Cars & Motorcycles

2 hour long Global Staff Videoconference and I'm bored. My next car?
Henry Ford Museum? 😁 (I think they had one of these a while ago.)

I need to look through my Harper Cruise photos. I had a few that would be worth posting here. None of my hoopties are worth posting, except for my trip on Potash Rd. in Utah maybe...
 

JoeThePop

Known member
Henry Ford Museum? 😁 (I think they had one of these a while ago.)

I need to look through my Harper Cruise photos. I had a few that would be worth posting here. None of my hoopties are worth posting, except for my trip on Potash Rd. in Utah maybe...

Yep. Was last there about 3 years ago when this photo was taken.
 

JoeThePop

Known member
I haven't been there since the mid 2000s. I'm overdue to visit again

My favorite race car at the museum. Lets take big motor and bolt it to some wood on a metal frame, add some wheels, and take it racing.

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Make & Model: 1902 Ford "999" (oval track racing)

Maker: Henry Ford, Tom Cooper, and Edward Huff, Detroit, Michigan

Engine: inline-4, atmospheric intake valves and mechanical exhaust valves, 1156 cubic inches

Transmission: none, in-and-out clutch

Height: 50 inches

Width: 55 inches

Wheelbase: 117 inches

Overall length: 145 inches

Weight: 2730 pounds

Horsepower: 80 at 700 revolutions per minute

Pounds per horsepower: 34.1

Competition History: Winner of five-mile race against Alexander Winton and two other drivers at Grosse Pointe, Michigan, 1902. Driver: Barney Oldfield.
 

fiddlefye

Senior Member
Well, neither exactly cars nor motorcycles, but vehicles nonetheless. I've been driving past these old Canadian military vehicles in a garage lot for ages and a couple days ago finally just walked in and asked the guy if he minded if I took some photos. I had a film camera with me with 50mm lens and B&W film (still need to finish the roll) but came back today with the Nikon D3 and my old 35 f2 Nikkor. Two of the vehicles are WWII vintage, the other the Korean War era, all built in Windsor within a couple of blocks of where they're currently parked._ND30854.jpg
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fiddlefye

Senior Member
Me too! The turbines sound like giant vacuum cleaners. I loved the hydroplanes with the old 12-cyclinder Allison, Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engines. You could hear those things echoing off the buildings in downtown Detroit. That's when they called it the Thunder on the River.
Can you say "Miss Supertest"? Absolutely whupped all the US boats, four years in a row. That one had only one motor, but it was a RR Griffon.
 

fiddlefye

Senior Member
My first and only motorcycle from back in the early 80s - Honda RC-166. 6 cylinders, 250cc, 18,000 RPM redline. Mine was of course adapted for street use (just headlight and tail lamps) and was all red. I no longer seem to have a photo of it anywhere, sadly - not suprising as I only seem to have about six images from entire first half of the 80s still around. It was absolutely the most responsive, yet evil piece of machinery I've ever touched. I've never seen another on the street, anywhere.
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There seems to be some interest in the unusual on this board. This is a link to a former micro car museum that has had its collection sold off. Fortunately they have left the web page active. There is a lot of info here about some very rare tiny cars.



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fiddlefye

Senior Member
There seems to be some interest in the unusual on this board. This is a link to a former micro car museum that has had its collection sold off. Fortunately they have left the web page active. There is a lot of info here about some very rare tiny cars.



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When I was very young our neighbour had a BMW Isetta. I had a ride in it once or twice and it was pretty cool for a five year old. They gave me a toy version of it for my birthday!
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