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this year, the EAA show at Oshkosh did not get a special edition Mustang, breaking a 8 year string of innovative upgraded Stangs. This year they got a Raptor, and it’s got some cool details

August 8th, 2017 by admin

Ford has raised more than $3 million for the annual event since 2008 by creating collector’s edition vehicles, with the F-22 F-150 Raptor this years special edition.

The finer details are the grill, and the side mirrors have a similar jet plane outlined lights, green and red, for port and starboard. I dig that

The F-22 F-150 Raptor was purchased by Gary Ackerman of Gaudin Ford in Las Vegas, Nevada. The vehicle has found the perfect home in that Ackerman serves as Honorary Commander/Ambassador for the United States Airforce’s F-22 Squadron at Nellis Airforce Base in Nevada.

Nicole Rush, Ford designer, and the Ford design fabrication team headed up interior enhancements. With the loftiest of expectations for unrivaled care and precision, building the F-22 F-150 Raptor was entrusted to Brad and Doug DeBerti at internationally renowned DeBerti Design. Betancourt says Ford could not have asked for a more purposeful execution of its vision than what the DeBerti team accomplished.

http://thegentlemanracer.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=215f7f59f6309dd97ae113d65&id=c2b4d7b8d0&e=afb6b6ebc8
https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/contribute-to-eaa/eaa-gathering-of-eagles-fundraiser
http://blog.caranddriver.com/one-off-ford-f-150-raptor-gets-even-more-raptor-with-f-22-theme/
http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-ford-f-22-raptor/

to see the special edition Mustangs:

John Fitch, far more than just a race car driver, and more than a racing team director. Not only did he date JFK’s sister, he was manager of Lime Rock, inventor of the sand barrel safety barrier saving over 17,000 lives, and a WW2 fighter pilot in the P51 Mustang

August 6th, 2017 by admin

To think of him only on terms of a Gran Prix race car driver is to miss the majority of his astonishing life.

But learn from that. To think of most people in terms of just one thing, is to miss the big picture of their lives, and odds are you’ll have missed the better parts.

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1917. He was a descendent of the inventor of the steamboat, John Fitch. Fitch’s stepfather was an executive with the Stutz Motor Company, which introduced him to cars and racing at an early age.

When WW2 broke out, he volunteered in spring of 1941, for the United States Army Air Corps. His service took him to North Africa, where he flew the A-20 Havoc and then on to England. By 1944, Captain Fitch was a P-51 Mustang pilot with the Fourth Fighter Group on bomber escort missions, and became one of the Americans to shoot down a German Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter.

When Fitch returned to the U.S., he was among many young pilots who’d developed the need for speed during the conflict. He became part of the Palm Springs set, hanging out with Joe Kennedy’s sons including Jack and Bobby, and dating his daughter. But he was increasingly interested in racing and by the 1950s had started to devote more and more time to the sport.

Fitch opened an MG car dealership and also began racing at

an 1846 map for travelers through the United States of America showing the railroads, canals & stage roads with the distances, and Disturnell’s new map showing all the canals, rail roads, telegraph lines and principal stage routes.

August 5th, 2017 by admin

Indicates drainage, state boundaries and shows many cities and towns with distances along roads and railroads. Indian tribes are indicated west of the Mississippi River.

Insets: Railroads & canal routes from Albany to Buffalo.–Map showing the rail roads between the cities of New York, Boston & Albany and the Hudson R. from N. York to Albany.–Rail road route from New York to Philadelphia.–Rail road route from Philadelphia to Washington.

https://www.loc.gov/item/gm70005371/

https://www.loc.gov/item/gm70005366/

Map of the United States and territories showing the extent of public surveys, Indian and military reservations, land grant R.R.; rail roads, canals, and other details

but seriously, to really have a good time looking at this map, go to

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 tree transplant experts Environmental Design, from Texas, were called to Idaho to move a Sequoia, they used Caterpillar machinery

June 29th, 2017 by admin

St. Luke’s Health System in Boise is paying $300,000 to relocate the tree to city property, to make room for a hospital expansion.

The tree is believed to be Idaho’s largest Sequoia, not native to the state, it was sent to Boise as a seedling by naturalist John Muir, who played a key role in establishing California’s Sequoia National Park.

Muir, a Scottish immigrant to the United States, rambled around the Sierra Nevada mountains and took long treks across the country to Florida and through Alaska. His writing helped bring attention to the United States’ natural wonders and the threats they faced from logging and ranching. His book on the newly created parks of the West, Our National Parks, caught the eye of President Theodore Roosevelt, who visited Yosemite in Muir’s company to discuss future conservation initiatives.

The tree’s new home is twelve hundred feet away from where it was first planted in 1912.

In October, the tree’s roots were trimmed to keep them from expanding. This spring, wood and burlap walls were built around the root system, then steel pipes and airbags lifted the massive tree into position. Crews then rolled the tree down the street on airbags, getting the tree into its new position at the park by 11:15. On Monday, they leveled the tree and added more dirt from its original position to help it adapt.

