Friday, August 07, 2015

A couple scat pack things I've never seen before, the Super Bee marine motor decals, and Chrysler Crew boat logo

the 440 six pick is what they called the "Mover " 375, from the Boating Magazine, Jan 1970 (above only)
In 1965, thanks to the purchase of West Bend Outboard, Chrysler had 29% of the U.S. marine engine market. With West Bend came their factory in Hartford, Wisconsin; and Chrysler acquired Elgin, another maker of outboard engines, in 1966. The new purchases led to a new division, separate from the Marine Engine Division, called the Chrysler Outboard Corporation.

Chrysler also bought Lonestar Boat of Plano, Texas in May of 1965; Lonestar had started out in the mid-1950s. It was re-named the Chrysler Boat Corporation. With the acquisition of these two subsidiaries, Chrysler combined them with the Marine Division and the Industrial Products Division, to from Marine and Industrial Products Operations, as part of Chrysler’s Diversified Products Group.

Wanting to secure its reputation, Chrysler sponsored several racing boats, including the Miss Chrysler Crew, a hydroplane powered by dual, supercharged 426 cubic-inch “Hemi” head V8 engines built by the legendary Keith Black, each putting out an estimated 1,000 horsepower; owner and pilot Bill Sterett took the boat to victory in the World Championship race in Detroit, with an average speed of over 100 mph.
In 1967, Chrysler introduced a new line of eight trailers, custom fitted for every Chrysler boat, becoming the first company in the marine industry to offer a complete package of boat, motor and trailer.

Hot Boat concluded that the 1967 Charger boat was “a well executed and beautifully conceived job” that “accelerates like a bomb” with its 96.5 cubic inch engine; gas mileage wasn't bad - and the steering wheel was taken from the Dodge Charger and Plymouth Barracuda. They Hydro-Vee boats, matching trailers, quality, and workmanship of the boats helped Chrysler obtain 45.5% of the marine market.

In 1970, Chrysler sold 44 power boat models, from 14 to 24 feet, and four sailboats, from 13 to 18 feet. The Marine division brought out three new gasoline V8s and two four-cycle diesels (four and six cylinders, 65 and 100 hp), as well as a new 318 inboard-outdrive model dubbed the Super Bee.

valve cover decals

The Consqueror S-III sport boat was also added, an 18½ foot hull with choice of the 340 cubic inch engine (“Super Bee III jet”)

Chrysler sold the marine division not because they desired to, but because it was demanded as part of the government’s loan guarantees. Chrysler stern drives were sold to Bayliner Boats in 1983 and the outboard division was sold to the Force Outboards division of U.S. Marine – an affiliate of Bayliner – in 1984. (They were eventually sold to Brunswick Corporation, parent of Mercury Marine).

Found on Ebay

See a very thorough Chrysler boating gallery of engines, outboards, boats, and advertising at

Scat Pack poster

Vintage promo box and model, except, something was switched along the decades. That box is for a Charger, the model is a Coronet

Found on  who saw the auction go all the way to 2000 dollars. 

Vintage Mopar advertising

'68 Coronet and transporter of Bob Banning Dodge

wow, motorcycle trick riding, Best of Toni Bou at Sheffield Indoor X-Trial 2015 – Round 1

Interesting new bike design to integrate a bike lock

Drifting in China, by Red Bull Drift Team. Any mistake would be certain death

Skip the first 45 seconds, as usual with all videos, the beginning is just a waste of time

Until I figure out why Youtube won't embed anymore, you'll have to click the link

where the Indian motorcycle was born... 24 Hamlin Street, Middletown Ct

It's not this 1860s building on Hamlin

it's this empty lot. 

news flash, Huntington Library manuscript curator has made a book about the pioneers of cross country automobile travels

Peter Blodgett, the curator of Western Historical Manuscripts at The Huntington, will give a talk about his new book, Motoring West: Automobile Pioneers, 1900–1909. Afterward, guests can enjoy period music and a display of vintage cars.

Blodgett is also the editor of a new book: "Motoring West: Automobile Pioneers, 1900-1909."

For "Motoring West," the first of a four-volume series, Blodgett dug up accounts of car travel from the pages of publications such as Scientific American, Outing and Munsey's Magazine.

