Saturday, December 08, 2018

logging trucks are now effing amazing with this cab that raises and rotates

1969 Ford Cobra Torino Screamer commercial

It seems that one person was smart to record it off Speedvision, as this commercial is said to have only been broadcast once in 1969, and that was immediately stopped by someone who didn't want the legal problems of fighting Chrysler, or Warner Brothers, for using the trademarked "Meep Meep" sound

Thanks Bobby!

Paul Palmer shot these four old haulers sitting out in the open by the train depot in Silverton, Colorado. These guys no doubt lived a long and useful life and now add to the ambience of the surrounding railroad yard.

A 1973 F750 fire truck fixed up in NDSU colors by Brocke Franke for tail gating at the games, with bar stools, a grill, etc

A lot of this truck is all North Dakota, the astro turf is from the Fargodome, the bar stools are from a rural North Dakota cafe, and the wood is original to the truck, it's what the fire hoses used to lay on

I hope they fired whoever decided "Captain Pickup" was a good idea to publicize

stunning imagery got me to check out the movie trailer... to find out why a team of soldiers was pulling a Nazi staff car

as you can see, 70 years later, and even a movie image about a true story can't have the swastika on it depending on the country it's printed in.

Above printed in the USA, below, in Norway

Anyway, the story itself in intriguing, it's not about the Nazis... it's about a deserter impersonating a Nazi officer to first, just survive until the end of the war, but then, to grab as much power as he could to satisfy his sadistic desires by killing and murdering pows and wehrmacht deserters

To quote Wikipedia " the story of German war criminal Willi Herold, who assumed a stolen identity as a German officer and orchestrated the killing of deserters and other prisoners at one of the Emslandlager camps."

director Robert Schwentke (RED, Insurgent, Allegiant) uses the device of a uniform to explore what’s underneath, and finds darkness in the hearts of men. The Captain takes the real-life story of a 21 year-old conscripted private at the very end of World War II who, having deserted his unit, stole a captain’s uniform and adopted the role of very persecutors from whom he was fleeing. It looks at the implosion of violence from soldiers honed and hardened by war once the order of combat starts to break down.

It’s two weeks before the end of the war, and the Third Reich is unravelling. Deserters are pillaging and stealing in order to survive. One of them, Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), his face scabbed with crusted mud, narrowly escapes being shot by German officers in a jeep, then witnesses a fellow stray get pitchforked to death over the theft of some eggs. When he stumbles upon an officer’s uniform in an abandoned truck, he puts it on. And immediately his bearing changes. The cowed, kicked dog demeanour vanishes, in its place a clipped, casual cruelty.

The uniform brings him status and power, both of which he discovers a taste for. But if clothes maketh the man, in this case they make him a monster. Emboldened by the opportunistic soldiers who attach themselves to him, he embarks on a precarious game of brinksmanship, brutally raising the stakes every time it looks like he might be discovered. Of his rag tag band of men, two suspect that The Captain is, like them, a deserter trying to bluster his way out of a tight spot. One, Freytag (Milan Peschel) is the conscience that Herold tries to ignore. Furrowed and sorrowful, he bears witness to the atrocities. Kipinski (Frederick Lau) meanwhile manifests every savage impulse, he’s a rampaging Id armed with an assault rifle.

Assuredly uncomfortable, the reality of war often is. I don't think I'm going to see the movie, even with a blu ray so the damn thing doesn't have to be heard in German and read in English.

I understand that this was done in order to show the reality of the situation, as the Germans didn't speak English so Americans could see a movie without subtitles, but I also know that when making a movie, you either do it in English, or get fewer people paying to see it.

Of course, this was probably made to not just show how repulsive men can be in war, it may also have been made to get perennially shown in film schools, history classes, and maybe to try for an Oscar. All of those goals make up for the lack of box office ticket sales

these two full size posters are for comparison sake.

it seems that some truck drivers didn't get the message the last couple of times bridges were destroyed, and think 100 year old 15 ton bridges, and smaller, can handle over 40 tons, because of magic wishes and prayers

the 1911 bridge won't be repaired soon, as inflation prevents anything from being replaced or even repaired,  for what it initially cost over 100 years ago when materials and labor were far less expensive. 

