Friday, March 23, 2018

Salute of the day to Bruce for sending in this photo of a model railroad set

Thanks Bruce! My hat's off to you!

Manning de Villeneuve Lee was a wonderful painting illustrator and comic book artist

The Beagle Boys Versus Uncle Scrooge

Russ Manning Magnus Robot Fighter

The Quality Companion: Celebrating the forgotten publisher of Plastic Man ... By Mike Kooiman, Jim Amash

His father was a a general in charge of the Virginia Calvary in the Spanish American War, later becoming a newspaper and magazine owner, who in 1903 started his first magazine, The Railroad and Industrial World.

The WW1 attitude against the Germans made many, including the Stoppelbein family, to change their name to something else, and so, the last name was changed to Lee. Villeneuve was his maternal grandmother's last name.

During WW1, Manning de Villeneuve Lee enlisted on July 5, 1916 and served in field artillery at Fort Myer.  Then he served in Mexico during the border war. After that conflict he was released and served overseas as a lieutenant. He was honorably discharged on April 14, 1919.

In 1922 Manning de V. Lee completed his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. One of his fellow graduates was Henry Weston Taylor (1881-1978), who went on to a successful career as a newspaper cartoonist. Lee and Taylor shared an art studio in Philadelphia

In 1943 Manning de V. Lee taught illustration at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. That fact that he was hired to teach a course in illustration at America's most conservative art academy, reflected his remarkable personality.,MdeV.html

all three were by Rupert Holland, who also wrote Pirate Ships In Yankee Waters, which I coincidentally happened to have a copy of

there is only one piece of evidence online that shows Mr G Evans rode a Triumph Thunderbird from London to Johannesburg, 10,700 miles. And nothing else online about it at all.

no evidence of a book, image, magazine or newspaper article, and no photographs or video clips either.

That's what comes of a journey without a marketing campaign by sponsors to ballyhoo their products being used to carry on past expected ability in the face of danger and extreme conditions.

So, if you want to be famous, get some sponsors who have a lot of advertising.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

philosophy and life lessons from truck salesman... cool stuff. Your coffee and donuts video of the day. ( I think just about everyone would make an interesting of a subject in a 10 minute video by the way)

astonishing to me, NSU made Lambretta scooters under license

the Ambassador Bridge debacle gets closer to a finish, as soon as Mr Maroun is dead and his son takes over.

it's a fascinating story I posted about before, one of the most fascinating true stories I've come across.

Self made billionaire pisses off everyone leading politics in Canada and Michigan and the USA, maybe even England. Over a bridge. They are never going to stop his ambitions in business, and he's never going to change direction.

So, if you'd like the update to this terrific story:

W Schmidt showed me a link to a cool dumptruck with a pivoting bed

Thanks W!

autonomous technology and companies’ responsibility in ensuring the safe deployment of robo cars and collision prevention tech

The Truth About Cars wrote a very good article in response to the recent Uber robo car killing the woman crossing the road in the dark:

The victim, Elaine Herzberg, does indeed cross directly into the path of the oncoming Volvo XC90 and is visible for a fleeting moment before the strike, but the vehicle’s lidar system should have seen her well before that. Any claims to the contrary are irresponsible.

Uber’s autonomous hardware should have seen the woman even in pitch black.

The approach was straight and Herzberg was already in the street, having crossed at least one lane before impact. Lidar is supposed to be the golden goose for autonomous technology, allowing for digital imaging beyond what the human eye is capable of. But it completely failed in this instance

It raises questions about the preparedness of autonomous technology and companies’ responsibility in ensuring their safe deployment. For the most part, it’s been a bonanza for tech firms and automakers wanting to test on the open road.

The government has offered almost no oversight in the hopes that self-driving cars will get here sooner. But critics have suggested this is wildly irresponsible, as it operates almost entirely upon a company’s good faith.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration only mandates a “Voluntary Safety Self-Assessment” of autonomous vehicles. Thus far, only two organizations have bothered produce one — General Motors and Google’s Waymo.

While it would be prudent to hold companies to a higher standard than the federal government seems willing to do, autonomous vehicles may still be the best defense against drunk or utterly inept driving.

