• Collings Foundation WW2 and Hanger

    In October 2015, my friend Mark and I went to Stow Massachusetts on a sunny Saturday to watch the Collings Foundation World War 2 re-enactment and walk the grounds and hanger to view all the neat things on site. There are pictures of the WW2 re-enactment on my flickr page, I wanted to post some of the other pictures of the fantastic car collection in the hanger on this site. There is a large aircraft hanger with multiple levels that houses some airplanes, tanks, heavy vehicles, and race cars.

    Collings Foundation Hanger

    Collings Foundation Hanger

    View into the hanger from the front.
    Prime Mover

    Prime Mover

    SdKfz 8 12 Ton Prime Mover, Germany

    Here are some of the really neat cars that were stored on the upper levels of the hanger.

    MkIII Ford

    MkIII Ford

    Riley & Scott Mk III / Ford, 1996. Riley & Scpott’s legacy goes back to the Ford GT MkIV Coyote, so when it came time to produce a new prototype for international sports car racing they were up to the challenge. R&S MkIII’s went on to forge a legacy of winning that is only equaled by the legendary Prosche 962. The Dyson team commissioned R&S to produce 001 in 1994 with a Ford powerplant. The chassis proceeded to win over ten races for the Dyson team including the 1997 Rolex 24 hours of Daytona and runner up in the 12 hours of Sebring and the Prototype championship. The car remained a front runner until 2001 when it retired after leading Daytona. It is believed that 001 led more laps at Daytona than any other car in history. Drivers have included: James Weaver, Andy Wallace, Elliot Forbes-Robinson, Rob Dyson, Hurley Haywood, and Derrick Bell.
    Andretti Car

    Andretti Car

    Lola / Ford XB Indy Car 1995. The 1995 Lola Ford was produced for the Championship winning Newman-Haas team for the 1995 season with Michael Andretti. Some of racing’s greatest names have been associated with this car, Paul Newman and Carl Haas as owners and Michael Andretti as the driver. Michael holds more Indycar wins than any other driver in history. At the Toronto Grand Prix he notched up yet another victory in this particular car. Micahel finished 3rd in the Championship in the last season that included the Indy 500 in which he was leading when he dropped out due to a mechanical failure.
    Gurney Eagle

    Gurney Eagle

    Gurney Eagle Turbo Offy 1972. One of America’s most famous drivers, Dan Gurney, winner of the 24-Hours of Le Mans and the only American to win a Grand Prix in a car of his own construction took that experience and started Eagle. The Gurney Eagle Indy Car ranks amongst the most successful in Brickyard history. This particular car was sold to the famous Leader Cards Racing Team of A.J. Watson. The car raced at Indianapolis multiple times and in 1980 became the last ever Offenhauser powerd car qualified for the 500-mile race, heralding the end of an era. Powered by a 168 cu. Inch turbocharged Offenhauser engine producing in excess of 800 horsepower.
    Andretti Mears Penske

    Andretti Mears Penske

    Penske PC-9 Indy Car 1980. Built by Penske in Poole, England for Mario Andretti who teamed with Rick Mears and Al Unser when his Formula 1 schedule would permit. This was the second season that Mario Andretti a F-1 world champion, Indy 500 winner, Indycar Champion, NASCAR winner, and winner in every racing category that had wheels teamed with the Penske team, which has won more Indy 500’s than any other team. Indy 500: Mario qualified 2nd fot the great race but failed to finish when his Cosworth DFX failed. Michigan 500 – Mario captured the pole and won the other 500 mile race. Copa 125 Rick Mears, a four time Indy 500 winner, captures a win at CART’s first ever international race. This chassis is the only Indycar in history to have race wins with both Mario Andretti and Rick Mears, arguably Indy’s most legendary drivers.

    More of the cars in the museum.

    Collings Cars

    Collings Cars

    Collings Cars

    Collings Cars

    Collings Cars

    Collings Cars

    Collings Cars

    Collings Cars

    Collings Vehicles

    Collings Vehicles

    Collings BMW R75

    Collings BMW R75

    Over all a pretty neat place to visit.