The county this is in has a 3.8 million annual budget for repairs for all roads, but replacing this bridge alone? Would exceed that, all by itself

the beautiful PVTA Choppers dragster.

I've seen a lot of tires moved around, but I've never seen anyone pull off this cool trick

Friday, December 07, 2018

one very angry french farmer that isn't going to stand by while the prices of fuel go up with another tax

The spark for the movement came in mid-November, after Macron announced he would increase fuel taxes, in order to help finance his plan to transition France to renewable energy. The increase could add about 10 euros ($14) to a family’s monthy household expenses. And while that is a significant sum to many poor families, for many others, the pronouncement seemed simply to be the final straw — It was “la limite,” Valette says.

The fractured movement of yellow jackets exploded seemingly out of nowhere, gathering momentum over the past two weeks through Facebook pages that have organized local demonstrations across a country of 67 million people. It has no leader, and no affiliation to a political party or trade union. It resembles more the grassroots Arab Spring protests of 2011, which toppled governments, than the frequent French demonstrations that usually accompany mass strikes. The one commonality among these demonstrators are the high-vis jackets that give them their name, which can be found in every vehicle under French law.

A poll on Wednesday showed about 84% of French supported the yellow jacket movement

clever hidden back up camera

the auction prices for those early Macks and other trucks that I posted about in August. They all went pretty cheap, except the Brockway, it was 7400

proper decorations, and useful night lights! on THIS garage. 1940 Ford headlihts that come on dim at night, and high beams on with a motion sensor!

Thanks to Chuck!

The first satellite broadcast, with the first race broadcast live from another continent, due to "Earlybird"

The Early Bird satellite had been launched on April 6 and the use was "free" for quite a while.This was probably the first "live" auto race broadcast not originating in the US.

Thanks Tom!

A small Italian town of 120 people, happens to be in the middle of racing on a small road from point A to B, and people race through all the time... nearly 60,000 in only 2 weeks. That's what a speed camera found, but it was only measuring stats, not issuing tickets

See More Mayor Allesandro Allesandri said that one in three vehicles were caught breaking the 31 mph speed limit, with the worst hitting 84 mph on the twisty mountain pass route, which is a popular spot for illegal motorcycle racing.

Above you see the main pedestrian crossing... which no one has simply figured out ought to be a bridge. No people walking across the road, no people get hit. It's that simple. But, since people must walk across the road, they must get highway traffic to slow the hell down.

On average someone sped through every 3 minutes, and if that's not enough to upset the residents, the worst offenders are zipping through nearly three times the posted limit because this highway, state highway SS28, has fewest speed bumps, speed radars and tolls.

Imagine how much money they could make with a couple cops stopping the speeders and fining them? Writing tickets is ok too, but people don't bother paying those unless they're local. Anyone else just avoids that place in the future

It's on the first road inside Italy that runs North from the coast, and that probably has a lot to do with the high amount of traffic on that road just passing through.

That black line on the left of the red indicator is the border of France

Gymkhana 10 is on Amazon Prime today, at the end of their series, in the 2nd half of episode 8, of The Gymkhana Files.

why hasn't this thing ever been on the list of ugly cars? Ford Escort RS2000

note to self, don't run over a fire hose

I suppose if it works, and you don't break anything while doing it, nor get hurt, it's really not as stupid as it looks

I can't imagine just how loud this must be, and there must be someone at the factory who has to test them, right?

Country Classic Auto in Illinois was hit by a tornado, yes, this is the same place that was burnt away last year

some humor to start off your Friday

time will tell if you are full of bullshit and tell people nonsense

Why musclecars get single digit miles per gallon