Friday, September 22, 2017

Anyone remember what car company this is?

For the life of me I don't get why people keep asking me to identify stuff, I made it clear, I don't have answers that I keep to myself, if I've ever learned it, I've posted it. 

30,000 posts are on this blog, and if whatever there's a question about it either posted, or I don't know it. 

Ventura to Death Valley

someone scored a barnfind... lucky bugger has one that can fun on weekend track days too!

keeping score

cool light cover

who knew that drifting would ever be a thing? In the 1970 BOAC 1000km at Brands Hatch they simply had oversteer on wet track

a couple concepts of mass transportation, and one of a gyro stabilized fire fighting helo

that's probably about a 100 dollar brand new area rug stuck in this trucks undercarriage, getting dragged down the road

looks like a rust free, trouble free, and all parts removed sweet convertible project, it's VIN is a 1968 Satellite convertible that had a 6 cyl. It's been custom converted to 1969 Road Runner

how the landslide at Big Sur hwy 1 is going so far... slow. Not going to be opened until next summer at the earliest

these images were recorded last week

if they were smart, they'd blow up the shoulders, extend some clear space at both sides of the slide area, and then push all the dirt to the coast, then put the new freeway in the middle of the coast to cliff cleared space. That would be the most they can probably afford to do to prevent a repeat of the narrowest part of Hwy 1 getting closed by another landslide.

But it turns out, that of course some eviromentalists already had a law passed that prevented such common sense logical solutions, and instead the half a mountain of material has to be moved offsite.

See, the 1983 landslide that happened here wasn't enough "learn from history or be doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past" when it took a year to clear the only North South highway for hours of less time spent on the road. Nope, so they are going to pay twice to make this area passable. And this second time, it's costing double the amount to fix, instead of shoving it all towards the beach.

When you’re facing a “once in a lifetime” mudslide, it’s not a bad idea to hire John Madonna, son of Alex Madonna — whose name is on both the famed Madonna Inn and the Alex Madonna Memorial Highway in San Luis Obispo, a contractor who can call on two lifetimes’ worth of experience in road-building.

“It’s interesting to see how things have evolved,” he said. “Back in 1983 and ’84, they pushed 3 million cubic yards (of earth) into the ocean. It took nearly a year, and there were nearly 30 bulldozers pushing.”

There would be even more earth to move this time — 5 million cubic yards (or 8 million tons), Madonna said, so the process at Mud Creek would take even longer. That he only has 20 employees has a lot to do with the timeline also. But even if he wanted to, he couldn’t simply push all that earth into the ocean. The Coast Highway Management Plan adopted in 1998, which seeks to preserve the coastline, wouldn’t allow it.

The slide brought down “8 million tons in five minutes” May 20, Madonna said. Half of those 5 million cubic yards that rumbled down the mountain in May are sitting directly on top of the old highway, Madonna said, which helps explain why digging down to the old road isn’t a viable option. Caltrans has opted instead to build an entirely new road — Madonna said it will be 2,000 feet of asphalt — over the top of the body of the slide instead.

Greenpeace activists boarded a ship arriving in Britain on Thursday to stop the delivery of more than 1,000 Volkswagen cars from Germany

Greenpeace said its volunteers had boarded the ship in the Thames Estuary in an attempt to stop it unloading at the port of Sheerness in the southeast of England.

Two Greenpeace activists were still on board, having unfurled a banner with the words “Ditch Diesel” alongside an image of a young girl suffering from a respiratory illness, a spokesman for the environmental pressure group said.

Other protesters had earlier broken into a vehicle park at Sheerness to stick labels on engines and attempt to immobilize cars by taking the keys, Greenpeace said.

Most have now left but two remain on site, holding several thousand car keys, and will remain there until the ship returns to Germany, a spokesman said.

The carmaker also said that the majority of the roughly 1,200 cars on the boarded vessel were petrol rather than diesel models and that its vehicles meet stringent European regulations.

