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    Special Interest Automobiles; Golf; Wine; Travel
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    Ranges: Cherry Ridge; RTSP/Randolph, NJ & Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays - Coplay, PA

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  1. @brucin: Sounds nice.... Where in the Adirondacks are you? I assume that the approx. 2-week, carnivorous black fly period is now past... right? Years ago we would go up to Saranac Lake, as well as Lake Placid, both in the summer for hiking and water sports and winter, for skiing on Whiteface mountain, staying at some of the former great camps that were converted to Inns. For the past decade, we usually go up to our regular place, in either August or September, that is surrounded by the Dix Mountain Wilderness area in the Adirondack Park. In recent years, I have been bringing along a bottle of my go-to bourbon, Blanton's single barrel to enjoy out on the porch. AVB-AMG
  2. @silverado427: I agree... thanks for posting the movie preview on YouTube... AVB-AMG
  3. @GRIZ: Yes... That is correct. The first American automobile that was driven by an American team to win Le Mans was back in 1921, by the team of Jimmy Murphy and Ernie Olsen driving a Duesenberg 183 Grand Prix race car. The Duesenberg brothers sent four (4), 183 cubic-inch cars equipped with four-wheel brakes, a unique feature for any race car at the time, to France to compete in the first post-war French Grand Prix Race on the roads of Le Mans. Three cars were driven primarily by Jimmy Murphy (the overall winner), Joe Boyer, and Albert Guyot. Back in April, I visited and toured the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. If you like sports cars, specifically race cars with special provenance, don't miss this hidden gem of a recently opened museum, that I had previously been unaware existed in Philadelphia, PA. The museum's collection consists of approximately 65 racing sports cars that has been assembled over more than 50 years by Dr. Frederick A. Simeone, a retired neurosurgeon and native of Philadelphia. In his collection is 1 of the 3 Duesenberg 183 Grand Prix race cars built, that competed in that 1921 Le Mans race and also raced and finished 2nd in the 1922 Indianapolis 500. Dr. Simeone found this car at a used-car lot in Kensington, Philadelphia. Here is a photo of that car that I took at his museum. AVB-AMG
  4. @GRIZ: Also, take a close look at the little checkered flag decal affixed to the front fender of the GT40. It is a little dig at the Ferrari logo of the prancing horse. Ford put an arrow through it to signify their goal of winning Le Mans and beating Ferrari..... AVB-AMG
  5. @GRIZ; You may or may not be aware of this little fun fact tidbit. Dan Gurney was a tall man, just over 6ft. tall. The Ford Mk IV GT40 had very limited headroom. So the engineers on the Ford race crew cut a hole in the roof of his GT4O to give Gurney some additional headroom and then riveted a shallow domed cap over the hole, that Dan Gurney referred to at "the bubble". Here is s photo of the GT40 J-Chassis, that Dan Gurney drove at Le Mans, along with A.J. Foyt, showing that minor roof modification. The car has been restored and is currently on display at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan: I have seen a number of Ford GT40's with historical race provenance at a number of car shows and museums that I have attended and/or visited. The Ford GT40 pictured below is currently owned by Miles Collier and is part of his magnificent automobile collection at the Revs Institute in Naples, FL. My wife and I visited and toured the R.I. back in March. In mid-June 1967, this Ford Mk II-B GT40, which had started life as No. P/1031, a 7-liter Mk II GT40 built at Ford Advanced Vehicles in Slough, England, mysteriously changed identity and became No. P/1047. “There were a lot of shenanigans with the GT40s,” recalls a Ford insider. “At the start of each season a large bond had to be deposited to ensure its appearance on the start line. In the event of an accident that made it impossible to repair a car before it was due to race again, it was less expensive to switch chassis plates with another car than forfeit the money that had been deposited…” That is what seems to have happened to this GT40, which had already completed a grueling season’s racing in 1966 before being uprated to 1967 Mk II-B specification, with its 427 cubic inch V8 engine modified to deliver greater power, reliability and durability with a “dry-deck” cylinder block and a new induction system. For the 1967 Le Mans 24-hour race, Ford, who was very anxious to repeat its sensational 1-2-3 victory of 1966, entered a six-car team. There were two Mk II-B GT40’s, (this car), which ran as No. 57, painted light blue, and No. 1047, which was painted gold and ran as No. 5 – and four of the new lighter and more aerodynamic Mk IV “J-cars” with bonded aluminum honeycomb frames. Additionally Ford-France entered a third Mk II-B (No. 1015), while JW Engineering, which had taken over the FAV operation in Slough at the beginning of 1967, ran a 289 cubic inch GT40 and two 305 cubic inch Ford-powered Mirage sports prototypes. This car retired after 18 hours with a seized engine. GT40 No. 1047 had already crashed and would not race again that year. After a hasty rebuild by Holman & Moody in Charlotte, North Carolina, this car, now fitted with the chassis plate of No. 1047, returned to France and won the 12 Hours at Reims just two weeks after Le Mans. It was the last Mk II – and the only Mk II-B – to win a race. AVB-AMG
