Saturday, February 13, 2016

the Harley showroom in Oshkosh, way back when they still made bicycles too

fascinating to look at the things they needed to have a proper shop and show room

when the world was a little less tame, women's bikes came with pistols

this photo is only labeled, Wilbur Wright Plane

First, that airplane is a Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" and since the Wright Brothers were in bitter competition with Curtiss, I don't think that Wilbur would be caught dead in a Curtiss plane.

Or would he? You see, Wilbur died in 1912 and the first Curtiss JN model wasn't produced until 1915.

Found on

Thanks to Steve for the info... the website I found the image on must have gotten bad and unresearched into

some one always gets in the way of a good photo

the Blaney and Southern

1924 showroom of Sunblad dealership in Ishpeming Michigan

if you've got a lover of vehicles that you can share your life with, you're a lucky person. Let them know it

I'd love to work in a do it all place like this

A locked rear axle finds an old fashioned remedy at Iron Mountain. I see ropes used to pull with the car at the right, and that wheelbarrow under the back of the left car. Resourceful!

Michigan in 1915. Photo couresty of John H. Eagal, Stockton Cal.

that cool old dinosaur mascot, great marketing idea that few, if any, other oil companies have ever achieved

after they were no longer useful for advertising, the company tried to get them into the Smithsonian, or anywhere that would take them. Most found homes in different places, but one was STOLEN! Never recovered! So, some one has a Ornitholestes in their back yard

these dinosaurs were so successful at promoting the oil company, they were the only exhibit at the forward looking world's fair, that focused on the past

50 million people visited that exhibit, it's estimated, and that made it one of the most popular exhibits. Then they hit the road on a tour of American shopping centers

looks normal, right? But, it's not an ad for Buick, it's an ad company self promotion

Thanks Steve!

WW2 built vehicle was designed to take a lot of punishment, and 75 years in the Libyan desert hasn't affected it much

the above is not the same vehicle as the one below, but demonstrates what they once looked like

The Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) was a reconnaissance and raiding unit of the British Army during the Second World War. The LRDG was formed specifically to carry out deep penetration, covert reconnaissance patrols and intelligence missions.

During the Desert Campaign between December 1940 and April 1943, the vehicles of the LRDG operated constantly behind the Axis lines, missing a total of only 15 days during the entire period.

After the long distance raids of the early phase of the the LRDG, the Chevrolet WA trucks were soon worn out and had to be replaced.

 The Ford truck had the same loading capacity as the Chevrolets, but were 4×4 drive and much heavier in weight – what was the reason for fuel consumption which was about the double than it was for the Chevrolets. By March 1942, the Fords were replaced by 200 purpose built Canadian Chevrolet 1533×2 trucks

All photographs were taken in 2010 by Kuno Gross. In 2008 historians Brendan O’Carroll (New Zealand), Kuno Goss (Switzerland) and Roberto Chiavetto (Italy) travelled to Libya

if this sorta sounds familiar, it's possibly because I just posted about this unit in December 

cool promotion image for Pixar's Planes movie

a screen shot from James May's independent tv show "Toy Story" where he tries to make a Spitfire from an Airfix kit

James May is out to prove why traditional, old-fashioned toys are still relevant by pushing them to the limit in spectacular, supersize challenges. From full-size Lego houses to bridges made completely of Meccano, he shows what they are capable of.

In this programme, James takes model aeroplanes to a new level when he tries to make a full-size Spitfire out of Airfix. The venture soon hits problems when it becomes clear the giant 36-foot pieces may not be strong enough, and nobody knows how they will fit together.

James hopes he can enthuse a group of reluctant teenagers to help him pull it off - but he soon realises he has another big battle on his hands convincing them it is a hobby to be proud of.

Some say, that his mouth is duct taped under the helmet, and that if he could talk, he would tell the lot of them to piss off and bring back Clarkson, Hammond, and May. All we know is, this new cast will suck

golden age of circus troops

this sums up govt cover ups, a quick distraction

the 1970 Merrrill Wisconsin ice drags

Why it's important to have a dash cam in China... hopelessly optimistic insurance fraud "victims"