375MM Pinin Farina


Ferrari 375MM Pinin Farina looking stunning in Grigio Ingrid – Rossellini was such a charmer – photo by @onlyexclusivecars

The loveliness! A real stunner, it is.



nk sound


Is this gear heaven? 💦💦 – NK Sound Tonyo, @kingneeraj via @rupert_neve – it’s the world’s largest 5088 neve console installed in here.

[I am assuming that Tonyo is really Tokyo.]


capitol studios


Shooting with @stevegenewick at the legendary @capitolstudios today with @proaudioculture – talking all things.





Gaze upon this gorgeous creature.

I do and it makes me wish I wasn’t so totally, 100%, clueless.

I’ve only had brief encounters, and those weren’t for love, no, they were just for my tongue. It’s been decades. Long, awful decades of nothingness. I have no social skills. None. And even less with God’s most desirable…

And, I imagine, so it will remain.

Until I blow my head off…



Interior of BBC Broadcasting House in 1932 Studio 6E

Interior of BBC Broadcasting House in 1932 Studio 6E

Weird tonearms and super high strangeness cartridges! High end for 1932, though, what.

Way cool knobs on that mixer, eh.



going up the wiley drive

This is me going up Willy and jerri’s driveway back in the day.

We don’t need no 4 wheel drive.

We don’t need no snow plows.

Just 4 Vredestein snow tyres and a nutcase behind the wheel.

Photo by jerri Wiley.



G.T. 350 H


G.T. 350 H


G.T. 350 H


G.T. 350 H


G.T. 350 H


G.T. 350 H


G.T. 350 H


G.T. 350 H

Shelby G.T. 350 H

Rent-a-racer nirvana.

Those were good days… days that we will never see again, thanks to the foul forces of Communism at work in our land.




Biscioni of Bangkok. Photo by @ccourjon

via Petrolicious

ETA: OK, so there’s three Alfas… I am half blind, you know?! Jeez.




Gran Premio de la República Argentina, 1982

Vittorio Brambilla

Image by © Phipps Sutton Images Corbis


Gran Premio de la República Argentina, 1978

Carlos Reutemann

Image by © Phipps Sutton Images Corbis


Gran Premio de la República Argentina, 1981

Alan Jones

Image by © Phipps Sutton Images Corbis

The old days…




This oughtta do it…

It’s a 1960 ZIL-132 6×6 from Soviet Russia. It has a 180bhp gas V8, a 5 speed manual bocks a 2 speed transfer case and locking differentials.

And gynormous freakin’ tyres.




Benz RH Tropfenwagen

This is a Benz RH Tropfenwagen

Maximum Rare.

The following stolen from grandprixhistory.org

Car: Benz Engine: Inline 6 Cylinder
Maker: Tropfenwagen Typ RH (RH = Rennwagen mitt Heckmotor) Bore X Stroke: 65 mm x 100 mm
Year: 1923 Capacity: 1991 cc
Class: Grand Prix Power: 90 hp at 4500 rpm
Wheelbase: 2830 mm Track: Front: 1400 mm Rear: 1300 mm
Notes: 4-speed gearbox, Max Speed 185 kph, Weight 745 kg

In 1921 after World War I, Rumpler surprised visitors at the Berliner Automobile Ausstellung with his revolutionary ‘Tropfenwagen’ (teardrop vehicle), that resembled the gondola of a Zeppelin airship. Edmund Rumpler, was an Austrian automotive engineer who was well-known in post-war Germany as the manufacturer of the successful ‘Taube’ (Pigeon), a German warplane based on an original design by Igo Etrich. Rumpler also had experience in automobile design and manufacturing. In 1903, he had patented a swing axle rear suspension system. Rumpler’s efforts produced a car with an astoundingly low drag coefficient of only 0.28 (when tested in 1979). Its original rear-engine layout combined with independent rear suspension foreshadowed the future.

