Monday, November 20, 2017

Cincinnati public utility truck stolen with worker still in the bucket hanging Christmas decorations

City workers  were using the truck to put up holiday decorations for the city when Dennis Smith Jr. hopped in and drove off, according to police.

Security video recorded about 100 meters from where the truck was stolen shows the employee hanging onto the bucket, apparently trying to get into the bed of the truck.

The worker managed to call his office to report what was happening, WLWT reported. Another city worker called 911.

Cincinnati police used stop sticks to flatten the truck’s tires. Smith was arrested and charged with theft and kidnapping.

Darrell Davis, an author of over a dozen Mopar books (specializing in Max Wedge and Super Stock), and founder of the world's finest 1954 Belvedere collection, which he built a 1954 Plymouth showroom for

he sold the collection of 1954 Plymouths to Jim Benson, who has a Chrysler dealership in Greer South Carolina in early 2013

Darrell also built a replica of a Esso Servicenter

A former drag racer and a technical inspector for the National Hot Rod Association, he retired in 2001 as senior vice president for parts and service at DaimlerChrysler,

1959 fire dept training... but wow, the rigs coming out of the building

FDNY 1943

the Gyro X won the Dean Batchelor Trophy at Pebble Beach

Sunday, November 19, 2017

a 70s street freak version of a Vette

if you've tried most everything else possible, give this a shot too!

Judge orders New Orleans to refund three years of traffic camera fines; bill estimated at $28 million

the judge ruled that the city's decision to farm out the traffic enforcement program to the Department of Public Works at the onset of the program in 2008 violated the City Charter, and that the city therefore must repay all traffic camera fines issued from January 2008 to Nov. 3, 2010, according to plaintiff's attorney Joseph McMahon.

A spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration said Friday night that the city plans to appeal the ruling, and that people shouldn't expect to see refunds of their $110 ticket payments anytime soon.

Even if the city's appeal fails, McMahon noted, the city has a long history of leaving tens of millions of dollars in civil judgments unpaid for years.

More cool stuff from

muscle car racing in New Zealand

it's been too long since I've posted some rig racing

WW2 Soviet heavy tank destroyer is said to have been lost in Ukrainian village. However, 65 years later, they did the work to resurrect it. Some things were built to last. Skip the 1st 9 minutes

they have some interesting airplane loading rigs

a variety of fun images from

cool wagon stroller

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America's Sidecar Dogs

"You Shall NOT Pass!"

'70 Chevelle RPO Z15 SS454 LS5, cowl-induction hood, M22, power steering, 12-bolt rear with 3.31:1 posi... in this barn since 1978, and only came out because the barn fell down

stored since the early 1990s inside this old body shop, this 1970 Challenger R/T is still waiting it's turn to get fixed up

someone get a can opener! Stat! (Thanks Bobby!)

In 1968, Chrysler shipped two brand new 1969 Charger 500s to Hot Rod magazine for drag strip tests where the B-5 hemi 4 speed knocked off a quarter mile in 13.48 seconds. Then it was stolen. It eventually was the car that cracked 200mph closed course

Later, it was found missing its Hemi, its interior and driveline. Chrysler could not repair and sell the B-5 car. They decided to turn it into an engineering test car. The shell was shipped as essentially a body in white to Nichels Engineering in Griffith, Indiana.

Nichels rebuilt the car to NASCAR standards, including raking the body nose-down. They installed the bars inside the engine compartment from the firewall to the radiator support to stiffen the front end. They put in a roll cage, a race Hemi and matching drivetrain, and numbered it DC 93.

Paul Goldsmith drove it at the 1969 Daytona 500, and along with Bobby Isaac and Charlie Glotzbach completed a 1-2-3 sweep in Charger 500s.

Chrysler decided to go to the next level and install the ultimate aero package – the nose cone and the wing, making it a Charger Daytona.

The test results convinced Chrysler higher ups to make the winged cars and sell them to the public so they could be raced in NASCAR. While Chrysler worked out the logistics of building the 500 cars necessary for the public, Chrysler racing made the wings and nose cones available to teams racing the Charger 500s. None of the teams would race actual Charger Daytonas; they would merely add the modifications to the 500s they were already running. The newly configured cars would make their first track appearance at Talladega in September 1969.

Technically, a Chrysler-owned car could not race in NASCAR. As he had at Daytona, Nichels entered the car at Talladega as if he owned it. The car was outfitted to look like a Nichels-owned racer and the number “88” was applied to it.

The first day of practice at the track led to the headline: “200 MPH Certain At Talladega Track.” P Isaac was driving the K and K Daytona and Glotzbach predicted he would be even faster on race day. He was slated to sit on the pole – and then the Professional Drivers Association walked out.

On March 24, 1970, DC-93 ran its “transmission test” where here it broke 200 MPH with Buddy Baker at the wheel. The speed was a NASCAR record and world record for a closed course. After the Talladega record runs, the car was sent to Chelsea where Chrysler continued using it for tests.

there is going to be a BOSS Mustang reunion, Labor Day 2019 along with Car Fest at the Pittsburg International Race Complex

50th anniversary BOSS Reunion
Date: 2019 Labor Day Weekend
Held in conjunction with: Auto Interests and CARFEST  and
Location: Pittsburg International Race Complex