 That said, they may also set the stage for a dystopian future where manual driving is illegal, companies endlessly advertise to you in-car, and hackers can assume total control of your vehicle. The point is that practically every subtle aspect of the tech is being ignored while the market attempts to get it ready lickety-split.

 None of these issues are being addressed and safety checks have fallen by the wayside.

interesting aspect of collecting old Jeeps and other miltiary vehicles... they aren't federally tested for safe USA road operation, but, Idaho is looking to exempt them.

What's good enough to defend and protect the USA with, is good enough to drive on the roads in Idaho!

The Idaho House and Senate approved a bill allowing a vehicle built for the United States Armed Forces to be registered and operated on public highways in Idaho, even if such a vehicle does not meet federal motor vehicle safety standards.

Presently, many military surplus vehicles do not meet current standards and cannot be legally registered in the state. The bill has been sent to the Governor to be signed into law.

Now, if they could see their way to letting 18 year old active duty have a damn beer in Idaho. Not the rest of the 18 to 21 year olds, the high school and college kids. They're going to do stupid shit and get the booze anyway.

Make it legal for active duty military to go into any place selling beer and buy it. Old enough to die in a fucking sandbox country on the other side of the damn planet is old enough to drink beer in the land of the free and home of the brave god damn it. 

greedy damn politicians are looking to tax you even more

A bill has been introduced in the Missouri House to require the Department of Revenue to charge and collect a miles-driven fee of up to $200 for a one-year vehicle registration and up to $400 for a two-year vehicle registration. The bill is currently in the House Transportation Committee.

the self driving (autonomous) car was perfected 50 years ago.

If you don't instantly know this car... you're a rare person indeed

I just learned a linguistic trivial matter related to cars.

It's one of those words that describes a group of things, the "collective noun"
like for example,
a Murder of Crows, a Mob of Kangaroos, army of ants, litter of puppies, pack of hounds, flock of birds.

The collective noun for cars, and coincidentally, spare parts, is 'an insufficiency'.

You don't have a collection of cars, you actually have "an insufficiency". Ditto parts, just as a pack of dogs and a pack of wolves. Similar things using the same collective noun.

Ya heard it here 1st folks.

And Joe Sherlock, A View Through the Windshield sent in these great ones:

A shock of Teslas,
 A growl of Jaguars,
A tofu of Priuses

as a styling and brand exercise Jeep has renovated a 1965 Wagoneer and updated it in an “Americana road trip style”.

A rust-free donor car was sourced in California, stripped to a bare shell and the chassis boxed-in to boost rigidity. With new coil springs replacing the original leaf suspension, new steering, and modern disc brakes, Jeep prepped the Wagoneer for a 5.7-litre Hemi ‘crate’ engine, normally found under the hood of RAM trucks.

It's called the Wagoneer Roadtrip, and it's equipped to pile on some serious miles over serious terrain.

A fully boxed frame is stretched an additional five inches between the wheels, and fitted with Dana 44 front and rear lockers held up with four-link suspension bits and coilover springs. A corresponding five-inch wheelbase stretch of the 1965 Jeep Wagoneer's bodywork offers up greater interior space while still leaving room for a custom cooler fashioned from period-correct luggage. A set of 17-inch steel wheels with 33-inch BFG Mud-Terrain tires finishes off the look.

the can opener nails another idiot

the very complex vacuum system of a 1987 Honda Civic 1500 engine

and the car got between 50 and 65 mpg.

The next year Honda switched to fuel injection and ditched pounds of vacuum line per car

Honda upgraded their Mean mower with a 80 hp upgraded 1000cc Fireblade engine over the old Firestorm engine

On March 8th 2014, Honda’s Mean Mower hit 116.57mph at the IDIADA proving ground near Barcelona to become the World’s Fastest Lawnmower

Kangaroo Kid

he ran into the logging truck in front of him, and those extra long logs went through his truck on I-5 just outside Seattle 3 weeks ago

anti lag launch (don't you wish people would up load videos with at least 780 res?)

The Georgia Supreme Court upheld a $40 million award to the family of a 4-year-old killed when the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee he was in was rear-ended and burst into flames.

 A lower court in 2015 reduced a jury verdict from nearly $150 million to $40 million.

Fiat Chrysler lawyers said during the trial that the fire did not cause Walden's death and blamed the driver of the pickup truck that hit the vehicle.

