Thursday, April 02, 2020

terrific residents from a neighborhood in England surprised a healthcare worker by making her a designated parking space in front of her house.


her husband expressed gratitude to his neighbors on the local Golborne & Lowton Facebook group, explaining that ‘like all busy streets, [his wife] normally ends up parking away from the house as there’s no space near it when she comes home from her shifts.’

https://www.unilad.co.uk/life/neighbourhood-surprises-healthcare-worker-with-parking-space-in-front-of-house/
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157995732281203&set=gm.2563330647255070&type=3

here's something fun for anyone bored of being stuck at home.... Can you find all 66 movies referenced in this image?


click on it for full screen

But it's best played on  http://www.popcorngarage.com/ because they have it set up as a game

via  https://enfantedeluna.tumblr.com/

all he needs now is a skate park and good music


elbow and knee pads would be good too.

https://enfantedeluna.tumblr.com/

wheelbarrow racing will never be the same

wonder why tires get low on air pressure some times, without any nail in the tire? It's this damn bird.

1st guy I've seen to have seriously worked out how to get this done with a lawnmower

1973 looks like the pits were mighty sloppy

an Allard once owned and raced by Dan Parker (in 1955) of the Parker Pen Company in Janesville Wisconsin.

a 68 Coronet, maybe a Super Bee, in Nascar

and now, for a little something different, or some things a little different

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

How about that truck in the back!?!?!

coffee and donuts video for audio enjoyment. You might want to watch from the beginning, or look up other coverage of the Amelia Island Concours, it's probably the best car show in America



by the way, the name of the guy that posted this vid to youtube, Dan Scanlan. That's the same name as the Pixar director 

nice Nova... they sure don't ever see much publicity



notice the guy in the blue car behind him roll both windows down to hear the Nova take off at the beginning of this video

Briggs Cunningham driving Le Monstre at Watkins Glen

Dan Gurney trying on the Scuderia SSS Republica di Venezia, Ferrari 250 TRI/61, he would share with Jo Bonnier. Le Man's 1962

Denise McCluggage, Osca S1000, Sebring, 1962.


Denise Mccluggage co-drove the OSCA with Allen Eager.  Allen got in a wreck on course and abandoned the car and walked back to the pits. When he arrived without the car, Denise was pissed and decided to go get the car herself and push it back in just in case it could be repaired to continue the race.

It couldn't, but it's a very cool story.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/505973489414476/permalink/3206460632699068/

Border Patrol agents recently arrested 13 illegal immigrants disguised as U.S. Marines and riding in a fake military van, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday.


its front seat passenger were U.S. citizens who were attempting to smuggle 13 illegal immigrants into the United States. All of the vehicle's occupants wore U.S. Marine uniforms, reportedly emblazoned with the name "Perez."

The van used in the smuggling attempt, according to California's El Centro Border Intelligence Center, was a privately owned vehicle registered out of Yucca Valley, Calif., and was bearing stolen government plates that had been defaced. The center digit -- 0 -- was altered to read as an 8. Further research through multiple government agencies determined that the plate belonged to a one-ton cargo van registered to the U.S. Marine Corps.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/13-illegal-immigrants-arrested-in-california-wearing-u-s-marine-uniforms

Mustang prototypes you probably haven't seen

Al told me about this so I looked it up... Chuck Berry had a collection of 70s and 80s Cadillacs that weren't worth much, but he (and every old guy that ever had a car it seems) thought they were worth 4 times what anyone would offer him.



The notes on the video say that this clip is from the end of a DVD, the 1987 dvd Hail Hail Rock and Roll, a documentary directed by Taylor Hackford that chronicles two 1986 concerts celebrating Berry’s 60th birthday.

Thanks Al!

So, was this just a thing that Chuck Berry started, to sell off his old cars? Was it just a hoax that he created with some rented cars? Or did he really store his old cars if he couldn't get a ridiculous good deal based on being a living legend of rock and roll?