  • Red Sox Opening Day

    This year Tracy and I won the Red Sox opening day lottery giving us the opportunity to purchase opening day tickets. We were able to get second row seats in right field. So off to Boston we went for a quick 2 day trip to the game. It was really cool to be at opening day after the Red Sox won the World Series. We got to see the opening ceremony, ring presentation, banner raising, and they had the giant pennants covering the Green Monster. We got to boo Ryan Braun, and the weather wasn’t that bad either. In the 40’s but the rain held off. It definitely got cooler in the final innings. Here’s a few photos from the day.

    Red Sox Opening Day Banner

    Red Sox Opening Day Banner

    Boston Sports Trophies

    Boston Sports Trophies

    USA Flag, Fenway

    USA Flag, Fenway

    Welcome to Opening Day

    Welcome to Opening Day

  • Boston 2012

    Our second quick trip to Boston saw us atop the Coca-Cola roof deck seats, except we were standing room only. It was a really great place to see a game, except of course for the rain delay again. Grumble. This time we saw the Sox lose to the Atlanta Braves. Red Sox loses tend to happen quite frequently to us.

    Saturday we spent the day at the Arnold Arboretum, which was very cool. Lots of trees, including Redwoods. We walked around a great portion of the grounds. Then back to Fenway for a night game where we got to see the gigantic American flag unfurled to celebrate our veterans service. We’ve seen the huge flag twice now, and I don’t think it is something they do all that often at Fenway. This time after a brief rain shower the game started on time, and it was a beautiful night, plus the Sox finally won!

    tracy dave sox

    Tracy and Dave – Rain Delayed

    100 years fenway

    Boston Skyline

    arnold arboretum

    Redwood trees at the Arnold Arboretum

    arnold arboretum

    View from the hill top.

    hanging hydrangea

    Hanging Hydrangea

    hangning plants

    Hanging Garden

    old bonsai

    200+ Year Old Bonsai

    fenway park sunshine

    Fenway Park Sunshine

    sox win

    Red Sox Win!

  • Cape Cod 2012

    This summer we made a couple trips out to Boston to catch some Red Sox games, and we visited Tracy’s relatives Margaret and Franklin. The first night we went to Fenway where I surprised Tracy with Green Monster seats. The view from there is totally awesome, and I suspect we will be back again some time soon. We went to see the Washington Nationals play the Red Sox, and got lucky enough to see Stephen Strasburg pitch, which is a little unlucky I guess because the Sox ended up losing. Also a bummer was a rain storm before the game ruined batting practice, which I wanted to see from atop the Green Monster.

    After the game we went to visit Margaret and Franklin and see their house on Cape Cod. It was a beautiful day, and we shared lunch, walked along the beach, and had a late snack and beers. The beach was really close to their house, and their property is really close to a State Park. While walking along the beach we saw an Osprey nest, and since the tide was coming in we saw a seal playing in the water near where the water was flowing into a marsh. It was a really fun day.

    tracy dave green monster

    Green Monster Seats

    fenway park

    Fenway Park after the rain.

    strasburg monster

    Steven Strasburg from the Monster

    osprey cape cod

    Osprey nest near the beach

    cape cod beach

    Beautiful Cape Cod Beach

    crab

    Beach Crab

    cape cod seal

    Seal between Margaret and Franklin

  • Boston 2011

    We made a quick in and out trip to Boston this past weekend to catch 2 Red Sox games at Fenway. Last year we decided that rather than taking several trips to Boston for Red Sox games we should try and get a couple back to back games to maximize our baseball and save ourselves some driving back and forth. We got some good tickets to the Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels, and made the best of what turned out to be a surprisingly warm first weekend in may. First stop was the “new” Boston Garden where we visited the Boston Sports Museum. Lots of neat stuff in there, plus the employees were getting the rink ready for Wednesday night’s Semi-Conference finals game against the Philadelphia Flyers so we saw them checking out all the displays, score board, and sound the goal horn. It was really cool, and really empty.

