Bill Bend

Thu Nov 14 2013 16:53:45 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

El Paso Texas Indie band Mars Volta released Frances the Mute in triple gate fold vinyl in 2005. A slightly altered pose appears on the reverse side. Expect to drop $150+ for a mint copy. You gotta wonder if The Ozark Mountain Daredevils liking to '41 Buicks influenced the band's choice of vehicles?

Bill Bend

Thu Aug 01 2013 13:28:20 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

1925 Duesenberg scale Offy-Kurtis child's go kard. 5 ft. long. Only one known. Built to commemorate the 1925 Indy winner driven by Pete Depalo.

Bill Bend

Sat Jun 08 2013 02:03:07 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Artzybasheff was born in Kharkov, son of the author Mikhail Artsybashev. He is said to have fought as a White Russian. During 1919 he arrived in New York City, where he worked in an engraving shop. His earliest work appeared in 1922 as illustrations for Verotchka's Tales and The Undertaker's Garland. A number of other book illustrations followed during the 1920s. Dhan Gopal Mukerji's Gay-Neck, with his illustrations, was awarded the Newbery Medal during 1928. Over the course of his career, he illustrated some 50 books, several of which he wrote, most notably As I See.

It was the second half of his long and successful career. If the first half was very diverse - from cartoons to theatrical designs, the second was entirely devoted to magazine and advertising art. He designed advertisements for Xerox, Shell Oil, Pan Am, Casco Power Tools, Alcoa Steamship lines, Parke-Davis, Avco Manufacturing, Scotch Tape, Wickwire Spencer Steele, Vultee Aircraft, World Airways, and Parker Pens. His graphic style is striking. In commercial work he explored grotesque experiments in anthropomorphism, where toiling machines displayed distinctly human attributes. Well, let's save the words and see his Lycoming series, also 1954.

Bill Bend

Sat Apr 06 2013 01:08:48 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Before there was texting while driving, there was cooking while driving. Shame on them dogs.

Bill Bend

Fri Mar 22 2013 01:32:32 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Original sales brochure for the Jaguar SS100 2-1/2 litre.

Bill Bend

Fri Mar 22 2013 01:33:17 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Tool box for sink... and "everything but..."

Bill Bend

Fri Feb 22 2013 23:27:38 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

This really quite extraordinary book from Bernard Viart records every detail for both LHD and RHD models and all body styles of this popular Jaguar sports car of the 1950s. The text is in English, having been translated from Bernard Viart's original French by experts.

Absolutely invaluable for both professional and amateur restorers – identify what should be where and what's missing!

All types of XK 120 are covered, starting with the aluminium-bodied Open Two Seaters and their wood frames, and moving on to the production steel-bodied Roadsters (early and late types), then the Fixed Head and Drop Head Coupes.

Above: the book's dust jacket

The cars are dissected by means of some 2,500 individual drawings in some 413 plates, most in colour, and almost every part, nut, bolt and washer is shown - and, of vital importance, where they are located on the car. These books make it far more practical to buy and restore a disassembled or incomplete XK, because Bernard Viart provides these vital visual references to what every part looks like and where it should go, including all the wiring in colour. Even if you won't be restoring an XK 120, this book gives an absolutely unique analysis of how the XK 120 was made and assembled.

In addition to the drawings, conventional chapters provide a full description of the car and its production and competition career, plus special bodied examples. The evolution of the XK engine which powered it is also told in detail. All chapters are profusely illustrated with superb period photographs and literature. Many of these illustrations will be unfamiliar even to the expert.

Below: example pages:

The book is of the highest quality as regards printing and paper (the latter from accredited sources), and is available in standard and slip-cased leather bound form (the latter limited to 120 copies only). Prices are £110 for the Standard Edition and £175 for the Leather Bound Edition, both plus Shipping. Availability will be November 2012.

Bill Bend

Fri Jan 11 2013 02:17:26 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Road & Track Advert Sept 1989 "AIWA" Stereo

Bill Bend

Wed Jan 02 2013 16:53:48 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

1968 movie guide to Bullitt with Steve McQueen.

