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2 year follow up on the all girls garage, success! There are now 6 garages in the USA owned by women. So if you, too, support this, take your business to them

May 18th, 2017 by admin

I posted about this in June of 2015 when it was still a goal:
http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2015/06/women-are-fed-up-and-opening-their-own.html

the Girls Auto Clinic offers full-service auto repair, female mechanics, manis, pedis, and blowouts while you wait, all in a beautiful lounge tailored to women.

Susie Wolfe wonders about women in F1’s future

August 7th, 2015 by admin

When will a woman race again in F1? It’s a bold question to ask on the cover of AUTOSPORT – and a strong statement from the Editor Edd Straw to dedicate this special issue to women in motorsport. Kudos to him for doing so and thank you, Edd, for the opportunity to guest edit the magazine.

The way I look at it, our sport is just one small part of the wider story of female participation in all sports. There is momentum behind women’s sport right now – just look at the success of the recent Women’s World Cup in Canada – and there is no doubt that times are changing in motorsport, too.

In the past, we have seen pioneers like Divina Galica and Lella Lombardi, who were trailblazers for women in Formula One. In my role as test driver with Williams, I am on the verge of breaking through the glass ceiling. But the sustainable progress will be made when it is no longer unusual to see women racing and winning in motorsport.

Ultimately, it all comes down to opportunity – giving talented girls the chance to prove themselves in the lower categories. There’s no question that, as a woman, you have to work harder to earn the respect initially, as there is the slight doubt from many people that you’re capable. But once you do that, it’s all about performance – and in motorsport, performance is power. The stopwatch doesn’t see gender, race or any other factor; it just says whether you’re quick or slow. And that’s what you’re judged on.

When I look at the steps I have taken in my career, they have been all about getting a foot in the door and grasping that opportunity. My time in DTM started with a chance to test the Mercedes car – from there, I got a race seat, learned German and immersed myself in the programme. With the machinery at my disposal, I did a solid job.

It was the same with Williams: my gender opened the door to test the car, but it was my performance that justified my continued involvement. I’ll never forget the Young Driver test at Silverstone in 2013, when the engineers couldn’t put together a definitive run plan for me because they didn’t know how many laps I could manage. So I prepared well, did my training and completed the full day.

Of course, there is a physiological aspect to the debate, because on average women have 30 per cent less muscle than men. But I did a full race distance in the pre-season test in Barcelona and showed it could be done. I am 100 per cent convinced that there is no physical impediment to women racing in F1. Now, I am right on the cusp of breaking onto that starting grid. I can’t speak highly enough of Williams and my experience working with them, beginning with Sir Frank and Claire and going all the way through the company. It’s a team that knows about grasping opportunities and making your own luck – that racing spirit runs through the whole place and it’s something I’ve drawn on many times.

I make no apology for having used gender as a USP in my career. Why should a woman deny her femininity just to conform with the expectations of the racing world? I’m a woman, I drive racing cars and if there’s an advantage in terms of finding sponsorship or support, then I will make the most of it. That’s what racing is all about: finding competitive advantage and exploiting it. That can open new doors for me and other female racers, which is great. But then we have to stand or fall based on our ability.

I am realistic about where I find myself right now. Unless the rules change to make it easier for less experienced drivers to test and get themselves on the grid, it will be hard to make the next step. But if I can’t be the woman to break through the glass ceiling, then I want to be involved in making it happen for the person who does. When I began racing, I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of being a role model, because I still had everything to prove as a driver. Now, social media connects me with people around the world and the positive response is amazing. There are little girls in onesies who want to be F1 drivers “like Susie Wolff” and young women hunting for career opportunities in engineering schemes with F1 teams.

I feel I have a responsibility to pass on the lessons I have learned, to help young women avoid some of my mistakes and to provide inspiration for them to chase the same dream. Female participation in F1 is changing mindsets in a positive way. The more little girls and young women start racing, the more opportunities they will have at the top level. We need to make sure girls know motorsport is an option for them. When I feel the time is right, I want to dedicate my energies to a project that can attract young women to the sport and help open doors for them. But it’s early days yet.

