California roadtrip

I went on a two weeks trip to California. Took quite a few pictures and really tried to focus on framing interesting images. Made me realize I should get more into photography and maybe get a decent camera. These were shot with a Lumix FZ27.

I picked the most interesting ones for my blog:

Crazy GMC Bus

I found another cool vehicle! From a thread over at VWvortex which I actually found through my referers.

“Had a 302 GMC 6 cylinder
You drive from the top roof like the bridge on the Enterprise
The 2 front stacked front bumpers are gone. They were 57 Chrysler.
I think the roof was a 49 Hudson
The tail lights were a combination of Kaiser Grilles and 63 Ford tail lights.
Had another fastback roof for the back of the body.
Seen it on the side of the road my whole life then one day it was gone.”

“I took the photos about 20 years ago. The bus has been crushed in Newton NC. From what I remember it had 2 – 1957 Chrysler bumpers stacked on top of each other for the front bumper. FBook member Eddie Ward remembers seeing it being hauled behind a wrecker the day it was taken from the Hubbies Bubble Bar in Denver, NC.”

“The bus you are talking about was called custom family cruiser it was built by a man in his drive way from a bus and alot of old car parts, When it was finished it was even used in the charlotte thanksgiving day parade. I would go over to my uncles house every sunday morning with my dad and we would pass the mans house, he built it in his driveway. If you know anyone that worked at holmanand moody back when they first moved to the airport location they can tell you about it. The man lived just down the street. He drove it for many years , i went into the service and lost track of it. When it was painted the lower portion was dark blue the top was white. all the chrome was like new and it was really cool , brings back some old memories . I guess it was finished it the early 60’s.”

I wish stuff like this would appear on the net like, once a week! Or better, that things like this populated the roads!

Luckily this guy is keeping the dream alive, check out the evolution:

I found that picture about a year ago, totally loved it.

Check out that spanner! And his inverted trailer!

It actually crashed looking like this and was thought to be dead forever.

But recently came back sicker than ever. He’s actually got one of those Bosozoku intercooler hose setups!!

I do hope to one day, build a car with such style. My own 92 Celica’s pretty banged up already, but I don’t think I can make those dreams come true in this country…

Soviet WIG Plane

A vehicle does not get more awesome than this. Period.

It’s all russian on the site, but in short this is a sort of jet-boat that uses the “Wing In Ground” effect, meaning a wing has much more lift when it operates close above the ground or sea. That and it has missiles and turrets and 8 jet engines.


I found another one of those great blog type websites that posts awesome pictures of abandoned places and other interesting locations:

I love how they also have some sets of abandoned vehicles:

Image by Hyperfinch


Photo from Ruud De Leeuw

Fascinating page, that last one. It’s about plane wrecks in Alaska. Makes me want to create a scene like this with that snow material I made for UDK…

Environment inspiration websites

So, since I got this handy online bookmark plugin for Firefox, I can start making more use of bookmarks. Usually I’d just lose all of them after a format.
Just now I found out about or remembered a few great inspiring websites:
(they do seem to reference each other a lot)

Really makes me want to create something after the stuff they post!


Land Rover Death Row

Another type of thing I want to post here, is the random interesting website I come across from time to time.

Last semester I ran into this great photograph of a busted up Land Rover, looking into it just now I found a site with many pictures of Land Rovers in Africa. This is the sort of thing that inspires me to model such a car! Vehicles that conquered the world, as they put it so nicely…

Land Rover Death Row

Land Rover Death Row

Picture was taken by Hans Van Houtem.