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Saturday, October 31, 2009

tiny 4cyl. engine

another tiny engine by george luhrs. a 4cyl. airplane engine.

perhaps the world's smallest running internal combustion engine

picture is a little small but so is the engine. notice penny next to it for size comparison. it has a tiny carburetor and ohv's. built by george luhrs.

Happy Halloween

Friday, October 30, 2009

Vespa with GS750 motor

It sure made me laugh.


just for curiosity's sake here is a picture of the crankshaft for the Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C diesel. a good comparison between the size of a human and the crankshaft.

let's go for something large today!

claimed to be the world's largest internal combustion engine. it is the Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C 12 cyl. inline 2-stroke diesel. it has a cylinder bore of 38" and a stroke of 98" and develops 90,000 hp at 100 rpm. the engine is 89 feet long and weighs 2,000 metric tons. it consumes 39.5 barrels of crude oil every hour when in operation. it's a marine engine. i thought the engines i used to run in the usn were large but they were little fellows compared to this monster.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

the wizard of brooklands.

here is bert le vack. looks like he's getting ready to set another speed record at brooklands. as you can tell his motorcycle is a zenith v-twin. bert was called the wizard of brooklands because of his ability to ride almost any motorcycle fast. he set several world speed records before his unfortunate demise while trying to raise the land speed record once more in 1931.

it's a what? a duzmo ever heard of one?

made in england early 1920's. this v-twin was a speed machine probably for use at brooklands. may have been ridden by bert le vack.

Request by Mitch


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

1906 darracq setting a speed record

here is the darracq setting a speed record in 1908. this painting is by f. crosby-nash and was commissioned by "The Autocar." wish i could have gone along for the ride.

1905 darracq 22litre v/8

this old darracq engine was so beautiful i had to post it. it set a speed record of 122.4mph on ormond beach in florida in 1906. darracq is a french make.

the famous 999

henry ford's famous 999. one of the usa's first speed record cars. driven by both henry himself and the well known barney oldfield. january 12, 1904 henry ford set a land speed record of 91.3 mph. this car is in the henry ford museum. i saw it once, it is an amazing machine. no differential, no rear suspension, open crankshaft. yet machines like this are the forefathers of modern racing cars.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

original land speed record 1898

on december 18,1898 count gaston de chasseloup-laubat driving a jeantaud electric set the first land speed record at 39.2mph on a road near paris, france.

Monday, October 26, 2009

first japanese to race at isle of man tt

kenzo tada first japanese to race in the famous isle of man tt 1930. tada came in 15th in the junior race on a 350cc velocette ktt. he was the velocette agent for tokyo and later encouraged soichiro honda to send a team to the tt. honda did so in 1959.

another of the usa's great motorcycle racers

here's joe petrali on the h-d motorcycle with which he set a speed record on daytona beach, florida in 1937. after bad speed wobbles the streamlining was removed and then the speed record runs were made. the bike made 136.183 mph on these runs. thus setting a record that stood for 11 years until broken by rollie free on a vincent at bonneville salt flats. modern investigations into this seem to indicate the streamlining itself wasn't at fault but, rather the weight of the rear fairing prevented enough weight on the front wheel for proper control of the bike.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

what if?

the flugkreisel. a nazi flying saucer? they were planning ahead. good thing they didn't get there.

world's first self propelled road vehicle

built by french engineer nicholas-joseph cugnot in 1769 this may be the world's first self propelled road vehicle. it was designed to pull heavy artillery. could go at a walking pace and had to stop every 12-15 minutes to raise steam. it did, however, work and was able to pull cannon weighing up to 5 tons. it also was involved in the world's first self propelled vehicle accident when it ran through a garden wall. alas no brakes! this machine still exists in a museum in france.

Jon Newland

One of garage goons, Jonathan- aka Jack , Newland has been my best friend for over a decade. He started to hang out with me during the college days. I got into an art show which was held at Go Away Garage in 1998 then became a frequent face there and shortly after so did he. He joined Marines and ended up going to the war but whenever he had a leave, he was drinking beer, playing video games with me and hanging at the garage. After the service was done, he was back at the garage.

