Tuesday, September 19, 2017

On January 27 1929 a convoy consisting of five Bugatti started their journey through the Sahara

The cars are built as pick-ups and with 800 kilograms of goods on them they are hopelessly overloaded. Amongst other things, each car carries 260 litres of benzin, 20 litres of oil and 20 litres of water. About half of the load is the personal luggage of the travelers and most of the participants have even planned to carry out hunting excursions on the southern edge of the Sahara – and they do not want to do that without a certain level of personal comfort. One of the participants, Lieutenant Loiseau, warns about the too heavy load even before they start the journey: He intends to do a record-trip from Paris to Cite d'Ivoire and back…

Some of the participants of this journey do not believe that they can leave some of their luggage back they buy a truck to join them instead!


Ford T of the 1st Australian Light Car Patrol (1917)

similar example, better photos and easier to see the gun mount

British Army Ford Model T vehicle - British soldiers ( Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment, later The Green Howards) with Lewis machine gun posted at Jaffa Gate,Palestine 1920



the guys are on the cover of GQ!

Kiddy Ride Police Patrol, street theatrical police interventions

garages... right?

Sam Pierce, sponsor for Burt Munro's Indian Special, and Indian Motorcycle specialist in San Gabriel

When the Depression hit, Sammy turned to his motorcycle for a living, performing stunts and racing at county fairs. Along the way he acquired an expertise for sheet metal, designing and fabricating custom cars. But bikes were his passion, and in 1945, after a stint in the Navy during World War II, he swung a deal to become the California distributor for Norton.
Pierce Indian was on the corner of Fairview and San Gabriel avenues, next to that was Pierce's home, where Munro lived from at least 1965-67.

Way back in their youth, Sam Pierce and Rollie Free worked for the same Indian dealership agent in Kansas City

Pierce combed the U.S. for parts. He bought out the stocks of numerous dealers who once sold and serviced the great red machines.

Burt Munro : The Lost Interviews 

and during a 2 year round the world ride, an adventurer named Carlos Caggiani happened through Los Angeles,

and Sam gave him a free refurbish to see him safely and reliably the rest of the way.

From 1964 to 1966, Carlos Caggiani travelled to 26 countries on a 1947 Indian Chief motorcycle with hardly a penny to his name. At 24 years of age, he embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. He spent time with everyone from poor natives in the Andes mountains, to rich families in the United States. He crossed rivers without bridges, suffered famine, intense heat and cold, guided his motorcycle through rain and snow storms, rode on dirt and cobblestone roads, was chased by the FBI, was shot at in Bolivia during a revolutionary war, and had a serious accident due to a mechanical failure in Panama that left him hospitalized for 17 days. Now there is a book about it

He owned several British motorcycle dealerships, selling Triumph, Ariel, Norton and Sunbeam motorcycles. He also had an Indian dealership for a short time, but despite his love of the brand, he sold it to his friend Ed Kretz (winner of the first Daytona 200 in 1937).

 His last enterprise was American Indian, where he assembled his own “Super Scouts” from NOS parts, adding a bit of his own flair with special body work and performance upgrades. He sold American Indian in 1971.

Dan Reese, a former employee of Sammy’s who now runs Indian Motorcycles of West Point, Calif

In his last years Sammy was the curator of Steve McQueen’s extensive motorcycle collection. He died March 27, 1982, shortly after McQueen died from cancer.



Sammy Pierce was perhaps the greatest enthusiast of Indian motorcycles. After the Springfield, Mass., factory closed in 1953, “Mr. Indian” kept the flame alive. And thanks to his devotion to the brand during the Fifties and Sixties, he inspired well-known restorers like Bob Stark and Micah McCloskey to keep the flame burning. And along the way, he designed his own motorcycle – the P-61 American Rocket.

The engine assembly was bolted to a skid plate, which was bolted to the frame. The engine could be removed by simply pulling out the skid plate’s cross bolts. Pierce claimed the Rocket’s rubber mounted engine (using modified car engine mounts) was the first practical vibration isolator for a motorcycle ever built. The forks were from an Ariel, and the foot shift assembly was improvised by Pierce using Indian parts. The brakes were Indian, reinforced by Pierce, and the horn was from an Olds 88.

new info about Burt Munro and his land speed racing

Hollywood's discrepancies in the "The World's Fastest Indian" include Munro setting the record during his first run on the salt, when in fact it was during his fifth year of racing.

Burt was 68 when in 1967 he rode his 1920 Indian Scout based streamliner to a world record of 183.586 mph.

