Tuesday, December 12, 2017

there is a covered wagon in Texas that has made the news papers a couple of times, the first time was in 1955, the second was more recent, when someone sent me a newspaper clipping, maybe in 2013


May 16, 1955 The Eagle, Bryan, Texas

80 -Year Old Woman Wants To Repeat Wagon Venture

SHERMAN. Tex. — Her daughter paid a man 30 cents to teach her to harness a horse. The horse bit him. That’s why Ma Weaver paid the 30 cents. Then Ma and her two daughters were off by covered wagon for Denver, Colo. Today, 21 years later, that covered wagon is a permanent fixture in the side yard of her home at 322 N. Burdette St.

Mrs. Birdie Weaver, Ma to all who know her, has only one regret these days. She can’t find anyone to repeat the trip with her. She’s 80. “I’d buy a new wagon,” she dreams. The original has rotted to much for such a journey. “It’s the only way to travel. Automobiles is awful. Just perfectly awful. I wouldn’t go anywhere in a car.”

The trip started from here in October, 1934. Mother, Betty and Beatrice arrived in Denver six months later, spent a year and returned the same way. The younger women were in their 20s. Beatrice now is Mrs. R. D. Spangler. Why did they make the trip? “Just for the fun of it,” says Ma Weaver with finality. It was no typical prairie schooner which made the voyage. Instead of canvas, the covering was of sheet metal. Coops I underneath carried their chickens. Winnie the milk cow tagged along behind wearing special shoes designed by the Weavers.

 The wagon doors had padlocks. Each woman had a revolver. Going up, they ran into rough weather—a snowstorm on the New Mexico plains and the famous Black Dusters sandstorms of the 30s. They lost three horses, but Ginger, a tough little mare, pulled and pulled and finally brought the wagon back to Sherman. She died of old age at 27. Once, on a shorter trip, a horse died and the Weavers were low on money. So they hitched Winnie the cow along-side Ginger and made it home.
Winnie died, elderly at 14, of a snakebite.

 At 80, Ma Weaver still helps Betsy look after 36 head of cattle and rises at 3 a. m .to milk half their 14 cows. The way she looks at it, all women should do as much. “Modern women,” she snorts, “ain’t no ’count.”

She was born in 1875 in East Texas, daughter of a former Confederate army surgeon who owned a plantation in antebellum days. “If those Yankees hadn’t come along and messed things up,” she says, “I would have had millions.” “Then men, all they know is devilment.”


they Dyno'd Tucker #1044... 94 HP and 221 ft lb's of torque @ 2,700 RPM's.

new scene from Ready Player One car race ... with Mad Max's Falcon, the Adam West era Batmobile, Bigfoot, and the A Team van

That #5 on the left? Nor sure... might be Speed Racer's Mach 5?

and that above new scene is the view from behind these cars, which in the older preview, showed the cars from the front

Notice the A Team van on the far right upper corner here

by the way, the main character's hide out to get away from everyone is the inside of an empty abandoned van, which seems to be in stacks of vehicles, so, probably in a junkyard

from http://readyplayeronemovie.com/

the one on the Bergrennen Reitnau hill climb in Switzerland that DIDN'T crash, and burn... the bathtub guy!

Highschool counselor: where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Me: driving uphill in a bathtub, with a rubber ducky, scrub brush, and shower head

“Is there a future in that?”
“It’ll get me on tv for sure!”


The man behind the motorized bathtub is Swiss engineer Hannes Roth, who created the eye-catching contraption by grafting a tub onto a go-kart chassis. To unlock its outrageous speed, he shoehorned a 600cc Yamaha R6 motorcycle engine into the basin, which punches out 120 horsepower.

If you have to ask "what the hell is that" then I'm happy to say, it's a Argentinian Torino, and ain't it cool that we still have cars to appreciate that we've never seen or heard of before? Not just another Chevy!

The Torino is an Argentinian car that was born in 1966, as a licensed redesign of the AMC Rambler by Pininfarina, produced originally by IKA ( Argentinian Kaiser industries), a partner with the Renault company that would eventually buy them out.

Mario Suárez and his son Francisco are responsible for restoring the original #1 and #2 Torinos from the three built to challenge the Europeans on their home turf in one of the most grueling races in the world. 84 hours of the 1969 Nurburgring endurance racing Marathon de la Route.

the #3 Torino resides in the Fangio museum

Fangio oversaw the IKA-Renault Torino effort at the Nürburgring and his son was among the team of of Argentinian drivers assigned to the three cars.

Fangio traveled with the team to the ‘Ring to guide the cars around both the Nord and Südschleife, and though the team would complete the most laps with their #3 car (the other two, #1 and #2, retired early), an assortment of time penalties would see the Torino finish in fourth place officially.

At the end of 84 hours, only one of the three Torinos finished, and though it completed the most distance, it was penalized because of the high decibels of the exhaust, and so a Lancia Fulvia HF finished as the winner officially.

That race represented a remarkable milestone in the Argentinian motoring history, and it proved the country could build cars that could compete with the likes of Porsche, Lancia, Ford, etc.

the #2 car, with the yellow nose, has an astonishing rebuild story:

Mario or his son decided to search in old magazines in order to find information about what really happened. In one from 1971 a driver called Juan Carlos Palma was said to have bought a Torino to compete in the TC series, and that the vehicle was the #2 car ran at the Nürburgring.

When searching for Palma they figured they could find his phone number by his mechanic that was also mentioned in the article. So, the number was got from him and then they called Palma.

