Saturday, July 18, 2015

the 1970 Road America 1st place Can Am trophy

Found in the dumpster, because it was so damn cheap. Silver plated, with a black plastic base.

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BMW design boss Adrian van Hooydonk took Automobile Magazine on a tour of BMW’s design history from the art archives

clever way to advertise your car auctions

the Detroit Public Library has finally digitized their National Automotive History Collection (32,000 photos)

15 miles on this Monza, because it never sold, and the dealership kept it in inventory until 1980, then it went into a museum

Original window sticker still intact. Sold at auction for only 14,000

comparing the sizes of the Mini of 1959, 2001, 2011, and 2015

a strange cat, built from a SRT8 Challenger, it now has the Kenne Bell supercharger, a 3 inch exhaust with Flowmasters, and a cage.. it's built to race

Not a factory Hellcat, 200 hp more. That is what Kenne Bell reports is the output of putting their supercharger on the Hellcat hemi does.


Royal Tourist, a big old car... they sure were cool looking, almost elegant

I dig the headlights, I don't recall seeing this type before

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Steve let me know that this is a circa 1905-06 Royal Tourist, with a 'King of the Belgians' body style ('Roi-des-Belges' - originally known as the 'Tonneau de Grand Luxe'). It is fitted with 8” Gray and Davis bullet-style headlamps of the same vintage.

Happy Birthday Isabelle!

Some of you might have noticed how many great things I've reposted that Isabelle has brought to Facebook... it's astonishing

Friday, July 17, 2015

World War II’s most famous US tank broke German siege lines at Bastogne in the Bulge It's restored and ready for display, but waiting for a display museum to be constructed.

After World War II, the historic tank’s whereabouts were unknown, and remained so until 2004.

That year, army Chaplain Keith Goode became curious about the old tank on display near the back gate of the US Army’s Rose Barracks at Vilseck, Germany. After examining the tank, he came to believe it was actually the famous Cobra King. Armor experts looked into the matter, and in December 2008 they officially confirmed the tank’s identity.

In July 2009, the US Army Center of Military History shipped Cobra King from Germany to the Patton Museum at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for restoration work.

When the tank was identified in Germany, it was missing its engine, so the team at Fort Knox faced the challenge of finding a period replacement. And Cobra King’s original tracks were difficult to restore because they had a unique addition: a duckbill, or metal extension used to compensate for the tank’s extra weight when traveling over marshland.

Cobra King’s war service didn’t end with that triumphant moment at Bastogne on December 26, 1944. In fact, damage from later combat would prevent restoration of the tank’s interior. Physical evidence showed that an explosion caused an internal fire, destroying the tank’s interior, and causing the famous “First in Bastogne” tank to be unceremoniously abandoned.

Cobra King is now in storage at Fort Benning, says Dyer, and functions as an educational tool for the US Army Armor School. According to Dyer, the tank will eventually be displayed at the National Armor and Cavalry Museum at Fort Benning, still in the process of raising construction funds.

In addition to Cobra King, the National Armor and Cavalry Museum will feature the armor collection previously displayed at the Patton Museum at Fort Knox.

a small sample of the Disney Studios contribution to the WW2 war effort

Above was the insignia for the USS Escambia (AO-80) fleet refueler.

Created by famed Disney artist Hank Porter, the man responsible for creating the lion’s share of combat designs at the studio during the war.

Escambia fueled ships during the invasion of the Marshall Islands, aircraft carriers as they launched strikes against the Philippines, task forces vessels supporting the invasion of Okinawa, and aircraft flying raids against Japan.

This mobile naval gas station was represented by a 50-gallon drum and Jose Carioca, a character made famous in Disney’s two South American films, Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros.

The cover of the 13th Armored Division’s greeting card featured the unit’s Disney-designed insignia, a collection of bad luck symbols. Men in this unit paid no attention to the superstitious overtones of their unit number. They felt it was the enemy who would suffer misfortune when encountering them.