Because the internet seems to have nothing on that collection, or rumor, or even any other cars that Chuck Berry owned expect for a single mention on
https://doclehman.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/chuck-berry-donates-one-of-his-prized-cadillacs/

wrap your head around this crazy news: Eduardo Moreno, 44, of San Pedro (Long Beach adjacent),a locomotive engineer working last night at the Port of Los Angeles intentionally ran a train off the end of tracks, crashing through a series of barriers, derailing a train at full speed to try to smash into the US Navy Hospital Ship Mercy because of suspicions over it and activities surrounding COVID-19


After he was arrested, Moreno was held overnight and subsequently turned over to FBI agents Wednesday morning. Moreno is expected to make an initial appearance in federal court Wednesday afternoon. Prosecutors allege Moreno ran the train off the end of tracks, and crashed through a series of barriers before coming to rest more than 250 yards from the Mercy in an incident that was captured on video.

A CHP officer who witnessed the crash said he saw the train smash through a barrier at the end of the tracks before driving through several obstacles including a steel barrier, chain-link fence, slide through a parking lot, slide across another lot filled with gravel, and smash into a second chain-link fence," according to the affidavit.



Moreno, who waived his right to speak to an attorney before being interviewed by investigators, admitted in two post-arrest interviews, that he intentionally ran the train off the track because wanted to bring attention to the government's activities regarding COVID-19, and was suspicious of the U.S.N.S. Mercy.

In his first interview with the Los Angeles Port Police, Moreno acknowledged that he "did it," saying that he was suspicious of the Mercy and believing it had an alternate purpose related to COVID-19 or a government takeover, the affidavit states.

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/national-international/man-tried-to-derail-train-to-wreck-navy-hospital-ship-mercy-over-coronavirus-suspicions-feds-say/2297755/
https://abc7.com/usns-mercy-coronavirus-train-crash-derailment/6069395/

roadside attraction, by an accidental artist, who happened to have the knack for mechanical things. During WW2 he was stationed on Saipan, and made a windmill powered washing machine from scrap parts of a B 29 so his Army company would have clean uniforms, for example


Vollis Simpson, a World War II veteran and prolific tinkerer, filled his farm with towering kinetic sculptures, complex metal creations with wind-powered fans and wings.

 He called them windmills, but they’re better known as whirligigs and now have the distinction of being North Carolina’s official state folk art.



This first one in the video has 14 bicycle rims and two bus mirrors....


and his largest piece (Mule Train) weighs 6 tons and has a 24 foot fan





http://www.wilsontimes.com/stories/our-opinion-whirligig-park-a-towering-testament-to-art-ingenuity,102323

have you heard of the Camera Van? What else can all those plastic instamatics be used for, right?


The driver’s side of the camera has Kodak Instamatic Cameras arranged to look like a giant Instamatic Camera.



The front features every model of  Polaroid camera ever made:


http://www.cameravan.com/
https://petapixel.com/2011/02/22/this-camera-van-has-rolling-shutters/
https://mymodernmet.com/harrod-blank-camera-van/

In an effort to help an overwhelmed cat shelter last year, the Muncie Police Department asked violators to pay their parking tickets in cat food. It worked.


The request came after a couple of officers toured the Muncie Animal Care and Services Shelter, and found that it was running short on supplies to care for over 350 cats and kittens.  The number of people that do not pay the 75 dollars to get their cat fixed, and suddenly have a litter of kittens, annually, then drop off the kittens at the local underfunded shelter, is abominable.

"If you have a $25 parking ticket, you can bring up to $25 worth of cat food or litter to the Clerk's Office, and you can get your parking ticket to go away with the exchange of the donation,"

https://www.boredpanda.com/pay-parking-tickets-cat-food-muncie-animal-care-services-police/ https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/29/us/iyw-cat-food-pays-parking-tickets-indiana-trnd/index.html
https://www.upworthy.com/muncie-police-animal-shelter

(yes I have adopted cats, sequentially, and my 2nd cat is now 11 years old. When you can adopt only one at a time, you'll only ever be able to save a couple in your life.

