…And they were!
A rather rare 1970 Bolwell Mark 7 Coupe
Founded by brothers Campbell, Winston and Graeme Bolwell in 1962, this home-grown company produced some of the best sports cars ever seen in this country and their distinctively styled cars are highly sought after by collectors today. The first model produced in quantity by the fledgling company was the Mark IV, with over 200 built in component kit form – the buyer was left to supply and choose the type of running gear and do final assembly. The low-slung bodywork was made from fibreglass, in either a gullwing hardtop or roadster styles, with the Ford Cortina 1600 the most popular choice of motive power. Although early Bolwells used a separate tubular space-frame chassis, the design was updated into a stronger, lighter (and cheaper to manufacture) monocoque on the Mark IVB. With the Mark V, Bolwell moved towards serious road car production, and Holden’s six-cylinder motor became the preferred engine. Following on from the one-off sports-racing Mark VI, Bolwell’s next road-going model, the Mark VII, was a more mature car in every way. Following Lotus practice, the car had a backbone chassis of folded sheet metal, with sophisticated suspension and a very attractive body strongly influenced by contemporary exotics like the Jaguar E-Type and the Ferrari GTO. Between 1967 and 1972, Bolwell turned out 400 Mark VII cars, some of them sold as complete turn-key cars from the factory but the majority were still sold in kit form. Bolwell went on to build a Ford V8-powered car, the Nagari (or Mark VIII) and the name lives on with the latest 2008 incarnation of the Nagari.
Article from here.
This is a male Sydney funnel-web spider, Atrax robustus. Look at those freakin’ fangs! Holy Jesus!
It is exceptionally venomous in it’s bite. The venom can kill a person within 15 minutes. That is obviously not a good thing.
The bad news is the that it is currently projected to imminently become a major invasion-level problem for Australia now that the rains are wetting up everything after the ordeal of the horrific heat and fires.
The Mach 40 Results From Affair Between Mustang Mach 1 And Ford GT
JUN 20, 2018 at 9:17AM
By: Chris Bruce
Mix one part 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 and the engine from a Ford GT; then add 11,000 man-hours of work.
Taking a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 and adding design cues from the 2005-2006 Ford GT doesn’t seem like an idea that should work. They’re great things separately, but combining a classic muscle car and retro-tinged supercar just sounds weird. However, the team at Eckert’s Rod & Custom spent three years and 11,000 man hours to make this weird amalgamation into a reality. The result that the shop dubbed the Mach 40 came out great.
The team started with a beat-up ‘69 Mustang Mach 1 that was essentially just a rolling shell. From there, the builders created a new, extended chassis to create enough room behind the driver to mount a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 from a wrecked GT. The machine required extensive fabrication, including creating a clamshell rear deck and creating a new suspension setup taking into account the mid-mounted engine. Plus, there was the complex task of making sure there was adequate cooling for the new powerplant.
The shop also took the time to give the engine some more grunt by replacing the stock 2.4-liter supercharger with a 4.0-liter unit from Whipple. A dyno run at the end of the video shows the vehicle producing 660 horsepower (492 kilowatts) and 580 pound-feet (786 Newton-meters) of torque at the wheels – a big upgrade over the GT’s factory rating of 550 hp (410 kW) 500 lb-ft (678 Nm). The builders also have a dial in the cabin for tweaking the ECU to boost the output to 850 hp (634 kW).
The cabin has a very retro look. The driver grips a dished steering wheel and looks at four circular gauge pods. There isn’t a modern infotainment system, and the radio is hidden. A mix of red and black leather upholsters the interior. A glass panel separates occupants from the engine, but it’s still likely plenty loud in there with the engine just a few inches away from their ears.
Source: DIY Garage via YouTube (NOTE: Seems to be broken.)
Damn, doesn’t this thing just captivate your mind ?
A very cold car in Obninsk, near Moscow.
Sohail April 3, 2019
The snapshot of 2016 reached the West – and there the car was turned into a vehicle from Mad Max.
In 2016, a photo of a snow-covered car spread in Russia , in the hull of which dozens of icicles were stuck. The car was in Obninsk near Moscow – the locals told that the owners of the local garages “decorated it with a joke.” Later, the authors of the blog vylazki.ru went to the car, who had already become famous on Pikaab, and took a few more pictures.
In the next three years, photos periodically surfaced in the Russian segment of social networks. In the spring of 2019, one of the pictures got to Reddit. Users noted that the car is very similar to the “spiked” car from “Mad Max”, and organized a photoshop battle.
Nota woat. Kifri kote.
