Saturday, November 25, 2017
And relevant to the Joey Dunlop statue I posted a couple days ago, there is a statue of George Formby leaning on a lamppost on Ridgeway Street, close to the intersection with Lord Street, in Douglas, Isle of Man.
He was a movie star, TT racer, and ukelele player
And he was so famous, as was his motorcycle, the Shuttleworth Snap, that a gentleman from England acts like him at Goodwood
now I finally understand what that checkered motorcycle is about
Graeme had a couple of model T Fords,was involved in filming and had previously traveled the world with a Laurel & Hardy tribute.The idea for resurrecting the Shuttleworth Snap came up in conversation with Lord March at Goodwood back in 2006.
When a Marine forgot his cellphone at lunch he did what anyone would do ― called the restaurant where he left it. When the restaurant tried to coordinate pickup, and asked the Marine if he was walking or driving, the answer was neither
I posted this one earlier this year, different engine, same tires http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2017/07/parenting-done-right.html
Friday, November 24, 2017
the song isn't great, but it's an interesting use of a car!
How can thieves set a plastic fuel tank full of gas on fire, and still fail to completely destroy a bike?
the thieves has tried to set it on fire, possibly because they couldn't get it started despite chiseling the ignition off to get at the wires. So, maybe they tried to burn it to destroy evidence that could lead to their arrest? Like fingerprints?
This Shelby G.T. 500 was built with the standard Kelsey Hayes high-strength steel wheels with standard hubcaps, and has retained them throughout its life.
Muscle Car Review, Nov 2017
a suprising series of paintings were hung outside the local Bed Bath and Beyond, celebrating the local car culture and neighborhoods
The Westfield mural designs reflect San Diego’s older neighborhoods near the mall, but have a contemporary flare to represent its stores, he said. For example, the green splashes are the same shade as the Starbucks’ logo. Makram said he decided to add classic vehicles because they appeal to all ages.
Over a dozen 13,000-pound trucks racing door to door at 80 mph on tracks no larger than a half-mile at historic venues like Hickory Motor Speedway (N.C.), Hawkeye Downs (Iowa) and Greenville-Pickens Speedway (S.C.).
The rapid growth is due in part to the affordability of the Bandit Big Rig rules package. Each race offers a $50,000 purse and $10,000 to the winner. The championship points fund is set to pay $20,000 to the eventual series victor.
Meanwhile, the trucks are less than $25,000 to build, providing a return on investment few other disciplines currently can offer.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
remember hearing about a radio station contest to win a car by keeping you hand on it the longest (it lasted 5 days in Texas)? Well, a play was made about that! It received three Tony Award nominations
What you are willing to do for your dream? Would you stand under the searing Texas sun for days with nine other strangers? Endure sleep deprivation, hallucinations and numbness of limbs for a chance to drive off the lot in a brand new truck?
This is the inadvertent question asked by the 2012 La Jolla Playhouse production, Hands on a Hardbody. Based on a 1997 documentary about a group of Texans vying to outlast each other by placing one gloved hand on brand new Nissan truck in hopes of driving off with it
The creative force behind Hands on a Hardbody consists of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award Winning writer (and Texas native) Doug Wright, music composed by Trey Anastasia (founder of the band Phish), lyrics by Amanda Green and stage choreography by Benjamin Millepied.
The cast each have their own motivation of the same force of economic depravity. The truck, symbolizing the American Dream is the notable 16th character, which lights up, honks and moves fluidly on the stage with the characters.
Each character’s story unfolds through song. The catchy melodies and heart-felt lyrics draw the audience into their struggles. The truck means something different for each person: a one-way ticket to Hollywood; God’s will; or a means for college tuition.
there are more clips on you tube, just look on the lower right side of the web page https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=from+hands+on+a+hardbody
above is a short version of the below... you'll enjoy either, but the one below goes further into it
the below gets some info from the contestants about how they tried to use strategy on eating and what to wear on their feet.
A Derny pacer in cycle racing. (Thanks Makss318!) 3 levers on the left hand.... Clutch, front brake, compression release valve. .. And 3 levers on the right hand... Rear brake, gearbox selector, throttle lever.
This is at the LaJolla Playhouse http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org/donna-summer for the Donna Summer bio piece.
The motor museum at Château Savigny-les-Beaune: it has a collection of cars, motorcycles, bicycles, fire engines, and airplanes
the 100 or so planes brought together by Michel Plat, unique in Europe and includes mostly French jet planes including the Dassault represented by Mirage III, Mirage IV, Mirage V, Mirage F1
Of American jets are the F-84 Thunderjet, F-8 Crusader. Several F-100 Super Sabers, an F-86 Saber F-104 Starfighter, an F-105 Thunderchief. The USSR is represented by many MiGs: with MiG-15, MiG-19, MiG-21 and MiG-23.
The helicopters include an Alouette 2 and an H-34 and a H-19 Sikorsky.