Archive for July, 2014

July 16, 2014

Bath Time

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When the moto gets all ‘hacky-dorty’ the you need a can if this! Scrub off the old road grime and polish ‘er up. The bike always look refreshed with a bit if elbow grease and a stack of rags. Best done on a sunny day with a beer to whet your whistle.

July 15, 2014

…an image that has legs!

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Glamor added to the new Triumph logo…

July 12, 2014

Bonny Bonnie

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The Bonnie lookin good in the bright summer light. Rarin’ for a lowp along the road.

July 11, 2014

Rusty but a good vintage

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The popular 1-ton Chevy 3800 truck from ’51 or ’52 is a lovely bit of Americana that built a country after the ravages of the depression followed by a harrowing world war. This one looks like it’s done ample service and needs a little retiring recovery followed by an easy life toting up and down country roads from fair to diner and home again.
Buffalo MN

July 10, 2014

Electricity

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“Invention is the most important product of man’s creative brain. The ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of human nature to human needs.” Nikola Tesla 10 July1856- 7 January 1943. Electrical Engineer, scientist, inventor, genius

July 10, 2014

I-94

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Here’s my current dashboard: the VW GTI (Gertie) along with plastic ‘gator Louie. The highway is the lush interstate through Wisconsin. Music on this particular trip was Elliott Smith;

July 8, 2014

Triumph Controls

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The Aston may be a little out of reach for me so here’s something closer to the mark. TR6 with warm wood dash, stout steering wheel, and over a hundred ponies being reigned in under the bonnet ahead (145 UK injected spec/ 104 US carburetted spec)

July 7, 2014

Behind the Wheel

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I can’t find the ejector seat button… However the plush red leather seats are a comfortable pew to handle that beautiful wheel… DB5 cockpit

July 6, 2014

Thunder Bird

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Beautiful period image of a cheery lass with her blue Triumph 6T Thunderbird at some lunch stop on a country road ride in the ‘States. Leather clad and looking highway worthy. Snappy!

July 5, 2014

Lengthening Shadow

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A quick spin up north before a 4th of July party gave quiet roads to swoop along, golden light bathing lush trees offering intermittently shaded roads and a superlative ride. The fireworks weren’t bad either…

July 5, 2014

Independence Day

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Happy Fourth!

July 3, 2014

Duck!

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On this day, July 3rd, in 1938 the Number 4468 Mallard set the speed record for a steam locomotive. Going like the clappers with a full head of steam reaching 125.88 mph (202.58 km/h). The record was achieved on 3 July 1938 on the slight downward grade of Stoke Bank south of Grantham on the East Coast Main Line; the highest speed being recorded at milepost 90¼, between Little Bytham and Essendine.

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The blue streamlined bodywork harks the zenith of the steam age. Like Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird cars and boats the sapphire tone yells speed. The black eyebrow swoosh arched lines over the 4-6-2 wheel arrangement is pure form. These wheel skirts were designed by railway engineer Oliver Bulleid with an obvious aerofoil profile – making an engineering need an aesthetic boon.

For the trainspotters out there: this ‘Streak’ is  London & North Eastern Railway LNER Class A4 Pacific Steam Locomotive built in Doncaster Yorkshire in 1938. One of 35 engines built, designed by Sir Herbert Nigel Greeley its job was to get passengers from London, through York and Newcastle and on up to Edinburgh.

July 2, 2014

Born of Paper, Pencil and Clay

Before computers drove the shape of the aerodynamic form it was up to the car designer to devise of the curved lines of bodywork to wrap the chassis, engine and seating compartment.

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Sculpture on wheels each with a face and body as recognizable as any old family member.

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Friends that always continue the conversation where you left off…

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Art becomes Art. Looking at, and analyzing, the outline of these beauties, seeing how the curve flows.

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There are details that become the marques signature: BMW’s central grill for example. The 2002’s shows this off well.

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An E Type’s rear end complements the long engine-full front so well. Perfection!
Even a German next to an Briton looks sumptuous.

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Then there’s the cockpit… That another story*

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*I didn’t get any images at this car show of walnut dash and leather seat or wood steering wheel and Smiths clocks… Next time!

July 1, 2014

Two Wheels Bad

When funds allow, or rather if funds allow. There could be nothing nicer than being the proud owner of a classic vintage automobile. Soft top XKE? Why yes sir!

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Especially if it holds the big V12 5.3l ‘gin. Another owner was kind enough to open the bonnet to reveal this hearty powerplant. With a sound like an Elgar piece. True Britishness.

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Jaguar have some other special vehicles: here’s the XK120 coupe. Grey like a black and white movie. Knock-off hubs, split windscreen and a Jag grill. Astounding machine!

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The Germans were at it too! Mercedes Benz SL300. Roadster to rip along the tarmac whist playing Wagner.

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The other German: Porsche’s sweet little coupe. Their original sports car. The purest aerodynamic form. A Beetle that goes fast! This Schwartz model was sublime. Green is fine too!

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550 Spyder… Even faster… Sadly for James Dean…

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Crossover design to siblings Volkswagen with their neat looking Karmann Ghia. Style for the middle classes.

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The King: Martin, Aston Martin. DB5. This one didn’t have the machine guns or ejector seat… But that silver grey in sunlight is legend.

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