Rumpler’s concept was of historic significance but most people did not know what to make of this strange vehicle, one exception was Benz’s Berlin representative, Willy Walb, future race team manager at Auto Union who was intrigued by it’s possibilities. He convinced Benz to look at building cars with a similar design both for commercial and racing purposes. Karl Ludvigsen: “Edmund Rumpler and his patent lawyers caused Max Wagner some sleepless nights. Not having a Rumpler license agreement, Benz had to use a rear suspension design that wouldn’t contravene Rumpler’s many patents. As a result the RH had a much more practical system. Its conventional differential was fixed on the frame. It drove the axle half-shafts through universal joints in spherical housings similar to those then widely used for the forward mounting of torque-tube axles.”

Developed under the guidance of chief engineer Hans Nibel, the Benz Typ RH had an advanced twin-ohc in-line six engine with 24 valves, electron pistons, twin Zenith carburetors, a built-up roller-bearing crankshaft, and roller big ends, which gave some 90bhp at 4500rpm, unblown. This engine was located between the cockpit (which enveloped the driver and riding mechanic), and the rear axle, which it drove through a three-speed gearbox mounted as a unit. Inboard rear brakes were employed, a separate crescent-shaped radiator was mounted above the engine cover, and the car had excellent stream-lining with a clean, rounded nose and tapering tail. The radiator mimicking the tall airboxes that are used in modern Formula One cars.

The car competed in only one major race, the Grand Prix of Europe at Monza on September 9, 1923. Three cars were entered for Fernando Minoia, Franz Hörner and Willy Walb. Two of the three cars finished with Minoia in fourth and Hörner in fifth though they were both waved off before they could finish the race due to the track being invaded by spectators. The cars were known for their handling but were underpowered when compared to the supercharged Fiats. Perhaps if a blown engine had been used the results might have been different. As a small consolation the Monza organizers awarded Benz a medallion for their audacious design. The cars later competed in local events in Germany with a handful of hillclimb victories by Walb and later Mercedes works driver Adolf Rosenberger to their credit. On May 16th 1925 Rosenberger won the Tropfenwagen’s final race, the Rund um die Solitude and Benz’s rear-engined experiment was over. Despite their promising start at Monza, these Teardrop racers were not very successful in later Grand Prix and the company returned to building front-engined cars. However, there is little doubt that when Ferdinand Porsche became technical director of Mercedes in 1924, he must have carefully studied all the construction details of this unconventional rear-engined racer some aspects of which served as a model for Porsche’s use of swing-axles and a mid-placed engine layout in his future Auto Union race car.

From Wikipedia:


The Rumpler Tropfenwagen (“Rumpler drop car”, named after its raindrop shape) was a car developed by Austrian engineer Edmund Rumpler.

Rumpler, born in Vienna, was known as a designer of aircraft when at the 1921 Berlin car show he introduced the Tropfenwagen. It was to be the first streamlined production car, before the Chrysler Airflow and Tatra T77. The Rumpler had a drag coefficient of only 0.28, a measurement which astonished later engineers[1] and would be competitive even today. For comparison: the top ten most aerodynamic production cars in 2014/2015 worked their way down from a value of 0.26.[2][3] The Fiat Balilla of the mid-1930s, by contrast, was rated at 0.60.[4]
To enable the car’s aerodynamic shape, the Tropfenwagen also featured the world’s first (single plane) curved windows. Both the windscreen and the side windows were significantly curved.[5]

The car featured a Siemens and Halske-built[6] 2,580 cc (157 cu in) overhead valve W6 engine, with three banks of paired cylinders, all working on a common crankshaft.[6][7] Producing 36 hp (27 kW),[6] it was mounted just ahead of the rear axle.[8] The engine, transmission, and final drive were assembled together and installed as a unit. The Rumpler-invented rear swing axles were suspended by trailing leaf springs, while the front beam axle was suspended by leading leaf springs.[7]

Able to seat four or five,[9] all the passengers were carried between the axles for maximum comfort, while the driver was alone at the front, to maximize view.[6] With the 1923 model, two tip-up seats were added.