Last year, garage goons talked about having a goon show, which will be an art show consists of art works done by goons. Jon had decided to make a motorcycle with wood. He spend quite bit of time in front of computer doing research. During that time, he signed up for one of those social net work sites. He found some of old family friends who used to go to a church together there. The family had many children and one of them happened to be a 21 year old daughter. He started to date the girl and ended up marrying her yesterday. I was his best man and made a cake topper for them. Mitch was one of groomsmen.

So, the goon show kind of hook them together.

However, a lot of Jon's free time was consumed by this marriage thing and now, he is not able to make the wooden bike for the show like he was planning earlier this year. Hahaha. Congrats Jon. We love you. And welcome to the garage family, Christy.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

a B-29?

almost. a russian TU-4. the russians reverse engineered these from captured american B-29's in ww2. stalin ordered it done and it was. the soviet air force began flying them in 1947. an unpleasant surprise for the usa as now the commies had a nuclear capable bomber capable of reaching the us.

miller engine

91ci. 8cyl. supercharged front wheel drive engine designed by the amazing harry arminius miller.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Motorcycle Kitty

via Kitti Graffiti

Thursday, October 22, 2009

kool volkswagen bus

you don't see many of these around nowadays. in fact this is the only one like this i've ever seen.

Welcome aboard Sancho

Dang varmints.....

See you there

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I wave to those who wave at me

Top Ten Reasons Why Harley Riders Don't Wave Back:

10. Afraid it will invalidate warranty.
9. Leather and studs make it too heavy to raise arm.
8. Refuse to wave to anyone whose bike is already paid for.
7. Afraid to let go of handlebars because they might vibrate off.
6. Rushing wind would blow scabs off the new tattoos.
5. Angry because just took out second mortgage to pay luxury tax on new Harley.
4. Just discovered the fine print in owner's manual and realized H-D is partially owned by Honda.
3. Can't tell if other riders are waving or just reaching to cover their ears like everyone else.
2. Remembers the last time a Harley rider waved back, he impaled his hand on spiked helmet.
1. They're too tired from spending hours polishing all that chrome to lift their arms.

Top Ten Reasons Why Gold Wing Riders Don't Wave Back:

10. Wasn't sure whether other rider was waving or making an obscene gesture.
9. Afraid might get frostbite if hand is removed from heated grip.
8. Has arthritis and the past 400 miles have made it difficult to raise arm.
7. Reflection from etched windshield momentarily blinded him.
6. The espresso machine just finished.
5. Was actually asleep when other rider waved.
4. Was in a three-way conference call with stockbroker and accessories dealer.
3. Was distracted by odd shaped blip on radar screen.
2. Was simultaneously adjusting the air suspension, seat height, programmable CD player, seat temperature and satellite navigation system.
1. Couldn't find the "auto wave back" button on dashboard.

Top 10 Reasons Sport Bike Riders Don't Wave:

10. They have not been riding long enough to know they're supposed to.
9. They're going too fast to have time enough to register the movement and respond.
8. You weren't wearing bright enough gear.
7. If they stick their arm out going that fast they'll rip it out of the socket.
6. They're too occupied with trying to get rid of their chicken strips.
5. They look way too cool with both hands on the bars or they don't want to unbalance themselves while standing on the tank.
4. Their skin tight-Kevlar-ballistic-nylon kangaroo-leather suits prevent any position other than foetal.
3. Raising an arm allows bugs into the armholes of their tank tops.
2. It's too hard to do one-handed stoppies.
1. They were too busy slipping their flip-flop back on.

