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Tsunami Street Terror – Dash Cam View

December 10, 2011 Everything Else No Comments

This Is Real-World Street-Terror Reality

This dash cam video was just posted and shows the Japanese Tsunami from a view that captures the energy and terror in a way that has not been seen before.

You get “the man or woman on the street” view with all of the terror associated with being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The owner survived and was able to ultimately recover his car and the electronic dash cam footage survived.

Almost immediately (8 or 9 seconds) after the video starts you will see moving cars and the initial burst of water moving, left to right,  at the end of the building on the left. In a few more seconds you will see a tractor trailer swept along with cars at the same time the tsunami begins to flood in around the dash cam equipped car.

The fellow who gets out of the car in front of the camera car does decide to come back and shut his car door before running for his life.

At 1:09 you will see another fellow who is trapped in his minivan and by 1:27 he has made it to the top of his Honda minivan.

This video definitely shows how important it is to take immediate action when a terrible situation is unfolding around you.

 

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September 7, 2011 Everything Else No Comments

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Top Gear flims in Florida in 2009

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James May delivers a letter at John Travolta's house.
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Top Gear filming in Florida in 2009
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Barrett Jackson Las Vegas 2009

October 26, 2009 Everything Else No Comments

Collector Cars Are Hot

October 8-9-10 the Mandalay Bay Resort was host to the Barrett Jackson Auction at Las Vegas.  This was broadcast on Speed Channel for 19 hours.

Auto auctions are always interesting to watch.  They provide a great deal of information about what the market currently is for collector cars.

This particular three day auction was no exception for market conditions.  Here is the “Official” Top Sales list.  Top seller was a 64 Shelby Cobra that went for $400,000 + a 10% buyer’s commission which brought the total to $440k.

It was interesting to note that two very nice Austin Healey 3000’s, a 65 and 67 sold for $77k and $79k respectively.  One of the best prices that I saw was a 2000 Ferrari 360 that went for $77k.

Custom Car Big Money

Top Sellers2Custom cars brought tremendous money at this auction. One thing is for sure, originality is not an absoulte requirement for big bucks.  Superb craftsmanship and appearance in the Custom Car category brings major money.

Budget Money

Spending some time with the auction results reveals that the lowest sale price was $2,200 for a 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham 4 Door Sedan.  Maybe these details will excite you or put you to sleep:

Summary: Original and clean with 47,000 original miles. Equipped with a 500cid engine and automatic transmission. Air conditioning has been upgraded and works great, full power everything. Interior is excellent, with plush moist leather and working 8-track.

Top Sellers1Details: Original, clean Cadillac with 47,000 original miles. Equipped with the 500cid engine and automatic transmission. Air conditioning has been upgraded and works great, full power everything and even has the original working 8-track with the Beatles in, ready for play. New tires, hoses, new brake cylinders and new brakes. Reliable transportation and looks great. The interior is still moist leather, excellent and well above expected wear for a vehicle of this age. All stainless trim is intact and the fender skirts are also there on both sides.

Serious Money

At the other end of the sale spectrum was the 65 Shelby Cobra 289.  Here is the data, compliments of Barrett Jackson, for your review:

Shelby CobraSummary: CSX2568 has the original CA black plates and registration tags that expired in 1972. This is the first time CSX2568 has been in the public in about 40 years and the first time it has been offered for sale since 1968. Fresh complete, correct restoration.

Details: CSX2568 has the original California black license plates with the original registration tags that expired in 1972. This is the first time that CSX2568 has been in the public in almost 40 years, during which time it has been in dry and covered storage. This is the first time the car has been offered for sale since 1968. The original California title pink slip comes with the car. It has zero miles on a 2-year concours restoration of what was already a complete, unbent and not rusty car. Complete nut, bolt and rivet body-off restoration to bare metal with new top and upholstery. Extensive documentation of the restoration with photos, etc. conducted by one of the top restorers in California. Princess Blue with red leather interior that are the original colors. 32,831 original miles on a car that has never been more than 100 miles from San Francisco, until this auction. Never raced, never any rust whatsoever and never bent. Original owner was Jacuzzi of the hot tub fame. Completely redone 289cid High Performance engine with 306hp. When originally delivered to the California dealer, the original 271hp stock engine in the car received the dealer installed 306hp option which consisted of a Holley 715cfm center pivot carburetor, a Cobra high rise manifold, tubular Balanger headers and an aluminum Cobra 6-quart oil pan, all of which are still on this as-originally-equipped car. Original style Dunlop racing tires on chrome Borranis, original chrome wires come with the car. All numbers on chassis, engine, transmission and differential are correct and original. **VEHICLE IS TITLED WITH ENGINE NUMBER**

Ferrari 360If you happen to have a collector car or are interested then look through the complete sale list and prepare yourself!  This is very educational.  One car that caught my attention was a 1975 Bricklin SV-1.  All things considered the car sold for a very modest price.  I had an opportunity to drive a new Bricklin SV-1.  It was a memorable road test!  Not because of speed, that was never part of the road test.  Stopping at a major car dealership, opening the gull wing doors, and getting out was the most memorable!

Scottsdale Arizona January 18-24

If you are into auctions, then be sure to schedule some time for the Scottsdale Arizona Auction coming up in January.  This show gets the real big bucks.

Smokey Joe’s at the Munich Airport

October 20, 2009 Everything Else No Comments

Smokey Joe’s Restaurant

Munich Airport (Medium)Last year I had the opportunity to be walking in the pavilion between the Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at the Munich Airport and immediately on seeing Smokey Joe’s Restaurant it was clear that something eye catching was there.

