Archive for the ‘Automobiles’ Category

Over the Alps in a Triumph TR4A

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

My alter ego is a classic car enthusiast. So much so that I have a number of cars in various states of disrepair. One, a 1967 Triumph TR4A, I use daily (until it snows) and have owned it for 40 years. I’m also fortunate enough to own a very rare Triumph Italia. This is a Triumph TR3 with a hand-made Italian body. You can read all about them at my site for the Italia: http://www.triumph-italia.com

Recently, I was invited to the 2015 meet of Triumph Italia owners in La Morra, Italy. One owner, Paul Harvey, has Italia #215 and also owns a TR4A. Paul graciously offered to let me drive his 4A from Norwich in England all the way to La Morra. I thought about it, for a second or two, and said, “Yes, please!” So, Patti and I were off to England just a day after returning from the annual National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards. All told, we put almost 2200 miles on the 48 year old Triumph. We shared the driving duties with Paul on the long section across France. Paul’s Triumph Italia, a very original example of which he is the second owner, was transported as far as Chambéry in France by another Italia owner, Graham Andrews. Graham’s Italia is undergoing one of the most extensive restorations I have ever seen and he used his Ford Ranger to transport Paul’s car for the meet. Once there, it was taken from the trailer and driven over the Alps along with a Guy Viel’s Italia #244 and the TR4A. Beautiful scenery, a classic car and a very special someone (just after our wedding anniversary) to share it with, it was an adventure of a lifetime.

We covered just about every mode of modern transportation, jet to the UK, car to Portsmouth, overnight ferry to St. Malo in France, across france and over the Alps to La Morra, Barolo and Turin. On the return we went under the Alps through the 8 mile long Fréjus Road Tunnel, among other shorter ones, and across France to Calais and the Chunnel train for our return to England.

Me, Graham Andrews and Paul Harvey setting off from the UK. Photo by Patricia Sinnott

Me, Graham Andrews and Paul Harvey setting off from the UK. Photo by Patricia Sinnott

Peter Johnston, Graham Andrews and Guy Viel. We met up with Peter and Guy at Rennes in France. Photo by Patricia Sinnott

Peter Johnston, Graham Andrews and Guy Viel. We met up with Peter and Guy at Rennes in France. Photo by Patricia Sinnott

Graham, Peter and the TRs.

Graham, Peter and the TRs. Photo by Patricia Sinnott

From our room at Château des Comtes des Charmes, 247 Montée du Château, 73190 Challes les Eaux

From our room at Château des Comtes des Charmes, 247 Montée du Château,
73190 Challes les Eaux Photo by Patricia Sinnott

Overnight at Château des Comtes des Charmes, 247 Montée du Château, 73190 Challes les Eaux

Overnight at Château des Comtes des Charmes, 247 Montée du Château,
73190 Challes les Eaux Photo by Patricia Sinnott

Drive over that?

Drive over that? Photo by Patricia Sinnott

 Photo by Patricia Sinnott

Photo by Patricia Sinnott

 Photo by Patricia Sinnott

Photo by Patricia Sinnott

 Photo by Patricia Sinnott

Photo by Patricia Sinnott

Mt. Cenis pass, 6827 ft.

Mt. Cenis pass, 6827 ft. Photo by Adrian Sinnott

Mt. Cenis pass, 6827 ft.

Mt. Cenis pass, 6827 ft. Photo by Patricia Sinnott

Mt. Cenis pass, 6827 ft.

Mt. Cenis pass, 6827 ft. Photo by Patricia Sinnott

 Photo by Patricia Sinnott

Photo by Patricia Sinnott

 Photo by Patricia Sinnott

Photo by Patricia Sinnott

 Photo by Patricia Sinnott

Photo by Patricia Sinnott

La Morra, Italy

La Morra, Italy Photo by Adrian Sinnott

The Vignale factory, home for the Italia!

The Vignale factory, home for the Italia! Photo by Adrian Sinnott

The Vignale factory, home for the Italia!

The Vignale factory, home for the Italia! Photo by Adrian Sinnott

The Vignale factory, home for the Italia!

The Vignale factory, home for the Italia! Photo by Adrian Sinnott

The Vignale factory, home for the Italia!

The Vignale factory, home for the Italia! Photo by Adrian Sinnott

Stan Goldberg

Monday, September 1st, 2014

The world lost not only a great cartoonist but a wonderful person yesterday evening. Longtime Berndt Toast Gang member, Marvel and Archie cartoonist (among many other titles), compatriot, mentor, friend and American icon, Stan Goldberg passed away after suffering a severe stroke a few weeks ago.

He and Pauline were great supporters of the Berndt Toast Gang and the National Cartoonists Society. They travelled with us, on practically a moments notice, to cartoon festivals in Ireland (the Rathdrum International Cartoon Festival) and France (Salon international du dessin de press at St. Just Le Martel). Whenever the Berndt Toast Gang held an exhibition or asked for volunteers for a charity, Stan would be there.

