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#651 Magoo

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 23:47

Teasing the car party feature with more photos...


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#652 onelung

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 05:34

Whale oil beef hooked .. here I was, looking for the latest on the Australian Six and I've found a lovely chat room which the stick-to-the thread police have not as yet found.
Great!
Below, L - R ... Tallboy, W.C. Fields, Upkeep, Grand Slam.
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#653 Catalina Park

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 08:13

Just as well they never started dropping W.C. Fields on the enemy. Probably too many modifications needed in the Lancs for that kind of weapon.

#654 Tony Matthews

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 08:54

The enemy would die laughing, though.

#655 onelung

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 10:52

The enemy would die laughing, though.

I'm racking my brains to think of an appropriate Milligan quote: something along the lines of "dropping socks full of cold custard on the enemy" or such like... do please help me out. (no emoticom...)

#656 Tony Matthews

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:13

This would have saved a lot of lives and ended WWII years earlier if it had been used in retaliation to Lord Hawhaw-
First in the 'Barnes Wallace Teaches..." series. "Pool" has obvious connotations, and note the bouncing bomb reference near the end.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:51

This would have saved a lot of lives and ended WWII years earlier if it had been used in retaliation to Lord Hawhaw-
First in the 'Barnes Wallace Teaches..." series. "Pool" has obvious connotations, and note the bouncing bomb reference near the end.

Well done, Tony ... y'know - I'd always held Buster Keaton to be right up there at the unassailable top of the US comics, but I have now to thank you for that clip: absolutely brilliant! (pants piddling emoticom...)

#658 Magoo

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:54

Whale oil beef hooked .. here I was, looking for the latest on the Australian Six and I've found a lovely chat room which the stick-to-the thread police have not as yet found.
Great!
Below, L - R ... Tallboy, W.C. Fields, Upkeep, Grand Slam.
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What are you talking about? There's a broad theme here.



#659 Tony Matthews

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 13:06

You mean W C Fields bombed at some venue?

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#660 Magoo

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 14:16

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Technically I understand the need for streamlining but in the photos, it seems humorously superfluous.


#661 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 22:49

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Click on it for full size, Image Shackhas let me down again!

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 23:14

Technically I understand the need for streamlining but in the photos, it seems humorously superfluous.

What streamlining? Its WC Fields not Johnny Weissmuller!

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 23:18

This does seem to suit the bomb photo.

Crucifiction?

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 00:22

"What are you talking about? There's a broad theme here"
That's precisely what I'm saying, and as well, saying I'm glad to see just that.
To digress, however - here are a couple of shots taken at the National Veteran Rally at Ipswich last year.
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Posted 23 May 2013 - 04:25

... I've found a lovely chat room which the stick-to-the thread police have not as yet found.


What are you talking about?

I thought it was technical forum policy not to stick to the topic.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 06:07

National Veteran Rally at Ipswich last year.
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Handsome looking unit that....Thanks :)

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 14:31

Today, the title of this thread is a sad irony ... :cry:

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 01:17

Today, the title of this thread is a sad irony ... :cry:


Although to be fair Ed, the Australian 6 had a much higher irony content than any of the plastic fantastics running around today :) (including Frauds).

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 03:07

Although to be fair Ed, the Australian 6 had a much higher irony content than any of the plastic fantastics running around today :) (including Frauds).


True, irony isn't what it used to be ... :p

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 23:31

We have a Nostalgia forum, why not an irony forum?

#671 Tony Matthews

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 09:56

We have a Nostalgia forum, why not an irony forum?

...he said in a steely voice, his bronzed jaw thrust at the surprised copper. I could go on...

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 10:02

We have a Nostalgia forum, why not an irony forum?


Good idea, our logo could be a Ferrous Wheel.



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 11:09

Just for you Brits and Aussies, etc.... A genuine slice of American pie, based on 1940s midget racing and written around the 1949 Indy 500, starring Mickey Rooney, one of the great racing movies...


