Friday, September 21, 2018

William Steig, illustrator and children's book author

After studying at City College and the National Academy of Design in New York, and briefly, at Yale School of Fine Arts, Steig set out to support his family during the Great Depression. He found work at The New Yorker in 1930 at the age of twenty-three, where his drawings were a regular feature throughout his life. Over seventy-three years, until his passing in 2003, William Steig contributed 123 covers and 1,676 drawings to The New Yorker.

And he made a book you might have heard of, Shrek. Yes, the movie and broadway play came from a book by a Yale grad, and New Yorker illustrator.

toys used to be a work of art

Packard touring bus

Burney Streamline (1929)

John found this racing Volvo at this years Glenora Rally, it's held every year in beautiful Watkins Glen in central New York. There was a wide variety of cars, but this Volvo really sticks out

kids RV playground in the Burlington RV Center in Steutervant, WI

35,000 th post

this past Sunday was finally cool enough for people to go out for a pleasure cruise in their fun car

Thursday, September 20, 2018

after 40 years of garage storage, the Nasty One is coming out of retirement as the original driver and his grandson get it ready for the road, and competition, again

In 1978 Jim Rainero’s 1968 Bronco -- and its string of victories in four-wheel-drive hill-climbing circles – made headlines in the Ford World news magazine. Jim, a parts inspector, powertrain and chassis product engineer, took a modified 302 V-8 Bronco to the very top – the top in hill-climbing competition, head-to-head up a steep dirt hill to see who got to the top first

Jim would get his beefed-up Bronco going up to 70-80 mph in just 300 feet — which was pretty amazing for a four-wheel-drive utility truck formerly used for snow plowing.

When those within the hill-climb community informed him that they thought someone else was faster he’d show up with The Nasty One to run against them – and he’d win every single time. But, that was 1978, and no one has seen or heard of that hill-climbing 1968 Bronco beast for 40 years . . . until now.

“This is my dream -- to tell my grandfather’s story through this Bronco,” Jonny explained. “How I got involved in Ford and into race cars and into building classic cars was all because of this man right here. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be who I am today.”

wow... though it might not make it around sharp curves, it's going to bring everything you want anywhere else it has enough fuel to reach

Dodge was good for camping.

Too bad there isn't a similar sheet of all the good Ford and GMC stuff, and Jeep. Even IH.

It would be cool to compare them, from a manufacturing standpoint, and see if one was far better than the others for a wider variety

An eBay seller is currently auctioning a pair of 1970 Plymouth Superbirds that were stored for over 30 years until he purchased them after a chance meeting last month.

the blue is a 4 spd, 4 barrel, Super track pack, has 27k miles, comes with original spare and jack

Both cars were sold brand new in 1970 at Blouin Chrysler Plymouth Dodge in Augusta Maine

Bboth Birds from purchased from each of the original owners around 1978.

Nice 71 Road Runner

Congrats to Denise! New World Land Speed Record at pedaling a bike to 184 mph!

Denise Korenek at Bonneville as she sets the new world record for fastest paced land-speed on a bicycle, topping out at 183.9MPH
Two years ago she set a record of 147 mph, and I even got a thank you email when she found out I posted about her! How cool is that!


Thanks John!

Argentinian farmer does his part to make the world a better place, so, here's the Salute of the Day!

Sure, he could have just ran over the bird and nest.
But he's not a asshole.

September 9, 2018 / Viale, Entre Rios, Argentina

 "I was on the field with the sowing machine and saw the bird on the ground and it didn't want to move. I checked that she was protecting her nest. I had to raise the machine to not harm it and decided to film the scene from her point of view."

I think they covered most everything

Some resort or campgrounds dressed up their scootabout golf cart

Genius camper design... why have I never seen this before?

Just a checklist for the lucky, or wealthy.

I've been to Yellowstone while driving from the east coast to the west, and then Redwod/Sequoia/Yosemite, same trip.
Been to the Grand Canyon because it's 5 hours away, and then hit the Hoover Dam, and used that same trip to get to Carlsbad Caverns... wow.  Then I hit White Sands

That was a week or so on the road, in 1999, when gas was a buck a gallon, and I was driving my 69 Super Bee. 383, 3.23, 727, no AC, but it was April.

Hmmm, probably a result of a rear end damaged car and a free trailer.

one minute the road is there the next it’s gone. A tractor-trailer was driving over a bridge just north of Chesterfield on Highway 145 North near Jimmy Creek when the road collapsed.

