Friday, February 24, 2017

JC Leyendecker

eye candy wall hanging

building a model A from scratch, and it's a photo tutorial to make it clear, that it's a lot more work than you'd think. But take a look at just what it took to build the rims from start to finish

What the unbelieveable hell, Tonya Harding has a Bonneville speed record.

On August 12, 2010, Harding set a new land speed record for a vintage gas coupe with a speed of 97.177 mph driving a 1931 Ford Model A, named Lickity-Split, on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

On Monday, Tonya did a qualifying run, of 79.1 mph. On Tuesday, she did a second run, at 83.618 mph, establishing a record of 81.37 mph, from the two runs. She is the first person to drive a 1931 vintage gas coup on the Salt Flats, to establish a land speed record. Also, this is the first time that a vintage gas coup has competed at a SCTA-BNI sanctioned event.

 The car, named Lickety-Split, is owned by Yacolt WA resident Pete Richardson. It's a 1931, stock body Model A coup, powered by a 1932 4 cylinder flathead, with few modifications.

Pete Richardson purchased Lickety-Split, a full-bodied 1931 Model A Coupe after his wife passed away around 2003. Richardson, who is 82, heads toBonneville with daughter Tamra Slagle and her husband Shane Slagle.

In addition to Tamra and Shane, the crew has also included friend Tonya Harding. The team has worked together to set several world land speed records in the vintage gas couple class. Harding, who previously set the flat head with supercharger record at 97.1 mph, has moved to eastern Oregon
Richardson, who turned 79 on Sept. 10, headed to this year’s event with daughter Tamra Slagle and her husband Shane Slagle.

if you're too young to know why Tonya Harding at Bonneville blows my mind, or you've never heard of her, here's the scoop

Ernest Montaut died at the young age of 31. Prints continued to be produced after his death by his wife Marguerite Montaut.

Ernest Montaut could easily be considered the father of ‘motor speed’ and Mecanic Art. He has invented numerous artistic techniques, such as speed lines and the deliberate distortion of perspective through bending and foreshortening of the image, to capture speed and create the impression of movement in his paintings. Some of his techniques are still used by contemporary artists today.

Robert Dunlop, did someone put a hit on him? 1998 3rd start of the Northwest 200 125cc class

Number 4, Dunlop, has space all around him, and 22 (David Lemon) hits him hard on the elbow from behind.  You can see there is plenty of room to HIS right side for 22 to pass without contacting him, even in the following snap shots

here you see his arm being straightened out

causing him to crash, and nearly killing him.

Was there a hit on him? Taking out the most likely winner is the easiest way to win.

Think I'm nuts? Tonya Harding had Nancy Kerrigan kneecapped. That's only 1 simple and clear example of a loser taking out a winner. Then in 2008 his engine seized and killed him. Now, for someone that had been racing and working on his own engines for 30 some years, what is the likelyhood that his engine would not be built right, and ready to race at it's best, vs, what's the chances that the same people who (in my theory) had a price on his head got someone to make a carb adjustment so it ran lean, overheated, and seized?

The Mirror (London, England) Date: May 18, 1998
Dunlop was leading the 125 class on all three occasions when it was halted. He came to grief at University Corner where David Lemon collided with him. Robert could be out of action from four to six weeks.

Last year in his TT comeback following a smash in 1994 he was third in the 125 class. On Saturday he was returning to the North West for the first time in four years.

get the full race up to that point, in the next video, the crash is at the 5:20, and you'll see that the whole field knew Robert Dunlop was going to win it, by this point in the 1st two starts he was in 1st place, just like this 3rd start of the race.

2 weeks later he won his class (ultra lightweight) at the Isle of Man TT, despite this crash, and the many crashes and wrecks before that which nearly killed him

I'm convinced Lemon targeted him, you judge for yourself. Why am I making an issue of this 19 year old race? Well, wouldn't you call this, if you saw it, regardless of how long it's been? Why not? If you suddenly learned who Jack the Ripper was, wouldn't you say so?

Hats off to Robert, he survived a brutal lot of crashes, and a rim that tore itself apart and nearly wiped him out. He didn't quit. He came back, and effing won.

Then in 2008 his engine seized at 170 mph. He died. Was his engine tampered with to run lean? Or to run out of oil? It was a very smokey start to the race for his exhaust. And in 1994, he rear rim broke from the hub.  I seriously doubt he used anything but the best rims, and for one to fail is rare

at the 31 second mark

Maybe I'm suspicious for no reason, and all 3 infinitely impossibly unlikely fatal things were circumstantial. Yeah, right. And the Kennedys were not jinxed. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

a GT 350 that was stolen and stripped, but not until after cool adventures

Fidel Kunz was a painter back in 1967,  a few miles north of the border town Porthill, Idaho.

Fidel's local Ford dealer didn't have any Shelbys in stock and wouldn't take Fidel's requests for one seriously. Fidel was fed up. One day he walked into the showroom with the required amount of money to buy a Shelby. The dealer saw all that cash in Fidel's hand and changed his mind

Fidel immediately set about racing his new car as well as using it as a daily driver, the GT-350 carried Fidel to his various job sites during the week. It was on the job that the car caught the attention of a young kid. The kid wanted a ride, and Fidel obliged. The young kid was wowed and became a racer in his teens. He later switched to engine building. One of his engines won the Indy 500 years later.

