Recommended reading

It’s Indianapolis 500 Race Weekend here in central Indiana and the checkered-flag decorations are everywhere. But for me my main thought is that on Race Weekend 30 years ago I graduated from college.

While all that sinks in, or doesn’t, please enjoy this week’s best blog posts.

💻 You know I love the National Road! Richard Simpson tells its early history in Indiana. Read National Road in Indiana, Revisited

💻 The people in your life — which are energy sources, and which are energy sinks? Jeffrey Minch, writing as The Big Red Car, writes mostly about the workplace, but if you think about this you can apply it to your whole life. Read The Energy Source v The Energy Sink Theory of Life

1975 Ford Pinto
Me on my Ford Pinto in 1986

💻 My first car was a Ford Pinto and I loved that crappy car beyond all reason. So they have a special place in my heart. Paul Niedermeyer found an early Pinto wagon on the street, and it sparked him to not only tell the Pinto wagon’s story, but why too-low cars like this pushed us all to like the modern CUV. Read Curbside Classic: 1973 Ford Pinto Wagon; The Lowest Wagon Ever and the Best Selling Wagon in the World

💻 M. B. Henry tells the story of the Doolittle Raiders, who bombed Tokyo during World War II. It was a crazy mission by a group of men who always felt they were just doing their job. The last of the Doolittle Raiders died in April. Read The Doolittle Raiders

📷 I’ve always wanted to try one of these in-between Pentax SLRs: after the metal/mechanical era and before the auto-everything era. William Le, writing for 35mmc, puts a Pentax P30t through its paces. Read The Middle Child: The Pentax P30t


14 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. Aashutosh jha Avatar

    Nice one

  2. DougD Avatar

    Wow, look at those mighty bumper guards on your Pinto !!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      IKR? Saber-toothed Ford!

  3. nataliesmartfilmphotography Avatar

    I mainly watch F1 now but I have fond memories of watching the Indy 500 on television as a child with my Dad back when F1 racing drivers like Nigel Mansell raced in it 👍

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Awesome! I remember watching the 500 with my family when I was a kid, too. I grew up in South Bend, about 150 miles to the north. The rest of the US and the world could watch the race live, but we got it on tape delay in Indiana as they worried that if they aired it live nobody would attend the race in person. As if! They still tape-delay the race in central Indiana but the rest of Indiana now gets it live.

      My favorite memory of the track is getting to ride my bicycle around it. I have done exactly one bike race in my life, about 20 years ago. The race started in downtown Indianapolis, went out to the track, then around the track, and then back to downtown Indianapolis.

  4. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    My Brother had a P30t that I borrowed once to take on a vacation. I don’t really recall anything about using it, but I got good photos, so I think it was a success. At the time I kind of wanted one myself, but by the time they got affordable I had moved in other directions.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I think many SLRs from this era were competent but not memorable!

  5. Christopher Dan Rangaka Avatar

    @Dan cluley there is other off ramp on motoring, digital cars are rolled over. Hope in future we would fly by ourself.

  6. brandib1977 Avatar

    As always, thanks for sharing. I especially appreciate the story on Doolittle’s Raiders. I doesn’t realize the last of them had passed away.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The WW II generation is almost gone from us. It’s a real loss.

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        It’s a terrible loss.

        1. DougD Avatar

          I don’t see it as such a loss. It’s marvelous, the natural progression of their wartime service. They stepped up and did what was required during the war, and they continued to do that their whole lives long. Now their jobs are done, and done well.
          Ours continue.

          My Great Uncle was a WW2 Pacific veteran, he made it to 96 and when he died he was ready to move on, his job was done.

          1. brandib1977 Avatar

            This is certainly true. I’m simply saddened by the loss of knowledge and of people who so strongly led by example. My grandfather for example. What I wouldn’t give for more time to learn from him and to hear his stories. I was a teenager when he died and didn’t get a chance to spend as much time with him as I wanted. He and my grandmother were good people who worked hard and who looked after their own as well as others in need. I don’t know many people like them.

            Personally, I have always related more to older people than I do to my own generation so it feels like a different kind of loss to me.

            But you are correct. They did their part. May they all Rest In Peace.

        2. Jim Grey Avatar

          Sure the progression is natural and those of us left need to carry on the goodness. But to be able to speak with the WW II generation, to learn from them… that’s what we lost.

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