Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Some crazy things have been found on a car after a drive... stuck in the grill, under the hood, etc. But, ever hear of a koala in a wheel well?

this little bear survived a 10-mile trip in a truck's wheel well by clinging to the suspension until the driver reached his destination in Adelaide, Australia.

Other motorists reportedly tried to warn the driver about the adorable stowaway, but he didn't pull over to find out why everyone wanted him to stop, only to finally make the discovery once he heard some "unusual" cries coming from the wheel well.

 He called a koala rescue group, which in turn called the Metropolitan Fire Service to extricate the wayward marsupial because the rims had locking lug nuts, and the driver didn't have the key.


pretty unusual, a Jeep Wagoneer panel fire truck

1926 cars in color video, skip past the tourist and hurricane parts of the video

hard to believe that this was made for kids to ride on... this has some high level detail work

cool custom tail treatment

start them young!

parking brake?

"oh my, what a large sprocket you have." little red riding hood said, ... "the better to speed past you with" the wolf replied

a BIG chopper

can you dig it?

the Romo Motor Festival was this past weekend, similar to the Race of Gentlemen and the VHRA Pendine Sands speed trials, it takes place on an island off the coast of Denmark

the reason for the race falling so late in the summer is that the local councils would only allow it to be run when summer had passed and the beach would be quieter and less populated.


Monday, September 18, 2017

there was a smoking room on the Hindenburg (no one under thirty probably knows wth I'm talking about) and it had a double door airlock separating it from the rest of the passenger compartment

where was this photo a month ago? RIP Jerry 1926 - 2017

cool toy tanks

Ah, progress... (thanks Steve!)

Holt 75 tractor with 8-inch howitzer - France, 1917

Kioti DK901 tractor with homemade Hell Cannon (fires modified propane tanks) - Syria, 2013

Ana Carrasco Gabarrón is a Spanish motorcycle racer, who won the 2017 Supersport 300 World Championship riding a Kawasaki Ninja 300, the first woman to win an individual world championship motorcycle race

Ana Carrasco, a 20-year-old from Spain, who started riding motorcycles when she was three, became the first woman to win a world championship motorcycle race on Sunday in Portimao, Portugal.

Riding a Kawasaki, Carrasco raced to victory by less than a tenth of a second in a race that is part of a lower-tier series created to provide opportunities for promising riders.

"I'm very happy to be with this team. It is a good opportunity after these last few years, which have not been easy. I think the team can be very competitive and that the bikes are going to be too. In World Superbike Kawasaki is surely the strongest brand, and in the recent years they have been ahead, so I hope it is similar in this category. The team is new to the Championship and so am I, but at the same time both they and I have experience and I think we can all try to achieve our goals.”


President Roosevelt views an 8-inch railway gun while touring the Aberdeen Proving Ground

Dog-drawn carts were prohibited in Britain in the early 1900s on animal welfare grounds

The banning of dog-pulled carts in Britain had an unforeseen and horrific side-effect.

No longer able to use their dogs for work, and unable to afford them as pets, hundreds of English working men drowned, shot, or clubbed their loyal friends to death rather than turn them loose to starve.

An American four-wheeled dogcart, having a compartment for killed game, was called a "game cart"


such a damn shame that such a talented actor was ascending to the height of his career and threw it away

I wonder if he realized how damn good he was, did he figure he'd peaked? That to continue on might be to trip and fall flat, and ruin his reputation? I wonder about these things with the "died too young" set. I wonder what they might have done if they'd lived longer. Like Hendrix, Cobain, etc.

1929 Bentley towing a 1988 Porsche 968 from Surrey in the UK, to an event at the Angouleme Circuit des Remparts in France.

Overington, who owns a classic-car vacation company, said that his friends asked him to display the 962 at the French circuit, but he wanted to bring his Bentley too. To "kill two birds with one stone" he decided to fit a tow bar to the Bentley to make his way down to the circuit in France.

see the video at https://www.facebook.com/groups/834204169970608/permalink/1606626072728410/


the international trailer for Bladerunner

Kevin finds some cool abandoned cars and put them on his site "Rust in Peace"... but I sure do wonder about some, like this 1970 Chevelle SS

vodka brand Absolut customized a 1949 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 into a copper cab for A listers during New York's Fashion Week, because the vodka is distilled in a copper still

Goodwood Revival 2017


The J40 was born out of the car manufacturer Austin’s desire to do something in the community. It’s an idea that is commonplace these days for big businesses, but in July of 1949 it was pretty groundbreaking stuff from a marketing and PR perspective.

The factory set up to build these cars was based in a mining community in Wales, built to give jobs to the men that had become disabled through accidents.

The cars were put together from scraps of materials left over from construction of other Austin vehicles, and they were more or less being manufactured in exactly the same way as their bigger roadworthy brothers.

Read more about the pedal car cup race, and the trophy, at https://petrolicious.com/articles/the-settrington-cup-is-a-unique-pedal-powered-take-on-vintage-racing


roads that give their names to something more famous

Scotland Yard
Wall Street

Scotland Yard (officially New Scotland Yard) is a metonym for the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), the territorial police force responsible for policing most of London.

The name derives from the location of the original Metropolitan Police headquarters at 4 Whitehall Place, which had a rear entrance on a street called Great Scotland Yard.

The Scotland Yard entrance became the public entrance to the police station, and over time the street and the Metropolitan Police became synonymous.

The Yard takes its name from the historical association of its present site with Scotland. Buildings in the area were set aside to accommodate Scottish kings visiting English kings.

