Style & Culture
Thu Mar 06 2014 20:15:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Elephant parking, Coral Gables, FL 1986.
In Florida, if an elephant is left at a parking meter, the owner is not exempt from the fees, and will be ticketed at an expired meter.
Tue Feb 25 2014 23:23:53 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
"This 1998 Cadillac De Ville parade phaeton, more commonly
known as a “Popemobile”, was specially designed for the late
Pope John Paul II. It now can viewed at the "vault" in the Petersen Museum.
Lengthened and modified into a convertible, the lavish DeVille is equipped with an elevated platform for the armchair-like papal seat, wide doors, retractable steps and official Vatican seals and flags. While the General Motors de Mexico design studio began work on the car, Cadillac contracted with the American coachbuilding firms of Eureka Coach and Roush Technologies to complete the project in a mere six weeks. The Pontiff blessed the vehicle upon its debut. "
Text source: http://www.oldcarsweekly.com/news/popemobile_acquired_by_petersen_museum
Tue Feb 25 2014 23:29:17 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
"This Bentley Continental GT owner spent a little extra and took his $180k Bentley and added official Jamaica “Rasta” colors on it, letting everyone know about his free spirit and mind…If you ever find yourself in Zurich, Switzerland whats out on road because you may see this Rasta baby…"
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Fri Feb 14 2014 06:02:21 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
1000x better than a chocolate bunny.
Back in 2008 MORE than 4,000 pounds of chocolate were used to create a full-size model of a Ferrari F1 car in Italy.
The car took two months to make, and was on display in Naples for a party organised by the Scuderia Ferrari Club Napoli.
Wed Jan 29 2014 04:33:06 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Kam the elephant and his Land Rover.
"The Series 1 Land Rover is still one of the most capable 4x4s ever made, it may not have traction control, independent suspension or any fancy buttons but it did have extraordinary lightness. Although perhaps Kam’s Land Rover wouldn’t be so light with it’s driver onboard.
Kam the elephant was a star attraction at the Bertram Mills Circus, they actually bought a 1959 Series 1 and modified it with a central steering wheel and a huge, padded seat over the rear axle. Kam would drive the tenacious 4×4 around the circus and often around the camp site although his inability to change gears restricted his top speed, somewhat thankfully."
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Wed Jan 29 2014 05:01:08 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Modern Mechanix magazine 1929
Home James! Chimpanzee Acts as Owner’s Chauffeur.
"STEP on it, I’m late for
dinner.” That’s what the owner of this car at left tells his pet chimpanzee, who can really drive the automobile in a capable style and understands directions perfectly. James, who was renamed to conform with the discovery of his driving ability, sits proudly in the seat and guides the car through traffic. He learned by watching his owner. One day he climbed
in the car and drove it off. Everyone expected to find it parked on a telephone post or in a ditch. However, the new driver pulled up in front of the home and stopped the car."
Image & text source: —chimpanzee-acts-as-owners-chauffeur/
Wed Jan 29 2014 07:25:47 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
December 1954 London — The driver of the “bumpmobile” at right “bears” left to avoid hitting two shrieking females at a London fun fair.
Tue Jan 07 2014 14:06:32 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
An interesting advertisement by Saab. Captioned: "Many Italian drivers did a double take when they saw this strange arrangement of a Skier mounted to his skis which are mounted to the ski rack attached to a beautiful Saab 900 Turbo."
On the top is Swedish downhill racer Benny Lindberg, testing his equipment at full speed. Behind the wheel of the Saab 900 Turbo is none other than Olympic ski champ Ingemar Stenmark.
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Sun Jan 05 2014 17:12:49 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
I would trust this Monkey more than most drivers today, he has two hands on the wheel, and isn't putting on his makeup or texting.
Date: August 10th 1933
Image source Life Magazine & http://www.historybyzim.com/2011/10/animals-driving-cars/
Mon Jan 06 2014 23:52:44 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
No AWD SUV? No problem, transport those skis with whatever you've got!
Tue Dec 31 2013 15:52:09 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Traveling Comfort for the Dog (Dec, 1932)
Quoted ad text ( hilarious):
"ANYONE who has ever attempted a long motor trip on which a large dog was taken along will appreciate the “Bird-dog’s Palace,” recently placed on the market.
Made of sheet steel, insulated inside so that the animal will not come in contact with the metal, the “Palace” is so constructed that it may easily be clamped to the running board without marring the finish of the car. The barred door slides upward, permitting the dogs to be released without the driver having to leave his seat. An oil-cloth cover may be unrolled and buttoned into place if the weather is bad or the road dusty. The “Palace” is made in several sizes to accommodate all kinds of dogs."
Wed Dec 04 2013 22:10:18 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
A Merecedes Unimog being put to the test.
"The name Unimog is pronounced [ˈuːnɪmɔk] in German and is an acronym for the German "UNIversal-MOtor-Gerät", Gerät being the German word for machine or device."
Sun Nov 24 2013 20:48:06 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Manifold Destiny a cookbook guide to cooking on your car engine. First published 1989. on the subject of cooking on the surface of a car engine.
A website collection of recipes for cooking on your car can be found: http://www.roadroast.com/links.php
It was written by Chris Maynard and Bill Scheller, a photographer and a travel writer who were also accomplished rally drivers. Though neither edition remained in print for very long, the book is considered something of a cult classic in the American culinary scene due to its unusual subject matter, combining local specialties ("ready-boughts") with recipes designed with various regional and ethnic inspirations in mind, as well as evaluations of representative cars available at the time of their suitability as cooking equipment. A measure of its cult status can be found on Amazon.com, where a search revealed that used copies of the book sold for four to ten times the cover price of the book.
