Thursday, July 19, 2012

Astute readers, incredibly sharp eyes and good memory make reading the sent in letters worth it

Book I just learned of "Adventures of a Motorcycle Despatch Rider During the First World War"

 I can see that these seem the same by topic, but have different authors, and I don't have an answer for that, other than to say I think they are likely to either be the same, or similar.

Looks interesting, I'll get a copy one day when they come down in price

Bumpersticker I saw today

Vote for the crook, because it's important! 

Haynes branches out from car repair books, and has one for the Millenium Falcon!

you can see these excerpts and a couple more in the free PDF of a couple pages at

The variety of things you learn of depends on how much you sample the variety of life. I would never have learned of this if I hadn't went to Comic Con

from a book review on :

expecting page after page of cutaway diagrams and disassembly/repair instructions. While that would have been wonderful, I was treated to something even better. The Falcon Workshop Manual is far more than just your father’s old Haynes repair guide. It’s a beautifully written and illustrated history of the Millennium Falcon and the Corellian Engineering YT line of freighters.
I’m a pretty big ship junkie when it comes to Star Wars. I’ve spent hours in Wookieepedia scouring over the various history sections for everything from A-Wings to Z-95 Headhunters. It’s simply impossible for me to soak up enough back-story about these ships, so when this book landed on my lap I was overjoyed. It’s anything and everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Millennium Falcon, from its origins and serial number to her current owner
here’s a wealth of schematics and detailed subsystem information to sink your teeth into. Have you ever wondered just what kind of modifications Han’s made to the Falcon over the years? What are all of those buttons on the flight console anyways? Just what makes it possible for that old bird to make the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs? The answers are here in this book.

the "Ghost Parking Lot" of Hamden Ct... gone now, but a "roadside attraction" for 2 decades

20 cars buried at various depths, then covered over in concrete and asphalt... a public work of art.

read all about it on

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Some cars set speed records, but weren't fortunate enough to be savvy enough to get an organization to be there to "Sanction" it, and AAA wouldn't bless a run unless you were a member. Huh.

 notice the writing on the photo, especially that on the upper left hand corner

Haugdahl had built the car to prove to the USAC that he was a great race car driver and that he could outpace anyone. The heart of the Special was an enormous 836 cubic-inch 6 cylinder Wisconsin airplane engine, 13.7 liters, connected directly to the rear axle. The width of the car measuring a mere 20 inches was basically the width of the engine.

Notice that the publicity photo has no discs streamlining the back wheels, but when photographed on the course, the discs are in place

April 7, 1922,  Sig Haugdahl drove the Wisconsin Special over 180mph on a one-way run at the Daytona Beach racing oval

 very rare to have wire wheels in 1922, they go back to 1908 at least, but very uncommon

He ran it on Daytona beach, and beat the previous record by 24 mph. The previous might have been that of the Mephistople, or the Blitzen Benz.

found on

1903 Spyker

in 1907 one Spyker participated in the Paris to Peking race... one of the few cars that did. It placed 2nd

Image from Wikipedia via

there is an email going around with photos of wrecked 1920's and 30's cars, here are the more impressive photos

 above is a late 1910's Dodge I think... there was a name for the style... but I can't remember it
 worlds strongest front tire and steering parts!

 above, a kid went joyriding and trashed the car in an accident
 above and below are Mack trucks, in the first version of the company symbol

If the photos make you glad you have power steering, power brakes, airbags, and saftey glass windshield... than you echo my sentiment

All the photos were taken by a Boston news photographer, and are now in the Boston Library

Golf carts that get attention

Thanks Randy!