Saturday, March 18, 2023

coffee and donuts video, lawn mower drag racing from a 2009 country fair (I think)


in surprising condition for an engine bay working part, this must have been a countertop display

interesting keepsake from the earliest days of American motorcars, a leather mudflap

traveling salesman sample trunks


ever heard of the no jack spare tire? Me neither! Jiffi No Jac Spare Tire, made in 1933

I can see how this would work 100 years ago when cars were light, slow, and had tall skinny tires. 

How these worked was the top half was bolted on to the top of the flat tire, then the car was rolled forward a couple feet, and then the other half was bolted on. 

Thermos had some great ideas for selling their picnic and drink containers, but I've never seen these before

Firestone has done a lot of nice advertising

school diploma framed in a very cool way

The B.F. Goodrich Co. Annual Motorcycle Race trophy of 1911, 5 mile race


smart way to demonstrate the light bulb it's selling

clever way to claim your spark plugs are superior

Boyce Motometer countertop displays


impressively pretty countertop display

I had no idea there were so many spark plug displays for counter tops in parts stores, the Bob Harrington collection must have been incredible to look though... I wonder, did he have a museum?

clever way to get the point across

this opened up Gabriel Snubber countertop display makes it clear how the shock absorber worked


interesting traveling salesman's display of a spring loaded tire on an oak rim, in the Bob Harrington Display Auction

As always, skip the first minute of this video, and then enjoy the 1978 BFG Performance Team at the Mint 400

or read about the BFG Blazers:

Wanting to dominate off-road racing, Chevrolet approached Parnelli Jones in 1976 with the opportunity to create a very special race vehicle–the BFG Blazer. Of course, Parnelli accepted the task and took to the project with his build team, creating the famed Blazer with their extensive knowledge of the off-road race world at the time.

Unlike other off-road racing rigs of its day, the BFG Blazer made use of a full tube-frame chassis, custom one-off suspension components, a fiberglass body and a Big Oly-inspired wing across the back of the roof. Built specifically for off-road competitions, the suspension system of the BFG Blazer was a custom IFS system with unique stamped A-arms, Summers Brothers hubs, and Gabriel shocks in the front. Out back, the truck made use of a unique six-link system and Jacobs Ladder setup fabricated and massaged by Dick Russell and Jones.

I don't know what Roseville Pottery is, or why it's showing the Vanderbilt Cup Race, but, I like that they made both red and blue variations to distinguish the Vanderbilt family car, and the Astor family car (thanks Marc!)

Marc filled me in on what these are, and sent me a link to a Jalopnik article, which refers to Mr Jalopy's website post (wow, I got such a kick out of his blogs in 2006-2008, even met him once when I stopped by his bike store just to let him know he'd been a great influence on me to blog

the Ohio-based Roseville Pottery Company were part of the relatively inexpensive art-pottery market in the early 1900s. Roseville produced a lot of different types and genres of styles and designs. Here are their only automotive-based line, known as the Tourist or Touring series.

The Tourist pattern captures the early days of motoring when it was viewed as an annoying folly of the rich. Each piece takes a poke at motorists wherein the broken down car is pulled by horse team, the auto scares chickens or a horse is spooked which throws the rider.

and now you can see 5 different pieces that Bob Harrington collected

the miniature hobbyists are a special breed

1966 Maserati Mistral Spyder

it's amazing how the times, and the abilities of special people, can sometimes coincide and create an astounding difference in the world, not just an industry

From the book  I Fail to Miss Your Point By Jim O'Bryon

the Caterpillar International Challenge from Con Expo (skip the 1st 19 minutes)

in the 1st 9 minutes you see the first 2 challenges, each operator gets 8 minutes, and can run out of time before getting to the 3rd challenge

the 2nd operator completes the tree insertion at minute 39, if you want to jump ahead to see how the rest of the tire tree challenge goes, as the 1st operator ran out of time after the insertion

Also, I recommend watching at 1.25 speed to move it along a bit better

Thursday, March 16, 2023

a very remarkable collection of spark plugs and countertop demo sales models of speedometers and other 1920s petroliana is at auction right now


did you know the AC spark plug company made speedometers? I didn't!

I thought I'd posted this 1952 Maverick Speedster, in case I haven't, here's a good look at an impressively good looking design

Berryloid Pigmented Dope was a color compound painted over the fabric of airplanes to seal, waterproof, and tighten the plane.

One of the grandsons of the company founders talked the company into purchasing a Waco 10 (NC6528; ATC #41; not a Davis-Monthan airplane) and competed with it in the 1927 National Air Races (NAR) and the 1928 Ford Reliability Tour (Forden reference, left sidebar, chapter IV). He hired Charles W. Meyers, then chief test pilot for Advance Aircraft Co. (makers of Waco planes) to fly the airplane. Colby went along as passenger. They took 4th place in the National Air Tour, and first place in the NAR New York to Spokane, WA Class B race in 1928. According to a popular biography of Colby in the April 15, 1938 issue of Sportsman Pilot, he sold the Waco after the 1928 Tour and bought a Buhl. 

Finally, in 1928, he learned to fly at Culver City, CA. He bought the Great Lakes airplane, NC840H and had it painted with the company name on the fuselage. He was hailed in Detroit as the first sales manager to employ an airplane to cover his territory (but see “Pop” Cleveland and the information about the Parker Pen Company at NC126M).

He then went into business making aviation country clubs with golf courses and resorts, one was on Grosse Island, near Detroit, another was the Lazy H Ranch northeast of Escondido which Colby founded after World War II, converting it into a resort complex with a landing strip and golf course