David Cox told the AP this is the largest tree his company, Environmental Design, has ever moved.

http://www.treemover.com/
https://www.facebook.com/EDITreemover/
https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/idahos-largest-sequoia-moved-new-home
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-movers-transplant-100-foot-tall-giant-sequoia-boise-180963848/

I posted about another tree moving a couple years ago, it too was a Caterpillar powered move of incredible proportions

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of horses pulling a glider into the air before

May 14th, 2017 by admin

Aug. 1939: Horses are used to launch Bowlus glider sailplane at Joe Plosser’s Grand Central Flying School in Glendale.

Glenn Martin, who builds B-26 bombers, and flying boats, stood on the sidelines at Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale while a motor-less machine generating “two horsepower” slid into the skies.

The horsemen of Los Charros, association of hard-riding film, radio and ranch folk were pulling the glider up, a test proving that horses, galloping at 30 m.p.h. over ground where motorcar launching of sailplanes is unfeasible, can be put into useful operation.

Two held the long rope attached to the peapod cockpit of Hawley Bowlus’s sleek San Fernando-made sailplane. At the signal, they spurred like mad. And while Martin, North American Aviation Co. officials and air minded Hollywood cinema men watched, the noiseless craft soared to the length of its halter.

When the glider returned, Martin asked to be permitted to sit at its simple controls.

“Not much like your bombers, is it Mr. Martin?” asked Bowlus.

“Our ships–yours and mine–all have their place. Sailplaning is a grand sport that really teaches the theory of flight. With the clipped winged, heavily powered, heavily loaded military craft used today, knowledge of thermals and wind currents and the art of flying without engines comes in mighty handy in emergencies.”…

In 1939 soaring enthusiasts had 800 clubs throughout the United States

https://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelryerson/20946955748/

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I don’t think I’ve ever heard of horses pulling a glider into the air before

The Green Monster #12, with a Rolls Royce v12 and some funky painting on the valve cover

October 1st, 2016 by admin

Art’s mom painted the teeth on! She was going for the Flying Tiger motif

1959 Nationals
http://sparetimeactivities.net/GreenMonsters.htm

At just under 17 years of age, Art joined the United States Navy. He was sent to diesel mechanic school, then assigned as a mechanic to a landing craft in the Pacific Theater. This was a very good job for Arfons to utilize his mechanical talents. He participated in two battles including the invasion of Okinawa, and then was discharged after three years, as a Petty Officer Second Class. He returned to Ohio, was married, and had two sons and a daughter. In 1952, he and his half-brother Walt became fascinated with drag racing and built their first Green Monster. In this endeavor, they were supported by their mother, who was also fascinated by the sport. Art and Walt continued their drag racing partnership with a series of Green Monster cars until the late 1950s

http://www.prowleronline.com/ubb/Forum18/HTML/004584.html

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The Green Monster #12, with a Rolls Royce v12 and some funky painting on the valve cover

Packard hunting car

September 12th, 2016 by admin

It began life as a Packard Super Eight LeBaron All Weather Town Car, delivered from the factory Park Avenue dealership in New York City on Christmas Eve 1933.

it began its career on a Westchester County estate. At some point, one of its owners took it to Peter McAvoy & Son, a commercial auto body builder in New Rochelle, New York, about 20 miles north of Manhattan.

McAvoy knew his trade. Born in Ireland in about 1860, he immigrated to the United States in 1881. By 1910, the census listed him as the proprietor of a wagon factory, and indeed the City of New Rochelle enlisted him to repair carts for the Street Department. His occupation was upgraded to “carriage builder” by the 1920 census, but the 1918 city directory had already listed him under “Auto Bodies,” so he was prescient in his trade. His son James joined him in the business and became the president of Peter McAvoy & Son after his father’s death in 1929.

Cutting the LeBaron body off just aft of the division partition, the McAvoys constructed a high-quality wood body in its place. Seeking maximum utility, they extended it a full five feet beyond the rear axle of the already-lengthy 147-inch wheelbase. As completed, it is equipped with two fuel tanks, greatly extending its range between fill-ups.

Sliding glass rear windows, large roof vents, tether rings around the body, and a lack of any seating or racks for firearms all suggest it was built for the transport of hunting dogs.

notice the exhaust is up over the roof

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http://ruotevecchiedb.altervista.org/packard-super-eight-hunting-car-20160912/

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Packard hunting car

the isolation of a parking lot attendant sitting in his booth, inspired Tom M Johnson to start a photo journey around Pittsburgh

July 6th, 2016 by admin

Pittsburgh is a commuter city with marginal public transportation, so most people drive into the city from surrounding suburbs, and thus need a place to park. Around downtown there are many parking lots, some large and corporate, others small and privately owned.

the Beverly Hills Speedway located at Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards

January 19th, 2016 by admin

The Beverly Hills Speedway (also called the Los Angeles Speedway) was a 1.25-mile wooden board track for automobile and motorcycle racing in Beverly Hills. It was built in 1919 on 275 acres of land that includes the site of today’s Beverly Wilshire Hotel, just outside of the “Golden Triangle”. The site was bounded by Wilshire Boulevard, South Beverly Drive, Olympic Boulevard and Lasky Drive.

The Beverly Hills Speedway was built by Jack Prince and Art Pillsbury and was financed by a group of racers and businessmen that called itself the Beverly Hills Speedway Association. The track was the first in the United States to be designed with banked turns incorporating an engineering solution known as a spiral easement.

At the time, the wooden racetrack was ranked second in race quality only to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Durant Racing team, Harry Miller Designed and built.