Saturday, July 24, 2010

The 1970 John Deere model 4020 that Chip Foose (I hearby invent the word Foosified unless someone else already has) redesigned, and the original look

Above via

This gets my attention for the Cars sequel they'll make someday

from via: a cool site with great imagery from all over

lets play connect the dots, what do these two cars bring to mind?

Does this help?

the inventor of the mobile (hanging art piece of many balanced parts) Alexander Calder

from has a brief but unenlightening description, and doesn't hit the innovative genius key that a documentary I watched did. Alexander Calder had a roll of wire in his pocket and a pair of pliers, and when inspiration hit he would create, anywhere and anytime, and made masterpieces like this circus of minitures

For a gallery of Alex in his studio:

great photo, unusual dualie track t


Thursday, July 22, 2010

looks like a well planned trip... except for breaking down on the side of interstate 5 in LA

Wouldn't city transportation be more appealing with the original streetcars?

Above image via:

but the shortsighted greedy bastards sold out to gross polluting diesel bussses, and trashed all the cool looking and electric streetcars. Morons. I was reading recently about all the cities that went to electric streetcars as a pollution reducing measure, and to increase the effective public transit systems. Here in San Diego when huge events like major league ballgames, national football league games, or an event like Comic-Con happen, the go to device for getting there and back is usually the trolley system. Nothing as aesthetic as the old street cars, but serviceable

Bigfoot was at the Anaheim convention center for the Major League Baseball's Fanfest

Have to wonder why a new car this expensive is on a flatbed tow truck

A new rat rod seating idea, I doubt it will catch on, but I like it

A variety from (Fragments*)

I dig the hydraulic lifts mounted to the car chassis for faster tire changes

It was a Datsun

I love the identification guides

Why not paint a diff cover?

humor is funny because it's true, and we hadn't thought of the topic in such a way before


I can spot 3 car front ends...


neat stuff from Motorcycleporn.tumbler

This Fiat bulldozer is cool, just in concept


I just learned that semi tractors race up Pikes Peak ( I already knew that almost everything else races there)

cool images from "A Saucerful of Wheels"

Above, Carroll Shelby
Above, 1965 Steve McQueen

Good advertising for a helmet

Mercedes-Benz 150 Sports Roadster, 1935

Fangio and the Renntransporter 1955

I posted a thorough article about this, the Renntransporter, in 2007


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ever get your vehicle stuck while just pulling out of your driveway or parking lot?

the prop car from the chase scene in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is just soaking up the sun in Burbank

Chris has a couple of great posts on Presidential vehicles

Above: LBJ driving his Fiat Jolly
Above: The carriage Lincoln was riding in to the theater... the carriage was bought by the Studebaker brothers, along with the carriages of Grant, Harrison, and McKinley. They are all in the Studebaker museum
For a set of great posts about the Presidential limos, carriages and personal cars:

1935 Henderson KJ, completed about six months before the builder/owner was awarded U.S. Pat. No. 2,035,462 for his streamlined motorcycle body.

the newly restored bike was unveiled at the Rhinebeck Grand National Meet. The bike belongs to Frank Westfall from Syracuse, NY.

The bike was originally built by O. Ray Courtney in 1934 and 35 and is based on a 1930 Henderson.

Ray Courtney rode his first motorcycle in 1908 at the age of 13, and acquired his first proper bike – a 1916 three-speed Excelsior V-twin – before joining the Army Air Corps to fight in WW1

After the war he found work at Central Manufacturing in Connersville, Indiana, making body panels and fenders for luxury cars such as Duesenbergs.

Later he worked for the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors shaping metal for the prototypes coming out of these firms’ design departments

I read somewhere in the post that the gauges were from a Pierce Arrow

It sits low down on 10-inch scooter wheels – half the diameter of those on the stock Henderson – but with big balloon tires sourced from the aircraft industry, which provide it with a smooth ride by the standards of the pre-war era.

For a whole gallery and write up,

Thanks to Chris (of ) for letting me know about this cool bike!

For a bicycle of similar unusual art deco / victorian styling:

Update, Jan 2015,

Found on

the Museum of the City of New York is having a program to address what is next for cars in the city, the challenges, innovations, and implications


The Future of the Car in the City

New York’s streets are contested space, with pedestrians, bicyclists, cars, buses, and trucks all jockeying for room.

Although New Yorkers have one of the lowest rates of vehicle ownership, the negative impacts of cars—pollution, declining street safety, and congestion—are becoming increasingly clear and demand thoughtful solutions.

What strategies will keep things moving: car-free “eco-zones,” congestion pricing, peak metering, or others— in light of increased pressures on the streetscape?

Join panelists Vishaan Chakrabarti, Marc Holliday Professor of Real Estate and Director of the Real Estate Development program in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University , Shin-pei Tsay, Deputy Director of Transportation Alternatives, and others for a discussion on the future of the car in New York .

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Cars, Culture, and the City. Reservations required. $6, Museum members; $12, Non-members; $8, Seniors and students.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
212.534.1672 ext. 3396

Tuesday, July 20, 2010