Saturday, May 05, 2018

Chuck Connors looking very similar to Steve McQueen's dune jump with a woman in the passenger seat holding on for life

It's a slightly different dune buggy in the opening sequence of Cowboy In Africa (which I've never heard of before) and the passenger is the supporting actor

Above from a bad copy but I have to thank Steve for knowing this even existed at ALL!
Below from the video I linked to AFTER going through and getting all those screen grabs.

the famous 1904 Madison Square Garden car show

Lumber district horse car 1890

50 horsepower

President Theodore Roosevelt at the Wawona Tunnel Tree, Sequoia National Park. May 15, 1903.

any day at the drag strip... beats any day away from it

Friday, May 04, 2018

The Bus to Montreal May be Slightly Delayed. Clifton Park, New York, 1922.

Dang shame that the photographer wasn't trying to get the car in the photo from the very front to the back of the trailer

the most ridiculously over-marketed kids there ever were, the Dionne quints

a couple weeks ago I had never heard of them, now they pop up in my favorite Facebook pages... the Dionne quints

it must be the best place to repair motorbikes East of St Louis... from all the photos I've seen, at least 1 in 5 bikers damages their bike on the Tail of the Dragon

Robert Leier, 1971 Dodge Coronet, on the Silver State Classic Challenge in 2012. It's not about the car you drive, it's all about getting to drive such fun events and making a list of enviable things you've done instead of sitting in front of a tv.

Posted at Heathrow International Airport

Kim has begun his cross country ride from Seal Beach Ca to NYC

If you want to follow along, as I'll be doing, the link is

just walk it off

just a look at the early 70s car carcasses of New York. Must have been too difficult to get them to a junkyard?

The above isn't photo shopped. It's the West Side Elevated highway, that was designed so damn badly, that by the time they finished making it ( 22 year long project finished in 1951) it was already falling apart and unable to handle long truck and trailer combos due to narrow on-ramps and extremely tight turns. No doubt it was a windfall contract to reimburse unions for election results, and it then was an eyesore for another couple decades (shut off in 1973 not destroyed until 1987) until they figured out what to do to get rid of it and replace it with another highway.

The only skateboard rack I've ever come across

Skateboards used for lights in a pizza place

The neighbors bought this great old delivery Chevy a couple years ago. Might be 2, or 3, or 4 years ago... regardless, it was parked in their driveway, and hasn't moved since. The neighbors have now both died, a year apart, and never got to enjoy their truck

moral of this story? If you're old, go enjoy your cars. It's a damn shame for them to sit around while you're alive, and you can't do a damn thing when you're dead.

update.. the daughter that inherited is trying to sell it for 15 thou

When you come to a fork in the road, avoid hitting the damn thing. It takes about a 1/2 hour to get a new tire, and about 150 bucks. So... swerve damn it!

Not my tire, not my problem, just posting from

sidecar delivery service for tires

Thursday, May 03, 2018

This Stoddard-Dayton camping car was built for engineer and politician Thomas Coleman du Pont (1863-1930).

Du Pont used the vehicle during his supervision of the construction of the DuPont Highway through the state of Delaware.

The DuPont Highway was proposed in 1908 by Thomas Coleman DuPont, a two-time U.S. senator, as a modern road that was to run from Selbyville north to Wilmington as part of a philanthropic measure.
At Wilmington, it connected to the Philidelphia Pike which had been made in the 1820s

This DuPont Highway was planned to improve travel and bring economic development to Kent and Sussex counties, and was to be modeled after the great boulevards of Europe with
a 200-foot wide right-of-way consisting of a 40-foot wide roadway for automobiles flanked by dual trolley lines,
30-foot wide roadways for heavy vehicles,
15-foot wide unpaved roadways for horses, and sidewalks.
Utilities were to be buried underground below the horse roadways.

The highway was also to include agricultural experimental stations and monuments for future surveying. Trolley revenues would help pay for the construction of the roadway. After portions of the DuPont Highway were built, these portions were planned to be turned over to the state at no charge.

In 1911 construction on the highway began, but it was interrupted right away by litigation challenging both the constitutionality of the law establishing the road building corporation and the need for DuPont to acquire such a large right-of-way.

 DuPont would narrow the proposed right-of-way to 100 feet in order to compromise with opponents of the highway in addition to offering landowers whose properties were affected by the highway five times the assessed value of the land five years after the highway was completed.

 The DuPont Highway would end up being built on a 60-foot alignment with a 32-foot wide roadway. The length of the DuPont Highway between Selbyville and Wilmington was completed in 1923, with one of the final portions to be completed at the Drawyers Creek north of Odessa. A ceremony marking the completion of the highway was held in Dover on July 2, 1924.

The completion of the DuPont Highway improved transportation between northern and southern Delaware and would lead to the expansion of state highways in Delaware.

In 1926 it was suggested the Philadelphia Pike be widened along with the DuPont Highway between State Road and Wilmington.

By 1934, after many more improvements were made to Delaware highways, such as the completion of widening US 13 into a divided highway between Dover and Wilmington, it was considered the best superhighway and the longest stretch of divided highway in the world.

Coleman Du Pont used 4 million dollars of his own money to fund it... perhaps that is the last and most recent public highway paid for by a private citizen, for the public use. Other wealthy philanthropists have made libraries, like Carnegie, or made schools, hospitals, etc. But highways? Without tolls?