  6. Does anyone here know what they are referring to for both of these upcoming festivals in NJ?? AVB-AMG http://www.trentonporkrollfestival.com/ http://porkrollfestival.com/
  7. @W2MC: Back in the early 1980’s, as a young architectural designer working in Manhattan, I was invited by I. M. Pei’s design team Partner to join Pei’s design team for this project at the Louvre in Paris. While very flattered, I respectfully declined for reasons then that I now truly regret to this day. Architecturally, this solution put the vast majority of new art gallery, administrative and back-of-house spaces and functions underground and not in the original museum. That freed up more space above ground inside the Louvre that was converted into state-of-the-arr exhibition gallery space allowing them to show more of there massive art collection. The glass pyramid element is a wonderfully simple, yet very dramatic geometric form that serves as both a skylight and the new entrance to the museum, surrounded be large reflecting pools of water. Having been there on a number of occasions, I consider it to be a very sensitive and appropriate design solution, that ultimately was respectful of the original building, as well as complimenting it by adding a new simple geometric form that was a transformative sensitive gesture that solved the many programmatic requirements of the project. IMHO, the fact that over time, the glass pyramid has become the immediately visible icon for the Louvre is a testament to I.M. Pei’s brilliant creative design solution. @remixer: I think there are architectural examples where “you can have your cake and eat it too”. There are many historical buildings that retain there original exterior facades that have been thoroughly renovated and modernized inside. There are other examples of older masonry buildings where just the replacement of their original windows with new, insulated windows with no mutton’s, has given the resulting appearance a refreshing update, along with a more energy saving benefit. Yet, there are also some unfortunate attempts where the Owner, Developer or Architect were not appropriately sensitive to respecting the important aspects of the original building’s key design elements and the result is an embarrassing failure. I understand that all of this can be very subjective and opinions lay in the eye of the beholder. As an Architect, I prefer that we keep as much of our historically important buildings as possible, either renovating them where practical or converting them to a new use(s), if they are no longer able to realistically serve their original purpose. A good example of this in Manhattan is the conversion of a number of recognizable pre-war office towers into residential buildings, such at the Woolworth Building and One Wall Street. This is being done primarily due to their limited floor-to-floor heights that will not work for office space today. Plus, the spectacular views from these buildings allows for (ridiculously) expensive sq.ft. sales prices. All of those apartments are completely modern, with contemporary features, amenities and appliances, yet may also incorporate some distinctive original design motifs where possible. AVB-AMG
  8. @Mrs. Peel: I have to disagree with your adamant declaration here. Since it is relevant, I will repeat an analogy that I have used here in earlier posts: When this sort of issue pops up regarding a historically significant building that may be an architectural landmark, the usual battle cries are often heard as follows: Conservatives: "Restore it just like it was and do not change how it looks...." Liberals: "Tear it down and start over again with something completely new and modern....." Moderates: "Restore the important parts and renovate and modernize, (improve) the rest...." As I said in my earlier post in this thread, Notre Dame, while a significant landmark in Paris, today serves more as a recognizable landmark, than it does as a Catholic church/cathedral or national icon. Recognizing that reality, and understanding that what was destroyed in the unfortunate fire was essentially the wood structure supporting the roof, along with the roof of the cathedral, there is much latitude in what can be done in the restoration/renovation/reconstruction process. Newer