Saturday, October 18, 2014

VW Bus railcars

Finally! Something new in the Mopar world, a '72 Polara that looks tough!

A couple photos turned up out of Larry Watson's collection

1937 Dodge rail inspection car

heavy hauling I wouldn't expect on anything less than a railroad flatbed car

Chassell Michigan pre-WW2 gas station

The Turbo Titan III had a pretty unusual look, and a very unique steering system

an update to my post from 7 years ago

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probably the last we'll see of the cool old busses from Malta

only car enthusiasts will think this is cool

this is just cool!

double header Dodge rail inspection car

the history of the van

Tempo Matador tour bus, I've never seen one before

Grand Rapids Michigan Fire Station #10 horsedrawn steam pumpers circa 1908 and the baseball field Loyalty Park

Bicycle Taxidermy

the long forgotten lumberjack "Big Wheel" method, manufactured by the Gaylord company in Michigan

 Big Wheels used by Lumber Jacks made by Gaylord MFG Co, also known as Michigan Wheels

I've never seen these before... or even heard of them.

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logging trains in Michigan, 80 years ago

This bottom track,... not very good

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The Shay locomotive, best photo I've found so far

it was only this July when I first learned of the Shay

If you look carefully at the wheels, you'll see they are gear driven, 4 per side getting the power, and the pistons and cylinders are vertical, just to the right of the cab

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for something a little but different, a trailer, made of a redwood tree, to advertise ginger ale

Notice the hinged door in front!

from the early 1930's postacard .. Found on

Dead Man's Curve update, a vintage post card was just posted on Facebook

Friday, October 17, 2014

French racing poster 1937

Good ol Chicago political corruption still operates an ATM... stop light cameras, and bumped up the payout by illegally violated Federal Law Minimum timing law for the yellow

Public, or Private... your driving in the USA regarding surveilance cameras and data collecting by police

Monroe County, N.Y police have been using high-speed cameras to capture license plates in order to log vehicle whereabouts.

In the Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling in U.S. v. Jones, a GPS tracking case, the court held that individuals do have an expectation of privacy when it comes to their long-term whereabouts, even when using public roads.

As of July, the County’s database contained 3.7 million records, with the capability to add thousands more each day. The justification for cops having records of the whereabouts of law-abiding citizens is that the vehicles are driven in public and therefore drivers have no expectation of privacy.

Last summer, Rochester, N.Y.’s "Democrat and Chronicle" filed a state open records request on two city and county government vehicles.

The request was denied on the basis that releasing the data could be an invasion of personal privacy or could interfere with a law enforcement investigation.

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Interesting new product... illuminate the hubs of your wheels, including all space in your rim

Probably illegal everywhere

Meter maids take meter feeder "Robin Hoods" to State Supreme Court in New Hampshire, because city is losing ticket revenue

For years, groups of Keene residents known as “Robin Hooders” have walked the streets filling expired parking meters with their own money, in order to save people from getting parking tickets.

Occasionally, when they encounter an angry parking enforcer, they are prepared to film the situation with their smart phones.

When the Robin Hooders come across a car that already has a ticket on it, they will place some information on the person’s windshield, which provides tips on how to beat the ticket in court.

Robin Hood activist and radio show host Ian Freeman estimates that they prevented at least 8,000 tickets in 2013, saving Keene motorists an estimated $80,000 in that year alone. These savings have not gone unnoticed by the local government, who have become concerned about the revenue that they are missing out on.


"...TO PROTECT THE ECONOMIC INTEREST OF THE CITY" quote of the city attorney when stating his case int he supreme court of New Hampshire

Ruxton, the car with the Woodlite headlights, the colorful stripes, and front wheel drive. Only 96 made, by Hupp and Kissel

Launched in 1929, the Ruxton automobile had a short but fascinating live. The driving force behind the car was notorious stock broker Archie Andrews, who recognised the potential of a front-wheel drive prototype being readied in the experimental department of the Edward G. Budd Company of which he was a major shareholder and board member.

The car itself had been designed by William J. Muller and featured a novel front-wheel drive system, which allowed the car to be significantly lower than its contemporaries. By manipulating stock and strong-arming Edward G. Budd, Andrews seized control of the project. In an attempt to secure additional funding from William Ruxton, Andrews dubbed the new front-wheel drive car the Ruxton. Even though the plan backfired, the name was retained.

In addition to the pioneering front-wheel drive layout, the early Ruxtons also grabbed the attention through the striking striped colour scheme designed by artist Joseph Urban. Andrews himself had no manufacturing capability and as a result the cars were built by others, including Hupp and Kissel. The stock market crash late in 1929 could not have come at a worse time, killing the demand for luxury cars. Production ceased the following year by which time only 96 were built, only 15 of which had been delivered to clients. Of the surviving cars, no fewer than 16 lined up at Pebble Beach this year as a testament to the design brilliance of William J. Muller and the blind ambition of Archie Andrews.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

still running with a Sun Tach... that's style

Dual quads are always an eye magnet

331 Hemi. Ran when parked. Slight miss in number 7 cylinder...

1905, Mercedes, Napier, Thomas.

if this isn't a fake video, it's an OMG moment of a drunk cop pulling people over. Whoa....

What a difference 50 years makes

in 1969 Don Schumacher made his first trip to Indianapolis to drag race, spent less than 500 bucks.
Towed his race car on a trailer behind his mom's Cadillac. Stayed at Howard Johnsons for 18 a night
2014: close to 2 million dollars, 20 tractor trailers, 115 employees, 7 competitive nitro teams, bought 3100 tickets for guests.

