Thursday, July 29, 2021

barnfind Messerschmidt KR200 in a warehoused collection of WW1 and WW2 vehicles

Shirley Temple's "Dreyer Junior Racer" gas powered car, was built by Floyd "Pop" Dreyer in 1933 and given to Shirley by fellow actor Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and now resides in a Florida gift shop, proving that it's impossible to predict where cool vehicles can be found


The Bubble Room Emporium houses a handful of antique exhibits. 

There is a working, cast iron shooting gallery from the Oceanside Pier in California from the early 20th Century, a wooden carousel board hanging above, a 1919 fortune teller machine that also still works.

While these pieces are not for sale, an area of the shop is filled with large collectable-quality antiques that are priced to sell. 

There is a Chris Craft coin-operated boat ride and 1950s dime-operated Ride the Space Ship ride, motorized Citron and Austin J40 mini-cars, a Clark Jewel cast iron range, two Wurlitzer jukeboxes, a mini shooting gallery, claw machine and more.

André Becker’s carriage collection went to auction, and there were some of the rarest, most exceptional carriages, that exist outside royal collections. Thanks John R!


and there were a lot of sleighs in the collection too

but the catalog is: 

but the 3D look around the warehouse with the entire collection is pretty cool too:

It's been a while since I've seen a photo of a '42 De Soto with hide-away headlights


In October of 1942, Maxwell Super Service Station, 910 Puyallup Ave., really offered its customers super service. Nine women attendants rushed out to take care of a 1942 De Soto convertible (with hide-away headlights!) that had stopped for gas.

when people park in a way that upsets smart people, the car is likely to get moved, one way, or the pallet jack way


see the video at

By the way, happy 10th blogiversary to ! 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

1978 Daffodil Festival Parade on Pacific Avenue to the delight of the many spectators was the Union Pacific Railroad's Diesel No. X-956 and miniature train that was built in the Omaha shops to 3/8ths scale in 1955,

the southbound train derailed on October 15, 1942, and fell over on its side. Six cars piled up behind the derailed engine. Over 100 feet of track were torn up in the mishap, but luckily no one was hurt.

I'd forgotten that I'd already come across the Esther Williams girls posing with sports cars


this bottom one is from the same photo shoot as my post 2 years ago:

coolest tank monument I've ever seen, this is dedicated to the 2nd Guards Tatsinsky tank corps, which defeated the air base in the village Tatsinskaya in December 1942, the memorial was opened in May 1983, considered the hallmark of the Tatsinsky district of Russia.

oh wow, 914 driver is a bubblehead who got his phins on the 679 !

because installing cup holders where the drinks will block the drivers view of the road ahead makes no sense, but Peugeot did it anyway

the universal wrench method of making panels fit when building low quality cars

thanks Kim for the funny Kawasaki Ninja commercials!


it was cheaper and more effective to give the main cast members of Will and Grace a new Porsche, than pay for advertising in USA today

Both Friends and Will and Grace became huge hits when the network ran re-runs during the 2nd summer 

and they got more free publicity for getting the cars than an ad would have fetched.

But they were Porsche Boxsters, and Sean Hayes mentions he could barely pay his rent at the time, so he sold his right away because he needed the money.

Dusty Hill has left the building. He made this world a better place for the past 72 years, and rocked with ZZ top since 1970 (‘Shuffle in C' is simply fantastic ), with the coolest damn series of videos a high schooler in the 80s could appreciate

the band took a three-year break following the release of 1976’s Tejas, during which Hill took a job at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. 
“I just wanted to feel normal,” Hill said in 2019. “I did not want other people to think that I thought I was full of myself, but the main thing is that I didn’t want to start feeling full of myself. So I did it to ground myself.”

During the downtime, Hill grew his beard 

I did not know that Dusty is a nickname, his real name is Joseph, and Frank Beard is his brother. 

In 1984, after the amazing success of the 1983 Eliminator album, Dusty made headlines when he accidentally shot himself in the stomach. As a girlfriend was taking off his boot, a .38 Derringer slipped out, hit the floor and went off.

damn good looking Charger, all because they upgraded it to have that awesome 440 six pack hood over the hide away headlights

and the racing car number bubble on the door doesn't hurt a bit!

car shaped tree

Good samaritans had a hell of a hard time getting into a truck to help a driver in a medical emergency, slowly rolling down an interstate, because the doors were locked, the driver was OUT of it, and the side window just WOULD NOT BREAK!


