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Re: Switzerland: First passengers for world's longest tunnel

DrFumblefinger ·
That sure is a long tunnel, and from a country that likes to make them as much as the prairie dogs I see on the plains. I would think ventilation would be a problem in such a long tunnel. Would you know if the trains need their own oxygen system? Having driven through the Swiss tunnels by car before, which were about 15 km long as I recall, the air was extremely bad in them and made me regret not driving the scenic route over those windy roads across the mountains.
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Re: Huntingdon, Pennsylvania: Peaceful Holiday Getaway

George G. ·
Nicely done Stephanie ! The Swigart Car Museum was on my list for a future travel blog since I travel Route 22 but go east from I-99 to my brothers' residences in Punxsutawney and Parker, PA. I always seemed to be short on time to take the detour to go west on Route 22. Your Swigart photos whetted my appetite to now take that detour and visit that place. Loved the automobile photos and the stories behind some of them.
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Re: Huntingdon, Pennsylvania: Peaceful Holiday Getaway

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
Thank you George. They close in the winter, so call first to be sure so that it's not a wasted trip.
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Re: Tips to help with packing no matter where you are going

DrFumblefinger ·
An excellent and useful post, Marilyn! Part of how I pack depends on where I'm traveling. For example, if I'm on a road trip with a car that has a large trunk, I don't really need to economize with my packing. I can take everything along that I might need and not have to deal with the hassle of laundry and such while on the road. If I'm on a trip of a week or less, I never take more than a carry-on bag and my laptop bag. Longer trips get a little trickier because often I need special...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 16, 2015: Franklin Automobiles in Tucson, Arizona

Travel Rob ·
Notice on the 1910 Model G Touring car, it's a right hand drive car. Most early US 1900 cars were because drivers of horse drawn carriages sat on the right. The US only started to change when Ford put a left hand drive on a 1908 Model T so passengers didn't have to enter the car in oncoming traffic.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 16, 2015: Franklin Automobiles in Tucson, Arizona

Travel Rob ·
It is amazing the different stories there are! And because of all the different car manufactures there might be truth to a lot the stories. About the horse carriages,the pictures I've have seen of the old carriages is the driver sitting on the right , especially if theres two seats up front, because a right handed person would want to use the whip with his right hand and not whip the passengers.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 20, 2015: Sicilian Fiat

IslandMan ·
Looks like a "Noddy" car, Garry....
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Re: Take a road trip in Elvis's 'last Caddy'

DrFumblefinger ·
The 8 tracks would be part of the ambience of the car. You can still find lots of them on eBay and such, so I'd keep the audio system as it is.
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Re: Top Tips and Advice for Travel to Malta & Gozo

Professorabe ·
"Tropical Paradise" is stretching it a bit - Malta is nowhere near the tropics and, whilst it has a mild climate, it is far from tropical. However, having been there, I concur that it is well worth a visit. We rented a local flat for a week and found the bus services quite good (and thus did not rent a car). Rabbit dishes seem to be ubiquitous on restaurant menus and we found many of them very good - although it is probably true to say that I am more fond of rabbit than my wife.
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Re: Where Gumbo Was (#9): Poiana Brasov, Romania

Travel Rob ·
This area brings back fond memories I remember falling a lot too because I was unable to buy good boots in an era when Romania rationed just about everything. The hike from Brasov to Poiana is a nice one and there is a bus as well if you don't have a car. Besides skiing, there is also a good tourist restaurant in Poiana that serves hunters food. Not sure if the outdoor ice skating rink is still there?
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Re: "Spotted On the Road": Everglades City, Florida

WorkerBee ·
It is an MGB. The rubber-covered bumpers first appeared on 1974-1/2 models. The appearance didn't change much after that. The wheels on this car lead me to believe that it is no later than a 1979 model.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 5, 2014: Brocante

DrFumblefinger ·
I wonder if this was what the Beach Boys had in mind with their song, " Little Deux Coupe ?" Don't think so, but I understand the fondness for a car. Mine was the 1974 Dodge Charger SE.... never owned it,, but my brother did and it was a lot of fun to ride in. And I think Winnie would have relished the moment as much as you...
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 1) Museum Overview and its Czech collection

Hank ·
That Tatra T87 is amazing! What a beautiful car!!!!!
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 1) Museum Overview and its Czech collection

Travel Rob ·
Thank you Drfumblefinger! I had no clue about this museum and his unique collection. I am especially fond of cars I don't see everywhere, and some of those Czech models, I didn't even existed I've been to car museums in Sarasota and the Tallahassee area, so Florida does have its share of good car museums
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 1) Museum Overview and its Czech collection

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comments, guys. I really was not aware of what beautiful and innovative designs the Czechs had. I can believe that they are reliable. And I can believe that Adolf Hitler was capable of doing almost anything. Stealing the plans for a car seems almost a footnote in his twisted mind.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 1) Museum Overview and its Czech collection