Video: The Big Wheel -- Full Length Motion Picture | Mac's Motor City Garage.com



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Posted 29 May 2013 - 11:27

The latest episode of Dreams and Nightmares, the best and worst from the dream car studios.. Dorsal fins never caught on, oddy...


Dreams and Nightmares -- Volume Four | Mac's Motor City Garage.com


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#675 Tony Matthews

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 11:30

Dorsal fins never caught on, oddly...

...except at Indy ;)

#676 Magoo

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 14:02

...except at Indy ;)


That's what I thought of too -- when the cars suddenly sprouted extra signage area.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 09:56

Just for you Brits and Aussies, etc.... A genuine slice of American pie, based on 1940s midget racing and written around the 1949 Indy 500, starring Mickey Rooney, one of the great racing movies...


Video: The Big Wheel -- Full Length Motion Picture | Mac's Motor City Garage.com



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Ohhhhh thanks Bill...back projection and exaggerated wheel work...just great :) :up:

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 10:13

I actually have this movie on DVD. It cost $2.99 marked down from $14.99. A bargain!
Like most racing movies it is rubbish but there is a lot of footage that just has to be seen.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 10:53

The latest episode of Dreams and Nightmares, the best and worst from the dream car studios.. Dorsal fins never caught on, oddy...


Dreams and Nightmares -- Volume Four | Mac's Motor City Garage.com


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I love that Buick, the ariel, a fin on a fin is the piece da resistance.. A bit of side bite aero, just like the big sides on a sprintcar wing.
There was a glass top in there too. I saw one Sunday, a Mercury based on a 56 Ford Victoria. Being driven by a Aussie legend. Norm Beechey in a FORD! though a upmarket Mercury.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 11:42

I actually have this movie on DVD. It cost $2.99 marked down from $14.99. A bargain!
Like most racing movies it is rubbish but there is a lot of footage that just has to be seen.


So....No chance of a refund then? :blush:

#681 Magoo

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 12:00

Just for you Brits and Aussies, etc.... A genuine slice of American pie, based on 1940s midget racing and written around the 1949 Indy 500, starring Mickey Rooney, one of the great racing movies...


Video: The Big Wheel -- Full Length Motion Picture | Mac's Motor City Garage.com



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Not rubbish at all to me. I find all the cornball stuff tremendously life-affirming.

#682 Tony Matthews

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 12:55

I'm delighted to see that coffee jugs haven't changed in design since (obviously before) this film was made, so probably never will. A small keystone in an ever-more complex World.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 14:22

What is the engine in that midget?

What coffee jug?

Edited by Kelpiecross, 30 May 2013 - 14:23.


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Posted 30 May 2013 - 15:36

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That one.



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Posted 30 May 2013 - 21:26

What is the engine in that midget?

What coffee jug?



I don't know anything about the coffee jug except it looks a little like Goebbels. (Topical humor.)

The midget engine is a Sampson, which was sort of a super-deluxe version of an Offy midget engine. To keep the cost down for midget racers, the small Offy cut some corners, was designed with three mains, two valves per cylinder. etc. The Sampson was the typical Offy/Miller type engine but with five mains, four valves. etc. Also had an aluminum billet crankcase. I can't imagine how long that took in the days before CNC... in 1940, labor was the cheap part, I suppose. I think it was designed by Leo Goossen and only two were ever made.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 05:44

I don't know anything about the coffee jug except it looks a little like Goebbels. (Topical humor.)

The midget engine is a Sampson, which was sort of a super-deluxe version of an Offy midget engine. To keep the cost down for midget racers, the small Offy cut some corners, was designed with three mains, two valves per cylinder. etc. The Sampson was the typical Offy/Miller type engine but with five mains, four valves. etc. Also had an aluminum billet crankcase. I can't imagine how long that took in the days before CNC... in 1940, labor was the cheap part, I suppose. I think it was designed by Leo Goossen and only two were ever made.


Thanks for that - I thought the engine looked like it might have a cam cover like an Offenhauser. But it really is a tiny engine - presumably a four cylinder? And it must be really rare - I can't find a reference to it on the internet.

The old Sheila holding the coffee pot - a scene from the movie?