and more appropriate materials, such as steel trusses may be used as the new structural support for a new roof, using more durable materials. It was and will again be located above the vaulted ceiling of the Cathedral and not be visible to parishioners or tourist visitors below. Adding a sprinkler fire suppression system will also be an important new installation and will not detract from the architecture. I applaud President Macron's vision and decision suggesting that there should be an international architectural competition to solicit schematic architectural designs on how to best approach the restoration/renovation/reconstruction of Notre Dame. I am not going to draw a line in the sand saying that this building should ONLY be what it was, but am open to hearing and considering other suggestions on possible adaptive/re-use programs that could be also incorporated into this building....(As long as it is not a bank, remember: Jesus threw the money lenders out of the temple....comes to mind). No commitment needs to be made at this early stage so let's hear everyone's ideas and suggestions and then determine if any of them make practical sense and if it would be a good additional use for this building. History has many examples of the adaptive/re-use of buildings, especially religious buildings since in many cases they were the largest and most solidly constructed buildings at the time. Therefore, this option is nothing new and has legitimate historical precedent. This sort of reminds me in part on the whole debate on what should be done down at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attack on the WTC. That politically and culturally charged debate took over a decade to resolve itself... Architecturally, I have no problem if an international architectural competition generates some spectacular ideas that would ultimately compliment and accentuate the visual interest of this cathedral. One concept would be an interesting form for a skylight that would allow diffused daylight to enter the cathedral, which is usually a very dark space. I am confident that there are plenty of talented and creative Architects and designers out there who will be motivated to come up with designs that none of us can currently envision, that would enrich this building, making it even more of an important national landmark, than what it was prior to the fire I also make the distinction between Notre Dame and other national architectural landmarks in how I categorize their importance, both historically and culturally. For example, I think that the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, both in Paris, are truly valid French national icons, in addition to being important landmarks and points of reference. Notre Dame is not in the same category, even though it is a national landmark and tourist attraction. Therefore, I would agree with your adamant stance if we were talking about restoring/rebuilding a damaged Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe, but not with Notre Dame. Let's see how all of this plays out. AVB-AMG
  9. We are in Philly this coming weekend for my wife's grad school reunion. Then we will be traveling down to NC for the following two weeks. Maybe I can attend the next Shotgun Shootout in June....? AVB-AMG
  10. I will apologize in advance for this post being off the topic of the thread's title, but for the lack of a more appropriate thread on where to post this, I decided to post this here. I received an email today from RM Sotheby’s auction house with an update of the various automobiles that they have had consigned for auction at this year’s big automobile auction in Monterey, CA in August. I had to chuckle when I saw this and read about it and had to think of NJGF’s very own, @Mrs. Peel. This would be quite the comical conversation vehicle to drive around town, but I would be very reluctant to attempt to take it out on any sort of highway. How about it.... would you like me to bid on this car for you Mrs. Peel? FYI, the Trident was manufactured by Peel, a building of fiberglass boats and motorcycle parts, located on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. The Peel Trident was launched at the 1964 British Motorcycle Show in the UK and is one of the smallest cars ever made in any quantity. It was made from the fall of 1963 to the end of 1964, with a total production of 80 Tridents. The body is made from fiberglass, with a clear Plexiglas bubble top, that serves as the roof and windshield and folds forward to open, allowing access. It could be had with either one or two seats and runs on 5” tires. It is powered by a 49 cc 4.2 hp DKWengie scooter engine coupled to a 3-speed transmission, (forward gears only), that gives the 330 lb car a top speed of 28 mph and prodigious gas mileage of 83 mpg. AVB-AMG
  11. @gleninjersey: God help them.... AVB-AMG
