Sunday, December 17, 2017

must be in the time before lawyers, he got to keep his car!

one thing leads to another... the hot rod cozy coupe inspired a real build of a self powered oversized kids cart

this above image inspired a build, which was well done on a forum over a couple months

but here's a fast look, if you don't want to read through the 8 pages

step 1, mock up a plan

then a chassis, front end and rear axle

start on the placement of the cab

the dive into engine, fuel, and brakes

exhaust and steering

and around this point, the many systems were tested out before getting to work on the body 

skip to the 30 second mark. He's out of sight until then. Fuel, steering and brakes all work

and some finishing touches and work on the roof, to bring it up to the moment

Thanks Steve!

A movie like Gone in 60 seconds is coming...

some cool cars were lost in the fires

Hot wheels stunts from the point of view of the car

Nope. Just throw a lit stick of dynamite it that direction, or grenades or something... burn the whole gas station to the ground... because there are probably more hiding elsewhere, like the restroom

Saturday, December 16, 2017

it's a whole lot of unknown story, that's for sure. Nothing gets overbuilt this much without a good story

incredible photo... the odds of this happening must be slim

I thought I had posted a photo of this set of bike accessories before, but, since I can't find it, I'll post this

1971 Schwinn Dealer Parts & Accessories Manual

it's like the bike version of the Sears christmas catalog

if you like that, try this 1969 Columbia catalog, with 2 or 3 times as many pages

Delivering to the tv show filming location, a couple replacement Chargers, the Boss Hogg car, and Uncle Jesse's truck?

Damn good looking car with the proper ration of rubber to rim on front and back wheels. Modern 20 inch rims and 35 or 40 series tires don't seem to look as good when seen in profile

there are some incredible photos out there.

sign of the times

an exhibition at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida to respect the astronauts lost when the shuttles Columbia and Challenger exploded, Feb 2003, and Jan 1986

these mementos of the astronauts reminds me of the incredible perfomance by the actors Sarah Cotter and Nathaniel Dunaway of Portal Theatre, in the play 73 Seconds, which is described as:

Time. Space. Disaster. Thirty-one years ago, seven astronauts boarded the Space Shuttle Challenger, and, for 73 seconds, flew into history while the entire world watched.

73 Seconds tells the stories of their lives, the media who covered the event, the children and teachers who watched it live, to the president who had to speak to the families and the nation.

73 Seconds is their story, a brief description of their bravery, wonder, motivation, and courage to set the goal of space flight as their life's achievement.  It's stunning.

in 2015 NASA opened this exhibit, with two pieces from the shuttles, that have never before displayed for the public, along with other space memorabilia from the Challenger and Columbia missions.

They’re at the Kennedy Space Center.

The nearly 2,000-square-feet permanent memorial, called “Forever Remembered,” is next to the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit. It was designed to honor the two crews lost on missions STS-51L and STS-107, and to pay tribute to shuttle vehicles Challenger and Columbia.

The fuselage piece of Challenger is the first piece of debris available to viewing by the public. The Columbia came apart on re-entry over East Texas, and only 38% has been recovered

I just recieved a wonderful Christmas card from Professor Pau in Barcelona! It's the Michelin ad from exactly 100 years ago!

You may not recall what the significance is of Prof Pau in Barcelona, it's been a while since I posted about him,  he did a 4 volume thesis on the advertising of Michelin and Bibendum!

and I'm so amazed at that amount of research, and collecting and processing of the ads and keeping a context and analysis of the ads in the greater scope of a thesis. I still hope to see it all, and if I can, share it here.

If you've only recently started reading along with this blog, take a quick look at this post,  to see the astonishing variety of the ads that Michelin did 80-100 years ago with their rubber tube man, Bibendum, and you'll see why I'm a fan of the genre!

New York blocked driveway revenge (turn off your speakers NSFW)

have a great weekend, don't sit in front of the tv though, get out and make some memories

Friday, December 15, 2017