Tuesday, April 20, 2010

....my favorites

I am returning to more cars from the Lane Museum. This is a group of my favorites from the museum. I just like these.1985 Renault Alpine 310
1954 Panhard Ghia-Aigle
1938 BMW 320. There are only 17 of this Cabriolet left out of over 4,000.

1976 Lamborghini Urraco P300
1998 Lotus Elise. It's a Lotus thing.
1955 MG TF. Like it needs a label.
1935 Adler Trumpf Junior. After the war they made typewriters.
When I walked into the museum and they had a map of Le Mans built into the floor I knew this would be good.

Friday, April 16, 2010

A Special Post - Doolittle Raiders

For today I am not posting any pictures from the Lane Museum. My brother lives in Ohio where Wright-Paterson Air Force base is located. This weekend they are having a celebration honoring the Doolittle Raiders of WW2. April 18, 1942 16 B 24 bombers took off from the deck of the USS Hornet to strike the first blow back at the Japanese after Pearl Harbor. There were 80 men in these 16 planes and only 8 are still alive. They are trying to gather all of the flying B 24's in the US to do a fly in at Wright-Paterson. My brother and his wife took all of these pictures so I offer a big thanks for them.As of Thursday evening there were 17 at the Urbana Ohio airport with more due today.
The nose art on the old planes is one of their great draws.

Some more interesting than others.

I find all parts of the old plane fascinating. and good looking.

These old planes take a huge amount of maintenance to keep them flying. a true labour of love.

One beautiful airplane.

Shell feeds for the side mount machine guns. We still need to remember what these planes were designed to do.

Two arriving together with the first peeling off to land.

The last to land at sunset. Here is a short video of one rolling in to park.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

...three wheels are better than Four?

The lane collection of three wheelers is outstanding. Some of the "most interesting".This is one of Mary's pictures and unfortunately we didn't get much info on this car, but it is quite the looker. I don't know which is its best feature, the trunk in the front, the sidewinder starting handle or the wood trim pieces. No, its the nifty luggage rack!
Of course a lot of the micro cars are three wheelers. If you are going to leave off a lot of the car might as well leave off one of the wheels.

This is a 1950 Martin Stationette. I think it started life as a roll top desk and somebody left a gasoline engine in one of the drawers.
The 1932 Martin Martinette. Words fail me.
This is a 1934 B.S.A. TW33-10. This was a four cylinder car and they sold over 1700 of them. I have several friends that have old B.S.A. bikes and I bet they didn't know they were once in the car business. This is realy a very nice car.

Whats missing here? This is a 1958 Coronet. I liked this styling cue to make you think it had 4 wheels? This had a fiberglass body and Triumph front suspension.
Th 1948 Davis Divan got it's name from the fact that it is so wide that the front seat, the only seat, can seat four across just like a divan. What inspiration. There were only 16 built and every one still exists in private collections.
Four across if your all real good friends. I don't think we have seen the end of three wheelers and I wonder if the next one will have two wheels in front or in the rear.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Time for some race cars

To say that the race cars at the Lane Museum are a bit eclectic is to say, well I don't know, here are some of them. I will have more later.A 1960 Saab 93 currently being raced in some vintage class?
A 1966 Citroen DS set up for ice racing. I wish I knew how this ended up in Nashville TN. Not your ice racing capitol of America.

1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2. One of the Killer B's rally cars.
1985 MG Metro 6R4. Another of the Killer B's. This one has the old Rover V8 cut down to a V6. That is the old Buick aluminum block V8 that they had in the early 60's that GM sold to Rover because nobody over here would buy it.
This is an Austin Healey Sprite running in the SCCA F/Prepared class. No info on who's are why its here?
A 2001 Dallara IRL car. I think this one was sponsored by Red Bull, not sure.
1967 Can-Am car with a 2002 PCD Saxon British hill climb car in the background.
1967 Caldwell Can-Am race car campaigned and still owned by Sam Posey. They have a TV in the background playing old footage from the races. It appears that the only time it was filmed was when higher placed cars were passing it. The cars here really are a lot of fun and a little of everything.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

So small I would need two

The Lane Museum Has a great collection of micro cars.Of course they would have a Messerschmitt with picnic basket.
1926 Hanomag with wooden spokes.

Just a few of their micros.

A Goggomobile Dart with a special body.

And of course the Peel.
When I see one of these I always think of Clarkson driving one through the BBC studio.

Friday, April 9, 2010

more things that go from the Lane Museum

The Lane Museum also has four different propeller driven cars. I had the Tatra yesterday and here are the other three.This is a 1929 Wind Wagon. The plans were published in The Boy Mechanic magazine and this one was built by Sam Posey's uncle. Posey refered to this vehicle in his book "The Mudge Pond Express" and this was it.
This is the Harley-Davidson engine that powered this 1919 Leyat Helico. The car is a reproduction because none survived. Again this was built from original plans
More airplane than car. They didn't realize the efficiency lost through being propeller driven.
This view looks like Jules Verne designed it.
The 1932 Helicron. This one is original. Just think what lawyers would do with this today.
Just too cool.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The ever popular Tatra brand

The Lane Museum has the largest collection of Czechoslovakia cars out side of you know where. Today I am going to show you the Tatra's they have. These are very interesting. The 1958 Tatra T-603. When the communist ran the country they decided they needed a big fancy car for party officials only, this is it.
This is a 1947 T-87. It was designed in 1936. After Germany took over the country in WW2 all of the German officers wanted one. It is rumoured that so many officers died driving the cars that they were outlawed from driving them. They had an air cooled engine so they didn't freeze up during the Russian invasion.

A 1934 T-57 Roadster

1950 Tatra 607 Monoposto. They built this car to run in Formula 1. Yes that is what I said Formula 1. Now don't laugh! They used it to test their V8 engine for the T-603. The peoples car that was only for the party officials.
This is the 1942 Aeroluge. This car was asked for by Hitler. He thought this would help them speed across the snow in Russia. They only built one prototype which is in the Tatra Museum. This one is a reproduction built from original parts.

This is the 1925 T-11 built for the Targa-Florio.