Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Tara Tari

"The beginnings of my story with Tara Tari are simple. I was in bad shape and I met her. We were at a standstill, both stranded at the dock and we helped each other. We left together. Sometimes alone, often accompanied. Simply, with the wind. Our journey does not call on achievement or performance." In this tale of sea and resilience, Capucine Trochet relates her crazy adventure with Tara Tari, a small Bangladeshi fishing sailboat made of jute and recycled materials. The boat's architect had warned her: Tara Tari is not made to cross the Atlantic. Yet, Tara Tari, so small, is perhaps the only boat in which she feels able to cross the ocean. After ten months at sea, Capucine learns the name of her genetic disease which imposes permanent suffering on her and she decides to continue her navigations. Without challenge. The storm towards the Cape Verde archipelago, the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean..., she achieves the essence of her dream. Everything makes sense during the trip; even disease. Without engine, without electronics and without a penny, it advances or reverses to the rhythm of the elements. Over the nautical miles, Capucine builds a new way of life and experiments with optimistic sobriety. Tara Tari, more than a boat, has become "her wings and her freedom". 

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

1970 Moto Guzzi V7 Special Ambassador

Originally, the first V7 marketed from 1967 was designed to equip the Italian police, following a competition launched in the early 1960s. It was designed by Giulio Cesare Carcano.

Giulio Cesare Carcano

Its engine is often mistakenly compared to that developed for the Autoveicolo da Montagna 3x3 and used by the army, also called the "mechanical mule", itself similar to the aborted engine project of the Fiat 500. Giulio Cesare Carcano makes note that if these engines have in common to be V-twins, they are nevertheless totally different and the fruit of different ideas. According to Umberto Todero, they have nothing in common.

The 703.3 cc 90° open V-twin, mounted longitudinally in the V7's double-cradle frame, develops 40 bhp. Braking is provided by two 220 mm drums, double cam at the front and single cam at the rear. It was not until the 1965 Milan Motor Show that the civilian version was presented. Compared to the police models, the civilian V7 gains around ten horsepower and loses 20 kg.

In 1969, the V7 Special presented the first evolution of the V7. The displacement increases to 757 cm3 by a 3 mm increase in the bore, which induces a gain of 5 hp. Its aesthetics are slightly modified. It is only available in white, with red stripes on the tank, front fender and side covers. It is marketed until 1971.

The V7 Special is lined with a V7 Ambassador, reserved for the American market: a large handlebar, a different saddle and chrome cylinder guards. The V7 Special retained a right-side gearshift, while the US Ambassador is shifted on the left

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Monday, March 20, 2023

Colt Single Action Army 1896 Restoration

Since the Sergio Leone movie The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, I have always been fascinated by the Colt Peacemaker. This is an example of an amazing previous customer restoration made by Turnbull restoration in Bloomfield, NY and therefore the firearm is not for sale. The Colt Single Action Army “Peacemaker” revolver is a famous piece of Americana. The SAA was designed for the U.S. government service revolver trials of 1872 by Colt’s Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company and was adopted as the standard military service revolver until 1892.

History Restored:

Install new hammer, fit new bolt, time revolver, repair recoil shield

Repair ejector rod housing and screw, fit new ejector rod

Fit new reproduction black Colt grips

Polish all parts for correct high polish finish

All screws repaired/replaced

Restore all original markings

Color case harden frame, loading gate and hammer

New cylinder

Charcoal blue barrel and cylinder

Nitre blue screws


Friday, March 17, 2023

Fonk Motorcycle, Kobe, Japan

Launched in June 2018, this shop located under the viaduct focuses on the sale and customization of used motorcycles. They focus on single/twin domestic models, especially Super Cub and SR400, and cover Triumph and Harley.
The owner of Fonk Motorcycle, Mr. Awaji, who has an open and unbiased outlook, says the majority of his customers are relatively young people in their 20s and 30s. Also, there are a lot of people who run clothing stores and other businesses in Kobe Sannomiya and Motomachi, so I think it's easy to come up with activities after buying a motorbike and connect with other customers.

