Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
In WW1, two motorcycling pals living in London volunteered to set up a nursing station near the front lines in Belgium, near Ypres. They proved skilled ambulance drivers and triage nurses, and even brought their own motorcycles with them.
It was horrific duty, they were often shelled, but they stayed nearly four years, and were known as the Angels of Pervyse, for the village they had set up in, under a ruined farmhouse. They were famous women in WW1, and raised more money selling war bonds than anyone else. A few books have been written, plus their own, The Cellar House of Pervyse
the story of the scam that Elizabeth Carmichael ran when she tried to get investors for a fuel-efficient three-wheeled vehicle during the 1970s gas crisis.
the motorcycle museum in Hochgurgl in Tyrol Austria, with about 200 motorcycles from roughly 100 different manufacturers, in an all pine wood building, went up like a gas torch at 4am today. All the collection is lost, so there's only photos to look at to see what they used to have
Isabelle photographed the collection in 2020, and has the best gallery I've seen so far: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=isabelle.bracquemond.7&set=a.10225306698523407
see the video tour of the collection
Authorities had already enforced a 50km (31mile) speed limit on the road due to visibility.
There was a maximum wind speed of about 100km/h (62mph) at the time of the incident, local weather officials said.
Monday, January 18, 2021
one cool motorcycle, a 'Honda Six' made for less than the cost of buying the genuine bike’s front wheel ( thanks Steve! )
Allen Millyard has now produced this RC374: his tribute to Mike Hailwood’s race-winning RC166. And he’s built it for less than the cost of buying the genuine bike’s front wheel!
"It all started when I met Guy Martin at Castle Combe last July and he was parading one of the originals," says Millyard. "I’ve always fancied one but the price is out of my league. Riding home I started thinking: where can I get a couple of engines?
"So I called DK Motorcycles. I was after the Honda NC23 ‘Baby Blade’ engine but they’re so rare, so I went for the Yamaha FZR250R because they rev to 18,000rpm. It took from July to October to rebuild it as a six and get it running."
Unbelievably, Millyard’s technical information all came from a book full of photographs meant for model makers. From those photographs, he calculated the scale then worked out the dimensions for the bike.
and you've probably never seen or heard an Avanti act like a proper sports car before, but this one is
Sunday, January 17, 2021
the Astor Cut, the reason for killing a tree, and making a special railroad car to transport a piece of that tree to ship a table top to England to settle a bet. Rich people problems.
the March 6th 1895 edition the Chicago Tribune reported that Lord Astor bet the then Prince of Wales that a slice of California Redwood would be large enough to seat 45 persons around.
The slice was sent from San Francisco to London where, somehow, it was taken to Lord Astor’s estate at Cliveden on the north bank of the Thames. When it was unloaded, surprise, surprise it wouldn’t fit through the front door! The round/slice was placed by the Thames.
The Fieldbrook stump is a Californian coast redwood. It is said that the Fieldbrook tree was felled under the orders of William Waldorf Astor, a wealthy American living in Britain, who became embroiled in a bar-room bet about making a table seating 40 from a single cross-section of a tree. Lord Astor certainly had a giant tree slice imported to Cliveden, his stately home in Buckinghamshire, but when he was alive he vowed to sue anyone who repeated the story. “He probably realised that killing something that was nearly 2,000 years old for a bet didn’t really reflect very well on him
“It would have been the biggest tree alive today had it not been so ignominiously felled in 1890 – reputedly to satisfy a drunken bet about making a table big enough to seat 40 guests from a single slice of tree-trunk. But after a century of being left for dead, a giant redwood that grew as tall as a 30-storey building over the course of nearly 2,000 years in northern California