Funny marketing ploy on Craigslist

Volvo XC90 $6,000  Fredericktown  Ohio
2.5L 5-cyl. Turbo engine AWD 6 CD Changer Heated Leather Seats Sunroof
First car on the moon
First daily driven car to win the Indy 500
 "It's a total chick magnet" -Zac Efron

Found in Autoweek, Sept 15-29 issue 2014

one hell of a nice trailer!

What changed the racing world from polo hard hats to modern cushion lined, live savers?

The tragic death of Pete Snell, during a 1956 race, from head injury. And that is why helmets have a Snell rating, that establishes the effectiveness of the helmet in protecting your noggin.

Snell Standards significantly surpass those set by:
 the United States Department of Transportation,
the American National Standards Institute,
ASTM International and
the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's

The Snell Memorial Foundation is a non-profit, and doesn't make helmets, they only test them. Also, they are ISO certified on the calibration and testing accuracy.

The "Sleeping Beauties" on their way out of storage at the Château de Sanxet, the photos of Herbert W Hesselmann

great compilation of tow truck, and towing, fails

Murphys Law, when the worst thing could happen, it will

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A car museum is set to open near Portland Oregon in April 2015... The World Of Speed

In an 80,000 sq foot former car dealership, this car museum and educational interactive auto enthusiast destination is planning to help spur auto shop in local high schools, and is already sponsoring the local Woodburn Jr Drag Racing series.

"That said, the real purpose of World of Speed is to provide an experiential environment in which young people can explore the exciting world of motorsports and the career opportunities it offers. If America is to retain its world leadership roll, we need mechanics and engineers—Honda and Toyota say 100,000 now—yet our schools have all but abandoned auto shop. World of Speed is dedicated to addressing that need."

It will encompass many aspects of motorsports including drag racing and road racing, land speed racing, motorcycle racing, as well as open wheel and NASCAR.

 Where possible it will tell the story of local tracks including Jantzen Beach and Portland International Raceway and local racers such as the legendary Indianapolis racecar builder Rolla Vollstedt.

 Through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, World of Speed will offer visitors a behind-the-scenes view of the world of racing. Programming and activities will expose young people to the opportunities available in the auto industry, and to help educate them to enter the workforce or advance to specialized education.

 For example, Ford Motor Company recently donated a Mustang to World of Speed that will be reconfigured into a hands-on display to showcase how a car is constructed, what materials are used and how materials are recycled. A real Indy car will function as a simulator for fans of all ages, while a car formerly raced by Danica Patrick should appeal to female visitors.


World of Speed’s mission is to serve a wide range of audiences through varied, interdisciplinary educational programs, integrating the study of history, art, culture, science and technology to appeal to all ages, backgrounds, and interests. World of Speed aims to build the community by being an educational resource for local schools, institutions, organizations and groups, facilitating life-long learning, growth, and a lasting relationship between these public groups and World of Speed.

The Greater Need

World of Speed will do that with historic racecars and numerous interactive exhibits that excite and inspire young people to explore career opportunities in the auto industry. The industry employs nearly 2 million people but impacts about 8 million jobs - everything from designing the exterior and interiors of vehicles to, well, tightening lug nuts at the assembly plant.

Beyond the auto industry, there's a sub set of people working in the performance aftermarket and racing industry that the Specialty Equipment Market Association says is worth $30 billion annually. There are many career opportunities here that few know about: everything from the chef who cooks the race team’s food to the marketing and PR person who tells the world how the team did. In between there are a myriad of jobs from actual vehicle fabrication to the guys tightening the lug nuts at the track. A typical professional NASCAR team might employ 140 people - jobs for the boys, and girls.

World of Speed’s goal will be to expose young people to the opportunities, educate them to a level where they can either enter the work force or go on to more specialized further education and give them a fun and exciting environment in which to learn.

As envisioned, it will house and display more than 100 vehicles, a workshop and space for educational activities. World of Speed’s collection includes race and performance cars from NASCAR, land speed racing, drag racing, open wheel, sports cars and motorcycles. It will include classic American muscle cars, historic race cars and race cars with a Pacific Northwest connection.

For Thacker, the venture is about educating the public about the value of the automobile to American culture. In addition, a more practical side of that equation also will be emphasized.

“Vocational education has all but disappeared from our schools at a time when the auto industry needs designers, engineers and mechanics more than ever,” said Thacker, who has the backing of the Marie Landform Charitable Foundation, according to documents submitted to the city of Wilsonville. “Oregon is the perfect location to attract and inspire young people to explore the array of promising careers in a very dynamic and popular industry.”

The building will feature more than 100 vehicles, including cars from the likes of such famous racers as NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and off-road racer Mickey Thompson, said Tony Thacker, the executive director of the museum.

The exhibit will also showcase motorcycles, sports cars, American muscle cars and racecars with a tie to the Pacific Northwest, including the Formula Atlantic car Patrick drove several years ago fit with an engine built in Portland. Many of the cars – Patrick's included – will be open for visitors to sit in and explore up close.

"It's a car you can touch and feel and get an experience of what a real race car is like," Thacker said. "In most car museums, you're not allowed to touch or sit in the cars."

One of the purposes of creating an interactive exhibit is to give visitors a chance to learn about the auto industry, he said. In addition to a 45,000 square-foot display area, the building will house classrooms and a shop where visitors can observe mechanics and participate in workshops on trades, like welding and painting.