Friday, October 31, 2014

Velam Isetta used during the famous Tour de France bike race!

1st 2CV I've seen as a kids pedal car, cute!

What do they put in those donuts? Cops arresting firefighters? Must be donuts loaded with brain damaging powder

The Scat Pack Challenger is now at dealerships

How has this not caught on?

Smith Motor wheels have been around for about 100 years, and this is the first time I've seen this!

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customized 2CV, just a little bit different, but a lot cooler

Practice, practice, etc

Renault? Citroen?

Wow, first European rail car I've seen!

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Dodge Daytona truck interesting features

Happy Halloween, with the Munsters

Shoe, about broken down old cars

Interesting one off modeled after a 1995 Chrysler prototype of a 1937 Bugatti Atlantic

Buyer beware.. Hot rod Magazine is pulling a fast one if you aren't paying razor sharp attention

So, try for a calendar, but pay with a credit card, and if you fail to cancel the membership, you get charged 84 dollars, likely with an automatic renewal if you fail to cancel within the first 12 months.

Petersen must be rolling in his grave to see this foul treatment of Hot Rod Magazine fans.

If this pisses you off, like it does me, Hot Rod magazine has an email, and facebook

I'm not sure how much more outrageous it is that the damn calendars don't have HOT RODS! WTF!

And choose your favorite HOT ROD? DOESN'T HAVE ANY HOT RODS! omfg!

A fucking Corvair? REALLY? 

A FUCKING Chevy, Dodge, Plymouth, and Oldsmobile  OTHER?

Mustangs from special promotions department of Ford could be ordered for limited run models

In 1969 there was a racetrack company, American Raceways International (contradiction?) that owned 5 racetracks, Atlanta, Eastern, Michigan, Riverside, and Texas.

 They contracted Ford to build pace cars for their NASCAR tracks, 5 convertibles and 5 Mach 1s.

The convertibles were going to be the real pace cars, and were geared for 155mph

Part of the deal was that 100 428 Super Cobra Jet cars with special side stripes and ARI graphics.

Then ARI went bankrupt, leaving Ford with 10 cool cars, and quite an investment in the developement work.

Kansas City sales district picked up on the cars and took them all off the hands of the promotions dept, as well as 100 Torinos with 429 Cobra Jets, These became what we know as the Twister Specials.

Ford ended up building 96 Mach 1, 1/2 were 351 Cleveland, and the other 1/2 were 428 Super Cobra Jets... plus 90 429 CJ Torinos, and 4 Rancheros with Clevelands. The Mustangs didn't all get 428s because the company ran out of them, and had 351s to spare

The registry for these cars:  info from

Thursday, October 30, 2014

looks like they've finally decided that they've found where Amelia Earhart crash landed

This is her Lockheed Electra, (beautiful little plane) as it was patched in Miami, the last time she was in civilized places, and the arrow points to the unique patch that was put over a window.

Banksy does New York

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reminder of how cops can act professionally, and inspire incredible acts of tolerance when confronted by idiots, Maine State Trooper Stephen Murray

San Diego, North on the 163 south of the 8 interchange, Motorcyclist to the rescue (always have a knife, and a camera, you never know)

At a glance it looks like she's being choked, she isn't. The paramedic is trying to keep her neck from moving while she is standing and the other paramedic is coming with a neck brace

cool dog photographer, Ron Schmidt

Mopar catching up to GM on recalls, and it's quality chief just quit

 The largest of two recalls announced Wednesday covers almost 382,000 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and Ram 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs from 2010 through 2014.

In trucks with 6.7-Liter Cummins diesel engines, corrosion on a fuel heater terminal could cause overheating, fuel leaks and fires.

The second recall covers more than 184,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs from 2014. A debris cover over a circuit board in the steering column control module can disrupt communications and disable the stability control. The problem was discovered when dealers started getting reports from customers that electronic stability control warning lights were coming on.

Fiat Chrysler has issued 33 global recalls and 27 in the U.S. so far this year. Doug Betts, its longtime quality chief, left the company to pursue other options after Consumer Reports' survey-based rankings this year showed four Fiat Chrysler brands at the bottom of its list. Dodge, Ram, Jeep and Fiat performed worst of 28 brands ranked by the magazine.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mopar Motion Makers, a marketing gimic from 1970 that's new to me

Mopar advertising from 1968

can you believe that a tire company outlet could get the biggest names in drag racing to do an appearnece?

New York Times throws in the towel on it's printed Automobiles section... too much competition from me and other websites that cover everything automotive, online, anytime, without buying a paper

Dear Colleagues,

As I said in a previous note, we are reviewing sections of The Times as part of our effort to cut costs in the newsroom. So I regret to announce that as of the first of the year we will no longer publish a stand-alone autos section.

We will continue covering the automobile industry, of course, and we will run consumer stories in the Business section, including regular coverage on Fridays. The Driven videos will continue online.

But despite sensational work over the years by Jim Cobb and his crew, the masthead concluded there is no longer an economic reason for a separate section.

New York Times publisher and chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. told an audience at New York University's journalism school Thursday (Oct 16th) evening that while the buyouts and layoffs taking place now at his newspaper are “painful,” they also are necessary to refocus the Times.

Roughly two-dozen business-side jobs were eliminated earlier this month with a limited number of buyouts also on the table. The newsroom is seeking to eliminate 100 positions, ideally through voluntary buyouts, marking the paper's fourth editorial culling since the first such downsizing in its history took place six years ago.

But Sulzberger pointed out that the Times, which is adapting journalistically and economically to changes in consumer and advertiser platforms, has been reinvesting in new digital talent across the organization.

"We have more journalists today"—1,330, according to the latest Times tally—"than we've ever had in our history," he said. "The skills necessary to succeed in this world are truly changing, and that's not necessarily age-related.

The transformation of the newspaper industry from a print-centric proposition to one where readers are increasingly interested in desktops and mobile devices, and all of the attendant financial vagaries associated with that shift are just some of the challenges facing the Times.

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But if you look at the only people getting fired from upper management are women... Digital Chief Denise Warren, Social Media Editor Jennifer Preston, Exec Editor Jill Abramson,

They have already killed off the website that once was among the top 15 auto enthusiast sites  which now makes 5 from that list that are dead
 2 seats or less,
CarDomain Blog,
Automotive traveler
and now:

How to parallel park perfectly, every time

1. Pull alongside the car ahead of the space you want. Align your rear axle with that car's bumper. Turn the wheel toward the curb at full lock.

2. Back up until the center of your inside rear tire aligns with the streetside edge of the forward car. Straighten wheel, continue to reverse.

3. When your outside tire aligns with that same edge, turn the wheel the other way.

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Caricarture art of the greats

From Jay's site of the Mopar muscle car era advertising

44 years ago, JC Pennys was into drag racing in a big way

Street lamps vs LEDs

Impressive multi function walker/bike

if you park like an asshole in Atlanta, your car gets a boot for every parking space you take up

What are the odds?

look at the license plates

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real bridge in the Netherlands