Wednesday, April 25, 2018

When cops decide they have to go undercover to do their jobs... I wonder how many drug dealers they are catching, murderers they're arresting, or are they going to this far extreme just to catch drivers speeding?

the 1st Superbird clone, was made in 1976

Leonia New Jersey, 2 miles west of the George Washington Bridge, has a population just over 9,000, and it made headlines when it shut off 60 of its public roads during rush hour to non-local drivers.

Navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze have made rerouted traffic unbearable to residential neighborhoods, as thousands of city-bound motorists are now being rerouted each day through side streets as a turnpike shortcut for commuters into New York City from New Jersey.

“We've have had days when people can’t get out of their driveways,” Leonia’s police chief told The New York Times.

Just days after, Leonia police began issuing $200 fines to non-local drivers. The nearby town of Weehawken followed that enforcement tact, enacting rush-hour restrictions on a specific right turn in an effort to ease traffic to and from the Lincoln Tunnel.

Other small towns across the country have floated similar complaints about diverted drivers taking over local streets—a growing backlash against the so-called ‘Waze Craze.’

But the Leonia ordinance might be the most dramatic example of a town taking drastic measures to combat the effects of a disruptive mobility technology. It raises a host of thorny questions about the responsibilities of private companies when they impact public space, and how government can, and should, respond.

The ban’s effect on local small businesses? Revenue drops as high as 40 percent. In February, several shop owners marched on the mayor’s office to protest the road laws.

putting your legs in front of the steering... I don't want to try that

1980 junior Velocino

In 1933, Ernesto Pettazzoni, an engineer from Bologna, Italy, applied for a British patent for his ultra=short-wheelbase semi-recumbent machine, the Velocino. It represented a wheelchair chopped in half, with the seat over the normal-sized rear wheel. The tiny front wheel was about 10 inches in diameter. The handlebar was reversible, giving the option of under-seat steering. Mussolini is said to have commissioned the Velocino as a compact, easily stored urban vehicle. The project attracted a lot of attention but was canceled after Italy entered Word War II.

– Bicycle Design: An Illustrated History, by Tony Hadland, Hans-Erhard Lessing, Nick Clayton, Gary W. Sanderson

1940 Tribike tricycle.... what in the world did it need a 4th tire for? Well, pretend it's a 2 wheeler with training wheels and it changes everything

As the Tribike has an original transfer (decal) on the rear that says ‘Dionne Quins Tribike’ it would appear that the company supplied the Dionne Quintuplets with these tricycles.

The Dionne Quintuplets, born May 28, 1934, were the first quintuplets known to have survived their infancy. The identical sisters were born in Canada, just outside Callander, Ontario, near the village of Corbeil. All five survived to adulthood.

The Dionne girls were born two months premature. After four months with their family, they were made Wards of the King for the next nine years under the Dionne Quintuplets’ Guardianship Act, 1935. This was a very poor area of Canada, and the government and those around them began to profit by making them a significant tourist attraction in Ontario.

The Dionne girls starred in three feature films, which were essentially fictionalised versions of their story.

In November 1943, the Dionne parents won back custody of the sisters, but their home life was far from happy. The quintuplets left the family home upon turning 18 years old in 1952 and had little contact with their parents afterwards. Three went on to marry and have children: Marie had two daughters, Annette three sons, and Cécile five children, including one who died in infancy and twins Bruno and Bertrand. Émilie devoted her brief life to becoming a nun. Yvonne finished nursing school before turning to sculpting, then later becoming a librarian.

In 1998, the sisters reached a $2.8 million settlement with the Ontario government as compensation for their exploitation.

Well, ok... allright, how come I've never seen a flexy racer before? Did too many kids crash heading downhill with bad brakes?

1927 Garton Badger with a sidecar.... only kids threewheeler I've ever seen with a sidecar

1949 American Metalcraft streamlined Autowagon (Thanks Robert!)

Kim is heading across country on his MZ with a PAV trailer, from Los Angeles heading east to Quebec, then new York, via Colorado and Chicago

and he's blogging about it along the way...

the blog has gotten started already, but the bike is still stuck in transit from Denmark, and the shipping company has promised to deliver it a couple times already, and failed.

