Presenting you the Good Vintage Valves, as this event took place in 1914.
This is the French Grand Prix (Lyon), and try to rewind your brain to an era when “Grand Prix” didn’t even make any sense as a combination of words related to racing — mostly because racing didn’t make that much sense to everybody.
Still, apparently almost 300 thousand people watch Peugeot battling Mercedes for more than 700km. The chap with the stunning moustache is Christian Lautenschlager, winner of this event, possibly due to the aerodynamics of his facial hair.
The 1964 Enzo Ferrari l 250 GT Lusso Comp Spec.
Behold, the Austin J40 (1949) pedal car.
An anonymous chap (why anonymous? would love to know who requested this) sent me a message asking for a post about these. Since I knew nothing about them, here it is, and I find these to have quite a fascinating story behind!
I can’t explain in better words than the Austin J40 Car Club itself, so these are theirs:
Austin pedal cars were made in the specially constructed Austin Junior Car Factory at Bargoed in South Wales, which opened on 5 July 1949. It was paid for by Government funds and was run on a not-for-profit basis and purely for the employment of disabled coal miners suffering from the lung disease, pneumoconiosis. They were re-trained and benefited from in-house medical care.
The cars (..) were made from scrap off-cuts of metal from the Longbridge Austin Motor Car Factory and were built and painted the same way and with the same expertise as the motor cars themselves. (…)
A total of 32,098 Austin J40s were made until production ceased in September 1971.
If you’re looking for more details about these, which you should, there’s the full story over here.
They look quite astonishing to be honest, I wouldn’t want to scratch the paint on these, oh no.
I am so homesick. I want fried ravioli, baseball games, Grant’s Farm, Shaw’s Garden, nice people, Midwestern accents, my granny, kool aid, bottle rockets, Meramec caverns, St. Louis butter cake, genuine Italians on The Hill, the Butterfly House, the history museum, the Spirit of St. Louis, and the penguin house at the zoo.
Hipster love in the STL. haha
I’m sure many of my STL friends have seen the great and highly regarded article ranking St. Louis as the 3rd most dangerous city in the world.
If you haven’t, here is a link: http://urbantitan.com/10-most-dangerous-cities-in-the-world-in-2011/
Being born and raised in the city of St. Louis, I absolutely love when we are ranked the most dangerous city in the US - it’s a good laugh and another excuse for me to boast about my city. But this, this just takes the cake. Being ranked just under cities who struggle with things like narco-terrorism and drug trafficking seems a litte ridiculous. Those of us from the great city know that the statistics are a little off: should East St. Louis be included, what about the hundred(s) of municipalities which make up the metropolitan area, are the residents of the city crippled with the fear of leaving their homes? I know I do not live in a particularly bad part of the city but I have never feared walking around my neighborhood. Yes, there are parts that are not the greatest, but I think the city as a whole has a lot going for it. Misleading statistics like this, while they may raise a little jesting morale for us St. Louisians who know the great truths about the city, are disheartening in that they don’t help enhance the nation and the world’s view of what I consider and hope outsiders will come to learn is a fucking great city. Yes, it’s not about what other people think of us, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have people and businesses wanting to come to St. Louis. Just a few days ago The Onion posted an article about St. Louis stating it has “not much in the way of culture” and, while it was funny, it made me a little sad. (http://www.theonion.com/articles/us-adds-4-million-jobs-but-in-st-louis,26759/) St. Louis has a lot of culture. Just walk through Forest Park or down Cherokee Street. I’m not going to argue for St. Louis’ culture, that’s not what my intention is with this post. I believe that St. Louis is a great city and that it tends to get a bad rep. I also think it is a little ridiculous that we are on this list. Just look at the pictures pictures provided and see which look dangerous. Perhaps the most telling evidence that St. Louis does not belong on the list is, in fact, the picture used: http://www.theonion.com/articles/rookie-told-to-ease-up-on-crimescene-tape,9836/ . This picture was used 5 years ago by The Onion, is CLEARLY photoshopped, and (correct me if I am wrong) is not even a STLPD uniform worn by the officer in the picture. So, cheers to St. Louis for this “honor” and I cannot wait to come home to the 3rd most dangerous city in the world. Even if I might get shot.
These romantic images depict the relationship between a man and a fallen celestial object, an affair that would last the rest of their… well his life, at least.
(via: My Modern Met)
Cyber Monday Kicks Off
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Black Friday Online Sales Up 24.3%
According to IBM’s study of 500 retailers, online sales on Friday were up 24.3% compared to last year. Apple is rumored to have had its best-ever day of sales, and Amazon has confirmed that Black Friday sales for Kindle devices were up four times from last year. Meanwhile, those that braved the stores — namely Walmart — played witness to some alarming crowd scuffles.
European Commission Prepares Privacy Sanctions for Facebook
The European Commission is preparing a Directive to prevent Facebook from sharing users’ information — such as their political beliefs and location — with advertisers unless users specifically allow it, The Telegraph reports.
Motorola Droid 4 Specs Leaked
A gadget blog has gotten its hands on the Motorola Droid 4, an Android phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and two cameras. The device is slated to hit Verizon stores on Dec. 8.
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