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randomly finding something you've done admired and complimented? very good way to end the day

This photo is from the gallery I took of Dan Wood's Milk Truck at the 2014 Grand National Roadster Show

the weekend is off to a bad start for those heading to Vegas from LA, on the 15 through the Cajon Pass

UPDATE 4:29 p.m. PST: Additional vehicles have caught on fire, including a boat and a semi-truck carrying other cars. The 15 Freeway is shut down in both directions and the blaze has exploded to 500 acres.

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terrific low buck off road atv

2015 International Speedsters Trials and Reunion was hosted by the Museum of American Speed, Lincoln Nebraska, the last week of June each year

Speedsters are vintage cars built from parts scavenged from Model A's and T's made until 1931.

The fastest can hit around 90 mph when low on fuel, and just one small driver.

Van racing.. only in Japan

using a car gas tank for a divers helmet, 1938, pearl diver, Mississippi River

how did it take this long for someone to invent this exhaust tip?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

the T34 tank named the Fighting Girlfriend, and the widow that convinced Stalin to set her up with it, so she could avenge her husbands death on as many Nazis as they'd send up against her

Stalin agreed with Mariya Oktyabrskaya's request and the eager fighter was quickly sent off to complete three months of training. Her male superiors were skeptical of the 38-year-old widow, but she soon proved herself and became a mechanic and driver in the 26th Guard Tank Brigade.

Whatever doubts Soviet officers had about Oktyabrskaya's combat skills quickly dissipated following her first Nazi encounter. During that first skirmish, the newly minted soldier obliterated dozens of Nazi soldiers and anti tank guns and was the first service member to breach the German line of defense. For her heroic performance, Oktyabrskaya was promoted to sergeant.

The vengeful widow proved herself again during a night raid in November 1943 when a bazooka team blasted the tracks of her tank.

 Instead of holing up in her machine's cockpit, she risked life and limb by hopping out. As her peers covered for her, Oktyabrskaya was able to fix the tread and climb back into the tank to continue her war path. She would do this twice more in battle.

Oktyabrskaya's final battle took place the following year. The Soviet sergeant led the unit into the Nazi's line of fire with such skill that she made it across two enemy trenches before her tracks were blasted by enemy guns. One last time, Oktyabrskaya hopped out to fix them. As she was working, a German artillery shell exploded close by and the widow was struck with shrapnel that sent her into an immediate coma.

Two months after "Fighting Girlfriend"'s final battle, Sergeant Mariya Oktyabrskaya succumbed to her injury and joined her husband in death. Five months later, she was posthumously awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union award, the highest honor bestowed upon service members who fought in combat.

a taxi in Austria is a featured car in the Toyota Prius world hall of fame, it's now accomplished 600,000 miles on the original battery pack, and without a break down

Fire Up the Grill poster from 2005

Coolest thing I've seen today... It's a Mad Mad Mad Max Fury Road, by Ezequiel Lopez

hot rod poster art by T.A.Z. for a new movie with Jesse Eisenberg

in the Nope Zone

the names they gave to paint colors at Ford for the Maverick

Fruedian Gilt
Anti-Establish Mint
Hulla Blue
Original Cinnamon
Thanks Vermillion

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Ed Roth and Robert Williams still continue to inspire, even at Comic Con, even with R2D2

this is the R2-ME2 Exhibition by Sideshow Collectibles, see about 60 various R2D2s from many artists, in many styles and pop culture references... it's really terrific:

Alejandro Lee came to Comic Con for his 1st time, and I got to see some of his new work... and learn he's going to make an animated short!

From his Facebook page 47ness:

or his personal site with more art

More of his portfolio is on his website:

The animated short looks like it will be Sally Sprocket and Piston Pete (robots and steam punk! I'm in!)

Some other things Alejandro is / was working on was "Pure Steam - West Bound"