Saturday, April 02, 2016

Lamborghini Centenario is the 100th anniversary car to commemorate the birth of company founder, awd, and rear wheel steering




naturally aspirated V-12 and all-wheel-drive system, while innovation is demonstrated in carbon fiber construction (the curb weight is 3,350 pounds), advanced aerodynamics and a new rear-wheel-steering system.

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/03/01/lamborghini-centenario-official-geneva/#slide-3816854

A good 6 pack of Lamborghini

I'm guessing this was and April fools day gag

loaded down

Bugatti Type 51 Dubos Coupe '1931

Street cleaning a ninety years ago. Obviously, they did a better job then, they had to, lots of horses were using the streets for a toilet

the Scuderia Caribe Corvair in 1962, has one of the coolest scoreboards


at the Puerto Rico Gran Prix of 1962  https://revslib.stanford.edu/ 

GT 40 used for filming Gran Prix

Friday, April 01, 2016

A. J. Foyt at the wheel of the Mecom Hussein I at the LA Times GP, 1964


Built on a Cooper Monaco space frame chassis, the original Traco Chevy in the Hussein was replaced with a NASCAR 500+ hp Chrysler (Dodge) 426 ci motor. It is currently in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum

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Considered to be the most powerful sports car in the United States at the time, "Hussein," as this special British-built Cooper-Monaco was called, was commissioned by Texas oil millionaire John Mecom, Jr. The bare chassis was shipped from the Cooper Car Company in Surbiton, England to Mecom's Headquarters in Houston, Texas, where it was outfitted with a special aluminum body crafted by renowned West Coast fabricator Jack Lane. Although the car had little success, and competed only a handful of times, normally driven by A.J. Foyt, it drew quite a lot of attention. The original 427-cubic-inch Holman & Moody V8 Ford engine was soon replaced by a 500-horsepower 426-cubic inch Dodge V-8 Chrysler "hemi" from Nichels Engineering, the engine currently in the car. With this combination, Foyt placed second to the Chaparral of Roger Penske in the 112-mile Governor's Cup race at Nassau in the Bahamas on December 4, 1964. The car's name came about due to the Mecom family's business relationship and friendship with King Hussein of Jordan, who was a great sports car enthusiast. Some historians have referred to the "hemi" version as Hussein II, inferring that there was a second car. There was only the one.
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https://revslib.stanford.edu

The Gremlin debuted on this day in history. True story


Nominate a military veteran and truck driver to receive a new free Kenworth T680



To boost the Trucking Transition program for U.S. veterans, curb the driver shortage and create immediate jobs for transitioning military personnel, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes Program, Kenworth and FASTPORT announced a contest today to give away a fully-loaded T680.

“We’re going to a young veteran driver… who has a tremendous record and really set that young driver off on their own entrepreneurial journey,” said Eric Eversole, president of the Hiring our Heroes program, at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. “It’s really a golden ticket for that young driver.”

The search for America’s top military rookie driver will educate veterans and America about the support from leading manufacturers and service providers that enhance the safety and comfort of the 3.5 million professional truck drivers while performing their duties — and provide an incredible head start to one veteran's entrepreneurial career.

During the nomination period, the truck will be shown at military installations around the country and at other trucking-related events.

The criteria for entering the contest:
1. A driver must be a military veteran or have served or currently serve in the National Guard or Reserve.

2. A driver must have graduated from either a PTDI-certified, or NAPFTDS or CVTA member driver training school and have a valid CDL.

3. The driver must have been employed by a trucking company who has made a hiring commitment and pledge to hire veterans on truckingtrack.org.

4. The driver must have been first hired in a trucking position between Jan. 1, 2015, and June 29, 2016.

The top 10 finalists will be recognized at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas on Aug. 26 and the winner will be selected at the Pentagon in Washington on Dec. 16.

For more information on how to nominate a driver for the contest, visit http://www.transitiontrucking.org/
http://www.overdriveonline.com/hiring-our-heroes-program-announces-truck-giveaway-for-military-veterans/

Nominate someone for the Goodyear Highway Hero for 2017, or at least, keep it in mind that someone you see doing an incredibly heroic thing on the road can be recognized internationally, and rewarded




Highway Heroes

 The Goodyear Highway Hero Award was established in 1983 to honor truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others.

After the Hero Award nomination period ends on Nov. 29, the list of eligible candidates will be narrowed down to three finalists. A panel of trucking industry judges will later select the Highway Hero and announce all three, and the award winner, at the annual MATS convention

Past Highway Hero Award winners include a truck driver who rescued a family of six from a crushed minivan, a driver who saved a woman from a gun-wielding attacker, and a driver who pulled an elderly man from a car before it was destroyed by an oncoming train.

https://www.goodyeartrucktires.com/newsroom/highway-heroes/

Owner-operator Mike Schiotis was traveling down a Pennsylvania highway when he spotted a woman being followed by a gun-wielding attacker. Thinking quickly, Mike stopped his truck and stepped between the man and the woman. He ushered the woman into his truck and drove away as the gunman returned to his car and began following Mike's rig. Working with another truck driver, Mike evaded the gunman, giving law enforcement officials enough time to arrive on the scene.


