Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I just learned of another airbrush art magazine, which has been around for 10 years, from the UK

Check out this airbrushed coyote skull from Steve Gibson, it's incredible, both conceptually, and artisically

found in the Airbrushaction magazine (which I used to subscribe to, but got too expensive)

Stephen Gibson has a BA in Fine Art from Flagler College in St.Augustine, FL.

 His fine art efforts have been recognized by The Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as The Whitney Museum of Art.

He also holds studio classes in traditional approaches to drawing and painting at Cygnus Art Center in Egg Harbor Twp, NJ.

His introduction to the airbrush stemmed from watching t-shirt airbrushers on the boardwalk in South Jersey at a young age. It wouldn't be until the age of 20 that he finally became self taught when he purchased his first airbrushes and diaphram compressor and gave it a go.

His versatile work history has included time as a mural artist, an airbrush artist for a high end signshop, automotive bodyshop painter as well as a graphic designer.

Steve currently operates his own fine art and airbrush studio- Air Oil and Lead, Fast Fine Art in South Jersey.

Cole Foster documentary short by Fuel magazine

Stupid questions, which I've come up with, but I can't figure out if they are actually stupid, or just clever improvements

Lug nuts come loose, so, why not a cotter pin through the lug so the nut can't work itself off more than a fraction of an inch?

Disk brakes... why aren't they accordion shaped for more surface area contact and greater thermal dissipation?

These are actual shower thoughts. If they are the stupidest ideas you've ever heard, kindly say so, so I can delete this post. 

may you get a good mechanic with a sense of humor

candy apple red, invented by Joe Bailon, and it took him 10 years to perfect

Lay down a coat of gold first, then red atop that, then follow that with a clear coat with some red mixed into it and you get deep, delicious glowing paint known the world over as “candy apple red.”

Around 1956, he finally perfected the candy paint process and proceeded to apply it to other colors beyond red.

todays total WTF

pulled out of a tire.

you know those spike lug nuts on Semi trucks? … yep.

customer just wants a tune up, does not want the terminal connectors repaired/replaced/ cleaned

duct tape must be known throughout the land, far and wide, to be the problem solver

and under the soaked wet back carpet, was the battery looking like it's a science experiment.

Whoa... a garage made woody Prius, with white walls, and chrome back bumper

sun roof leak solution

Score Intl has a feature on both Ivan Stewart and Walker Evans if you want to read a good article on the icons of off road racing

the Castlebank carpet cleaner art deco vans

These “art deco” vans were made by Albion Trucks, Scotstoun in the 1930’s

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

someone named Headquake makes incredibly cool wood RC trucks, like this 1977 F150, with a full build video. He's made about 20 of these RC Creations, and they are fantastic!

it just doesn't get any better than this.... if I posted this photo and asked you to tell me something about it, you would never ever guess that it's an RC truck, handmade

Headquake has been making these since 2009, and was interviewed here:

and if you look back up to the banner, that is this guys diorama

the Joey Dunlop memorial, the only statue I think I've ever seen of a bike racer

The Paddy Dakar, an offroad orienteering rally starting in Doon, County Limerick, Ireland. Benefiting

The Paddy Dakar, now in its eight year, is an Orienteering on Motorbikes charity event that takes place in and around Slieve Felim, Silvermines and the Galtee Mountains which straddle county's Limerick and Tipperary.

 It is held as a tribute to Dakar Riders past and present who by their participation have demonstrated themselves to be the pinnacle of Off-Road endurance riding.

The Paddy Dakar is a weekend event and 2017 will be the eight time the event has been run. The course is aimed at people who ride adventure bikes and who may not have been in any kind of competition in the past, or have any Off-Road experience.

In short its going to be orienteering on motorbikes but on Off-Road conditions with Road Rubber.

Ireland has had 4 riders finish the Paris Dakar, it's the most dangerous off road rally with 48 deaths since its inception in 1978.

want to watch an interesting Indy 500? Here is the 1974

Budweiser tribute video for Dale Jr

Dale Jr. drove the Bud car for eight years. To honor his legendary NASCAR career and toast his retirement, Bud made this video

Thai mudmotor speedboats. These can clock 90 mph (how has Red Bull not made a race series with these yet?)

Rod Hall. He turns 80 tomorrow, Nov. 22, and just won the 2017 Baja 1000 Stock Full with his Hummer H1 Alpha.

Rod Hall now has a race record 25 class wins
he has more podium finishes than any American off-road racer
one overall win in 1969
the only overall win in a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
and is the only racer who has competed in all 50 SCORE Baja 1000 races.

