Things of interest, maybe! Not often about motorcyclesport!


This is the biggest load to be moved in West Australia - It weighed over 700 tons with four trucks towing and two pushing.



This is the biggest load to be moved in West Australia.

It weighed over 700 tons with four trucks towing and two pushing it on the gravel.

They were travelling at 4 Km’s per hour on the gravel reaching 6km’s hour on the bitumen, the distance to the new mine is 230 Km’s they drove up to 15 hours a day taking 6 days to reach their destination (this also included becoming bogged with four front end loaders having trouble pulling it out)


When HeliNorth from Whangarei, New Zealand are spraying they have to get the weather absolutley calm to prevent any drift. So they need to have the minimum down time between each load, about 1 minute to refill & about 3 minutes to spray each fill.

Pilot Barry Rehir, former NZ Enduro Champion but still addicted to adventure riding motorcycles, lands on top of the tanker truck.

HeliNorth Owner/Operator Allan Jessop does the refill & away he goes again. A smooth very efficient operation all closely monitored by DOC (Department of Conservation) staff to ensure the right constituents & quantities are applied.

Each client is presented with a GPS print out of exactly which area is sprayed which ensures quality control & prevents shortcuts.

 Barry Reihir, Pilot

Taking building materials & DOC staff into isolated dense native bush is another operation skilfully carried out by HeliNorth

The helicopter landing places are small to prevent damage to native trees, so experience & skill are required



If you like big machines try some of these!

Biggest Earth Mover - LeTourneau L-2350
Designed to center-load haul trucks with capacities of up to 400 tons, the L-2350 provides an operating payload of 160,000 pounds, a 24-foot lift height, and an 11.5-foot reach.

The Largest Bucket - Wheel Excavator - Bagger 288
The Bagger 288 was built for the job of removing overburden prior to coal mining in Tagebau Hambach , Germany . It can excavate 240,000 tons of coal or 240,000 cubic metres of overburden daily – the equivalent of a soccer field dug to 98 ft deep. The coal produced in one day fills 2400 coal wagons. The excavator is up to 721 ft long and approximately 315 ft high. The Bagger's operation requires 16.56 megawatts of externally supplied electricity.. It can travel 6.6 to 33 ft per minute (0.1 to 0.6 km/h).
The Largest Mobile Crane - Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1
The LTM 11200-9.1 is the strongest telescopic crane on the market and has the longest telescopic boom in the world. The eight-part boom is fully automatically extended to and fixed at the desired length. In addition, various lattice extensions are available. The Y-shaped telescopic-boom guying system offers remarkable increases in load capacity.


Spitfire "tipping-off" a V1. If you've never heard of this insane tactic during WW2 here are some photos of it actually happening taken from the ground using a "Box Brownie" one of the few cameras available to ordinary people in those days. The photos were not found until recently'
The V1 & V2 flying bombs were sent by the German to raid London & had no pilot, being radio controlled.
At first V1's were shot down by gunfire. Optimum range was inside 200yds, which was marginal for survival. Many planes were damaged and quite a few pilots killed. Basically at such high speed and low altitude a plane had to fly though the explosion and hope for the best.
At great risk of being blown up, some of the best pilots started "tipping-off" the V1's wing, because of damage to wing tips they later developed a tactic of disrupting the V1's airflow by placing their wing very close to the V1's wing, causing it to topple.
Not every pilot did this. At night this tactic was impossible, as the exhaust plume from the V1 blinded the pilot to everything else, though some Mossie pilots flew past and closely in front of the V1, called a "thumping," again causing it to topple. The thought of doing this at 450mph, 4,000 feet above the ground, at night and being blinded gives me the willies.




Not always anything to do with motorcyclesport, but all good stories & interesting information on this page


You guys are good mechanics ; Can you mend this by Friday please?
Just one word for this email - - AMAZING! also add - - MADE IN AMERICA !
B-17 in 1943

A mid-air collision on February 1, 1943, between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area, became the subject of one of the most famous photographs of World War II. An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went out of control, probably with a wounded pilot then continued its crashing descent into the rear of the fuselage of a Fortress named All American, piloted by Lt. Kendrick R. Bragg, of the 414th Bomb Squadron. When it struck, the fighter broke apart, but left some pieces in the B-17. The left horizontal stabilizer of the Fortress and left elevator were completely torn away. The two right engines were out and one on the left had a serious oil pump leak. The vertical fin and the rudder had been damaged, the fuselage had been cut almost completely through connected only at two small parts of the frame and the radios, electrical and oxygen systems were damaged. There was also a hole in the top that was over 16 feet long and 4 feet wide at its widest and the split in the fuselage went all the way to the top gunners turret.
Although the tail actually bounced and swayed in the wind and twisted when the plane turned and all the control cables were severed, except one single elevator cable still worked, and the aircraft still flew - miraculously! The tail gunner was trapped because there was no floor connecting the tail to the rest of the plane. The waist and tail gunners used parts of the German fighter and their own parachute harnesses in an attempt to keep the tail from ripping off and the two sides of the fuselage from splitting apart. While the crew was trying to keep the bomber from coming apart, the pilot continued on his bomb run and released his bombs over the target.
When the bomb bay doors were opened, the wind turbulence was so great that it blew one of the waist gunners into the broken tail section. It took several minutes and four crew members to pass him ropes from parachutes and haul him back into the forward part of the plane. When they tried to do the same for the tail gunner, the tail began flapping so hard that it began to break off. The weight of the gunner was adding some stability to the tail section, so he went back to his position.