An independent owner-operator, Orozco Sanchez was hauling grain on Oct. 28, 2008 on Highway 392, north of Greeley, CO, when an SUV suddenly crossed the center line and crashed head-on into his tractor-trailer rig.
As the vehicles stopped moving, a shaken Orozco Sanchez quickly jumped from his cab and went to the other vehicle. There, with flames already beginning to surround the vehicles, he saw two girls, strapped into their car seats and crying, and a woman up front who was not moving. Working with a passer-by who used a fire extinguisher to fight back the flames, Orozco Sanchez used his knowledge of child car seats – he has two young children – to rescue the two girls.

Derrick Harris was a Virginia truck driver who saved the life of an individual deliberately set on fire, then helped police locate and arrest the person charged with the hideous crime. Harris, a driver with Schneider since October 2002, was also recognized by his employer with Schneider's Presidential Citation Award.


Todd Forbush crawled on his stomach underneath and into the jammed open door of a pickup truck to rescue the young woman pinned behind the wheel after she fell asleep and slammed at full speed into his UPS truck in rural Ohio. Her truck burst into flames after hitting Forbushs' truck at least three times as the smaller truck spun out of control after the initial impact. Forbush, a career driver for UPS, took less than 10 seconds, according to his truck's computer, to exit the cab and reach the young woman to help her. Today, she has almost fully recovered.

In just over two months, Boyd Applegate participated in life-saving efforts at two accident scenes. Thanks to his quick thinking and willingness to be of help, two motor vehicle accident victims are alive today. In the first incident, Applegate climbed into a steep, rocky ravine in the middle of the night and rescued a driver, thrown clear of his vehicle and hidden among some rocks on the opposite side of the ravine.
In the second incident, Applegate cleared the breathing passage of an L.A. patrolman whose face had been crushed in a car accident that also injured his wife.

Curt Jones, then a resident of Blaine, Tenn., was cited as the first trucker to emblazon his tractor-trailer rig with huge posters of missing children, to point out the plight of runaways. He organized 10 truck convoys to call attention to the need for more awareness of missing children, and began a program of visiting schools urging youngsters to seek counseling instead of running from problems.

Driver looking far ahead in the #1 lane slows, but behind him the Gran Prix driver panic brakes, loses control, swerves through the #2 and 3 lanes, and nearly kills 3 other drivers... except this trucker had awesome ABS brakes that controlled his 75 thousand pound truck and load

360 on black ice in Missouri

The OOIDA has filed a lawsuit with the 7th Circuit court of appeals, against the near future requirement for e-logging, stating that it is defacto monitoring real people for law enforcement purposes, and called e-logs a form of tracking that, without a warrant, constitutes illegal search and seizure and a violation of drivers’ fourth amendment rights.

the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, announced late last year that all truck drivers will be required to use the electronic logging devices, known as e-logs, by the end of next year.

The FMCSA has said e-logs would help enforce limits on the hours that drivers can spend on the road.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, OOIDA, has previously won a challenge to a prior e-log rule in 2011, on complaints that the regulation did not provide adequate safeguards to ensure trucking companies wouldn’t use the logs to harass drivers.

“There is simply no proof that the costs, burdens and privacy infringements associated with this mandate are justified,” said Jim Johnston, OOIDA president and CEO, in the statement.

FMCSA spokesman Duane DeBruyne declined to comment about the lawsuit.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/independent-truckers-tell-court-e-logs-violate-constitutional-rights-1459444146?mod=e2fb


Overdrive has shown that a sizable majority of the estimated benefit that FMCSA noted in its required Regulatory Impact Analysis (which showed a net benefit of the rule) came not from estimated crash reductions, however, but from monetary values placed on driver time and paperwork savings.

For the purposes of the Fourth Amendment, the Supreme Court has previously ruled in favor of some intrusions into the business of commercial transportation operators in, famously, the case involving a drug-testing program decided in 1989 that argued a public “special need” in balancing concerns for safety versus the privacy rights of rail engineers. Programmatic drug- and alcohol-testing requirements followed for commercial truck operators in the 1990s.

But drug tests are not ELDs, and OOIDA argues that other Supreme Court decisions, incluing the 2015 Torrey Dale Grady v. North Carolina, affirm that prolonged use of a warrantless GPS tracking device on a vehicle is clearly an unreasonable search/seizure within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment.

 OOIDA said that FMCSA’s attempt to compel installation of ELD devices without a warrant is an unconstitutional seizure.

http://www.overdriveonline.com/ooida-fmcsas-eld-mandate-abitrary-and-capricious-unconstitutional/

reason to stay on the pavement Exhibit A


Taken 1936 Craigville,Wells, IN. He got stuck in a field in mud while making deliveries.

