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On Christmas Day, December 25, 1830, the Best Friend of Charleston became the first regularly scheduled steam locomotive passenger train in the United States.

August 5th, 2017 by admin

The locomotive made its initial run on the first six miles of track of the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company. Chartered in 1827, the same year that the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was incorporated, the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company steamed out of Charleston. The new line was designed to make Charleston competitive with Savannah, Georgia, for the cotton trade.

Over the next three years the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company became, for a time, the world’s longest railway line. The company was a predecessor of J. P. Morgan’s Southern Railway Company, which grew out of the realignment of southern railways following the Civil War.

https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/december-25

This “Best Friend” was built in the late 1920’s for the centennial of the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company.

https://vacationrick.blogspot.com/2013/10/an-important-piece-of-charleston.html

According to a report in the City Gazette, November 22, 1821 issue, a railroad was suggested to run from Charleston to Hamburg and a branch on to Columbia. Horatio Allen (1802-1890) was the chief engineer for The South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company from 1829 – 1835. (This line is now a part of the Southern Railway System.) On December 19, 1827, The South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company was chartered. Work began, January 9, 1830, on the line to Branchville, SC which was 62 miles from Charleston and it was opened in November, 1832. The line to Hamburg (adjacent to Augusta, GA) was opened on October 1, 1833. The line was now the longest continuous railroad in the world, 136 miles in length, and first to carry the US mail. (Derrick 1930, 10) This route took passengers on the 11 ½ hour trip with 7 stops for $6.75 one way. (Edgar 1998, 283)

The “Best Friend” had a brief, but historic, life. It was completed and put into regular service on December 25, 1830. On June 17, 1831, three men were injured in an explosion. A tied down safety valve due to the noise of the steam escaping, caused the boiler to blow up. Parts of the “Best Friend” were used in construction of the “Phoenix.” The “Best Friend” having been designed by C.E. Detmold, chief engineer was Horatio Allen, who early on advocated steam power locomotion and Nicholas W. Darrell became the first railway engineer. Nicholas W. Darrell died in 1869 after running engines for many years and having the distinction of being the first man to open the throttle on the “Best Friend.” The “Best Friend of Charleston” was modeled after its forerunner “Best Friend” and was known as the first locomotive built in the United States and used in service of transportation. (Southern Railway System, 1)

http://www.teachingushistory.org/lessons/charlestonrailroad.html

The “Stourbridge Lion,” in 1829 was the first locomotive to run on tracks in America.

The Beach Boys had a Capitol Records promo gifted to them of 5 matching Mini Mokes by Barris Kustoms, and it looks like Barris used the publicity to try and sell a lot more to the public

August 1st, 2017 by admin

Commissioned by Capitol Records and made by George Barris in 1966.

Charles Kuralt’s rv used for CBS "On The Road" tv show, 1973 FMC

June 2nd, 2017 by admin

This FMC motorhome carried a three-man TV crew on America’s back roads, where they took time “to meet people, listen to yarns, and feel the seasons change” for 27 years

https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/digital-collections/artifact/233612/#slide=gs-215531

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Charles Kuralt’s rv used for CBS "On The Road" tv show, 1973 FMC

In 1915, journalist Emily Post set out from New York to investigate whether it was possible to drive comfortably across the country to San Francisco in an automobile. 7 years later she wrote her book on etiquette

May 15th, 2017 by admin

Emily Post began her career as a writer at the age of thirty-one. Her romantic stories of European and American society were serialized in Vanity Fair, Collier’s, McCall’s, and other popular magazines. Many were also successfully published in book form.

Originally published by Collier’s Weekly, By Motor To The Golden Gate describes her travels with her cousin Alice and her son as she embarks on the 27-day car trip across America, complete with the elements that make any road trip memorable: the nauseating climbs along muddy roads, the elegance of stylish downtown hotels and the “eccentric topsy-turviness” of Midwestern cities.

trucking visits the White House to talk about corporate health care costs… not trucking, or interstate truckers getting the legal right to carry concealed weapons for self protection

March 25th, 2017 by admin

Photo by Sarah H. Sanders, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary.

Ralph Marano owns every Packard concept car made, save for one—the Predictor—which is permanently displayed in the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend

January 17th, 2017 by admin

Ralph is one of the premier living Packard collectors, not just in this country, but in the world. His collection numbers 85 classic automobiles, every single one of them 100-point concours quality. If you’ve been to Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, Meadow Brook or the Glenmoor Gathering in the past two decades, you’ve run across one of Ralph’s prizes at some point, and probably more than once.

