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the Harley Sportster turns 60, 1957 to 2017

July 23rd, 2017 by admin

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the Harley Sportster turns 60, 1957 to 2017

Firestone made drag slicks for the Ford Thunderbolt, specifically, back in the 60s.

July 22nd, 2017 by admin

Firestone Lightning Slicks. They’re unique to the Thunderbolt as they have a lightning-bolt tread pattern. Few remain still intact and on a Thunderbolt.

http://www.hotrod.com/articles/see-how-this-historic-1964-ford-thunderbolt-is-transformed-from-a-neglected-barn-find-to-show-quality-drag-car/

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Firestone made drag slicks for the Ford Thunderbolt, specifically, back in the 60s.

Letterer Johnny Watts, at age 81, still plies his trade the old-fashioned way: freehand, since age 13.

July 22nd, 2017 by admin

Using pictures Allen acquired, Watts lettered the car just as it would have been done back in the day—freehand. Watts has been lettering automobiles for 68 years, starting his craft at the age of 13. He’s one of only a handful who still applies the paint freehand with a trusted brush he’s had for many years. Over a two-day period, Watts gave the Bonner Thunderbolt character.

Watts uses a Coca-Cola crate as a stool and workbench. He adjusts the position of the crate from vertical to horizontal and flat as he starts high and works down low

http://www.hotrod.com/articles/see-how-this-historic-1964-ford-thunderbolt-is-transformed-from-a-neglected-barn-find-to-show-quality-drag-car/

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Letterer Johnny Watts, at age 81, still plies his trade the old-fashioned way: freehand, since age 13.

598 mile 1st year Diablo, one owner, and one of 21 equipped with the Bruguet Type "4330" Chronometer, 300 thou and it’s yours

July 21st, 2017 by admin

it’s not possible that any other photo could illustrate that it’s Comic Con time any better, and I am offline til Sunday at least

July 21st, 2017 by admin

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it’s not possible that any other photo could illustrate that it’s Comic Con time any better, and I am offline til Sunday at least

The Grand Tour season two, likely will be delayed while Hammond’s knee heals up so he can drive, but they released a preview

July 21st, 2017 by admin

as ludicrous as the salaries and costs are for filming The Grand Tour, the 1st year profited 11 million dollars.

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The Grand Tour season two, likely will be delayed while Hammond’s knee heals up so he can drive, but they released a preview

this looks like an incredible place to have a Concours due to the terraced lawn. Heveningham Hall in Sullfolk, England. Previously a WW2 airfield

July 20th, 2017 by admin

Heveningham Hall is a 5000 acre estate deep in the heart of rural Suffolk. The house was mostly designed by Sir Robert Taylor in 1778 for Sir Gerrard Vanneck, a wealthy Dutch merchant.

The Vanneck family owned the hall until 1970 when the hall, which by then was in a poor state of repair, was handed over to the Department of Environment in lieu of death duties. In 1981 the house was sold to an Iraqi businessman who then commenced to repair and conserve the hall, but died before restoration was completed.

It was then purchased in 1994 by the current custodian Mr and Mrs Jon Hunt, who then set about restoring the hall and the Capability Brown (18th century landscape artist) landscape to their former glory.

http://www.velocetoday.com/heveningham-concours-delegance-suffolk-u-k/

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this looks like an incredible place to have a Concours due to the terraced lawn. Heveningham Hall in Sullfolk, England. Previously a WW2 airfield

Described as one of the least used and lowest ownership examples of the D Type Jag – XKD 534

July 20th, 2017 by admin

Shipped to Wellington from the Midland’s dealership Attwood’s, it was race-prepared for local enthusiast Sam Gibbons to enter for his son Bob. He drove it in the New Zealand Grand Prix meeting at Ardmore Aerodrome in 1957. During the race leading British driver Ken Wharton fatally crashed, but Gibbons won, beating Jack Brabham into second place.

During the 1957-58 season Gibbons also won the Ken Wharton Memorial Trophy at Ardmore but at Dunedin hit a trackside post. The car was then sold to sheep farmer Angus Hyslop, who raced it in a programme of New Zealand events during the early 1960s and took the car to Europe.

During his ownership a new 3.8 litre D-Type short block engine was imported and installed. Ownership then passed to fellow New Zealander Simon Taylor who won the Ken Wharton Memorial Trophy in 1962. After one other change of ownership, it ended up in 1964 with Noel Foster

Foster didn’t use the D-type for competition, savouring it instead for fun driving on high days and holidays on the rural roads of New Zealand’s north island. His son – also Noel – recalls that “Dad used to commute in a Brooklands Riley, but said it took him 30 minutes each way. Once he tried the D-type and cut 10 minutes off his time, so he took to using it regularly”.

the CF Express for Centerforce Clutches powered by a BD Diesel twin turbo 24v Cummins

July 19th, 2017 by admin

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the CF Express for Centerforce Clutches powered by a BD Diesel twin turbo 24v Cummins

I thought the biggest thing I’d see in a convention center was the tank at SEMA last year, but this rail car is bigger, and less expected

July 19th, 2017 by admin

the entire rail car was hand crafted by the Disney craftsmen, the inlay, the structure, all but the windows and the seats. They are both from school buses, or school bus supply parts anyway

These coaches, originally built from the ground up at the Walt Disney Studios, were pulled by the E.P. Ripley on opening day as part of an 1880s style passenger train. Three of the four coaches retain their original wood floors. Half of the cars retain their original roof lettering (“Disneyland & Santa Fe R.R.”), though the Walt Disney Company once insisted (to a previous private owner) that all references to Disneyland be removed as the coaches were renovated. They all contain their original school bus style seats and school bus style windows (presumably purchased from a school bus manufactory, such as Crown). In fact, the experience of riding in the coaches is much that of riding in a school bus: the seats are a little small for two adults while most of the windows open only halfway.

The four coaches ran at Disneyland from 1955 until the mid-1960s, when they were retired except for peak days. They were replaced with open excursion cars better designed to view the recently installed Primeval World. The new cars were also easier to load and unload, as all passengers on the original coaches passed single file through narrow doors—still their original Chinese red—located at the front and back of each car.

In the early 1990s a private collector, Bill Norred, gave the Walt Disney Company a narrow gauge engine in exchange for the four coach cars and the combine. Eight years later, after Bill Norred passed away, his family sold the four coach cars to Rob Rossi, who then brought them to the Santa Margarita Ranch in central California. In 2005, the coaches were re-introduced to the public as part of a fund-raiser for the local Railroad Museum. Subsequently, they have been included in fundraising events held at the ranch for many nonprofits. It is also possible to rent the ranch and the coaches for a private function, such as a wedding.

http://www.discoverlivesteam.com/magazineold/70.html

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I thought the biggest thing I’d see in a convention center was the tank at SEMA last year, but this rail car is bigger, and less expected