Tuesday, February 21, 2017

a moment to show appreciation for horse power. Keep your cooling system full.

The ASPCA, founded in 1866 spread to many American cities, and lobbied on behalf of draft horses. Photo of a downtown fountain for thirsty horses c.1922


Not where you thought that was going I bet. But I like horses, and appreciate that most of the human history of moving things until about 1830, was done by horses, donkey, mule, camel, etc. The 4 legged, broom tailed, straw burner. (As Louis L'Amour called them) 

If you're a fan of Guy Martin, you'll enjoy this new series: Our Guy in China

these are just teasers, to get you interested, then to tell you to subscribe to Channel 4 of England

Monday, February 20, 2017

interesting hot rod, unique floor, and cool call board design by Wild Wall designs

good place for spare light bulbs, and fuses, right in the headlight housing

56 Nomad made by Cole Foster

rosin, also known as gold dust, and here are two of the greats using a liberal amount.

BX 10, tenth of a second traction compound

influences on the Rat Fink

Steve just told me about a website all about the Powell truck

Just one little problem with thinking Nascar is an American racing sport. Well, how can it be American when the engine blocks are all cast in England? Why don't they use engines made in the USA? Seriously, where is the MADE IN USA sticker?

Don't you think the cars and tires and engines should be American? Isn't that what Nascar was?

 Grainger and Worrall is an engineering and machining company in Telford Shropshire, England. It's near the center of England, jut west of Birmingham

They made all the engine blocks used by "Chevys and Fords" in the 2015 Daytona 500

They also make the engines for the Acura NSX, and the Aston Martin DB11, and they did the F1 engines in 2014, and the 2015 NHRA Pro-stock engines. They also make parts for the Veyron and the Mulsanne, and they make brand new heads for the Rolls Royce Merlin V12 airplane engine used in Spitfires, Mustangs, Hurricanes and the Lancaster bomber.


Sept 2015 issue of Car and Driver, page 26

FWIW, Nascar doesn't claim to be American, or Made in the USA http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/about-nascar.html I looked, and it doesn't. 

tickets, and their effect

Michigan has a programs that impose fees above and beyond the initial fines for repeat offenders. Drivers who amass seven points in two years are assessed a $100 fee each year and an extra $50 for any points accumulated above that.

The higher the fees, the more people simply don’t pay.

 Michigan reports a collection rate of only around 50 %.

 California figures it faces $10 billion in uncollected fines.

In California the increasingly limited access to the overcrowded courts to get problems sorted out have produced more than 4 million license suspensions in the past eight years.

Traffic-ticket abuse, high surcharges, and a confounding wall of bureaucracy were cited in an investigation by the Justice Department of police practices in riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri.

There, in 2013 alone, a city of 21,000 issued 33,000 arrest warrants for unpaid traffic tickets and other minor offenses

Ferguson has that revenue earmarked for 21 percent of the city’s operating budget. Civil libertarians suing the city say Ferguson has effectively created a debtors’ prison system that jails those unable to pay the jacked-up fines while rewarding private debt-collection companies with copious profit.


living and traveling on the road

time to pause and reply... and let you all be the judge. I hearby open the People's Court, and you readers can be Judge Wapner and decide the case

someone who registered as Concerned Fan, only just now, to make the following statement, commented on the Blue Hotel Penske race car hauler post from earlier today and said:

Why is there No mention of the Two main guys who did the restoration? They work so many long hard hours to do this fabulous job with no extra incentives or now even the recognition they so rightly deserve!

So, I replied:

Wait... just reach down, and pull those knickers out of the knots and twisted mass... because you've gone and bunched them all up over nothing. As you might not realize I JUST GAVE THEM THAT RECOGNITION! You outraged person you. You went and created a profile, registered with Google, and left a comment, all so that you could point out that I'm not doing a good job at recognizing effort, work, and achievement.
Ahem. Take a deep breath. Now, one more for good measure, and slowly exhale, then read on.

I have this blog thing / website, and all I do it give recognition for things I find wonderful, (and I want to point out... I do not put my car on this site, nor my bike, nor my resume, nor advertising, and I do not make money in return for the time and effort) to post all the things I share with you, and everyone else that reads along with here.
Did you write me to mention my long work? In view of the fabulous (in my mind) job I'm doing with no extra incentives, and not much recognition from YOU?
SO, calm down, take a sip of something cool and tasty, and reflect on the 10 years and 27000 posts of stuff before you, on my site, that only I have created. You, didn't realize that I've put more hours by at least a factor of 10, and 5 times as many years, into this site, ALONE as they did restoring that hauler.
And you didn't realize that all it is, it's only function, is to SHARE THE COOL STUFF I FIND. That means, simply, I think it's cool, or it wouldn't be here.
I did my part to recognize the achievement of restoring that hauler, or you wouldn't have a gripe with me.
Maybe I don't appreciate the guys work in restoring that truck, maybe it didn't occur to me, maybe I was sorta putting that post up kinda fast to get them some recognition by people who will CLICK THROUGH to read the entire article, as I have A LOT OF SHIT going on. Not much of it pleasant.