Burt ran his bike at Bonneville until 1973, and his end of racing was due mostly to a massive change of the rules in regards to motorcycle streamliners which took place after the 1972 competition year. Roll bar/cage and fire protection rules

Burt was there in 1973 with his motorcycle but he was not allowed to run the streamliner shell, he had to run open frame. Burt was specifically asked to be the first competitor down the track that year, which was the anniversary of the 25th running of the Bonneville National Speed Trials.

He was photographed and filmed a lot for that run….He put on a “brave face” and was all smiles but those who knew him recognized that it “cut his heart out” to no longer be able to run his beloved streamliner. I believe that, open framed, he went about 147 mph…..and I do not recall if he ran any subsequent runs.

Burt's record is impossible to break, technically. The record was set in 67 at 183.586 mph. in the SF(Streamline fuel) class 1000cc.

We all know that Burt's motor was a Indian flathead motor converted to an overhead valve, that was pushrod operated. So technically, his motor was a pushrod motor. And his record can't be broken.

You can take his record out of the book if you run SF 1000cc and averaged more than 183.586 in two runs, but you would be running in a non pushrod class. So technically, you wouldn't outrun Burt.

If you built a streamlined pushrod fuel bike and went faster than 183.586 for two runs, you still wouldn't beat Burt's record because your record would go in the book in the Pushrod class.

Now, Burt's bike was an A bike with a streamline shell, not legal today by any stretch of the imagination, according to the streamline rules. Not even APS. In 1990 SCTA started a Pushrod class and left Burt's record in the non pushrod class, because that is where it was set in 67. The classes set in 1990 were pushrod engine gas (PAG) and pushrod engine fuel (PAF).

Bert's full name was Herbert.... thus the spelling with an "E"..... NOT a "U" that you see sometimes...  but was Burt himself who substituted the U for the E , he preferred it that way.

The motorcycle in USA is Burt's original 1920 Indian Scout which he bought new and modified…but the engine from that bike was brought home to NZ by Burt. He built an engine from his spares…modified but not to the specs of the original engine…to take back to the States to sell with the bike in 1975.  http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2010/02/burts-trailer-simple-and-effective.html

The original record setting engine #50R627 is in another Indian Scout frame Burt bought many moons back,which he modified highly for speed runs,here in Invercargill NZ. So…there is really Two Burt Munro Specials.

"For a while the Pierces displayed the World’s Fastest Indian in their showroom, then relegated it to the warehouse, and ultimately to the elements outside, where the decades of Munro’s loving modifications slowly deteriorated into the ground. Enthusiast Gordy Clark purchased the Indian from the Pierces, but just put it into storage.

Remember, at this time Munro’s motorcycle was just a beat-up old racer, not very interesting to even the most serious motorcycle collectors. This was before the modern antique bike craze really took off. It was a curiosity, nothing more. Enter Dean Hensley. Dean, Tom Hensley’s older brother, was a rising motorcycle racing star.

“He had known about the Indian for years,” Tom said, referring to the historic bike that had been stored in a neglected state among Gordy Clark’s 300-bike collection. Dean purchased the bike in 1986, soon after selling the antique mirror company. He had gone to an auction, maybe it was at Hershey, and saw that old streamliners were beginning to sell for substantial money,” Tom said. “That’s when he decided to try and buy the old Burt Munro bike.” After the purchase, Munro’s Indian sat around for a few years as Dean gathered enough information and parts to begin restoration. Since the bike sat outside for years, four frame tubes filled with water and rusted out.”

The left side of the body hung on my garage wall for 20 years,” said brother Tom. “The fiberglass had settled, so getting it fitting back together was like fixing Marty Feldman’s eyes. We had to mount it to a board, let it sit in the sun, and every day turn the set screws one-quarter turn to get the body to move back into place.” Dean brought his now-restored Indian streamliner to a Davenport, Iowa, swap meet and decided to start the bike after it hadn’t run in 20 years. They had built an Indy-type starter that mounted on the countershaft, and Dean could operate it with hand controls.

In the spring of 2011, Tom received a phone call from the organizers of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. They said if he could prepare the streamliner to running condition, he could enter it in the prestigious show. “We were already in the process of getting the bike running with new rods and pistons when Pebble Beach called,” he said. “They said it had to be in running condition in order to come to the show, so we built brand-new cylinders from scratch and had the bodywork fitted exactly the way Munro had it mounted when he ran for the record in 1967.”


In 1911, Philip Strauss invented the first successful pneumatic tire, which was a combination tire and air filled inner tube.

He applied an invention of his father Alexander Strauss and produced “a combination fabric reinforced hardened rubber tire and rubber inner tube”.
 Note: On December 2, 1890, Alexander Strauss and Joseph F Bromley were granted US patent 441,820; “Tire for Vehicles and Wheels”.

The word tire is believed to be derived from the word "attire", referring to the dressing of the wheel by the wheelwright.

