Monday, May 31, 2021
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Felixstowe F3 Flying Boat
The Felixstowe F3 was a development of the F2, being larger and less maneuverable than its predecessor, it was not well liked by crews despite its greater range and greater bombload capacity. About 100 were produced during WW1 and it became the RAF's standard postwar flying boat.
In 1920, the Canadian Air Board used one during its experiments in Trans-Canada passenger and mail service, flying from Riviere du Loup to Winnipeg.
The Portuguese Naval Aviation used one for its first flight from Portugal to Madeira in 1921.
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Step inside your new 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air!
Friday, May 28, 2021
Cool Special, That Imp Thing.
Here's a bike we need more pictures of. This is a Royal Enfield with a Rootes Imp 1000cc 4 cylinder engine. The engine feeds through a Norton transmission and seems to fit nicely in the available space. The Imp engine was a 45 degree OHC inline 4, the first with aluminum block and head. There seems to be a great following online.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Vincent trials bike
Apologies for the poor quality photo, but it was scanned from a postage stamp-sized photo in the April/May 1980 issue of Classic Bike and "enhanced" in Photoshop.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Norton single in a featherbed frame
George Massey combination tool
|thanks for the find, Rolf!|
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
We used to make things in this country, #324, James Swetman planes
According to Yesterday's Tools, this is the first documentation of a planemaker in Canada. The ad ran in local newspapers for a couple of years. James Swetman had been a plane maker in England before he emigrated to the US. He shows up as a partner in the planemaking company of Swetman, Hughes & Co in Pittsburgh around 1820 before he moved on Cincinnati and soon to Montreal. For a man involved in the solid business of making edged tools, he seemed to move around a lot. He died in the Cholera epidemic of 1832.
Subaru on their way to mainstream... 4WD on demand was a step in the right direction. And in the same magazine, a feature on the soon to be introduced Audi Quattro.
Bradley GTE electric
Monday, May 24, 2021
One Thousandth postwar BMW
After the war BMW got back to motorcycle production as quickly as possible. Although they were restricted to producing only the R24, a 250 cc single, by 1949 a thousand had been made, an event worthy of the lavish and joyous celebration we see here.
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Continuing our series of Ariel engines on the loose, this is the Flash Four, a Square 4 installed in a BSA frame. Very nicely done, it looks like it belongs there.
|Gianni Marin, The Motor Car, London House and Maxwell 1963|
In 1913 Standard Motor Company introduced a light two seater car named the Rhyl. Sporting a 9 1/2 hp engine, it was in production for 3 years before the company shut down car production for the war effort. More on the car here.
What do you make of the photograph? The car, looking quite sporty, is posed before what looks to be the abandoned ruin of a mansion in probably mid-spring. A couple of black-clad men lurk ominously at mid distance...
Friday, May 21, 2021
Amelia Earhart arrives in Ireland, May 21, 1932
"For the first 4 hours out I had beautiful weather and I could see the sky and ocean. Everything was lovely. Then all of a sudden I ran into rain squalls and heavy wind. Then my exhaust manifold burnt out and bright red flames began shooting out the side. I was not frightened, but it isn't any fun to have those flames so near you. If there were an oil or gas leak it might cause trouble.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
May 20, 1932, Harbour Grace Nfld
Amelia Earhart arrived unannounced in Harbour Grace, Nfld on May 19th 1932, in her plan to be the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. News soon soon spread and everyone came down to be part of the action.
At 7.20 pm May 20 she took off heading, well... as she said later, "My start from Friday in Newfoundland was delayed a little bit to have time to fix up all the customs requirements. They gave me clearance papers just as if I was the captain of a ship and I filled a blank space saying I was going to Paris. I wasn't sure where I was going, but that did just as well as any other."
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Messerschmitt 109 decoy
Car ferry, Ontario No 1
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Velocette Roarer cutaway
Suzuki X-6 1966
Monday, May 17, 2021
Monday Mystery; pressed steel adjustable wrench
This is an odd one, a stamped steel adjustable wrench of unknown provenance. It looks reasonably well made (but with a small capacity for such a large size head.) but we have no idea of the maker. Guesses?
Update, That didn't take long!