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 06:49

Yep, the old Sheila with coffee jug was freeze-framed and snipped just for you.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 08:02

Thanks for that - I thought the engine looked like it might have a cam cover like an Offenhauser. But it really is a tiny engine - presumably a four cylinder? And it must be really rare - I can't find a reference to it on the internet.

The old Sheila holding the coffee pot - a scene from the movie?

My casual observation is that it was an Offy. I did not look very hard.
And I willleave the coffee pot to the experts, I drink instant!

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:36

Yep, the old Sheila with coffee jug was freeze-framed and snipped just for you.


Good.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 11:21

Yep, the old Sheila with coffee jug was freeze-framed and snipped just for you.


Mr. attention to detail, once again.


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 11:52

Mr. attention to detail, once again.


Yep he cuts-away straight to the chase :up:

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 11:20

Oh, big surprise. More American hot rods hailing from the Detroit area. Here's a huge feature on a local traditional rod show, Sins of Steel 2013, with tons of photos...


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Posted 06 June 2013 - 02:52

I do love those 30s Fords. Way back when I was a teen, one of my mates had a 36 coupe with rumble seat, probably an Australian build (this was the late 60s). The thing that struck me was the little rear window wound down so the rumble seat passengers and the driver could talk. I always thought the 36 was the best looking, but my loyalty wavered a bit from time to time between the 36 the 37 and the 38.

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 13:36

I do love those 30s Fords. Way back when I was a teen, one of my mates had a 36 coupe with rumble seat, probably an Australian build (this was the late 60s). The thing that struck me was the little rear window wound down so the rumble seat passengers and the driver could talk. I always thought the 36 was the best looking, but my loyalty wavered a bit from time to time between the 36 the 37 and the 38.


I don't know this for sure, but I think Ford's own bodies had dispensed with that feature by 1936, the cheapskates. I'm guessing it was a locally-bodied car, possibly Holden. They were generally nice that way.

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 14:01

More Motor City-centric news... this is what we do around here... one of the big outdoor car shows around these parts is the Chrysler Employee Motorsport Association Charity Car Show on the grounds of the WPC Museum in Auburn Hills, MI. Mainly Mopar vehicles, naturally (lunchbox parts discount) but all makes are encouraged to attend. Now in its 24th year. Big photo gallery, check it out:


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:36

Really nice newsreel-type coverage of the 1957 Daytona Beach racers... when they still ran on the beach...great closeups on Ray Nichels, Smokey Yunick, Bill Stroppe, etc...Old Pontiac promotional film in excellent condition -- bright, colorful, and crystal clear.


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Posted 14 June 2013 - 04:16

Amazing stuff - I think it is possibly more entertaining than the current NASCAR. Bit worried about spectator safety along the tar road back straight and the enormous soft sandy hole on the corner off the beach straight.
Seriously though - very interesting - reminds me a lot of some of the primitive road racing circuits in Oz in the early fifties. Times have changed.

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 08:22

Amazing stuff - I think it is possibly more entertaining than the current NASCAR. Bit worried about spectator safety along the tar road back straight and the enormous soft sandy hole on the corner off the beach straight.
Seriously though - very interesting - reminds me a lot of some of the primitive road racing circuits in Oz in the early fifties. Times have changed.



Far more entertaining than current NASCAR for me....and yes, that little two-lane road is very narrow and the spectators are very close. I love this stuff.



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 09:34

Really nice newsreel-type coverage of the 1957 Daytona Beach racers... when they still ran on the beach...great closeups on Ray Nichels, Smokey Yunick, Bill Stroppe, etc...Old Pontiac promotional film in excellent condition -- bright, colorful, and crystal clear.


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Where is the pacecar every 10 laps, And the tyre stops associated?
Those stockcars may have been not quite stock though, 140+mph on sand is a very serious speed. And they do seem a lot lower too.
Oh and cars that look like cars.
A very good piece of footage. One that Nascar should look at sometime. Top see what racing really was.

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 11:07

Full coverage of this weekend's 2013 Motor Muster at Greenfield Village -- Huge photo gallery...LINK:


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