Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Twenty years after he swiped the NYC A train for a three-hour joyride — which included making all stops for hundreds of passengers along the way — Keron Thomas still doesn't like to brag. Even though he pulled off the wild heist at just 16 years old.

"I never did it for fame," Thomas told the Daily News. "It's not something that I'm proud of, but I don't want people to get the wrong impression. ... I just wanted to drive a train."

Thomas said his May 8, 1993, stunt stemmed simply from his affinity for subway trains and how they work. He spent months reading books and operating manuals about the city's subways to "learn the tricks of the trade," Thomas said.

On a Saturday afternoon Thomas, posing as a motorman he'd befriended to learn more about the job, called a Transit Authority crew office and left his home number to sign up for any available overtime shifts.

A short time later, his phone rang and Thomas was told to report for duty at the 207th St. station in Inwood. Wearing his motorman shirt, he walked in carrying all the proper operator equipment: safety vest, brake handle and a reverser key.


this must have been a blast to race, and a thrill to drive


its ridiculous how years go by between a story, and a photo that belongs in that story finally turning up

 the story was about the Beetles Bentley https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-1956-beatles-bentley.html and the far out artists that were tapping into the need for the young people of that era who needed some crazy duds to stand out from the crowd and peacock around 

English artist Doug Binder puts the finishing touches to the AC Cobra which is the centrepiece of an exhibition at the Robert Fraser Gallery in Mayfair, London, 10th September 1966. 

On the left is fellow artist David Vaughan (1944 - 2003), and watching them at work are Sheila Rogers (left) and Cindy May.



Douglas Binder, Dudley Edwards and David Vaughan, a pop-art 'collective' that were known as BEV, were originally based in a studio in an old disused factory in the Chalk Farm area of London on a site opposite the home of fashion photographer David Bailey. Their particular speciality was the creation of pop-art murals on buildings and vehicle bodywork, and the decoration of furniture, which started more by accident than design due to the fact that their adopted premises had very little in the way of furniture in the early days and which they decided to brighten up a bit.

Guinness heir The Hon. Tara Browne (who was to introduce Binder and Edwards to The Beatles) commissioned BEV to give his newly acquired AC 289 Sports ‘the treatment’. (This car, a 289, was British-built with a 427-type body and chassis and – for legal reasons – could no longer be called a ‘Cobra’.)

The dazzling AC was exhibited at the Robert Fraser Gallery in Mayfair and became the subject of a photo-shoot by Lord Snowdon there and on Primrose Hill, North London, for both ‘Paris Match’ and the American magazine ‘Look’.

Pathé News described the AC thus: “It isn’t a car at all, it’s a painting. The art world is playing a new game with synthetic and flamboyant enamels, combining 1930s-style décor with pin-table pop art. This is art on wheels.”

they must have been having the time of their lives...

a supercharged hot rod... possibly for lots of sand dune use by the type of balloon tires. Odd small rims for a 1930s car, so, I'm guessing this was in the 50s, or early 60s by the the glider in the photo


ever heard of the joystick Impala?


Really? I heard this is true, but seriously... that's stupid. Believable though


Pushy Galore, that's what they named this plane with the engine and propeller in the back

Thanks Kim! 

Monday, March 01, 2021

I bet they didn't ask for permission for this chutes out photo


I've never seen the Abernathy brothers in a car before

 the Abernathy brothers, age six and nine in a Brush Runabout in 1910 and it was taken in New York City and it was taken because those two kids were about to drive that car home to Oklahoma. 

They got to New York by riding their horses and met Teddy Roosevelt, who knew their dad, a rough rider, and US Marshal. youngest federal marshal in US history, appointed to this post by Teddy Roosevelt himself 

These kids were very, very famous around the turn of the century and into the ‘teens before fading off into obscurity. I

Both men lived into their 80s. One was a successful lawyer and the other made piles of money in the oil industry boom 

I posted a little bit about them a couple years ago: https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-abernathy-kids-bud-and-me.html  but never learned of this info until now

1880 Rudge Rotary Tricycle

it was ridden like this:

probably happier than anyone else has ever been on a folding bike


ex-Texas Air National Guard KC-97 mid-air refueling tanker was made into a restaurant in Colorado

how lucky is the person that lifts off the ground, in a car, but sets back down without wrecking or getting hurt?!


the 1st suspension bridge in California had a long transport from Troy New York, all the way down around the horn

Constructed in Troy, New York, this iron structure was shipped down the Hudson River to the Atlantic. It then ventured around the Cape Horn of South America, arriving in the San Francisco Bay. From there, the bridge was moved up the Sacramento and Feather Rivers. The journey covered around 18,000 nautical miles, with a team of oxen hauling it the final 30 miles. When completed in 1855, it was California’s first suspension bridge.


