Category: Uncategorized

RIP Tura

A sad day. On February 4th, we lost Tura Satana. Most famous for her role as Varla in Russ Meyer’s Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, she was a true American icon. As the buxom, explosively violent Varla, she was the leader of her gang of super sexy go-go dancers who would put down anyone that crossed them. All the while tooling around in some great cars. After breaking the neck of the owner, Varla commandeers his Porsche 356, with the blond bombshell Billie in a 1959 TR3 and Rosie bringing up the rear in a 1960 MGA. Just a fantastic film. John Waters once said of “Faster, Pussycat”:  It’s ”the best movie ever made, and possibly better than any movie that will ever be made.”

Read more

Oh Lordy, Bowler Nemesis EXR

  Usually at Grampa we tend to cover classic motor vehicles, but in the case of the Bowler Nemesis, we don’t mind making an exception.  With a 503 hp Jaguar supercharged engine, and Ohlins offroad suspension all around, the Nemesis EXR is ready to tackle just about any driving situation, on or off road. Here’s […]

Read more

May-December Romance

In the spirit of a true May-December romance, the 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc, reputed to be the most advanced electrical powered motorcycle in the world, is about to take a run on one of the oldest, toughest motorcycle races in the world. Of course I am talking about the Isle of Man TT. Since 1907 this […]

Read more

An Ax to Grind


Got a pesky tree that needs felling? Or perhaps thinking about taking a stab at building your own log cabin, ala Dick Proenneke? If so, you’d better bone up on your ax knowledge. Luckily the US Forest Service has just what you need– a complete guide to that ubiquitous companion of the iconic lumberjack. This fantastic guide covers history, chopping techniques, handle selection, felling trees, just to name a few. After the click I’ve included an excerpt covering sharpening.
Read more

Creating Crayola

My favorite Sesame Street video of all time! The images and soundtrack remind me of the films of Charles and Ray Eames from the 60’s. I’m sure the Crayola factory has changed a bit in the last forty years, but I will always picture the little old ladies loading crayons into big wooden boxes.

Read more