Triangle UFO of Kaikoura
Sep 15, 2019
Hello and welcome to: Triangle UFO of Kaikoura ©
We disclose this information for no reason other than to inform the filmcrew, pilot and co-pilot of what they really witnessed four decades ago. We hope to draw the interest of those who were involved. The people that were present DESERVE TO KNOW THE TRUTH as the New Zealand Defence Force has restricted access to the original case files till the year 2040 / 2050.
On the 31st of December 1978 a filmteam went on board of an Argossy airplane for an interview with the crew. On the 20th and 21st of December another aircraft had reported several UFO and this was the reason for the interview by Mr. Fogarty and his crew. The pilot – and co-pilot were not the ones that had reported the event. Only ten minutes into the flight their was a first UFO encounter. The cameraman quickly changed the lens of his camera to a 100 mm / 240 mm zoomlens and after midnight on the 1st of January 1979 he filmed several UFO that during the entire flight followed and approached the plane. He recorded the UFO from the windows of the cockpit and the presence of these unidentified flying objects were also confirmed by Wellington Radar and Airtraffic Control.
This event is commonly known as the Kaikoura UFO Mystery and the journalist, Mr. Quentin Fogarty, wrote a beautiful book about it titled: Let’s Hope They Are Friendly. Interesting fact: Mr. Fogarty saw something with his eyes that the old video does not not show you.
He mentioned in the video that the UFO appeared to be “rolling and turning.” So was he right?
No one knew that the original 16 mm film still existed. Fogarty’s crew had some very bad (personal) experiences after their film had been shown in the media. They have been ridiculed and called fantasists. As most of the reactions about their eye-witness report were negative, in some cases hostile, despite its importance this film was never supposed to be published! Flux, one of our team members, who lives in New Zealand performed his own in-depth research into the Kaikoura UFO and his good nose led him in 2015 to the original 16 mm film.
Long story short: The 16 mm had been digitized by a top notch film laboratory and our team received 4 High Definition videos of Blue-Ray quality. We almost fainted as they arrived as for the first time we had UFO material of the best possible quality. After you have watched the presentation you will agree that the bright object can no longer be dismissed with a simple
explanation and you will understand why this UFO encounter frightened them and afterwards had such an enormous impact on their lives.
For the past 40 years these UFO only lived in their memory but they never knew what they really looked like in full close up… until today! Without Flux’s curiosity the world never would have seen what you are about to see.
We dedicate this presentation to all who were present that night and witnessed a UFO encounter. This presentation does not provide any answer to the question what these UFO are! We only provide undeniable visual evidence that they exist.
Enjoy the show!
Image Analysis Team
Without explicit permission of the owner(s) the Image Analysis Team (IAT) is prohibited to provide information to the whereabouts of the original 16mm film nor may she share any of the original material that has been provided for analysis. IAT is not the owner / maker of the original material and according to Australian- and New Zealand law this copyright remains in force until the 31st of December 2028.
You may only embed and distribute the full video. You are prohibited to make any alterations to this presentation. You are prohibited from making commercial use of the (enhanced) images and videomaterial © and this includes all monetization programmes on Youtube and any other social media. If you wish to make use of this presentation contact UAPleaks / 1967sander.
United Nations resolution 59, states that Freedom of Information is an integral part of our fundamental right to inform. We consider the Kaikoura UFO film of major importance to mankind and this unique encounter must be told through any media and regardless of frontiers. UAPleaks has no financial benefit from this disclosure
This, folks, is excellent and I applaud the effort as no one would have ever known about this as the regime in New Zealand are the censorship leaders of all countries and of all time. They go nuts in censoring anything and everything even remotely unusual, including restricting access to sites and not permitting research into the ancient civilization present long before the Maori ever showed up. And just like in this case everything is verboten for decades. It’s a crying shame and a crime against humanity.
Well, we get to see this and it is pretty darn cool.
This team has released a second part to this. Make of it what you will. See my note at the bottom.
It is here:
Kaikoura The Second Encounter
Jan 11, 2020
Welcome to Kaikoura The Second Encounter … which actually is the 5th encounter! 😉
Why we named this UAP “Apple” will become clear once you have seen this presentation but … that is not all as for the first time in human history we not only managed to enhance a UAP but also revealed the “ALIEN” in the UAP.
The first part of this video “briefly” describes the major technological challenges we faced trying to enhance this UAP.
The second part contains the first enhancements revealing the controller and the last part shows the final result and there is a small bonus …
However: We must warn you! We strongly advise viewer discretion!
The ALIEN is “clearly visible” but for some of you it may take some time to recognize it. This creature is something you have never seen before and your brain therefore will not immediately be able to identify the shape.
