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Sean Cowen
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Speed. The chase. Racing. Vintage travel and auto racing posters will capture my attention every time..

#cars #automobile #racing #sansebastian

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Here's a birthday wish for one of the most excellent dudes I know, +Ken Beghtel!

I know he's working on his B-Day, but he deserves a special, very nice day, and I hope his weeks get better and better! From one VW lover to another, motor on my man! Big hugs!

#happybirthday #birthdaywishes #volkswagen #vw #vwbug


Old VW, taken in Norwich.

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1949 Grand Prix International: Monza

I'm addicted to vintage posters like this one: the styling, the action, the thrill of racing, all come alive to me when I see them. I can feel the speed. I can envision being there, back in 1949, right in the middle of the action.

Cars and motorcycles will always be in my blood, and this poster instantly puts me there. It oozes coolness!

#grandprix #racing #cars #automobile #monza #posterart #posters


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1970 Plymouth Superbird

The short-lived Plymouth Superbird was a highly modified version of the Plymouth Road Runner with well-known graphics and horn. It was the factory's follow up stock car racing design for the 1970 season to the Dodge Charger Daytona of 1969, and incorporated many engineering changes and modifications (both minor and major) garnered from the Daytona's season in competition on the track.

The car's primary rival was the Ford Torino Talladega, a direct response to the Mopar aero car. It has also been speculated one motivating factor in the production of the car was to lure Richard Petty back to Plymouth. Both of the Mopar aero cars famously featured a protruding, aerodynamic nosecone, a high-mounted rear wing and, in the case of the Superbird, a horn which mimicked the Road Runner cartoon character.

Superbirds equipped with the top-of-the-line 426 cu in (7.0 L) Hemi engine with a pair of four barrel Carter AFB carburettors (2x4bbl) producing 425 hp (317 kW) could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.5 seconds.


Developed specifically for NASCAR racing, the Superbird, a modified Road Runner, was Plymouth's follow-on design to the Charger Daytona fielded by sister company Dodge in the previous season. The Charger 500 version that began the 1969 season was the first American car to be designed aerodynamically using a wind tunnel and computer analysis, and later was modified into the Daytona version with nose and tail.

The Superbird's smoothed-out body and nosecone were further refined from that of the Daytona, and the street version's retractable headlights (made of fiberglass[10]) added nineteen inches to the Road Runner's original length. The rear wing was mounted on tall vertical struts that put it into less disturbed air thus increasing the efficiency of the downdraft that it placed upon the car's rear axle. For nearly 30 years the mathematic formula used to determine the exact height of the enormous wing was thought to be a highly guarded Chrysler secret. In the 1990s a retired Chrysler project engineer claimed publicly that the height was determined in much simpler fashion: it was designed to provide clearance for the trunklid to open freely. It should be noted that by a co-incidence the height of the wing was at the optimum level for maximum downforce. The rear-facing fender scoops were to hide cut outs. These cutouts were to allow wheel clearance due to the larger, wider wheels and lowered height of the vehicle for NASCAR. On Daytonas, the scoops were actually for ventilating trapped air from the wheel wells in order to reduce under fender air pressure and lift. For standard road going Superbirds the covers or "air extractors" were a cosmetic enhancement, for looks only. Ground clearance was 7.2 inches (18 centimetres).

NASCAR's homologation requirement demanded that vehicles to be raced must be available to the general public and sold through dealerships in specific minimum numbers. For 1970, NASCAR raised the production requirement from 500 examples to one for every two manufacturer's dealers in the United States; in the case of Plymouth, that meant having to build 1,920 Superbirds. Due to increasing emissions regulations, combined with insurance hikes for high performance cars and NASCAR's effective ban on the aero cars, 1970 was its only production year.

"Superbird" decals were placed on the outside edges of the spoiler vertical struts featuring a picture of the Road Runner cartoon character holding a racing helmet. A smaller version of the decal appears on the driver side headlight door. Superbirds had three engine options: the 426 Hemi V8 engine producing 425 hp (317 kW), the 440 Super Commando Six Barrel with three two-barrel carburetors producing 390 hp (290 kW) or the 375 hp (280 kW) 440 Super Commando with a single 4-barrel carburetor. Only 135 models were fitted with the 426 Hemi. As the 440 was less expensive to produce, the "Street" version of the 426 Hemi engine used in competition was homologated by producing the minimum number required.