PHeymont ·
Actually, there are a number of different stories of how Ferdnand Porsche, under Hitler's direction, designed the Beetle. Another fascinating possibility surfaced last year in the Daily Mail (UK), showing similarities to a project by a German Jewish engineer, Josef Ganz, which Hitler saw at an auto show in 1933. Another aspect: the sort of streamlined design represented in all of these cars was not a unique design at the time; aerodynamic research was starting to have an effect on car design...
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 1) Museum Overview and its Czech collection

Travel Rob ·
This is a pretty informative article about Jay Leno's Tatra. Thanks Dr Fumblefinger for introducing the car to me . http://www.popularmechanics.co...cruiser-of-the-1930s
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 2, 2014

GarryRF ·
After being married for 40 years, I took a careful look at my wife one day and said, "Forty years ago we had a cheap house, a junk car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10-inch black and white TV, but I got to sleep with a hot 20-year-old girl every night. Now, I have a £500,000 home, a £45,000 car, a nice big bed and a large screen TV, but I'm sleeping with a 60-year-old woman. It seems to me that you're not holding up your side of things." My wife is a very reasonable woman. She told me...
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Re: The Worst Train in the World

PortMoresby ·
Jill, one thing I didn't think to say when I wrote this report is, consider buying 2nd class seats. I could see into the next car, as it swayed in the opposite direction from ours, and it was fitted with wooden benches, presumably bolted down and consequently a less harrowing ride. It may be more crowded but also more interesting.
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Re: "Spotted on the Road". Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Former Member ·
Car #2... I don't know what kind of Dodges you guys have up north there, but that's a Chevy Camaro in the picture. Hey, somebody tell him what year?
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Re: "Spotted on the Road". Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

vivie ·
Car#1-Dodge Charger 68 or 69. Similar to the one in a Fast & Furious. And yes, aftermarket. Car#2- Again 1968 or 1969. With a pic of rear end of car could say which year for sure.
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Re: "Spotted on the Road". Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by vivie: Car#1-Dodge Charger 68 or 69. Similar to the one in a Fast & Furious. And yes, aftermarket. Car#2- Again 1968 or 1969. With a pic of rear end of car could say which year for sure. Thanks so much for your help, Vivie! You are a CAR expert.
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Re: "Spotted on the Road". Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

DrFumblefinger ·
Take credit where credit is due. I've already got them up on our Pinterest car page. Give it a look: http://www.pinterest.com/trave...velgumbo-loves-cars/
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Re: "Spotted on the Road". Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

vivie ·
Cool! Pinned it to my board! Looking forward to seeing more car pics.
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Re: "Spotted on the Road". Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Former Member ·
My thoughts Car # 1 1967-68 Dodge Charger with a 426 Hemi. Not necessarily aftermarket - you could get it as an option. The high rise and the blower were added. They came with dual quads. Car # 2 Most likely 1969 Camaro Super Sport (SS) Coupe. 396 engine. What's special about these beauts ? > They are worth a lot of money these days $ 30 K - $ 40 K.
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Re: "Spotted on the Road". Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Dave B. ·
The black car is a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. You can tell it's a '70 by the line across the middle of the grille and the shape of the front-fender running lights. R/Ts only came with two engine choices - the 375 HP 440 cubic inch or the 425 HP 426 Hemi. The second car is a 1969 Camaro. It appears to be an SS, but that's pretty easy to clone. Can't wait to see what you came up with in Cuba!
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Re: "Spotted on the Road". Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks, Dave B!! Another car expert! We're lucky to have you as a member! I love cars, but as with women find they're pleasant to look at but I know little about them, LOL! (hey, it's a joke everyone, relax!) Appreciate your input and we've several pieces on Cuban cars planned, featuring dozens of photos. I know you'll like them. And be challenged by them. Cubans have a say of changing cars slightly when needed. And feel free to share your love of cars as you hit the road with the rest of us!
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Re: Cuba - a step back in time !

Travel Rob ·
Great Pic! I've got to get the Cuban secrets for contolling rust. Amazing they are able to keep those cars up with the limited parts they have for them
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Re: Cuba - a step back in time !

GarryRF ·
Re: Cuba - a step back in time !
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Re: Cuba - a step back in time !

DrFumblefinger ·
I recall as a boy my dad's best friend had a Pontiac like this. It was a beautiful car and the pride of his life. It ended up being totaled in a car crash (he survived), but I still remember his pride in showing off the polished beauty! His was two tone brown, I think.
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Re: Cuba - a step back in time !

GarryRF ·
Fell in love with this remarkable example but - no idea of the Make and Model ! If you take too close an interest you cant get a pic without the Owner, Wife and Kids !
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Re: Cuba - a step back in time !

PHeymont ·
Oldsmobile...think it's a 55, might be 54. My first car was a 53 Olds 88.
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Re: Cuba - a step back in time !

