Monday, September 25, 2017

freeways at night in LA

Yesterday I forgot about covering the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride in San Diego, but here are a couple stand out photos from the facebook page

Their dad died and left this numbers-matching 1970 Road Runner convertible with a 440 Six-Barrel, four-speed, with a build sheet and 82,000 miles to his kids, who didn't want it, so they sold it to a repair and restoration shop

Plymouth made only 658 convertible Road Runners in 1970. Just 34 had the 440-6BBL engine, 14 with automatic transmissions, 20 with four-speeds.

This car’s history has been lost to time. The car was bought in New Jersey in 1973 and not long after moved to Chino in Southern California.

The last year it was registered was 1985. It sat outside for decades before going into a garage when the family moved to a newer home.

Who has the largest airplane collections in the world? Movie maker Peter Jackson, and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, oil man Oilman Rod Lewis and oil heir Kermit Weeks

Paul Allen, the Microsoft multibillionaire, keeps his Flying Heritage Collection – more than 20 vintage World War II fighter planes, all in working condition at Paine Field, a former US Air Force base outside Seattle.

When it comes to World War II fighters, no collection is as comprehensive as Allen’s, which encompasses planes from all the war’s principal combatants, including Germany, Japan and Russia.

Peter Jackson has amassed more than 40 flyable World War I warbirds at Hood Aerodrome, near Masterton, New Zealand

Allen and Jackson are sons of World War II veterans and have spoken of a lifelong fascination with vintage warplanes kindled in childhood.

Allen has tried to collect a real version of every model plane he built as a kid, while Jackson’s passion for old warplanes extends to his filmmaking.

In 2008, he wrote and directed a World War I short called Crossing the Line and has spoken about wanting to remake both The Blue Max, a 1966 film about World War I aviators, and 1955’s The Dam Busters, about daring World War II raids on German dams using ingenious bouncing bombs.

The vintage-aircraft market was once divided between individual pilots and aviation museums, but now a new breed of collector are buying, restoring and flying a National Air and Space Museum’s worth of vintage planes.

Oilman Rod Lewis has World War II warbirds in his Lewis Air Legends collection in San Antonio, Texas.

Oil heir Kermit Weeks claims more than 100 vintage aircraft at his Fantasy of Flight collection in Polk City, Florida.

Only around 17 intact Avro Lancaster bombers survive today, of 7400 made, along with several substantial wrecks and a handful of (forward) fuselage sections. Only 2 are airworthy

So Peter Jackson had one made in China for his movie The Dam Busters (never completed)

Jackson’s Lancs are full scale steel and fiberglass replicas rather than the real thing. But even so, they’re poised to offer an impressive recreation of the specially modified aircraft of No. 617 Squadron, the secret RAF unit which famously prosecuted Operation Chastise in 1943 against the heavily-defended dams of Germany’s industrial heartland.

Leon Evans, chief pilot for the Canadian Lancaster’s historic trip, said: ‘We haven’t had two Lancasters fly together in a display before. ‘It’s pretty unlikely it’ll happen again because these airplanes might run out of airtime. Vera’s getting older and already has about 4,500 hours on her.’

Two Lancaster bombers flew together in the skies over Britain in 2014 for the first time in 50 years. The world's only two airworthy Lancaster bombers were united on a windswept Lincolnshire airfield, the Lancaster Thumper, which is part of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial flight, joined the Canadian Lancaster Vera from a museum in Ontario.

pretty kick ass steampunk art

dragsters also have a pre-pounce butt wiggle, just like a cat

The San Diego to TiJuana Port of Entry at San Ysidro is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere, 1 of 5 people entering the USA every day come in from TiJuana, and it's getting an expansion to deal with gridlock traffic 24/7/365

Why the construction?  When the average Mexican border delay is half an hour, San Ysidro is at an hour. During peak times when waits are closer to 45 minutes elsewhere, San Ysidro is approaching two hours.

 Its more efficient than any other land border I've ever seen, most of which require everyone to park, get out of the car, and do paperwork. 

 And we do have fast passes for those who commute regularly from San Diego to TiJuana, but of course they have to be properly vetted by the authorities, and rightfully so, we have to be able to trust them to zip back and forth across the border with minimal questioning.

No matter how much you reform immigration, there will always be more people that want to come here than can be accommodated.

The San Diego to TiJuana border suffers from two problems;

 1) sheer volume. The number of vehicles and people crossing the Mexican border is probably an order of magnitude higher than the Canadian border.

 People from Mexico come over to the USA to go shopping for basic necessities which are not as easily available in Mexico, whereas you don't have that issue in Canada.
 People who are Mexican citizens who live in Mexico and work in the USA cross daily... because although their work permit entitles them to live in the USA, the cost of living is an order of magnitude cheaper in Mexico (you do not have that disparity with Canada).
And what it comes down to is that the USA and Canada are similar enough that people don't HAVE TO cross the border. So we try to make it easy to cross so that when people choose to cross, its a relatively painless process.

