Saturday, October 14, 2017

Hemi Coronet dragster from the 60's vintage photos

the Antique Outboard Motor Club had a meet up in Byron Michigan at Suter's

A seriously good documentary on the Buick GN (I never heard of the 1982 hoj)

the Chrysler Turbine car, I've never seen this ad for it before

this is new to me, a mirror installed by the city to assist drivers who can't see oncoming traffic. 1932 Argentina

1911 Hispano-Suiza Alfonso XIII JaquotTorpedo

His children looked for, bought and gave him the 1938 Ford Coupe that had been his first car. (skip the 1st 2 minutes)

I doubt you noticed, but, this week JACG has had 50% content

For some strange reasons, now and then I find some really good sources of cool stuff, or go to more car shows than usual, and this happened this week.

So instead of the usual 90-100 posts, I have broken my previous record of 154 posts in a week.

So, there's that. It doens't really mean anything else. But I figured it was worth noting that this week has had more posts than any other in my 11 years of this blog

it's known as the 007, and people are buying it to quickly hide their license plate... govt people hate that, cops and ticket cameras especially

Fiat Argentina had Leo Burnett work up a humorous owners manual, which they gave to every new Fiat owner, the only problem was that some people were offended

Graham and Dodge Brothers exhibit at the Buenos Aires Motor Show, November, 1925

Motorist and multiple car dealership powner Julio Fevre (including Mors , Delage , Delahaye , Berliet , Citroën etcetera),  at the time had these two North American makers, and decided to exhibit them in the open with a replica of a Graham Brothers vehicle.

Inside, visitors could discover the commercial offer of both Dodge Brothers and Graham Brothers.

The ACA (Automóvil Club Argentino)'s own publication, which reviewed the exhibition, described it as "The Monster Truck":
"The pavilion built by Julio Fevre y Cia., was very attractive and placed on the right side of the Pavilion of the Roses. An immense truck, of disproportionate dimensions, served as a shelter for a large showroom for the various types of cars of the brand that represented the named exhibitors. The front of the Pavilion was the front of the truck, with its corresponding huge bonnet, headlights, mudguards, and its large pneumatic tires, built with such perfection that it seemed that it could suddenly start up.

 It is an effort worthy of all praise, because to the originality of the presentation, unites the attraction of the public and the enhancement that is given to the ensemble and the ornament of the Exhibition. The public constantly visited this pavilion and admired the construction of the huge simulated truck

These photos were found in Uruguay a couple years ago, and published in the ACA magazine

the Buenos Aires Motor Show will have it's 100th anniversary in 2018

2 years later, in 1927, REO had a similar exhibit outside the Helsinki Auto Show

1957 Harley, timelapse rebuild video, because there is something therapeutic about watching a teardown and rebuild

Why are there 1970 1/2 Camaros?

Things had been right on schedule for the all-new Camaro body stampings at Fisher Body, when during what is called “final die tryouts”.

Right before production stamping begins, the quarter-panels kept wrinkling and splitting. The body dies required too much draw for the sheetmetal to cooperate.

Fisher decided to reconfigure the draw dies, which are the two halves needed to pound out a fender or panel from flat sheet stock. This required a short delay.

Unfortunately, the resulting quarter-panels stamped from the new dies were worse than the previous attempt. So Chevrolet delayed the intro for the Camaro—again—while Fisher created entirely new dies.

Having to extend the production of the 1969 Camaro also created its own problems. From having to fill the parts pipeline with more 1969 components when suppliers were well into 1970 Camaro production was one issue.

In some cases, completely different suppliers made components post-August 1969, from those original, earlier manufacturers. Stockpiling 1969 components when facilities were already stocked with 1970 parts was another.

And, of course, all intro plans—marketing, promotion, and advertising—had to be postponed. In fact, Chevrolet advertised the 1969 Camaro alongside 1970 Corvettes, Chevelles, and Novas as part of its early 1970 muscle-car lineup.

In the first quarter of 1970, dealers were selling both 1969 and 1970 Camaros side by side. An additional 42,803, in total, 1969 Camaros were produced from August through November that would not have existed had the delayed 1970 production not happened.

