Saturday, October 06, 2018

American Airlines flight engineer Frank Nusser, left, and Capt. Don Young wait by their aircraft for fog to lift at Los Angeles International Airport.

Oct. 19, 1935: A Southern Pacific locomotive is derailed after a crash with a seven-ton sand truck in Glendale.

The southbound Southern Pacific Lark, rolling through Glendale yesterday, smashed into a seven-ton truck loaded with sand and the impact derailed both the train’s locomotives, two coaches, tore up a section of track and sent twelve passengers and trainmen to hospitals.

Leaping from the driver’s seat of the truck when he saw the impending collision, E. J. Chaney of 213 West Windsor Road, Glendale, escaped death by inches and was only slightly hurt. He was hauling sand for the Consolidated Rock Products Company.

Careening off the roadbed, the lead locomotive of the sixteen-car train broke loose and plowed a deep furrow through sandy soil for nearly 800 feet before coming to a stop at an angle that all but turned over. …

The crash occurred at Aviation Drive, a little-used road through a dump at the southeast end of Grand Central Air Terminal, at a point across San Fernando Road opposite the west end of Doran Street.

More than 170 passengers aboard the Lark, coming from San Francisco and within a half-hour of their Los Angeles destination, were severely shaken up when the crash came at 8:40 a.m. ….

Auburn Speedster at the Muroc dry lake run in the Mojave desert.


This Speedster was powered by the new 160 h.p. V-12 Lycoming engine."Automotive Industries" reported in it's Jan.1932 issue that new speed records were set at distances from one mile to 500 miles. The mile run set a new 100.77 mph mark, and the 500 mile distance was covered at an average speed of 88.95 mph.

Jean Harlow at the national air races of 1933. Hollywood movie stars don't do this sort of event publicity anymore that I've seen

Roscoe Turner finished first and had the trophy in his arms, but was disqualified for cutting a pylon and James Wedell who placed second was awarded the trophy.

He flew his Wedell-Williams 44 at a speed of 237.95mph for a prize purse of $9,500 in the 100-mile race

The Wedell Williams racers were built just south of Baton Rouge, in Patterson, Louisiana..

they have a fine but small display of the 7 old planes :,-91.2940076,3a,75y,108.22h,79.63t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sa21p-u9SorgAAAQZD69-sg!2e0!3e2!7i13312!8i6656

The Wedell-Williams Aviation Collection highlights the legacy of Louisiana aviation pioneers Jimmie Wedell and Harry P. Williams, who formed an air service together in 1928 in Patterson. Both men became nationally prominent during the Golden Age of Aviation. Although both Wedell and Williams perished in plane crashes, their legacy lives on in the memorabilia and planes on display in this collection.

State-of-the-art displays include numerous aircraft, such as the famous Miss Patterson #44 and the Gilmore #121. Also on display are Wedell-Williams’ 1930s air racing trophies and memorabilia. The David J. Felterman Theater features an exciting air racing film that visually transports you to the heart of the 1932 Cleveland National Air Races.

the Mopar 4 speed that connected the hemi to the road

Driver turnover rate at large fleets ticks closer to 100 percent

The turnover rate at large truckload carriers (those with more than $27 million in annual revenue) jumped again in the second quarter of 2018, climbing 4 percentage points to an annualized rate of 98 percent.

Truckers had a protest called Black Smoke Matters in Washington DC, parking at the Mall, and then, basically, a sit down strike on the I 95... why now? the date numerically, was 10-4

Around 3 dozen rigs rolled into Washington, D.C. and assumed parking positions along Constitution Ave. and in front of the Department of Transportation headquarters in association with the Operation Black and Blue group, protesting the crippling effects that current regulations are having on the trucking industry.

These truckers are protesting the ELD mandate this week, encouraging a delay and eventual repeal intended to build support for the H.R. 3282 ELD Delay Bill in the House.

Under normal circumstances truck drivers are required to follow strict Hours of Service regulations that are tracked - to the second - by Electronic Logging Devices (ELD). These ELDs were mandated by Congress and enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in December of 2017, all in the name of safety.

 When a natural disaster strikes such as Hurricane Florence "safety" regulations are waived. Actions such as these have driven driver frustration to an all time high. On October 4th drivers gathered on the National Mall in a show of Unity, Pride, and Public Awareness. This event has been dubbed "Thats A Big 10-4 on DC."

1, Improve safety and training standards across the trucking industry.
2, Eliminate the “fourteen hour rule,” allowing drivers to split “sleeper time.”
3. Reclassification of professional truck driving as a skilled trade.
4. Hold shippers/receivers financially responsible for detention; drivers should be compensated for all on-duty time.
5. Improve parking infrastructure at rest stops and other stopping areas along the road network; crowding stopping areas and parking on an on-ramp or off-ramp is potentially dangerous.

Wouldn't you rather be on a back road in the country, like in Michigan, soaking in the colors?

My uncle Bruce has been out driving around having a fantastic fall this past week, and took all these photos.
 It just snowed yesterday, so, these colors aren't going to last much longer

Has anyone heard of a GMF? It was at the Malmedy car show in Belgium today, and John and I have never heard of one before

So, let me know if you recognize this...

Friday, October 05, 2018

oh good grief, they called these Charger Daytonas. 1975 and 77

That's just horrible to use such a respected name for such a useless thing

omg the 70s were strange... this is the Midnight Charger. I think this qualifies as proof that Detroit was miles past anything resembling an intelligent good idea. I also doubt any exist anymore

No wonder they killed off the name Charger after these... they waited too long though, they should have killed it off in 1972, and called this a Cordoba or some other pointless marketing word

New York Auto Show 1913 Grand Central Hotel "Motoria"

Cadillacs, 1904-1948, it seems. Maybe

Chevy models 1912 - 63

anti-break-in lock knob guards.

Drivers nightmare, photographers dream... it was all caught on film. Rally San Martino di Castrozza 2018.

The two men, aged 31 and 48, conscious, were taken by helicopter to Santa Chiara: the navigator was discharged in the evening, while the other remains hospitalized

The pilots involved are Riccardo Canteri and Pierino Leso , who were on board a Fiat 131 Racing, 2,000 displacement, of the Scaligera Rallye stable.