"Fly Me To The Moon" - The Engine That Won WW ll - Jay Leno's Garage

If you have ever seen a WW II era aircraft power through the sky, the engine sound is as distinctive as it gets. As our home office is located near Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with two nearby air bases, we can count on seeing WW II planes overhead at least once every Independence Day.

In this video Jay shares the story behind this engine and gives us a first hand look at running it outdoors. So what's an aircraft engine have to do with Classic cars? Well, Jay has two vintage cars powered by the same 1,390 HP  Merlin.
If the above video gave you the "goose bumps" you may want to attend the Atlanta Warbird Weekend event, October 7th & 8th at the Dekalb Peachtree Airport. Visit their site for more info. If you can afford the cost ($$$$$) you can hitch a ride in a B-17, trainer or dive bomber. 


I'm goin' up the country, baby don't you want to go?
I'm goin' up the country, baby don't you want to go?
I'm goin' to some place, to see the Sun like it's never been seen before.

We've heard that many people will be heading out to the country, climbing hills and looking for open pastures to view the eclipse. Most observers will be well prepared to view the event, but some will not. While tempting to brush off warnings about looking up at this eclipse bare-eyed, don't: The light of an eclipse really can damage your eyes. 
 The condition is called solar retinopathy,   and it occurs when bright light from the sun floods the retina on the back of the eyeball. The retina is home to the light-sensing cells that make vision possible.
When they're over-stimulated by sunlight, they release a flood of communication chemicals that can damage the retina. This damage is often painless, so people don't realize what they're doing to their vision. Everyone's eyes need to be protected including Fido's.

Solar Eclipse Viewers
Though it's probably too late to order eclipse glasses from Amazon
or other online retailers, you may be able to pick them up at a local Walmart or Target. But make sure you buy viewers from reputable manufacturers that meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for these products.

Here's a list of approved manufacturers, provided by the American Astronomical Society:
American Paper Optics (Eclipser) / EclipseGlasses.com / 3dglassesonline.com
APM Telescopes (Sunfilter Glasses)
Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold Film)
Celestron (EclipSmart Glasses & Viewers)
DayStar (Solar Glasses)
Explore Scientific (Solar Eclipse Sun Catcher Glasses)
Halo Solar Eclipse Spectacles
Lunt Solar Systems (SUNsafe SUNglasses)
Meade Instruments (EclipseView Glasses & Viewers)
Rainbow Symphony (Eclipse Shades)
Seymour Solar (Helios Glasses)
Solar Eclipse International / Cangnan County Qiwei Craft Co.
Thousand Oaks Optical (Silver-Black Polymer & SolarLite)
TSE 17 / 110th.de (Solar Filter Foil)
What To Do If You're Driving During The Eclipse
Again, don't look at it, then turn you headlights on, stay alert and allow extra distances between you and other vehicles. You sure don't need to have an accident because someone else is distracted by the event, a cell phone or other similar device.
Leave Your Camera Home
A conventional SLR (old school) without the proper solar filter will AMPLIFY the sun's rays causing extreme eye damage and unless you have equipped your digital SLR with the same proper filter, you will end up with a very expensive piece of junk.

Watch It On TV
NASA has set up a livestream of the eclipse from 12 to 4 p.m. EST.
Expected Times of The Eclipse
For the following areas in the U.S., totality starts at the following local times, according to Eclipse2017.org:

  • Beach just north of Newport, Oregon: 10:15 a.m.
  • Madras and Warm Springs, Oregon: 10:19 a.m.
  • Stanley, Idaho: 11:28:18 a.m. MDT
  • Mackay, Idaho: 11:30:19 a.m. MDT
  • Weiser, Idaho: 11:25:18 a.m. MDT
  • Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming: 11:35 a.m.
  • Pavillion, Wyoming: 11:38 a.m.
  • Alliance, Nebraska: 11:49 a.m.
  • Lincoln, Nebraska: 1:02 p.m.
  • Troy, Kansas: 1:05 p.m.
  • Atchison, Kansas: 1:06 p.m.
  • Kansas City, Missouri: 1:08 p.m.
  • Murphysboro, Illinois: 1:19:30 p.m.
  • Makanda, Illinois: 1:20:11 p.m.
  • Carbondale, Illinois: 1:20 p.m. 
  • Marion, Illinois: 1:20:40 p.m.
  • Paducah, Kentucky: 1:22 p.m.
  • Franklin, Kentucky: 1:26:48 p.m.
  • Clarksville, Tennessee: 1:25 p.m.
  • Nashville, Tennessee (at the State Capitol): 1:27 p.m.
  • Clayton, Georgia: 2:35:45 p.m.
  • Bryson City, North Carolina: 2:35:13 p.m.
  • Murphy, North Carolina: 2:34 p.m.
  • Greenville, South Carolina: 2:38 p.m.
  • Charleston, South Carolina: 2:46:22 p.m.
Thanks to Live Science for the list of safety glasses and eclipse schedule

Morgan Aero Super Sport - Jay Leno's Garage

As we dig into an article about Monterey Car Week, we thought in the mean time you'd enjoy Jay's review of a rather spectacular sports car. Amazing that a hand built, limited production car like this is "only" about $180K, because if it came from Germany or Italy, a similar model would likely cost 3 to 10 times as much. Unfortunately this machine is not available for sale in the US...yet.