Thursday, February 22, 2018
the Gotha IV bomber suffered from one major defect – its fuel tanks were built into the engine nacelles/compartment. When they did crashland, the remaining fuel would invariably spill onto the very hot engines.
Landing accounted for 75% of Gotha IV losses.
The Gotha V was redesigned so that its fuel tanks were built into its fuselage.
Charles S. Rolls, of Rolls-Royce fame, seen here driving a Rolls-Royce with passengers Wilbur and Orville Wright sitting in the back seat during a visit to Shellbeach, Isle of Sheppey.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Army Corporal, Roy Holtz of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle sidecar combination and supposedly being " the first Yank to enter Germany after WW1
Ray Holzt and his Captain were treated as guests of the German officers, and were then held prisoner for just 3 days, and as soon as the Armistice was announced on November 11, they were released by the Germans and their Harley Davidson motorcycle combination was returned to them.
Shortly after, Corporal Holzt and his Captain found their way back to their Unit, which had reported them missing. In the days following the Armistice, Corporal Holtz and his Unit crossed the border with Germany back and forth many times, and Ray Holtz thinks that is when the photograph was probably taken.
Corporal Holtz was unaware of the photograph, until it was shown to him by an American newspaper reporter in June 1943.
This is a rare WW1 medallion, which was commissioned and presented by the Auxiliary Omnibus Companies' Association to London bus drivers who served on the Western Front with their buses.
The medallion was issued in 1919, and was made by Fattorini & Sons, of Bradford.
had it since 1984,was driving it in high school, managed to hang on to it through the tough times, and just waiting to get a bit wealthier to afford the paint and bodywork and parts
Rambo the golden retriever has drawn a stream of visitors to his home, in County Down, Northern Ireland, where he can often be seen riding on tractors
Someone cool made up some Plomb Tools WW2 era water slide decals for tool box restorations. They are USD$15.40 apiece
fyi, now the activists, agitators and protesters want us to boycott companies and products owned by corporate conglomerates that also make guns and ammo. I'm the opposite, I wonder if I could get a discount on anything they make with some free advertisement and endorsements?
I think I'm fairly well versed in biking (over 10k on my ol Raleigh 10 speed) and yet, I had no idea that so many bike brands are owned by big corporations
Giro, Bell, Camelbak, CoPilot, Blackburn, and other bike brands are owned by Vista Outdoor, a holding company who also owns gun products companies like Hoppes and Outers.
Hmmm, if a woman wore Hoppes #9, would she need bodyguards with guns? Or would she get elected president?
American Eagle makes a wide variety of 22 ammo... I didn't even know there was subsonic 22 loads that are quieter. And hell, in 100 yards or less of target practice and varmint shooting, what difference is it going to make if the bullet gets there a mm lower or a couple milliseconds slower?
Anyway, just things in the news I thought it was interesting to note and tell you about
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
it was bought with a loan from a bank, which only went with it due to it getting insured, which was immediately cancelled because it was strictly race and not street.
So, the insurance agent lost it. He went to the dealership, who freaked out that now the state insurance commission was getting involved, they got ahold of the buyer, who was already upset that the car had been sold to him without oil.
Or, at least that's the story people are sticking to
So, they ate the cost of the car, and the buyer kept racing it. (See how implausible that is?)
The car never got titled by the 1st owner, went through a lot of changes and owners, and you can read the whole thing at Hot Rod, or, get a subscription to Muscle Car Review. Expensive but worth it.
in 1928 at Indianapolis, Leon Duray's Miler set a lap record of 124.02 mph that held for 9 years. In a 91 cu in supercharged inline 8 that Harry Miller just had to reduce in 1926 from 122cu in to meet AAA's new rules
They then took it to the Packard test track and set a closed course record of 148.2 mph and then went to Muroc (a dry lake used in the 1920s before it was closed to the public and El Mirage was chosen) and set a speed of 164 mph
the 91s were incredible until the rules were changed again by AAA, just 3 years later in 1929
Muroc is named after the Corum brothers of Rosamund of about 100 years ago, but the Air Force changed the name of the dry lake from Muroc to Rogers after a pilot who crashed there. http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2016/05/dry-lakes-trivia.html
in the southern California traffic reports on radio and tv they refer to it as the daily ladder, as somewhere in every reporting area some contractor will drop a ladder on a freeway
never teach your own kids how to drive. You'll both be traumatized, and your car and garage will be wrecked, and maybe your marriage.
I tell you that drivers ed is the great untapped video market... this is where they need to make a tv show. Drivers ed instructors tell the stories and actors re-enact the scenes, just like those History Channel historical battle scenes
another guy is looking to make t-shirts to show his appreciation for Plomb tools
For anyone that isn't familiar with Plomb.... they were a tool company that made very high quality hand tools equal to, or better than Snap On, for earning a living with. Not a lot of flash and snappy looks to the tool boxes, but, since they had to change their name in 1947 to Proto you may not have heard of them, and if you see any, you immediately know those Plomb tools are at least 70 years old
How good were they? Vic Edelbrock's toolbox has nothing but Plomb
and when Ab Jenkins was at Bonneville setting world land speed record, he brought Plumb tools,
or the mechanic on his Duesenberg did, Augie Duesenberg. Now, really, who has ever made a better endorsement of a tool company than Vic Edelbrock and Augie Duesenberg?
But I've never seen a tool box tag like this before