The initial appearance will definitely and absolutely catch your attention.  Add a Pratt and Whitney radial aircraft engine and some wings to an Airstream trailer and you have got a creation that will definitely catch your attention.

According to the Munich Airport WebsiteSmokey Joe’s:

Affectionately known as the coffee plane, Smokey Joe’s serves up the ever-popular curry sausage with its own specially blended sauces from classical or medium to smokin’ hot.

How neat is this place? 

Smokey Joe'sSmokey Joe's Right SideAnyone reading this article will absolutely enjoy the opportunity to check out the craftsmanship and step up to the window to place your order for something good to snack on!  Outside tables in the pavilion permit you to enjoy your order and take a close look at the creation.

If you are going to be travelling through the Munich airport then definitely take advantage of the opportunity to stop at Smokey’ Joe’s.

Liquidation Company Hired for Crane Cams

March 25, 2009 Everything Else No Comments

 

Daytona Beach News-Journal March 27, 2009

Daytona Beach News-Journal March 27, 2009

March 27, 2009

 

 

It was reported in today’s Daytona Beach News-Journal that Crane Cams has hired a liquidation company.  Reading the article is very interesting because your Tribune Editor observed Job Fair signs at the Crane facility yesterday.  In our photos you can clearly see the logos on the trucks.  It appears that the saga associated with Crane Cams is still unfolding.

 

dscn2618March 26, 2009 Update:  Tribune Editor had an opportunity to stop by the Crane Cams facility in Daytona Beach this afternoon.  Signs were being taken down for the Job Fair but we were able to get photographs of the company signage out front and a photo for the job fair area.  It certainly looked like a festive gathering.  The Tribune wishes each employe the best in their job search efforts.

Job Fair Area

Job Fair Area

Crane Cams, a leading manufacturer of camshafts, valve train and electronic ignition components, has been acquired by Mikronite Technologies Group, Inc. is the start of the information in BREAKING NEWS on the upper right of the Crane Cams web site.

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2 Door, 6 Cylinder, 200 MPH Coupe

March 13, 2009 Everything Else 2 Comments
2 Door, 6 Cylinder Coupe

2 Door, 6 Cylinder Coupe

2 Door, 6 Cylinder, 200 MPH Coupe —

those represent some really great words to a car guy!  When the car guy thinks this through they would certainly come up with candidates.  As you have already noticed from the graphics I am talking about a 2 door, 550 cubic inch, 310 horsepower, mechanically fuel injected, 4-passenger personal airplane which will fly a thousand miles at 200 mph.

From a mechanical and operational standpoint, there are many features of an airplane that are similar to a car including tires, brakes, oil, fuel, ignition switch, and rules of the road … maybe we need to make that rules of air traffic control & airspace.   Today I had a flight from Spruce Creek to Fort Pierce, a straight line distance of 102 nautical miles x 1.15 = 117.3 statute miles.  Flight time was 45 minutes which means we averaged 156 mph for the straight line.  However, looking at the chart below the flight track was not a straight line which adds time and distance.

Flight track Spruce Creek to Fort Pierce

Flight track Spruce Creek to Fort Pierce

In the post 9/11 world, flying where you are not supposed to be will likely result in A) getting in trouble with ATC, B) an encounter with a n F-15 or similar heavily armed piece of governmental flying hardware with a pilot that has no humor or C) being shot down.  Additionally airspace in Florida is complex / unique / and maybe confusing, add in Space Ships and Disney and you start to get the picture.

Today’s flight had special airspace restrictions in place because of an airshow and the restricted airspace at the airport, which overlapped into the restricted airspace of Cape Kennedy which is gearing up for a Shuttle Launch.  Going down we flew IFR or Instrument Flight Rules which meant that we filed an IFR Flight Plan that said where we were going to go and then Aircraft Traffic Control (ATC) told us where to go.  Our filed flight plan was pretty direct.  However, with the red restricted areas then our actual track was not very direct.  Also there is a chart showing 9 minutes of the trip with time, position, ground speed, altitude, and ATC facility.

Detour west to avoid the red lines but remain below Orlando air space above us starting at 6000 feet.

Detour west to avoid the red lines but remain below Orlando air space above us starting at 6000 feet.

Going down there was fair amount of flying through clouds and the bumpiness associated with flying through Florida clouds at this time of year.  For the trip back I decided to apply Visual Flight Rules or VFR which means that, using the appropriate VFR rules and regulations, that you stay out of the clouds and you stay out of airspace where you should not be.  A map shows how we deviated to the west around the aforementioned red lines.

You can see that the actual trip mileage was greater than the  planned mileage.  Our speed data shows that after climb out to around 4,000 feet that our speed increased to 156 knots x 1.15 = 179.4 mph.  That is not too bad considering the fact that ATC was sending us through the clouds and I did not want to shake up either the passengers or the pilot.

Our aircraft today was the very popular Cirrus Design SR-22 which was used to make the trip in a safe, reasonably quick, and comfortable way.  Reflecting on the trip today reminds me of the old saying about enjoy the journey.

IFR flight record departing Spruce Creek to Fort Pierce

IFR flight record departing Spruce Creek to Fort Pierce

Maps, charts, and data generated from the flight may be new to the Tribune audience.  However, when you understand the rules of the air, pilots call this ground school which you have to pass, then you are prepared to move forward to operation of the plane.  In the aviation environment your important steps are 1) aviate = fly the plane, 2) navigate = go to the right place, 3) communicate =talk intelligently to ATC.

If you had an opportunity to hear the ATC recordings of Captain Sully that landed the Aribus in the Hudson River, he communicates with total calm.  That is the mark of a professional.  In the automotive world it is the same as keeping your cool during a difficult or dangerous time.  You can get scared later but during the event it is time to maintain control of the vehicle.

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