Saturday, May 13, 2017

Earle C. Anthony and Lee Miles with his airplane, Los Angeles, 1935

The Miles and Atwood Special is on the trailer, and in front of it, are Anthony and Miles.

Miles was a living legend during the Golden Age of Flight. At the time this photo was taken he was the number one air racer in the National Aeronautics Association standings.

Earl C. Anthony is perhaps best known as the Packard distributor for the state California from 1915 to 1958.  He became a distributor for eighteen brands and by 1905 he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Motorcar Dealer’s Association and in 1907 was a principle organizer of first Los Angeles Automobile Show.

Anthony and a group of fellow entrepreneurs opened L.A.’s first full service gas station in 1913 after becoming frustrated by the difficulties his customers experienced obtaining fuel for their cars. He was first in the country to use neon signs to advertise his business and founded radio stations KFI

In a qualifying flight for the 1937 Cleveland Air Races something went wrong with a cable, and caused the death of Lee Miles

Flying at about 200 feet he started around the first pylon. Apparently one of the fittings connecting the supporting wires that ran between the wing and the fuselage broke. The wing, losing that support, folded, and the imbalance of lift caused the whole plane to roll rapidly, so rapidly a pilot who viewed the accident said they couldn't count the revolutions.

The aircraft used solid wood spars. Fabric was attached using a relatively new process using screws with fabric tape covering, rather than conventional rib-stitching. The aircraft raced with a green livery waxed to a high gloss.

It set a world speed record for an aircraft under 770 lb over 62 mi course at 206 mph
Won 1933 Greve Trophy
Chicago Air Race - Straight Line speed record for aircraft with less than 375 cubic inch displacement of 225 mph.
In February 1934, the Miles and Atwood Special won the Shell Trophy

Los Angeles, 1922

Union 76 Service Island, ca.1940

one of Nicole Kidman's first movies... BMX Bandits

Two BMX expert riders and a friend of theirs (Kidman) become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering a carton of walkie-talkies.

The movie then ends with the kids using the reward money to build a BMX track, avoiding police punishment and once again confirming that crime is an excellent way to get something you can’t afford but really want.

 There is also a warning for kids not to imitate the stunts from the film but no warning about not robbing banks or committing serious criminal offences, which is a relief for kids who might like to try those things.

I don't think I've ever heard of horses pulling a glider into the air before

Aug. 1939: Horses are used to launch Bowlus glider sailplane at Joe Plosser’s Grand Central Flying School in Glendale.

Glenn Martin, who builds B-26 bombers, and flying boats, stood on the sidelines at Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale while a motor-less machine generating “two horsepower” slid into the skies.

The horsemen of Los Charros, association of hard-riding film, radio and ranch folk were pulling the glider up, a test proving that horses, galloping at 30 m.p.h. over ground where motorcar launching of sailplanes is unfeasible, can be put into useful operation.

Two held the long rope attached to the peapod cockpit of Hawley Bowlus’s sleek San Fernando-made sailplane. At the signal, they spurred like mad. And while Martin, North American Aviation Co. officials and air minded Hollywood cinema men watched, the noiseless craft soared to the length of its halter.

When the glider returned, Martin asked to be permitted to sit at its simple controls.

“Not much like your bombers, is it Mr. Martin?” asked Bowlus.

“Our ships–yours and mine–all have their place. Sailplaning is a grand sport that really teaches the theory of flight. With the clipped winged, heavily powered, heavily loaded military craft used today, knowledge of thermals and wind currents and the art of flying without engines comes in mighty handy in emergencies.”…

In 1939 soaring enthusiasts had 800 clubs throughout the United States

Fuel tanker in Washington... needs a new life. Like a gourmet food van, an RV, or something else fun (thanks David!)

a day at the beach

1963 San Onofre, bugs, VW van, station wagons, vans, rvs, woody... all the cool cars in one photo

1952 Los Angeles flood left some cars buried past their tires

it was a garage a long time ago

Friday, May 12, 2017

Basil Wolverton, legendary Golden Age comic book artist and inspiration to Crumb and Shelton, Mad magazine early artist also, and Eisner Award winner.

and he had a hell of a sense of humor to go along with his artistic ability

be careful out there this weekend when getting the bike chain oiled up

High speed chase, not a good idea

There is only one dragstrip operator in the Drag Racing Hall Of Fame

Broadway Bob Metzler. According to Garage Magazine, issue no 15, 2007

So then I tried looking that up to verify it. Now, how damn many drag racing halls of fame do we really need? 2? Seriously?

