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porsche-and-son.jpgI said in a post a few weeks back that the Porsche 356 (bathtub) was always one of my favorite cars, so here is just a bit on the history of that car.  After World War II in 1948 the Porsche Firm moved to Austria and produced farm and industrial motors.   Ferry Porsche, son of Dr. Ing Ferdinand Porsche, designed and fabricated the first #356 car, model 356-001.  It was later raced at the Innsbruck city race, winning in the 1100cc class in its first outing.  In 1950 the factory was relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany and history was made on this day September 1, 1950 when the first Porsche with a Porsche made engine was produced.  After an awesome win at Le Mans with the Porsche 356-002 in 1951, Porsche had proudly put its name in the history books.  The factory would produce nearly 80,000 Porsche 356 type’s till 1965.  The price for a 1952 coupe, $4,200, for a 1954 Super $4,400 and for a 1955 Speedster only $3,500.  Yes, I realize that was a lot of money back then but I sure wish I had then what I have now.  My own personal note is that I did own a 1972 914 (poor man’s Porsche) in my younger days.  Related to Porsche, when I lived in California I owned a VW Baja Bug for the dunes, I think it was a 1974 and also for the street, my favorite car I ever owned was a 1960 VW Beatle, man that was the best car in the world.  Although, you know if you’ve ever owned a VW, it is a love- hate relationship.  I do sometimes miss fixing something on that car every single day, especially the windshield wipers.  Ahh memories!  If you are looking for something a little newer, below from foreground to background: Porsche 718 RSK Spyder, a Porsche 718 RSK F1, Porsche 904, and Porsche 356B Abarth Carrera GTL


After Vaughan finished a show with Robert Cray and Eric Clapton the night of August 25, 1990 at the Alpine Valley Music Theater near East Troy Wisconsin, he woke the next morning and described what he called a “horrible” nightmare. He shared this story with his band (Double Trouble) and some trusted crew members.  Stevie said he felt “terrified, yet almost peaceful” he dreamt that he was at his own funeral and saw thousands of mourners.  Stevie with Double Trouble performed that night along with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, and Stevie’s older brother Jimmie.  They closed the show with a Robert Johnson song “Sweet Home Chicago.”  Afterwards backstage Vaughan and Clapton talked about future dates in London to pay a tribute to Jimi Hendrix.  As Vaughan planned to make the long drive back to Chicago with his brother and sister-in-law, Connie, he learned from a member of Clapton’s crew that three seats were open on one of the helicopters returning to Chicago with Clapton’s crew.  At the last minute they learned that only one seat was available, Vaughan said to Connie and Jimmie, “Do you mind if I take the seat? I really need to get back.”  The helicopter took off around 12:40 am, four hours later at about 5 am, a search for the lost helicopter was begun.  About two hours later at 7 am searchers found the bodies of Vaughan and the other passengers, all on board were killed instantly.  William Bruce, National Transportation Safety Board investigator later described the crash as ”a high-energy, high-velocity impact at a shallow angle.”  Stephen “Stevie” Ray Vaughan was born October 3, 1954 in Dallas, Texas USA and died this day August 27, 1990.  With good reason, Rolling Stone magazine in 2003, ranked Stevie Ray Vaughan #7 in their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.


On a personal note, I was lucky enough to see Stevie’s last tour date in New Orleans.  It was Greg Allman and Stevie Ray Vaughan, what an experience that was. My memory tells me it was less than a month or two before his death but after searching the net, I learned he played here on April 29. 1990.  My memory has not failed me in remembering the concert though, it was truly one of the best concerts I remember despite the conditions.  It was outside at night, raining pretty hard off and on.  I was soaking wet from head to toe, in mud up to my ankles and there was lightning in the air, and it was not from the weather!  Thanks tofor the video of the very fitting  song to my memory in the rain, here is Stevie Ray Vaughan jamming to “Texas Flood.”





















I saw this kid Zack Kim at Hot Air on a youtube video playing a couple other tunes that looked like it took way more talent than this piece by Ludwig van Beethoven written in 1810 called Bagatelle in “A “minor, known as Fur Elise.  This young man has talent that he was obviously born with, which is easy to say and dismiss the fact that he has put many hours of time in to practice and perfect his art to a point that he could perform these songs.  What really is mind blowing is the losers that comment at youtube and try to belittle Kim about everything from his ancestry to how he should be playing “TWO” guitars.  I suppose that’s the only way some people can get attention, is by tearing someone else down, since they have no talent of their own.  Fantastic job Zack!

So Putin said Russia Will Be World’s Largest Millitary Aircraft Maker 

Thanks to AmericaMDCCLXXVI for the video.


I remember the movie years ago but had no idea of the actual car.  No, the actual car did not fly around or have any other magical powers, except unheard of speed for that time.  The car was actually a number of 6 cylinder English racing cars built on Mercedes chassis from the 1920s.  They were built and raced by Count Louis Zborowski and his engineer Clive Gallop. Although I found no mention of this in any of the articles I read, according to on this day August 23, 1922 the 23 liter car won the first Southsea Speed Carnival in England at 73.1 mph.  The articles have a great deal more information, with pictures and tell of the rich history of these race cars, including speeds a lot faster than the 73.1 mph mentioned above.  I can see by the antics of Zboorowski’s team like a wood stove chimney cap on the top of the exhaust pipe (photo in article) may have inspired Ian Fleming to write the novel that led to the movie and musical.  The name Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the movie was said to have come from the noise the car made.  In reality it is thought that it comes from a World War I song about Officers based in France that would get a weekend pass or “chit” that they would use to visit Paris and “enjoy the favors of the ladies”, hence “Chitty Bang Bang.”  Brooklands Society, British Motor Manufacturers, British Motor Manufacturers Higham Special, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Surprisingly this was The Lovin’ Spoonfuls only number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  It made number 1 on this day August 23, 1966 and stayed for 3 weeks.  John Sebastian’s younger brother Mark wrote this song and John made it a bit more upbeat.  You gotta love those ‘pork chops,’ ahh the 60’s.  Thanks to Alquit2 for the video.

Another chart topper today, only in 1974 was Tell Me Something Good by Rufis featuring Chaka Khan.  This is a really good video to get your FUNK ON, Live in NEW YORK’S Central Park! sadly the author did not allow embedding but it is worth the click.