Video shows the truck drifting down the highway in Atlanta as strangers ran alongside it, trying to get the motorist’s attention.

“The truck was still moving, but the driver's head was leaned over and his eyes were closed,” said Juordin Carter, who captured the events on camera.

The truck came to a stop, but the passersby who stopped to help couldn’t get the driver's attention, so they sprang into action and smashed away at the passenger side window.

thanks Marc! 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

it's fun seeing what cool car owners come up with to show their sense of humor

here's just a shower thought idea...

 How much more interesting would the Pikes /Peak race be, if they raced DOWN hill? 

the sure had high hopes, and one bad design idea, for the Edsel. Why in the world did they try that horse collar for a grill?

race car versions of production cars always look so much cooler

this is the best thing I've ever seen written in car filth

The Cayman Motor Museum had 80 rare, exotic and classic cars and motorbikes owned by a Norwegian businessman, it opened in May 2010, and some of the unusual vehicles are coming to auction this fall with RM Sothebys

 including a Messerschmidt and a 1955 Isetta 300, and a 66 Cobra 427, and a 1936 Harley Davidson 61

the Alternative Learning Center school in Dubuque, Iowa, promotes students getting a physical education credit when they help senior citizens or people with disabilities with their landscaping needs.

An alternative learning center in Dubuque, Iowa is helping its kids stay physically fit while helping out their community with a new program that gives them high school PE credit for doing yard work for the elderly and disabled.

The Alternative Learning Center is for high school juniors and seniors who are at risk of dropping out of school. As part of the program, the teens visit homes of the elderly and disabled and help out by raking leaves, pulling weeds, cutting grass, and cleaning gutters.

Teacher Tim Hitzler created the program because it helps the students get involved in the community while helping those who need it most.

Because lawn work is so physically intense and not everyone can afford a gardener, the elderly and disabled sometimes have to let their lawns and backyards grow wild.

Students can also choose from a number of other activities in order to fulfill their P.E. requirement, such as cleaning up golf courses or a river barge. But about 29 teens signed up for the service program altogether, with about 12 of those wanting to do yard work specifically.

Students who choose to help can do a number of chores to earn credits in their final two weeks of school.

The landscaping program, in particular, has proven beneficial both for the students and the community. It has helped in building relationships, too, resulting in social invitations to the students from those they are working for. The students do whatever homeowners need for about two hours a day during the last few school weeks, including raking, pulling weeds, cleaning gutters, cutting bamboo — even tending to chicken coops.

“Could be raking leaves, pulling weeds, cutting grass, cleaning gutters, just depends on what they need,” Hitzler said.

The school reportedly teaches high school students who are struggling to complete their education and are at risking of dropping out.

“The students aren’t typically too excited at the beginning but once they get involved and start doing the yard work they become more motivated,” Hitzler continued.

“What they really like is a, helping people,” he added. “They really like giving back to people and meeting the person.”

Standing applause for a couple of Yonkers cops that were right place and right time to lift a car off a baby, yes, bystanders joined cops to hand lift a car off a baby it had hit and run over. Compliments to officers Samoyedny, and Fusco!


You tube is probably not going to allow this to play on the blog, so, just click through, it's totally worth it.

The backstory is that a 43 year old drunk driver, last Friday morning , had no ability to drive, but drove anyway, careening through an intersection with no ability to make a turn and stay on the road, and over shot, then over compensated when his drunk brain finally realized at half speed what was going on. 

Monday, July 26, 2021

I have never seen a car designed to look this bad, on purpose, and yet never show up on any "ugliest cars" list. I present, some grandpa's car that's heading to a concours event, and it's a 1978 AMC Matador

uglier than a New Jersey gas station bathroom floor

to see one that's clean, and yes, Larry Shinoda designed it, and I hope he was at least hung over so he has that for a good excuse

Anon sent me the link to Peter Williams and the John Player Norton Team Imola 1973:

near Box Hill in Surrey.

I laughed at it, so I'm sharing it. I bet you know that this is a fact

indicators... turn signals... hand gestures... use something to let people know you're gonna do something to change the view!

I see one indicator flash from the car in front, after the car in back was already in the overtaking lane, and had already flashed their turn indicator 5 times. 

I wonder if those 1000 boards are waterproof?

he was THAT close!