Thursday, July 19, 2012

Astute readers, incredibly sharp eyes and good memory make reading the sent in letters worth it



Book I just learned of "Adventures of a Motorcycle Despatch Rider During the First World War"

 I can see that these seem the same by topic, but have different authors, and I don't have an answer for that, other than to say I think they are likely to either be the same, or similar.


Looks interesting, I'll get a copy one day when they come down in price

Bumpersticker I saw today

Vote for the crook, because it's important! 

Haynes branches out from car repair books, and has one for the Millenium Falcon!


you can see these excerpts and a couple more in the free PDF of a couple pages at http://images.bookdepository.co.uk/assets/images/content/blogs/1319544205/Haynes-Millennium-Falcon_extract.pdf

The variety of things you learn of depends on how much you sample the variety of life. I would never have learned of this if I hadn't went to Comic Con

from a book review on http://roqoodepot.com/2012/01/31/book-review-the-haynes-millennium-falcon-owners-workshop-manual/ :


expecting page after page of cutaway diagrams and disassembly/repair instructions. While that would have been wonderful, I was treated to something even better. The Falcon Workshop Manual is far more than just your father’s old Haynes repair guide. It’s a beautifully written and illustrated history of the Millennium Falcon and the Corellian Engineering YT line of freighters.
I’m a pretty big ship junkie when it comes to Star Wars. I’ve spent hours in Wookieepedia scouring over the various history sections for everything from A-Wings to Z-95 Headhunters. It’s simply impossible for me to soak up enough back-story about these ships, so when this book landed on my lap I was overjoyed. It’s anything and everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Millennium Falcon, from its origins and serial number to her current owner
here’s a wealth of schematics and detailed subsystem information to sink your teeth into. Have you ever wondered just what kind of modifications Han’s made to the Falcon over the years? What are all of those buttons on the flight console anyways? Just what makes it possible for that old bird to make the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs? The answers are here in this book.

the "Ghost Parking Lot" of Hamden Ct... gone now, but a "roadside attraction" for 2 decades



20 cars buried at various depths, then covered over in concrete and asphalt... a public work of art.

read all about it on http://lostinjersey.wordpress.com/2009/04/08/the-ghost-parking-lot/

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Some cars set speed records, but weren't fortunate enough to be savvy enough to get an organization to be there to "Sanction" it, and AAA wouldn't bless a run unless you were a member. Huh.

 notice the writing on the photo, especially that on the upper left hand corner

 very rare to have wire wheels in 1922, they go back to 1908 at least, but very uncommon
in 1922 Sig Haugdahl built this wire wheeled streamliner with a 6 cylinder, 836cu in, 13.7 liter, airplane engine. He ran it on Daytona beach, and beat the previous record by 24 mph. The previous might have been that of the Mephistople, or the Blitzen Benz.
found on http://silodrome.com/sig-haugdahl-wisconsin-special/

1903 Spyker

in 1907 one Spyker participated in the Paris to Peking race... one of the few cars that did. It placed 2nd http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2011/07/1907-spyker-charles-godard-and-jean-du.html

Image from Wikipedia via http://silodrome.com/1903-spyker/

there is an email going around with photos of wrecked 1920's and 30's cars, here are the more impressive photos

 above is a late 1910's Dodge I think... there was a name for the style... but I can't remember it
 worlds strongest front tire and steering parts!

 above, a kid went joyriding and trashed the car in an accident
 above and below are Mack trucks, in the first version of the company symbol






If the photos make you glad you have power steering, power brakes, airbags, and saftey glass windshield... than you echo my sentiment

All the photos were taken by a Boston news photographer, and are now in the Boston Library

Golf carts that get attention








Thanks Randy!

Monday, July 16, 2012

incredible look inside the Simeone museum, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Billionaire wrecks a 30 million dollar 1962 Ferrari GTO

Comic Con from the vehicle perspective (Batmobiles in following posts)

 looks like the architecture was made for a bunch of sci fi - fantasy fans
 The best way to prove a Prius is green... use it as a planter.

Why is it like this? It's a prop for a tv show that opens this fall, Revolution. It's about the way America would deal with a planet wide loss of electricity in all applications. Nothing electrical has any function. Very cool show, I saw the first episode on preview night

 In the gaslamp, you can get pedi cabs that are set up for comic con related things.



 Now this movie prop with a Bugatti tag on the nose is for the movie Elysium, by the guy who made "District 9" and the trailer looks like it's going to be a really cool movie. Matt Damon and Jodie Foster star in it, and its Matt's character trying to get off Earth to the huge ringworld spacestation (Ringworld by Niven) to get medical treatment to save his life... because all the best of everything got off the planet, and moved to the station.



 One Bond car a day was displayed in this booth, and this Aston Martin from "The Living Daylights" is entirely fiberglass, even the tires







 The Total Recall vehicle, wow. It's been named the year 2087 Chrysler 3000. What last years display had http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2011/08/movie-car-that-will-be-in-new-version.html was a police model, in Dodge name plate, and this one here is Chrysler. I think that is because Dodge had a Police car fleet scenario in place. Chrysler doesn't.















 from "Looper" with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon Levitt