Monday, August 21, 2017

Fuselage halves back together after 75 years on the B17 known as Desert Rat

Gloster Napier 1929

Florida drunk driver hits 17 cars while trying to park

Troopers said 25 year old Tony Futch was driving a blue 2003 Chevrolet Blazer and struck the 17 vehicles in eight different crashes while maneuvering his SUV around the lot.

Around 4 a.m., Futch rammed through the gate of the Gate Condominium complex at 1550 Calder Blvd., off of Osceola Polk Line Road near Interstate 4 in Davenport.

According to the arrest report, Futch drove in circles and when he came near the exit of the residence’s parking lot, he crashed against multiple vehicles to his right.

He made three other turns and hit a number of parked cars before approaching a parking spot, where he hit two more cars.

Futch had his license suspended for a driving under the influence in 2013, troopers say.

do you think they cringe when faced with the fact that their eco-friendly green hybrid machine is really nothing more than a couple steps removed from the pollution it takes to power their car?

there are articulated vehicles, and then... there's this crazy thing

great camera work, fun video, terrible acting

Aston Martin Vulcan-inspired ‘Blade’ tail lights

the bridge between the Urroca and the Jalpa was the Lamborghini Silhouette

The Lamborghini Silhouette was only produced by the Italian automobile maker between 1976 and 1979. Hence, not many of them were made. This two-door, two-seat, mid-engine, rear-wheel drive car was the first Lambo to employ a Targa-styled top. With only 54 produced this Lamborghini was initially meant as a styling exercise based on the Urraco and was ultimately the precursor to the Jalpa.

3,2, 1... and gone

Automobile magazine's Concours d’Lemons at Monterey Car Week stand outs

how impressive something looks, can be changed with the angle it's photographed at

must have been a small truck, and full back seat, to cause someone to do this roof storage to a Daytona

they have a point, your kids will remember a Jeep

things we see in Southern California you probably don't see in any state not on the Mexican Border

This was on the 91 somewhere between Riverside and Torrance, doing 70mph

Guy martin dirt flat track racing a chopper... ain't that something! something I missed last month while blogging about other things

Sunday, August 20, 2017

1910 Oldsmobile Limited Roadster (photo colored by Imbued w/ Hues)

I just learned that after a couple of years of not being able to find his writings, Ezra Dyer is a columnist and Car and Driver

If you want to catch up like I do

What had me looking him up?

This snippet from a 2013 article:

After visiting Jay Leno a couple of years ago, I returned home so embarrassed at my level of ineptitude that I dismantled my sputtering lawn mower in a bid to fix it. By the time I finished, it sounded like a Sopwith Camel in the process of being shot down.

If Jay Leno had this problem, he’d build a new lawn mower, smelting his own ore for the block and crafting the handle from the skids of a surplus military helicopter. The final product would put down 83 hp and be called the Blind Monk, after the sightless holy man who achieved transcendence while jetting the carburetor.

cute new way of announcing a kid on the way

Congats to Ian and Dani for going for the full adult experience and being brave enough to bring a kiddo into this world, and risking their toys which a kid will probably damage.

May the child be healthy, smart, and be a joy to you all your days!

Stored for 40 years, only has 550 miles on it, and only sold at auction for 17,600 thou. Was it worth the effort to store it for such a low return after 4 decades of not enjoying it?

It still has air of 1977 in the tires. These pace cars were hard to sell new, and nothing has changed.

 A lot of dealers painted the cars all black or all silver to sell them when new.

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

9,769 original miles. Ain't that a shame? One of the coolest cars Ferrari made... and in 45 years it's been enjoyed less than a skateboard.

Howard O'Flynn was the original owner of this magnificent Daytona. O'Flynn was in banking in New York and one of Enzo's first US clients. O'Flynn stored the car in New Jersey until 1988. He then moved the car to Texas where it remained until being sold in 2011. The car is complete with the complete factory tools and kit, original yellow felt Ferrari dusting cloth, Ferrari 365 GTB/4 original owner's manual and service manual.

