Saturday, September 19, 2020

Stack em, pack em, and rack em! 1955 Nash cars in Auto-Loader!/page417

tire profile depth indicator

the city dump and Household Hazardous Waste Collections Facility in Placerville and Diamond Springs (California) are both on Throwita Way (streets)

the Ram TRX has a fun Easter Egg under the airbox cover, it's a T. rex with a raptor in its mouth, taking a clear shot at the competition: the Ford Raptor.

German man flips off speed camera - and gets a 75 times higher fine and a one-month driving ban

This driver in Bavaria was caught in April 2020 driving down the B289 at 81 kilometres per hour, in a 70-limit zone.

The speeding only results in a small warning fine of 20 euros, according to the Highway Code. 

But the 26-year-old driver managed to increase his fine 75-fold.

Just as the speed camera fired, the driver stuck up his middle finger. 

The traffic police in Bayreuth duly reported his offence to the Kulmbach district court, who laid down a fine of 1.500 euros and a one-month driving ban. 

The charge? Being insulting in road traffic (Beleidigung im Straßenverkehr), an offence which carries a fine of up to 4.000 euros.

Hat tip to

NYC parking trick

 A fellow walked into a bank in New York City asking for a loan for $4000 dollars.

 “Well, before we lend you the money we are going to need some kind of security” the bank teller said. 

“No problem” the man responded here are the keys to my car “you’ll see it, it’s a black Porsche parked in the back of the parking lot.”

 A few weeks later the man returned to pay off his loan. While he was paying it up, along with the interest of $11 dollars, the manager came over, “sir, we are very happy to have you’re business, but if you don’t mind me asking, after you left we looked into you and found out that you are a millionaire, why would you need to borrow $4000 dollars?” 

“Well, the fellow responded it’s quite simple, where else can I park my car for three weeks in New York for $11 dollars?”

Millersburg (Kentucky) PD officers conducted a traffic stop on Sept. 2 after spotting a license plate that was hand drawn

The driver had no insurance and was driving with a suspended license.


street racing their friends on motocycles in an Asian country... simply nuts!

BMX expert

 Damned if I can tell how he did that

Standing ovation for Mark and Alicia Steffy, owners of Steffy's Towing in Ephrata Pennsylvania! They found $32k, in a car they were salvaging after a car crash, and returned it to the homeless people it belonged to

Mark Steffy got a surprise this summer when he found a bank envelope in a vehicle that had been in an accident. 

"This ain't the first bank envelope I found, but most of the time they're empty. This time here, when I [saw] it was a big wad of cash, but it was all wet and nasty," he said. 

"To find stacks of cash like that, that was a first," Alicia Steffy said. 

The Steffys said they immediately called police. Officers dried and counted the money, which totaled $32,000

This is what happened: The people who owned the car were involved in a crash in October. They were going through a hard time and were living in a hotel and carrying the money with them. They looked for the money after the crash but couldn't find it in the badly damaged vehicle. 

The Steffys discovered the money 10 months later. The police were able to return the cash to the owners.

"You put yourself in their shoes, and I can't even imagine what it must have felt like initially when they lost that," Alicia Steffy said.

Tip of the hat to

This has to be the most horizontal anyone has gotten back tires to lay, and still roll.

Funniest thing I read today, and a good example of what a funny writer the guy is who makes the blog "Knuckledraggin My Life Away " (Subtitled: Where bad choices make good stories)

I hopped in the truck and drove to get a couple pullets. 

I pulled into the place, told the kid what I wanted, and he netted me 2 pullets. He told me what kind they were but he was mumbling so I didn't quite catch it. I'll have to look it up later when they get their full plumage. He put them in a raggedy box and folded the lid shut. I paid him and thanked him for his time.

Anyways, I turned on the stereo and headed for home. It was a beautiful day, nice and cool, and all was right in my world - until those fucking chickens decided to make a break for it. They didn't just find a way and crawled out, it was like somebody hit a switch because those motherfuckers just exploded out of that box as I was tooling on down the road at 60 mph singing along to David Allen Coe with my driver's side window open.

So here I am, trying to bat those bitches back into the back seat, trying to steer and roll my window up all at the same time down this curvy hilly road, cussing to beat the band. I finally found a stretch of road with a shoulder, so I pulled over and jumped out, then opened the back door and climbed in trying to corner these two birds and not being very successful. I'm starting to get frustrated and I look behind me and I'll be damned if a deputy hadn't pulled up behind me with his lights flashing.

I climbed out of the truck, fucking chicken feathers in my beard, and he asked me just what in the hell was going on? I explained what was happening and he came over and looked inside, started laughing and climbed back into his Explorer and drove off. Hell, I could've used a hand here, partner.

But yeah, I finally wrangled them back into their box and got them home, stuffing them into the henhouse where there's a KFC lid stapled prominently above the door as a warning as to what's going to happen if they keep fucking up.

