Posté le 30/01/2009 at 02:10

Monaco Top Marques 2008

I know, I know, I'm running very late with this article...
I already gave you an article about this event in 2007... I went back there in 2008, so here goes nothing, a few pictures from the Monaco Top Marques Show! (thanks Piet for the VIP Pass!)

Not as many pictures this time since many cars present this time were already there last year...

This is quite a funny place actually, where the most classy things rest side to side with exceptionnal examples of bad taste. (see this stolen picture for example)... icone smiley wink
Anyway, once again, here be some very desirable vehicles. I gotta admit I'd gladly make that white SLR Brabus blanche my daily driver...
Oh, and look, nothing happens by chance : a MotoArt, stand is here, I just told you about them a while ago : I manage to get their beautiful paper catalogue... icone smiley wink
would you like to know more? :
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Posté le 12/01/2009 at 11:52

80.000 Hits... Happy New Year 2009!

10 times! This is the tenth time I wish you all, a Happy New Year on my website! Wow! icone smiley wink

So, Excellent New Year 2009 to you, my dearest anonymous visitor. May this year bring you...
Well, hmm...
Let's say a good health, a roof on your head and enough to eat, that's already a lot with things as they are.
And if this year allows us to play a little bit with old, greasy toys and/or do some travels, well, that would be a very good year ; let's first try to keep it going that way till 2010, right?! icone smiley laugh

I would like to use that post as well to celebrate my 80.000th visitor! Thanks a lot, as usual, to all of you guys (and girls!), for your loyalty and little, friendly messages...
I know, ShamWerks could be more active, but I must admit that the current freezing-cold winter down here in France has somewhat cooled down my creativity... Beside, I do not have a lack of projects! OK, thy will be my good resolution for 2K9 : make my projects move forward, and stop waiting!

As goes the tradition, here's a pin-up to celebrate the new level reached by the hit-o-meter. But not just any pin up : Bettie Page herself, the world class pin up and burlesque icon...
Who has left us to shoot pictures under new skies last month, at the age of 85.

Bye Bettie.
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Posté le 08/01/2009 at 13:50

KG from above

OK, call me paranoid, like 1984, Big Brother and so on, but hey, the Americans have spotted my Karmann from space! icone smiley laugh icone smiley laugh icone smiley laugh

Yep, that is my KG, parked on the parking lot of my former place, spotted by the Google's satellites (middle picture) and the Microsoft's planes (left and right pictures)! Feels a bit like Yann Arthus Bertrand (Earth from Above), somehow...
Click the pictures to get to the maps...

What about you? Can you see your toys from space?

[via Google Maps and Live Maps]
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Posté le 16/12/2008 at 15:17

Popular Science goes Google

Google Books again came with another big thing, by putting online all the issues of Popular Science Magazine, since the very first one issued in May 1872!

I assume, as you're browsing through ShamWerks, that's you'll be especially interested by the issues from the 50's-60's. And good news, these are just an orgy of shiny retro-futuristic covers!

More specifically, you'll find for example in the June '57 issue a comparative test of "foreign cars", featuring the Karmann Ghia Low-Light (on the cover), the BMW Isetta, the Renault Dauphine, etc... And in the April '58 issue, that's a Beetle you'll see on the cover, illustrating an article about the "8 best-selling cars"...
Furthermore, in the February '67 issue, you'll find a pretty nice article about "the cars you can build yourself", the main feature being the Manx Buggies! (wow, Bruce Meyers was young on these pics! icone smiley wink).
Yet more buggies on the cover of the August '69 issue, as of the March 69 issue (along with an article by Wernher Von Braun, funny to see how they forget the SS past of that guy 'cause he took'em on the moon... Whatever...).

I could keep on going giving you a list of links, but the best way to find out if for you to dig into it by yourself : Click here!
Thanks who? Thanks Google. icone smiley wink
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Posté le 04/11/2008 at 15:02

50.57 knots...

Exactly one month ago, a barrier went down, while nobody really noticed. Well, OK, I can understand that the world economical crisis is more important in people's mind right now than this kind of announcement. Whatever.

In Lüderitz, Namibia, took place the Luderitz Speed Challenge 2008, an annual speed sailing contest, validated by the very uncompromising WSSRC (World Sailing Speed Record Council)...
And that's where occured that new record, and not the least one, as the mythical 50 knots frontier was breached! And for the sailing people, this was like the sound barrier!
Plus, not only its a KiteBoard that performed this amazing speed (and I do like kiteboarding!), opening a new era after decades of Windsurf hegemony, but it's a French who did it!

So, on October 3rd, Sébastien Cattelan reaches 50.26 knots, writing his name in history books as the first one ever making "one small step for man" above the 50 knots... Two days later, Alexandre Caizergues (yet another frenchy) takes the record back at an outstanding 50.57 knots, i.e. 92.6 km/h or 81.38 mph (1 knot = 1,852 km/h).

And that fast, on water, standing on a small board, that's huge... Here's a video of Caizergues' run for you to make up your mind.

Next step : 100 km/h... It took 10 years to the windsurfers to get from 30 to 40 knots ; kiteboarding being quite a young sport, in constant evolution, some think the 60 knots could be reached in the next years...

It's high time I go to Mauritius...
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