Friday, October 24, 2014

kids buggy with a 1946 license plate! (about as simple as a kids go cart could be)

dog sled races? Sponsored by Indian Motorcycles and Peerless Puncture Proof Tire Protectors?

Found on the facebook page of the always amazing source of cool vintage photos, Marc

1906 French Gran Prix, narrated in a scholarly analytic way, about racing, tires, rims, and speeds of replacing a flat tire with each variety of design... fantastic historical educational piece

Also, the method and situation of racing in 1906 is discussed, as they raced as a team of 3 cars, the A, the B, and the C of a numerical designator for a team.

Listening closely to the narrator informed me that Mr Lancia was driving, and that the Mercedes were 18.3 liter engines

The wealthy elite were exchanging their place in motor racing as a sport, with hiring the very best drivers so their team won. The difference is enjoying the race, or doing what it takes to see it as a business of winning or losing. Sad, they realized they were sacrificing their happy pastime of racing each other, for a score and trophy. Tsk. 

Rick Shelton took this great photo of the Blue Angels buzzing the Golden Gate

building a WW1 airplane

antique French car advertising posters

Thursday, October 23, 2014

kids and cars, some in pedal cars

the windmill in the background is Moulin de la Galette, in Montmartre France, the street is rue Lepic.

why the old man is carrying a scythe is a mystery, but he's riding on a velocipede

All from

Great photos from the Good Old Days Facebook page

Focus for a moment on the two busses' tires, and how drastically different they are. tall and narrow, shorter and wider, with rubber that is segmented.. one horse drawn (poor tired horse!)

airplanes and gliders

Airplane with engine running on a White truck in Preparedness parade in New York City or Chicago 1916

All from

the rarely seen Hotchkiss, here at the 1906 Le Mans

And sometimes the experts are only half right

So I called AAA because my car key battery died and they showed me this little trick. Why would you hide this, VW

or not.

Found on