Art & Photography

Todd Lemire

Thu Dec 19 2013 21:14:29 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

I don't know what it is but I like it!

Todd Lemire

Thu Dec 19 2013 23:48:43 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Anyone got a patch the size of a placemat?

Todd Lemire

Sun Dec 01 2013 21:55:44 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Joe Biden likes his American metal.

Todd Lemire

Sun Dec 01 2013 21:56:34 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

VP Joe Biden even does his own detailing.

Todd Lemire

Sat Sep 21 2013 02:33:02 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

We’ve all had one. A shit box. A junker. A lemon. A car that you actually hated to even look at, let alone drive. Now is the time to spill the beans on the worst car you've ever owned. Lots of BangShifters have owned a slew of cars, so just by the law of averages, there’s going to be at least one total pile among the group.

My open hatred of the 2004 Chrysler Pacifica that serves duty as my wife’s daily driver and our de facto family truckster is pretty well known by regular readers of BangShift. Seduced by the utilitarian features of the thing as we were expecting kids, we broke the cardinal rule of car buying. We bought without doing a lick of research. Had I spent a tenth of a second on Google, I would have run from the dealership like my hair was on fire. The one funny thing is that I have written so much negative crap about this car that the people at Chrysler won’t even talk to me and when I go to races or meet people they always ask, “Hey does your wife still have that Pacifica thing?” Sadly yes.

So the thing really, really sucks. It eats front end parts at a clip that would amaza Baja racers. It gets the fuel economy of a Sherman tank, it is a little slower than a city transit bus, and I have invested more time and money in keeping it roadworthy than any other daily driver I have ever owned.

It has ferried the family on a couple road trips, but it now feels that with each successive trip, I am tempting the automotive gods.

In short, this thing is a steaming pile of automotive refuse.

Todd Lemire

Fri Aug 09 2013 02:13:37 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

1940s truck driver.

Todd Lemire

Fri Aug 09 2013 02:55:33 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

VW Camper Bus fitted out for the ride.

Todd Lemire

Fri Aug 09 2013 02:56:33 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

1940s lady driver.

Todd Lemire

Wed Jul 24 2013 15:20:43 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Merle's Drive In, courtesy Huntington Library.

Todd Lemire

Fri Jul 12 2013 13:16:57 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Abandoned XJ220 Jaguar in Dubai.

Todd Lemire

Fri Jul 12 2013 13:07:30 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Ford 100e built between 1953-57 originally had a 1172 cc engine 3 speed manual gearbox
This one is lowered,on banded wheels probably a 2 ltr engine and more modern running gear.

Todd Lemire

Fri Jul 12 2013 13:14:57 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

During the strike trains were escorted by FEC Police Agents in Hi-rail vehicles.

Todd Lemire

Sun Jul 07 2013 01:47:42 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Ford dealership 1970s featuring Maverick.

Todd Lemire

Sun Jul 07 2013 01:54:16 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Steve McQueen early seventies Trans Am.

Todd Lemire

Mon May 27 2013 18:26:23 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Tucker armored car - Several Colt employees pose in front of the Tucker armored car at the Colt testing range. Standing left to right are: Eugene Houston, car driver; Wesley C. Casson, designer; C. H. Coles; G. Ironside; Preston Tucker, inventor.
Digital image © Connecticut State Library

Todd Lemire

Wed May 01 2013 01:33:04 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Late 1920s Paris.

Todd Lemire

Tue Apr 30 2013 14:11:21 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Sometime early 1970s a Mercedes 300SL roadster (with hardtop) and its lucky owner plan for a long trip.

Todd Lemire

Mon Apr 22 2013 01:54:08 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Olds 442 in flight.

Todd Lemire

Mon Mar 25 2013 02:47:34 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Cop on motorcycle marking parking spots.