“Diesel cars are toxic – so we’re here to block VW imports on behalf of all of the children who are the most acutely affected by the health impacts,” 38-year-old Janet Barker, who took part in the protest, said in a statement

a patch in a road construction location was recorded heaving up and down slowly, during the earthquake, and it has the same speed and motion as breathing... slightly spooky

'El-Cheapo Car Carriers'

Phillips 66 has taken advantage of the U.S. Department of Homeland Securities’ temporary Jones Act waiver applying to tankers in response to fuel shortages in the southeast United States in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma,

Phillips 66 is believed to be the first company known to use the administration’s limited Jones Act waiver.

The waiver was first approved by DHS acting secretary Elaine Duke on September 8 in response to severe disruptions in the oil supply system resulting from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. It is specifically tailored to the transportation of refined petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel in hurricane-affected areas.

The Jones Act requires that cargo shipped between points in the U.S. be transported on vessels that are built in the United States and owned and crewed by American citizens. However, the temporary waiver allows oil and gas companies to use foreign-flagged vessels to move petroleum cargoes within the stated areas.

News of Phillips 66’s charter comes as U.S-flagged Jones Act tankers descend on Florida ports to relieve gasoline and diesel fuel shortages since the voluntary mass-evacuation of Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma. The shortages have been compounded by closed ports following the storm, as well as clogged roadways that led to the Florida Highway Patrol to start providing tanker truck escorts, not to mention remnant supply issues due to Hurricane Harvey in late August.

texting while driving

1932 Pierce Arrow barnfind

this airshow took place back in 2010, by the Planes Of Fame people at Chino, at their annual airshow, and this time they had 11 Mustangs to make this video a constant buzz of Merlins.... enjoy!

smart design method for getting the mechanics a way to do maintenance or repairs on the engines

Thursday, September 21, 2017

how about this, how they refilled a flying boat when it was anchored out in a foreign port

Jack McKay in his Maxwell

first time I've seen bombs with the grin

FDNY around 1912 give or take a couple years

Check out the one way sign in 1938 New York...

a double decker in 1913 New York

This Mack delivery truck has me wondering how many beer companies have existed and folded in the USA

Trying to cross the desert in the early 1930s... and getting stuck of course

The Rockwell XFV-12 was a prototype supersonic United States Navy fighter which was built in 1977.

The XFV-12 design attempted to combine the Mach 2 speed and AIM-7 Sparrow armament of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II in a VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) fighter for the small Sea Control Ship which was under study at the time.

On paper, it looked superior to the subsonic Hawker Siddeley Harrier attack fighter. However, it proved unable to produce enough thrust for vertical flight, even with an installed engine delivering more thrust than its empty weight, and the project was abandoned.

Ground testing began in 1977 , following the tests, and with the program suffering from cost overruns, the Navy decided the XFV-12A was not worth further development, and cancelled the project in 1981

just makes you get upset to read this sort of crap.... why can't people be honest?

the evolution of car safety, skip to 4:30 mark

Sergey Kirsanov art

One of the best articles I've ever heard of happened when I wasn't subscribed... thank goodness for online content from magazines. Try this: Car and Driver's field guide to automotive bullshit, because awareness is the first step in an effective defense.

Drift mode. If you need a special mode to do it, you can’t really do it.

 Bumper stickers that are already implied by the vehicle:
“Go vegan!” on a Prius, or promoting gun rights on a pickup.

 synthesized engine noise

 “Midnight,” “Blackout,” or any other “special” edition that just adds black stuff.

 MSRP. Not included is destination and delivery, which is added no matter what price you end up negotiating

 Not driving at least the speed limit. The purpose of driving is to get somewhere quicker than walking. Do that.

The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. It doesn’t measure initial quality, it measures the amount of stuff people can’t figure out about their new cars.

In modern BMWs, the first push of the power button doesn’t turn the car all the way off, and the first pull of the door handle merely unlocks the door. So you arrive at your destination, throw the car in park, then turn it off twice and pull the door handle twice to get out. It’s the slightest of intrusions, but what was so hard about the process of turning a car off that it needed to be improved on by adding steps?