This book is often cited as the primary reference on the subject of car engine cooking.
Sun Nov 24 2013 22:13:07 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Step by step instructions for cooking a turkey in your engine bay.
TO GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE ROAD TURKEY
1 Boneless turkey breast, about five pounds, sliced into thin strips against the grain
3 large baking potatoes, peeled and diced
3 carrots, finely diced
Dry white wine
Flour for dredging
Butter for greasing foil
Salt and pepper to taste
Three-quarters cup heavy cream
1. At home, combine the turkey, potatoes and carrots into a bowl with the wine and cover. Marinate two hours in the refrigerator, then drain well (and don't drink the wine). Setting the vegetables aside, dredge the turkey pieces in flour, then heavily butter five large squares of foil. Arrange equal amounts of turkey and vegetables in each square, and season with sale and pepper as desired. Cup the foil around the turkey and vegetables, and pour over each serving as much heavy cream as you can without making a soupy mess, then seal carefully.
2. Cook on the engine about four hours, turning once. We're assuming grandmother doesn't live in the next town….
Sat Nov 23 2013 17:40:57 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Is it possible to cook an ENTIRE Thanksgiving meal under the hood of a car? Discovery's Mythbusters accepts the challenge.
Fri Nov 08 2013 18:48:26 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
1966 BARRED OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE Magazine cover.
"A biker exploitation rag written not for riders, but for voyeurs looking for what makes those bad boys tick.There’s just enough laughable, inaccurate and hyperbolic writing that when they do actually mention the true 1%’er MC’s it kinda lacks any sting..... "
Check out full pages of this magazine shared by Nostalgia on Wheels:
Wed Nov 06 2013 18:25:03 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Could you live in a VW Beetle? A 1967 “Vocho” (Mexican nickname for VW BUG) has been 'home' to Don Oscar Of Mexico for the past 10 yrs.
"Meet Don Oscar, an 83-year-old Mexican, who’s living in his 1967 VW Beetle for over ten years now. After a painful divorce, Don Oscar was left with nothing but his ‘Vocho’ as the Mexicans call their beetles. His pension was barely enough to buy some food, let alone rent a place to stay.
And so Vocho became his home. He turned the backseat into his bedroom and used nooks and crannies as his storage space. Of course maintenance has been basic. Don Oscar restores rusting spots which several layers of common-oil based paint, applied with a brush. The wheels are from another Volkswagen as well as the engine which can be started by short-circuiting two wires located in the front truck. As a gear shift he uses a plastic bathroom pipe.
As time passed by, he seemed to grow fond of his home. He friendly declines any offer to lodge in and also wouldn't sell his Vocho, no matter what was bidden...."
Text Source: http://www.prewarcar.com/postwarclassic/magazine/previous-features/lemay-musseum-invites-don-oscar-form-mexico-021772.html
More Images of Don Oscar taken by Daniel Becerril:
Wed Nov 06 2013 22:44:57 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
See 3 mins of boat racing...err I mean stock car racing....err I mean boat racing.
This Boat racing event is held annually at Lakeport Speedway in Northern CA.
Thu Oct 31 2013 19:59:03 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
This 4 min music video was filmed during one of the infamous "Indian Wall of Death" performances.
It is extremely well done & these guys take brave to a new meaning.
Django Django's music video for their track "Wor".
Thanks to Influx.com for digging this up.
Mon Jul 15 2013 15:03:51 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
"This is a modern print made from an original negative. The negative was part of a collection of memorabilia I purchased. The material showed that the owner was a motorcycle enthusiast in the Oakland, California area, and most of the material dated from 1919 and later. There was some Harley-Davidson material in the collection, so it is possible that the bikes in the photo are Harleys. I am not an expert however, so will need some help in identifying them." Source:
Thu Jul 11 2013 14:45:56 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Cleaning a Giant Studebaker. At the 1934 Chicago World's Fair the largest vehicle in the world. Inside the bodywork was a cinema that could hold eighty people.
Wed Jul 03 2013 17:51:38 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Not about a car but still a very interesting short about WWII.
In 2005, an 83 year-old World War II pilot is surprised to see 16mm footage of his 1944 Spitfire crash for the first time.
SPITFIRE 944 was put on YouTube as part of the Sundance Film Festival Memorial Day observance through from May 22 through June 5, 2013 (UPDATE, ShortsHD is allowing the film to stay on youtube for the moment:)
Wed May 29 2013 05:18:48 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
“1971 The Chevrolet Vega was designed to be shipped vertically. Special rail cars cars designed jointly between General Motors and the Southern Pacific Railroad held 30 Vegas. Chevrolet conducted vibration and low-speed crash tests to make sure nose-down Vegas wouldn't shift or be damaged in rail-car collisions. Chevrolet’s goal was to deliver Vegas topped with fluids and ready to drive to the dealership.” text source: Wikipedia Image source
Fri May 10 2013 15:56:18 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
"1924 L.T. Shettler, the Rickenbacker car dealer in Los Angeles, demonstrated the effectiveness of the 4 wheel brakes on a new 1924 Rickenbacker C6 Touring sedan by driving the car down the Hope Street steps leading from Hope Street to 3rd Street." Text by: Maurice EIdeses Photo Source:
Thu Mar 14 2013 15:52:49 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Shady Acres Amusement Park. Pudding River near Canby Oregon. July 4th 1932. The American Austin was hung across the water with suspension cables and used as a diving board. Source: