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1966 Ford GT40 by Desert Motors
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Part of the Jim Click Collection headed to RM Sotheby’s 2016 Monterey auction in August.


2005 Koenigsegg CCXR by Desert Motors
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1,018 bhp, six-speed manual transmission, Agera-spec suspension, one of just five CCXRs in the US, less than 500mi on the odometer, featured in the movie Fast Five, sold for $825,000 by RM Sotheby’s as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio in August 2015.

I witnessed the funniest robbery ever today

A shoplifter took ~$150 of chocolate and chicken wings and then made their escape via one of our motorized carts for elderly customers

Since we’re not allowed to stop shoplifters for insurance and safety reasons, my manager and I simply stood and watched as this shoplifter slowly but surely made their way to freedom, at like 1 mile per hour.


If ever there was a word made to be cast in neon glow, it would surely be rainbow. And if ever there was an obvious way to market a motel, it would be with the excitement and impermanence promised by the appearance of this sky surfing arc. It’s a glass-tubed match made in heaven, which is why rainbow motor courts once dotted the North American roadside in such supply it was as if they foretold the next gold rush. 

What to say about rainbows? More than you’d think. Despite its apparently simple beauty, the manner in which this meteorological phenomenon is witnessed has considerable symbolic weight, particularly as pertains to our conception of the motel.

A rainbow is an optical illusion in which light refracted through water droplets creates a colour spectrum. In other words, these sweeping arcs are not physical objects that could be touched or approached. On the contrary, no two people can see precisely the same rainbow, as its appearance is always dictated by one’s relationship to the light source. 

That’s either a lot of pots of gold or no gold at all. We might all witness a rainbow but what exactly we see is determined by the point from which we’re looking. Perspective is everything. Similarly, a motel might pose as a place for family recreation and wholesome adventure or as an anonymous hideout for criminals and cheats. It’ll be whatever you want it to be, as long as you know it’s temporary. 

The motel itself is an optical illusion. With its dazzling neon sign, its nearly invisible one-storey structure, entirely characterless rooms, and oasis-like swimming pool, one can place any narrative he wants upon such a place. It’s designed from the first to be something that’s malleable, that offers itself up for definition and re-definition each time a new car pulls into the parking lot. 

The canvas is yours, dear traveller.

Photos by Jonathan Hartsaw, Deborah Jane Seltzer, Brent Moore, The Boston Public Library. Postcards via Ebay. 

Increased Intracranial Pressure

(>20 mm Hg) Due to a rigid and fixed skull, there is no room for any additional fluid, blood, or lesions. Additional matter without an expansion of volume, especially, creates increased pressure. Increased intracranial pressure is very serious and could lead to brain herniation and subsequent death.


  • Brain tumors
  • CNS infections
  • Cerebral edema
  • Intracranial bleeding
  • Excess CSF


  • Changes in level of consciousness (LOC) ***often the first indication***

Glasgow Coma Scale measures LOC via eye, motor, and verbal responses to stimulus from the environment. It scores from 3-15 w/ 8 being the “magic number” - think magic 8 ball. If you shake it up, or stimulate it, and a number < 8 appears a severe coma is present. 9-12 represents a moderate coma. 13-14 represents a mild coma.

  • Blurred vision
  • Coma
  • Decerebrate posture (extension of arms indicative of brain stem involvement)
  • Diplopia
  • Doll’s eye phenomena
  • Headache
  • Projectile vomiting
  • Behavior changes
  • Seizures
  • Cushing’s reflex (as manifested by Cushing’s triad):  increased BP w/ widening PP (peripheral resistance increased to shunt blood towards the oxygen-needy brain), decreased pulse rate (in a vagal-induced response to rising BP), decreased/irregular (Cheyne Stokes) respirations

Indicative of impending herniation - emergent medical response necessary.

Treatment of ICP

  • Keep HOB elevated at 30 degrees
  • Keep patient well hydrated
  • Frequent neuro-checks needed
  • Strict I&O
  • Anticonvulsants for seizure prevention (phenytoin)
  • Mannitol (osmotic diuretic used to reduce cerebral edema)
  • Loop diuretics
  • Avoid aspirin, narcotics, or meds that depress respirations (as they are already at risk for being low)
  • Hyperventilate patient (blow off CO2 [hypocapnia]) to decrease cerebral blood flow (cerebral vasoconstriction in response to low CO2 levels)
  • Decrease environmental stimuli
  • initiate seizure and safety precautions (padded side rails up, call light w/in reach)

People Of 1939 View The World of Tomorrow - Photo: Corbis (via WIRED)

General Motors’ Futurama exhibit let visitors view the world of tomorrow from comfortable, moving chairs while touring a vast scale model of the American countryside. Covering more than 35,000 square feet, Futurama was the largest scale model ever constructed, including more than 500,000 buildings, 1 million trees and 50,000 motor vehicles — many in motion.


1936 Hupmobile 618 G - Pre-War Classic with Aerodynamic Styling.

The Hupp Motor Car Company is largely forgotten today, but the Detroit-based automaker was a major player in the years before World War II.

Robert Hupp started his company in 1908 after working at Olds, Ford, and the Regal Motor Car Company. By the late 1920s, Hupmobiles had become a hot commodity, racking up 65,000 sales in 1928.

As with fellow American automakers, Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg, Pierce Arrow, and Peerless, the Great Depression dealt a devastating blow to Hupmobile—one from which it never fully recovered. Determined to put its best foot forward, Hupp hired Raymond Loewy, the legendary industrial designer, to pen what it called the Aerodynamic Series, beginning in the 1934 model year. The 618 G was produced between 1936 and ‘37.

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Ford Ranchero GT 1972 (5337) por Clay
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Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan - U.S.A. Type: Ranchero Series GT Model 97R Production time: September 1971 - September 1973 Production outlet: 27,940 Engine: 5766cc Ford Windsor 351W V-8 Power: 153 bhp / 3.800 rpm Torque: 361 Nm / 2.000 rpm Drivetrain: rear wheels Speed: 163 km/h Curb weight: 1840 kg Load capacity: 618 kg Wheelbase: 118 inch Chassis: box frame with crossbars (new body-on-frame design) and self-supportin all steel body Steering: recirculating ball and nut Gearbox: three-speed manual / all synchromesh / Clutch: 10 inch single dry plate Carburettor: Motorcraft 2-barrel Fuel tank: 76 liter Electric system: 12 Volts 55 Ah Ignition system: distributor and coil Brakes front: dual hydraulic 10 inch self-adjusting drums Brakes rear: dual hydraulic 10 inch self-adjusting drums Suspension front: independent ball joint, upper trapezoidal triangle cross-bar, lower simple cross-bar with elastically mounted tension strut, sway bar, coil springs + hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers Suspension rear: lower longitudinal links, upper braces, longitudinal leaf springs + hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers Rear axle: live Differential: hypoid 3.25:1 Wheels: 15 inch steel discs Tires: H78 - 15 Options: 250 CID (4096cc) straight-6 engine (power 145/4.000rpm - torque 314Nm/1.600rpm), Ford FMX three-speed Select Shift automatic transmission, differential 2.75:1, front 10.7 inch disc brakes, power steering, air conditioning, bucket seats, AM/FM radio, vinyl top Special: - The Ranchero, introduced in December 1956, is quite unique Coupé utility vehicle: part car and part pickup truck. - This principle was “copied” by Chevrolet with its El Camino in 1959. - The Ford Ranchero was one of the favorite cars of Elvis Presley. - The 1972 Ford Ranchero Series was available as this 2-door GT, as 2-door 500 Model 97D (49,065 units built) and as 2-door Squire Model 97K (9,070 units built). - This sixth generation (1972–1976) Ranchero was only assembled in Lorain, Ohio (United States).