The 1st solid rubber tire was produced in 1846 by Thomas Hancock

The early pneumatic tires were mainly covered with leather, some held together by rivets or laced.

In 1898 Frank Seiberling founded the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, naming the company in honour of Charles Goodyear (1800-60) who in 1839, by adding sulphur to melted latex,  invented the vulcanised hard wearing rubber that the first rubber tires were to be made from.  It wasn’t until 1844 that Goodyear applied for and was granted US patent #3,633 for vulcanized rubber.


get off the damn tracks, you're not a train!

there's going to be a vintage bus rally in Indiana this weekend, at the restored Greyhound depot in Evansville

how does a truck sit at an airport parking lot for 8 months with no one in security ever wondering what going on? How does that truck sit there 8 months with a dead body in it, baking in the Kansas summer heat, without anyone smelling it?

A 53-year-old project engineer at T-Mobile and a Navy vet missing for eight months has been found dead inside his work truck at Kansas City International Airport. His parking pass is dated Jan. 17, the day he disappeared.

The truck's windows are tinted, but are light enough to allow anyone to see inside. When an airport police officer found the body, it was covered up by a blanket, according to a police report.

Police in Kansas City found his body Tuesday after the stench coming from his pickup truck was reported. His body, which was found in the driver’s seat, was so badly decomposed that investigators couldn’t initially determine the gender or race

His truck was parked on the street level in front of the airport’s Terminal B, where travelers can park for both short- and long-term parking. There is no limit to how long vehicles can be parked in the lot, said Joe McBride, a spokesman for the Kansas City Aviation Department. Owners of vehicles parked for long time periods may receive letters and their vehicles are eventually towed, McBride said.

His widow is a flight attendant, searched the airport parking lot within a week of her husband being reported missing and said authorities reassured her that, if he was in the parking lot, they would find him.

His widow and neice gave a description of the vehicle, year, make, model, color, and license plate and were told that airport security checked the lots on a regular basis.

So the family continued searching elsewhere.

Potter’s niece told the Kansas City Star that she flew from Florida to assist with the search in the days after Potter disappeared. She eventually got the idea to check parking lots at Kansas City International Airport. Alderman even gave the license plate number to authorities there in hopes of locating his truck, which would be found if it was indeed parked there, she recalled an airport police official saying. She’s now livid that her instincts were correct but were seemingly not heeded by authorities.


In August 2016, the VA released what was billed as the "most comprehensive analysis of veteran suicide rates" ever conducted, which examined more than 55 million veterans' records from 1979 to 2014 from all 50 states.

"The current analysis indicates that in 2014, an average of 20 veterans a day died from suicide" -- or one every 72 minutes, the report said.

The data also showed that only six of the 20 veterans who die in the U.S. each day are enrolled in the VA and only three are in active treatment, indicating a need for more outreach by the VA.

The VA's report said that about 65 percent of all veterans who died from suicide in 2014 were 50 years of age or older, and veterans accounted for 18 percent of all deaths from suicide among U.S. adults, a decrease from 22 percent in 2010.

Since 2001, the rate of suicide among veterans who use VA services increased by 8.8 percent, while the rate of suicide among veterans who do not use VA services increased by 38.6 percent, the report said.

The toll-free Veterans Crisis Line is 1-800-273-8255, press 1

"As some of you may know, veterans tend to come to a VA -- either drive a car or come to the VA -- and actually suicide on our property," Shulkin said last Tuesday, stressing the need for the Department of Veterans Affairs to do more to curb veteran suicides, estimated at 20 daily nationwide.

"There are a number of reasons, not all of which I completely understand," for veterans to choose to end their lives at the VA, he said, "but one of them being they don't want their families to have to discover them."


after reading Vette Magazine's Rare Finds about the 1972 with 3,749 miles, a guy in Pittsburgh let them know about his, with only 914 miles, that he bought brand new, and stored ever since.

When the insurance company told him it was only going to cost him 1200 a year, equal to around 7 thou in todays money, to insure his LS5 4 spd 72 Vette, he realized he had to take it off the road... so instead of taking the loss of selling it in the 70s, or 80s, he saw the values constantly go up at auctions... and not it's worth between 50 and 100 thou depending on the auction attendees.

He bought it at age 22.

When talking to the insurance people :  “I said are you kidding me? He said you’re 22 years old. You’re not married and you want a Corvette insured? He said if I would wait until I was 25 and married the rate would go down to about $400.”


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.


Konstabel Palm had some bad luck when his piston tore through the cylinder wall of his 1928 Harley Davidson JD, puncturing the tank and dumping its contents.

The resulting fireball scorched his eyebrows and left his hands blistered, but otherwise he escaped unscathed.

Thanks Kim!