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mcgillro

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"Hood Ornament". they started out as radiator caps, but as styles changed and the radiators ended up under the hood (bonnet?), they became just a decoration.
Thanks - I thought they might have another name as well .... I love them :). cars have lost character by not using them in my opinion.

I must have more of these on an external drive somewhere ...

The other thing I love about Art Deco, is the magnificent old steam engines which still trundle on years after being built. I know they're not environmentally friendly as regards to carbon emissions, but the lack of obsolescence must counter that. My Dad had an old steam engine he converted to a saw bench when I was a child, and it was very functional, and used for years and years. I think he somehow connected a petrol engine to get it going - does that even seem possible .... maybe I am wandering lol
 
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Mattie

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This is where some of them end up !

Waiting for the tide to go out to race on the beach....

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"Hood Ornament". they started out as radiator caps, but as styles changed and the radiators ended up under the hood (bonnet?), they became just a decoration.
Here’s one of the former
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I hate the way beaches are used like this ....
It is perfectly legal, at certain times of year only. Horses and dogs are allowed back on the beaches again as well.

They have been racing on the beaches here ever since I can remember. They take all of the glass out of the cars - you will notice they have no headlights, tail lights or windows. So no broken glass will be left on the beach.

They put the radiator in the back of the car so that it will not get damaged and spill coolant over the sand.

Funnily enough my father, in his racing days, would not race on the beach because of the damage that the beach - with all that sand and salt water - would do to his bikes !
 
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@John King

Not meant to be funny, serious question. Dual quad Holly carbs, blowers, hi-rise manifolds etc. are pretty common setup in hot rods. Why wouldn't it be street legal there?


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We have strict safety laws here, Tim. The Australian Design Rules for vehicles - known colloquially as the ADRs apply.

https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/design/

These specify many/most aspects of car design and modifications, including visibility from the driver's seat. They are highly prescriptive!

Some highly modified vehicles can qualify for club or exhibition permits and registration, but are often prohibited from normal road use.

Insurance cover restrictions on these vehicles is often also very tight, and most mainstream insurers won't touch them.

USA rules are very lax by comparison (I'm also an admin on an Australian car forum ... ).
 

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We have strict safety laws here, Tim. The Australian Design Rules for vehicles - known colloquially as the ADRs apply.

https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/design/

These specify many/most aspects of car design and modifications, including visibility from the driver's seat. They are highly prescriptive!

Some highly modified vehicles can qualify for club or exhibition permits and registration, but are often prohibited from normal road use.

Insurance cover restrictions on these vehicles is often also very tight, and most mainstream insurers won't touch them.

USA rules are very lax by comparison (I'm also an admin on an Australian car forum ... ).
I doubt your safety rules are any more stringent that any other fist world country, but I can see how other aspects could apply. Visibility from the driver's seat? LOL. Over here you can get a ticket for hanging your graduation tassel from your rearview mirror.

Let me guess, though. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches...those are all ok, I'll bet.

We have insurance companies that specialize in classic car and hot rod insurance. Our mainstream insurers don't like to touch them either.
 
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I doubt your safety rules are any more stringent that any other fist world country, but I can see how other aspects could apply. Visibility from the driver's seat? LOL. Over here you can get a ticket for hanging your graduation tassel from your rearview mirror.

Let me guess, though. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches...those are all ok, I'll bet.

We have insurance companies that specialize in classic car and hot rod insurance. Our mainstream insurers don't like to touch them either.
Trust me, Tim. Our USA members are allowed to do things that are specifically and absolutely prohibited by the ADRs here.
 
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Sounds stifling.
Perhaps, but you ought to see what it takes to get a licence here! I hold a National Heavies licence - allowed to drive almost anything on a public road/track.

Our road toll in Victoria was about 1,700 p.a. in the 1970s. These days it is around 300 p.a., with 3-4 times the vehicles, each doing 3-4 the mileage.

The ADRs (and insurance policies ... ) also depend on the category of vehicle as stamped on its compliance plate.
 
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@Brownie .Tim, what we call 'right wing' here, the average USA citizen would call 'liberal' or 'socialist'.

However, we are a genuinely mixed economy, well removed from both socialist left and capitalist right.

Pretty well in the centre, and mostly lacking extreme views either way. These exist, but rarely polarise society at large.
 
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Over here you can get a ticket for hanging your graduation tassel from your rearview mirror.
From a casual observer I'll second John's comments re Aussie rules.
Here (Tasmania) there's regular road safety blitzes and your tassels would definitely draw the ire of boys and girls in blue.
Cracks in windscreens can see your car off the road.
My number plate has the bottom ¾" missing off my work Ute.
I explained I was fed up with straightening it when I exited drains etc in my work use. That got me across the line.
Compliance is taken very very seriously here.
 

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