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cutaway Corvette, and it’s a 1953. Newly crafted over the past 2 years it will be on display at the annual Bloomington Gold event until this Saturday June 24th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

June 22nd, 2017 by admin

Mackay and his crew built the cutaway car on the earliest Corvette chassis known, #003. The chassis was discovered in the mid-1970s when Phil Havens found it under the body of a 1955 Corvette he was restoring.

The #003 car was used for durability testing, including a punishing 5,000-mile test over Belgium Blocks. Chevrolet Engineering Department Work Order, #19013-27, issued on Aug. 20, 1953, instructed that the frame be changed. So it survived.

Sam Folz, president of the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS), identified the chassis as 003 and confirmed it as the oldest Corvette chassis known to exist.

For the ’53 cutaway, Mackay used the body of a 1954 Corvette parts car. He summed up the work that came next: “It took a tremendous amount of designing, researching, documenting, hunting, measuring, cutting, bending, splicing, and engineering.”

Mackay left the windshield and grille intact, and then he made “floating” elements: the left-side headlight, taillight, fender emblem, body side molding, horn, armrest, and ashtray. “It looks really cool displayed at dusk, with one headlight and taillight floating in air,” he said.

It was at Amelia Island Concours earlier this year, but I never heard anything about it

A couple of years ago, he found an L88 1969 Corvette at a machine shop and did something similar

Earle C. Anthony and Lee Miles with his airplane, Los Angeles, 1935

May 14th, 2017 by admin

The Miles and Atwood Special is on the trailer, and in front of it, are Anthony and Miles.

Miles was a living legend during the Golden Age of Flight. At the time this photo was taken he was the number one air racer in the National Aeronautics Association standings.

Earl C. Anthony is perhaps best known as the Packard distributor for the state California from 1915 to 1958.

a couple 60s transporter/haulers and plenty of spares

January 8th, 2017 by admin

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a couple 60s transporter/haulers and plenty of spares

The goofballs Bob Hope and Bing Crosby even kept up their fake, but funny, competition with soapbox derby cars for kids

December 21st, 2016 by admin

1948 “Paleface Special” and “Emperor Waltz” with Wally Parks between the racers, they are both named for movies that Hope and Crosby released in the theaters that year.

If it had wheels, Wally Parks was interested in it, and these downhill racers were supported by the Hot Rod Magazine and NHRA in early Soapbox Derby programs sponsored by Chevrolet.

Sidenote, celebrities used to go to the National Soapbox Derby, and a list of them is at

the "Swoose" the only survivor of the 19th BG of Clark Air Base, Philippines. The only known surviving combat plane that served in the war from start (Dec 8th 1941 mission) to finish. The only surviving "Shark Tail" B 17. Pieced together from parts planes though the war. Now its been 70 years of storage and moving, and moving and storage. No one has displayed it, or restored it… or displayed it before dismantling it for storage.

August 16th, 2016 by admin

Delivered to Hickam Air Base Hawaii, in May 1941, and moved to Clark Air Base PI in Oct 1941

Dec 8th 1941, the Japanese bombed Clark Air Base in the PI, and Ole Betsy was damaged but repaired with a tail from another damaged B 17

On Jan. 11, 1942, three Japanese fighters caused heavy damage to Ole Betsy during a running 35-minute engagement off the coast of Borneo.

Maintenance personnel in Australia replaced the damaged tail with one from another B-17D, replaced the engines, and converted the aircraft into an armed transport. The new pilot, Capt. Weldon Smith, gave it a new nickname after a then-popular song about a half-swan, half-goose called the “Swoose.”

Then, as a reward for valor, she was assigned to transport missions for high Army officers.

Capt. Frank Kurtz, a personal pilot for Lt. Gen. Geroge Brett, (CO Air Force of the Far East) and

Jim Click is selling off his stable of race cars… all of the cool stuff will be up for grabs in August

May 9th, 2016 by admin

two legit Shelby Cobras, one is CSX 2473, the winningest Cobra of all time.

Hope Memorial Bridge: Formerly the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, Cleveland Ohio, the "Guardians of Traffic" statues designed by sculptor Henry Hering and architect Frank Walker

December 31st, 2015 by admin

The 8 figures were carved in sandstone and created by sculptor Henry Hering and architect Frank Walker. They were meant to “typify the spirit of progress in transportation”, so each figure holds a different form of ground transport.