With the license plate number that Palma had they went to the Registry to look for the report and  read that the car chassis number was 00007, which was heartening to hear given the #3 car was was 00008, and the #1 car 00009. Then they had all the owners names, that the car had had, and the last one was an elderly man from Santa Fe province.

He said that the car was given to his son in 1990 and that his son and his granddaughter had a significant accident in it, his granddaughter surviving only because of the roll cage the car had in it. The damaged car went to his mechanic’s workshop where he decided to sell some parts of the car; small ones at first, and then the body, engine, and rear axle. Also, he gave the 140-liter fuel tank to his brother-in-law who lived in the province of Chaco.

 What was left of the car, except for the gearbox and front brake calipers, was removed from the workshop by a man who had the intention of building a race car out of it once again. After a lot of searching, they found and bought the gearbox and the front brakes that were put in two different trucks of all things.

 Then, they bought the fuel tank in Chaco, which had become a wasp’s nest after many years of remaining useless in a barn. Finally the body was found in a country field next to a plowing machine in the province of Santa Fe.


there is an Italian restaurant in the new "Liberty Station" development, the re-use of the old San Diego RTC/NTC Navy base, and that restaurant has a cool gimmic, a Fiat 850 with a table in it

Officine Buona Forchetta   www.officinebuonaforchetta.com

Funniest thing I've read all week, the 1st night of driving for Lyft

First night, July 2013, Steve Y.

It was midnight, during Comic-Con, and I received a Lyft Plus request in Pacific Beach. When I rolled up, six young men jumped into my Jeep. They all looked like they were in their early 20s; they appeared to have been "pre-gaming," too.

I welcomed them on board, "Aloha! Welcome aboard the Luau Lyft. What are you boys celebrating?"

A few of them shouted out, "It's our buddy's 21st birthday and we're gonna get him drunk in the Gaslamp!" I dashed out to the back of my ride, grabbed six leis - all different colors - returning with a shout of, "Happy birthday, everybody gets lei'd!"

We drop onto Sixth Avenue and catch a red light at F Street, right in front of (American Comedy Club). I look out at the crosswalk and see three young ladies walking in front of us. Two of them are paired up; the third one looked so faded she was walking a little crooked. (The drunk one) approached my vehicle, noticing the huge pink 'stache on my front grill (a signature of Lyft vehicles at the time). She looks at the 'stache; she looks up at me and the boy in the front seat. She looks back down to the 'stache and grabs it.

She begins to roll the 'stache between both hands, while licking her lips and staring us down with a naughty smile on her face. Then, she drops the 'stache, pumps her fist in the air and screams, "I want a mustache ride!"

Now, she begins to crawl on my hood - kinda like the scene in the old '80s Duran Duran video, Hungry Like a Wolf. The boys begin to chant, "Jump in the Jeep! Jump in the Jeep! Jump in the Jeep!" Her two lady friends look back and run over to peel her off of my hood. They exit to the sidewalk, the lights turn green; the fella in the front and I have a look of deer in headlights.

He asks me softly, "Does this happen every night?" I answer like a teenager, "I dunno. This is my first night. But, if this is what it's like, I'm driving every night!"


59 drop top Vette pulled out of the remains of a fallen down shed in Florida! Next to it were two 60s Vettes

Compliment of the year.... I was just given the "Best Car Blogger of 2017" honor!

Scott who makes OffTheThrottle.com (whoa, he's a .com guy who like blogs! Dang!)
did he best of list for 2017 (hey, wait, did I make the list last year, or ever make his list before?)

And wow, he really placed some incredibly good bloggers in the top 10,
Grease Girl, the BMW Blog, Bangshift, Car Blog Malaysia, Don't Get Wrenched, Rolf's Import, Frank's Classic Car Blog, Corvette Blogger, and The View Through The Windshild

But he was really impressed with what I've been doing. He said "Most of this stuff is about classics, rare cars and history. There’s a lot of cool black and white photography, super obscure car parts and memorabilia. There are a few news stories thrown in, some opinion pieces, things that readers send in, and pictures from events. He also covers more than cars, posting about trains, planes, and anything involving the military. It’s an absolutely fascinating blog which you can easily get lost in for hours." 


Well, shucks... he's remembered that some time ago, I can't recall how long ago, he emailed me and said he was a long time fan, and since I hear that normally followed by "so can I write a guest post" which are always the clue that everything before the word "so" was bogus... I blew it off and said "prove it"

How about that. He sure did.

So I humbly bow, and tip my hat to Scott! Thank you sir! 

the Ford Custom Car Caravan 1962 - 1965, a direct imitation of the General Motors Parade of Progress

Ford reached out to additional customizers and eventually either commissioned or adopted the work of the Alexander Brothers, George Barris, Clarkaiser, Bill Cushenbery, Dearborn Steel Tubing, Fostoria Customs, Dean Jeffries, and Gene Winfield.

Starting with the Barris-built but factory-designed Mercury Super Marauder and the Ghia-bodied Mercury Montego, this Caravan was joined by the Dearborn Steel Tubing-built Super Cyclone and the Winfield-built Comet Cyclone Sportster.

Some of the other cars were Dean Jeffries Python Falcon, George Barris' Starburst Landau Fairlane, Bill Cushenberry's Astro Galaxie, and the Alexander Brother's Alexa Galaxie 500, Gene Winfield's  Pacifica truck and the '65 Comet Cyclone Sportster for the Lincoln-Mercury Caravan.

George Barris turned a 1963 Fairlane 500 into the Landau Starburst and gave it an alligator-skin-covered top.