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Tampa Bay Automobile Museum 2013 overview

DrFumblefinger ·
Tampa Bay Automobile Museum 2013 overview
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Tampa Bay Automobile Museum 2013 overview

DrFumblefinger ·
Tampa Bay Automobile Museum 2013 overview
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Hot Rod at Count's Kustoms, Las Vegas

DrFumblefinger ·
Hot Rod at Count's Kustoms, Las Vegas
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Re: "Stars of the Big and Small Screen": Hollywood rolls into Calgary

Ottoman ·
Awesome pics of awesome cars. Thanks for bringing back some great memories!!
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Re: "Stars of the Big and Small Screen": Hollywood rolls into Calgary

GarryRF ·
Thanks for reviving this wonderful presentation Ottoman. My wife could leave me here while she went shopping - or maybe she went away for a week ! And I still wouldn't be ready to leave when she got back. All your dream cars under 1 roof. Heaven in metal.
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Re: "Spotted on the Road". El Calafate, Argentina

PHeymont ·
Well, if we're to believe the story that Henry Ford offered that customers could have "any color they want as long as it's black," the beautiful paintwork is not the original...
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Re: "Spotted on the Road". El Calafate, Argentina

PHeymont ·
I could be wrong, but I think that's a Model A from the late 20s. While I was looking at pictures, I noticed that Buenos Aires is among the places Ford made them...
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Re: "Stars of the Big and Small Screen": Hollywood rolls into Calgary

PHeymont ·
Great collection...and as a comics fan, great name for the museum! Interesting thing about movie cars...they really CAN be stars. I think there are lots of us who can't tell you the plot of any James Bond movie, but remember exactly what 007's car did! Reminds me...we had an earlier discussion of movie cars on TravelGumbo. Worth re-reading, too...
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

rbciao ·
Great pics of great cars. I will put the Tampa Bay Museum on my list of things to see. Additionally, The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky is awesome, as well. It includes a 50's diner cafe featuring period stuff for lunch. Less than a mile away is the Corvette assembly plant, which offers tours. This is the only place in the whole wide world where Corvettes are assembled. Both are definitely worth a visit. The National Packard Museum is located In Warren, Oh and is small, but...
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

DrFumblefinger ·
All good information to know, rbciao! I think cars and travel mix quite nicely and nothing better than having a reason to go somewhere. I do recommend the Tampa Bay Automobile collection, but it is mostly focused on cars of the 1930s and 1940s and is not just American, but global in its scope. The last piece in this series will feature the French car collection, likely the museum's best. The owner of the museum and car collection is originally from France.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

Hank ·
I love these old cars! Would love to drive that Jensen or Jag!
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

rbciao ·
We saw this three wheeled vehicle in Paris last summer on our way back from the Eiffel Tower. Can anyone identify this car?
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

DrFumblefinger ·
Great photo, rbciao! I like the sense of motion it conveys. Do you think it might be related to Car 27 : BSA Three Wheeler from the above post (with several different angles in the slideshow)?
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

WorkerBee ·
I believe it is a Morgan three-wheeler with a V-twin engine. Originally manufactured from 1911 to 1939, they have been re-introduced and are again available new.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

rbciao ·
The Morgan's are being manufactured again in England as WorkerBee mentioned. According to the website they are being sold here through an agent in San Francisco. The three wheeler is called the Three Wheeled Vehicle.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

GarryRF ·
The original 3 wheeled vehicles were Motorbikes with a side-car. So you could drive 3 wheels on a motorbike license. In the 50's and 60's most young people were Bikers ! But to move up to a car required another Driving Test. So we had BSA - RELIANT - BOND - BMW - ISSETA - MESSERSCMIDT all producing 3 wheeled vehicles to meet the needs of those not wanting to undertake the training and testing for a full license. I'd taken my car test in 1968 and they were very strict. It was common to fail...
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

rbciao ·
The National Corvette Museum and the nearby GM assembly plant are located in Bowling Green, Ky. and both venues are really worth a visit. The museum is just off of I-65 at exit 28, so it is easy to find. Plus, there are signs on the interstate in both directions making it well marked. We saw the signs when we were southbound on our way to Louisiana and decided to stop on our way home. We figured an hour in each location and we spent over two hours in each. We could have spent many, many...
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

WorkerBee ·
This looks like a 1955 Ford sedan. Does it have some type of lights on top of the rear fenders? I don't believe I have seen that before.
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

DrFumblefinger ·
What say you and I take a ride in above "Black Beauty" sometime soon?
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

WorkerBee ·
Originally Posted by TravelandNature: Thinking '55 4 door sedan with a replacement grill... If I went for a ride in the Black Beauty, I would want a nice Cuban meal - do they have plantains in Cuba ? I would like something made with plantains. Plantains? You betcha!
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

GarryRF ·
Don't think I've ever seen an RV in Cuba ! I've seen plantains cooked a hundred different ways.
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

GarryRF ·
Sorry T&N - not a fan. Plantain is another item on the list of foods we never see over here !
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

GarryRF ·
People wouldn't recognise them ! Got more chance of selling Yorkshire Puddings and a hot bowl of Scouse in Times Square !
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