The Hope Memorial Bridge was renovated and christened as such in the 1980’s in honor of a family of Cleveland stonemasons, who also happened to be the family of native son, Bob Hope.

The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, the year that then County Engineer, Albert Porter, threated to remove the historic pylons, calling them “monstrosities”.

Romanised assyrian genii, with wrap around wings, that guarded the cities and palaces were given mercury helmets, bookended the four pylons. The 43′ pylons were cut from local, Berea, sandstone. The bridge was opened in 1932 after more than a decade of carping, and delays. This is the most monumental display of Cleveland deco.

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Hope Memorial Bridge: Formerly the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, Cleveland Ohio, the "Guardians of Traffic" statues designed by sculptor Henry Hering and architect Frank Walker

a bike story with a Steve McQueen connection, that I’ve never even heard of before… Ol White, the bike that was replicated for Steve McQueen’s movie, the Blob

October 19th, 2015 by admin

In 1970 Doug Cameron set out to build a bike that no other Harley or Indian could beat. He crafted the bike with all the speed equipment and ingenuity of the day. The cylinder was punched out to 86 cu in, the engine was balanced, and a larger main sprocket.

It started out as a hard-tail 1936 Indian frame, with a ‘48 Indian front. The thing people notice first is the shifter, an actual WWII bayonette. The spring connected to the scabbard is the brake pedal return spring.

The spark plugs on the bars next to the horn are connected to the mag, and are a “visual tachometer” sparking away as the engine runs. “You get to a hundred or so and it’s like a blue flame shooting out of there.”

This bike is actually the “model” for Steve’s “The Blob” bike (named after his first movie).

Witteman-Lewis XNBL-1 (Barling Bomber)

September 4th, 2015 by admin

There was only one built and it was considered a failure at that time. The bomber also became known as “Mitchell’s Folly” due to Brigadier General William “Billy” Mitchell’s strong support. From Wikipedia: “He antagonized many people in the Army with his arguments and criticism (of air vs. sea power) and, in 1925, was returned from appointment as a brigadier general to his permanent rank of Colonel.

(turns out he was right and the Navy finally admitted that about 1991 when they retired the Missouri, realizing that battleships were not as useful as fighters forward deployed on aircraft carriers)

Later that year, he was court-martialed for insubordination after accusing Army and Navy leaders of an “almost treasonable administration of the national defense” for investing in battleships instead of aircraft carriers. He died in 1936 and the Mitchell B-25 bomber is named after him.

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World War II’s most famous US tank broke German siege lines at Bastogne in the Bulge It’s restored and ready for display, but waiting for a display museum to be constructed.

July 18th, 2015 by admin

After World War II, the historic tank’s whereabouts were unknown, and remained so until 2004.

That year, army Chaplain Keith Goode became curious about the old tank on display near the back gate of the US Army’s Rose Barracks at Vilseck, Germany. After examining the tank, he came to believe it was actually the famous Cobra King. Armor experts looked into the matter, and in December 2008 they officially confirmed the tank’s identity.

In July 2009, the US Army Center of Military History shipped Cobra King from Germany to the Patton Museum at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for restoration work.

When the tank was identified in Germany, it was missing its engine, so the team at Fort Knox faced the challenge of finding a period replacement. And Cobra King’s original tracks were difficult to restore because they had a unique addition: a duckbill, or metal extension used to compensate for the tank’s extra weight when traveling over marshland.

Cobra King’s war service didn’t end with that triumphant moment at Bastogne on December 26, 1944. In fact, damage from later combat would prevent restoration of the tank’s interior. Physical evidence showed that an explosion caused an internal fire, destroying the tank’s interior, and causing the famous “First in Bastogne” tank to be unceremoniously abandoned.

Cobra King is now in storage at Fort Benning, says Dyer, and functions as an educational tool for the US Army Armor School. According to Dyer, the tank will eventually be displayed at the National Armor and Cavalry Museum at Fort Benning, still in the process of raising construction funds.

In addition to Cobra King, the National Armor and Cavalry Museum will feature the armor collection previously displayed at the Patton Museum at Fort Knox.

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World War II’s most famous US tank broke German siege lines at Bastogne in the Bulge It’s restored and ready for display, but waiting for a display museum to be constructed.