It was a no sale in 2011 at Mecum Monterey for 170,000 less. That's how important the right auction is

the thing that did not need to be done, a GTO front on a truck

most unusual thing I've ever seen a bike rider do

the Vincati

a Vincati (all Ducati 750 SS/Vincent 1000cc engine)

The first Vincati was reported by the Australian Motorcycle Action in October 1975, and it was put together by Max Johnson.

 In 1972, Johnson was looking for a Vincent but first found a Vincent engine installed in a racing car.

He acquired it and started his quest for frame parts, and the idea of the Vincati simply came as he was assisting a friend in repairing his Ducati 750. He assessed that the Vincent Twin would fit quite well in this chassis and that it would also be a much easier to find a wrecked bike on the market.

After about three years of intensive work including the mock-up, rebuilding the engine and finally assemble the bike, the Vincati was ready and made its first apparition during one of the VOC outing.

Phil Irving, co-designer of the Vincent, was there and made the following comment ‘It almost looks as if it grew there.’ reported AMA, which also commented that ‘Phil Irving was not partial to the many variations and hybrids of the traditional Vincent, these faint words of praise indicate he was not unpleased with the Max Johnson version.’.

landslide toppling trees, caught on dashcam by an unlucky driver caught in the middle of it

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Possibly the only person to park his truck on top of a car, in traffic, and get the other guy arrested. Don't try this at home folks.

According to an arrest affidavit, Adalberto Aponte, 53, said he got into a verbal disturbance that ended when Zach Waring placed his pickup truck into reverse and backed up onto Aponte’s Camry.

Waring told police that Aponte had been driving recklessly since he appeared behind Waring's truck. Waring said Aponte almost caused multiple crashes, and when he reached a red light at the intersection of Southwest 42nd Street and Southwest 27th Avenue, Aponte got out of his Camry, walked directly to Waring's open driver's window and "began to strike him in the face through the window multiple times," police said.

The victim's girlfriend yelled that there was a gun in the truck when Waring was unable to stop Aponte from punching him, a report states. There wasn't a gun in the pickup truck, police said.

According to the report, Aponte said, "I'll show you a real gun."

Waring told police that he feared for his life and his family and "had no other option but to place his vehicle in reverse and hit Aponte's vehicle in an attempt to prevent him from obtaining a firearm and causing further harm to him or his family," a report states.

Police said the red light prevented Waring from driving forward through the intersection in an attempt to leave the argument.

Witnesses to the road rage incident were able to confirm Waring's statements, police said.

Aponte was arrested at the scene and charged with burglary, battery, criminal mischief and driving with suspended license for failing to pay child support in September 2016.

this is new... doesn't seem to have steering though

parenting.... sometimes it's easy to see what their hobby is

this is why planes aren't allowed to use roads as runways...

how did this happen... did they look at a deep ditch, and think... I can either make it, or make it worse?

finally a use for chinese made garbage tools

Double engined Oliver

thanks Mark!

price comparison on tires.

As I do when I need to buy a new set of tires, I compare prices.

This time I have a Veloster R Spec, which simply has a turbo and better shifter, and last time I had a plain jane Veloster

Prices went up. Mostly.

This time, The rim is an 18 in.

Walmart 536
Tire Rack 543
Amazon 573
Discount tire 592
Tire Depot: 598
Hyundai dealership 856

The best price last time was 376. So getting a more fun car, means more expensive tires. Damn it.
Last time discount tire was 610. This time they are 18 dollars less expensive

last comparison

Sweet.... imagine driving this around town

over at  they are trying to find out who made it or owned it

Wow, answered in less than 10 minutes!

It's Darryl Starbird's Star Trek Coupe... Thanks Warren!

1966 Travco motor home, Dodge power train, poly 318. Original accessories and all the brochures and paperwork

originally cost 13,800, adjusted for inflation that's 100,000. A house bought by that family a year later cost 15 thou.

2 piece fiberglass, and never been in as much as a bump in the night.

The front bumper doubles as a bench and storage.