Thursday, September 30, 2021
This tandem two seat device was made by the French automobile company Morgan Monotrace in the years between 1926-1929. The machine was powered by a horizontal 500 cc 4 stroke single. The stabilizer wheels were raised up as the vehicle started moving. I'd say the obvious development was to make it amphibious.
|Jan 1985 The Classic Motor Cycle|
I think the looks alone would be enough to curb sales- a boat on wheels, and look at that windshield!- and one wonders how seamless the stabilizer wheel activation might be. The passenger looks a bit sheepish being caught on film.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Monday, September 27, 2021
As a Canadian history written in 1941, the content is about what you'd expect, with illustrations by Canadian artists, but it turns out that the book was commissioned by the Montreal-based Seagrams company, one of the largest purveyors of alcoholic beverages and apparently, by the production of this book, a proud Canadian company. The book was apparently available for the asking, even- as the below letter states- into 1966. I just can't imagine a corporation producing a book like this in this day and age.
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Reader Graeme sends in this picture of Len and Harry having fun posing for the camera. Year unknown. Someone has retouched the photo so the badges read Invincible ( I think) but Graeme asks the make of the machine, it's a V twin with carb on the left hand side, by that and details on the fork, I'd guess it's a prewar Harley Davidson outfit.
|Dec 1984 Classic Motor Cycle|
Friday, September 24, 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021
1955, interesting time to be a model railroader, steam to diesel transition in the real world, airlines hadn't quite made inroads into railway passenger service. Plastic model kits and zamac castings were making realistic models much easier to achieve, but the oriental brass locomotive industry also hadn't made its presence felt. HO scale was becoming popular, making the possibility of large layouts possible in smaller suburban houses.
The table of contents is pretty much timeless.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Monday, September 20, 2021
I just found this picture, too late to include with the previous supercharged Bentley post. Quite a snapshot, Sir Henry Birkin was driving the Bentley at Brooklands in a record attempt when it caught fire inside the cockpit. He is standing up to get away from the flames, and is about to jump out of the car at about 60 mph. He was not seriously injured.
Sunday, September 19, 2021
In the usual musical chairs of company ownership this is the subsidiary of the British Dowty company set up in Canada in 1939. In 1995 it became part of a joint venture between French company Messier and Dowty then in 2005 the company was bought by Safron, became part of the Messier/Bugatti/Dowty group in 2011 and finally Safron Landing Systems in 2016.