If you ever consider adopting cats, get 2, if you can. This relieves you of a LOT of entertaining your cat, believe me. Just last fall my best friend adopted 2 kittens, both the runts of their litters and left behind by the people that had chosen the others of their litters, and they are constantly keeping each other entertained, and I can tell you that just having one cat? Makes me the sole source of entertainment... and that is something I do not recommend. SO get two. If you're going to adopt cats that is. )

What's this got to do with cars? Well, parking tickets, and of course - MUNCIE.... you know, the transmissions in 60s Chevies.

Plus, with the unlimited amount of corrupt cops and effed up news about all the shit that cops do, when I can ever find a good news story about cops, I post it. Yes, they are exceedingly rare. But those that earn it, deserve the good press. 

I just learned about last years two house sized boulders that slid off a hill and onto Highway 145, but it turned out to be cheaper to fix the road and go around the bigger rock, 8 million pounds of bigger, than to try and destroy it

the winter of 1951-52, one of the worst ever recorded in the Sierra Nevada. The westbound train "City of San Francisco" got stuck in the 7,000-foot high Donner Pass. 226 passengers and a couple days of nothing to do, and very little food to eat in the dining car







the passengers were stuck on a train with no provisions, for 4 days. I bet those with a deck of cards were popular real fast

For the best account of what happened, and what was necessary to get them out - after a couple wasted efforts, read:
https://www.rgj.com/story/life/2015/01/16/aftermath-stranded-sp-streamliner/21898063/

but keep in mind, without heated cars, the toilet plumbing froze.

On day two, here was the rescue situation, to give you an idea of what a cluster bomb of bad luck they'd gotten stuck in was like:    the rotary plows were working from both directions to reach train No. 101, but an avalanche fell on rotaries 7207 and 7208, killing the engineer. Both the eastward and westward main tracks on Donner Pass were covered by snowdrifts, with four rotary plows either buried in snow or mechanically out of service.

Southern Pacific had made arrangements with the Army HQ in San Francisco for three Army snow "Weasels," as well as doctors, medical supplies, food, fuel for the snow fighting equipment

the equipment was loaded aboard work train Extra No. 6236 East. The plan was to follow rotary No. 7209, plowing the eastbound main on Tuesday. However, the rotary ran out of fuel and water.


SP decided to unload the Weasels and have them try to get through to No. 101 with medical supplies and food. Unfortunately the Weasels could not operate in the soft snow


A relief train was sent with dog sleds, supplies, and a medical doctor. It was to follow a rotary snow plow, but ice on the rail sent the rotary off the tracks west of Soda Springs. 

Like I said, cluster bomb of bad luck


The doctor and supplies continued to the train on a dog sled, assisted by skiers and a Pacific Gas and Electric Company Sno-Cat. A dozen Sierra Club volunteers arrived in two snow-cats laden with 400 pounds of canned food. Four critically ill passengers were evacuated by Sno-Cat.

(Yay Tucker Sno Cat! One of my favorite vehicles... they ought to try and capitalize on this event)

But look through the 41 photos at https://www.sfchronicle.com/thetake/article/Snowbound-in-the-Sierra-3-days-of-hell-on-a-6880330.php#photo-9483387 in a very nice and easy (also no advertising) gallery for the visual of it.




and I bet they ran out of cigarettes too... remember, nearly everyone smoked back then, as cigs were advertised to be so healthy that moms could smoke them around babies.



http://www.trainsandtravel.com/2017/03/11/empire-builder-gets-snowed-in/
https://ctr.trains.com/railroad-reference/operations/2002/01/stranded-streamliner
https://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/weather-window-a-winter-to-remember-1952-part-2/