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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,649

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. These guys came back home with a whole new set of skills and were looking for a whole new set of thrills. Heroes one and all we owe them alot and everybody before or since who has worn a uniform in service to our country.
    We are at a time when we are losing more and more of them so when we see them we need to pay them our respects and pick their brains as there is alot they can still teach us.
  3. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 8,050


    I guess it was just a different time and those men would have been used to following orders. Still it seems really, really lame-but not unlike the VD movies they used to make us watch in health Class-WWII vintage and it was the 60's!

    Cool cars, though. All that hot rod iron being daily drives. Thanks for posting it.
  4. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,517

    from WA

    Yeah, it was such a different world then that I don't think most people today could relate to it. Hell, I remember my neighborhood had a "Party Line", every house was on the same line ,each with a different ring. "Authority" was thought about differently then. There were a few though, that must have thought it was bunk, because that's why they made "Hot Rod" movies. They needed to show us all the dangers of "Hot Rod" punks and their "Go Jobs"....;)

  5. big bad john
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 4,727

    big bad john
    Member thread....liked all the old cars ........sure lots of future hotrods......old stoplights were cool too....
  6. Held my interest in the beginning but my mind started to wander by the middle and I wanted to throw a rock through the monitor by the end. Must have driven those guys crazy after what they had gone through to have to sit for almost 10 minuets watching a movie about how traffic lights function. I'm sure they figured out other uses for them once they got in their hot rods.
  7. Zombie Hot Rod
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,453

    Zombie Hot Rod
    from New York

    The end of that with those little cars was amazing, that's all I have to say.
    Joined: Dec 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,755


    I am a little bit of a dork. I thought it was actually a pretty interesting film. The street light system then seems pretty primitive to the new "weight activated" systems used in most cities. Timed lights are pretty much a thing of the past with sensors under the asphalt to determine the traffic flow and make up to the second adjustments.

    I guess part of what was interesting about that video was the history behind traffic controls. It used to take a human being monitoring traffic flow to determine the timing on lights. It made me realize that as we progress through technology the "human" element continues to shrink away. We seem to have less and less contact with actual people and rely more on inpersonal electronics and computers.

    From a traffic cop waving you through and intersection to multi-lane, multi-color flashing lights.... time marches on.

    And yeah, I bet that video was just as boring 80years ago as it was today.
  9. Very cool video. Those boys coming back from the war had to think it was lame as hell. There were some very neat old stop lights shown in there. I also liked when it showed how the lights work with the cams. So simple.
  10. Pharouh
    Joined: Sep 18, 2008
    Posts: 437


    I'm a dork too I guess. I thought it was kinda interesting. I liked the vintage tin,too.
    I used to have some of those little cars. They were made of pot metal with rolling metal wheels. They were about an inch or so long and came on a cabover transporter.
    I've seen them on Ebay,can't remember who made them.
  11. choprodinc
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 141


    being ex-military and former member of a RECON support squadron(aircraft mechanic), it's nice to hear you guys recognize the men and women behind the scenes. Just cuz ur not the pitcher, doesn't mean ur not in the game. My experience in the military showed me that most of the guys I was in with were like me, grew up in less than ideal economical situations and a car meant freedom. To hotrod a car meant throwing "the finger" at ur situations and authority in general. i'm sure it's been the same since the beginning and is still true! i'm in much better shape now economically, still... I'll be "throwing the finger" till I die!
  12. Engine-Ear
    Joined: Jun 12, 2008
    Posts: 706

    Alliance Vendor

    Man, I just LOVE that old transportation history!!

    Are there any places to buy old traffic lights?
  13. lowsquire
    Joined: Feb 21, 2002
    Posts: 2,564

    from Austin, TX

    That guys voice was fucking annoying.Can you imagine having a conversation with someone who actually talked like that?!
  14. dragsterboy
    Joined: Aug 29, 2007
    Posts: 328


    That would be me in the white car.Except with more smoke off the back tires.
  15. llonning
    Joined: Nov 17, 2007
    Posts: 679


    Typical monotone narrator. Had to listen to probably that same guy in high school too many times. I would really like to have some of the oddball lights that they showed.
  16. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,628


    Afraid I couldn't make it all the way through either.
    But seeing all the rolling stock was pretty cool!
    Love the photos and movies from back in the day. Thanks Ryan.
  17. jms
    Joined: Aug 13, 2006
    Posts: 87

    from Chicago IL

    Don't underestimate that generation. I think that one of the main reasons that the wartime generation was so successful in the post-war period was the tremendous amount of discipline imposed on them in the armed forces. You had basic training, then specialized training. You had to learn to tear down and rebuild your weapon, or service a plane, or man a radio watch. You had to learn how to pay attention and focus, because fucking up or fucking off could get someone or everyone around you killed, yourself included, and there were plenty of pointed object lessons. After the war, good soldiers made good citizens. I suspect that the audience for those movies were paying close attention and quickly picked out the important information. Stop on red, go on green, and follow the flow of the lights. Easy as pie.
  18. 33-Chevy
    Joined: Nov 30, 2007
    Posts: 267


    I liked it. I had a driver's license when I was 16 and am a Korean War Veteran so I didn't have to watch something like that when I was 26. But I liked the video, and think of the chaos if everybody ignored the traffic lights. So what if the guy had a boring voice.
  19. 39cent
    Joined: Apr 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,569

    from socal

    as a kid I recall many hot rods in LA, during WW2. When I got my license they still had the timed lights and the system worked pretty good. and I really liked them semaphor signals, just stop an go, you did see them switch but there were some skidding stops if you pushed it. You just got up to 35 or whatever the speed limit was and then just hold that speed and as long as you kept your speed you didnt need to stop an start. It was a good system as I recall, you made good time at reasonable speed. There was a lot of cars in LA back then but not as crazy as it is today.
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2011
  20. grego31
    Joined: Aug 28, 2006
    Posts: 451

    from Sac, CA

    Damn, I only made to 2:11 before I had to shut it off! Give my red asphalt or blood on the highway any day before that video!
  21. octobeak
    Joined: Jun 30, 2010
    Posts: 154


    what, no part of the video on how to streamline a car to make it faster off the line?
  22. BStoltz
    Joined: Mar 30, 2009
    Posts: 123


    I thought the movie was pretty interesting actually.... although i guess thats probably just because i was marveling at all the old cars and the nostalgic feel of it rather than the traffic light content.....
  23. I can't watch that without thinking about how we used to get a rhythm on those yellow light so we could beat our friends on the GREEN!

  24. racerjohnson
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 178

    from Fargo, ND

    What makes this idea so interesting to ME. Imagine this:

    You were a communications technician for the US Army based somewhere in Iraq. You didn’t ride in the turret, you weren’t riding along on daily trips through Baghdad or Falleujah in a M1114 Humvee, you weren’t being shot at all that often… You simply supported/prepared war machines to kill from the comfort of a Forward Operating Base (FOB). Even so, you saw a handful of bloody humvee seats. You heard the IED explosions from your office. You were shelled as you worked on your base. You also saw the Humvee′s come home from their missions on a rollback, melted to the ground. You put your finger in the holes made by AK-47 bullets and exploded artillery rounds and you met guys and worked on many Humvee's that didn’t come home at all.
    You weren’t in the direct line of fire, but you still lived a life full of unknowns. You were at war. You felt and lived it.
    And then it was over.
    You come back to the states and get ready to mesh into a civilian life. Step 1?

    Some things never change, boys. Speed is a cure for the ailments of meshing because your focus switches back to survival mode. Let's go racin'.

    Thank you, Ryan, for imagining a scenario that few recognize still exists.

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