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Dream Factory Blow, a company in Japan that can make a stock vanilla van or truck look like a classic (Thanks Burkey!)

August 18th, 2017 by admin

they manufacture high quality plastic kits to transform A Honda van into a 70’s Dodge van, amongst others.

http://www.blow-net.co.jp/products-cars

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Dream Factory Blow, a company in Japan that can make a stock vanilla van or truck look like a classic (Thanks Burkey!)

Louman’s 1936 Mercedes 500K is one of those fairytale barn-find stories. A Spezial model, one of just 25, it was first purchased in the UK and spent 32 years stored behind a butcher’s shop in Walsall.

May 7th, 2017 by admin

The butcher’s car’ became famous in the 1980s, after it had been found behind a butcher’s shop in Walsall in north-western Birmingham.

Arthur Dawson, the butcher, bought the car from his uncle, drove it for 2 years and then put it in storage for 32 years. He didn’t want to sell his roadster and several friends of his had been trying to buy the car for years without success.

After numerous failed attempts the first flipper called an antiques-dealer for help. The dealer finally convinced Dawson to sell and he made a handsome profit!

It was taken by the first flipper to a Christie’s auction at Beaulieu in 1988 where the unrestored roadster – which was complete and in its original barn find condition – sold for an astonishing record amount of 1,585,000 Pound sterling (3.6 million euros)! At the time it was the most expensive Mercedes–Benz that had ever been auctioned and the second most valuable car in the world.

Friedrich Geiger drew the lines of the Spezial Roadster, and in the fifties Geiger designed the legendary 300SL ‘Gullwing’.

As far as is known ‘the butcher’s car’ is one of only 2 right-hand drive ‘Spezial Roadsters’. The only other right-hand drive ‘Spezial Roadster’ was at the 1935 Olympia Motor Show in London.

Swedish collector Hans Thulin was the 2nd flipper, and had it restored in Germany, then Thulin sold the roadster to a Japanese flipper who appreciated the value by showing the ‘Spezial Roadster’ at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1994 and winning best in class,

https://driventowrite.com/2017/04/05/louwman-iii-the-pebble-beach-boys/#more-32202
https://crankhandleblog.com/articles/mercedes-benz-500k-spezial-roadster-pearl-burried-for-more-than-30-years/
https://hiveminer.com/Tags/1936,500k/Interesting

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Louman’s 1936 Mercedes 500K is one of those fairytale barn-find stories. A Spezial model, one of just 25, it was first purchased in the UK and spent 32 years stored behind a butcher’s shop in Walsall.

Designed in Italy by Fiat, adapted in Japan by Nissan, made in Mexico, powered by a Renault engine in India, and spec raced in Canada, but not sold in the USA… the Nissan Micra is a racing machine that before racing mods sells for 10 thousand Canadian dollars

March 30th, 2017 by admin

there are 3 versions sold in Canada, and they have the same engine and HP, just more optional luxury features like bluetooth.

it’s the most inexpensive car sold in Canada, so, the Motorsports In Action team built some up, and went racing, then other people got the bug to go racing cheap (like Mazda Miata used to be) in identical cars (like IROC used to be)

you can read about the racing of the Micra all over the car enthusiast magazine websites, or

Lila Mogelon, rode across Canada on a motorcycle, as her wartime job of monitoring Japanese and German sub’s comms was finished and she needed a vacation!

December 29th, 2016 by admin

Lila Brownberg Mogelon held the distinction of being one of only 18 “girl wireless operators” in Canada. She served in Ottawa and Victoria where she monitored the communications of German Submarines in the Gulf of St Lawrence and then the Japanese subs off the coast of Vancouver Island. In 1945 she traveled across Canada by motorcycle.

https://www.facebook.com/Early-Motorcycles-Scooters-with-Ladies-in-mainly-Old-Photographs-898023176932708

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Lila Mogelon, rode across Canada on a motorcycle, as her wartime job of monitoring Japanese and German sub’s comms was finished and she needed a vacation!