Laura Kukuk of Petrolicious was invited into the Louman Museum for a private tour

Robert noticed something critical about the number 6 above, the wheels are not right. Looks like they put the rear wheels on the front, as the hubs and spokes are bigger.  In the black and white backdrop wallpaper photo behind it, clearly the #7 has the correct as raced wheels, and they are significantly smaller on the front! Bravo Robert!

How a 2002 turbo was fixed and improved from 1973 tech, to the expectations we have in 2017 of proper acceleration

Early BMW 2002tii models had a 10:1 compression ratio, but BMW lowered the Turbo to 6.9:1 to compensate for the boost that would come on later, so it really was a total dog until 4,000rpm, and then it instantly quadrupled its torque.

Jack Frederick’s 2002 has been featured in Bimmer Magazine:

“Not only has it been perfectly restored, it’s been subtly improved with the kind of modifications BMW might have made as production went on. The car is smooth, powerful, and utterly intoxicating, it’s the best BMW 2002 Turbo I’ve ever driven, and it makes even the most preserved OEM example seem like a cantankerous old beast by comparison.”

Jack sent the 2002 Turbo to Korman, the noted BMW engine builder and race-prep shop, who rebuilt the engine, replacing in the process the irredeemable standard turbo with a Garrett T03.

But the new turbo was spooling at 2,400rpm instead of 4,000, and there wasn’t enough fuel at lower rpm. So Korman added a fifth fuel injector and consulted with Turbo specialist Corky Bell and the original engineer of the Kugelfischer fuel injection system to accommodate it.

Now the turbo gauge on the dash wakes up down low and it doesn’t feel like a modern, boring, flat torque-curve. The power keeps rising with the revs in the Turbo, it’s predictable as the power rises to an apogee at its 6,400rpm redline

The battery was relocated to the trunk, and an intercooler was stuck in the hole it left behind, lowering the charge temperatures and increasing/maintaining the power.

Jack passioned his money into what amounted to development program for the 2002 Turbo, using some of the original Motorsport engineers.

Bridgestone Winter Drive School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado is the first I've heard of to get training in snow and ice road driving or racing, because it is the only one of its kind in North America.

When you master driving on ice, every other surface becomes that much easier to handle.

I know I'm not the only one....

Moto GP, the Falls Report: 1126 crashes

The annual crash rate continues to increase. In 2016 for the first time there were more than one thousand crashes across all three classes. In 2017 the total increased to 1126

Five riders crashed more than 20 times, with one reaching a new record of 31 accidents. If you had crashed 31 times in MotoGP’s inaugural 1949 season that there’s no chance you would’ve lived.

During the 1949 season the average winning margin was 46 seconds; in 2017 the average gap was 2.11 seconds, with more than half the races won by less than 1.5 seconds. The effect on the riders? the racing is so much closer that they must take big risks to make the difference.

During the 1950s there were 28 fatalities at Grand Prix events, which gives us the jaw-dropping average of a death every two or three race weekends. The 1960s and 1970s weren’t much better, with 25 and 24 deaths.

During the 1980s 14 riders lost their lives. By the 1990s that number had reduced to two, with only one death in the 2000s.  This last decade hasn’t been so good, 3 have lost their lives

Ironically, while primary, second and tertiary safety have improved dramatically (bikes are safer, tracks are safer, riding gear is better and medical care is better), modern racing has increased danger with ever-closer racing created by technical regulations that minimize the differences between bikes, so riders battle for every inch of race track.

MotoGP’s king crasher of 2017 retained his crown from 2016. Sam Lowes crashed his Aprilia RS-GP 31 times (not always his own fault, it should be noted), which was once more than he fell from his Kalex Moto2 bike the previous year. Next was Gresini Moto2 rider Jorge Navarro, who crashed his Kalex 30 times during 2017’s 18 race weekends; then Marc Márquez on 27, Alvaro Bautista on 26, Cal Crutchlow on 24, Sandro Cortese on 22 and Axel Pons and John McPhee on 20 each.

Márquez’s total is without doubt the most remarkable, because only two of his 27 falls came in races and despite the other 25 he won the toughest title of them all.

The total sum of broken bones from those 1126 accidents were six collarbones, three ankles, two fingers, one pelvis, one wrist, one upper arm, one forearm, one fibula and a toe. There were several concussions, a couple of dislocations and numberless batterings and bruisings.