Weighing nearly 3,000 lb (1,361 kg),[6] the Tropfenwagen was nevertheless capable of 70 mph (110 km/h) on its mere 36 hp (27 kW).[6] This performance got the attention of Benz & Cie.’s chief engineer, Hans Nibel. Nibel conceived the Mercedes-Benz Tropfenwagen racers using the virtually unchanged Rumpler chassis.[6] Poor sales and increasing losses led Benz to abandon the project.[10] Later Auto Union racing cars resembled the Benz Tropfenwagen racers and were built in part by Rumpler engineers.[6]

Rumpler made another attempt in 1924, the 4A106,[10] which used a 50 hp (37 kW) 2,614 cc (159.5 cu in) inline 4-cylinder engine.[9] This compelled a growth in wheelbase, with a consequent increase in seating to six or seven.[9]

Although the car was very advanced for its time, it sold poorly – about 100 cars were built. Sales were hindered by small problems at the start (cooling, steering), the appearance of the vehicle, and the absence of a luggage compartment. Most were sold as taxis, where easy boarding and the high ceiling were advantages. The last cars were built in 1925.

The Tropfenwagen did become famous thanks to the film Metropolis, in which Rumplers found a burning end. It also inspired the Mercedes-Benz 130H / 150H / 170H road cars.[11]

Only two examples are known to survive, one in the Deutsches Museum’s Verkehrszentrum in Munich and one in the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin.

Such innovation. So nice.



china ufo

Front page news of a second Chinese airport shutdown due to the presence of a UFO.

Last September, IIRC. Same year as the other one. I believe they were last year. Will check if I remember to…




This here is a BT-361 Monster Tracked Vehicle based on the world famous KIROVETS Tractor.

I personally have never heard of a Kirovets tractor, but, naturally, that means nothing, as I have never thought about looking for tractors of pretty much any variety.

But, be that as it may…

This thing ROCKS! Should get you where you’re going…



place of worship

I desperately want this vision of deliciously delectable perfection to be what I gaze upon every waking minute of my life from the here and now onwards to eternity. …The ultimate place of worship.

This is the absolute truth.

God’s curse on my Soul won’t let there be any chance of it happening, though, this I know.

But I can dream.



Hillary Klug – Picked Up A Hammer

hillary klug
Hillary Klug
Dec 28, 2019

hillaryklug.com Hillary Klug sings, dances, and fiddles at the same time! This song is called “Picked up a Hammer,” and it’s from the Appalachian tradition.

“I filmed this video at Thomas Maupin’s farm. Thomas is my hero and dance mentor, and he’s like family to me. Even though we’re not related, we’ve enjoyed a grandparent/grandchild type relationship. I’m so thankful to have him and his wife in my life. This song is very weird, and that’s why I like it. It’s crooked, and the words are redneck. I think it’s fitting for my weird fiddle/dance/vocal style. Hah. I wanted to do a video with live audio because a lot of subscribers were asking for more videos like that. I hope y’all enjoy it, and I’ll be sure to post more of a balance of live and professional videos in the future! Let me know what you think! And if you have any other suggestions or requests, let me know in the comments below!”
-Hillary Klug

Here’s the link to Hillary’s “Patreon” page: www.patreon.com/hillaryklug
Here’s the link to Hillary’s “Fan Subscriptions” page: www.facebook.com/FiddleAndDan… Instagram: @hillaryklug www.facebook.com/FiddleAndDance/ hillaryklug.com
Video Credit: Tyler Follon vimeo.com/videotyler Instagram: @videotyler

OMG I am in love!!! So talented… so cute… oh Lordy!



B-36 engines, Schlumberger, 1955Photo Robert Yarnall Richie

Awesome B-36 engines by Schlumberger in 1955.

Photo by Robert Yarnall Richie

Way cool. Yup. Way.



murray trac

Ohio Mfg. Co.’s incredible Murray TRAC juvenile tractor with Turbo Drive, designed by Viktor Schrechengost in 1954, when I was just -1.




CarlosReutemannFerrari312T3GranPremiodeBélgica1978Image by©PhippsSutton ImagesCorbis

Carlos Reutemann

Ferrari 312 T3

Gran Premio de Bélgica, 1978

Image by ©Phipps Sutton Images / Corbis



Psychotria Elata

Nice pic of a sweet Psychotria Elata.

Affectionately known as hooker’s lips and, in some circles, as Mick Jagger’s lips.

This particular specimen was found at the Butterfly Gardens in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

source: calypsoi

Fab, Fab, Fabulous!