Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Bill Mitchell 23 years as a designer at General Motors, eventually becoming Vice President of Design, a position he held for 19 years until his retirement in 1977

but he got started as an illustrator for Barron Collier https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2018/07/a-quick-history-of-revs-institute-scca.html

and was known for pranks and being a drunk, when not being regarded for great design. He once stole a New York Central park horse carriage and attempted to drive it into his hotel lobby.


Autoweek Magazine, Happy 60th Birthday!

in the 6 decades of the magazine, among its contributors were many of the drivers whose exploits were detailed within the covers
Sam Posey             Michael Andretti     John Force           Kyle Petty          Michael Schumacher       Ed Leslie 
David Pearson        Janet Guthrie         Jerry Titus            Richard Petty     John Cannon                   Ken Miles    Dan Gurney            Mario Andretti        Danny Sullivan     Bobby Allison      Peter Gregg                   James Hunt  George Follmer      Denny Hulme         Martin Brundle      Davey Allison     Neil Bonnett                 Robbie Buhl Derek Daly           Dorsey Schroeder   Derek Warwick    Davy Jones        Tommy Kendall          Nigel Mansell      Damon Hill             Paul Dana              Charlie Hayes        Ron Grable        Judy Stropus       Tony Adamowicz


send this to people to drive them nuts

Each year Waternet, Amsterdam's Water Authority, fishes between 12,000 and 15,000 bicycles from the canals.

A Checker Marathon that was never a taxi, escaping a working life by virtue of being bought new by a country club owner for his personal use

Bought to pair up with another Checker this 1975 checker was purchased by Edward Benjamin, founder of Starmount Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina.

 Benjamin kept two Checkers: one at Starmount Farm, his Greensboro home; the other at his estate in New Orleans.

Benjamin motored about, inspecting his vast holdings, including Friendly Center, Starmount Country Club and many northwest Greensboro subdivisions.

He put 82,000 miles on this one in 5 years, it was bought by a stockbroker after that, and now belongs to a hotel owner who has it used to pick up guests from the airport, but not for fares. It's simply considered more interesting and spacious than a typical corporate business car.


What was the last Checker? That's complicated

There was the last down the assembly line, and it's at the Gilmore
There was the last one shipped from the factory, and that's complicated, but hey, someone really wanted the last one down the assembly line, you know?
And there was one made from spare parts, from the assembly line, in 1983.
And then, there were two in 1997 ordered by Nike for a special promotion. They were high mileage used cars, but they were reconditioned, and off they went, and here in the factory newsletter, is the story of the Nike Swoosh Checkers

The Final Four was held at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati on March 28–30, 1997. Tennessee, Old Dominion, Stanford, and Notre Dame qualified to the Final Four. Tennessee and Old Dominion won their semi-final Final Four matchups and continued on to the championship. Tennessee defeated Old Dominion 68-59 for their fifth national title.


it seems that 1997 was a good year for Checkers to be promo cars for big corporations... Coke had 26 Checkers it gave away in a marketing gimmick for "Surge" soda

It bought 40 from a military base taxi company on Ft L Wood in Missouri, fixed up 26 of them for the summer promo, 13 for the fall promo, painted them green and gave them away.

The Checkers were awarded via many means: raffles at festivals, keys drawn from hats, “driving school” contests, dumpster dives for charities, games and other methods were used for selecting the winners. Each car came with a “trunkful of Surge” (which sometimes led to a sticky disaster when soda cans exploded in the summer heat) and an assortment of other prizes, which varied from market to market. Prizes included CD’s T-shirts, hats, pizza coupons, tickets for concerts and amusements parks and whatever the radio station felt like throwing in to the promotion. The entire promotion cost Coca-Cola was over $250,000.


to commemorate junkyards, really

A model Diorama artist picked up bunch of bad built models from lady that was trashing her late husband models years ago, and came out with this junkyard shadowbox idea.

 These are plastic 1/24 and 1/25 scale models cut front and back, of most, and cut some at angle with  then paint and weathered them.


Monday, August 20, 2018

if it's crazy, but it works, then I think we have to just tip our hat, and move along on our way without criticism

most everything is more fun if you can power slide it on snow... so they took a King Midget, and fabbed a cool body, and added skis


thanks to Bruce for letting me know of the images on the Philly Library site!

I think they faked this photo... I don't see how they could get the car onto, or off of the stairs at that angle...

they did a great job in the movie the Iron Giant with vehicles scattered throughout the movie


it's only a 38 minute video... ignore the before and everything after minute 58, because after 58, it repeats


Some of the new rental bikes were very much liked by the homeless who needed bikes.

I don't understand taking the time to try and sand off the distinctive yellow paint, the shape of the bike alone makes it an obvious rental. 

In 1959, a runaway train smashed through the Olympia Washington Union Pacific depot on 4th Ave and into businesses on the other side of the street, destroying half a block. There simply aren't any decent photos online that show the damage though

 train car is embedded in China Clipper Cafe on left, Olympia, March 1959, the 13th of March. Good ol lucky 13th

On March 13, a crewless, runaway 15-car train strikes the Union Pacific Depot in downtown Olympia with such force that it goes through the building and crosses 4th Avenue, destroying half a city block. One man is killed and 20 persons are injured seriously enough to require hospitalization.

The cause of the accident is quickly traced to the train crew’s failure to properly set brakes on the cars and subsequently leaving the train unattended.

About 5:30pm, the train stopped at a switching point about two miles south of downtown Olympia. Members of a switching crew uncoupled a section of the train from the locomotive, but in doing so, failed to set hand brakes and did not properly apply air brakes on the 15 cars that had been uncoupled.

 The crew then briefly left the train parked on a slight downhill grade, unattended, and it soon began coasting north toward Olympia. It quickly gathered momentum, reaching speeds estimated by various witnesses at between 30 and 60 miles an hour as it rolled toward the downtown Union Pacific Depot on 4th Ave. Twelve of the 15 train cars were loaded with plywood and plasterboard, and the total weight of the 15-car runaway train was later estimated at 900 tons.

At 5:44 p.m., the train thundered through a dead end railway bumper guard at the depot and burst through a brick wall into the depot, instantly killing a telegraph operator for the railroad.

The train then smashed through another brick wall and out into 4th Avenue, traveling more than 300 feet as it crossed the street. The first car demolished the Sta-Well Health Service. The second car twisted into Bill’s Kitchen, Haumann’s Floral and Gift Shop, and the Eastside Club Tavern. The third car struck the China Clipper, another cafe, and two more cars and an empty gondola car overturned in 4th Avenue.

Within 24 hours of the accident, Union Pacific Railroad conceded that the accident had been caused by the switching crew

That was probably the last time ANYONE finished a crash investigation of anything larger than a car in less than 24 hours.


far from the usual vendors cart

it's been a gold mine month for banners