Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
How can we have true financial reform if automobile dealers are excluded from the Bill that President Obama will sign on July 4!!
Hi folks -- more smoke and mirrors from the federal government! The financial reform bill hailed as a great victory by the Obama Administration and for the American consumer excludes auto dealers -- those who actually write up 80% of all loans issued to the public. The dealers have Congress in their pockets, and consequently this Bill, which is seen as placing new rules in place that will reign in the banks, does actually very little in terms of changing the lives of ordinary Americans and their most common financial dealings. So it goes back to the old question of who owns this government? Not you and me, because we haven't paid for it! It is the lobbyists and their backers that hold the purse strings, and the Obamaites wants to make us feel that we are gaining new freedoms, when in actuality we are more manipulated than ever.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
A Great Happy Brithday to Me! The Kettering Cruise-In, June 25! Pictures of dashes from a 1948 Ford, 1956 Corvette, 1959 Thunderbird, 1964 Riviera
From a 1948 Ford
From a 1956 Corvette
From a 1959 Thunderbird
From a 1964 Buick Riviera
OK, I am a little vain to wish myself a happy birthday. But it does mark another year on planet earth, and for that I am very grateful. I try to use the birthday as a way of getting out of doing work around the yard, but it did eventually catch up with me today (June 26). Boy, do I hate using the weed-wacker!
Anyway, I had the chance to get down early to the Kettering cruise-in yesterday, and I never regret making the stop, even if only for a few minutes. There was only one other Porsche that I saw there, a freshly painted 914, although it look like it had a previous hard life on the streets.
Attached are a few photos of cars that struck me as interesting. Note that I am focusing on dashes this time around, perhaps because of Dr. Garten's previous post on my blog.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Hi folks -- got a call from my daughter from SD this morning -- sure do miss her! Also miss my own father, now long gone (October 25, 1983).
Friday, June 18, 2010
An Accident With Our 1996 850 Turbo Volvo Wagon -- A not-so-pleasant experience with Carl's Towing and Body Shop from Dayton, Ohio!!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Suicide by Automobile, Part II: the Overlooked Connection between Suicides and Motor Vehicle Fatalities
Mishima killed himself on Tuesday, November 24, 1970. In the experimental period of one week that followed, there were 117 motor vehicle fatalities. This week, then was compared to control weeks (taken from data generated between 1966 and 1973), that is weeks that did not experience any suicide. In sum, the number of motor vehicle deaths from the week of the Mishima case was significantly higher (117 compared to 98.88, or 9.12%).
Phillips extended his examination to the periods immediately before and after a suicide. Reasoning tht if a direct connection did exist between suicides and motor vehicle fatalities, then it would only be after the suicide hit the news that a motor vehicle suicide would occur. Therefore he studied data beginning two days before the suicide, the day of the suicide, and eleven days after the suicide. He then compared this data to his control years, focusing on exactly the same days. The pattern that he uncovered was rather surprising. Phillips found that there was only a slight difference between the week under consideration and the control week two days before the vent, and that the day of the event only a small increase followed. The same was true for the second day after the suicide, but then the third day brought with it an enormous increase in fatalities, some 31.29 % when compared to the control weeks. After the third day the rate of vehicular fatalities decreased precipitously and thus the key finding was that there was a “third day spike.” Further, the rate of subsequent fatalities was also linked to the amount of publicity the initial suicide garnered. If publicity of the event took place in one of the five largest of the California newspapers, then there was a 18.84 % increase in fatalities.
Phillips work was most revealing, but also would come under significant criticism in the years that followed.
To be continued….
David P. Phillips, “Motor Vehicle Fatalities Increase Just After Publicized Suicide Stories,” Science, (1977): 1464ff.
David P. Phillips, “Suicide, Motor Vehicle Fatalities, and the Mass Media: Evidence Toward a theory of Suggestion,” The American Journal of Sociology (1979): 1150ff.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
A car sits smashed outside Marina Towers after an apparent suicide jumper landed on it. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)
Suicide by Automobile: the Overlooked Connection between Suicides and Motor Vehicle Fatalities
Hi folks, while suicide by carbon monoxide in a garage is a well known action, the use of automobile as a weapon upon self was not understood for quite a long time. Of course the news is filled with stories of suicide bombers, but this is a very different kind of act, not directed intentionally towards others. Here is the beginning of a study on the history of the subject.
Draft copyrighted 2010
Department of History
University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio 45469
While research on suicide has a long history, the motor vehicle’s complicity in suicides was not studied until the second half of the 20th century. It remained until the 1980s before this specific area was closely examined, theories proposed, and controversy followed.
During the late 19th century Emile Durkheim emerged as the first significant scholar in studying when, where, and why suicides took place and his work along with those who immediately followed pointed to some important “truths.” Contrary to conventional wisdom, it was found that more suicides happened in the spring than in winter, although more suicides did occur around the coming of the New Year and were more prevalent at the beginning of a month rather than the end. Yet, this body of work was totally divorced from any considerations about how the automobile might serve as a tool in a suicide attempt. It remained until the 1960s before researchers began to tie in automobile use or misuse with the self-termination of life. Until then fatal accidents were normally attributed to three main causes: speed, incompetence, or alcohol.