Before he knew it, the whole experience came to an abrupt end in the early 1970s when the car was stolen because the GT-350 had extensive engine work done and was known in the area. The thieves couldn't sell the car without attracting attention, so they pulled the engine to sell it out of town. The body of the car was abandoned in bushes, destroyed. Sadly, the car had to be written off.

Sir Vincent

For nearly a quarter-century after the abandonment of the CR&NW RR, the tracks from Chitna to McCarthy were operated as a public tram road.

After the railroad closed in 1938, residents used the McCarthy branch on an ad-hoc basis with a variety of rolling stock (mostly small hand cars, gas inspection cars, and converted autos and trucks). In 1941 the right of way was deeded to the territory as a “public tramway or tram road”, and public service was operated intermittently for many years. The Alaska Road Commission maintained the rails until WWII.

Have you ever seen an Auto Railer before? This is the restored

preserved at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and industry, Inc. in Wasilla, Alaska.

a Morris in Australia

a couple abandoned mining towns had narrow gauge railroads, and rumor has it that one of the narrow gauge locomotives was still at one of the ghost towns.

After closing the mining towns and the trains that served them, a locomotive was left parked on the tracks alongside Gypsum creek. Duane Ericson located the locomotive on its side in the creekbed where the grade had washed out.

That may not have been the only, or the original, locomotive used at Gypsum. Accounts vary, but one of Gypsum’s locomotives may be at the bottom of Milbanke Sound in British Columbia.

 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s wreck tables say that 2000 tons of gypsum and “a locomotive for Tacoma” (possibly being sent out for repairs) were on board the Alaska Barge Co’s James Drummond, southbound from Gypsum, when she ran aground and sank in October of 1914.

Another one was

and here is what it looked like when it was in use

I don't remember ever seeing a dog team pulling a rail cart. So.. poof! Here you are, an Iditarod team in training

rise and fall of the narrow gauge railway

1920's railcars in Alaska

Pete "Hot Dog" Finlan, is the one pinstriper and painter you probably haven't heard of, but should. His work was awarded a Ridler, and the Von Dutch Award (twice). No one else can claim that

2nd credit on the board folks.  Full gallery of this truck at

He was the head painter at Monster Garage with Jesse James. And Jesse didn't work with anyone that wasn't tops.

Hard to believe anyone jsut set these aside and stopped riding them! Dang I'd love a Vespa

Milton Marvin restored the very first Toyota they ever sold, I dig that. It's the centerpiece of their dealership showroom floor now ( a Toyota dealership commonality)

donated by the original owner to the dealership
hat tip to PPG's company magazine, Repaint Repair v 75.1

This showroom looks a lot like the impressive local Toyota dealership with the 1970 Land Cruiser representing the first year they were selling Toyotas

Seriously, why is this cop so damn scared of something the photographer of this picture was unconcerned about and shot with a camera

the Malaysian Cub Prix Championship... if these guys are in contention for the championship, I can't imagine how bad ordinary non racers must be

How fast is an F1 compared to regular (ish) cars?

if you thought your day at work sucked... consider this work site.

At least they have a dozer and excavator to get it out of there. No croc or gator is going to damage on of those, right?

I hereby start the slow clap for this kid.

Skagit Steel MAC Fordson unit operated on a pole road by Scott Brothers logging company of Concrete, WA circa early 1920s.

thanks Steve!

and Steve found that it's still around

McLaren, the film

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

An old Jeep Wagoneer buried in a partially collapsed garage at Cape Cod for 40 years to be removed

in the above photo, the house to the left? Yup, that one with all the additions in behind it. Well the small dark shrub covered dune to the left of the telephone and light pole, that is the other side of this collapsed and partially sand dune covered garage where the Wagoneer has been for decades

"I remember it being in the garage," said Graham whose home is near the buried Jeep "It's like a white Wagoneer."

As the town begins this spring to allow the shifting dune near the Musnuff's property to cover beach parking spaces, the time was right to ask the family to move the Jeep too, the town Manager Rae Ann Palmer said. "It should be moved for environmental concerns,"

The family had wanted to get the Jeep out of the garage for years, but the town wouldn't let them move the sand, "Now they (the town) want it out," Basil Musnuff's mother owns the property. He says he began visiting in the 1970s and has never seen the Jeep driven.

Today, the weathered cottage at the center of the issue sits precariously on a dune between the present parking lot and the beach.

When the owners of this cottage were asked what they planned to do, they replied, “We’ll just wait for it to fall in.”

On Feb. 10 the town conservation commission issued an order of conditions for the move, scheduled for Friday, weather permitting.

The family's house and a horse barn-turned-shed, both built before 1895 according to town historical records, sit atop a grassy dune with the garage half-encased in sand at the toe. The garage's crushed roof nearly obscures the Jeep inside.

Friday, a contractor hired by the family will take the roof off the garage and pull the Jeep out. The garage will then be filled back up with sand.

Emily Beebe with the town’s conservation committee said, "Literally, a couple of days later the town will be pulling parking lot up and then doing the same thing, letting the dune restore itself in that area which it hasn't been able to do for decades because of the parking lot."