Monday, February 20, 2017

Who a better driver than Dom Terretto? Dopinder!

looks familiar, and you know somethings just stick in your head

The dragon motorcycle out of Brooklyn in the 60's or 70s... so I dug around and bingo:

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 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

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

When clearing out an uncles place, this late 1930s Schwinn Autocycle was ebayed in hopes it was worth something.

Someone wanted it bad. They paid $14,500 on Ebay

First introduced in 1936 the Autocycle seriously revolutionized the balloon tire field in styling and sophistication. So much going on here that Schwinn incorporated the word AUTO into the title of these bikes. No other bike of the period had as many deluxe features and accessories as the Autocycle. The speedometer was a Stewart Warner

Notice the seat has a spring down the front and curved under it, so it pogo sticks on the vertical post.

if you want to read extensive original advertising from the factory brochures in the 30's see

Sampan, because when you're in the Hawaiian paradise, you don't call a jitney a jitney

Jitneys started in about 1914, and the Sampan in 1922.

Truth is the same no matter where you find it, and in 1922, the cost of a taxi was obviously too much, and a Hilo taxi driver by the name of Fukumatsu Kusumoto wanted to provide lower, cost-effect means of public transportation for Big Island residents and visitors, mainly Hilo wharf and it’s surrounding areas.

He hit up several of his taxi driving friends, but no one was interested in his idea. Single handed, he was able to obtain enough funding and constructed the first sampan converting a Ford Model T into a multi-passenger jitney back in 1922.

Vehicle modifications started just behind the drivers seat, the back was rebuilt with wooden seats along both sides on an extended frame. Mr. Kusumoto’s single venture brought instant success as the owner of the Hilo Sampan Company. the Sampan Bus became a big hit with sugar plantation workers and their families.

In the 1930s and 1940s there were over 200 Sampans running routes around the Big Island of Hawaii, most casually cruising to pick up riders, and just like Uber or Lyft, delivering them where they wanted to go, picking up other riders along the way

There is one in San Diego that I've ran across through the years,

1960's album cover photos of Guy Webster

these guys were famous for a single hit "Pushin Too Hard"  and trivia moment, coined the phrase Flower Power

park ranger Nash, you're a damn idiot. This doofus harrassed a bike rider, and wrote a $125 dollar ticket for "possession of a bike" in Yosemite

as you can see, no signs saying anything about bikes not allowed through

And that is why dumbass Nash gets his minute of fame. Quit screwing with tourists you moron