– When you watch the images try not to think of an alien as you may have seen it in the movies.
– Take at least 100 cm distance from the monitor as putting your nose against the screen will have a negative effect because of the noise. By stepping back from the monitor your brain will filter the noise in the image and the entire picture will become clearer and also gamut, borders between colours will be more distinct.
– Look at the colours, follow contours and see where they connect.
– Try to find any shapes which may look familiar.
Finally: When you are easily influenced by what you see in an image you better do not watch this video.
This will be your first encounter with a real ALIEN and this will not be your last.
See you soon for more.
UAPleaks & Image Analysis Team
Well, that is kind of interesting but the WARNINGs and capitalization of ALIEN are way over the top, very silly and they give me the most uncomfortable feelings regarding this crew … and even presenting this episode to you.
I am of the opinion that their new software is not much more, at least in this case, than an amplifier for the phenomena of pareidolia.
Controller? I don’t think so.
Bummed out, I am.
One major discovery during my research in New Zealand: Locating one of the calendar stones set up at Castle Hill (in the background) by the Urukehu, the tall, red-haired gods who lived there before the flood, and navigated to Easter Island and Lake Titicaca. The alignment on the ‘sun-dial’ offers two dates: Orion’s Belt on winter solstice 10,450 BC, a momentous date at the Giza Pyramids and Göbekli Tepe. However, in the tradition of the indigenous Waitaha, the Southern Cross is also mentioned, and does appear above the stone on the spring equinox 14,800 BC.
All this and much much more will be included in my upcoming book this March (hopefully), tentatively titled The Missing Lands: The Search for Earth’s Pre-flood Civilization.
This is very cool and to me it is exceptionally fascinating stuff.
Excellent and Extra Creepy!
BMW 2800 Bertone Spicup Concept (1969)
Bertone styling house came up with many cars that can cause confusion at first glance. This one is a good case in point as it supports the proud BMW kidney grill but still looks nothing like anything else from the Bavarian stable.
This car’s nose slopes down, partially hiding the headlamps under two flip-up covers. It’s this that gives the Spicup a front-end aesthetic similar to that of the Alfa Romeo Montreal, another Bertone-designed masterpiece.
Despite it’s name, it isn’t based on an E9 2800 CS but the Spicup instead was built using the E3 2500 as a base. Bertone shortened the wheelbase of the E3 and moulded the unusual body shape complete with a sliding Targa roof.
The bonnet is another peculiar feature as it has the engine shape cut out and is in permanent view through it. As Bertone had used the E9’s 2800 CS 2.8lt straight-six engine, it was the only way the larger unit would fit in the Spicup’s low snout.
📸 Via @zerorust
Classic Italian gorgeousness.
Are you ready to treat your love right? Don’t be late … it’s a very important date!
Get an extra-special gift at my ab fab toy store, Really Naughty Things and we’ll all win! Yee Haa!
Bless you all!
ORIGINAL – Please Move The Deer Crossing Sign.
Oct 17, 2012
This audio original and full clip from Y94 Playhouse Fargo, ND radio station was too funny to not find a way for more people to hear it so thus, this video. A lady asks for help getting deer crossing signs moved to lower traffic areas. “The government can guide deer to lower traffic areas” ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! Kudos to Y94 Playhouse and Donna for the joy that you have given many through laughter.
Obviously a Democrat.
“Happy that I don’t have any rubbing with the fenders, even at full lock over uneven terrain. It’s a good idea to have your wheels and tires before you make flares. I put it on the lift, took off the shocks, jacked up the suspension and turned lock to lock and went from there.”
Doing it right pays off.
From 1785 to 1922, White Wolf, also known as Chief John Smith is considered the oldest Native American to have lived – 137 years.
Well, learning this is most fabulous, I must say! Astounding, really. I do believe that this is the oldest individual I have ever become aware of.
Yes, massive respect!
Could I possibly live to 2092?
July 14, 2019
My lead flight attendant came to me and said, “We have an H.R. on this flight.” (H.R. stands for human remains.)
“Are they military?” I asked.
‘Yes’, she said.
‘Is there an escort?’ I asked.
‘Yes, I’ve already assigned him a seat’.
‘Would you please tell him to come to the Flight Deck. You can board him early,” I said…
A short while later a young army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier. He introduced himself and I asked him about his soldier.
The escorts of these fallen soldiers talk about them as if they are still alive and still with us. ‘My soldier is on his way back to Virginia ,’ he said. He proceeded to answer my questions, but offered no words.