380 million dollar airport on the remote island of Helena is finally open for business

the weekly service between Johannesburg and St Helena is now regularly scheduled

The virgin flight, an SA Airlink service from South Africa, ends the island's long-standing reliance on a ship which sailed every three weeks.

It is hoped that the service, funded by the UK, will boost tourism and help make St Helena more self-sufficient.

But British media have dubbed it "the most useless airport in the world", mostly because the British taxpayers paid for it, and have no use for it

I posted about it in May 2016

cars stuck in customs, well damn, wouldn't you like to see all of the vehicles that fit that description in the many warehouses around the world

Challenger, GTO, Corvette way in the back, and a tv show screen time Charger from the show Dules Of Hazzard

these are just a few stuck and abandoned in the Argentina customs at the La Plata Customs Office,  because the owner decided to abandon them when the process (maybe bribes) to nationalize them proved more cumbersome (and expensive) than he planned.

Operation Daytona, the Argentinian police confiscated 90 high value cars that were illegally brought into the country

13 people were arrested for falsification of documentation and fraudulent importation, plus illegal weapons and cash.

Among the (above) seized vehicles were a Porsche Cayman, two Porsche Boxster, a Hummer H2, several Audi , Mercedes-Benz and Harley Davidsons.

did you know that the DeTomaso brand was sold off, and traded many times since Don Alejandro's death?

After the bankruptcy of the company after the death of Don Alejandro, the rights of the brand passed from hand to hand.

Until finally the Italian businessman Gian Mario Rossignolo, who was sentenced to house arrest for an embezzlement of almost 20 million euros for the diversion of funding from the Italian Government and the European Union.

So then an  Italian Court sold the rights to ownership of the De Tomaso brand to the Chinese group Ideal Team Venture for one million euros.

Don Alejandro was born in Argentina, and exiled for political reasons in 1955. His son Santiago joined him and settled in Italy in 1973. In the 1990's they bought a 500 year old convent in the center of Modena, and created a hotel.

CanalGrande was inaugurated a hotel of classic style, and after his death in 2003, the hotel is run by his son Santiago , who is also in charge of guarding his father's collection of cars.

the 1955 Argentinian presidential limo was just restored

A Veyron Grand Sport convertible, 1 of 150 ever made, became the first victim of the Bugatti Grand Tour

The driver lost control of his vehicle, left the road and ended up against the stones, on a slope of the Andes.

 The driver blamed the accident on oily roads, however, witnesses of the accident said the car was moving to fast in the curve: "It tried to maneuver at the last moment, but it happened in the curve" .

Once a year, Bugatti organizes a cruise reserved for its customers. It is called Bugatti Grand Tour and the 2017 edition will cross roads of Argentina and Chile .

the Gaucho, developed as an air transportable vehicle. One can be stacked on another in order to save space, which can be airlifted by a C-130 Hercules or similar military cargo aircraft.

The Gaucho has a frame of tubular construction with built-in roll cage. This vehicle is essentially a buggy, that combines high speed and good cross-country mobility. It is intended for scouting, special operations and hit-and-run style raids.

A baseline Gaucho has a doorles open-topped body. However there is a version with doors and roof, and another lightly armored version. Some vehicles are fitted with a roof-mount for a 7.62-mm machine gun.

The Gaucho is powered by an MWM 2.8-liter turbocharged diesel engine. It is worth noting that MWM International Motores is a Brazilian subsidiary of Navistar International, producing diesel engines for Latin America.

It was jointly developed by Argentina and Brazil in 2004. It was developed using readily available components in order to reduce development time and production costs. Argentina was responsible for the development of chassis, transmission, suspension and steering. Brazil was responsible for engine, transmission, transfer case, fuel, electrical, brake and cooling systems, armament and accessories. A prototype was publicly revealed in 2006. Brazil lost interest, the project fizzled out, and the remaining stock was sold off through exporting.

Damn... I didn't know anyone was stupid enough to get their boots cut off a semi

imagine having the time to get a trucking roadside tire repair service to deliver and mount a new set of steer tires on... and then when you have the leisure time after delivery and drop off, cutting these damn things off into small pieces and sending them to the jack asses that bought them.

compare the size and weight of a modern muscle car vs a 65-72 classic muscle car.

Just how far is your driver window from the basket that you need a shooter?

