Thursday, November 20, 2014

Outside SEMA this sand sculpture was worked on and finished (it looks like) on Thursday

you may be stuck in the snow, so think about getting a snowmobile. Maybe, even a super cool Brooks Stevens designed Spirit of 76 sled

Brook Stevens was a premier industrial designer that worked for the likes of Miller Brewing, the Milwaukee Road RR, Studebaker, Jeep, Harley Davidson, Oscar Mayer and OMC. His association with OMC was a long one, and he influenced a wide variety of the company’s products from LawnBoy lawn mowers to Evinrude boats to Cushman vehicles.

The collection includes many reference photos of Johnson, OMC and Evinrude snowmobiles. Of interest today, this Red White and Blue beauty. As many will remember, 1976 was America’s Bicentennial year and consumer products of all sorts appeared in the nation’s colors. This theme extended to OMC’s production snowmobiles that year, but I know there will be interest in this prototype that never hit the snow.

did you know Mercury Marine opened a Museum? It's in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Why am I posting about a boat motor company?

Well... it's an interesting museum, and founder Carl Kiekhaefer’s start in Nascar is the car angle that interests me in the museum's exhibits.

His desire to conquer automobile racing was initiated by running in the 1951 Carrera Panamericana where he and his team placed third on their 1st attempt.  Kiekhaefer was incensed by being beaten by two Ferrari cars.

The following year, he returned by airplane and had the cars transported by truck. Team Mercury finished third again, this time behind two Fords, despite illegal modifications made to the Fords and discovered by post-race inspectors.

That was enough for Kiekhaefer, who moved to NASCAR where he believed rules were honored. But after dominating the fledgling circuit for two years, rule changes he perceived as aimed directly at him drove Kiekhaefer from the sport forever.

skip the first minute and a half... the Polaris history, briefly, some commercial snippets, and the Polaris Thrill Team

above images from

Polaris delivery

great 60's and 70's snowmobile collection in the background of this video

Speaking of vintage sled collections

there are about a hundred vintage sleds in the Art Bilious collection

Found on

Del Mar annual Fall Food Truck Festival

Ferrari arrives at Zanvoort

excellent survivor DeLorean on Ebay, up to 29thou right now for a 912 mile barnfind. Original owner did 770 miles before his old knees couldn't take any more

4h10 tumblr has a couple good ones