Saturday, February 14, 2009

1937 BMW R 7, when design was a bit of engineering, and a lot of artistic beauty

It was sealed in a box for 70 years.
The R7 was originally built in 1934 as a prototype, and production plans were scrapped as World War II spread across Europe. The R7, which was more heavy and expensive to build than BMW would have liked, was stripped of some useful parts and put away in a box.

In 2005, the R7 was brought back into daylight, and BMW Classic rebuilt the bike, which has suffered corrosion over the years. Now the bike, which many consider a masterpiece ahead of its time, is operational again.

James Corbett car parts sculptures

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

drag racing trains, this seems to be a growing international sport!

Via Pixdaus

Speeding ticket humor

A cowboy was pulled over by an Arizona DPS Trooper for speeding.
The trooper started to lecture the cowboy about his speeding, and in general began to throw his weight around to try to make the cowboy feel uncomfortable.

Finally, the trooper got around to writing out the ticket. As he was doing that, he kept swatting at some flies that were buzzing around his head.

The cowboy said, "Y'all havin' some problem with circle flies?"
The trooper stopped writing the ticket and said, "Well yeah, if that's what they're called. But I never heard of no circle flies."
"Well, sir," the cowboy replied, "circle flies hang around ranches. They're called circle flies because they're almost always found circling around the back end of a horse."
The trooper said, "Oh," and went back to writing the ticket. But, a moment later he stopped and said, "Are you calling me a horse's ass?"
"No, sir," the cowboy replied, "I have too much respect for law enforcement to call y'all a horse's ass."
"That's a good thing," the trooper said and went back to writing the ticket.
After a long pause, the cowboy, in his best Texas drawl said, "Hard to fool them flies though."
Thanks Tere!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Words of wisdom, from those who've broken the parts, as "offerings to the god of speed" quote of Burt Munro

Red Bull F1 Rule Book video, very cool explanation of F1 car design and improvement, skip right to the 15 second mark

an executive summary of the 2009 Formula 1 rule changes narrated by Sebastian Vettel
The target is to improve overtaking, making for better racing action and fan enjoyment, is realized by moving back to slick tires, and marginalizing the wings and aero appendages to enact a reduction in downforce accompanied by the introduction of KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems)
The most important job of the Overtaking Working Group (OWG) is to improve overtaking in Formula 1 and the OWG has been formed by three of the most respectable technical engineers in the sport – McLaren's Paddy Lowe, Renault's Pat Symonds and Ferrari's Rory Byrne
The main reason why rear diffuser designs have been modified recently, as well as front and rear wing formats was to make sure cars that want to engage themselves into an overtaking will not suffer as much from the pursued car's air flow as before.
Mishi and Peter of finds the coolest stuff!

Oradour Sur Glane, France

Henry lives nearby, and emailed me the story about Oradour.

The German army rounded up all the villagers on suspicion of collaborating with the resistance during WW2 and placed all the women and children in the church, and the menfolk in various buildings around the village. At the church, soldiers brought in a box containing some sort of explosive device and detonated it amidst the terrified women and children. The SS then started firing their machine guns into the church through the doors and windows and also threw in hand grenades to murder the women and children.

They shot the men in the legs before setting fire to the entire village, the church included, thus burning alive some 600 people. The whole village was completely destroyed and only a handful of people escaped.

The village was designated a memorial site and left exactly as it was on the day of the attrocity,and remains so to this day. Hence all the contents of the village including all the vehicles remain in situ where they were burned.

That is the saddest thing you'll learn all week.