No one's picking up on that AMAZing banner?

dang... you all need some glasses!

I don't know, I think everyone missed where I was going with this... the banner, to me, is an incredible photo.

Instead, all of you wanted to identify the plane 

So, here are the originals of that plane.
Some of you were wrong. You know who you are. 

142 car websites were listed, and mine wasn't among them.

looking at the bullshit among the 142, I'm glad my site isn't among them. It could have been listed between Car Complaints and TMZ. That's just how little respect the people making that list have for anyone looking to find a good list of car blogs

Marc found some Geo Ham paintings! Georges Hamel I think is his full name

In Paris

I don't know why this guy is restoring Hot Wheels... but it is interesting to see how much work it takes, and how drastically improved it is when he's done

1985 Pie wagon from Fleur de Lys Automobiles, making reproduction 1920s-style delivery vans from a purpose-built factory in Newark, designed by Len Terry, a leading engineer in the early 1960s Lotus team

Lot No.12

 The only vehicle ever to have its origins in a pie shop, the Fleur de Lys was the brainchild of Newark patisserie manufacturer, Andreas Liveras.

Wishing to have his ‘olde worlde’ produce delivered in suitably vintage vehicles but unable to find anyone who could make what he wanted, he decided to design and produce them himself. The result was Fleur de Lys Automobiles, established in 1983 and making reproduction 1920s-style delivery vans from a purpose-built factory in Newark.

The vans were designed by Len Terry, a leading engineer in the Lotus team which won the Formula One Championships in 1963 and 1965. They are built using traditional coachbuilding techniques but using modern materials and engineering standards. The doors, bonnet and mudguards are aluminium and period features include the specially built brass radiator cowl and die-cast aluminium artillery-type road wheels.

Our vendor purchased this van in 2013 and spent the next five years restoring it and painstakingly converting it into a camper van. The attention to detail is super and worthy of close inspection. The twin berth specification includes: a new heater system; water tank and dirty water tank; 12v and 240v hook up points; 3-way fridge; portaloo; new roof panel; new door skins; insulated sides and roof; twin gas bottles; leisure battery; CD radio unit; rear-mounted bike rack.

Mechanically, it features a 2.0 litre Ford pinto OHC engine with four-speed ‘box, a new Weber carb with manual choke, cut-off switch, new brake shoes, wheel cylinders and new steering joints along with new wheels, tyres and a matching spare.

Thanks Steve!

either it's a junkyard from the 50s, or a collection that was left to rust

out in the pine forests of Uruguay

Tim Huhn

From in the Seattle area, was trained in California, worked in illustration for a number of years in the Los Angeles area, dropped that and moved to the central California coast, and finally relocated back there.

Dispatcher job

40 k a year, that's about 19.25 an hour. After taxes is another story all together

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

this is a cool way to end the day's work, a discovery of a living artist that paints 1930s era scenes of cool planes, trains, and cars, Peregrine Heathcote

Born in London in 1973, Peregrine Heathcote spent his childhood living in both Britain and Dubai where his imagination was free to flourish as he witnessed an international jet set culture. Hence it is no surprise that the artist’s imagery reflects a provocative Silver Screen theatrical quality. In 1995 Peregrine graduated from the Florence Academy of Art and since that time he has been profiled by the BBC in a documentary about his portraits resulting in international exposure.

 Heathcote’s images of beautiful women stepping off bullet trains in addition to his Gatsby-esque characters embarking on luxurious voyages via vintage aircrafts and cruise ships, conjure a world of intoxicating glamour and intrigue. The artist uniquely blends a sense of nostalgia with the contemporary world while creating narrative stories in paint. Notably, he has exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Royal Academy, and Hampton Court. In addition his paintings have been auctioned at Christie’s Auction House, King Street, London.

Selection of recent portraits:
Julian Fellows, screenwriter and Oscar winner
Portrait of the BBC of the British celebrity Cilla Black
Various commissions for the Sultan of Oman
Prince Jeffrey of Brunei
Lord and Lady Rees-Mogg
The Duke and the Duchess of St. Albans
 Lord Selsdon The Earl of Bradford
The Countess of Effingham
 Justin Simpson and his family
Principal Partner, Morgan Stanley
 Roger Davis Barclays UK Banking CEO
 Ian Henderson, CEO of Land Securities
 Mike Strong, CEO CB