A 1905 article called "Camping Out with an Automobile" suggested that travelers find topographical, geographical and survey maps at the library, then use tracing paper to make custom maps by marking key information such as rivers and towns.

That same piece advised traveling with two cars of the same make so that they could swap spare parts and, in case of a breakdown, one could tow the other.

One from 1902, called "A Practical Automobile Touring Outfit," suggested having clothing made of kangaroo hide because of its ability to shed rain. "The Automobile Vacation" (1907) included a long list of recommended supplies for a car trip: tire inner tubes and valves, "rawhide tire bandages," a "hydrometer to test gasoline," extra oil, seat and lamp covers to protect against dust and mud, and "goggles for all passengers."

The Café will be open for al fresco dining. Members: $10. Non-Members: $20. Ages 2 and under free.

Purchase tickets online or call 800-838-3006.

trophy cups and awards, including Times Union Trophy and the Minneapolis Cup, displayed on table during the 1906 Ormond-Daytona races in Florida.

So many things were great in their time, and didn't last a decade. Look at the advertising on the grand stands

cars at starting line during the 1912 Pabst Trophy Race in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Rayfield carbs, never heard of them. Federal Tires, I doubt made it through WW2 due to the war rationing. Mondex? Hickman - Lauson - Diener? A Milwakee Ford dealership

Barney Baxter In The Air - Daytona newspaper, 1940

Ford trophies 1911

the Standard Oil Company trophy cup for fuel economy, 1908... and 1905 Worlds Fair 5 Mile Stock Car trophy

sponsored by the Chicago Motor Club

Found on

awarded to Webb Jay, driving the White Steamer called "Whistling Billy."

Which also won this

quite a pair of unusual designed trophy cups, but it was an unusual design for a car

the High-Wheeler (or Penny Farthing) at the velodrome. 2 things that are obsolete

From the "Most Beautiful Shots In Movie History"

How threatened do the big 3 feel by Tesla? They paid the Governor to outlaw Telsa dealerships

Can their be any other reason the most car-centric manufacturing state turns it's back on, and bitch slaps - it's owner/inventor/car maker/car sales history?

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill prohibiting carmakers from selling vehicles directly to customers in the state. Tesla also isn't allowed to operate service centers in Michigan.

Is that how Michigan treats Henry Ford? Durant? Oldsmobile? Those guys make their cars, and sold their cars, and owned the pipeline from raw material to the paper and ink of the receipt for the car.

The Tesla Stores closest to Michigan are in Chicago, and in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Buyers go to those dealerships, then have the cars shipped to the homes.

Two years ago, General Motors convened a board-level task force two years ago to assess just how much of a threat Tesla Motors posed over the long term. Since then, there have been about 300 Teslas registered in Michigan.

What seems to be the threat? The only people who can afford a Tesla in poverty stricken no job having Michigan, are the execs of Ford, GM, and Chrysler. Ironic.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

WHY do we have signs for every other thing on the road (dips, speed limits, construction zones) but not logical signs like this

A skate ramp in the middle of a hemp field, marketing gimmic. It's not pot

To celebrate 'jumping on the hemp bandwagon', Australian clothing brand Afends have built a small half pipe.

I'll go on record on saying this is weak.

Go big, or go home.

VanDerBrink Auctions scored another time capsule dealership, a Honda dealership in Greenfield Iowa closed since 1992

Randy Baxter, who owns Baxter Cycle in Marne, Iowa, and is helping to organize the motorcycle auction, said the Greenfield collection contains many special bikes, especially for Honda aficionados.
There’s a first-year Gold Wing from 1975, still equipped with the previous owner’s citizens band radio and bubble compass.

An ’84 Gold Wing with low mileage.

 A 1962 Benly and CVX.

A 1979 CBX with 43 miles.

Three CT70 Mini Trails.

A pair of now-banned three-wheel all-terrain vehicles.

Plus a pair of British-made BSA bikes from the 1960s.

There are crates of new engines. Boxes of new fuel tanks. Stacks of clothing. Hundreds of feet of shelving packed with new and used parts. Specialized tools. Advertising signs and posters. An unused commemorative helmet designed for America’s bicentennial in 1976.