ATTENTION, GET FAMOUS IN THE DUTCH CINEMAS WITH YR CAR! – NL VERSIE

http://crankhandleblog.comVandaag een heel speciale oproep die ik al heb aangekondigd in een eerder artikel! Nu we, na gisteren, toch nog in de maffia-roes zitten… Mijn zus werkt aan de voorbereidingen voor een geweldige WO2 gangster-film.  En daarvoor is ze op zoek naar voor-oorlogse automobielen, bv. Citroen Traction Avant, Fiat, Opel, DKW, Chevrolet, Ford, enz.

Zet je schrap, misschien wordt je wel beroemd, in ieder geval zeker in ons nederige landje! Want je krijgt bij deze de kans om de handlanger van een destijds bekende maffioso te spelen, als chauffeur van een van de acteurs in je eigen klassieke wagen! Het gaat hier om keiharde criminaliteit, dus ik kan gerust zeggen dat het puur en alleen om je auto gaat… ; )

Lijkt het je wat om die rol te spelen in deze Hollandse WO2 film… Lees verder 

Of klik hier voor de Engels-talige versie!

THE SPORT OF SHIKAR, AT YOUR SERVICE YOUR HIGHNESS!

http://crankhandleblog.comIf you heave read the previous ‘Maharaja’ articles, you may have noticed the term shikar several times. Before Independence in 1947, the Indian Royalty had an exclusive privilege for hunting, known as the sport of shikar. As a vegan quite sad to write about those shikar expeditions where many of those beautiful and now very rare (Bengal) tigers were killed. Anyhow, some very fine shikar vehicles were involved with this ‘sport’! It was a way of sharpening the senses, keeping the reflexes up to date and being active. The Maharajas needed to be prepared for war at all times… Continue reading

THE ART DECO LOVING DANDY MAHARAJA YESHWANTRAO HOLKAR II OF INDORE – PART 1

http://crankhandleblog.comFirst some background! Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar III (1890-1978) ruled the Princely State of Indore (9,519 square miles with 19 gun salutes) from 1903 to 1926. He was already quite an unconventional Maharaja and one of the first in Central India who, around 1906, acquired an automobile! He always purchased (lots of) cars for a reason… for some kind of a utilitarian purpose. He was just more of a practical collector than a petrol head.

Now about that futuristic master dandy, which he really was… Continue reading

GO WITH THE AIR-FLOW, THE AERODYNAMICS OF A ZEPPELIN…

Today I indulge in the history of the aerodynamics of cars and windtunnel testing. You may wonder what the Zeppelin has to do with this? I will explain…

The Hungarian engineer Paul Jaray was the man who presented numerous designs for streamlined car bodies. Initially he designed seaplanes, but later he focused on streamlining airships. The LZ-120 Bodensee was one of his airship designs.

http://crankhandleblog.comThe detailed series of experiments in the LZ’s windtunnel were also a start of something new, the use of aerodynamics in car design. Jaray studied the effects of wind direction and airflow over an airship at ground level. This way he also developed his theories about streamlining motorcars. With his streamlining theories Jaray founded in 1927 the Stromlinien Karosserie Gesellschaft. But of the many car manufacturers to whom he presented his designs for streamlined bodies Tatra was the only one which… Continue reading