Very sharp and prepared for trouble, he shipped a 2nd bike to Colorado, which will be a back up in case of big problems, and maybe get used for a run up Pikes Peak

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Barnfind Buick

early advertising without the advantages of a sign painter... looked lousy to say the least

But it's a good intro image to let you know that I came across a Tumblr focused on 1901 to 1916 brass era vehicles and motorcycles that I'll be exploring soon

Columbia record run - Chicago to New York, 1904. 58 hrs & 45 minutes.

so, why build a motorcycle no one can ride? A robot bike that exists to see if it can race faster alone, than a bike racer can on a track amid competitors?

1st thing that came to mind... was it the machine gun robot cycles in Terminator? 

Click on the highest resolution, select full screen, and enjoy the view

Let me start the slow clap of admiration for the truckers... More than a dozen lined up beneath an overpass to help police try to prevent a suicide.

Michigan State  troopers received a call early Tuesday about the man standing on an overpass above Interstate 696. As officers routed traffic away, they directed truckers to drive into positions to shorten the fall if the man jumped.

Thirteen trucks lined the freeway as police dealt with the man. The incident lasted about four hours until he walked off to waiting officers and to seek medical help.

Did you hear of the motorcycle collector that passed away, and suddenly, his home and collection were raided by his former vintage motorcycle club members, spreading the inheritance to the winds, and the English royal govt customs and revenue agents got involved to repatriate the bikes? The John Lumley scandal

The John Lumley scandal, an affair that shocked the vintage motorcycle collectors a few years ago.

Mike Jackson was called in as a consultant for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), after the management of the Vincent-HRD Owners Cub attempted to convince them (and John Lumley’s Executors) that Lumley’s motorcycles, worth an estimated £1 million, were only worth £75,000.

His collection included Broughs, almost every imaginable kind of prewar and postwar Vincent HRD and all sorts of other mythical machines, including a Coventry Eagle Flying 8, collected over the decades because they had something special about them, such as a race history.

In the weeks following John Lumley’s funeral (April 21st 2009), HMRC received at least two tip-offs from concerned VOC members.

The Revenue took the unusual step of ordering the legal firm acting as John Lumley’s Executors to reopen their late client’s Estate, and the search began for the forty or more missing motorcycles.  “That was the first time, the only time, that I have seen this happen.”, said Mike Jackson, who was engaged by John Lumley’s solicitors and Executors Thackray Williams to assess and value any motorcycles that could be traced.

Keep in mind, the govt revenuers weren't acting from charity, to help the inheritors recoup the missing bikes. Actually, they were acting on behalf of the crown, who demands 40% of the inheritance (a million pounds sterling, roughly) and since the bikes had been stolen immediately after the death of the owner, the govt couldn't prove the claim, nor, could the inheritors pay up on the missing fortune they might have gotten from selling the collection

By and by, over twenty ex-John Lumley motorcycles had been found in the possession of senior VOC officers and prominent members, including a leading marque dealer.

More ex-Lumley machines would surface in the coming years, including a Series C Black Shadow with a Manx TT race history and a Scott found in Australia with one of John Lumley’s laundry bills in the toolbox

The new owners claimed variously that the dying John Lumley had gifted them his motorcycles on his deathbed – a claim that infuriated the hospice management and staff – or gifted them to the Vincent HRD Owners Club for posterity

That John Lumley (heavily sedated on morphine) had not in fact given away his collection (but his sister-in-law did), was treated as an irrelevance under the Law. Justice of a kind was served, however, when Revenue man Ray K–––––– made sure that the beneficiaries of John Lumley’s alleged deathbed philanthropy were penalized to the fullest extent possible, for failing to declare their ‘gifts’ in line with tax laws. The Revenue got its due and the miscreants got hit in their pocketbooks.

In the end, though, the rightful heir lost half or more of the value of his inheritance.

For the other side of the story, how 20 people stepped in to "help" the widow by taking away the boxes of parts and old motorcycles,

But don't just take what I've posted as the only other side of the story: toward the bottom

making the Atlanta Speedway, in 1909. It wasn't long lived, and after WW1 the site became the location of a new airport for Atlanta and in 1925 it was named Candler Field.