Our country’s lax driver-­licensing procedures.

That there’s not a nation-wide standard duration for yellow lights.

They aren't all short simple jokes either:

It's bullshit that crash-test regulations push cars to get heavier while fuel-economy regulations drive them to get lighter, but subsidies keep our gas among the cheapest in the world so that nobody here wants the cars that meet fuel-economy requirements, and still we resist the fuel tax desperately needed to fund infrastructure improvements.

catching air on every lap

good way to get free publicity for your company, better than a vinyl wrap or lettering job

Bounty Hunter Dune Buggy

Designed in 1968 and finished in 1969, Bounty Hunter Dune Buggies used a body produced by Glass Enterprises in Burbank, on a short wheel base using the same length chassis as the Manx, and in this buggy, the seats were designed by Steve McQueen’s company, Solar Productions, and the interior is by Tony Nancy. It was featured in the January and December editions of Rod and Custom magazine in 1970

While many buggies were copied or took strong styling cues from the Manx, the Bounty Hunter was a completely original design.

In late 1970 or early 1971, in his garage at home, Mel Keys worked on a fiberglass dune buggy project for about three months with an assistant, Brian Dries. That dune buggy would later go on to become known as the Bounty Hunter, one of the few dune buggies that didn’t directly knock off Bruce Meyers’ Manx. Unfortunately, the dune buggy business was tapped out, and not many were made, and Mel went onto other things

Who is Mel Keys? He is a Art Center College alumni, who worked at Victress, then started a company called Fibercraft to produce fiberglass-bodied cars, and also participated in making the model of the Star Trek Enterprise used for the original tv show. He is now about 88 yrs old.

Similar buggies have auctioned at 4 thou, due to rough use, but this one might auction for 20-30 thou

Jim Clark, the only driver to have won both the Formula One and Indy 500 titles in the same year, is remembered by a newly expanded museum at Duns, Scottish Borders, that fundraisers have recently completed

Above, the glass walled expansion to the current "Jim Clark Room" museum

On the family farm in Scotland, in the fields and among grazing sheep, Clark developed his driving skills.

In 1956 (age 20) he bought a Sunbeam Talbot and began competing in local rallies. Within four years he was racing for Lotus in the 1960 season forming a winning partnership and friendship with Colin Chapman.

He won the World Championship first in 1963, then in 1965, and secured the top podium slot at 25 Grand Prix races. He was also the first British driver to win the grueling Indianapolis 500 race in America. In 1962 and 1964 he was deprived of two more championships due to mechanical failures in the last race of each season.

Clark’s tally of 25 victories was a record at the time and has only been surpassed by a handful of other drivers since then and none in as few races. His 25 wins came in just 72 starts, a win ratio bettered only be Alberto Ascari and Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1950’s. Only Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and more recently Lewis Hamilton have ever equalled or surpassed Clark’s tally of 33 pole positions in Formula 1, all in the modern era and none in so few races.

The Jim Clark Trust, working in partnership with Scottish Borders Council, is delighted to announce plans for a new expanded Jim Clark Museum to open by 2018. The project is supported by our Honorary President Sir Jackie Stewart and Patrons Club.

Plans for the new museum were announced at The Goodwood Revival by Lord March on Saturday 14th September 2013 as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Jim Clark’s first World Championship in 2013 and a parade of the greatest collection of historic Jim Clark cars ever gathered to celebrate one of Formula 1’s all-time greats.

The aim of the new museum is to inspire the next generation and generations to come, with a modern and vibrant celebration of Jim Clark’s incredible career and impact on motorsport around the world with trophies, pictures, film footage and some of the cars in which he raced. Exhibiting the cars in which Jim Clark raced will be the highlight of the new museum with the existing trophy collection at its heart.

The goal of the new museum is to inspire the next generation and generations to come, with a modern and vibrant celebration of Jim Clark’s incredible career and impact on motorsport around the world with trophies, pictures, film footage and some of the cars in which he raced.

Thanks Steve!