On the street, the nose cone and wing were very distinctive, but the aerodynamic improvements hardly made a difference there or on the drag strip. In fact, the 1970 Road Runner was actually quicker in the quarter mile and standard acceleration tests due to the increased weight of the Superbird's nose and wing. Only at speeds in excess of 60 mph (97 km/h) did the modifications begin to show any benefit.

Production Numbers

Chrysler memos of September 1969 show that the Sales Programming staff was preparing to handle 1,920 winged Plymouths for 1970, but published figures say as many as 2,783 were built. The current figure generally accepted is 1,935 SuperBirds built and shipped to United States dealers, with anywhere from 34 to 47 allegedly heading towards Canada. The engine option question is again a sticky one, although the most frequently seen numbers report 135 426ci. Hemi SuperBirds and 716 440ci. Six-Pack editions, with the remainder powered by 440ci. 4bbl. motors. It is believed that over 1,000 Plymouth SuperBirds exist today.

#chrysler #plymouth #superbird #cars #automobile #roadrunner #nascar #racing #richardpetty



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Ray Guns

I can't help it ... every time I see vintage ray guns, I'm reminded of the young boy version of me. That kid who grew up wanting to be an astronaut; the kid who loved sci-fi stories and films, and who was always fascinated by the endless variety of ray guns. What kid did't want a cool ray gun to protect himself, and his family and friends from the impending alien invasions? Yup, that was me. One day, I hope to build a vintage collection of robots and ray guns. Until then, I have pictures, lol.

#raygun #scifi #space #aliens #vintage #vintagetoys #toyguns

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What are your favorite 70s bands? Let's see what kind of cool list we can get together! Bonus points for the more obscure bands! Go!

#70smusic #music #musiclovers #rocknroll #iloverocknroll

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Morning, world.

Where will you travel TODAY? In your mind, or in real life. I'm curious to see where the world is going. For myself, I'm heading out to one of the world's biggest buildings shortly.

#prague #cz #czechreepublic #travel #seeingtheworld


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World War II Monument Opens In Washington, D.C. ON 29 April, 2004

On April 29, 2004, the National World War II Memorial opens in Washington, D.C., to thousands of visitors, providing overdue recognition for the 16 million U.S. men and women who served in the war. The memorial is located on 7.4 acres on the former site of the Rainbow Pool at the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The Capitol dome is seen to the east, and Arlington Cemetery is just across the Potomac River to the west.

The granite and bronze monument features fountains between arches symbolizing hostilities in Europe and the Far East. The arches are flanked by semicircles of pillars, one each for the states, territories and the District of Columbia. Beyond the pool is a curved wall of 4,000 gold stars, one for every 100 Americans killed in the war.An Announcement Stone proclaims that the memorial honors those “Americans who took up the struggle during the Second World War and made the sacrifices to perpetuate the gift our forefathers entrusted to us: A nation conceived in liberty and justice.”

Though the federal government donated $16 million to the memorial fund, it took more than $164 million in private donations to get it built. Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, who was severely wounded in the war, and actor Tom Hanks were among its most vocal supporters. Only a fraction of the 16 million Americans who served in the war would ever see it. Four million World War II veterans were living at the time, with more than 1,100 dying every day, according to government records.

The memorial was inspired by Roger Durbin of Berkey, Ohio, who served under Gen. George S. Patton. At a fish fry near Toledo in February 1987, he asked U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur why there was no memorial on the Mall to honor World War II veterans. Kaptur, a Democrat from Ohio, soon introduced legislation to build one, starting a process that would stumble alongthrough 17 years of legislative, legal and artistic entanglements. Durbin died of pancreatic cancer in 2000.

The monument was formally dedicated May 29, 2004, by U.S. President George W. Bush. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it received some 4.4 million visitors in 2005.

#wwii #worldwar2 #washington #monument #war #soldiers

The National World War II Memorial: The Meaning of the Memorial


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I was addicted to models as a kid. Cars, battleships, and cool spaceships. Yes, I was THAT kid, lol. Thanks for the memories, +Luca Oleastri​​!

#models #revell #childhood #spaceship #cars #baattleships #model kits 
XSL-01 Manned Space Ship - plastic model kit by Revell, 1957
#modelkits #vintage #retrofuture #spaceship

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Iconic Book Covers

What are some of the most ICONIC book covers that have stayed in your memory? My problem is that there are hundreds. I'm very visual, so the artwork remains, swirling around inside my brain. But when you see great artwork, it does stay with you. Sometimes for years, sometimes forever. Like this artwork...

#booklovers #bookporn #bookjacket #bookcovers #books #bookartwork

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