2) Documentation requirements are stricter, and the line of questioning for Mexicans entering the USA is likely tougher, because Mexicans are more likely to overstay or never return than Canadians, apparently.

 So while the average US or Canadian citizen can be processed quickly, the average processing time for a Mexican Citizen is likely longer and enough so that it causes a longer delay.

The Canada / USA border was on track to eliminate their mutual border checkpoints by about 2003 had the 2001-09-11 attack not happened, and now that Canada has a far more liberal and less security minded refugee policy, that potential for eliminating checkpoints has been crushed.

Until about 1924, there were no controls of any kind on any of the USA's land borders. For Mexicans coming into the USA for temporary employment, they would cross in a border town, walk a block or two to a USA consulate office, fill out a couple of simple registration forms and then be legally able to work in the USA.

 It was the 18th Amendment (Prohibition of beverage alcohol) that brought on the first formal checkpoints.

Once all three phases are complete in 2019, the new port will boast 62 northbound vehicle primary inspection booths, one dedicated bus lane and inspection booth spread over 34 lanes,

In addition, a portion of the Interstate 5 South freeway will be realigned and expanded from the current five lanes to ten lanes which will connect to Mexico’s new El Chaparral facility.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Pavesi P4

the Italian artillery tractor Pavesi P4 was used by the Italian Regio Esercito between 1927 and 1942, but this incredible vehicle is based on a civilian version built for farmers developed in 1918.

This vehicle is based on two separate chassis, with a pivoting articulated point in the middle, in order to increase its four-wheel drive capacities. This artillery tractor was tested by several countries, including British Army.

Monza 1922

Harvey Dunn art

The Off Road Expo at Pomona Fairgrounds is next weekend, tickets are 4 dollars cheaper at O'Reilly's Parts stores, and keep in mind, parking is probably 10 to 15 dollars

looks like a Mucha piece of art

The Vassar College girls demonstrated their skill as farmers at the Eastern States Exposition and Dairy Show, which opened recently in Springfield, on October 16, 1917

total picture. I'm not sure if it's because it's a cool tractor, or because she's driving it, not simply posing

Saturday, September 23, 2017

the inverted locomotives of the Southern Pacific

Because of tunnels and "snow galleries" that protected the locomotives from snow. But it was quickly realized that when ordinary locomotives went through these tunnels the smoke, soot, cinders and heat flies back and enters the control area, blinding the engineer, and that's never a good thing.

The space in the tunnel is small, and as the steam engines became more powerful, the smoke became more daunting . And soon the locomotive engineers began to suffocate from this smoke it was a real threat to people's lives.

And then the South Pacific leadership had an idea to move the car forward. In 1911 the Baldwin plant in Philadelphia got the first orders for the "Inverted" locomotives.

With this arrangement of the cabin the visibility was excellent, and smoke was no longer a problem for the crew.

1933 Thompson Trophy paintings by Frank Warren

impatient truck driver gets instant kharma (skip the first 20 seconds)

thanks Mike!

the Tractors Gone Wild calendar donated $47,000 to causes like St. Jude's and the American Family Children's Hospital.

"[The calendar is] just a bunch of girlfriends and a bunch of local tractors," says Joleen Schreiber/Westphal. She started making the calendar in 2007 when a radio station challenged listeners to create something that reminded them of Wisconsin. Since then, it's taken off. They sell nearly 2,000 editions each year. The women have even gotten requests to send calendars internationally.

Nine years ago Westphal heard a radio station campaign asking for listeners to send in photos that depict what Wisconsin is all about. She got together with some friends and posed in front of a John Deere tractor.

Westphal, an operations manager at Eagle Valley Ag Service in Prairie du Sac, took the idea and made it her own. She and her friends found it wasn’t hard to find tractors of all makes, models and ages to pose with.

"[I'll miss] the memories, how close we've gotten with each other," says Amy Orvis, featured as July 2016. "As well as meeting all the different farmers and the great stories and the experience." "You go to the farm. You meet the farmers. You hear all about their tractor. It's the greatest thing. It doesn't matter what weather it is, you go out and you take a picture with the tractor," says Cathy Jo Schreiber featured as January 2016. "It's usually a big gathering. We're talking they get their neighbors and the friends over, and they're asking questions and talking to you and making fun of you, and it's all great."

The hard work has paid off though. The women say they have donated $47,000 to causes like St. Jude's and the American Family Children's Hospital.

"When it's freezing, I'm like, I'm doing this for the children!" says Amy.