Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The model seaplane belonging to Mr Porter of Surreypiloted by Virginia Waters, strapped to the roof of a Rolls Royce to the nearby lake in April of 1930

Geo Ham: study for Hispano-Suiza

A beach for an airport runway, perhaps the only one in the world... only available at low tide, and only Loganair uses this remote Scottish island airport

as always (so annoying) skip the first minute

Barra Airport is located on an island in Scotland, and it is the only known place in the world where a beach acts as a runway.

At this airport, flight times vary according to the tides. At high tide take-offs and landings are simply impossible.

But fortunately Loganair serves the island from Glasgow. For its two daily rotations, the Scottish regional airline uses  De Havilland Twin Otter aircraft.

Last year, Barra airport welcomed 13,500 passengers in total and was ranked the fourth airport in the world having the best approach according to the study for booking private planes.

 A landing with sea view is a beautiful thing, and rarely this close to an airport


bitch'n fuel tanks


JC Penney Factory F/X Super Stock factory fiberglass bumpers, hood, fenders, doors, decklid and dash option.(possibly) The answer to the NHRA ban on factory aluminum body parts. One was ordered, and then the NHRA banned factory fiberglass bodies.

The original JC Penny race car named the "Penny Pincher".

It was used to promote the stores line of A/FX automotive products.

Documentation states that in 1965, the factories weren't allowed to use aluminum body parts on the cars anymore. So they offered the '65 lightweights with acid-dipped body panels.

Chrysler interpreted the rules in their own way, and the rules specified no aluminum. However, NHRA didn't say anything about using fiberglass panels on their altered-wheelbased cars, but in order to do that they had to offer fiberglass on their regular (un-altered) wheelbase cars as an option.

 As it turns out, the fiberglass was completed just before the NHRA ruled that fiberglass and altered-wheelbase cars would not be allowed. The fiberglass program was summarily scrapped after the ruling, but for a very short period of time, fiberglass remained an option on the standard, un-altered race cars, and only one was ordered with this option, the car used by JC Penny.

It's a car with aluminum door hinges, fiberglass fenders, doors, hood, decklid, bumpers and even the dash. It also has Corning plexiglass windows. This car may be the only one of its type in existence.


and it sold for only 73k in 2014 at the Barrett Jackson auction. They tried Ebaying it last May, http://www.cafr.ebay.ca/itm/1965-Dodge-Coronet-/162073407716 and it doesn't seem to have gotten any bids.


the new owner is of course only interested in it as an investment and missed the obvious clue that no one wanted to pay more for it than they did... and tried to sell it for 150k. Well, that didn't last long, and in only 3 years, they've dropped the price by almost half, and now they are only trying to recoup costs, and it's listed for sale with about 10% markup as a finders fee. Still no buyers.

So, if all of this is a fact, why isn't there any history of this car online?

It's supposed to be mentioned in the May 1968 Car Craft, but, I'll have to see if I have that issue to verify that

1967 Ford Custom 2-door sedan with the W-code 427-4V 4spd, Marti Report shows 1 of 1, and 16,175 miles

Ford only built one W code (410 hp single 4 barrel) 427 Custom 2dr, and ten R code dual quad 427 Custom 2drs. 

Of the 952,553 full-size 1967 Ford cars, only 19 were W-code equipped.

Of these 19 W-codes,  Only 3 of 5 in the full size Ford registry are still known to exist, and this car is the only 1 of those 3 cars known to still exist with its original W-code 427-4V 410 hp engine.


in the classic 1960's VE Bug advertising style, the MF

They are racing Darts in Brazil, and seem to be having a good time.

Model T trivia

The 1908 and the 1927 Model Ts were almost entirely different cars, as cataloged in minute detail by Bruce McCalley in his book Model T Ford: The Car That Changed the World.

 For instance, the Model T used multiple variations of no less than 13 different carburetors from at least four different manufacturers.


I don't think I've seen these hubcaps before

Planters Nutmobile

Goodwood sculpture 2004, the Rolls-Royce record breaking vehicles on land (Campbell-Railton Bluebird), sea (Bluebird K4) and air (Supermarine).