    Boston Garden

    Boston Garden

    Champions

    Champions

    obstructed view

    obstructed view

    Monday night was the first game at Fenway Park since the anti-terrorist raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, and the Red Sox organization went all out to honor our country. We had a couple Celtics and Bruins joined by a war veteran throw out the first pitches. Had members of the military come out for a moment of silence before the game and national anthem. And, the Red Sox unfurled their huge American flag over the Green Monster, which is usually only reserved for opening/patriots day games. So that was really cool to see. Plus the Red Sox won the game! Hooray!

    Fenway Flag

    Fenway Flag

    NESN

    NESN

    Tuesday we went to the Boston Museum of Art and saw a really great Chihuly glass exhibit as well as some of the ancient art from Egypt, Greece, and Rome. We enjoyed the Japanese Garden outside in the courtyard of the museum. Afterwards we went to the New England Aquarium for a while and visited the new Shark and Ray Touch Tank where we got to touch the many rays that swam by. We saw the penguins too. Afterwards it was on to fenway for our second game. The Red Sox won this game too, and we saw David Ortiz hit another home run (his third of the season was Monday, and fourth was Tuesday).

    Boston

    Boston

    Chihuly Glass Art

    Chihuly Glass Art

    Chihuly Glass Art

    Chihuly Glass Art

    Chihuly Glass Art

    Chihuly Glass Art

    All in all a really great, if not really quick trip.

  • Boston and Vermont 2010

    We took the opportunity this June to make a quick trip to Boston for a couple baseball games (Both wins by the Sox over the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks), then it was time for a trip up to Burlington Vermont. While there we went on the Magic Hat Brewery Tour, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory Tour, walked around downtown Burlington, took in game 7 of the Celtics / Lakers NBA finals at a college bar, watched the sunset over Lake Champlain, and had a fun ferry ride on the way home. All in all a great trip. here’s a few photos…

    Get Lucky

    Get Lucky

    Orange Suit

    Orange Suit

    Magic Hat

    Magic Hat

    Ben and Jerry's Tour Bus

    Ben and Jerry’s Tour Bus

    Sunset

    Sunset

    It was a fun trip, and I think I would like to go back some time.

  • You Can’t Win this Battle

    Well I decided to battle the virtual waiting room for Boston Red Sox tickets. Its a battle you can’t really win with all the markups and convenience fees. But you can try to minimize the damage by getting the tickets from the red sox, instead of their official online markup dealers AceTickets. How to get the tickets? Wait in the virtual waiting room for single game tickets. Sounds pretty simple, its not. If you go to the Boston Red Sox home page to buy tickets, they will inform you that they are not on sale yet. Try to find out when they go on sale, and it will not be posted anywhere. On January 28th, it was posted on the red sox site that tickets to single season games go on sale Saturday January 30th at 10am. Wow, thanks for the 2 day heads up. Its like they are trying to hide it from the public.

    Waiting Room

    Waiting Room

    So what do you do, get into the virtual waiting room, and hope you get picked for tickets. I’ve tried this before. Some days I’ve been in from 10am-4pm, and still never got tickets. I’ve got tickets before too, so its a crap shoot. About 2 hours in, almost all the weekend games had “limited availability”. Around 1pm I amazingly got in! Knowing all the “good” games were sold out, I tried for bleacher (lowest cost) seats to two mid week games against the Arizona Diamondbacks in June. I was able to get bleacher seats on Tuesday, but Wednesday they were sold out and I ended up with more expensive right field seats.

    My $28 bleacher seats came with a $4.25 convenience fee, and the total order has a $7 processing fee too. But how does this compare to buying the same tickets through the Official Boston Red Sox ticket resellers? Well 4 tickets in the same section go for $67 each, with around a $4.50 service charge. How is this legal? Well the anti-scalping laws are very vague:

    “The statute says they can charge a reasonable mark-up,” Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said. “We can’t assess what a reasonable mark-up is … because the statute is very vague.”

    So, with almost 2/3rds of the seats at Fenway reserved for season tickets, another portion allotted to Sox Packs, more tickets to Yankees games available through email lottery, there just isn’t that much choice of how to get your tickets. Here’s a link to an interesting older article on ticket sales, things haven’t changed much in 2010.

    Red Sox fans squeezed by ticket resellers – SouthCoastToday.com