DYT: Bentleys And Mercedes Worths Millions Are Abandoned By Their Rich Owners.
I’m used to seeing vintage cars with trees growing through them - not late model supercars.
YT: How to Fly the North American B-25 “Mitchell” Medium Bomber (1944).
Love old instructional videos. The accent’s even better.
BBC: WW2 aircraft pulled from Hudson River after crash.
I’m sure the deceased pilot (RIP) is very glad his steed will live on. P-47’s were amazing airplanes. They could take tons more damage than P-51’s and keep on flying. Some of the best bomber escorts ever.
BarnFinds: Another One, Slightly Nicer! 1975 Cosworth Vega.
Now, you may wonder why a Cosworth is worth saving. It has a real engine. Your standard Vega had one of the early aluminum engines ... with steel sleeves inside the pistons. They failed spectacularly and frequently. Your only option, often, was a complete engine replacement. Vegas had the worst of reputations, along with their competition, the rear-gas-tank-exploding Pintos. While the Vegas ran, they were cool. Busted, off to the junker, your wallet in tow.
Two from Atlas Obscura.
Autoweek: Indian cars score zero stars in Global NCAP crash test, with video.
Cut to the chase: Everyone dies.
NY Times: Signals From Plane Hint at Swift Catastrophe, Aviation Website Reports.
“Some of the messages appeared to be alerts reporting smoke in a lavatory, smoke in the avionics bay of the plane and problems with several windows. The smoke warnings do not necessarily indicate a fire; those sensor warnings can also be set off by conditions like condensation from a sudden drop in air pressure.”
ArtDaily: Historic Barnum & Bailey Circus relic headlines Heritage Americana Auction.
Bring that to a Concours. I dare you.
Mashable: Pilot escapes with only bruises after 1942 biplane crashes in Arizona desert.
“1942 biplane.” Let’s sensationalize a revered Stearman, shall we? Plenty of parts around. She’ll be back in the air shortly.
ArtDaily: Big cat roars as the hammer falls at €7.2 million for the Jaguar C-Type.
*Sigh*. My luck. My favorite model of Jag, priced into the stratosphere. Gorgeous one, too.
BarnFinds: Restore Or Preserve - Canadian Curtis-Wright P-40 Warhawk.
Beats buying another P-51 or AT-6. I assume it has the rock-solid Allison V-12 in it. If you’ve not read it, American Aces by Edward H. Sims will keep you entertained for a long afternoon or a weekend.
MessyNessy: The Most Beautiful Car Race that Ever Was.
BikeEXIF: The Alpinist - A Moto Guzzi sidecar from Austria.
Sidecars should be zany.
Sterling Sports Cars kit car VW replica.
Oh, how I craved to build one of these in my college years ...
ModelShips.DE: Photos of Vasa ship in the Vasa museum Stockholm.
I knew of the recovery, but I’ve not seen such a lovely set of photos before.
Register.UK: F-35s failed ‘scramble test’ because of buggy software.
“During the first 30 flights with Block 3iR6.21, which accumulated 75.6 hours of flight time, no less than 27 power cycles were required to get all systems functioning between initial startup and takeoff. These power cycles varied in degree – from “cold iron” resets, where the aircraft had to be shut down and then restarted, to component or battery power recycling.” This is simply ridiculous.
Barnfinds: Motorhome Master - 1974 FMC 2900R Motorhome.
I would die. The ‘70’s burned me out on Avocado Green. I see it today, I have near-epileptic fits.
Mashable: ‘Urgent’ fix ordered for some Dreamliner planes because engines shut down mid-flight.
A bit inconvenient, no?
Breaking Energy: New Study, Continuing Problems With E15.
MessyNessy: River Rockets of the Soviet Space Age.
Mashable: IKEA rides into flat pack transportation with its own bicycle.
What’s not to like? Belt drive and a usable centerstand/kickstand. Well thought out. Put the heavy stuff on the back, though. Never overweight your turning wheel (personal experience - I have the road rash to prove it).
BikeEXIF/Masters At Work: Harley-Davidson Street Build Off, Japan.
Atlantic: The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life.
Hmmm. Yes. When I was a kid, Dad’s car only came out on weekends, for shopping days (Trenton Farmer’s Market). Everything else we all did on foot.
BarnFinds: 1950 Panhard Dyna X84
Now, if I were to spend the enormous amounts of time to restore a car, it would have to be quirky (so I could keep my sense of humor in the process). This would be, like ... perfect.
Hemmings: Barn find of the millennium - Entire production run of 1962 De Sotos found.
4,000 1962 DeSotos. There went the auction price, for those who’ve restored.
Sorry, an April Fool prank that came up today in my newsfeed. Thanks for the heads-up, Andrea!