1946 DeSoto Skyview taxi

Checker A2 model, until 2005, only one was even known to exist. Then 6 were found on a farm in Finland... why Finland? 500 taxis were bought in Chicago for use during the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.

If I read the translated words correctly, they were used taxis, and when they arrived in Finland, the people in charge were not happy about the used condition... worse, the parliament refused to issue a permit for parts import. Regardless, the A2 Checkers were used for the 1952 Olympics, and after, were sent out to various small towns to be used as rural taxis. 

For some totally inexplicable reason (but I suspect profiteering), instead of looking for newer cars of better condition they purchased 1946-1948 Checkers instead of new (1951) models. They had the cars repaired and shipped to Finland.

Having little knowledge of shipping and other commercial matters, they let the cars be loaded and re-loaded two unnecessary times. That caused a large number of the cars to arrive beat up, in addition to the damages by the rough ocean voyage.

And now that we are caught up on the history, here is the present!

the Checker Ry Finland group has restored this one they found on a farm


I don't recall ever learning about a Checker collector before, but Ben had 300 some time ago, restored, in project status, and a lot of parts cars. Now he's down to only a few

Hollywood comedians were a fan of the Powell scooter, made right in Los Angeles

Dealerships sure came and went mighty fast, and LA is rife with small businesses that occupy the old buildings with no hint at their past elegance

I wonder what the graph would look like if the stats were known as to how many new car dealerships there were in each of the past 11 decades


Monday, April 24, 2017

Ansel Adams photos of a scooter dealership on Wilshire

once upon a time in LA when so many things were art deco first and foremost, and then functional. If they'd been more functional, they'd still be around.

the Packard dealership at 1285 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena

Hillcrest Cadillac on Wilshire

one of the storylines of the newest Transformers movie is stranger than the first preview implied

Seems that the young hero woman trope isn't used up yet, and this latest of the Transformers movie is another heroine to inspire young women.

I think it's a bit strange myself to use the Transformers to get the girls of the world enthused to be robot sidekicks, but hey, Star Wars is pretty much going in that direction. Jen and Rey, you know?

So - the story in Entertainment Weekly is:

Anthony Hopkins is portraying Sir Edmund Burton, an astronomer who — with the help of the Transformer Hot Rod — has tracked these long-forgotten connections between the robots and the humans to another scholar, our movie's heroine who has no idea she harbors a genetic secret that could destroy (or save) the world, and Hot Rod has secretly been serving as her father’s 1963 Citroën DS.

It’s a rickety old thing, but she can’t part with it because she adores it,” Haddock says of the vintage vehicle. “This car has actually been put there to watch her and feedback information to Anthony Hopkins’s character about what she’s up to

When the 1986 animated Transformers movie * opened, it shocked young fans by killing off Optimus Prime and nearly every other beloved hero and villain from the series. That cleared the way for a new wave of characters — and Hasbro toys, the real motive for the pop culture crime — but for many kids, it was the end of their fandom.

It was also a bit past the peak of the Transformers popularity, and the toys needed a remake for future sales it was thought. They didn't recover though, not to the early 80s popularity, not even the highly advanced (in comparison to the original)  Transformers Beast Wars cartoon imagery could pull that off.

Hot Rod was one of the newcomers, an Autobot soldier who was granted the Matrix of Leadership to become the new good-guy commander under the title Rodimus Prime.

How'd it all start? The primary concept of the Transformers is that the heroic Optimus Prime, the villainous Megatron, and their finest soldiers crash land on pre-historic Earth in the Ark and the Nemesis before awakening in 1983, Cybertron hurtling through the Neutral zone as an effect of the war. The Marvel comic was originally part of the main Marvel Universe, with appearances from Spider-Man and Nick Fury,

The Movie also featured guest voices from Leonard Nimoy as Galvatron, Scatman Crothers as Jazz, Casey Kasem as Cliffjumper, Orson Welles as Unicron, Judd Nelson as Hot Rod, and Eric Idle as the leader of the Junkions