SO, be kind, rewind. Click though, then YOU GIVE THEM SOME APPRECIATION like Bruce Willis or R Lee Ermey was screaming in your face! DO IT! DO It NOW! Sam Jackson is pissed as a motherfucker, and you know he is, that YOU AREN'T RECOGNIZING it! And you know Samuel Jackson, he will say motherfucking, a lot. And mean it.

YOU make a blog, and then write up an appreciation article. Or, you know what? I'll make it easier. You can use MY BLOG. You write up an article showing the appreciation and recognition about that hauler restoration, and if it's good, and well done, and original, I'll post it. Yes, yes indeed. Use the force Luke, don't go to the dark side where it's easy to hate, be the good guy, do the right thing. I dare ya. I double dog dare you!

AND IT TOOK 4 GUYS, not 2, 8000 hours, in two years. Says so right there in the article. "With assistance from Morgan Corporation and a dedicated group led by Penske Truck Leasing’s James Svaasand, Michael Klotz, and David Hall - along with Team Penske Historian Bernie King - it took over 8,000 man-hours to complete the Blue Hilton restoration process. '

Enjoy the retort! If I get way outta line, let me know. I'm just trying to use the situation for a bit of fun, and point out subtly the irony of telling me I'm not recognizing 2 years and 8000 hours by 4 guys, when I'm a solo act of 10 years and I can't begin to guess how many thousands of hours which this complaint failed to see as they told me I should do better. 

Who is a better driver than Dom Terretto? Dopinder!

while watching a video on a WW2 collection of jeeps and half tracks and tanks, for a moment this was on screen, and I thought, "this looks familiar", and you know how some things just stick in your head?

The dragon motorcycle out of Brooklyn in the 60's or 70s... so I dug around and bingo: http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2016/04/mel-bernstien-bellmore-long-island.html

at the one minute mark of 

So, Mel moved to Colorado and struck it rich in a gun range and gun sales. Good for him. 

An Indiana truck in the early 1918 before the O'Shaughnessy Dam was constructed in the Hetch Hetchy Valley

Hot Rod did an article on the Georgia Shaker 428 Mustang of Platt and Payne

Here's some of the things they did to make it a winning drag racer:
 • Every other impeller blade was removed from the water pump and a larger pulley installed.
 • A larger pulley was also installed on the alternator.
 • The right rear spring hanger was made longer than the left.
 • Each leaf spring was tied every 4 inches ahead of the rear axle.
 • The car’s right side wheelbase was made 1 1/2 inches longer than the left side to enhance deep staging.


Found and restored, Penske's Blue Hilton

After an exhaustive restoration process, Team Penske has unveiled one of the most unique pieces of its history, a customized 1972 International Fleetstar truck known in the racing circles as “The Blue Hilton.” The truck was one of the first known enclosed transporters used for racing purposes. It served the team in various capacities from 1972-1983.

the Blue Hilton transported the No. 66 McLaren that Mark Donohue drove to victory in the 1972 Indianapolis 500 – the first of Team Penske’s record 16 wins in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” In conjunction with its sister transporter, “The White Hilton,” it was used to transport the powerful, championship-winning Porsche 917s that dominated the landscape of the Can-Am Series in the early 1970s with George Follmer and Donohue before it was sold in 1983.

Until Jerry Breon, a long-time Penske team member, located the sales listing in an automotive trade magazine in the fall of 2015, this historic vehicle was thought to have been scrapped. The truck was purchased from George Boyd of Urbana, Illinois, who had utilized it while competing in various racing series until retiring it to a spot on his property. He was the only owner of the truck after its days at Team Penske. After verification and removal from the Boyd property, the Blue Hilton was towed to the Penske Truck Leasing (PTL) Collision Center in Ft. Wayne, Indiana where the restoration began with the help of Donohue’s original blueprints.

“When you talk with the crew members that drove and worked out of this transporter over those years, and you look at the photos from the many cars it carried, you see how the Blue Hilton was an integral part of our history,” said Bernie King. “It’s certainly very much a part of the Team Penske heritage. Everyone at Penske Truck Leasing that was involved did a fantastic job of restoring this truck to how it was when it ran and carried many of the team’s winning cars.”


I'm pretty sure we can all agree, that when showing up to repair a water main break damaged road, don't park near the damaged area, right? Then why do boneheads do that?

Doug Bolton ordered a 1970 LS 6 from the dealership, and then before delivery, Doug had managed to lose his driving privileges. But he kept it for 40 years and only ever put 4300 miles on it

When you looked at those photos, did you keep in mind that this is original, and unrestored?

Doug skipped the cowl induction hood, and the racing stripes. The only options he got was the 12-bolt rear stuffed with 4.10 gears, and the heavy-duty battery. The M22 Rock Crusher four-speed transmission came along with the engine package.

At the 2015 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals the LS6 took part in the Vintage Certification program where an LS6 judge claimed it to be the best unrestored example that they had seen in the last 20 years


a ride on the elevated street cars, New York City, 1919

Thanks Doug!