Friday, October 13, 2017

A bronze sculputre featuring Cyrus Avery stopping a Model T Ford and frightening two horses pulling a wagon full of oil barrels

The piece is fittingly named East Meets West. It depicts Cyrus Avery in his Model T, along with his wife, daughter and her pet cat.

The artist, Robert Summers, said the Averys are stopped after pulling up on an unsuspecting oil field waggoneer and his team of horses.

just east of the Arkansas River bridge near downtown Tulsa.

 Cyrus Avery Plaza is named for a Tulsa farmer and oilman who served on the Oklahoma Highway Commission in the 1920s and suggested the highway coming through Oklahoma between Chicago and Los Angeles be designated as U.S. Route 66 during a meeting in Springfield, Mo., in 1926.

original owner finally sold a garage kept boat that's been stored out of the elements since 1959

when his used to tow it with his drop top Buick

did you ever see a vehicle look surprised?

stories will be told, and they won't be embellished, but they may be editted for time

they may be cold, but I bet they are having fun

I just remind people of things like this when they say land of the free.

Not so much. When tape measures are used to see if you comply with vehicle regs... you're not in the land of the free.

Sonoma County / Charles Schulz airport

Schulz had long ties to Santa Rosa and to Sonoma County. He and his first wife, Joyce, built a home in the city of Sebastopol in 1958. The airport in Santa Rosa Airport is officially titled the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport and features bronze sculptures of the Peanuts characters. Its logo is Snoopy flying on top of his doghouse.

Ink Pot Award recipient 1974

a well done display of a small flower selling business

Southern California carpool lanes... so congested people are starting to bitch about cheaters, and CHP is getting tech to detect how many occupants are in the vehicles

People who are alone in cars are switching on carpool lane transponders that charge them for using the lane,  as many as 30% of the carpool lane users are doing this, and it's getting the lanes jsut asa backed up as the regular lanes.

Well, the people that bought vehicles in order to use the carpool lanes, (from 2005 to 2011) they began creating the problem they spent money to escape, the gridlock traffic in the normal lanes

Add both of these issues to the number of people who simply risk the ticket to use the lanes but aren't carpooling, and suddenly, the problem is big enough to do something about

There are areas with "Express Lanes" like Interstate 15 between Interstate 78 and the 163 where you can pay to use the lanes, by yourself, by purchasing a transponder that pays a toll.

Solo drivers can get FasTrak online or at Costco to use the lanes for $35 for $40 in tolls, determined by a distance-based dynamic pricing system.

There are some screwy things about car pool lanes / Diamond Lanes / HOV Lanes... like, some places have a requirement that only vehicles with 3 people can use them... such as the USA / Mexico border area at San Diego - San Ysidro and TiJuana, but in the San Francisco area, if a car is built with 2 seats, and can't get three people inside (sports cars, auto-cycles) they are waivered past the 3 people law

"Certain routes in the San Francisco Bay Area I-80 and I-880, Los Angeles I-10 El Monte Bus Way (during peak hour) and San Diego I-5 San Ysidro requires three or more (3+) persons per vehicle to access the HOV lanes. Signs along the highway will specify the enforcement policy for each route. For San Francisco Bay Area ONLY, originally factory designed vehicles with a maximum two-seat occupancy may access the HOV(3+) lanes as long as there are two occupants in the vehicles."

and get THIS BULLSHIT,  the mass transit / public transit govt bus is allowed to use the carpool lanes with no passengers, but school bus and tourism buses aren't!

In Colorado, people use the Express Lanes, but duck out of the lane to avoid having their transponder picked up and charged

and then there are morons like this, who try to drive around all the gridlock traffic by using the opposing lanes

New York City Transit Authority: Objects contains over 400 artifacts related to the New York City Subway, collected and documented by photographer Brian Kelley

Kelley started collecting MTA MetroCards in 2011, and he quickly became fascinated by other Subway-related objects. This catalogue is the first of its kind — presenting a previously uncollated archive of subway ephemera that spans three centuries.

This collection provides an eye-opening look at a transit system entirely different from the one we know today. Some of Kelley’s finds date back to the mid 19th century, and more familiar objects like subway tokens and coin-collecting bags from an era not so long ago.