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the 2018 La Jolla Concours Best of Show award was presented to the Mullin Automotive Museum for their 1939 Bugatti Type 57SC Aravis Cabriolet.

April 11th, 2018 by admin

The Mullin Museum is a must see, they have an incredible collection of Bugatti. Probably the 2nd best collection you will ever be able to see, and probably the only Bugatti collection in the USA available to the public.

http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2012/01/mullin-museum-what-it-looked-like-from.html

in 1928 at Indianapolis, Leon Duray’s Miler set a lap record of 124.02 mph that held for 9 years. In a 91 cu in supercharged inline 8 that Harry Miller just had to reduce in 1926 from 122cu in to meet AAA’s new rules

February 21st, 2018 by admin

They then took it to the Packard test track and set a closed course record of 148.2 mph and then went to Muroc (a dry lake used in the 1920s before it was closed to the public and El Mirage was chosen) and set a speed of 164 mph

the 91s were incredible until the rules were changed again by AAA, just 3 years later in 1929

Muroc is named after the Corum brothers of Rosamund of about 100 years ago, but the Air Force changed the name of the dry lake from Muroc to Rogers after a pilot who crashed there.

James May reassembles a Honda mini bike, 303 pieces becomes one running Monkey

March 8th, 2017 by admin

the Monkey was originally a kids’ ride at Honda’s Tama Tech amusement park near Tokyo.

It became an unexpected hit with adults too, and the name Monkey stemmed from how grown-ups resembled circus gorillas when perched atop the small bike. Honda saw a sales opportunity and began selling them to the public.

http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/video-watch-james-may-put-together-a-honda-monkey/#more-55424
Thanks Marc!

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James May reassembles a Honda mini bike, 303 pieces becomes one running Monkey

How the Romans built roads

February 25th, 2016 by admin

Archer B. Hurlbert, in “The Chautauquan,” says regarding the cost and methods of building the much quoted Roman roads: “A careful estimate shows that the Romans spent from $30,000 to $100,000 per mile on their roads; yet Europe knew no road building worthy of the name from the fall of Rome, about 400 A. D., to the coming of Napoleon’s Tresaguet 1,400 years later.

For a millenium and a half the roads of these men who built for eternity were the best roads in England, Europe and Asia Minor, and though many of them quickly disappeared if neglected, a large number remain to this day, and a much larger number have served as the foundation of modern roads.

One road which Bergier examined in France was raised 20 feet above the surrounding country, and a vertical incision revealed the following sections:
“Sec. 1. A ‘fill’ of 16% feet. “
Sec. 2. A foot layer of flat stones and cement. “
Sec. 3. A foot layer of flat stones without cement. “
Sec. 4. A foot layer of firmly packed earth. “
Sec. 5. A half-foot layer of small metal In hard cement. “
Sec. 6. A half-foot layer of large metal and cement. “

The width of Roman roads varied from 120 feet at home to 15 or 20 feet in England. The lesser width made a great reduction in original cost as well as in cost of maintenance. In the case of the narrow roads on the island the work was well done.

The bottom layer, called pavimentum, was one inch thick and made of mortar. This provided a water-resistant base.

trials riding in a scapyard

November 27th, 2015 by admin

trials rider Adam Raga and hard enduro star Alfredo Gomez found themselves some trials riding gold in the scrapyard – perfect terrain for an all-out offroad adventure.

But not every dirt track is open to the public, so when Adam and Alfredo’s semi-legal freeride came to an abrupt halt, they had to make a break for freedom through the scrapyard and to the outskirts of town.

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trials riding in a scapyard

back when people were working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, outdoors, rain or shine

June 10th, 2015 by admin

Wow… that generation didn’t have high schools, they hadn’t been invented for the public school system in general until the 1930s

At the turn of the 20th Century, it was common for high schools to have entrance examinations which restricted entrance to fewer than 5 percent of the population in preparation for college. Most people were expected to be ready for a job or a family after junior high school.

By 1910, 72 percent of children attended school. Between 1910 and 1940 the high school movement resulted in rapidly increasing public high school enrollment and graduations. By 1930, 100 percent of children attended school.

Zach at Road and Track has a great article on the consequences of using Natl Parks during govt shutdowns

September 30th, 2014 by admin

Zach broke into the park to prove a point about the idiocy of the govt shutdown, and wrote about the experience to remind people how truly special our public lands are.

He got 3 tickets (federal misdemeanors) and had to lawyer up and go to court. He got a plea deal, 40 hours community service, at the park. Lots of toilet cleaning… you know the ones, the nasty public ones with no ventilation, that so many people seem to destroy for fun

http://www.roadandtrack.com/features/web-originals/busted-paying-the-price-for-ignoring-the-government-shutdown

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Zach at Road and Track has a great article on the consequences of using Natl Parks during govt shutdowns

ever wanted to see the exclusive Lingenfelter Collection? It will be having a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House on August 7th

May 1st, 2014 by admin

It’s tough to get a tour of elite private collections, since they aren’t normally open to the public, but this season, Lingenfelter has opened the doors to support local charities.

Here is there calendar of events:

the annual Cruise for Kids, benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, and it’s the most comprehensive gathering of supercars outside of SEMA

September 9th, 2013 by admin

it’s all open to the public, and you can walk in to drool… be polite and don’t drip on the cars… and you’ll see most every expensive car made in the past 5 years. About 1/4 of the cars were Ferrari

the only place you’ll ever see Bugatti on the public roads… seriously. I’ve photographed a dozen or so, and only at car shows or dealerships. No one drives a million dollar vehicle anywhere

Just contrasting the size of the Rolls with the Audi

Gullwings and scissor wings (inspired by the Countach which needed them as a swing out would have never fit between cars in a parking lot) and the only Spyker I’ve seen in person

I’m pretty sure this is the only Lexus I’ve ever posted, probably the only one I will ever post. The normal ones are uninteresting

yup, two Avendators

two different Ariel Atoms

and a McLaren

Above, the Nissan GTR which has kicked the butt of the rest of the supercars, for a fraction the cost

at least 3 new Maserati

and a Tesla

damn good looking new Jaguar design

am I the only one that immediately thought of the Austin Powers Jag? This is a terrific looking paint job design

cool old cars are NOT excluded… this GTO and a 60’s Mustang were there

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the annual Cruise for Kids, benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, and it’s the most comprehensive gathering of supercars outside of SEMA

a shipmate of mine from our time on the USS Olympia SSN717 has recovered enough from a truck nearly killing him to post some photos. People, open your damn eyes, use your damn brakes.

April 26th, 2013 by admin

the moron driving the above SUV was driving at 70 miles per hour.
They did not see Pat, he was riding the bike below. They did not hit their brakes.
they went on to roll their SUV 3 times. No idea why they didn’t see Pat, no word on how they made such an egregious error of driving, or how much they were hurt from rolling their SUV 3 times

Pat needed a lot of surgeries, blood, luck and skilled doctors to recover from the incredible pummeling and amputation of a leg. It’s your ass on the line out there on a bike, theres no cage to keep you safe, not a single airbag.

So could you readers do a simple 2nd look for bikers tomorrow when you drive? It’s going to save at least one life

This ends my public service announcement, and I’ll now resume the regular cool posts.