Friday, October 21, 2016

Hood ornament

1919 Schneider Cup Sopwith entrant

Powered by a 450 hp Cosmos Jupiter radial providing a top speed of 170mph. The pilot was Harry Hawker, a name that might seem familiar to some.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


How could anyone not love a Morgan...?

Our 1919 Schneider Cup entrant

Foiled by heavy fog conditions, the 1919 Schneider Cup race held at Bournemouth was a bust. Four aircraft made it to the starting line, three gave up after a lap including the Supermarine Sea Lion 1 above. The remaining plane, the Italian entry, was determined to have missed one marker buoy and so was disqualified. 
 The pilot of the Sea Lion, Basil D. Hobbs, was a Canadian who had flown seaplanes during the war during which time he sank two German submarines and also shot down a Zeppelin. In the latter event, after downing the Zeppelin, he had been attacked by German fighters which damaged the aircraft enough that he had to land in the sea. He then taxied across the channel to get back to England. 
After the war he returned to Canada and took part in various flight-related ventures in the newly formed Canadian Air Force including being part of the first trans-Canadian flight and later being an integral part of the aerial photographic and surveying program. 
  Seems like quite a guy, how come I never heard of him before?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Jaguar XK-SS

Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, Jaguar, Jaguar Cars, 1990
In 1957 Jaguar produced this very exciting new car, basically a roadgoing D-type. It appears that the plan was to use up stocks of surplus parts as the D type racer was not selling. Unfortunately a fire destroyed the jigs after only sixteen were built.

Norton Frame

The famous "Featherbed" frame.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Canadian Pacific's Empress of India

Bill McKee & Georgeen Klassen, Trail of Iron, Glen-Alberta Institute 1983
The Empress of India was built at Barrow-in-Furness England and made her maiden voyage in the spring of 1891. She served in the Hong Kong - Shanghai - Nagasaki - Kobe - Yokohama - Vancouver route for the CPR until she was sold in 1914- being converted to a hospital ship for Indian troops. She was retired in 1918 and scrapped the following year.

Cushman Truckster

Sunday, October 16, 2016

TTC Subway cars arrive, 1953

Mass Transportation Magazine January 1954

Saturday, October 15, 2016