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the oldest surviving dirt track that Nascar raced on is the Occoneechee Speedway in North Carolina. Nothing remains to indicate it was a race track, now it’s an oval hiking trail through the woods

April 3rd, 2018 by admin

this is all that remains of the last surviving dirt track from NASCAR’s inaugural Strictly Stock season in 1949.

the Occoneechee Speedway was one of the first two NASCAR tracks to open. It closed in 1968 and is the only dirt track remaining from the inaugural 1949 season. It is located just outside the town of Hillsborough, North Carolina.

This site is one of only three race tracks on the National Register of Historic Places.

it closed in the 60s due to religious people upset about racing on Sundays. Not very tolerant.

the following video starts with some qualifying laps, and a cool song, but skip to 3:24 for the beginning of the race

in 2011 some hot rodders made some parade laps for fun

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the oldest surviving dirt track that Nascar raced on is the Occoneechee Speedway in North Carolina. Nothing remains to indicate it was a race track, now it’s an oval hiking trail through the woods

Great Northwest Log Haul 1988

February 17th, 2018 by admin

In a sign of solidarity by loggers, more than 300 logging trucks rolled into Darby, Mont., in May 1988 to deliver about 1 million board feet of logs. Beginning in the late 1980s, a series of harassing legal actions against the Forest Service by environmental groups forced the Service to cancel its sales of timber, causing the nearly complete collapse of the industry. One by one, mills closed their doors.

A bunch of logging companies and sawmills were donating these, and the logging trucks were on their way to donate all the logs to keep Darby Lumber running.

The truck count into Darby was 303. Organizers expected about 220 logging trucks would take part in the Great Northwest Log Haul when it started rolling out of Libby headed for the wood-strapped Darby Lumber Co. The convoy stretched for 15 miles. It provided enough logs to keep the mill running about three weeks.

Organizers of the Great Northwest Log Haul claimed the Darby mill was shut down because of excessive environmentalist challenges to Forest Service timber sales.

Hoyt Axton was the entertainment that night. Darby Lumber paid for the logs, the logs were whatever loads anyone could come up with. Kids were let out of school and Paul Harvey talked about it on his radio show. High schoolers volunteered to wash the rigs

This log haul was organized by sawmill co-owner James Hurst

Years later, he hit on a plan for hauling several truckloads of shovels to Elko, Nev., to protest U.S. Forest Service road closings, it was called the Jarbidge Shovel Brigade.

He had heard of a situation in Elko County, Nev., where the Forest Service was refusing to repair a public road in Inyo-Humboldt National Forest, near the minute town of Jarbidge, and indeed had even blocked access with boulders and debris.

Residents of the county were outraged and tried to open it, only to be blocked by court action.

When Hurst learned that the people had tried to open that road with shovels, but were stopped – that what was going on there was what was going on in Eureka he contacted the county commissioners in Elko and offered to bring a few shovels as a symbolic gesture.

He ended up bringing over 11,000 that people had donated. He called them Shovels for Solidarity. Some were used that July 4 to open the road in Jarbidge Canyon.

“I wouldn’t miss this for the world,” says Mike Nannini, one of the four and a truck stop owner from Wells, Nev. “We intend to do everything we can to help call attention to the need to revise federal forest policies.”

Nannini credits Hurst with making it possible for the county to reclaim the Jarbidge Canyon road.

“We got our road back,” he says, “But had it not been for Jim Hurst and his Shovels for Solidarity and the national attention we received, the Forest Service would have never backed down. The road would still be closed.”

Four of Elko County’s five commissioners are expected in Eureka, bringing with them 500 shovels, plus the 13-foot-high shovel — embellished with the names of 9,000 sympathizers — that has stood upright in front of the courthouse in the city of Elko since erected last year.

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Great Northwest Log Haul 1988

Faith Khakai works as a motorcycle taxi driver in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi

October 27th, 2017 by admin

The motorcycle taxis that zip passengers through the city’s choking traffic are widely loathed for their daredevil antics. They weave through small gaps, cut off drivers and buzz through traffic jams. Known as boda bodas, they have some of the highest motor fatality rates.

she settled on the job for the same reason most men do: It is something an unskilled person can easily learn in a job that is not regulated, and with four children to support, and because the money her husband earned as a motorcycle courier was not enough to support the family, she took on the culturally impossible job that both her family and tribe would be outraged about.

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