One more time....

black mambablack mamba Major grinsJacksonville, FLRegistered Users Posts: 6,829 Major grins
edited April 14, 2020 in Other Cool Shots

...and I apologize upfront, as I've shown this magnificent car before. Every time I see it, I have to shoot it.

As you look at the lines of that car, keep in mind that the entire body of that car is formed from hand-manipulated sheets of aluminum. There's no machine stamped out fenders, trunk, etc. anywhere on that car. Now, there are certainly other cars that are bodied with hand-formed aluminum. But I have never, ever seen another vehicle of this size and complexity of body contours done up in hand-formed aluminum. I mean, just look at all the swirling, dipping, and rising in the body sufaces.....along with straight sections that have to be perfect. And they are perfect. It takes someone of extraordinary talent in working with metal to pull off a caper like this..... someone who has taken his skills to the highest artisan level.

If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.

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  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainAdministrators, Vanilla Admin Posts: 19,160 moderator

    That is truly remarkable.

  • JuanoJuano Major grins Brasilia, BrazilRegistered Users Posts: 3,922 Major grins

    Beautiful

  • Lab_TestedLab_Tested ColoradoRegistered Users Posts: 52 Big grins

    That is an amazing vehicle. I had never seen it before your post, but within an hour, of viewing it, I came across an article on the history of this car. Unfortunately it was heavily damaged in the N. California fires of 2018, but the owner vows to restore it.

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLRegistered Users Posts: 6,829 Major grins

    @Richard said:
    That is truly remarkable.

    Hey, Richard. Stay safe.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLRegistered Users Posts: 6,829 Major grins

    @Juano said:
    Beautiful

    Thanks, buddy.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLRegistered Users Posts: 6,829 Major grins

    @Lab_Tested said:
    That is an amazing vehicle. I had never seen it before your post, but within an hour, of viewing it, I came across an article on the history of this car. Unfortunately it was heavily damaged in the N. California fires of 2018, but the owner vows to restore it.

    I hope he does. He had to rescue the thing in poor condition from a desert. Then he spent a couple of years bringing it back to life. Now the fire got him. Man, that's tough.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • JonaBeth RussellJonaBeth Russell Major grins MauiRegistered Users Posts: 983 Major grins

    Siiiiiiick!!!

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 7,853 Major grins

    Wow! This is craziest and prettiest thing! Wow!

  • toragstorags Major grins Registered Users Posts: 4,474 Major grins

    Hand formed aluminum with a lot of lead to smooth it....

    Beautiful... How do you check the oil?

    Rags
  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLRegistered Users Posts: 6,829 Major grins

    @JonaBeth Russell said:
    Siiiiiiick!!!

    Thanks for the visit. Stay safe.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLRegistered Users Posts: 6,829 Major grins

    @Stumblebum said:
    Wow! This is craziest and prettiest thing! Wow!

    You know, Taz, being the high-end car show hound that I am, at one time or another I've seen examples of just about every classic breed of car ever made. Nothing else I've seen strikes such a feeling of awe in me as this car does.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLRegistered Users Posts: 6,829 Major grins

    @torags said:
    Hand formed aluminum with a lot of lead to smooth it....

    Beautiful... How do you check the oil?

    Good question. The entire rear section of the body, from right behind the cockpit area all the way to the rear, tilts forward. You grab the back of the car, lift up as if raising the hood of a car, and you expose the engine and all for servicing. The engine is a 1948 Buick straight-eight. The thing runs 120 MPH.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaRegistered Users Posts: 2,289 Major grins

    I love this car - and great shots by the way. I do think this one was made for me! :smiley:

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLRegistered Users Posts: 6,829 Major grins

    @Cavalier said:
    I love this car - and great shots by the way. I do think this one was made for me! :smiley:

    I tell you, Jo, judging by the reaction of people seeing this car, I think half of the world would like to stuff this one in their garage.....me included.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • El GatoEl Gato Global Trekker Registered Users Posts: 500 Major grins

    Wow!! Can I have one??

    I really surprised that they are letting people stand so close to it.

    Black Mamba...I too have not seen this one previously. Lots os good comments already so I won't repeat.

    Just one question...for us non-classic car types....what is the name of this beauty, or did I miss that?

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLRegistered Users Posts: 6,829 Major grins
    edited April 17, 2020

    @El Gato said:
    Wow!! Can I have one??

    I really surprised that they are letting people stand so close to it.

    Black Mamba...I too have not seen this one previously. Lots os good comments already so I won't repeat.

    Just one question...for us non-classic car types....what is the name of this beauty, or did I miss that?

    Hey, guy. It's identified as the Norman Timbs Special. Mr. Timbs had always been attracted to the styling of a couple of GP race cars of the 1930's. In particular, he liked the Auto Union Type C and the Mercedes-Benz W25 Avus. BTW, Auto Union is now known as Audi. Both of those cars had very streamlined bodies and Mr. Timbs was greatly influenced by them when he went about designing his " Special ".

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • El GatoEl Gato Global Trekker Registered Users Posts: 500 Major grins

    Hummm..Norman Timbs Special

    Like I said, for us non-classic car types, I would have never even come close to guessing that one.

    Thanks for the enlightenment and of course some great images of an awesome vehicle.

  • moose135moose135 Major grins Long Island, NY, Charlotte, NC and points between...Registered Users Posts: 1,353 Major grins

    Very cool, Tom! Amazing automobile, and great photos! Thanks for sharing these.

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLRegistered Users Posts: 6,829 Major grins

    @moose135 said:
    Very cool, Tom! Amazing automobile, and great photos! Thanks for sharing these.

    Thanks, John. I know you have to be sitting on a hoard pf great Daytona pictures. When are you going to let us in on the party?

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyRegistered Users Posts: 2,678 Major grins

    Wow, that is truly spectacular! What a marvelous auto. And great shots, too.

  • moose135moose135 Major grins Long Island, NY, Charlotte, NC and points between...Registered Users Posts: 1,353 Major grins

    @black mamba said:
    Thanks, John. I know you have to be sitting on a hoard pf great Daytona pictures. When are you going to let us in on the party?

    I've been working on them bit by bit. I'll probably post some soon.

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLRegistered Users Posts: 6,829 Major grins

    @sarasphotos said:
    Wow, that is truly spectacular! What a marvelous auto. And great shots, too.

    Thanks, Sara......from one car enthusiast to another.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • willard3willard3 Jefe Máximo Registered Users Posts: 2,007 Major grins

    TRhat car is some smooth and well fotoed.

    It is better to die on you feet than to live on your knees.....Emiliano Zapata
  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLRegistered Users Posts: 6,829 Major grins

    @willard3 said:
    TRhat car is some smooth and well fotoed.

    Many thanks. There are not many folks like us who post car shots. I'd sure like to see more do it.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
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