Wednesday, October 18, 2017

It looks like there is a place in Syria that was doing maintenance and restoration on this 1918 steam locomotive

a couple unusual old trains

The Teutuls have missed the spotlight and publicity needed for money making, and decided to get back to working together on a tv show, after all, they did have the highest ranked show ever on Discovery

“American Chopper was one of Discovery’s most popular series ever,” said Rich Ross, Group President of Discovery.

The original American Chopper premiered as a special in 2002 and ran for 10 years, airing 223 episodes before being cancelled in 2010 and then was rebooted as the spinoff American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior for another two years.

the Annual Art Center Classic is this Sunday

Every October the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena displays the finest examples of automobiles, the most interesting and important cars.

Selected primarily for their design, after all the Art Center is known for it's alumni of car designers.

Special guests this year include
 Sasha Selipinov, responsible for exterior design of the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo show car and Bugatti Chiron;
 Jason Castriota, chief designer for cars at Ford and previously responsible for the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Maserati GranTurismo, Maserati Birdcage 75th, and one-off Ferrari P 4/5;
Miguel Galluzzi (BS 86), head of Piaggio’s Advanced Design Center and previously responsible for the Ducati 900SS Monster, Aprilia Dorsoduro, RSV4, Tuono, Moto Guzzi V7 Racer, and California 1400;
and Tom Peters (BS 80) director of exterior design for General Motors and previously responsible for the C6 and C7 (Stingray) Corvette, and 5th generation Camaro.

One pony was evacuated from the Tubbs/ Santa Rosa fire in the back seat of a Honda

Lauren Mesaros found herself in a predicament Monday: She had to evacuate three horses from her Santa Rosa property, but only had a trailer big enough for two. Mesaros, a registered nurse at UCSF, lives across the railroad tracks from Coffey Park, a neighborhood that was devastated by the Tubbs Fire. With the fire less than a mile away, Mesaros had to rush to get her animals out safely.

Mesaros loaded her two mares into a friend's trailer, but there wasn't room for Stardust the pony.

Stardust would have to take a ride in Mesaros' 2001 Honda Accord.

Stardust was lured in with a carrot, then the door was shut behind him. "He actually walked right into the car like a dog would," said Mesaros.

Some cars were lost in the Santa Rosa fire

Tazio Nuvolari

For 1935, Tazio Nuvolari set his sights on a drive with the German Auto Union team.

 They lacked to p-line drivers but relented to pressure from Achille Varzi, who did not want Nuvolari in the team.

 Nuvolari then approached Enzo Ferrari, who at first rebuffed him as he had previously walked out on the team. Italy's prime minister Mussolini helped persuade Ferrari to take Nuvolari back.

 This was the year that Nuvolari achieved the 'Impossible Victory', which many regard as the greatest win in all of motor racing history:
 driving an outclassed Alfa Romeo P3 in the 1935 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, he beat all the dominant German cars—five Mercedes-Benz W25s driven by Caracciola, Fagioli, Lang, von Brauchitsch, and Geyer, and four Auto Union Bs driven by Rosemeyer, Varzi, Stuck, and Pietsch.

The small 42-year-old Italian ended up finishing in front of 8 running Silver Arrows- and 2nd placed Hans Stuck was 2 minutes behind Nuvolari.

The crowd of 300,000 applauded Nuvolari, but the representatives of the Third Reich were enraged.

“Adolf Hitler was in the crowd, and Third Reich Korpsfuhrer Adolf Hunnlein tore up his speech and refused to have anything to do with Nuvolari’s victory appearance...  Someone dug out a shabby old Italian flag and hung it up.

There was no Italian national anthem to play, until Nuvolari pointed out that he always carried with him a gramophone record of ‘Marcia Reale’ and that they were welcome to put it on. Which they did.”

At age 23, he worked as a driver for the Italian army during World War I, piloting everything from staff cars to ambulances.

Nuvolari—the "inventor," Enzo Ferrari once said, of the all-wheel drift

Ferdinand Porsche declaring him the "the greatest driver of the past, the present and the future."

During the 1930 Mille Miglia, in the dark of night, he drove up from behind with his headlamps off to prevent his competition from noticing.

 He tore through the public roads near Bologna at speeds of over 93 mph, reeling his rival in with every passing mile, despite the perils of darkness.

One might assume that manhandling an Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider Zagato in the pitch black of night, sleep deprived and coated in oil and bugs, would be, distressing. But not Nuvolari, he was afraid of nothing. Nuvolari caught up with just three kilometers to go.

At which point, he switched his headlamps back on, made a daring pass, and tore off into the distance.

I just learned the common term for this is, pregnant tire.

every tire shop with a counter and cash register should have one to bump up sales with real world proof of road hazards commonly encountered

todays total WTF

this actually drove into a shop

Well, a lock lug that saved this WRX owner from buying new tires and rims!

and I'll just tell you, that someone hit a pregnant deer, the unborn ended up in the space between the grill and the radiator. That's a WTF moment. I''ve NEVER heard of that before.

the one-owner lowest mileage 1997 McLaren F1 in existence, with only 148 only testing and delivery miles is for sale.

a 3 mile brick-paved section of the Lincoln highway exists in Omaha Nebraska

The section was paved with lower layer of concrete and a top surface of bricks as part of a surface improvement project in 1920.

GM and Ford collaborations,

A Lincoln used the Hydra-Matic automatic transmission

A GTO used the Dearborn three-speed manual transmission in base trim

And yesterday GM announced a 5 million dollar donation to the Henry Ford museum

never know when you might need to make a repair, keep a couple tools in the car

in 1953,the president of American Airlines and a senior sales representative for IBM, happened to be on the same American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York.

The two would spend the nearly 10-hour flight talking about their work, their lives and, of course, the travel industry. It was during that conversation that they came up with the idea for a data processing system for airline reservations. They pictured a system that could create and manage reservations and instantly make that data available electronically to any agent at any location.

 Six years later, American Airlines and IBM launched the Semi-Automated Business Research Environment, or Sabre, capable of completing 7,500 reservations every hour, faster than anything else available at the time. Sabre, which would go on to become its own company, changed the way that we book business and leisure travel today. All thanks to one chance meeting.