Saturday, March 12, 2016

Clément Ader's 1897 steam powered Avion III

Ed Force One (Iron Maiden's 747) badly damaged when the tow tug had a malfunction with the tow bar

On moving for a refuel, the steering pin that connects the ground tug to the aircraft seemingly fell out. On making a turn the aircraft had no steering and collided with the ground tug badly damaging the undercarriage, two of the aircrafts engines and injuring two ground tug operators, both of whom have been taken to hospital.

thanks Tom!

in the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (the CNAM) there is a terrific collection of cars and pioneering vehicles

the airplane is a wonderful 1909 Bleriot! I'm happy about that, as I posted about Bleriot

Since its foundation, the museum has been housed in the deserted priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs, in the rue Réaumur in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris.

if I remember correctly, this is the first self propelled vehicle, the Cugnot, 1771

Thanks Phil!I really appreciate these photos, I've never heard of this place

incredible cut away display car in the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts in Paris

A 1963 Series 1 E-type has sold for £57,900 at auction, despite requiring a full restoration

The car’s first owner in May 1963 was Ivor Arbiter, who designed the early Beatles logo with the dropped capital T to emphasis the “beat” part of the band’s name. Arbiter, who owned Drum City and Sound City in London and was a staple of the ’60s British music scene first used the logo on Ringo Starr’s bass drum.

the 3rd owner raced it between 1967 and 1969, but kept anything that he took off the car, so the car has the original center console, ash tray, blanking plate and Jaguar radiator bar.

The car was sold with its original brown log book, V5 and V5C, its last MoT certificate from November 1968, the sales invoice to Frank Riches for £855 along with a Jaguar heritage certificate confirming all the important details. It also has its original service handbook and manual, a spare parts catalogue and the original jack.

The car was put into storage until the 1980s when the clutch died. It was then moved it to his garden where is remained under a tarpaulin until the present vendor rescued it in 2015.

Friday, March 11, 2016

JC Leyendecker, an incredible artist

Warner speedometer, 1911 advertisement

Mack, 1911

the Pruden System Fire-proof Garage

Best driving songs from the 1960s, 70s, and 80's gathered by Summitt Racing blog

Fun, Fun, Fun — The Beach Boys
Mustang Sally — Wilson Pickett
Born to be Wild — Steppenwolf
I’ve Been Everywhere — Johnny Cash
Drive My Car — The Beatles

Radar Love (Golden Earring)
Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen)
Blitzkrieg Bop (The Ramones)
Ramblin’ Man (The Allman Brothers Band)
Take it Easy (The Eagles)
Highway Star (Deep Purple)

Kickstart My Heart — Motley Crue
She Sells Sanctuary — The Cult
Panama — Van Halen
Runnin’ Down a Dream — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Holiday Road — Lindsey Buckingham
“I Can’t Drive 55” — Sammy Hagar

the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016, Congress is moving to stop the idiots in the EPA

Congress has introduced a bipartisan bill that would protect race car enthusiasts from the EPA’s latest effort to prohibit the conversion of street vehicles into race cars. Known as the RPM Act, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 was drafted to ensure that turning street vehicles into race cars driven exclusively in competition does not violate the Clean Air Act.

According to the National Speedway Directory, there are over 1,300 racetracks operating across the U.S., including oval, road, track and off-road racetracks. If the EPA regulations were to be finalized, the impact on racers, racetracks and businesses that cater to the racer community would be substantial.

 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine :

While the federal Clean Air Act prohibits certain modifications to everyday motor vehicles used on public roads, statutory language and the EPA’s historic practice have made it clear that vehicles built or modified for racing purposes, and not used on public streets, are not regulated under the Clean Air Act. For example, 42 U.S.C. § 7550(2) limits the definition of a covered “motor vehicle” to a vehicle designed for transport “on a street or highway” as opposed to operation on a racetrack. Correspondingly, 42 U.S.C. § 7550(10) limits the term “nonroad engine” to an engine “that is not used in a motor vehicle or a vehicle used solely for competition,” while 42 U.S.C. § 7550(11) makes clear that the term “nonroad vehicle” also does not apply to “a motor vehicle or a vehicle used solely for competition.”

Congress did not make these choices by happenstance. It intended to differentiate between a vehicle covered by this sort of rule and “a vehicle used solely for competition.” In fact, the U.S. House Committee on Foreign and Interstate Commerce identified and discussed this issue before passing the Clean Air Act in 1970

Bibendum, from several artists, always interesting and entertaining way to advertise Michelin tires

been 20 years since I've seen this odd sculpture in the middle of Utah, and I never learned what the story is about it until now. Metaphor - Tree of Utah

Created by the Swedish artist Karl Momen in the 1980s and dedicated in 1986.

Constructed mainly of concrete, consists of a squarish 'trunk' holding up six spheres that are coated with natural rock and minerals native to Utah. There are also several hollow sphere segments on the ground around the base.

Another petroliana auction is coming up by Morphy, here are some of the cool things in it