We all have a duty to nurture our sport. It has given us so much and we have to put something back to help it evolve in a positive way. In the long term, a more diverse sport will be even richer, healthier and more competitive than it is today.

We need to encourage participation and make opportunities happen for the young drivers and engineers who are the future of motorsport – and that includes the women who make up 50% of the population. It’s great that AUTOSPORT recognises that need as well.

the most impressive model I saw today, one of the Mopar white dress and boots women

November 10th, 2013 by admin

A couple of days ago I posted

from a John Wayne movie you’ve probably never heard of "Circus World"

January 26th, 2013 by admin

it’s about a circus owner that is still in love with the woman that left him 15 years before, and the trip to Europe to find her, and save his circus. The extremely beautiful Claudia Cardinale who you might remember as Princess Fawn in the original Pink Panther movie

Jerry Wood’s 1953 Glasspar G2, with a 331 hemi, and he’s not just great at restoring cars, he’s a great dad and fabricator. At the Dana Point Concours

June 27th, 2012 by admin

Cool looking Mustang made by getting rid of the hubcaps, and just showing the black rims.

April 15th, 2012 by admin

the woman driving this was beautiful too, I should have asked her out after asking all about her rims. Damn, I missed an opportunity there.

interesting variety of cars, blimps, trains, race cars and motorwheels found on The Old Motor.com

August 21st, 2011 by admin

a private Pullman "palace" railcar, the century old social and economic equivalent of a private Gulfstream plane

May 18th, 2011 by admin

except for the big glass case over the fine china, this private Pullman passenger car has been restored to the condition it was in before its delivery to Clara Baldwin Stocker, the woman who ordered it built and took it’s delivery 99 years ago, in Dec 1912
the first few photos here aren’t as luxurious as the last, and I’m guessing these were the butlers quarters



Note that the above and below photos in this sequence are two views of the same room, from different ends, and the dresser is the common point







gorgeous lighting fixtures and ceiling

the above isn’t known to be, but thought to be the piano from this car, it was located 50 miles from the car when it was purchased by the musuem for restoration

this locomotive had no historical association with the Pullman car, but makes a fantastic display
330 ton, 1937 Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson high speed (90 mph) steam locomotive http://www.nethercuttcollection.org/EndPage.aspx?page=train




Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago was founded in 1867 to build luxury sleeping cars for the railroads, their success dramatically changed rail travel worldwide. The luxuries of a private Pullman included chandeliers, electric lighting, advanced heating and air-conditioning systems, complete bath facilities, silk draperies, luxury bedding and elegant furniture.

In December of 1912, Clara Baldwin Stocker, eldest daughter of California pioneer E.J. “Lucky” Baldwin, took delivery of a Pullman railcar appropriately named the California. Lucky Baldwin’s fortune came from mining shares, real estate, race horses, hotels and the world renowned Santa Anita Race Track. Clara and Anita inherited his fortune and both commissioned private railcars. Clara’s car was beautifully decorated in a modern style with cream and gold painted staterooms, rather than the usual dark wood grained walls and ceilings. The railcar must have been an imposing and awe inspiring sight, resplendent in maroon, red, gold leaf striping and lettering with polished brass railings and grab handles.

The California, as ordered by Mrs. C.B. Stocker, had a floor plan that was very versatile, spacious and comfortable. It has one double large bedroom and two smaller staterooms for two. The large combination dining and observation room was paneled in elegant Cuban Mahogany and the private rooms were painted in cream and gold. The servant’s section, including the passageway, was quarter-sawed native oak, which was dramatically different from the beautiful mahogany used in the family section. Beautiful decorative leaded glass adorned every window in the California, except in the servant’s quarters. Information from

for a much better gallery of the Pullman car, look at the photos Justacargal took: http://justacargal-s.blogspot.com/2011/03/nethercutt-museum-train.html

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a private Pullman "palace" railcar, the century old social and economic equivalent of a private Gulfstream plane