Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Reaction to the GM recall on Chevy Cobalts and other GM cars with the ignition switch.. this is awesome. An owner is going to make a statement piece on his car

Six is inviting San Diego area artists to collaborate and paint a protest on his Chevy Cobalt. “This is a warning to people driving alongside this car. To shame General Motors into doing something about this car. And really, to draw attention to the matter.”

The Death Trap Art Car began life as a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, with a faulty ignition switch. It was sold to a family who returned it and resold to someone who was shocked to learn that he'd been driving a deathtrap since 2010.

 The news came in the form of a recall letter from General Motors. The letter from General Motors said that the car would be fixed. But not yet. While automobile owners wait for parts, cars with the same faulty ignition were responsible for 13 deaths (said General Motors, but others in the automobile business put that number at closer to 300).

A not-so-proud owner of a 2007 Chevy Cobalt, Six says that before he takes his car in to have it fixed, he's inviting artists to help him paint the outside of the vehicle with messages and imagery meant to communicate their disappointment in the slow and slimy way he says General Motors handled the recall.

Because the car is worthless -- and already Caution Tape Yellow -- it is the perfect venue for sternly worded, though poignantly beautiful, messages to General Motors about their responsibility to faultless owners, passengers and commuters.

Thus far, he has commitments from two artists. One painter is planning on doing an Arnold Schwarzenegger ‘Total Recall’ motif. “The other… She is a calligrapher and she said, you know, ‘Nothing says screw you like screw you written out really pretty.’” He is looking for others to join them.

Six is wary of driving the vehicle. He still needs to get to work or auditions. Since his model has a stick shift, he thinks he can downshift and pull over if something goes wrong.

Since he has to travel the California freeways, the painted protest will send a message of warning to residents in San Diego and Los Angeles Counties.

“I don’t want the car, even if they replace the ignition,” Six laughs. “Because I don’t trust them. For 10 years they knew this problem existed and kept making the cars and kept selling the cars while people were dying.”

Come see the DeathTrapArtCar at OnTheEdgeArtGallery this Saturday, April 26th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for the curious to see the car and hear our plans for it -- and for artists to claim their panels. Lead Artist Michael Arata will be there and calligrapher Justine Hince will be working right on the car! There are a finite number of panels so reserve yours soon!

The gallery is located at 7317 El Cajon Boulevard, La Mesa . Look for the bright yellow 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt in the parking lot.
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Sometimes cops are just being rotten, and ruin you day. Sometimes they find someone more rotten, and get that bozo off the street to ensure they keep the title

This was how a drugged, uninsured, revoked drivers licensed, just hit and ran, with two flat tires.. bozo was driving when the cops caught him. Oh, yeah, and he was out on bail at the time. via 

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and unboxing it

Both from 

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The Plymouth LSR (Land Speed Racer) motorcycle, factory backed, engine tuned by Harry Miller

read about it at I learned about it at

$10,000 was a lot of money then (still is today) and it was reported that this huge sum would be paid to the first man to drive a motorcycle over the speed of 300 miles per hour.

One Californian named Fred Luther accepted the challenge, and since he was an employee of Chrysler, he prevailed upon the company to supply him with motive power in his challenge to become this man. Chrysler responded by supplying Luther with a complete 1934 PF six cylinder engine and transmission.

The engine itself was sent to the speed shops of California's Harry Miller, (a name all too familiar to losers at Indy's famed brickyard, with Miller's creations taking the chequered flag for years on end).
Normally rated at 77 horsepower at 3,600 rpm, the six came out snorting 125 horses at 4,500 rpm.

The bike was built over the winter of 1934-35 and made its appearance on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1935. There, under the watchful eye of the official timers, Fred Luther set out on his way to fame, glory and hopefully, $10,000 in prize money.

The rules at Bonneville were the same then as they are today. To qualify for a record you must run the course both directions--down the course and then back again. The average speed of both runs determines whether or not the record has been set. Laying into the wind, Luther pushed the bike on the first leg of the record attempt and got the bike up to a speed of 140 miles per hour.

On the return run, feeling more confident, Luther continued to "open up" the engine until trouble struck--he broke a connecting rod at about 180 miles per hour--the bike was still in second gear!

Bringing the bike to a coasting halt Luther decided he had enough of the record attempt and never again attempted to reach the 300 mile per hour mark on the bike although he always did feel that the Plymouth Henderson X-Miller combination could reach that lofty figure - if only someone were willing to ride it that fast! 

Homer Simpson loves Mopar

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Russsian fire brigade of 1900... no wonder they were needed, the size of the building they operate from, and all wood logs

Petrovsky Fire Brigade department of St. Petersburg
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