Saturday, May 14, 2022
one of these days I'm going to quit blogging, so when I hear what a blogger said about his 24 years of daily work and why he's taking a long vacation from his blog I pay attention
he's a full timer that went the distance to get patrons and advertising, and made a living at blogging, if you haven't heard of Kottke, it's a variety blog that shares whatever comes up of interest to the blogger
Did you hear of the Jim Taylor collection coming to auction this October? It's got some rare stuff, like a real factory race '55 Type D Jag that wasn't raced, and an unrestored '64 Cobra 289, and a '67 427 Cobra with only 8k miles
the 1955 Jaguar D-Type Sports Racer. Mr. Taylor’s car, XKD 515, is considered by marque specialists to be one of the most original examples extant and owes its authenticity to the fact that it was largely spared from competitive racing when new and instead was used primarily as a road car. As the 15th of the 42 examples originally built and having had the benefit of a pampered life, the Taylor D-Type remains one of the finest pedigreed cars of the breed
I just wanted to make a note that it's not flag day, not Veterans Day, not WW2 day...Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May.
But I wanted to remember the Alamo (been there!) and so many Indian wars, and the various damn wars that have keep the country entrenched in a cycle of battles all over the planet. I think the USA has been in a war everywhere except Greenland.
the Norgrove Railway outside of Arroyo Grande Ca, restored a Davenport Locomotive Works narrow gauge sugar cane plantation steam engine built in Iowa in 1917 and was scheduled to be shipped to France for use as a “trench train” moving men and supplies, but the war ended before the train was shipped
Of the 80 locomotive built by Davenport and 30 built by Vulcan Iron Works none were shipped to Europe. Since the American abandoned all rolling stock sent to Europe at the end of hostilities, many of the Baldwins were reclaimed from the rail facilities and were shipped to many places in the world including Brazil, Australia, and Wales. Several had guage changes applied, usually 75 cm and one at least 100 mm (just shy of 3 feet and 40 inches). As late as 1982, 60 cm box cars were in use by a tourist railroad in France. Dunn has detailed disposition lists for the steam engines and the gas locomotives built by Baldwin for use in Europe.
as always, skip the first minute's nonsense
those two videos are good to get you up to speed, here's a real full game, and the first 19 minutes are not even the game, so, skip to 19:00 and the game will begin
Friday, May 13, 2022
ever seen a '72 Toronado? I never had until today's walk... proving that there's a crazy variety of rare and unusual cars all over
notice the extra brake lights above the trunk
Seen on yesterday's walk, an unusual postal delivery thing, a cool old van, a couple new "what's under the car cover" and the latest in "neglected and mistreated BMWs"
He owned a 78 Firebird Formula 400 like the Rockford Files Firebird
I'm not sure if he owned, or was just driving, the '69 442 he drove in the Baja, or the '72 Cutlass, or if he owned the 68 L88 Vettes that were raced at Daytona by AIR
https://driving.ca/vehicle-types/classic-cars/famous-for-acting-but-a-racer-at-heart-the-cars-of-james-garner mentions that he was racing Parnelli's Bronco in the Baja
Anyway, back to his military service: