Thursday, August 17, 2017

Stay to the right except to pass

Finally turned up somewhere after SEMA, the EQuadoline is in Monterey

At the 2015 SEMA

Ever wonder what this would look like at a dragstrip if the driver was out to see just exactly how fast it would go the 1320?  I do.

The drag strip tractor of Art Nordstrom, a common sight in the 70s and 80s at the Sioux Empire Fair Racetrack, Huset’s Speedway, and Interlakes Speedway dragstrips

In 1969, Art Nordstrom built a one-of-a-kind Ford 8N tractor used to push-start sprint cars. It was a staple around Garretson, S.D.-area racetracks from 1969 until the last Cheater’s Days race at the Sioux Empire Fair Racetrack in the early 1990s. Art also was an official at Huset’s Speedway and Interlakes Speedway and the tractor was his way to get to the wrecks fast. During races, Art would fly down the back stretch or front stretch going at speeds up to 100 miles per hour, putting on a show for the crowds. With his wife and kids, he spent every summer weekend at the track.

Art was inducted into Huset’s Hall of Fame in 2010 for his work with the Street Stock Class and racing and promotion of racing in the Midwest. The Nordstrom kids had the tractor retrieved from the shed, where it had lain dormant for 10 years, and surprised their Dad with it at the racetrack.

Darned if I know... too many tractor bodies, and not enough tires, so they conjoin them?

you already know how this will end. Badly

illegal alien deported to Mexico 15 times in the past 15 years drove drunk in San Diego again, caused a crash (felony DUI hit and run) that put a boy into the hospital ICU with head injuries.

A mother, father and their 6-year-old son were returning from a trip to Disneyland when, according to the survivors’ family, a man in a pickup truck turned a corner, smashed into their car and sped off.

The crash happened on a Saturday in San Ysidro (San Diego's southern most area on the border with Tijuana) The family was a block away from its home when their car was struck by a truck that blew a stop sign.

The 6 year old spent 3 weeks in the hospital with a fractured skull, and returned home. His child safety seat was the most impacted location of the car.

Somehow I don't think this is going to prevent a ticket

Royal Oak, MI – The Royal Oak City Commission unanimously voted to make it a civil infraction to have music or noise coming from vehicles that can be heard 50 feet away. The penalty for exceeding the noise limit is a $100 ticket.

Royal Oak is a hotspot for motorcyclists and people with souped-up rides, particularly in the summertime as Woodward Avenue is lined with people out car-watching and Downtown is filled with visitors.

The City of Royal Oak, which is centrally located during the Dream Cruise, received complaints from these residents. They also heard complaints of the motorcycles that frequent downtown Royal Oak on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

In response to the complaints, in July of 2016 the city council passed a loud vehicles ordinance, under their disorderly conduct statute (Sec. 278-35(q), that states that any unreasonable noise that is plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet that disturbs the peace and quit of other persons is subject to a civil infraction and a fine. If, in the officer’s opinion, the noise causes “public danger, alarm, disorder or nuisance” the penalty is a misdemeanor and a fine up to $300.

This ordinance is plain violation of the state law that states a vehicle shall not be operated on a highway with a speed limit greater than 35 miles per hour if the total noise exceeds 82 DBA at a distance of 50 feet.

State law also plainly states that any city ordinance that is not identical to the state statute is unenforceable (MCL 257.707e(2).

City attorney Mark Liss said the new ordinance was modeled after one in Farmington.

“We have always had an excessive noise ordinance, but it was a misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine and required proof that someone was exceeding decibels of acceptable noise,” Liss said. “The police department only had one piece of equipment to use to obtain those findings.

“This is an easier one to prosecute because it is just a civil infraction and only requires writing a ticket.”

Might be a mafia dumping area, a pond 20 feet deep was found to be hiding one car, and many barrels, on the bottom. A body was found in the car... no word yet on if there are body parts in the barrels.

On Aug. 15, divers contracted by Michigan Department of Transportation to clear a pond of barrels of unknown origin found what seems to be a 73 Buick Electra 225 with human remains inside at the waters' bottom.

By the week's end, forensic scientists will examine the remains to determine who the person was, police said.

The man-made, 20-foot-deep pond is located between I-75 and Saginaw Auto Recyclers.

It was created sometime during the construction of the nearby Zilwaukee Bridge, said MDOT spokesperson Jocelyn Hall. That time frame places the pond as being built between 1979 and 1988.

this makes the 4th car I've posted about that was found underwater with a body in it...

A 69 Coronet was pulled out of a Florida canal, two teens went off a road after a concert in 78.
A lake in Oklahoma had a couple cars pulled out, both had simply went straight instead of around the corner, a 69 Camaro and a 55 Chev, bodies still inside.
And a 68 Catalina missing since 72 in a fishing lake in North Carolina

A fault found in just one engine has grounded almost all of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) warplanes due to fly at airshows across the UK this summer.

Yesterday an issue was found with 'a pin' in the Hawker Hurricane's Rolls Royce Merlin engine.

 The BBMF said the plane, along with its iconic Spitfires and Lancaster Bomber which share the same engine, would not be flying as a 'precaution'.

The fault has already caused huge disappointment for hundreds of thousands of 'warbird' fans hoping to see the BBMF, which takes its planes all over the country during the summer.

He said: 'A routine inspection has highlighted a fault with one of the Merlin engines in a Hurricane aircraft. 'We are currently investigating the fault and as a precaution, flying of Merlin engine powered aircraft has been paused.

Andy Patsalides, from Biggin Hill Airport, said the BBMF were a 'crowd-pleaser' and it was disappointing the squadron, which was formed at the airport 60 years ago, might not be there to celebrate the airport's centenary.

Natalie Wood

Rollerrennen, the 24 hour scooter race, on a dirt track in Germany south of Hamburg- seems to be in the same fun category as TROG, LeMons, etc. Happens next Friday, Aug 25th (Thanks Astericx!)

team names are fun too:

Grip Sluts,  Nooby-Racing, team low budget, and the best one? Your Mom's Favorite Team

The Lamborghini Centenario Tractori. finally someone made another fantastic racy tractor, I love these, and in the last couple of years several have come out of obscurity

Lamborghini will be building five tractors with the Centenario name, each with a price of approximately $266,000.

It's been a couple years since the Massey Ferguson hot rod tractor:

and the Allis Chalmers

or the 1954 Ferguson

and Jack's racing Fordson

but nothing beats the Ardberg hot rod '59 Massey Ferguson tractor with super size Cragars

the swap meet treasures at the Mopar Nats

cool photo of a Maserati in 1937, very dramatic

onboard air-jacks used as early as 1935

S.E.V Marchal

In 1964 the French company S.E.V. Marchal, who manufactured many automotive products, commissioned a re-bodied version of the Citroën HY to serve as a promotional vehicle and a showcase for their range of products.

McQueen leaving the set of ‘Sand Pebbles’, Hong Kong

oh man, those tools on the wall!

trucker humor

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bulldog Autogyro

the Bulldog’s rotor is mounted on a cantilever boom that also serves as fin and incorporates the rudder.

uh oh. Insurance company wasn't happy to learn about this

John Cobb, met his end in Loch Ness, Thanks to Tony for the photos and info!

While Cobb was getting set to take on the speed record by boat, so was Campbell. But Campbell had already burned bridges with Vospers, and they built a boat for Cobb instead, due to their experiences with him before WW2.

if you drive south from Inverness on the A82(T) along the north western shore of Loch Ness, and before you reach the sleepy village of Drumnadrochit near Urquhart Bay, there is a stone cairn on the left side of the road.

It overlooks the measured mile upon which he perished 40 years ago, and commemorates his fated attempt on the record on September 29 1952.

Cobb made his first run, at around 100mph, on September 3, following up with 140 the following day. Minor modifications were made to the hull, to prevent Crusader shipping gallons of water. On September 10 and 11 he believed he had broken the record unofficially, hitting speeds over 180 mph. Then, on the 19th, a Friday, he achieved 185.57mph running north to south, exactly the same as Stanley Sayres' one-way best but well above his fresh American mark of 178.497 in Slo-Mo-Shun IV.

 A combination of poor weather and the usual difficulty of getting Crusader up on to the plane slowed the return run to 160.71 so that the average speed fell to 173.10, just below the record. "No, I don't think I did it," said Cobb as he stood back at base on the ageing Temple Pier in Glenurqhuart before the official speeds came through. "There was too much wind and she was tending to become unmanageable. I had to hold her back a bit."

After a larger rudder had been fitted, there were two more high-speed runs on the 27th, a Saturday, but Cobb did not exceed 150 this time. The Queen Mother paid a visit that day. "You have my best wishes - good luck," she said to Cobb, telling Vicki: "I feel sure your husband is going to break the record." Hers was not the first royal interest the project had attracted; Prine William of Gloucester and his younger brother Richard had been shown round the boat on the 2nd.

