Saturday, February 19, 2011

Mercury Monterey, a long time ago, Mercury was serious about racing


Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing

if you want to learn a bit about flying wing design origin, it goes back to the mid 1930's:

the above is labeled Northrup YB-49 Flying Wing, 1947
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trick photography

The photo is taken on top of a tunnel, with white cars going in and black cars coming out, no pollution jokes intended. The main idea I had before I took the shot was to capture contrast and motion, which is why I picked vehicles as a subject. I took well over 100 different photographs and I probably used 25 shots to create this one. I think the hardest part was to estimate the positions of the cars and the amount of white and black vehicles. I made it even harder for myself by accidentally moving the tripod ever so slightly during the session, which was quite annoying later in the post processing.
Canon G11, f/3,2, 1/400 sec, ISO 80
-Loui Nydelius

Ever look at a wreck photo and wonder if the driver had just yelled "Hey Y'all, Watch this!" ?

George Lucas during the filming of the movie "American Graffiti"

great stuff found on

check out the coolest futuristic designer ( he did the new Tron vehicles )

In the case that you don't click on the above for he full size version to read what it says, it is Acme fix it service

all this and more at

Cuban Classics, great photography of the last American cars in Cuba

see more at

South American GTX from Mechanical Fossils, to demonstrate how mopars outside the US were designed differently, but named the same


to see the American version:

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Schlumpf Collection is on display in France at the National Museum in Mulhouse, the Cité de l’Automobile

The Schlumpf Collection may be the most prestigious car collection in the world. This is demonstrated by the two of the only 6 made Bugatti Royales, including the famous Coupé Napoléon, the 150 Bugatti, Hispano-Suiza, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Maserati, Maybach, Mercedes models, etc.

One of the Royales they acquired when they purchased the Shakespeare collection, in 1964, which was a total of 30 Bugattis and a gallery of those being loaded on a Illinois train is here:

It was in a former Mulhouse woollen mill, with its typically 19th century architecture, that Fritz Schlumpf established his fabulous collection of 437 cars belonging to 97 different brands. With part of on display at the Cité de l’Automobile, it is certainly a must see if you get to France learned about it from

The collection was seized by the workers employed by the Schlumpf brothers, who had collected for years, and topped off their collection when Hispano Suiza needed to liquidate many of the Bugatti assets in 1963 after having purchased the Bugatti company. The Schlumpfs puchased Ettore Bugatti’s personal Bugatti Royale and many original spares and patterns—over the strong objections of the managing director and Roland Bugatti, Ettore Bugatti’s surviving son.

In 1971 the union of workers that had been restoring the cars, building restaurants, and a hotel that would have housed guests to the collection, went on strike, and years later the French government seized all of the Schlumpf assetts, including 437 vehicles. The strike was part of what forced the brothers to flee to Switzerland, echoing Bugatti's flight to Paris in the 1937 strike. Read all about it

Here's another car I'd never heard of, the "Chinese Eye" 1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud

Read about it but it doesn't say if this was a coachbuilt custom, or a factory design

Isetta with a custom side vent from a VW bus. Great idea

this belongs to Frank at and is just a rolling chassis with dry rot setting into the tires, having been passed along from the previous owner as a project and it's ready to go to the next owner, still without an engine. I think Frank added he vents though.

I've just added a translator widget, adapted from the brilliant translator widget

I adapted the code from to the following, but since they were are writing their blog in Brazil, they speak Portuguese, and never wrote a code for translating anything to Portuguese, nor did they use a flag of Brazil, so I need one of those also, I can't adapt any code to translate from English to Portuguese... can anyone write the code to do that?
Here is one source code to show an example of what it takes, But it's not complete or all that would be displayed would be the flag, Google-Translate-English to Italian and none of the code text. So, clicking on the flag will work for a translator... but to see and example of the source code behind I'm going to have to delete a little bit of it

!--– Add English to Italian –-- a
target="_blank" rel="nofollow"
onclick="''+encodeURIComponent(location.href)+'&langpair=en%7Cit&hl=en&ie=UTF8'); return false;"
title="Google-Translate-English to Italian" img style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px solid; BORDER-LEFT: 0px solid; WIDTH: 32px; HEIGHT: 32px; BORDER-TOP: 0px solid; CURSOR: pointer; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px solid" title="Google-Translate-English to Italian" onclick="''+encodeURIComponent(location.href)+'&langpair=en%7Cit&hl=en&ie=UTF8'); return false;" alt="Google-Translate-English to Italian" src="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" /

I deleted all the <> >< stuff so you can read it.

What I did adapting the code from Portuguese to English as the origin language seems to have worked, if you find it didn't, I'm sorry. I can't do anymore with it, coding is beyond me.

Looks like Anthony Hopkins on the movie set for "World's Fastest Indian"

The license plate is close, but not the one on Burt's trailer , and the tall guy is wearing new sneakers, nothing looked like those in the 60's, and Burt was skinny

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Ever see a bad ass 62 Polara? Well, you have now

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Portable garage, simple, weatherprrof, and burglar proof


Bugatti Royale

Luckily the drivers all are standing next to the cars, it gives the behemoth proportion. I'd love to see one of these drive on a freeway to see how small the normal everyday Hondas and Nissans, Fords and Chevys look in comparison
For a thorough gallery and explanation of the various coachbuilt bodies

AMC Rebel Machine

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Ed Roth's Tweedy Pie

Don't recall where I got the photos from

Thursday, February 17, 2011