in motion. Besides its own collection, the ever-expanding campus also serves as the home of the Classic Car Club of America Museum; the Pierce-Arrow Museum; the Franklin Collection at Hickory Corners; as well as the Midwest Miniatures Museum and the Tucker Historical Collection and Library.

read about it here

Grand Opening of the LaMay museum is 363 days away

photo from

the operators of the LeMay Museum, ACM, informed that the Tacoma, Wash., project, built mostly through philanthropic funding, will have its grand opening on May 19, 2012. True, that's more than a year away but this is really more than a car museum. Starting with the cars that Harold LeMay had collected for his own amusement, and then for the public to visit on special occasions, the 9-acre campus will have 15 galleries housing up to 500 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations and the LeMay collection, which amassed a Guinness Book of World Records total of more than 3,500 vehicles in the mid-‘90s.

dream garages German style

read all about it

334 manufacturers once made cars in New York

Nothing else to say about that. It's remarkable though.

Friday, May 20, 2011

May 14 2011 at El Mirage, dry lakes racing from start to finish in a glance

the start line is under the flag in the top center of this above photo, and the truck being pushed into position is right of center in the below photo

click on the above to see the crowded starting line in full size, and in all that mess is just one starting official that lets just one vehicle begin their pass

the above yellow panel delivery is in a"Best of" photo from last year or the year before, when I caught it on the sidelines, but never caught it running the course

Gene Winfield was on the lake again this day.

Cool little belly tanker, and I saw someone driving it about through the sidelines

First time I've ever caught a parachute popping with my camera

these two photos remind me that I was told a cars aerodynamics can be critqued by experienced pros by looking at the dust cloud it rooster tails

quite something to bring this mobile bar to use as a tow rig

here is the gallery from last year

the above racecar, is on the trailer that the below photo shows is being raised about 8-12 inches to get the car off the trailer without it high centering. The guy at the bottom of the ramp is moving 4 inch blocks under the rear tires to help keep it from high centering. My guess is that ramp extenders would be a better idea.