Style & Culture
Sat Mar 08 2014 00:19:50 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The Great Steampunk Race!
Only the best of the best race steam trains have reached the final. Red Arrow accept a challenge of Iron Shark. Black villain is ready to do everything just to get to the finish line first. But his opponent is brave and courageous. Steam up your engines, gentlemen!
Sun Jan 26 2014 18:15:41 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Steam punk is brilliant concept; this means that the most ultimate car created by Camaro has been steampunked into a fantastic looking car that has the modern lines of the car that can be bought in the showroom, but at the time has been given the steam punk effect.
Sun Jan 26 2014 18:16:44 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Steampunk and Alexander Calder... huh? I know - an odd combo, but miraculously, lovingly placed before me in a most appetizing way this week. I had no idea what "steampunk" was when my friend Jean Yates told me she had a necklace in the book, "Steampunk Style Jewelry: Victorian, Fantasy, and Mechanical Necklaces, Bracelets, and Earrings", by Jean Campbell, so I googled over to Wikipedia and found this: "Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy, that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date...". This turns out to be something I like.... a lot.
Sun Jan 26 2014 18:16:58 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
It may not be powered by steam, but it’s pretty darn cool!
Steampunk is one of those genre/themes that don’t really have a strict definition. It is mainly referred to as a fictional sub-culture that features elements of science fiction and fantasy in a Victorian or “Wild West” era with old-fashioned and highly-intricate machines powered by steam that are quite advanced in terms of technology.
The whole Steampunk sub-culture can be rather amusing in terms of the complexity and old-world design of modern machines. One company that is applying this popular theme to automobiles is Carlex, who are in the process of making their first Steampunk car based on a MINI Countryman.
The upcoming Steampunk car from Carlex appears to have very complex details throughout the interior and exterior that will surely amaze onlookers and drivers alike. The Countryman will sport a dark grey exterior paint and feature bronze-colored accents throughout, including the wheels.
The interior of the Steampunk car will be the most detailed aspect of Carlex’s MINI Countryman. Many bronze and bronze-colored accessories will be used throughout including the dials, gauges, steering wheel, pedals, trim pieces, and shifter. The bronze will be complemented by brown leather on the dashboard and seats along with dark wood on the steering wheel and floor. Both the seats and steering wheel will feature see-through elements that display machine-like inner workings of the Steampunk MINI Countryman almost like a skeleton-design automatic timepiece.
So far the Steampunk car is in its early phases and all that we are left with are these two pictures. Carlex’s MINI Countryman should be a one-of-a-kind car that we hope catches on with other tuning companies in the future.
Sun Jan 26 2014 18:17:08 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
If you think that EVs are new-fangled rubbish, it'll serve you well to listen up. Five years before Karl Benz patented his original horseless carriage, messers. William Ayrton and John Perry engineered the electrically-powered Starley Tricycle. Germany's Autovision Museum spent around a year building a fully working replica of this transportation sensation of the 1880s. Considering the 130-year-old nature of the technology, the vehicle turned out to be very comfortable, super-quiet and fast: it'll top out at a respectable eight miles per hour, with a range of around 25 miles. After the break you'll be able to see the machine in action. No word on if the museum will produce any more in time for Christmas, but it would certainly be a hit with the steampunk commuter crowd.
Sun Jan 26 2014 18:17:16 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
More Oddities on The Old Motor – The Steam Truck:
It was steam that drove the explosive growth of the U.S. economy in the second half of the 19th century. Whether threshing the wheat in American’s bread basket, powering mills and industrial plants larger than any ever seen before or moving the massive quantities of the raw materials necessary to keep those factories humming, steam was relied upon to get the job done. So it’s only logical that this tried and true propulsion system would make the transition from railroad, manufactory and farm field to the primitive road vehicles of the early 20th.
While the first horseless carriages were rapidly improving from year to year, it would be a while before they were to become sufficiently robust to move the heavy cargoes that were steam’s forte. Take, for example, the 20 horsepower Grout Brothers truck carrying a Grout steam car seen in our top photo today. Note it’s clearly displayed five ton capacity. At the time there were few, if any, gasoline powered vehicles that could handle a load like that. The company used this truck for delivering their automobiles. Note the lower of the two wheels mounted on the steering column. It’s the throttle control. Photo from the April 30, 1904 issue of ”The Automobile Magazine”. See 7 more COOL REAL STEAMPUNK trucks @ http://theoldmotor.com/?p=93878
Sun Jan 26 2014 18:24:23 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The steampunk sci-fi genre has a very cult-like following due to its incredibly-detailed steam-powered industrial style that blends the American “Wild West” with the British Victorian era. Simply put its industrial awesomeness. The aftermarket car specialists at Carlex Design have taken the popular sci-fi theme and created a MINI Countryman steampunk car.
The new steampunk car was originally previewed this past summer in renderings, and now has been finally unveiled with a pair of sci-fi models. The exterior of the compact was given a matte grey base paint with copper-colored roof and accents to convey an old, industrial style. Matching the copper and grey scheme are new copper-finished mesh wheels.
But the most exciting part of the steampunk car is the interior, where Carlex Design applied their craft. All of the seats, dashboard, and more were covered in classic brown leather with unique stitching designs throughout. Inside of the seat bottoms and steering wheel center is a mechanical wonder of bronze metal gears similar to the inner-workings of an automatic watch movement. The steering wheel is also surrounded with two tones of wood grain and unique accents.
All of the minute details in the cockpit are what makes the Carlex Design steampunk car so special. All of the gauges have been replaced with bronze colored components and wear vintage numbering in black. The center gauge cluster wears new bronze metal while the air vents feature a classic styling with brushed bronze finish.
The new Carlex Design Mini Countryman steampunk car is a unique design concept that showcases the capabilities of the aftermarket company. Pricing and availability for customers has not been released.