Thursday, 31 March 2011

The Nethercutt Museum has a section that is a replication of an early car dealership (like the photos from Shorpy)


Woman motorcycle cops, I just learned why we never see them except in movies

Women aren't generally interested in being cops, so very few cops are women. Of the women that want to be cops, few want to be on patrol. Of those that patrol, few can ride a motorcycle. Of the extemely few women in law enforcement that are on patrol, and can ride a motorcycle... few of them can lift a law enforcement spec motorcycle. A race bike maybe, but not a fully equipped motorcycle the cops ride, and have to lift from the ground as a requirement of the training course for motorcycle cops. And that is a train of events that creates a scarcity of women motorcycle cops


Gas prices around the globe, March 2011

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

LaJolla Motor Classic is this weekend April 3rd, here's a couple photos from the last one I made it to, and looked over some of the rarest cars

Preceding the show itself will be a book signing on Friday, April 1 and a catered lunch plus car tour of San Diego's top car collector locales on Saturday, April 2.

Tickets to the Sunday Show are $35 in advance and $40 at the entrance. In addition to general admission tickets, guests can upgrade their experience by purchasing a VIP ticket to the show for $100.

This ticket includes entrance to the show on Sunday, April 3, an event program, a commemorative poster and entrance to the VIP area with complimentary food and beverages. Renowned author Tom Cotter will present his newest book, "The Corvette in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology" at the La Jolla Historical Society’s book signing on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 5 p.m.

The book signing will be the opening event of the 2011 La Jolla Motor Car Classic. Author of nine automotive books, Cotter draws on his experience in automotive repair, used cars & parts sales, as well as his lifelong interest & experience with vintage cars.

The Corvette in the Barn is his fourth in a series of automotive archeology books, following The Cobra in the Barn, The Hemi in the Barn and The Vincent in the Barn. The 2011 Motor Car Classic will take place at the Ellen Scripps Browning Park, overlooking the renowned La Jolla Cove and featuring over 150 automobiles in 30 specialty car classes. The featured marque for this year is German Automobiles. Above, the Belgian carrossier Jonckheere bodied 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 (lives at the Peterson Museum) below is the Blastolene Brothers Indy car

I believe this was a LaFrance speedster

Above, the engine bay of a Pegaso... below is the front of the beautiful Minerva



1909 Gobron-Brillie, get an eyeload of that vertical striped paint

This paint is a real eye catcher, and the coachwork is amazing. The rims are really good looking with the mix of paint and wood


1911 Oldsmobile Limited, series 27 / limousine, biggest tires ever factory installed on a car

The fine print in the above ID card tell us that this is the only one left in existance, and that the tires are 43". This wasn't the only car with tires this size, but you aren't likely to find another unless you come here to San Diego and see the 1910 Hunt Special with 43X5" tires


The wonderful variety of brass era cars at the Nethercutt Museum

Read the above fine print, it's where I learned about the other Pope cars

The first example of a steering wheel mounted horn above photo........ the infamous mother in law seat in the below photo, how much do you have to hate your mother in law to tell her that's where she gets to sit?

The below is an American Underslung, significant because of a story from Dick Teague (AMC designer) acquiring one after a 35-year pursuit. He considers it "the first American sports car," and its frame, uniquely, was placed under its springs. The low, hunkered-down appearance that resulted was striking during an era when most cars looked like phone booths on wheels. Underslung's 476 cu.-in. (7.8L) 4-cyl. engine, good for 50 hp, stood out as well.

Mr. Teague told the story that while dating his wife-to-be, Marian, he told her he'd marry her if she ever located an Underslung. Only 2,000 copies were built during the Indianapolis automaker's 1906-'13 existence. By Mr. Teague's count, only 27 survive. Marian, to his surprise, soon got wind of four -- all owned by one family in Pennsylvania.

"She said 'I found an American Underslung. Now we'll have to get married.'" Mr. Teague chortles. He kept his vow the next year.

All four cars sat idle until restored in the mid-'60s. It took two more decades to convince the family to part with one, purchased new by its patriarch in 1907. Why'd they sell? "I guess it was my persistence," says Mr. Teague. "Maybe they felt it would get a good home."

in the comments Mik Tag says that the above IS the Teague owned American Underslung and you can see an article on the oldest Am. Underslung here:


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