Stan was also a part of our family. He and Pauline watched as our children grew. Stan had to approve any boyfriends vying for my daughter’s affection. When her husband first met Stan, I think he was more concerned about getting Stan’s okay than he was about meeting me.

The greatest achievement in life is to leave this world a better place than when we entered it. Stan has certainly fulfilled that goal. He has brought happiness and laughter into the lives of his many thousands of fans, his friends and his family. In a life with more than its share of tragedy, Stan persevered and together with his wonderful wife, Pauline, has created a legacy that will survive through the coming generations. A body of work to inspire and bring joy to all who see it.

As those of us in the Berndt Toast Gang know, Stan’s passing has left a void that cannot be filled. In memory of all the wonderful times we’ve spent with Stan, there will always be an empty chair at our future meetings. Just to remind us of the great friend Stan has been and, as he would wish, to also remember all the great cartoonists of the Berndt Toast Gang who have preceded him.

If you would like to do something to make the world a little better, please consider Stan’s family’s request that donations may be made in his memory to:
East End Hospice
481 Westhampton-Riverhead Road
PO Box 1048
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
(631) 288-8400
www.eeh.org

Stan and Pauline at our daughter's wedding reception last year.

Stan and Pauline at our daughter’s wedding reception last year. Photo by Peter Edson.

Stan Goldberg presents me with a card he drew and signed by all the cartoonists at the Bunny Bash.

Stan Goldberg presents me with a card he drew and signed by all the cartoonists at the Bunny Bash. Photo by John Pennisi,

Books, Berndt Toast and Fairs

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

It’s been an extraordinarily busy year. No time for a vacation other than the annual Reuben Awards. This year that meant a trip to Pittsburgh. Published a short children’s story to iBooks and Amazon (for Kindle) and expanded the Triumph Italia website. Now it’s time to turn my attention to updating my other sites. There’s an old saying, “Plumbers have the leakiest pipes!” Web developers have the oldest websites . . .

From "A Boy and His Sog!" ©2013 Adrian C. Sinnott

From “A Boy and His Sog!” ©2013 Adrian C. Sinnott

Mus-Moustache

Friday, September 10th, 2010

In the US, it’s mustache and the UK, moustache. It can also be used to describe just one half of the typical moustache. I was rereading an Agatha Christie Poirot mystery and Poirot mentions the “moustaches” meaning the complete hairy upper lip. Mine has never quite assumed the proportions of the fellow below. Good thing, too, or I’d find my face accidentally attached to the most recent part of the house or car I’ve been fixing.

I'm trying for the world's record but it has to grow another 11 feet.

Jetsons

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Well, it’s finally happening. The Jetsons are almost a reality show. I still remember the telephone exhibition at the 1964 World’s Fair. You could stand in one booth and see the person you were talking to on a screen. Of course, you could also see them if you looked across to the other booth. It’s taken a long time but you can now do it on mobile devices such as the latest iPhone. Now, if only the flying car were here. Then again, perhaps not, people have enough trouble when they can’t see the lines in the road during a storm. It wouldn’t be hard to image the devastation of people trying to fly to work.

Is that what's for dinner? Perhaps I'll stop in at the fly-thru on the way home!

Foyled

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

I’ve been re-watching Foyle’s War. If you’re not familiar with this show, it’s about a police detective on the south coast of England during WWII. It’s ably written by Anthony Horowitz, with many of the plots based on real historical events. Michael Kitchen stars. As with most period British TV series, it tries to be as accurate as possible with the details. So this hairstyle should fit right in.

Barking Hollow Labs

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Taking a page from the Muppets, we here at Barking Hollow Labs would like to submit, for your review, our proposal for the latest in electric personal transportation. Space-saving, equipped with all the amenities, and due to our own patent-pending design, range-limited only by your stamina.

Who needs a plug-in hybrid when you can have "PedalCharge!" All the advantages of a plug-in . . . without the long extension cords!

Italian Prius

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Ferrari has just announced it’s own hybrid. It’s green in more ways than one. The name is a bit lame (Hy-Kers, does this mean you have to drive wearing your Timberland boots?). Still it can do 0-60 m.p.h. in 3.5 seconds.

It's not for me, I only buy convertibles.

Bullnose

Friday, February 19th, 2010

A friend from Australia sent me some photos of a “Bull Nose” Morris. Variations of this car were built from the Teens into the Twenties.  Most cars have a “face,” but this one would make a great character.

Excuse me, I'd prefer "ethyl."

Tetra-ethyl lead was added to fuel to increase it’s octane rating. It’s still used in aviation fuel for piston-engined aircraft.

IT

Monday, February 15th, 2010

One job I don’t envy is that of the IT technician. Information Technology is still a mystery to most people. Many of today’s computer users know how to e-mail jokes, search the internet for more jokes, and occasionally write a report (with jokes) in Word. How it all happens is magic. It’s the unappreciated IT guys back behind the boiler room that keep it all functioning. No one pays much attention to them . . . until the whole house of cards falls to pieces.

Right. Have you checked that it's plugged in?