The Marano collection is one of America’s greatest. And unlike some collectors, Ralph doesn’t try to hide what he’s got. The glassed-in building in Garwood is his private museum.

Among the most sought-after Packards are those with custom-built bodies, especially from Darrin. Mr. Marano said he was the only collector to own a Packard Darrin from each of its years of manufacture, 1937 through 1942.

Mr. Marano has owned some Darrins with celebrity provenance.

In 1985, he acquired a 1942 Darrin 180 Victoria driven by George Peppard in the television series “Banacek.”

In 1989, he traded cars and cash for a ’38 Darrin that Al Jolson commissioned for Ruby Keeler.

His red ’37 Darrin 120 convertible Victoria was originally owned by Clark Gable. “Gable didn’t like its running board option, and sold it back to Darrin, who sold it to Errol Flynn,” Mr. Marano said.

Show cars were important to Packard, helping to project an image of a company able to compete with the advanced styling of larger automakers. Mr. Marano decided several years ago that he would try to acquire all of the extant Packard show cars. He now owns a 1952 Pan American two-passenger design study; the ’53 Balboa; the fiberglass-body Panther of 1954; and the 1955 Request.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/27/automobiles/collectibles/27PACKARD.html
https://www.hemmings.com/magazine/hcc/2014/07/Ralph-Marano/3739461.html

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Ralph Marano owns every Packard concept car made, save for one—the Predictor—which is permanently displayed in the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend

mega bots are a go… here’s how they are building it

September 30th, 2016 by admin

They’ve created a YouTube series that follows the design, fabrication, and testing of America’s first mech in preparation for the world’s first Giant Robot Duel between us and Suidobashi Heavy Industry of Japan.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClT-fyp4Kgd76hESsuLbksA

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mega bots are a go… here’s how they are building it

Time to celebrate Von Dutch’s birthday! Here’s something you’ve never seen, and never known, and the back of a car he did you’ve also never seen

September 8th, 2016 by admin

Von Dutch was the first to “stars and stripes” a tank, and that was the inspiration and influence for “Captain America” the chopper in Easy Rider

from the book The Art of Von Dutch

But I’ve never seen these next 3 drawings anywhere else… not in any book or website:

not just a beauty of a showbox, it also won a free chop from Bill Hines

July 9th, 2016 by admin

“I’d heard about a KKOA [Kustom Kemps of America] contest to win a free Bills Hines chop. A few months later after entering I got a call saying I won. I thought it was a joke and hung up the phone. Then Jerry Titus called back, telling me not to hang up again, it was no joke! So, with less than a week to spare, I closed shop and stripped the car down for the Leadsled Spectacular in Salina, Kansas. I got to spend four days watching Hines coach his crew [including Brad Masterson] on the style he saw for it.

http://www.hotrod.com/cars/featured/1605-full-custom-1951-ford-sedan/

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GTO Judge spun a bearing in 1979, and never moved after that. Seriously, didn’t the owner even had the motivation to replace the bearing and crank? In 36 years?

May 10th, 2016 by admin

even slightly more impressive, it’s a “pattern” Judge. With a 4 speed. And all the parts were set aside for that day it got put together. Inside one of his Quonset huts, previous owner Duane had stored the original numbers-matching WS-code Ram Air III engine right down to the accessories, including the original alternator and date-coded water pump. “Everything is there except the starter.”

A pattern Judge refers to the first 2,000 GTOs with the Judge option in 1969. There were a few deviations but pretty much all Carousel Red, black interior, four-speed, hood tachometer, 3.55 Safe-T-Track, 400 cu in and Ram Air III

Pontiac wanted to create a mass impact of 2,000 GTO Judges painted Carousel Red descending upon America at the same time. The Judge was supposed to be the rebirth of the original GTO concept, meaning pure performance without a bunch of cost-adding accessories. Just like the 1969 Super Bee and Road Runners

http://www.hotrod.com/cars/featured/1605-the-judge-in-tree-is-finally-free-1969-pontiac-gto-saved-after-30-years/

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GTO Judge spun a bearing in 1979, and never moved after that. Seriously, didn’t the owner even had the motivation to replace the bearing and crank? In 36 years?