Stuck in a POW camp in Borneo for 3 years of WW2, Reg Newman from Wales drew up plans for a camper trailer, which his daughter finally discovered… and a TV show was contacted etc

December 14th, 2016 by admin

When Captain Reginald Newman was imprisoned at the brutal Kuching prisoner of war camp in Borneo during the Second World War, he spent three years doing hard labour and surviving on a cup of rice a day.

However, the British army captain, from Powys, Wales, spent his free time dreaming of caravan holidays back in his beloved homeland and, when he managed to get his hands on a scrapbook and coloured pencils, he began creating meticulous plans for a luxury two-berther he could build upon his release.

However, when Mr Newman was finally set free at the end of the war, the memory of his time in the barbaric Japanese prison camp left him so traumatised that he hid away his detailed drawings and didn’t share them with his family.

Thirty years later, his daughter Jan discovered the pencil-drawn plans while clearing out her father’s possessions and was astounded at just how detailed the tiny designs, written on a 4×7 inch notepad were.

21 electric motors and controllers powering the winches that righted the capsized USS Oklahoma after the attack on Pearl Harbor, were salvaged from Honolulu’s retired streetcars.

August 7th, 2016 by admin

By late July of 1942 the Navy had created a plan to salvage the USS Oklahoma commencing in March 1943. This was a cooperative effort between the Navy and Pacific Bridge Company, a commercial construction and salvage operator. The initial stage in salvage required righting the capsized ship.

This was accomplished by lightening Oklahoma by removing 350,000 gallons of fuel oil, and filling the empty bunkers with air. Next twenty one electric street car motors were installed on Ford Island and connected by cables to the hull of the ship. The street cars had been less used into the late 1930s as cars became more popular, and by the summer of 1941 were pulled from service completely, having been replaced in the Rapid Transport Company with busses and trolley coaches.

Twenty-one concrete foundations were poured near the water’s edge on Ford Island. Seated in them were the electric motors from the Honolulu street cars powering winches. With a system of hauling blocks and pulleys, the winches’ combined strength could exert a titanic 345,000 tons of pulling force. Forty-two miles of one-inch wire ran from the winches, through the blocks, out over a row of 40-foot A-frame towers built on Oklahoma’s hull, and finally to pads welded to the ship.

Finally, twenty-two hundred tons of crushed coral was dumped on the shore side of the ship to prevent sliding.

Last July the robot mech challenge was issued and replied, and now we are finally getting closer to full human-piloted battle robots.

July 16th, 2016 by admin

they made it to CES 2016, but weren’t allowed to shoot down drones.. so, they ended up demonstrating some box smashing. Ho hum.

Some cool photos from Hot Rods coverage of the Moon Eyes 2016 show in Japan

March 26th, 2016 by admin

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Some cool photos from Hot Rods coverage of the Moon Eyes 2016 show in Japan

Walden Speed Shop made a really cool hot rod, just featured in Street Rodder Magazine

August 27th, 2015 by admin

a Japanese Zero that crashed in New Guinea was found in the 1970s, and restored very slowly may finally get back to flying over Japan, 70 years since it was made there

August 25th, 2015 by admin

In the paperwork process to get it home to Japan since 2008 until July 2015

In 2008 the airplane was bought by Masahide Ishizuka, a native of Japan living in New Zealand who runs a company that manufactures flight jackets for pilots and also writes for aviation magazines. Ishizuka reportedly paid $3.72 million for the airplane, and established Zero Enterprise with the aim of bringing a Zero back to Japan, and flying it during a WW2 memorial event.

The flight still must receive final safety clearance from authorities, but Japan’s regulations and high maintenance costs are standing in the way.

If the flight occurs as planned, the Zero will be flown by (ironically) a U.S. pilot, since no Japanese pilot is certified to fly the plane, and only the 3rd Zero flight over japan since WW2

Currently displayed at the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Kanoya Air Base in Kagoshima Prefecture, it has been reassembled and its engine tested on July 7 with help from U.S. Federal Aviation Administration engineers.

There are only six Zero fighter planes left which are still flying today. One is owned by the Commemorative Air Force, and was found intact in Indonesia, on oil drums

https://www.zero-sen.jp/
http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/Zero-Ready-To-Fly-Above-Japan-224419-1.html
http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2015/07/15/zero-fighter-plane-preparing-for-first-japan-flight-since-wwii/