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Lord_k's Article – August 2012 Archive (16)

Lord K's Garage #154: The Blue Bird Saga

The Garage is proud to present the legendary Blue Birds of Sir Malcolm Campbell.

1935 Campbell-Railton Blue Bird Bluedird at Brooklands

A family (or rather, a dynasty) of land speed record cars, named after a fairy play, never failed to inspire kids and…


Added by lord_k on August 31, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Sunday Streamline #68: Blue and Crimson

I'm sure you're familiar with this beauty:


Yes, she's famous. But it's no reason for her exclusion from our streamline line-up.

The Princess Coronation Class, or as more commonly known Duchess class (or 'Big Lizzies'), is considered to be Sir William Stanier’s ‘Opus Magnum’ for the former London Midland and…


Added by lord_k on August 26, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

S.A.M. #59: The First Clipper

Yours truly strongly suspects he's not the only flying boat aficionado here. Hope the Sikorsky S-40 will be most welcome.

Sikorsky S-40b Boarding in Miami

"The first Pan American plane to be called a “Clipper,” the S-40 grew out of Juan Trippe and Charles Lindbergh’s desire for a strong, sturdy, high-capacity four-engined transport to serve as an…


Added by lord_k on August 25, 2012 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage #153: Rolling Sculptures

Today, on my 50th birthday, I'd like to show you some beautiful bodies. Car bodies created by Joseph Figoni.

1938 Talbot-Lago T150 SS Figoni et Falaschi Coupe - int2

I have a confession to make - 15 years ago, a few photographs and color drawings of his work ignited my passion for streamline design. And this passion only grew ever since. I owe much to…


Added by lord_k on August 24, 2012 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Ferry From the Future

Of all ferries, this one fully deserves a good place in Dieselpunk Hall of Fame:

Kalakala (dcsfilms.com)

July 3, 1935 12:45 PM

The Kalakala commences her maiden voyage with great fanfare. With confetti and ticker tape, an estimated 100,000 citizens crowd Coleman Dock and the adjacent water-front to…


Added by lord_k on August 22, 2012 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Sunday Streamline #67: Algerian Garratts

A steam wonder of the Diesel Era: streamline Garratt locomotive.

CFA 231+132 BT 1-2

For starters, a short quote: "In 1934 the standard gauge between Algeria and Morocco was completed. The expresses Alger - Oran, hauled by the fantastic Garratts 231-132-AT, then BT, had cars for the express Oran - Casablanca..." (…


Added by lord_k on August 19, 2012 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

S.A.M. #58: Staaken Futureliner

It was a remarkable aircraft - huge, all-metal, with an enclosed pilots' cabin, seats for eighteen passengers, complete with a luggage compartment, kitchen and toilet. And it was built as early as in 1920!

Zeppelin Staaken E.4/20 side

The all-metal Zeppelin-Staaken E.4/20 four-engined monoplane, the last creation of the dying…


Added by lord_k on August 18, 2012 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #152: Flash Gordon Buehrig

Believe me, it was supposed to be a Classic Friday, featuring a boattail Auburn. Why not? And then, I came across this:

Meet the Tasco prototype, 1948. It was designed by Gordon Buehrig (of the Cord 810 fame). This unique car, donated by Richie Clyne, is preserved at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum, Auburn, Indiana.

The plaque reads:

A group of…


Added by lord_k on August 17, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Rum Patrol vs. Rum-Runners

It's time to tell a bit about the world's most unusual navy.

While we (OK, some of us) are looking forward for the third Boardwalk Empire season, it's good to learn something new - or rather, something well forgotten. How do you imagine the invisible Coast…


Added by lord_k on August 15, 2012 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Swiss Posters

Sorry, no cheese today. No chocolate. Only a selection of posters from the Swiss Confederation.

Noël Fontanet. Salon de Geneve. 1930

One may expect a lot of advertisements promoting banking and watch industry. Sorry - nothing like this in my collection. But there is a lot of automotive themes (like on the poster above, a work of Noël…


Added by lord_k on August 14, 2012 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Sunday Streamline #66: Canadian Power

They are back again, those streamliners, with a classic Peter Ewart poster:

Peter Ewart. Travel Canadian Pacific

You don't have to guess the make - it's THE Royal Hudson, Canadian Pacific Class H1d #2850. A semi-streamliner, like a lot of its contemporaries used by the same railway.  And before we see it again, let's take a quick look at some slightly…


Added by lord_k on August 12, 2012 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

S.A.M. #57: Fiat Biplane Fighters

Nothing weird in your mail this Saturday. Just a family of Italian warplanes flown over four continents.

Fiat CR.42 art

Probably the only weird thing about this glorious family is its lifespan, starting soon after the Great War and fading away in WWII air battles. These biplanes, once listed among the world's most advanced fighters, were a sad oddity in…


Added by lord_k on August 11, 2012 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #151: Silver Fish

Back to the racetrack! Meet one of the most unusual and highly successful Diesel Era racing cars - the Auto Union Type A.

1934 Auto Union Typ A - Porsche & Stuck at Masaryk GP Brno

Four months ago, we heard the story of its mighty rival, the…


Added by lord_k on August 10, 2012 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

The Art of Paul Colin

Today, I'd like to present an artist who was lucky enough to catch the Jazz Age spirit and talented enough to preserve it in his prints and sketches.

Paul Colin. Revue Negre. 1924

A number of French poster artists have been already featured here: A.M. Cassandre,…


Added by lord_k on August 7, 2012 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #56: French Floatplanes

With all due respect to flying boats (actually, it's more than respect - it is love!), we cannot ignore their smart companions.

Lioré et Olivier LeO H-43

Between the two world wars, France built a variety of floatplanes, mostly for the Navy - fighters, bombers, recce, observation and anti-submarine craft, etc. Here are just a few. Hope these machines will…


Added by lord_k on August 4, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #150: Common People Cars

This column, introduced in summer 2009, doesn't need much fanfare to celebrate its third anniversary. Let's fuel our tanks and go!

Shell Petrol Station

Today, I'd like to show some pictures from an amazing collection of Raymondx1 @ Flickr: amateur shots showing cars as family members. Common…


Added by lord_k on August 3, 2012 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

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