Monday, August 29, 2016

Petrolicious did a fine job of covering Pebble Beach, the Concorso Italiano especially

the many things Ford was building in WW2

Thanks Steve!

Developed in the early 1920s, the Best Logging Wheeler’s sheer size made it a giant, with 8-foot wheels mounted on adjustable tapered roller bearings and 12-inch tires

MineExpo 2016 happens a month from now in Las Vegas, at the Las Vegas Convention Center

an interview with Andy Wilman, the guy behind the camera for 18 seasons of Top Gear, and now, The Grand Tour. Must see info for Top Gear fans

Around the 15 minute mark Andy talks about how the BBC lawyers are hanging up some really stupid things from being said or did, because the BBC considers those phrases owned by the BBC. Very informative - behind the scenes stuff. Not funny, just intriguing

what else are you going to do with an abandoned bucket?

remember the mid 70s? Scoring muscle cars for less than a thou - knowing they hadn't lost any fun factor

this poor bastard, he really honked off his kharma something fierce... WHO gets run over twice in the same minute?

looks to be a type 35 Bugatti with a triple carbed Dodge flat six taken in South Australia 1950

thanks to Paul!

C 47 mission markers

Combat paratrooper missions
3 combat glider missions  ( a soldier is lower to the left pulling a glider behind and above his back foot)
5 combat resupply missions
over 40 freight hauls (freight train with wagons)

Other C 47 mission symbols are
 red-cross flags  for the number of evacuation misions flown.
 donkey’s stand for supply missions in the Medeteranian,
 Camels indicate supply missions in Northern Africa.

A simple scoreboard, said to be a Ford publicity photo

First and only time I've seen anyone write out the score

used car lot during WW2

The warbirds that used unusual or special symbols to represent bombing missions

The Witch  (witches)

Three Feathers  (feathers)

Hells Bells  (bells)

Set Em Up  (Beer mugs)

Little Lulu  (lollipops)

Sultan  (Women)

Pistol Packin Mama  (pistols)

the Great Artist  (fat man) - all the B 29s that participated in the nuke bombings of Japan displayed "fat men" symbols, whether they did recon photos, observation missions, etc

one of the best, Thumper has a small version of the big nose art character, but each mission has the name of the target on the small bomb, and a Japanese flag for shooting down a fighter plane

Ramp Rooster  (lightning bolt through cloud)

Times A' Wastin  (little brown jugs)

Jersey Jackass  (jackass) -  Donkeys are commonly referred to as an ass, and a male donkey is known as a jackass.  

"Buck Stops Here" with donations to the crew and military that would get the bomber after it left the factory

What do the waves under a bomb mission symbol mean?

thanks Steve!

the "Good Humpin" B 29 used camels to mark the bombing missions instead of bomb symbols

Thanks Steve!

impressive looking way to get to the battle

Didn't they use one of these half tracks in a Indian Jones movie? If they didn't they should

Sunday, August 28, 2016

How thoughtful these little kids are, proving that a locking gas cap is a necessity

Guerrilla Public Service, an art project of Richard Ankrom installing fabricated interstate identification markers onto existing California freeway signs without permission.

Ankrom's reasoning behind for Guerrilla Public Service is much simpler: "A North panel and 5 shield were fabricated and attached to the existing overhead sign because the information was missing."

"Essentially it's a conceptual piece," Ankrom told LA Weekly in 2002 after installing his work nine months before. "It's performance and installation and public art and all these other things. I am out on a limb because I don't know where I'm going to go with this now. But this is my idea of art. Art should be incorporated more into the government's system of design and concept."

 Without any official signage to demarcate the 5 North exit, Ankrom found himself constantly missing his juncture. Ankrom as a sign painter by trade, simply took it upon himself to fix it.

"I think the worst thing they could charge me with would be trespassing and defacing property, which I believe are still misdemeanors," Ankrom continued in 2002. "[...] Even if I went to court, I'd get a public attorney, get a video-friendly judge, and videotape that. I wouldn't be able to pay the fine, so I'd have to do public service, which is sort of what I'm doing anyway.

Eight years after the original installation of Guerrilla Public Service, Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation, finally got the message: they installed a new sign in place of the old one, and simply recycled Ankrom's work.