On the 29th, a Monday, they were ready to try again. According to Michael Radford, Cobb told his mother and Vicki that he had a premonition about the last run in Crusader. The boat was constructed from birch ply and a stressed skin of double diagonal plywood, but the front planing point was aluminium. Constructor Peter Dy Cane, of Vosper, had considered wood since he believed it to be inherently stronger, but finally opted for metal through convenience. After the series of test runs there was a clear evidence that the planing shoe was distorting. He offered to revise the craft at Vosper's expense, but Cobb preferred not to postpone the attempt, aware that he was keeping a lot of people waiting. There was what Du Cane described as a 'high-powered' meeting at the Drumnadrochit Hotel, in which his was a lone voice against Cobb's, Railton's and Eyston's. They all favoured continuing, to attempt to bear the record by a small margin and to return subsequently for another attempt the following year once the offending shoe had been modified. Thoughtfully, Cobb wrote a letter which absolved Du Cane of any responsibility. In the meantime, they strengthened the planing surface as much as possible.

That morning Crusader was taken out early on to the black waters of the lock as the overnight wind had dropped. To begin with it was oily calm, but as is the way with record breaking, a light breeze sprang up just when everythign was ready and the team was forced to abandon the effort. By noon, a little low in spirits, they repaired for coffee in the lounge of the Drumnadrochit Hotel to discuss the next step. Then came word that the loch was flat once more, and hurriedly everyone departed again for their stations. The support boats had been left in position, but as Vicki took up station with Du Cane in the radio car at a site overlooking the midpoint of the measured mile, Cobb returned to the loch and found the timekeepers' 40ft boat Maureen returning to base against orders. He was angered by the wake that was created. Time was of the essence on the fickle black water, however, and he could not afford to wait any longer.

William Rees, the radio/intercom organiser, was the last person to speak to John Cobb. "I adjusted his helmet and said, 'Are you all set?'. He replied: 'Yes, here goes. Conditions seem to be quite favourable at the moment. Let's take advantage of it.' I wished him 'Good Luck'. He gave me the thumbs up sign and set off."

Moments later Cobb sped southwards at astonishing speed, close in to the west bank, but as he cleared the measured mile it could be seen that Crusader was porpoising dramatically. While conceiving Donald Campbell's Bluebird K7, designed Ken Norris would late analyse cine film recorded for 15 seconds immediately before and after the accident. It was shot at 16 frames per second, and the 248 frames revealed just how badly Cobb and Crusader were trapped in the dreaded aero/hydrodynamic problem. Cobb was being pitched up and down through an 18 inch arc five times a second. Just before the final dive the bows could be seen to be raised, with daylight visible beneath the hull as far aft as the sponsons.

A quarter of a second later the bow had dipped again, throwing up a cloud of spray.

"When on station we waited, straining ears amd eyes for the evidence which would tell that Crusader was on her way towards us," recalled Eyston in his book, Safety Last. "At last, we could just spot a plume of spray in the far distance - the great moment had arrived! The speeding boat was still perhaps six miles away but I could hold her in my glasses. Gradually the plume got more and more pronounced and could be picked up against the shoreline. Then - suddenly - it vanished."

"Crusader simply went into smithereens," said George Nicholson, manager of the Drumnadrochit Hotel. "I thought it must have dug its nose into the water."

Du Cane observed that Cobb was in trouble well before the end of the mile, and that he had already backed off when he came out of it and met three ripples, thought to have been the remnants of the wash created by the errant support boat. The impacts with the first two were serious. The third was fatal. The porpoising boat exploded into fragments. Cobb was thrown 50 yards ahead, and died instantly.

Harry Cole and Hugh Jones of Vosper raced their support boat to the spot where they had seen Cobb strike the water, and found him floating in a standing position, a foot below the surface. Somehow, they pulled his body aboard.

He had covered the measured mile in 17.4s, at an average speed of 206.89mph and with a peak of a phenomenal 240. But, because he had not achieved a return run, no record could officially be ratified.

"From the fact that he averaged more than 205mph over the whole measured mile and that he was in trouble before the halfway point it is not difficult to realize he must have been going very fast indeed initially," said Du Cane. "It would be difficult for him to keep an eye on the air speed indicator and he was undoubtedly going faster than he had meant to."

above, good video, but with no audio. Below the video sucks, but is narrated

right on, I can dig it

in 1962, a guy working at Boeing bought a surplus small jet engine... and put it into his deuce roadster (thanks Dennis!)