All I can learn about this is that it was originally posted in Feb from Japan
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Cackette remembers one Ford that had a subtle switch triggered by opening the hood. The emissions controls worked when the hood was up, as it would be during a smog test, and not when it wasn’t.
My very 1st memory in life was busting my dad getting my X-15 ready to give to me the next day for my 5th birthday present.
He had just saw me take a neighbor's Radio Flyer wagon down a steep hill on the street we lived on and thought it would be a great idea to give me my X-15.
And to think they came with a seatbelt to strap you in to that heavy piece of steel which somehow mysteriously disappeared after the 1st day. I'm lucky to have lived to tell the tale!! Still, it was a little slice of heaven in my 5 yr old world back then in the 60's. It was also the precursor to my whole life as a daredevil and a painfully handicapped one at that with motorcycles, skateboards and whatever else I could get my hands on to maim myself with but what can I say...it's been one heck of a ride!
Thanks so much for the memories.
Sincerely, Crazy Craig Oh yeah - VROOOOOOOM !!!
in the comments section of https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2019/09/did-you-ever-hear-of-this-mattel-x-15.html
Monday, April 19, 2021
it's been 4 years since I learned of William Harnden Foster, and ever since I've been wanting to see more of theses innovative cartoons about boats and engines
I came across the above in 2017 https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2017/10/william-harnden-foster-most.html when I was looking up the art of the incredible artist WH Foster, and it took 4 years to ever run across the others in this series of humor
really good art of John Bryan, which was the alias for Charles William Grineau (1883–1957), an artist known for his paintings of motorcars under the pseudonyms Bryan de Grineau and John Bryan
By the way, if you want to see a good movie, full of cool old planes, trucks, cars, etc, I recommend rewatching Pearl Harbor.
I hadn't seen it since if was in theaters in 2001, and becuase I was stationed in Pearl Harbor from 91-95, the sights of the bases there is pretty damn cool to see in a movie too, by the way.
It's also pretty cool to see the starring actors when they were 20 years younger than today. Affleck, Baldwin, Gooding Jr, Harnett, Shannon, Aykroyd, Garner, Voight, Sizemore, Coates and Kate Beckinsale when she was 28, and incredibly beautiful before all her martial arts movies had her working out like crazy.
a few miles south of the Air Show at Cocoa Beach ... where this guy had to ditch his Avenger on Saturday afternoon. Photos followed by video
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Roald Dahl was not only the author of Charlie and the Chocloate Factory, and other famous kids books, but he was a WW2 fighter pilot, and also, a salesman for Shell.
During his years in school, the Cadbury chocolate company occasionally sent boxes of new chocolates to the school to be tested by the pupils. Dahl dreamt of inventing a new chocolate bar that would win the praise of Mr Cadbury himself; this inspired him in writing his third children's book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964), and to refer to chocolate in other children's books.
After graduating from school, Dahl’s lust for travel took him first to Canada, then to East Africa, where he worked for Shell oil company until the outbreak of World War Two.
In July 1934, Dahl joined the Shell Petroleum Company. Following two years of training in the United Kingdom, he was assigned first to Mombasa, Kenya, then to Dar-es-Salaam, Tanganyika (now part of Tanzania). Along with the only two other Shell employees in the entire territory, he lived in luxury in the Shell House outside Dar es Salaam, with a cook and personal servants. While out on assignments supplying oil to customers across Tanganyika
He enlisted in the Royal Air Force at 23 years old as an aircraftman. After a 600-mile car journey to Nairobi, he was accepted for flight training with sixteen other men, of whom only three survived the war. With seven hours and 40 minutes experience in a De Havilland Tiger Moth, he flew solo.
Dahl enjoyed watching the wildlife of Kenya during his flights. He continued to advanced flying training in Iraq, 50 miles west of Baghdad. Following six months' training on Hawker Harts, Dahl was commissioned as a pilot officer in August 1940, and was judged ready to join a squadron and face the enemy.
In September 1940, Dahl received severe injuries to his head, nose and back when his Gladiator crash-landed in the Western Desert. After six months recovering from his injuries in Alexandria he returned to action, taking part in The Battle of Athens. Later, after a posting to Washington, he supplied intelligence to MI6.
In 1953 Roald Dahl married the American actress, Patricia Neal, with whom he had five children. You might remember her from commercials for Anacin and Maxim freeze dried instant coffee
He has been referred to as "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century". His awards for contribution to literature include the 1983 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement
https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2016/04/merle-haggard-was-legend-in-his-own.html for the Merle Haggard story
There's a lot going on here. 1937 Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. "Texaco Test Fleet auto at Joe DiMaggio Grotto. Driver of Pontiac with restaurant manager Tom DiMaggio."
Double bumper guards/bumperettes, some horn on the drivers side of the bumper, and it's part of the Texaco Test Fleet? What was that? Fleet number 7? But it's also number 932.
Why is the driver of the car wearing Jodhpurs?
Did they have 1000 of these cars? Who the hell has a fleet of 1000 cars? Who has 7 fleets? What did they need to test that badly? I learned the answer to the last one was anti Knock fuel
A historical demonstration in 1887 showing the weight of the central span of a bridge being transmitted to the banks through diamond shaped supports. The central "weight" is Kaichi Watanabe, one of the first Japanese engineers who came to study in the UK. Sir John Fowler and Benjamin Baker of Imperial College, who designed the Firth of Forth bridge, provide the supports.
The weight is carried through compression in the wood poles and tension in the arms. The heavy supports on each end prevent the people from tipping inward, and the symmetry of the design cancels out all horizontal components of the loads.
Hendrix, Sabbath, Zepplin, The Who, Johnny Cash.... lots of good stuff