Under government pressure, Fiat Chrysler recalled 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in June 2013 to address fire risks and agreed to install trailer hitches to protect the gas tanks after Marchionne held private talks with senior U.S. Transportation Department officials.

In 2015, NHTSA announced Fiat Chrysler would pay a then-record $105 million civil penalty over lapses in safety recalls involving millions of vehicles, including older Jeep SUVs for fire risks.

the Walter P. Chrysler Museum 400 car collection now has a new home, the recently closed Viper manufacturing Conner Avenue Assembly Plant

Some 77,000 square feet of that will be turned into display space, 22,000 will be reserved for meetings, and the rest of the available space will house cars that are not shown. However, FCA says the facility will open to the public in the future, at a yet-unannounced date; it seems that the most important thing right now is to get the cars under one roof instead of having them scattered around the city.

Automotive Insights

the only company (of course, it's a big world, others may exist that aren't showing up on internet searches) of fake car buyers and service customers hired to test showrooms and service departments to check the car sales skills are being used

It’s the market leader in its field and the only such company dedicated exclusively to the motor industry. The shoppers – singles, couples and families ranging in age from 17 to 76 – perform up to five visits a day. Almost all of them have a compact video recorder tucked in a pocket with a button-hole camera to record their visit.

Because their job is to observe and record a sales or service encounter at its most truthful, they play things straight. Jonathan Firmin, founder and managing director of Automotive Insights, says: “The best mystery shopper is the grey man or woman. They don’t bring their personality to the encounter. Instead, they let the sales person or service advisor lead it.”

well, here's another I've never seen before

I wonder if they worked really hard to accomplish this, or got lucky

looks like Swift was dared, double dog dared, to cause a catastrophe

possibly the Swift cab went into the back of the flatbed, shoving it through its hauling truck

which slammed into the back of the UPS

which went into the back of another rig

have you seen a tracked dump truck with 360 spin abiity, with the dumper, and the tracks don't move?

Drunk dozer dropped off.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

check out this racing at the Mama Tried, Flat Out Friday Race, "inappropriate class" indoor flat track

Harley-Davidson Motor Company presents Flat Out Friday. Flat Out Friday is an indoor, flat track, motorcycle race on a Dr. Pepper soda syrup surface. The dried syrup will allow the bikes to stick to the floor for maximum traction and speed.

Friday’s race took place at Milwaukee’s BMO Harris/Bradley Center Arena, home to the city’s professional basketball and hockey teams.

sheer genius, best prank I've seen in a while, so simple all you need is someones car, snow, and orange juice

I'm happy to say I've met Don Garlits and shaken his hand. Events like this are often forgotten, but WOW... when you realize you're talking WITH that guy who did this and other incredible things? Englishtown 1986

Todays WTF

now we know how much a couple tubes of part a and part b will spread.

Looks like an Australian Possum to me

How job surveillance is changing trucking in America

When you're stuck with fixing the truck, and watching the baby

1955 Meteor Rideau Crown Victoria

parents? if you want to marry them off and get them out of the house.... post a photo of your daughter running a old Fordson, and plowing snow

No way the men in that area are not looking at her competition and judging them by this high standard! All the ridiculous photos of women in bikinis sitting on choppers or leaning on low riders? Hell no. Youth is fleeting, beauty is soon a thing of the past.

When it comes time to decide which women could make you happy for the rest of your life, and deserve all the time and effort it takes to charm the hell out of them, you can bet tractor use, hard work, snow plowing, and taking care of horses are WAY up at the top of the priorities for most country guys.

The few things that occur to me as more desirable are women who are veterinarians, Marine Corps vets, and who are the sole next of kin to parents that own an enormous ranch, a collection of race cars, a bar, a bank, and are taking meds for their hearts.

A moment in 1925 when a gas station also did tire repairs, sold outboards (look at the barrel in front), and was a good place to hang around and shoot the breeze

Fageol tractor demonstration, tiller steering

I came across this one 9 years ago in Vista at the Antique Steam and Gas Engine Museum, which is mostly tractors and old semi's. It was an amazing msueum, all spread out over a farm, and most of the vehciles are out of doors, or in barns.

Locomobile with cool sliding side windows, San Fran, 1920