  12. @Rob0115: I had heard about CLEAR not too long ago and your post prompted my to investigate it further. Based on my airport travel destinations, I signed up for membership today in the CLEAR biometric identification program. Hopefully it will make my transit through these airports even faster and less of a hassle. I will finalize my enrollment at LAX when I arrive there early next week. This program takes the next step of the security intent, along with expediting the processing hassle of both the TSA PreCheck and Global Entry programs, which I appreciate. AVB-AMG
  13. @10X: You are correct. Global Entry includes all of the benefits of TSA PreCheck, while TSA PreCheck is just for domestic air travel. As a clarification TSA PreCheck speeds passengers through the required security physical screening process, while Global Entry speeds passengers through U.S. Border Control and Customs on flights arriving into the U.S. from foreign countries. FYI, one is only eligible to apply for TSA PreCheck if you are a U.S. citizen, national or resident, yet there is no age restriction. Almost all U.S. airlines participate in this program, as do many major foreign carriers. For Global Entry, one may apply if you are a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or are a citizen of the United Kingdom, Germany, India, Panama, Columbia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland or Mexico. Some of these countries my require a visa. Canadian citizens and residents are also eligible for Global Entry benefits through membership in the NEXUS partnership program. The Netherlands has an arrangement for its citizens to enjoy the benefits of Global Entry, via its trusted traveler program called “FLUX”. Anyone under the age of 18 must have parental or legal guardian consent to participate. Your application to either program will most likely be denied if you've got a criminal record or provide false or incomplete information on your application. Also, if you are currently being investigated by any local, state, or federal agency or have pending criminal charge(s) or have violated customs, immigration, or agricultural laws in any country, you will probably be denied as well. Four years ago when I applied for and was approved for both programs, I did not fully understand all of this. At that time, I mistakenly thought that one was just for domestic travel and the other was for foreign travel. So, today, if one does both domestic AND foreign air travel, then Global Entry is really the one program to apply for and maintain, IMHO. AVB-AMG
  14. Since I do a fair amount of both domestic and foreign travel, I decided about four years ago to apply for participation in both TSA Pre and Global Entry programs. At that time, after filling out your personal information and submitting the completed applications online, the TSA Pre interview was conducted at a TSA Pre storefront in downtown Newark and the interview for Global Gateway was in Terminal B at Newark Inter'l. Airport. In a similar vein to having the E-ZPass electronic toll payment device, participating in either of these programs makes a lot of sense to save time. Having had both of these has, for the most part, reduced my waiting time in the lines for the security checks with metal detectors at U.S. airports. Yet with each passing year, with more and more people applying for and obtaining either TSA Pre or Global Entry, those lines seem to be growing to the point that many times it is as long, if not even longer than the regular security lines. I find that upon returning to the U.S. from a foreign country, (flying into JFK, EWR, LAX or Dulles), that the Global Entry lines are much shorter and hence faster, leading to the electronic passport scanner/reader kiosks, that really does speed up the customs review process. Global Entry recommends that their participants who plan to renew their membership, do so at least 6 months prior to the expiration date, just to take into account any back log and the usual vacation seasonal surge in applications. I renewed my GE in March and it took my just over 3 weeks to receive my new updated card. AVB-AMG
  15. Unfortunately, I will not be able to join all of you this weekend since my wife and I will be traveling down to Philadelphia to visit friends and relatives, including a trip to the relatively new Museum of the American Revolution. I was hoping to drop by both the Stafford Forge WMA and the Atlantic Shore Pines campground to meet up with you all, shoot some clays and to say hello, maybe even add some “spice” to the conversation. These type of get togethers are a great way to “humanize” everyone on this forum, providing face-to-face civil friendship. It looks like the weather will be favorable for shooting clays as well as the “breeze” afterwards. I hope that you all have a really enjoyable gathering, appreciating each other’s camaraderie and what I am sure will be delicious brisket, chili, burgers, dogs, etc, along with some good bourbon…. AVB-AMG
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