GarryRF ·
No - I cant stand and take pix until the owner runs over! I'd be caught up in a guided tour for the rest of the day. These cars are very expensive and the owner's never far away !
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Re: "Spotted on the Road". El Calafate, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
Just a followup. Car experts have identified this as a 1929 Ford Model A. PHeymont was spot on in his analysis. Not the usual car you see in Argentina, but a delight to see nonetheless!
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Re: Museum find: GE's 'missing' electric car

Travel Rob ·
A great piece! Amazing to me how some of the best products of their day were not built commercially . Even when they were, sometimes they were not successful. Cars like the GE-100 are great examples of that. A true find and thanks for teaching us more!
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Re: Museum find: GE's 'missing' electric car

DrFumblefinger ·
Love it! Exactly the type of finding that makes a trip memorable. Something proponents of electric cars seem to forget or choose to ignore -- where does the electricity come from? Currently mostly from coal and oil fired plants, so the practical side of having them for most doesn't currently make that much sense (might as well burn the oil product in the car engine, right). But I am hopeful that was energy technology improves, as it surely will, we'll develop better ways of charging these...
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Re: Museum find: GE's 'missing' electric car

PHeymont ·
The argument, and I'm not informed enough to judge it, is that the amount of fossil fuel needed to generate electricity for a plug-in is far less than that required to run a gasoline engine. The same sort of argument that points out that a gallon of fuel moves far more freight on a diesel train than a diesel truck. On the other hand, that's about plug-in cars. For hybrids, it's a different story because the batteries charge while the car is running on gas. So less gas is used than using gas...
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Re: Museum find: GE's 'missing' electric car

DrFumblefinger ·
As I understand it, with hybrids the batteries charge when the car brakes are applied (transferring the energy of moving to the battery), so they're especially well adapted to city driving in places with lots of stop signs and traffic lights. Less useful for driving on open road because you don't brake often. So living in Brooklyn, I think the hybrid would be a reasonable choice for you. I don't think battery technology is anywhere near "ripe" yet, but as with the Mercury and Gemini...
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Re: Museum find: GE's 'missing' electric car

PHeymont ·
Much further to go, of course, but even in a highway driving situation (and a city/highway mix), hybrids are generally cheaper to run than their gas-only counterparts. That's Camry vs Camry hybrid, for example, not Corolla vs Prius.
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Re: Museum find: GE's 'missing' electric car

PHeymont ·
A little further research confirms what I thought: at least in the Toyota and Ford hybrids, the gasoline engine powers a generator/charger while in use. That's in addition to the power captured from braking.
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Re: Museum find: GE's 'missing' electric car

DrFumblefinger ·
I have some friends with a Prius, and their greatest fuel efficiency comes when driving in the city, not on the highway. Paradoxical, but it shows how good the braking is at building up a charge. Good to know there is a backup generator. While the hybrids save on fuel, they also cost thousands of dollars more than their non hybrid counterparts. For an average consumer, it takes many years to recapture that extra cost for the hybrid on fuel savings, if they ever will. And there's the issue of...
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Re: Those famous Cuban cars, behind the scenes...

GarryRF ·
Wonderful collection Paul. This collection is not to be confused with the Saturday Night Cruisers you see in Florida and other memorabilia shows. But a testament to the ingenuity of Cuban car collectors. The prices of these dinosaurs was in thousands of dollars each. And a will to keep them going forever.
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Re: Spotted on the Road, Butte

GarryRF ·
To a European that's not used to the wide open spaces of N. America these scenes look like a film set or photos from a bygone time. Or maybe a Disney Park.
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Re: Spotted on the Road, Butte

DrFumblefinger ·
That's a great observation, Garry. Butte does look like a movie set. I'll do a post of the town in the near future. It's a very cool destination, much of it like what you see in these photos.
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Re: Gasoline Alley: Rides from 1907 - 1917

Jonathan L ·
Great pics. I don't know how I missed this when I was there 10 years ago.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 20, 2015: Sicilian Fiat

GarryRF ·
These cute little Fiats were only 633cc and air cooled. But the tiny little Fiat engines was banned from western Europe for their excessive emissions.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 20, 2015: Sicilian Fiat

PHeymont ·
Belongs in the pantheon of true "people's cars" along with the Citroen 2CV and (dare I say it?) the ugly duckling of the lot...the Trabi, which was advanced over its peers in a number of ways. Ironic, isn't it, to think the original Fiat 300s like this one were banished for smoking, and now we find that VW's "clean diesel" was smoking a pack a day on the road!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 20, 2015: Sicilian Fiat

PHeymont ·
Oh, and let's not forget the original Morris Mini-Minor...not as early as the others, but wonderful in its own right.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 20, 2015: Sicilian Fiat

DrFumblefinger ·
Let's also not forget the Volkswagon on the European side. And the Ford Model T, which so greatly dropped the cost of an automobile it became a mass consumer good.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 20, 2015: Sicilian Fiat

GarryRF ·
This Tatra V570 was produced in 1933. Three years before the VW Beetle. It had a rear mounted air cooled engine. Lower centre of gravity to make it more stable. And aerodynamics to improve its efficiency. The Czech company tried to sue for copyright infringement - but Adolph H. dismissed the claim. He invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. VW finally paid up in 1961.
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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: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 20, 2015: Sicilian Fiat

GarryRF ·
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