The turn back toward England had to be very slow to keep the tail from twisting off. They actually covered almost 70 miles to make the turn home. The bomber was so badly damaged that it was losing altitude and speed and was soon alone in the sky. For a brief time, two more Me-109 German fighters attacked the All American. Despite the extensive damage, all of the machine gunners were able to respond to these attacks and soon drove off the fighters. The two waist gunners stood up with their heads sticking out through the hole in the top of the fuselage to aim and fire their machine guns. The tail gunner had to shoot in short bursts because the recoil was actually causing the plane to turn.

Allied P-51 fighters intercepted the All American as it crossed over the Channel and took one of the pictures shown. They also radioed to the base describing that the empennage was waving like a fish tail and that the plane would not make it and to send out boats to rescue the crew when they bailed out. The fighters stayed with the Fortress taking hand signals from Lt. Bragg and relaying them to the base. Lt. Bragg signaled that 5 parachutes and the spare had been "used" so five of the crew could not bail out. He made the decision that if they could not bail out safely, then he would stay with the plane and land it.

Two and a half hours after being hit, the aircraft made its final turn to line up with the runway while it was still over 40 miles away. It descended into an emergency landing and a normal roll-out on its landing gear.

When the ambulance pulled alongside, it was waved off because not a single member of the crew had been injured. No one could believe that the aircraft could still fly in such a condition. The Fortress sat placidly until the crew all exited through the door in the fuselage and the tail gunner had climbed down a ladder, at which time the entire rear section of the aircraft collapsed onto the ground. The rugged old bird had done its job.


Tata, not gas or diesel or electric....only air


Now this could really put the screws to the Middle East and the carbon foot print ..................All I can say is, ?WOW!?
What is this?
Will it be the next big thing?
Tata Motors of India thinks so.
What will the Oil Companies do to stop it?

It is an auto engine that runs on air. That's right; air not gas or diesel or electric but just the air around us. Take a look.


Tata Motors of India has scheduled the Air Car to hit Indian streets by August 2012.

The Air Car, developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy N. for Luxembourg-based MDI, uses compressed air to push its engine's pistons and make the car go.

The Air Car, called the "Mini CAT" could cost around 365,757 rupees in India or $8,177 US.

The Mini CAT which is a simple, light urban car, with a tubular chassis, a body of fiberglass that is glued not welded and powered by compressed air.

A Microprocessor is used to control all electrical functions of the car. One tiny radio transmitter sends instructions to the lights, turn signals and every other electrical device on the car. Which are not many.

The temperature of the clean air expelled by the exhaust pipe is between 0-15 degrees below zero which makes it suitable for use by the internal air conditioning system with no need for gases or loss of power.

There are no keys, just an access card which can be read by the car from your pocket.
According to the designers, it costs less than 50 rupees per 100 KM that's about a tenth the cost of a car running on gas.It's mileage is about double that of the most advanced electric car, a factor which makes it a perfect choice for city motorists. The car has a top speed of 105 KM per hour or 60 mph and would have a range of around 300 km or 185 miles between refuels.Refilling the car will take place at adapted gas stations with special air compressors.A fill up will only take two to three minutes and costs approximately 100 rupees and the car will be ready to go another 300 kilometers.

This car can also be filled at home with it's on board compressor. It will take 3-4 hours to refill the tank but it can be done while you sleep

Because there is no combustion engine, changing the 1 litre of vegetable oil is only necessary every 50,000 KM or 30,000 miles. Due to its simplicity, there is very little maintenance to be done on this car. This Air Car almost sounds too good to be true. We'll see in August 2012 !!!!

I want one!!!!!!



A most interesting debate


Yes, but we still have the first law of thermodynamics , conservation of energy . The compressor that charges the air tank up to an estimated 4500 psi would not come from supercheap ! The HP to run such a beast would be massive, the power needed to double the pressure in a tank, is like a square law / cubic or something, so getting from say 1000 psi to 4500 psi is like 100 x the power needed to get from 0psi to 1000 psi, hard to imagine that it would be cheaper than an all electric car, as the compressor would be electric




Wow! This is great! Spectacular photos of an elegant time gone by....never to be duplicated again
by today's "jelly-bean" cars and our virtual reality actors and actresses.
Clark Gable 1934 Ford V-8 Roadster
Rita Hayworth 1941 Lincoln Continental