Thursday, June 10, 2010

Elvis and his BMW 507

2 of them, the above red, and below the white

Elvis had two BMW 507s during his 18 months of service in Germany. The first registered A-1499 (the white) was a second hand that had belonged to the famous racer Hans Stuck, he took possession of December 21, 1958. It's a red registered August 1959 (G-1620)

Roy Rogers was a Bonneville racer! 107 mph

Not sure why Roy is with the trophy given to the Shadoff Special but here's the history of it , and the Maremont trophy ( comes with a 1000 dollars ) given to the racecar with the best design and construction (engineering excellence).

The Shadoff Special was designed by Dean Batchelor,5202.msg113046.html#msg113046

15 Minutes has a gallery of bellytanker photos from 1947-48

Above: the first Burke bellytanker

Paul Revere and the Raiders, and a Nash Metropolitan

The front license plate says "Mad Man" as in Mad Man Muntz... however it looks far too large to be a Nash Metro, but like IXSwede commented, it does look like a Metro

Cool images from (For 15 Minutes of Love)

Carole Lombard
Paul Revere's Raider Coach by George Barris ( )

More 1970's race cars and the race car haulers/transporters

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

I found the portfolio of an incredible photographer, James Haefner, here are a couple to entice you with, go to his website for his portfolio

See all of his incredible work (about 40 superb photos in the Automotive Vintage section) and more in the other sections if you also like automotive advertising, architectural, and etcetera 1930 Duesenburg detail
Bucciali doorhandle detail
Panhard Levassor
The factory 1967 test GTX that is famous for the great lengths that Chrylser Research and Development engineers went through to make the Silver Bullet (a name coined by Ro McGonegal and the Car Craft story specifically) nothing less than a factory-backed car purpose-built for STREET RACERING on Woodward Avenue; running 10.60s at 132 mph
or read Car Craft's write up (good one!) and full gallery

The street car converted into a diner at the Henry Ford Museum
All of these photos courtesy and permission of James Haefner PhotographyPortfolio:
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The design appeared so Hanna Barbera to the owners, they call it "Wilma"

I got an email from John that I want to share,

"a car I found on Craigslist last summer. Well worth the wait and the drive to pick it up. The lines are so Hanna Barberic that we named her Wilma. We have a matching 2 door sedan that we decided to call.... Fred . I don't know if this car is rare enough to interest you, but it is the first one I have seen. She spent the Sixties in Hollywood then moved to Pittsburg in 1970 to rest in a small garage under the gentleman's house. "

"One evening I randomly typed '61 Valiant into Google and this Craigslist ad came up for an estate sale in Pittburg. The fellow apparently bought the car used in 1962 from a Ford dealership there then moved to California in early 1963. Living in Hollywood until around 1970 the radiator was changed somewhere during this time. They must have topped it up with water because the first winter back in Pa. the block cracked from the frozen coolant inside. The car then resided in a small garage under his house until his passing."

Can you believe that the guy had his garage storing a car for 40 years and never got that car running or sold?

Monday, June 07, 2010

Duct tape, the wonder tool!

During a private "fly-in" fishing excursion in the Alaskan wilderness, the chartered pilot and fishermen left a cooler and bait in the plane. And a bear smelled it. This is what he did to the plane

The pilot used his radio and had another pilot bring him 2 new tires, 3 cases of duct tape, and a supply of sheet plastic. He patched the plane together, and FLEW IT HOME! Thanks Mike for emailing me this! For more photos of the bear damage and what seems to be the source of the photos

cool things found at

What do you think, an airport runway snow melter?

Buckminster Fuller and a Dymaxion
Cuban taxi's.... aren't they awesome! Looks like a 55 Ford and a 53 Chev. I'd take a ride in these over a modern taxi, damn right I would

I'm not sure, but it looks like the trans-arctic vehicle

A street car used to build artificial reefs

The Vereycken Diwheel 1947 and you can read more about it

The Munsters coach it looks like, it is on Santa Monica Blvd, and it's 1964

An Autogyro over New York

a photo of the Blitzen Benz I haven't seen before
looks like El Mirage

What an Americana moment, the purple car is a Studebaker Commander I think