"The only people who might be smugger than cyclists are vegans,” asserts O’Toole.

“Planners and anti-automobile people believe that automobiles are bad because they pollute, have deadly crashes, and use energy. So they think that any alternative is better because it’s assumed that it doesn’t have those drawbacks. Actually, cycling, although it doesn’t pollute or use energy, is more dangerous than driving. Transit uses a lot more energy per passenger-mile than driving, yet they still put transit above automobiles. And light rail is actually more dangerous than automobiles per passenger-mile. So the ‘moral superiority’ argument fails when you look at the actual numbers.”

Governmental disfavor for the auto is inextricably intertwined with the new urbanism movement. As city planners revisit notions of density, one sees governmental favoritism for cyclists and pedestrians over motorists. O’Toole states, “You can actually see that preference in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s ‘transportation pyramid.’ It puts pedestrians and bikes on top, public transit below, multi-occupant vehicles below that, and at the very bottom, single-occupancy vehicles.

If you’ve ever been downtown in your car, sitting at a light and waiting for a mostly empty, honking trolley to get out of the way as the surly conductor glares at you, it’s part of a plan, says O’Toole. He maintains that, in addition to ladling out fat subsidies, municipalities have implemented other measures to disincentivize auto travel.

Randall O’Toole of Bandon, Oregon. He’s a think-tank guy, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute

Saturday, August 27, 2016

1936 Pontiac motorhome, Coachwork by Russell's of Bexhill, heading to auction with Bonhams

As purchased, the Pontiac had been painted khaki in anticipation of its being used as an ambulance during WW2

The Dunn family's financial advisor, explains that Captain Dunn had contracted polio on his honeymoon, which left him paralysed and requiring the use of a wheelchair.

During WW2 Captain Dunn was evacuated to Wales on account of his disability. In 1946 he died, leaving everything to his widow.

 Apparently, the van had been placed in storage in 1940, raised on blocks and with the spark plugs removed and oil tipped into the cylinder bores. Every few months Mrs Dunn would turn the engine over on the starting handle, a practice she repeated right up to her death in 1991

The interior remains just as it was found, though a boat builder was commissioned to re-varnish the woodwork in the correct dull gloss finish. All curtains and linoleum are original, as are all the fixtures and fittings. All the interior equipment came with the motorhome

Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops

Jack Benny (a favorite of mine) in the B 24 named after his movie "Buck Benny Rides Again"

In The Jack Benny Program’s 1936-37 season, writers instituted “Buck Benny Rides Again,” a spoof of movie westerns that would go on to become one of Benny’s most popular running segments.

In 1940 it was crafted into a movie musical, and was a decent success, making the 10th largest revenue for a movie that year.

In the movie, Jack in conned into going to Nevada, and he brings his entourage into the movie with him, including his pet polar bear, Carmichael.

It was just a week ago that I posted Jack Benny christening a B 24 in Libya on a USO tour

petroliana porn

The inlet cowling literally exploded. Flight #WN3472 from New Orleans to Orlando

Target kites, 1st I've ever heard of them

The late Dr. Paul Garber, former Historian Emeritus of the National Air and Space Museum, was instrumental as his services as a civilian were loaned to the Navy Department in early December, 1941 and became part of the Navy's Special Devices Division of the Bureau of Aeronautics with a Navy commission in May, 1942.

Dr. Garber devised a controllable Target Kite which was used for gunnery practice; a fully rigged example of his Mk 1 kite, made by Spaulding, is on exhibit with a Mitsubishi "Zero" screened on the kite fabric. Paul Garber became aware that Admiral John H. Towers reported that the Navy required some sort of airborne moving gunnery target; Garber believed that a kite might solve the problem. He worked after hours along with two kite flying buddies, Lloyd Reichert and Stanley Potter, and also with Paul Gwillow, to come up with a rough target kite which had a keel and rudder and could be controlled by two lines. Work on a prototype target kite leading to production began in earnest in the Fall of 1942. Firing tests were conducted in January, 1943 and the first production units from a trial order with Comet Models reached the field for test by May, 1943.  Thanks Steve!