Saturday, September 14, 2019

It's been a couple years since I posted downhil mountain bike racing, so, Coffee and donuts and adrenaline

Coffee and donuts video, 500 residents and volunteers from a local village put on amateur theater for train passengers along the route in Germany's Saale valley. A 30 kilometer long stage, along the Jena-Naumburg route.

Seabees who sponsored B 29s got an extra cool nose art job, some with small caricatures of them by their watch stations

two Navy "Seabee" Artists who had painted on the Slick's Chicks nose art, and added caricatures of its crew, PTRL/C William P. Kantz, MS3/C George E. Lawrence

Thou shalt magnaflux thine hubs at least once every 100 races! This is AM300/3A/1317, Engine DBA/936, perhaps the most raced DB2/4 Mark IIIs around

wait for it

a two-fer.
the Mustang does the cool stuff, and Rocket gives the perfect response

Just looking at trains is probably good for us


a set of belly tanks made into a boat (thanks Steve!)

another museum closes (thanks Doug!)

Counterweight... because gravity doesn't take the day off when you've only got one pig to bring to market

I'm pretty sure this would work... a shopping cart BBQ

Friday, September 13, 2019

I wasn't sure what to post for 9-11, that bit about Bad Penney was pretty good. This ain't bad either

Boy with a GoPro helps solve 27 year-old missing person's case, by spotting a submerged vehicle while out on a boat ( thanks Double Nickel!)

The boaters spotted what they believed was a car submerged beneath about five metres of water.

Max's family lives in Sherwood Park, Alta., but runs Griffin Lake Cabins on the shore of the small, mountain lake 15 miles west of Revelstoke.

Previous owners of the summer cabins had boated and kayaked on the lake for 17 years without ever seeing a submerged vehicle.

Two officers set out on the lake, taking Max along, but couldn't see the vehicle. So Max then jumped into the water with his GoPro camera. He surfaced with video of a vehicle upside down on the bottom of the lake.

After that, police sent a dive team, tow truck and boom and hauled a 1986 black Honda Accord from the water on Aug. 24.

A female body was inside.

RCMP Sgt. Thomas Blakney said police ran the licence plate and discovered the car was owned by Janet Farris and had been reported missing in 1992. They also noted the missing person case from that same year.

Police think Farris likely swerved to avoid an animal or lost control of her vehicle for some other reason and rolled into the lake. There was no visible front-end damage to the Honda, so they don't think it hit anything.

Capt Sam and Ten Scent's

SEMA at work for car enthusiasts

Thanks to the efforts of Assembly Members Tim Grayson (D-Concord), Tasha Boerner-Horvath (D-Oceanside), Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Phil Chen (R-Diamond Bar), Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), and enthusiasts throughout California, state lawmakers have approved SEMA-supported legislation (SB 112) that restores “fix-it” tickets for cars suspected of violating the state’s exhaust noise limit. Once signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsom, SB 112 will take effect immediately.

SB 112 removes cars from the impact of AB 1824, which was signed into law by then-Governor Jerry Brown in June of 2018. AB 1824 amended how California law enforcement officials issued citations for suspected exhaust noise violations by removing the ability to issue fix-it tickets, which allowed for 30 days to correct a violation; instead, motorists received an immediate fine. The bill generated significant concern within the specialty automotive aftermarket industry and enthusiast community. Once signed into law by Gov. Newsom, SB 112 will again allow law enforcement to issue fix-it tickets.

landing gear experimental B 26, the "Middle River Stump Jumper"

A guy parked in the shopping cart area of a store in Buenos Aires, Argentina, so, store employees made him park there longer than he expected

the parking lot was reportedly full so the driver decided to park in the cart area leading to this situation.

Here's something from 2006, some artists decided to add nose art to WW2 warbirds that didn't have any, but they stuck to a Disney type character theme

the tail end of The Reluctant Drag'On

a car was just discovered submerged in a pond near Palm Beach in Florida, where it had been for 22 years with the dead guy inside, because someone was using google earth to look at his home from above

An eagle-eyed resident of Lake Worth, Fla., made the amazing find on Aug. 28, when he was looking at some satellite images of his neighborhood on the mapping program and noticed a vehicle submerged in a lake near his home, the Florida Sun Sentinel reported Thursday.

The car, which was not visible from the ground level but was obvious from above. Inside were skeletal remains identified Tuesday as William Earl Moldt.

Moldt, 40, who was last heard from the night of Nov. 7, 1997, when he called his girlfriend to say he was leaving a nightclub and would be home soon. the image from space, turned out to be a 1994 Saturn SL, cops said.

The pond where the car was found is a stretched tear-drop shape, with homes on two sides and a guardrail on the other.

But that barrier would not have been in place in 1997 to stop Moldt’s car from driving into the pond. Grand Isles was under construction at the time. It sits toward Wellington’s southeast corner and is north of Lake Worth Road and west of State Road 7.

Fay’s home and others in Grand Isles’ Sausalito subdivision weren’t built until 1998. Only the roads and ponds were in place in 1997.

Divers lift cars from canals on a regular basis in South Florida. In 2017, when water managers lowered the depth of the Boca Rio canal before Hurricane Irma, they found six vehicles, including a Toyota with the remains of Loraine Pinto of Boca Raton inside. She had disappeared about nine months earlier.

B 29s at Tinian freshly adorned with nose art, "Jack Pot" and "Slick's Chicks"

Painter I/C Edmund D. Wright, USNR, completed cartoon decoration of the plane, with nickname "Jackpot" and turns it over to Army air corps corporals Eugene H. Rees (cntr) and Marion V. Lewis (rt), at Tinian, 1944-45. Wright was a member of the Navy 107th Seabee battalion which sponsored the plane and adopted its crew.

Same guy on the left, photographed on the starboard side of the B 29 to show the other art on that side, other members of the crew

two Navy "Seabee" Artists who had painted on its nose art, and added caricatures of its crew, PTRL/C William P. Kantz, MS3/C George E. Lawrence

Navy Seabee Artists Lawrence (rt) and Kantz (2nd from rt) pose with their nose art handiwork, at Tinian, circa 1944-45.

on Feb. 10, 1945 Capt. Carmel McClelan Slaughter, his co-pilot Dan Godsy, and his crew aboard a B-29 from the 505th Bomb Group, 42-24784 "92 Naval Const. Batt" aka "Slicks Chick" were part of a massive U.S. air raid that crippled a Nakajima Aircraft Co. factory in nearby Ota, northwest of Tokyo, the planes were rammed in mid-air by Japanese fighter, a Japanese fighter, out of control after being shot by a B–29, careened through the B–29 formation, causing them to collide in mid-air, which caused Capt. Slaughter's B-29 to collide with another B-29, piloted by 1Lt. Owen Barnhart, Jr., 42-24815 "121 Sea Bees", aka "Dreamer Boy", thereby causing both planes plummet to the ground in heaps of fiery, twisted metal.

The crash site wreckage burned for three days. All servicemen perished.

Today there is a monument in the Japanese village of Akizuma close to where the two B-29’s crashed. The Japanese villagers cremated the bodies and enshrined them. The ashes were later returned to the United States.68 years later on March 20, 2013, a ceremony was held in honor of the 23 fallen airmen. Some family members of the B-29 crews which participated in the mission were present as well as local Japanese citizens and members of the Yokota AFB. Another person present was Dan Owens, the namesake of the Co-Pilot of Slick’s Chicks.He was so inspired as he grew up that he became a member of the flight crew of Fifi,the only flying B-29 in the world today