I just love discovering a new artist, and new type of art, and then realizing it's vehicle related and I can share it with all of you. Particularly when it's a combo of things I dig, photography, Victorian retro Greco-Roman paintings, and this trains/busses/garages/scooters admiration I have

Alexey Kondakov imagined figures from classical paintings as part of contemporary life, in his ongoing series ‘The Daily Life of Gods’ where he sees classical paintings brought to everyday life, seamlessly integrated into the existing urban fabric.

Carefully photoshopped onto buses, down alleyways, and in stores, Caravaggio’s ‘David and Goliath’, William-Aadolphe Bouguereau’s ‘Nymphs and Satyr’, and Cesar Van Everdingen’s ‘bacchus’ — to name a few — seemingly become part of daily life in Kiev.

Perfectly-executed shadows and light between the two otherwise desperate images give the resulting pictures a painterly quality, forming the impression of a new era where mythological creatures and religious figures meet contemporary urban existence.

The idea came to Kondakov when a picture of people drinking wine on Tumblr caught his eye, and he had the urge to replace the group with his own entourage. "Then I thought, 'What if I invite these gods into our reality and imagine they are on streets of modern Kiev?'"

"Then I wanted to transform a noisy company of cheerful kids who gathered to spend time together in the city or go to the movies. And in these heroes I saw the work of other artists." Kondatov wants to be clear, though, Daily Life of Gods isn't a commentary on society or religion or art.

the above is one of my favorites of John Godward, Idleness (girl with a kitten) 1900

Yes, I'm a nut for Victorian paintings in the classical genre. Godward was good at marble, but absolutely amazing at fur. Alma Tadema was incredible with marble.

"Song Of The Angels" William Bouguereau 1881

They somehow look like they belong there, their forlorn expressions and sad demeanours matching the tatty seats of the bus or the floors of the subway. It’s very amazing, even if Alexey would have us believe it’s got a more serious undertone.

Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov takes scenes and figures lifted from classical paintings and drops them into modern-day life. Bouguereau’s Song of the Angels appears to take place on an empty subway car for example.


this poor old chopper has been stuck in a field too long! But they get her fired up and flown off

Look at how deep the wheel have sunk into the lawn, when it finally takes off

hand made downhill mountain bikes, how they are made, skip the 1st two minutes

it was inevitable that someone would think of this

Sunday, February 19, 2017

1914 Wall Autowheel with period bicycle and supporting paperwork for sale at 5750 British Pounds, and it's eligible for the pre 1915 motorcycle London to Brighton Run!

you probably know, I'm crazy about the brass era stuff that can run in something as specific as the London to Brighton Run, or something that can get into any other year specific races

NZCarNerd reminded me that this sure can't get into the regular London to Brighton... I can only think that a general lack of sleep caused me to not pick up on that when I posted it.

The London-Brighton run this one is eligible for is the motorcycle event, The Pioneer Run for pre 1915 motorcycles, which is organised by the Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club - http://www.sunbeam-mcc.co.uk/calendar/detail/?id=170 - and not the more well known event for pre 1905 vehicles run by the RAC - http://www.veterancarrun.com/event-info

Another thing I can't remember, is if NZ Car Nerd is a Steve, Mark, or Mike... so... please, fill in the "about me" on your Google page bio everyone! Not many people will ever look at it, (only 43 people looked at NZCNs profile, so, I can assure you all, not a single person more will ever know the truth than already does... as it's a big internet, and no one seems to be looking around to discover our names, just goofballs like me that appreciate the commentary help on my mistakes, and want to actually thank you by name, but I can't remember names for the love of god... I can usually remember car stuff though. (except in this case, apparently)

via http://m.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C831279

Ruxtons, known for the woodlight headlights, and the cool colored horizontal stripe paintjobs

BUT! I've never thought to, or maybe I didn't have the opportunity to, look inside and see the striped and multi colored interior upholstery


If you enjoy watching Top Gear, this might also appeal in a similar way, Guy Martin Builds A Boat, fitting it out with the best of the English industrial revolution achievements, in that "challenge" kind of way where the show's stars have to do the work themselves

Season 1 episode one, above, handles things like making cast iron from iron ore and coke, and seeing the inner working of Wedgewood (if you don't know what that is, ask a rich granny, they love the stuff) who get the credit for the creation of the assembly line, and then a bit about tea and how that was something that created the break times at the office or factory... who knew!?!?  and I'm just as fixated on the making of the cast iron stove and such, as I am on any goofy Top Gear cheap car across a jungle challenge. So, enjoy!

 and the rest of the episodes

Bud Ekins (famous Hollywood stunt double for Steve McQueen), had a Triumph dealership and made a bike for Dean Martin, who wasn't allowed to ride it due to his movie contract, so he gave it to his neighbor

Cycle World Magazine Jan-Jun 1992

late 1930s Hudson Detroit bicycle with a 1970s Dana 3 speed aftermarket adapter on the crank