Bill Carter, you may not know the name, but you've seen his work become famous, and the influence spread far from who inspired him, and who he inspired

Bill began his career as a youngster painting a 1956 Buick that he striped in a garage and would eventually paint everything from Airplanes to Wheelstanders.

One day while on a sidewalk waiting to be picked up from the movies Larry Watson rolled by in his 50 Chevy, and Bill was floored by the whole thing, the car, the paint, and the pompadour.

He was inspired by Larry Watson in a couple of other ways too, the painting of candy, lace, and style... and taking on bit roles on tv and movies.

Bill became the protégé of Larry Watson after working around town but being too shy to ask Larry for a job, and is the only person known to have the secret formulas to iconic Watson paint jobs memorized. It was Larry Watson who coined the nickname "Wild Bill" because Bill would not only paint dragsters but race them.

Starting at the bottom, working on the side at home and doing beer trucks, paint, lettering etc, he was suddenly screwed when the union went on strike at the beer factories, so he went to work in a production company across the street from Disney. (1964-65). Suddenly making 3 times the money as an employee instead of self employed, and in the right place at the right time when Larry Watson walked into the shop and offered him a job based on the great work he had seen around town that Bill had done.

But they didn't get along, and the job was a grind. So, he went out on his own and started his own company, Custom Candy by Carter. About that time he got hooked on driving top fuel dragsters too. (1969)

By the late 60’s Walt the “Kid Striper” had grown up and teamed up Bill Carter at Carter Pro Paint on Burbank Boulevard.

Walt was Bill’s pinstripe expert, and the word grew that Walt was definitely the go-to guy for custom striping. At the time, Bill would also take under his wing a 12-year-old worker by the name of Mario Gomez, who handled the broom duties at the shop, and in years down the road, the friendship between them would bring about the Candy Factory.

Walt went on to do the paint on Gypsy Rose, the most famous lowrider Impala ever.

He painted the Wagonmaster for the guy who bought it from Tommy Ivo, met Don Prudhomme, and began painting for Don, who introduced him to Tony Nancy, etc etc the ball was rolling and he painted Joe Piasano's fueler, and Dick Landy's cars, then Pennzoil wanted their Indy cars and team rig all pearl yellow.

Suddenly Hollywood was knocking at the shop door and he was painting Linda Vaughn's Ferrari, Fleetwood Mac's cars, Leslie Neilson, Dan Haggerty's (Grizzly Adams) Porsche, etc.

Today, Wild Bill Carter is sought out for striping, overlays, pearl bases, candy overlays and color arrangements which are is key factors on custom paint job and he is the go to guy for wild 60s paint schemes.

So Prudhomme set about getting the Shelby Super Snake restored. But that took a longer time than he was used to. Don Long, the original builder, did the chassis. “Wild” Bill Carter painted the body.

“He’s in a walker, a f****** walker, and he insists on doing the painting himself,” said Prudhomme of Carter. “He does a few swipes, moves the walker, does a few more swipes…”

These specific rims are known as widowmakers because they exploded with such force

"Split Rim wheels" -- These wheels should be avoided.

This scan from the 1949 Budd Wheel catalog illustrates the dangerous 2-piece "split rim" (also know as the "widow maker") is the Firestone Type RH-5.

 The dominant feature of the RH-5 is the attachment of its halves near the wheel's center line. This connection point has an overlapping raised band around the inside of the wheel. This band will be seen on all types of RH-5 wheels, whether Budd style or traditional drop-center light-truck wheels.

These wheels can be hard to identify because you can’t really see how they are made while assembled. It’s easier to identify them by eliminating the other possible wheel types. They are not "Locking Ring," "2-Piece" or "3-Piece Wheels" because they don’t have an easily identifiable ring or rings on one side (lip) of the wheel.

 They are not singe piece tubeless wheels because they do not have a dropped center (where the tire bead goes to allow you to work it over the rim for installation or removal). RH-5 wheels became popular in the late '40's (with manufacturers...) and were used extensively throughout the '50's and '60's.

They were last available from Budd in 1972 and from Kelsey-Hayes in 1976. Due to their design, they have not aged well.

the "Fluffy Unicorn" kids bike from Despicable Me, by Ludo Gavillet

with no info to go by, I can only guess this was concept art exploring a possible storyline of a character finding a cool old car in the forest

Concept art - Cars 2 by John Nevarez