I asked him if there was anything I could do for him and he said no. I told him that he had the toughest job in the military, and that I appreciated the work that he does for the families of our fallen soldiers. The first officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand. He left the Flight Deck to find his seat.
We completed our preflight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful departure. About 30 minutes into our flight, I received a call from the lead flight attendant in the cabin.
‘I just found out the family of the soldier we are carrying, is also on board’, she said. She then proceeded to tell me that the father, mother, wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father home. The family was upset because they were unable to see the container that the soldier was in before we left.
We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours for the connecting flight home to Virginia . The father of the soldier told the flight attendant that knowing his son was below him in the cargo compartment and being unable to see him was too much for him and the family to bear. He had asked the flight attendant if there was anything that could be done to allow them to see him upon our arrival. The family wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the soldier being taken off the airplane.
I could hear the desperation in the flight attendants voice when she asked me if there was anything I could do. ‘I’m on it’, I said. I told her that I would get back to her.
Airborne communication with my company normally occurs in the form of e-mail like messages. I decided to bypass this system and contact my flight dispatcher directly on a secondary radio. There is a radio operator in the operations control center who connects you to the telephone of the dispatcher. I was in direct contact with the dispatcher. I explained the situation I had on board with the family and what it was the family wanted. He said he understood and that he would get back to me.
Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher. We were going to get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family. I sent a text message asking for an update. I saved the return message from the dispatcher and the following is the text:
‘Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. There is policy on this now, and I had to check on a few things. Upon your arrival a dedicated escort team will meet the aircraft. The team will escort the family to the ramp and plane side. A van will be used to load the remains with a secondary van for the family.
The family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal, where the remains can be seen on the ramp. It is a private area for the family only. When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family will be escorted onto the ramp and plane side to watch the remains being loaded for the final leg home.
Captain, most of us here in flight control are veterans. Please pass our condolences on to the family. Thanks.
I sent a message back, telling flight control thanks for a good job. I printed out the message and gave it to the lead flight attendant to pass on to the father. The lead flight attendant was very thankful and told me, ‘You have no idea how much this will mean to them.’
Things started getting busy for the descent, approach and landing. After landing, we cleared the runway and taxied to the ramp area. The ramp is huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway. It is always a busy area with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit. When we entered the ramp and checked in with the ramp controller, we were told that all traffic was being held for us.
‘There is a team in place to meet the aircraft’, we were told. It looked like it was all coming together, then I realized that once we turned the seat belt sign off, everyone would stand up at once and delay the family from getting off the airplane. As we approached our gate, I asked the copilot to tell the ramp controller, we were going to stop short of the gate to make an announcement to the passengers. He did that and the ramp controller said, ‘Take your time.’
I stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake. I pushed the public address button and said: ‘Ladies and gentleman, this is your Captain speaking: I have stopped short of our gate to make a special announcement. We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect. His Name is Private XXXXXX, a soldier who recently lost his life. Private XXXXXX is under your feet in the cargo hold. Escorting him today is Army Sergeant XXXXXXX. Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter. Your entire flight crew is asking for all passengers to remain in their seats to allow the family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you.’
We continued the turn to the gate, came to a stop and started our shutdown procedures. A couple of minutes later I opened the cockpit door. I found the two forward flight attendants crying, something you just do not see. I was told that after we came to a stop, every passenger on the aircraft stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exit the aircraft.
When the family got up and gathered their things, a passenger slowly started to clap his hands. Moments later, more passengers joined in and soon the entire aircraft was clapping. Words of ‘God Bless You’, I’m sorry, thank you, be proud, and other kind words were uttered to the family as they made their way down the aisle and out of the airplane. They were escorted down to the ramp to finally be with their loved one.
Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for the announcement I had made. They were just words, I told them, I could say them over and over again, but nothing I say will bring back that brave soldier.
I respectfully ask that all of you reflect on this event and the sacrifices that millions of our men and women have made to ensure our freedom and safety in these United States of AMERICA.
I know everyone who reads this will have tears in their eyes, including me. Prayer chain for our Military… PLEASE SHARE THIS! Please send this on after a short prayer for our service men and women.
They die for me and mine and you and yours and deserve our honor and respect.
When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world… There is nothing attached. Just send this to people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you. Of all the gifts you could give a Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and others deployed in harm’s way, prayer is the very best one.
GOD BLESS YOU!!!
Thank you all who have served, or are serving. We Will not forget!!!
Just so lovely.
Now, imagine a world filled with Peace.
Michael Schumacher and Mauro Baldi once piloted this lovely Mercedes C11 Group C car. Seen here at the Esperitu de Montjuïc 2019.