Vehicle production, by country and amount, from 1950 to 2020


I wonder, just how many people are going out this weekend with some friends, some camping food, and a plan to go see some cool stuff ordinary people won't ever see unless it's photographed?

living for the weekend, and having stories to tell at work!

Friday, September 18, 2020

What kind of ugly Jeep is this? The M151 1/4 ton Mutt.

There sure were a lot of strange military vehicles!/page420

Tonga taxi!/page423

letting the whole town know that the new year's models have arrived, without paying the local paper for an ad!/page425

photo taken in 1964 of the Sydney Tramway Museum Rail Motor Cadilac

Le Mans 1966

Ford Mk II N°1 Shelby American Inc : Ken Miles Denny Hulme 

CD SP 66 N°53 SEC Automobiles CD : Georges Heligouin Johnny Rives

Ferrari 330 P3 N°20 Sefac Ferrari SpA  : Ludovico Scarfiotti Michael Parkes

Matra M 620 N°42 Matra Sports SARL  : Alan Rees Jo Schlesser

It was easier or more logical to make a bus in Samoa that to have one shipped there!/page429

souvenirs from Lime Rock 1957

the Haybale? Great name for a racetrack program

Sting Ray SS - Dick Thompson - Road America 500 - September 1960

Battlebird at Road America 1957

Parking Area - Road America - Elkhart Lake WI - June 1957

Felix Millet trike... with a cool spring loaded front wheel, and are those piston cylinders around the front wheel's hub? Is that a generator in front of the handlebars? There's a lot to see on this 1880s bike

Félix Théodore Millet, 1844-1929 

Born in Ivoy-le-Pré, France

In 1887 Millet built a tricycle powered by a five cylinder radial (rotary) petrol engine built into the sprung front wheel. In 1893 he built a version with the engine in the rear wheel of a bicycle, creating the first multi-cylinder motorcycle. 

The cylinders rotated around a fixed axle. Electric ignition, with the spark provided by a Bunsen cell, invented in 1841. In 1897, he produced, probably in the workshop of Alexandre Darracq, financed by Hippolyte Fontaine.

This revolutionary engine was remarkable in every details at the time. Mudguard with incorporated tank, clutch with rotary handle, controlled valves, front / rear oscillating suspension, electric ignition which spark is provided by a Bunsen cell, invented in 1841. In 1897, he produced, probably in the workshop of Alexandre Darracq Suresnes (currently in Hauts-de-Seine), a motorcycle, a copy is at the Hippolyte Fontaine school, the oldest authentic motorised two wheels currently existing.

 Hippolyte Fontaine, who was also part of the Arts and Crafts fraternity, financed the construction of the Félix Millet's motorcycles.

comparing it to his motorcycle, I think it's obvious he was a mechanical genius, and trying to make a motorcycle with the 5 cylinder radial engine

The Millet motorcycle, designed in 1892 by Félix Théodore Millet , may have been the first motorcycle (or motorized bicycle) to use pneumatic tires

Unfortunately, following his participation in the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race where he failed to get past Orléans, no more was ever heard of dear Félix Théodore Millet.

this would have looked a lot better with a cooler set of rims and fat back tires

I found a site that is all about the fall colors. I envy all of you who can walk out side your house or apartment, and smell the leaves and trees and rain. I haven't done that in over 20 years. Where ever you are, what ever you're doing this weekend, I hope you have perfect weather for it.

4 states ban billboards: Hawaii, Vermont, Maine, and Alaska

A driver was arrested Wednesday after jumping his Dodge Interpid over a rising drawbridge on Detroit’s west side like in the Blues Brothers movie. Drawbridge operator Andre Locke said "‘No he ain’t,’” but he did

A 26-year-old Allen Park man apparently eager to cross the Fort Street bascule bridge near Miller Road at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, just as it was rising, stepped on the accelerator of his Dodge.

"I looked, I said, 'No he ain’t,' " drawbridge operator Andre Locke said to WDIV-TV (Channel 4). "Over he went, blew out tires, and then he crashed into the other gate."

Thursday, September 17, 2020

20' built in 1969 by Don Philbrick, using the interior, windshield, convertible top and 392 Hemi from a wrecked Imprerial convertible just sold for 77k. Thanks Marc B!

A 392ci Chrysler Hemi 392ci V8 sends power to a three-bladed propeller through a V-drive and forward/reverse transmission. Named C-Car, it received the Thunderbird Trophy for most unique boat at the 25th annual Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation’s concours d’elegance.

Don Philbrick, of Philbrick Boat Works in Oakland, California, began building the vessel in 1959, only to sell it in an unfinished state in 1966. The new owner commissioned Don to finish the boat, incorporating the interior, soft top, and engine from Don’s personal Imperial convertible.