Saturday, December 20, 2008

Photos from all over the web

Inside the GM plant in Brazil, a long time ago
Looks like an overachieving wiper motor

Makes you wonder about what sort of day the guy in the car has had
Carroll Shelby, 2nd from right

Wall of death in Pakistan

Very cool tool storage and and and others I don't remember

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

2010 Camaro GS Racecar Concept

Tribute paint scheme of Mark Donohue's distinctive blue-and-yellow Camaro that took part at the legendary Trans Am road racing series.

But look at for a good variety of 2010 Camaros

Pebble Beach big photos

Advertising you can purchase, about the size of copier paper, very huge gallery of 1890-1930's motorcycling

1929 Graham Paige Sound Train, and MGM promo trackless train

There were about 15 of these originally built. There are 4 still in existence. These began life as a limo, then were sent to the H.O. McGee Company for modifications, which included being fitted with a large P.A. system.

They were built by Paramount Studios to promote movie openings at Publix Theaters, and movie stars of the day, such as Rudy Vallee, would do promotional tours or theater arrivals in these cars with dancing girls riding on the seats located on the fenders.

The cars were called "Sound Trains," due to their built-in public address systems, and served as VIP cars for Paramount's Publix Theatre chain.

Of the orig­inal 15 Graham Paige Sound Trains, four are known to survive. One is in Jackson­ville, Florida, and another in Essex. Mas­sachusetts, is still used in advertising. SIA #132 Pp 59. One is in San Diego and

Harry O. McGee Manufacturing Company of Indianapolis, Indiana - 1929 Graham Sound Train - Sounds

A number of interesting publicity vehicles were built for Publix Theatres, the parent company of Paramount Pictures, in the late ’20s and early ’30s. They were used in all sorts of publicity situations: to advertise the opening of a new movie in a town or to deliver a star to an opening in grand style. A variety of different automotive makes were used, but the conversions always started with a new limousine body on a long wheelbase.

The limousine interior was left pretty much unchanged, but the front-end sheet metal around the hood area was rounded to give the appearance of being the boiler of a locomotive. A large headlight was mounted up front along with a smoke stack, bell, steam dome, and whistle. The chrome-plated bell had a wire running inside to the instrument panel so the driver could attract even more attention to the vehicle. Two freestanding running-board spotlights were fitted, adding to the woes of the overworked electrical system.
For a new restoration that appeared at Amelia Island 2010 Concours:

The Jan 2009 Scottsdale auction of Gooding and company has a 100 vehicle gallery, but you can't see more than a thumbnail and the typical year make model and asking price unless you register.

Most Expensive Car Crashes Ever

The Number One most expensive car crash ever may have just happened, and this Ferrari might be #2 most now...
The most expensive car crash ever. At a historic race event, the owner of this rare beast rammed into the back of another car after traffic slowed down.

Touted as the Ferrari that most successfully embodies the traits of the marque, the 1962-64 Ferrari 250 GTO became the most valuable car in the world, surpassing the previous record of 11 million set by the Coburn 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder. In 2008 an anonymous English buyer bought a 250 GTO at auction for a record $28,500,000.

The crash represents a car worth more than the combined value of all 14 Enzos involved in accidents. It is simply unbelievable that an owner would even dare take this car on the road.
The 2nd most expensive
The record price for a 1961 250 GT California Spyder at auction was set on May 18, 2008 when a black one was sold for $10,894,900. So what is one doing buried in the sand? The unlucky owner had it stored near the beach when a Hurricane hit.
Number 3
This 1959 Ferrari 250 GT "Tour de France" crashed into a wall at the Shell Ferrari-Maserati Historic Challenge back in 2003.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Rick Treworgy’s all GM collection in Punta Gorda Florida

I'd be happy to have a Coke or Pesi machine in my place like either of these two. Wonderful vending machines they had in the 50's and 60's!

Update Jan 2021, 

the museum failed to make money in 2020 due to Covid, and the owner is now auctioning it off except for about 50 cars he actually cares about, iroinically, he already planned to sell out in 2022, and retire

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Packard website, 1899-1924 slideshow to look through pre WW2 Packards in a slideshow.

The Brass Era 1899-1924 has 347 photos of different Packards

A movie resource website that lists movie car sources... maybe telling them yours is available will get it in a movie

First go to the mainpage then in the lower left corner in purple select "Production Resouces". Then in the left column select the area you live in, then in next page select the "Picture Vehicle"

Southern California for example:

Action Cars Ventura, CA
Contact: B.E. Hillman Pager: 805-676-6462

Antique & Classic Vehicle Preservation Society San Diego, CA
TEL: 619-449-1010 FAX: 619-449-6388

Baja Concepts San Diego, CA
TEL: 619-583-6529

Bob Baker Ford Rental San Diego, CA
TEL: 619-297-3106

Booth Motors 2121 N. Oxnard Blvd.,
Ste. B, Oxnard, CA 93030
TEL: 805-278-9693

Cinema Trans San Diego, CA
TEL: 619-740-8746

Grand Garage San Diego, CA
TEL: 619-481-2471

Rock'N' Roll 50's Cars San Diego, CA
TEL: 619-281-1556

Short Line Enterprises Inc.
351 Santa Clara Ave., Fillmore, CA 93015
TEL: 805-524-0330

Smitty Company Oxnard, CA
TEL: 805-985-3640

State Motor Patrol San Diego, CA
TEL: 619-442-0951

SVC - Simi Valley Cycles
2902 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93065
Contact: Duane Kubes TEL: 805-522-3434

Trans Antarctic Expedition, getting stuck a 1/2 a world away from a tow truck, 1/2 way across a ice crevass. Look impossible to do anything about?

This 1955 Tucker Sno-Cat Type 743 Double Drive is in a bad way, half way across that crevass, and you'd think there is no way to save it from falling in, if any attempt at pulling it out were undertaken. This video shows how it was done... maybe not for this sno-cat, but one in a similar predicament.

For a full post on the Tucker Sno Cats and the expedition, I did a much more detailed and thorough one showing the remaining Sno Cats, and the Sno Kitten, and the video from the expedition

For photos I took of one up close:

Huh... Carroll Shelby / Indy 500 trivia

Carroll Shelby entered two turbine cars in the 1968 Indianapolis 500. They were designed by the same guy that did the STP turbine for 1967 and looked very similar. Ultimately the cars were withdrawn before they attempted to qualify ......

A lot of galleries, SEMA, Monterey and Pebble Beach Concours, Goodwood... lots more

Lots of galleries to browse, but Frank is trying to sell each image for $5.00 each for the small size of 4" x 6", and $100 for the largest size 20" x 30"

The only positive thing I have to say for this website, it's free to look at a lot of Concours... like Monterey Pebble Beach, Enderle, Rodeo Dr, Newport, and LA Concours shows. Plus a lot more galleries of miscelleaneous car shows, like all the (Ford's Premiere Automotive Group in Irvine) Cars for Coffee car shows for the past 2 years

Why are these guys racing? They aren't any good, and their machines are WAY too expensive