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If you drown your motorcycle crossing a river, you may be able to get it running again, easily, if you try starting it with another motorcycle

The Willys Jeep was found near Utah Beach, Normandy, France by a farmer who grabbed it after the Allied forces had abandoned it as they marched inland recapturing the area from the Germans


He then used the Willys MB during and after the war. After the farmer could no longer use it, he hid it away. The Willys Jeep was recently for sale by the Musée de la Libération de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, near Utah Beach, Normandy. The new owner of this Willys MB said he’s currently trying to restore it is good as possible. Gladly, he told us, he will keep the original paint and markings. His main purpose is to have the vehicle mechanically perfect again, add a new wire loom and perform other required works.


http://argunners.com/willys-mb-brought-back-from-normandy/

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Seventy-one years ago, a young soldier left his World War II ambulance in a vehicle “graveyard” in Germany and returned home to Wisconsin. Last year, he found that ambulance in Albuquerque.


Thomas Grasser, 91, was visiting the New Mexico Museum of Military History last summer when he realized the museum’s ambulance was his “home on wheels” in Europe during World War II.

Grasser lives in Albuquerque now, but he grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Army drafted him just  six days after high school in June of 1943, and although he didn’t know how to drive, he was designated as an ambulance driver and trained in California.

Grasser finished basic training at the end of 1943 and shipped out to England at the beginning of 1944.

The invasion of France on D-Day had begun. About three weeks later, Grasser and his unit landed on Omaha Beach.

When the strafing planes came to the ambulances, they pulled up and stopped shooting until they were back over supply trucks. The pilots “respected the red cross” on the ambulances, he said.


By the end of the war, Grasser had traveled through France, Belgium and Luxembourg to Germany. His company evacuated 25,000 patients between Omaha Beach and Aichach, Germany, and helped liberate two concentration camps, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

"We lived in it, we slept in it, we carried a lot of wounded in it,” he said. “It was our home.” Now that ambulance is sitting in the New Mexico Museum of Military History in Albuquerque.

http://argunners.com/veteran-finds-wwii-ambulance-71-years/
http://www.koat.com/news/it-was-our-home-vet-says-of-ambulance-after-chance-reunion/36917762

Grasser was driving an Army ambulance through some of the bloodiest fighting, including the Battle of the Bulge, in the European Theater of World War II.

For his service to his country and to France, Grasser, was awarded the Bronze Star and the French Legion of Honour.

These days, he volunteers at the visitors information center in Albuquerque’s Old Town.

http://www.abqjournal.com/587971/news/a-special-salute-for-wwii-veteran.html


May, Clarkson and Hammond's new motoring show on Amazon

The trio and executive producer Andy Wilman signed a three-year deal and there are going to be 30-plus long episodes with Amazon worth a reputed £160m, with Clarkson on £10m a series, Hammond and May on £7m each.

May confirms it will begin in the autumn, with each run likely to be 11 episodes, possibly more. It will be scheduled – albeit not in the traditional sense – so won’t be immediately available to binge-watch.

It will also leave the TV studio behind, disappointing devotees of the “cool wall” but an exciting prospect for fans of Top Gear’s sumptuously filmed location shoots.

May says they are making more episodes than they did in the latter days of Top Gear and it is “logistically more complicated ... We are making a series of TV films and we don’t have a base”.

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/mar/27/james-may-chris-evans-top-gear-amazon

way to go flatbed trucker.... great sense of humor

Jeep Grand Cherokee driver goes crazy, leads cops on high speed pursuit, that gets onto a Navy air field, and eventually crashed into a $65 million dollar F 18, and dies.

The incident started around 4 a.m. south of Lemoore. Police say the Jeep Grand Cherokee appeared to be disabled and an officer stopped to help. That's when the driver took off at high speed leading police on a high speed chase eventually going the wrong way on Highway 198 -- heading west in the eastbound lane.

"The pursuit was probably... 4 minutes. It wasn't very long. It went along the public access road here at the base. After the vehicle was traveling on the wrong direction, it passed the military checkpoint, our units stopped to coordinate with Naval security forces," said Lt. Dave Knoff, CHP.

The base has a heavily fortified main gate with steel barriers that must be lowered before vehicles can enter. The gate is guarded by military police armed with assault rifles.

Officials indicated the Jeep did not enter through that gate, but deflected questions about how it reached the jet
A CHP helicopter continued to follow the vehicle onto the operations side of the base and then the Jeep crashed into an F/A-18 fighter -- about 7 miles northwest of the airbase main entrance.

After the crash, a CHP helicopter landed and took the driver into custody. The driver was taken to the hospital where he later died of his injuries. The female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspects have not been identified in any meaningful way as to age, race, nationality or citizenship.

CHP has nothing to say, but believes the Navy base was NOT intentionally targeted and the suspects are not affiliated with the military.

Regardless of procedures and policies, CHP and military police, an ordinary suv took out a fighter jet after evading police. Ponder just how easy that was, when terrorists just went killing people in Belgium, San Bernadino, and Paris. How useless is national security around military bases and jets on a runway? WTF is TSA bothering people for at airports is anyone can disable an effing F18 with an ordinary SUV?

http://abc30.com/1270233/
http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/2016/03/31/freeway-car-chase-ends-crash-into-jet-naval-air-station-lemoore/82470494/