Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Norton ES2, 1949

California Motor Bicycle, George Wyman

 Although Cannonball Baker made news in 1914 by crossing the continent in 11 days he was by no means the first. 
In 1903 George Wyman rode a 200cc California Motor bicycle from San Francisco to New York to be the first motor vehicle to make it across the continent. The road network was much less developed in those days so he followed railways for much of the way. The journey took 51 days. 

Cunard paddlebox variations

Although carved figureheads installed at the prow of ships provided the main focus for ornamentation on ships of the time, the advent of paddlewheels and their protective shrouding provided new opportunities for decoration.

Power steering (optional)

Monday, September 17, 2018

Yamaha 80 period piece

Another Easy Rider influenced creation. I'll say it again, Peter Fonda, you have a lot to answer for...

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sisecar Sunday

Thanks, Kevan...
Gene Harper and Jan Carl's ride, Cannonball 2018

One of our vices is vises, Wheelwright vise.

Thanks, Drew!
This is an item displayed at The Brome County Museum in Knowlton Quebec.  It is identified as a Wheelwrights Vice but we can't figure out how and where it might be used.  The action seems to be between a steel hook and a block of wood. This might imply a way to pull or tighten a cable or rope, neither of which really makes sense. Ideas welcomed!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Santa Fe all the way

This poster dates from probably 1948 and showcases the SuperChief speeding by in the background along with the recurring character/icon "Chico" who was usually shown from the back in these ads.

Cannonball 2018

Thanks, Kevan!
The  Motorcycle Cannonball is a transcontinental rally for motorcycles built more than 90 years years ago. As we speak the riders are about halfways through the event. This is Mark Loewen's ride, a 1912 Excelsior twin sporting a modern(ish) disc brake on the rear wheel.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Scientific Motorcycling

At a recent swapmeet I found this 1974 motorcycle rider skills book by Canadian motorcyclist and dealer Phil Funnell, a name I've never heard of. Although I taught motorcycle training for a period on the 80s, I find it odd this very detailed and useful book was not in the curriculum or even mentioned, possibly bad publicity? The book has a definite homemade appearance, amd contains many hand drawn diagrams used to illustrate the ideas presented. It appears to be based on his personal experiences, by the time he wrote the book, he had already riding for many years.

A quick google reveals he is still making the long distance trips he was known for.  The link in the article doesn't work, this one should. Obviously another motorcycle "character"!

Its even a signed copy!

Hood ornaments

1951 Pontiac

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Steamboat Bangor 1830s

The Bangor was launched in 1834. After 8 years of service along Maine's coast, it was sold to the Turkish government were it served as a passenger boat on the Sea of Marmara until 1888.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Know your British rear suspension

Triumph spring hub 1946

Scott 1938

HRD Vincent 1938

New Imperial

Ariel 1938

Lycoming marine engine cutaway

 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum

Monday, September 10, 2018

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Penn Station, New York City

Pennsylvania Station at 33rd and 7th in Manhattan was completed during 1910 as the new showplace terminal for the Pennsylvania railway and its newly constructed railway tunnels under the Hudson and East rivers. The outside was said to be a copy of the Baths of Caracalla in Rome while the inside concourse appeared to be a representation of London's Crystal Palace. The Beaux-Arts styled  structure dominated that part of the city till, in a fit of urban renewal it was knocked down and replaced with Madison Square Gardens and a 24 story office tower. The underground railway lines remained in service during construction and continue to this day. 
Contentious when it happened, the demolition is still considered by some to be a monumental act of vandalism.

Chrysler Newport

Sidecar Sunday

Classic Motor Cycle Jan 1986

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Top up your oil?

Thanks, Drew!
Motor oil as it used to be done. Glass bottles stored on a shelf and refilled from a 45 gallon barrel out back.

Buick Invicta

Fast Eddie Motorfest, Stouffville On.

Friday, September 7, 2018


Waco YMF-5 and a Stearman A75N-1.
Owls head Transportation Museum.

J&R silencers

A fine collection of mid-seventies J&R silencers. These were made and sold as a result of the general environmental awareness including the Less Sound-More Ground movement of the time. Fine on trail bikes and street bikes but also required on racebikes where they were not universally appreciated, races are supposed to be loud! 
MotoGP agreed with that view, allowing open pipes on the racebikes when the formula changed to fourstrokes in 2002.

Liberty Magazine, Feb 6 1937

Featuring an article by a Vanderbilt who chose to be a newspaperman instead of pursuing the family business and an story about Howard Hughes by his uncle.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Auburn Cord Duesenburg Museum

Located in Auburn, Indiana, the former factory showroom now serves as the museum. Spectacular place, if you're anywhere near the northeastern corner of Indiana, don't miss it.