Top Ten Reasons Why BMW Riders Don't Wave Back:

10. New Aero stitch suit is too stiff to raise arm.
9. Removing a hand from the bars is considered "bad" form.
8. Your bike isn't weird enough looking to justify acknowledgment.
7. Too sore from an 800-mile day on a stock "comfort" seat.
6. Too busy programming the GPS, monitoring radar, listening to Ipod, XM, or talking on the cell phone.
5. He's an Iron Butt rider and you're not!
4. Wires from Gerbings are too short.
3. You're not riding the "right kind" of BMW.
2. You haven't been properly introduced.
1. Afraid it will be misinterpreted as a friendly gesture.

Top Ten Reasons Vincent Riders Don't Wave Back

10. Eyesight so bad didn't know you were waving
9. Spending more time listening than looking
8 Barbour jacket snagged on choke levers
7 Mind totally occupied with 4 up 1 down or 1 up 4 down?
6. Staring at a sixty year old woman at the Dairy Queen
5. Bewildered and confused by waving arms
4. Goggles covered with motor oil
3. Forgot...again
2. Arthritis doesn't allow random motion of digits
1. You missed it because you were staring at the Vincent

From The single Overhead Cam 4 Forum

vespa racing scooters

check it out! i had no idea vespa ever made anything like these. especially the siluro which was a 125cc two cylinder horizontal engine.

Ducati VS Caterham

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

perhaps the world's fastest electric motorcycle?

mission motor's electric motorcycle made 161mph at bonneville this year.

albert "shrimp" burns

one of the united states foremost dirt track and board track motorcycle racers of the early 20th century. raced for both harley-davidson and indian.

be very careful little boy.

oh my! if this lady had to haul ass in a hurry it would take her 3 trips to get it all.

what the postman used to ride in england

not quite as flashy a ride as the one below by switchum but the brits have always been a little more conservative . the bike is a bsa bantam. they delivered telegrams on them.

Post man

Monday, October 19, 2009


here's the more modern gyro-x from 1967. said to be able to go 125mph with only 80hp.

or how about a gyrocar?

made by wolseley in england 1913-14. designed by a russian nobleman count schilovsky. apparently successful but ww1 got in the way of further development

1910 coast to coast speed record by nsu

this was new to me. unfortunatly so far i haven't been able to find out how long it took.

Death of Buell

Harley Davidson announced that they are shutting down Buell. I am sure that sales of motorcycles has been suffered due to the economical difficulty, but Buell has made some serious mistakes like building beginner bike like Blast. Some also blamed their newest sport bikes being ugliest bikes on the market.

I am sorry that the big brother Harley Davidson killed the Buell. I sure liked their bikes more than original Harleys. The Harley will start selling the Italian bikes, MV Agusta, which they have acquired last year instead. For more info, visit Hell for Leather. Enjoy Erik Buell's tear jerking footage there. Wish they never absorbed into Harley in the first place. RIP Buell.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

fastest vehicle in 1907 the glenn curtiss v/8 motorcycle

in 1907 glenn curtiss achieved the speed of 136.3 mph on his v/8 motorcycle. the v/8 was an aircraft engine with automatic inlet valves and direct drive to the rear wheel. motorcycle was towed up to 40mph and then released to run up to it's top speed. driveshaft problems excluded a return run thus not gaining an officially recognized record. nevertheless curtiss was the fastest man in the world for 1907.

world land speed record stanley steamer

fred marriot set the world land speed record at slightly over 127mph on ormond beach, florida in 1906. car used a double acting two cylinder steam engine working with a boiler pressure of 1000 psi.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

a picture of the blitzen benz in action

what a trip it would be to drive this old monster at speed. i'd love it!

engine of the blitzen benz

the 200hp 4cylinder engine of the benz. 21.5 litre displacement. that's real close to 1290 cubic inches. no wonder it was so fast.

the famous land speed record and racecar, the blitzen benz

the awesome blitzen benz. capable of way over 100mph in 1910.

1915 stutz bearcat

my other favorite american sportscar. somewhat larger and heavier than the mercer but with a larger t-head 4cylinder engine. also a very fast car for its time. either one could easily keep up with modern traffic. with only rear wheel brakes though so they don't stop as well as the moderns.