In 1960, Austin L. Porterfield published a seminal study "Traffic Fatalities, Suicide, and Homicide" in the American Sociological Review. Porterfield argued that there was a direct correlation between the rate of suicides and homicides in a given geographical area and motor vehicle deaths. Consequently, drivers living in a specific locus shared a mentality similar to those associated with suicidal and homicidal elements in the population. Porterfield concluded that "it may be predicted that drivers who have little regard for their own lives or the lives o others…will have higher rates of accidents than drivers who place a high value on human life." Basing his work on some sixty metropolitan areas within the U.S., Porterfield drew on previous studies on comparative mortality and uniform crime reports. Yet, self admittedly his work marked only a beginning, as he concluded that "further research…will need to incorporate case studies in accident prone drivers…class, educational, and vocational backgrounds." Put another way, the author ended by says that "if this comparison of suicide-homicide rates of death from traffic accidents stimulated further research, it will have served its purpose."
Austin L. Porterfield, "Traffic Fatalities, Suicide, and Homicide." American Sociological Review (1960): 897.
To be continued….
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Bob Burman, race car driver[Race car driver Bob Burman and his "Blitzen Benz"]
Photo shows race car driver Bob Burman and his "Blitzen Benz."
Photo shows race car driver Bob Burman and his "Blitzen Benz."
Photo shows race car drivers Bob Burman, Louis Disbrow, Jack Tower, and Joe Grennon
Burman & De Palma
Bob Burman's car after accident - Indianapolis
all photos from the Library of Congress
Bob Burman (23 April 1884 Imlay City, Michigan – 18 April 1916 Corona, California) was an active in the formative years of auto racing. He competed at the Indianapolis 500 in 1911, and was the winner of the first feature race at the track in 1909.
Burman was killed in a road race in Corona, California, when he rolled over in his open-cockpit Puegot. Three spectators were also killed, and five others were seriously injured. His death led Barney Oldfield and Harry Miller to design an construct a race car that incorporated a roll cage inside a streamlined driver's compartment that completely enclosed the driver (called the "Golden Submarine").
Monday, June 7, 2010
Additional Bibliographic Material on Auto Racing Pre-WWII
Illustrated Speedway News, May 1938-
National Auto Racing News, November, 1934-
Quattlebaum, Julian. The Great Savannah Races. 1957. Rpr. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1983.
Radbruch, Don. Dirt Track Auto Racing, 1919-1941. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2004.
Rose, Buz. "Show Biz" Auto Racing: A Pictorial and Written History of IMCA Big Car Racing, 1915-1977. Glendale, AZ: Rose Racing Publications, 2001.
Russell, Jim and Ed Watson. Safe at Any Speed. Marshall, IN: Witness Productions, 1992.
Seymour, Miranda. The Bugatti Queen: In Search of a Motor-racing Legend. London: Simon and Schuster, 2004.
Simone, Daniel John. "Drivers, Dust and Dirt: The History of Auto Racing in Fargo, North Dakota (1903-1969)." MA Thesis, North Dakota State University, 2002.
Taylor, Sec. "Gus Schrader: Auto Racing Champion." Annals of Iowa, 3rd series, 38 (Spring, 1966), 304-8.
Wagner, Fred. The Saga of the Roaring Road. 2nd ed. Boston: Meador, 1938.
White, Gordon Elliot. Kurtis-Kraft: Masterworks of Speed and Style. St. Paul, MN: MBI Publishing, 2001.
________________. Lost Race Tracks: Treasures of Automobile Racing. Hudson, WI: Iconographix, 2002.
________________. Offenhauser: The Legendary Racing Engine and the Men Who Built it. Osceola, WI: MBI, 1996.
Wilkinson, Sylvia. Dirt Tracks to Glory: The Early Days of Stock Car Racing as Told by the Participants. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1983.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Start of Vanderbilt Race, October 1, 1910
Start of Vanderbilt Cup Race, n.d.
Tracey finishing in the Vanderbilt cup race, for racing cars sponsored by W.K. Vanderbilt, Jr.
Scoreboard at the Vanderbilt cup race, for racing cars sponsored by W.K. Vanderbilt, Jr.
Duchess of Marlborough (Balsan, Consuelo Vanderbilt) leaving Vanderbilt Cup races in auto, amid crowd. Westbury, L.I. Oct. 14, 1905
Woman drives at world's record speed of 109 miles an hour. Mrs. Gwenda Stewart, ... at wheel of her ... bantam car ... in which she seat a world's small-car speed record ... at Montlhery Track, near Paris
Katherine Drexel Dahlgren in her racing auto
[Woman putting water in radiator of Stutz Weightman Special no 26. on Benning race track, Washington, D.C., area]
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
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Casey, Robert. “The Vanderbilt Cup.” Technology and Culture, 40 (April, 1999), 358-363.
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Clark, George Stephens. “Gasoline and Sand: the Birth of Automobile Speed Racing.” Mankind: the Magazine of Popular History, 3 no. 4 (1971), 14-24.
Cole, Terrence M. “Ocean to Ocean by Model T: Henry Ford and the 1909 Transcontinental Auto Contest.” Journal of Sport History, 18 (Summer, 1991), 224-240.
Dill, Mark. “Barney Oldfield and the Quest of the Louisiana Purchase Trophy.” Gateway, 25 (Summer, 2004), 50-55.
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Gerber, Timothy. “Built for Speed: the Checkered Career of Race Car Designer Harry A. Miller.” Wisconsin Magazine of History, 85 (March, 2002), 32-41.
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Simone, Daniel J. “Horsepower and Horse Tracks: The Fargo Auto Races of 1915.” North Dakota History, 74 (2007), 36-43.
Waters, Alvin W. “The Twin City Motor Speedway.” Minnesota History, 60 (December, 2007), 304-311.
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