The New York Times wrote in 1964 that just as Wall Street gave its name to New York's financial district, Scotland Yard became the name for police activity in London.


engine porn... coupled Bugatti engines working in concert for a WW1 airplane (thanks Kim!)

During World War I, Ettore Bugatti designed and built a U-16 aircraft engine. The engine consisted of two inline eight-cylinder sections mounted side-by-side on a common crankcase.

Each eight-cylinder engine section had its own crankshaft and was built up of two four-cylinder blocks. The engine’s two crankshafts directly engaged a common propeller shaft.

Total displacement was 1,485 cu in (24.3 L), and the engine produced 400 hp at 2,100 rpm.

Bugatti did not have the production capacity to manufacture the engine, so licensed production was undertaken in France by a group headed by Peugeot.

 An additional license was sold to the United States (the engine was built as the King-Bugatti by Duesenberg). Developmental and production issues resulted in few Bugatti-based U-16 engines being built during World War I.

the crankshafts drove the propeller shaft through freewheeling (or overrunning) clutch mechanisms. If one eight-cylinder engine section were to fail, the clutch would simply disengage the dead section’s crankshaft from driving the propeller shaft and allow the good engine section to continue to produce power.


this is mighty strange... someone made a Chevy Impala version of the General Lee

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Old horse wagon exposed after Detroit lake had a record low water level in Oregon in 2015 and '16

Back in 1953, the 200 residents of the tiny town of Old Detroit deserted their homes after Congress approved a nearby dam, which, when finished, would flood the area to create the reservoir now known as the Detroit Lake.

But water levels at Detroit Lake were 45 feet lower than normal in 2015, approximately 143 feet below capacity, so low that people had to pull their boats out of the local marina.

In 2015, a historic drought brought the reservoir to its lowest summertime level in history, 1,511 feet in early summer and as low as 1,425 feet by autumn.

But Marion County Deputy Dave Zahn spotted old fashion wagon wheels that had been buried in the silt and mud.

“In late October when the lake was at its lowest I took the opportunity to walk the river line to see what’s out there, more of a treasure hunt,” Zahn says.

That is when he spotted the classic timepiece.

“We noticed it was a wagon, a horse drawn wagon. It had a plate on it out of Ohio.”

“That wagon was built for the country that you’re in,” said David Sneed, owner of the Wheels that Won the West collection. “With those extra spokes, the metal encased hubs, and the ‘Oregon brake,’ it’s built to engage rough terrain.”

The wagon was made by the Milburn Wagon Company in Toledo, Ohio, sometime around the turn of the last century. Milburn was one of the nation’s biggest manufacturers: in 1882, it was producing 600 wagons per week, the majority farm wagons, Sneed said.

This one could’ve been built as late as the early 1900s, but certainly not before the 1890s, he said. Becuase the hubs on the 16-spoke wheels – themselves much ballyhooed by Milburn for “having 12 more spokes than any on the market” – were patented by James Sarven in 1857 but not used on Milburn wagons until the 1890s, Sneed said

The surprisingly well-preserved wagon was seen by a handful of people in October, lying in the exposed mud of the old townsite when the lake drained to its lowest level in 46 years. Dave Zahn, a marine deputy for Marion County, photographed it right before rainstorms came and raised the reservoir’s level.

In a matter of days, the wagon was gone again, buried under many feet of water. Its appearance had been so brief that U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Cara Kelly barely had time to document its existence and no time to plan for preserving or removing it.

“Removing it would be very costly, and it would be almost impossible without ruining it,” Kelly said. “It was challenging just trying to get to it because it’s so buried. The mud around it was like soup; I couldn’t get to within 20 feet of it.”

While Zahn first spotted the wagon on October 29, he and Kelly decided to keep its location a secret, so as not to attract potential looters and vandals. According to a metal plate attached to the wagon as seen in some of Zahn’s photographs, the wagon was made in 1875 by the Milburn Wagon Company of Toledo, Ohio, which was one of the country’s largest manufacturers of wagons at the time. As Brooks reports, the lake bottom’s low oxygen levels almost perfectly preserved the wagon – ironically, its brief stint on land probably damaged it more than all the decades it spent underwater.


I don't think I've ever seen a propeller like this before

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one of the more unusual designs that actually worked, the 1933 Voli Stipa Caproni

Never taunt or race a guy that names his car Bunny... he probably has a monster that will wipe you out, and you'll NEVER live it down if you're beaten by a car named Bunny (thanks Steve!)

Gerald Herbert's Bunny III was a 15.9hp Singer set up for racing, seen here on Avenue des Acacias (now Rue des Acacias) in Paris. Bunny III was in France to compete in the Mayenne Hill Climb (won its class). 1912 photo by Jacques-Henri Lartigue. From 1910 to 1912 there were Bunnies I through VII - all racing Singers.

In 1912, at the Brooklands May Meet (held in the rain) Bunny III was the only Singer entered in the 100mph short handicap. Driven by George Tysoe, Bunny III started halfway back in the pack in the handicap ratings, but easily won at 76.5mph. Singer's response to the win by the sole Singer entry was an advertisement that bragged - "The Singer Way!! One race, one car, one win."


During Hurricane Harvey, the flooding was so bad, there was a small craft advisory on the interstate


without a hurricane.

Take a moment to appreciate that the storm winds, currents, and new made rivers etc all are so powerful, they moved the linked Jersey Barriers. They weigh 4700 pounds a piece.... and that's why it's not too safe to try and drive through flooded areas with moving water. It can easily move your car or truck and put you in a bad situation... and really, what's your insurance company going to say when they see your car on the news, as you drive through the flood?