Bill Bend

Tue Jan 01 2013 22:27:52 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

This is a spec project made to illustrate the impact of unique and emotional stories told by ordinary people. We explore the life of a collector, artist and retired teacher and his history with a 40-year old Dodge Charger. Such content allows us to express the human side of an iconic brand.
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA.

Bill Bend

Fri Dec 14 2012 03:04:49 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Retro design for the Kustom Kulture Blog.

Bill Bend

Fri Dec 14 2012 03:08:38 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Another great graphic design from Alex Ramonmas.

Bill Bend

Fri Dec 14 2012 03:10:10 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Cover of Motor Magazine May 1923.

Bill Bend

Fri Dec 14 2012 03:12:11 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Motor Counter from 1932 by OTTO BAUMBERGER (1889-1961).

Bill Bend

Tue Dec 11 2012 16:06:12 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Rumors, myths, and fantastic stories have swirled around the automobile since the first car appeared over 100 years ago. Did you know that after James Dean’s death behind the wheel of his Porsche 550 Spyder, parts of the car were sold off and said parts then cursed their new owners?

Did you know Bonnie and Clyde stole Ford V-8s almost exclusively as getaway cars because they were the fastest cars of their day?
Or that Clyde Barrow wrote Henry Ford a “thank-you” note for
building the cars that made escaping his bank heists so

Did you know that peanuts in the shell are considered bad luck at NASCAR races?

Did you know James Brown’s wife once claimed diplomatic immunity when fighting a traffic ticket because her husband was “the ambassador of soul”?

Did you know Harry Houdini learned to drive late in life only because he needed to get to an airport for a stunt, and it was the only drive that he ever made?

Have you heard the story of the mythical 200-mpg carburetor that the oil companies and auto manufacturers kept hidden from the public?

How about the tale of Jocko Flocko, NASCAR racer Tim
Flock's simian co-driver?

These are just a few of the automotive world’s crazy stories, mysteries, myths, and legends.

History’s Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed compiles a juicy selection covering subjects from racing to automakers, crime to pop culture, and historical to modern day. Read itand be amazed!

Bill Bend

Sat Nov 17 2012 02:55:08 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Moreschi Monza Driving Gloves $395. Driving gloves have four identifying characteristics; leather construction, holes at the knuckles, snap wrist closures and ownership by drivers who believe 150 km/h is a moderate pace! Driving glove owners are most certainly automobile aficionados who, as an example, will wax poetic about the Ferrari 250 GT SWB as the last true GT and discuss Pininfarina styling with such passion you would be forgiven the belief that such discourse could supplant their need for Viagra, if only their wife loved cars.

As they say, if you don’t know the past, you don’t know the present and therefore the future. Driving gloves were originally conceived to counter unreliable heaters, ungraspable steering wheels and adrenaline fueled sweaty palms. While these may have been problems in classic automobiles, two of these issues have gone the way of the dodo, while the third has been relegated to first dates, interviews and hedge fund audits. Despite technological advances inside the car, social progression of vehicular couture is slower and as such there remains a place in every enthusiast’s wardrobe for Moreschi Monza driving gloves.

To make friends, focus on the the crux of the driving glove debate, color choice. This is where you can put yourself in the social driver’s seat. The rich can spend hours discussing the merits of aligning glove color with the interior appointments of their Bugatti Veyron versus matching to their Loro Piana jacket and Zegna trousers. This high brow debate will be spirited and if you want to blow their minds ask why one would stray from a single pair as performance favors consistency. You will receive a hearty “hear hear!” and the altercation will conclude with a gentleman’s agreement to disagree. The lesser B-type of the group, likely nicknamed “Big Pussy” since boarding school, will offer to buy a conciliatory round of 40-year old Macallans and you will be discussing summer homes in Montauk and the merits of live-in nannies faster than you can say Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction!

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