Wow, nice car collectors clubhouse

Classic Remise is not a museum, but instead a place where collectors and vintage car owners store their treasures and occasionally take them out for a ride. These enthusiasts share their interests with visitors as they traverse the visitor’s corridors and halls.

The building was constructed between 1899-1901 and until 1964, it was the biggest tram depot in Europe. After the Berlin Wall was constructed, the trams were no longer used in West Berlin and the depot was abandoned.

Investors saw the potential in the building and bought the premises for renovation in 2002. Classic Remise opened in the historical building in 2003 and is now a listed landmark.


1969 Lancia Fulvia 1600 HF Competizione



Sunday, February 28, 2021

How Canadians enter the zip code requirement for fuel pumps in the U.S.


Coffee and Donuts video for the morning, but make them small donuts and coffee you can drink fast, as it's under 3 minutes

it's amazing what people do because of their enthusiasm for a topic. 

If what is written about this video is true, this isn't funded by any company, nor sponsored by Lego or the company that made the movie Top Gun, this is just a fan made video by Augustus Danko and the companies and friends he went to to complete this, using only a Canon t6i, 2017 iMac, and 2011 MacBook Pro.


made by the Grueby Faience Company in 1904, who made vases and lamp bases for Tiffany Studios

The large “Bleecker Street” plaques were assembled from 27 pieces of faience ceramic. They depict poppies. 

Philip Ashforth Coppola art, which inspired this post, from when I posted about his project to memorialize the NYC subway system art http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2018/12/there-are-472-new-york-subway-stations.html




Darius McCollum has Asperger's, and an OCD: impersonating New York transit staff, stealing buses and trains, and then driving them away... and has spent a third of his life in jail for his OCD. He has been arrested 30 times in 35 years,

McCollum has often said he would seek therapy, but always ends up back on the rails or behind the wheel of a bus. He has applied and been refused real transit authority work several times – he told the Journal that he believed his 1981 arrest got him “blackballed”.

A Harper’s Magazine article on McCollum by Jeff Tietz was a finalist in profile writing for the 2003 American Society of Magazine Editors awards. At the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe, Paperhat Productions of New York mounted a play by Director Jude Domski called Boy Steals Train, based on McCollum’s life and letters McCollum wrote to Domski, and described as “pointing a shaming collective finger at a judiciary that refuses to recognize Darius's condition”. 

The play was awarded a Fringe First by The Scotsman and the troupe won a Best Ensemble Acting Award. His story was also made into a BBC radio play, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2005

“Off the Rails” explores the frustrating cycle in which McCollum is trapped: Despite his requests for therapy for his condition, none is available in jail. After he’s released from prison, he’s forbidden from leaving New York due to the terms of his parole. Unable to get a job because of his record, and unable to live with his mother in North Carolina, he ends up homeless and depressed — a condition only relieved by stealing another train or bus for a few hours of bliss. Eventually the cops get him, and the cycle begins again.

At one point, McCollum found temporary relief from his train-snatching urges by volunteering at Brooklyn’s Transit Museum, where his encyclopedic knowledge was appreciated by the staffers. But higher-ups got wind of it, and he was asked to leave. “The transit police told me it would be good for me there,” he says. “But the bosses said no.”

“He’s widely known for having cooperated with the FBI to teach them what he knows: Here are the gaps in your transit network, this fence should be higher, this fence should have a camera,” says Irving. “He’ll tell them, ‘If you follow these measures, I won’t be able to take your vehicles anymore, and by extension, terrorists won’t be able to take them.’”

In this, Irving says, McCollum is like Frank Abagnale Jr., the pilot impostor and master check forger played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2002 film “Catch Me If You Can.” “He got caught, and now he’s showing the government how he does what he does.





Matt Green, is a man on a mission to walk 8000 miles of New York City’s streets and parks. Imagine all the things he has seen since he started 10 years ago, and is going to see! Well, he's blogged about it, so, you can see what it's been like!

