Sunday, February 14, 2016
John collects some cool rare petroliana, here is an intriguing tire piece, that went into a display tire, from a Belgian tire company, in 1935
Saturday, February 13, 2016
fascinating to look at the things they needed to have a proper shop and show room
First, that airplane is a Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" and since the Wright Brothers were in bitter competition with Curtiss, I don't think that Wilbur would be caught dead in a Curtiss plane.
Or would he? You see, Wilbur died in 1912 and the first Curtiss JN model wasn't produced until 1915.
Found on http://www.viewsofthepast.com/topics/fr-aviation.htm
Thanks to Steve for the info... the website I found the image on must have gotten bad and unresearched into
that cool old dinosaur mascot, great marketing idea that few, if any, other oil companies have ever achieved
after they were no longer useful for advertising, the company tried to get them into the Smithsonian, or anywhere that would take them. Most found homes in different places, but one was STOLEN! Never recovered! So, some one has a Ornitholestes in their back yard
these dinosaurs were so successful at promoting the oil company, they were the only exhibit at the forward looking world's fair, that focused on the past
WW2 built vehicle was designed to take a lot of punishment, and 75 years in the Libyan desert hasn't affected it much
the above is not the same vehicle as the one below, but demonstrates what they once looked like
The Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) was a reconnaissance and raiding unit of the British Army during the Second World War. The LRDG was formed specifically to carry out deep penetration, covert reconnaissance patrols and intelligence missions.
During the Desert Campaign between December 1940 and April 1943, the vehicles of the LRDG operated constantly behind the Axis lines, missing a total of only 15 days during the entire period.
After the long distance raids of the early phase of the the LRDG, the Chevrolet WA trucks were soon worn out and had to be replaced.
The Ford truck had the same loading capacity as the Chevrolets, but were 4×4 drive and much heavier in weight – what was the reason for fuel consumption which was about the double than it was for the Chevrolets. By March 1942, the Fords were replaced by 200 purpose built Canadian Chevrolet 1533×2 trucks
All photographs were taken in 2010 by Kuno Gross. In 2008 historians Brendan O’Carroll (New Zealand), Kuno Goss (Switzerland) and Roberto Chiavetto (Italy) travelled to Libya
if this sorta sounds familiar, it's possibly because I just posted about this unit in December http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2015/12/long-range-desert-group-trucks-1942.html
a screen shot from James May's independent tv show "Toy Story" where he tries to make a Spitfire from an Airfix kit
In this programme, James takes model aeroplanes to a new level when he tries to make a full-size Spitfire out of Airfix. The venture soon hits problems when it becomes clear the giant 36-foot pieces may not be strong enough, and nobody knows how they will fit together.
James hopes he can enthuse a group of reluctant teenagers to help him pull it off - but he soon realises he has another big battle on his hands convincing them it is a hobby to be proud of.