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mark III

The DB 2/4 Mark III  is a grand tourer sold by Aston Martin from 1957 until 1959. It was an evolution of the DB2/4 Mark II model it replaced, using an evolution of that car's W.O. Bentley-designed 2.9 L (2922 cc/178 in³) Lagonda straight-6 engine, redesigned by Tadek Marek. It was succeeded by the Aston Martin DB4 in 1958. James Bond drives an Aston Martin DB Mark III in the novel version of Goldfinger, though it is referred to as a "DB III" in the book, the chapter in which he drives to his famous golf-course encounter with the villain is entitled 'Thoughts in a DB III'. It is the only Bond car in the Ian Fleming novels to have gadgets installed. For the film adaptation five years later, the car was updated to the Aston Martin DB5 model and the array of gadgetry was much expanded. That model was to become one of the most iconic of classic cars as a result. Pictures via : Route da Sogno

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

The steamer Miramar

Faced with the need to increase its fleet, and especially to improve the Barcelona line, Isleña Marítima contracted with the Odero shipyards in Genoa to build a steamer with greater tonnage than the Bellver and equipped with more sumptuous rooms. The ship was launched on December 17, 1903, after having had to endure a forty-day wait as a result of the bad state of the sea. A week later, on the following December 24, the official tests were carried out in the waters of Genoa, in which the ship reached 15 knots of speed at forced draft and 13 knots at normal draft.

The Miramar steamer docked at the Puerta de la Paz pier in Palma around 1905.

Captain Ricardo Terrasa and pilot Jorge Benassar in 1909

In the port of Barcelona. To the left of the image the Temerario gunboat.

On January 7, 1904, she arrived at the port of Palma for the first time from Genoa, under the Italian flag and with an Italian crew, under the command of Captain Gregorio Costa. Also traveling on board were the Director of Isleña Marítima Sebastián Simó, the counselor José Barceló and those who were going to be owners of the ship, Captain Juan Singala and the chief engineer Antonio Thomás.

Taken by its starboard quarter in Palma de Mallorca.

In the port of Barcelona in one of its usual berths.

The steamer Miramar remained in port for several months while the procedures for its flagging were completed and on April 9, under the command of Captain Juan Singala, left for Marseilles in order to clean up funds, returning to Palma on the 15th of the same month. Before docking on the regular line from Palma to Barcelona, the ship provided special services on the occasion of King Alfonso XIII's visit to Palma. On April 21, she went out to receive the royal yacht Giralda off Cape Regana with the members of the Governing Board of Isleña Marítima and many guests. The following day, together with her Balearic fleet companion, she accompanied the monarch to the caves of Artá, Alcudia and Pollensa and on the night of the 24th she left for Ibiza on the occasion of the King's trip to that island.

Miramar steamship watercolor by Ramón Sampol Isern.

A few days later, he joined the line from Palma to Barcelona, the steamer Miramar being the "flagship" of the Isleña Marítima fleet, and therefore, under the command of the dean of its captains and its first engineers, who in those years They were Juan Singala and Antonio Thomás, respectively, until the incorporation of the ship Rey Jaime II, in October 1910, relegated it to a secondary place. In 1918, when Isleña Marítima became a subsidiary of Compañía Trasmediterránea, the steamship Miramar began to sail on behalf of the nascent shipping company together with its fleet mates Rey Jaime I, Rey Jaime II, Balearic Islands, Bellver, Mallorca, Cataluña, Isleño, Lulio , Palma City, and Formentera, although chance made it do so for a very short time.

The steamship Miramar, shot down on its port side, on its deathbed on the cliffs of Gargacido.

The tragic end of his seafaring life : The scarcity of coal that caused the European war also made it advisable to separate the Miramar from its usual services in the Balearic Islands, and its hull painted black, as a cargo ship, at the beginning of 1918 it undertook its first trip to the port of Musel to load coal bound for Cádiz. At five in the afternoon on February 8, the Miramar left Gijón and around three in the morning of the following day ran aground on the cliffs of Gargacido, near the town of Cariño (A Coruña), in the area of Cape Ortegal, missing the ship completely