In the later 1920’s the US Post Office was looking for an airmail stop in the South East.

 The two cities in contention were Birmingham, AL and Atlanta. A young city alderman, William B. Hartsfield, approached Mr. Candler and struck a deal where the City of Atlanta could use the land, rent-free, for a period of 5 years as long as the City paid the taxes.

It became the home of Atlanta Municipal Airport, the first passenger airport in the world with a control tower, and the first passenger airport with a passenger terminal.

It is, of course, today’s Hartsfield-Jackson International.

Did you have cool parents, a lot of luck, and get a Rupp atv as a gift for xmas or a birthday? (if so, I'm jealous)

Rupp made a variety of atvs, minibikes and small dirt bikes, and of course snowmobiles. 2 wheeled, 3, or 4 wheeled off roaders, and snow mobiles too? That's really covering all bases

Rupp Manufacturing, Inc. was founded in 1959 by Mickey Rupp, with 8 employees housed in a 3,000 sq. feet facility, in Ohio manufacturing Dart Karts.

In 1960, Rupp expanded their production to making 1000 mini-bikes.

In 1964, Rupp created a few snowmobile prototypes, and by 1965, became a snowmobile manufacturer making 500 machines that year.

By 1969, Rupp employed over 400 people in a 180,000 sq. feet facility, producing a multitude of recreational machines including mini-bikes, ATVs and go-karts, and five models of Sno-Sport snowmobiles.

In 1970, Rupp sales topped $30 million and owner Mickey Rupp was honored as one of the "Outstanding Young Men of America." Rupp produced 35,000 snowmobiles that year.

By 1971, Rupp employed 850 people, and featured a research center, administration building, all-purpose proving grounds, a styling building, and even had some automatic computerized operations. In addition, owner Mickey Rupp served as a director of the International Snowmobile Industry Association.

By 1972, the good times were over, and Rupp circled the bankruptcy drain for 4 years, instead of just conceding the 70s sucked, and shutting down

This white one was taken away from the kids by their dad when he got afraid they'd kill themselves. With an 18 hp engine optional, it would do about 60 mph.

In the summer of 1975 Elvis bought several trikes, the first of which was a 1975 Rupp Centaur with a 340cc two stroke engine

I didn't know Ridgid was making pin up calendars in the 70s and 80s, but they had top talent... Raquel Welch

I have seen plenty of the post WW2 pin up art calendars that Ridgid hired George Petty to illustrate with his famous perfectly proportioned art, and you can see a good selection here:

I thought Gil Elvgren or Vargas did some for Ridgid too, but I'm probably mistaken

Strangely, this makes the 4th time Raquel has been posted. Twice modeling with cars, and once with a Vespa.

1952 Packard Starfire concept art by Richard H. Arbib

Arbib's creativity reached new levels with the Packard Caribbean and the beautiful 1951-1954 Henney-Packards. These cars set styling trends that lasted many years, such as the rear door that opens into the roof and the wrap-around rear side windows on the limousine style models. One of Arbib's most famous cars is the Astra-Gnome, which was featured on the cover of Newsweek in 1956.

Educated at the Pratt institute

Pierce Arrow ads

Monday, April 23, 2018

Edward Penfield, Pierce-Arrow

Regarded as the father of the American Poster Movement, Edward Penfield's poster style was his own, characterized by strong shapes simplified to the barest essentials and with elements selected that were of impeccable that were of impeccable taste and draftsmanship.

The simplification of detail was essential to the success of a poster which had to be immediately apprehended by a casual passerby. This same requirement applied to magazine covers as they were displayed in competition with other publications. Penfield’s cover designs were, therefore, conceived mini-posters that more than held their own on the newsstands.

After his stint with Harper’s- during which he served as art editor for Harper’s Weekly and Monthly, as well as Harper’s Bazar (1891-1901), he struck out on his own.

He became a regular contributor of covers to The Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, the old Life magazine, Harper’s Weekly, Litary Digest, The Country Gentleman, and Metropolitan Magazine. He was also an effective designer of calendars. His annual designers for the Beck Engraving Company were prized by other artists and saved long after the calendar years had expired.