Friday, October 15, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
The site is located under the freeway near the M and T Bank stadium, nothing to see there...
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
In 2009 a group of Healey enthusiasts returned to the salt flats to do a reenactment of the event.
|Cycle Magazine 1976|
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Shortly after the Netherlands Navy bought and tested the first steamship made by J.H.& J. Duke shipyards in Dover, England in 1825, the company Machinefabriek Werkspoor was founded in order to bring the technology to the Netherlands. The company was successful, becoming the largest machine factory in Holland, building ships and ship components, later adding railway steam locomotives and rolling stock to the product line. The company went through several iterations over the years and after a reorganization in 1890, it became a major manufacturer of all sorts of machinery, their first marine diesel engine was installed in 1908. The railway portion of the business also did well, supplying locomotives and rolling stock for railways in South Africa and Indonesia as well as the Dutch railways.
The company merged with another large manufacturer Stork in 1954 and that concern was taken over by the Finnish concern Wärtsilä in 1989.
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Nice trendy graphics in this 1957 ad for what appears to have been a substantial Toronto factory "specializing in the production of complicated assemblies". The company seems to have completely vanished, on the site these days is a Home Depot, and I can't find anything online at all.
Graphic designers might wonder how they might have treated the airplane image differently, it doesn't quite line up with the arm of the Y and why does the wingtip contact the corner of the large rectangle?
Friday, October 8, 2021
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Spring 1971, we heard that this bike was at a nearby dealer- Ramsay Hardware in Napanee, Ontario to be specific. Dealerships were different in those days, the motorcycle section of the store was in a back room of the ancient hardware store with the creaky wooden floors. There was the bike in the middle of the floor, leaning on the sidestand. Awestruck, we circled it.
"Want to hear it run? the owner asked. He hit the button and there it idled in the small echo-y room. After a minute or two, he shut it off. "Sounds like a V8", he commented. We at 16-17 years of age had no answer.
Which brings me to this. Remember this cover? June 1971? Sure, the bike was awesome but the blonde!
Who she was was Mary Cathleen Collins, an aspiring model and actress. You may remember her from a later movie named "10"? Later known as Bo Derek. But she was "ours" first :-)
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Following on the success of the twin-tail Nord Noratlas transport- looking like a Flying Boxcar, the Super Broussard (Super Bushranger) was introduced in 1960. Powered by two 1000 hp turboprops, it was designed as a 23 passenger utility aircraft for short and rough airfields. After the first prototype was tested, the government ordered ten for themselves- only eight were built, no other orders were taken. This 1962 ad, showing 1/3 of the total production was still hopeful of more.
Nord Aviation was a French aircraft company, organized immediately after WW2 as a state owned manufacturer. Over the years the company built a wide variety of aircraft from light trainers to cargo planes, even missiles. Does the name Exocet ring a bell?
Nord was merged in 2000 into the European Aerospace Corporation which was renamed as the Airbus Group.
Monday, October 4, 2021
This Tony Lofthouse drawing shows the engine of the 1950s 250 Crusader. It was Royal Enfield's "modern" unit construction engine, developed during the early 1950s but not put into production till 1957. This cutaway shows a chain driven camshaft, unusually for the British, on the left side. The dual row chain is shown, right next to the single row primary chain. Despite going halfways to an OHC design, the valves are still pushrod operated.
On the other side of the globe, by the late fifties, Honda was just starting to build their twin cylinder OHC electric start Dreams.
Sunday, October 3, 2021
Bradbury of Oldham, England started business in 1852 making sewing machines. Business expanded during the rest of the century, their products extending to bicycles, toys and machine tools. They started building motorcycles in 1901, a variety of models were made over the years using sidevalve singles or twins, usually designed and made in-house. Just before WW1, the line had settled down to just a 550 single and a 750 V twin. These models were produced through the war for the services. After the war they came back to the civilian market and by 1923 along with 350 and 550 singles, were producing the handsome machine above. Unfortunately, the postwar slump did them in and the company went out of business a year later.
Saturday, October 2, 2021
Nothing very special about these, I was poking around antique markets and found these at different locations many miles apart. No other identification than that number, but who would cast in a stock number instead of a name? The name Canadian Tire came to mind, but their vise stock numbers start with 57 - . I expect these are made in China, but can't confirm.
Friday, October 1, 2021
The car was supposed to be a blend of American styling and European sportiness. It was powered by a Cadillac V8 and was to be manufactured in Germany by the company that had built Zeppelins. The partnership did not work out, only four prototypes were built and the project was abandoned.