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont: Oldsmobile...think it's a 55, might be 54. My first car was a 53 Olds 88. PHeymont -- you owned a Rocket 88? Remember that old song by Ike Turner and Jackie Brentson? Here's the you-tube link to remind those who may have forgotten this classic song -- one of the first Rock 'n Roll tunes ever. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbfnh1oVTk0
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Re: Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart

GarryRF ·
I know the implications of using a scantily clad "Bimbo" to sell cars ! But its also a reminder of the "Fairer Sex" who'll be waiting when I get home to share my moment of madness in signing on the Dotted Line. A Car is a Car. I can dream. Don't spoil it with trivia !
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Re: Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart

DrFumblefinger ·
GarryRF, by bimbo selling a car, I presume you mean the guy in the blue t-shirt above, right? The ones in the bottom photo are just mannequins in frilly color coordinated wraps. And a man can dream. No question that the Mercedes product is a top-notch one.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar. 20, 2014: Spring - at last!

GarryRF ·
It has been a tradition for 30 years now Rob. Many requests are made to leave their ashes there too. And no one builds a Car Park there !!
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Re: Ryanair: Sell the Extras, Give Away the Tickets?

PHeymont ·
I certainly remember People Express...the only reason I became familiar with Newark Airport. We used to fly to Buffalo ($19, $29, $39) and then rent a car to visit family in Toronto. Then we snagged $49 specials from NY to SFO...and while we were sitting on the plane realized we could have gone to London for the same price! Which we did the next year, but it cost us a bit more. PE didn't always make its schedule, and other things could go wrong, but the staff were unfailingly friendly and...
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo #19

PHeymont ·
Saturday Night Hints... 1. It's not a movie car 2. Although a German source made the picture available it's not a German car 3. It's arguably the world's first mini-van, and was custom-built on a stock sedan chassis Let's go, guys!
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Re: AAA Premier a Good Idea for Budget Travelers

Former Member ·
AAA seems to choose their contracted towing services very well. I have always had good luck with them. I used the coverage when I had a break down with a rental car in a small town. The rental car company suggested that I call AAA for towing to their office in a nearby larger town to exchange the car. The rental car company had a contract with the same towing company that was under contract to AAA in that area. So that was very easy. If the tow goes over the 200 miles, they charge something...
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Re: Rome bars tourist buses from center

Professorabe ·
I sympathise with the authorities in Rome. On a recent visit to Berlin we found the constant stream of sight-seeing buses a real nuisance. Whether the ban might have unintended consequences, such as an increase in car traffic, is another question.
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Re: July 27, 2016: Bighorn Sheep at Hemenway Park in Boulder City, NV

DrFumblefinger ·
Wow! That's a lot of sheep! I imagine there are few places that offer such succulent moist grass for these desert dwellers. Must have been fun to stop and study them. And good that you didn't let those little dogs out of the car, as the sheep likely would have killed them.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#254)

Travel Rob ·
Gumbo finds a unique car at the nearby store and sees another view of the neighborhood from the windows. Last day for guesses
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Re: Feb. 1, 2018: Not a Classic American Car!

Travel Luver ·
Great looking car!
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Re: 'Dude, Where's My Car?' for real!

DrFumblefinger ·
One hates to be cruel, but forgetting where you park can also be an early sign of dementia. And not finding your car for three weeks, well....need I say more.
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Re: 'Dude, Where's My Car?' for real!

Travel Rob ·
I don't think he staged it, but I do think he wasn't searching too hard for the car after he met the lady. And that would make a nice story if they got married. If he wanted to find the car quick, he would of called his bank or credit card issuer to see the location of his first try to get his money and started his search from there.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 11, 2015: The Black Death!

GarryRF ·
My favourite of the week - in a Chesapeake City car park.
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Re: Spotted on the Road, Winnipeg, Canada

PortMoresby ·
I lived in Canada for a couple of years and soon learned about the value of having a parking space equipped to plug in a block heater. Is there any reason why they can't also be used to charge an electric car? If not, very handy indeed.
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Re: Spotted on the Road, Winnipeg, Canada

Jonathan L ·
When i lived in Canmore Alberta for a year, it didn't pay to install a block heater on my car. The house we were living in had a heated garage, and The car was never going to be out in the cold for that many hours. BUT it change one aspect - making hotel reservations. Out first question throughout the winter was- "Do you have indoor parking?"
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Re: Spotted on the Road, Winnipeg, Canada

DrFumblefinger ·
Generally you don't need to plug in the car (block heater) unless the temperature is below 0 F. But when it gets really cold you'll be glad you did.
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Re: Kyoto Tells Tourists What Not To Do

PortMoresby ·
This...I don't know what to call it. "List" is too small a word. Visual manifesto? Fascinating, the way a car wreck is fascinating. Japan was the first place I wanted to travel when I had a childhood friend from Japan. As an adult, I've had any number of opportunities to visit and haven't. I realized recently that what was stopping me was fear of giving offense. Kyoto has been the place that I thought I might brave my fears to see but this piece of municipal propaganda has wiped that thought...
 
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