Todd Lemire

Thu Mar 21 2013 00:17:41 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

One thing about the Angels that I found fascinating,” Ray told LIFE, “and something I’d never given much thought to before I started photographing them, was the role that the women played. The girls weren’t there in chains, or against their will or anything. They had to want that life if they were going to be accepted by the Angels. These guys were kings of the road. I don’t think they ever felt they had to look around for girls. Girls would come to them, and they would take their pick. And then they’d tell them where to sit and what to do.” –photograph by Bill Ray © Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Todd Lemire

Thu Mar 21 2013 00:18:15 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Hell's Angels night scene.

Todd Lemire

Fri Mar 01 2013 21:27:15 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

No, these are not racing pajamas.

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Todd Lemire

Mon Feb 25 2013 02:45:25 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

If you can't ride a chopper, ride a chopper bike.

Todd Lemire

Mon Feb 25 2013 02:46:10 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Somewhere west of Laramie... goes the biggest rigs on the land.

Todd Lemire

Sat Feb 16 2013 03:02:22 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

There's more than just changing a tire. Note the removed brake drum and half shaft. License plate dates to 1940. Location Washington, D.C. Service station on Connecticut Avenue.

Todd Lemire

Sat Jan 19 2013 01:41:31 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

This is a film made by Ford Motor Company from 1965, demonstrating an experimental new device that replaces the steering wheel called the Wrist-Twist steering control.

Todd Lemire

Sat Jan 19 2013 01:46:11 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

This series of photographs, created by the Automobile Club of Southern California in 1931, attempts to demonstrate the danger, which children playing in the streets, poses to drivers and remind them to stay alert when behind the wheel. The images were all taken in the Wilshire Boulevard and McCadden Place area of Los Angeles.

Todd Lemire

Sat Jan 19 2013 01:48:04 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Car Free Sunday in connection with the oil boycott November 4, 1973.

Todd Lemire

Sat Jan 19 2013 01:49:50 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Washington bus strike, 1974.

Todd Lemire

Wed Dec 19 2012 14:48:41 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

70 minutes of actual car crashes.

Todd Lemire

Wed Dec 19 2012 14:51:04 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Horrible truck accidents.

Todd Lemire

Wed Dec 12 2012 02:43:46 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Early racing and street scene footage.

Todd Lemire

Wed Dec 12 2012 02:46:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Bob Longpre Pontiac, location unknown.

Todd Lemire

Tue Dec 11 2012 00:32:35 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Fantastic story coming up in the next issue of Old Cars Weekly about this car -- A TRUE BARN FIND '32 Ford that was parked in 1954 after being a drag race champion. The Deuce drove less than 1 mile and never moved again.

Todd Lemire

Sun Dec 09 2012 02:45:32 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Late forties Schwinn bike and eager rider.

Todd Lemire

Sun Dec 02 2012 04:20:29 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Take a wild ride into the realm of this infamous biker gang when a government sting operation creates a bogus motorcycle club to ride along side them.

So take a shot of whisky and enjoy this documentary...!

Todd Lemire

Sun Dec 02 2012 21:46:30 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

How many billboards did you take a look during your walk or driving in your life? You might see many of them but we can’t remember all those billboards. Let us check out the unforgettable billboards this round. Most of them will capture your attention, whether driving on the road or walking along the train station. Some will even change themselves according to weather and time! Which one do you think is the best?
Oldtimer Restaurants Tunnel.

Todd Lemire

Sun Dec 02 2012 21:55:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

City of Boston 1960 Ford F-100 wagon. I think this was the first year the city ordered them painted white with blue Scotchlite lettering and a revolving "gumball light on the roof,
with a split dome - blue in front, red in the rear.

Todd Lemire

Sun Dec 02 2012 22:00:15 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Bay area street racing.

Todd Lemire

Sat Dec 01 2012 18:21:10 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Early Porsche advertising graphic.

Todd Lemire

Sat Dec 01 2012 16:16:03 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

This classic archive footage from a car travels east along Wilshire, starting near Canon Dr. You can see the former Warner Bros. Theater marquee (and later on its tower), formerly at 9404 Wilshire, on the left, and behind it on the left, the extant Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Compare the beginning to this LA Public Library photo.

The shot continues east on Wilshire, to Robertson, where it makes a mild turn. You can see corner building, during the turn, at this LA Public Library photo.

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