This can be seen on Amazon Prime for free

The World Before Your Feet, a documentary about Matt Green, a civil engineer turned urban nomad who has vowed to walk every single block of New York City—an intracity journey totaling more than 8,000 miles.

Matt wasn't new at long distance walking though, he'd already walked from New York to Oregon. In 5 months. 

Then in 2008 he walked every bridge that touches Manhattan

“I had gotten really interested in this idea of seeing what it looked like on the ground on all these places on the map,” he says. “I’ve always been very interested in maps, so even just looking at the subway map, you’d see these stops with certain names and the stations—just like, ‘What does it look like there?’”

Green began his New York City walk on New Year’s Eve in 2011, with the goal of seeing every navigable pathway the city has to offer—not just streets, but also pedestrian-friendly parts of parks, cemeteries, and beaches. A little more than two years into his journey, filmmaker Jeremy Workman began tagging along, shooting what would end up being more than 500 hours of footage of Green walking throughout the five boroughs.

“[Green is] not somebody who’s, like, dying to have a documentary on him,” Workman explains. “So it was very much about trying to not impact [him] so much and stay back a little bit and observe, and let the audience experience his walk without making it, ‘Oh there’s a big documentary that we’re doing on you about the walk.’”

He posts interesting things he comes across on his walks, like this rare original milestone marker on his blog  https://imjustwalkin.com/

The film also delves into Green’s background—he quit his job as an engineer and gave up his apartment to do this project, and subsists on about $15 a day—and includes interviews with his family and ex-girlfriends, which shed some light on why he would undertake this kind of project. But mostly, it’s about the walk: what Green sees, who he meets, and how such a simple act can create such a strong sense of place.

In 2006 he and a friend traversed the entire city subway system, passing through more than 400 stations in a record 24 hours and 2 minutes.





great documentary, not an action, but a smooth cool afternoon watch. 

He's noticed some interesting things too, like most barbershops in NYC end in Z, and a lot of Jewish synagogues are now churches

ever notice that know it alls have to push their nose in where it's not wanted,

"Smithhere" used the comment function to comment about the Hwy 1 washout

 The failure was a direct result of the Dolan fire burning 125,000 acres in 2020. The slide was caused after 16 inches of rain that fell , breaking a 150 ft section of the hillside away. The debris blocked then overwhelmed the culvert. No culvert, clean or filled, would have stopped the damage. Just another example of people thinking that their opinions are more important than facts

My reply:

you have a peculiar way of making acquaintances... I haven't implied that my "opinions are more important than facts"

Neither have I claimed that I'm the encyclopedia, or CBS news, and I don't research every post to the nth degree.

How about you take your attitude and piss off?

After all you had to say, you missed one factor, and that is that your message doesn't match your words, as in YOUR OPINION no culvert, clean or filled, would have stopped the damage.

Fucking hypocrit. 

Tells me my opinions are shit, while leaving his own opinion to cement his reputation

Next time you head out on your lecture circuit, check your script and attitude at the fucking door and you'll eat less crow.

Go talk shit somewhere else, they need ego driven assholes out there somewhere, obviously I've already filled the quota here

I'd eat a bowl of water with a fork before I give a fuck about anything else you have to say

Steve found a terrific photo of a plane filling up on fuel in Adelaide

Australian pilot Herbert Hinkler began the first solo flight from England to Australia .

Hinkler had extensive aviation experience behind him - during the First World War he served as an air gunner, after which he worked as a chief test pilot at AV Roe & Co. Ltd and later was a member of the English team for the Schneider Cup .

 It was the aircraft from AV Roe that he chose for the record flight - a two-seater light biplane Avro 581 Avian with w / n G-EBOV .

Naturally, the flight was not non-stop. The volume of fuel tanks would not be enough. Therefore, Hinkler had to make 12 stops on his way to refuel. On February 22, he landed in Darwin, setting a new record - the flight took 15 days or 128 hours of net flight time. He was greeted by 10,000 spectators.

For his achievement, Herbert Hinkler received a £ 2,000 prize from the government and was awarded the Air Force Cross . His plane remained in Australia and today is an exhibit at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane.

Thanks Steve!



interesting safety bolt on that should have been made required equipment, safety runners under the front axle. The idea was the car would ride on the skid if a wheel fell off and not flip.


probably forgot to engage the parking brake


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