Is that a gun in your bus or are you just happy to see me?

I don’t remember what I was searching for a picture of when I started running across these, but my fetish for unusual weapon/vehicle combinations  and “gun trucks” in general took over and I went down a different path than what I was intending.


Flak 8,8 cm auf Vomag Fahrgestell

selbstfahrlafette auf fahrgestell vomag 7 or 660 mit 8,8cm flak in service with i.flak regiment 42

Selbstfahrlafette auf Fahrgestell VOMAG 7 OR 660 mit 8,8cm Flak in service with I.Flak Regiment 42


Vomag 88mm Flak 18 Waffentrager


VOMAG targeting truck

8.8 cm FlaK on bus chassis Vomag Omnibus Typ 7. Budapest 1945

8.8 cm FlaK on bus chassis Vomag Omnibus Typ 7. Budapest 1945

8.8 cm FlaK on bus chassis Vomag

8.8 cm FlaK on bus chassis Vomag Omnibus Typ 7. Budapest 1945


Turns out there were 21 – 24 of these Selbstfahrlafette auf Fahrgestell VOMAG 7 OR 660 mit 8,8cm Flak probably built for the Führerbegleitbrigade (FBB: Führer escort brigade) which was tasked with protecting Hitler’s military headquarters and accompanying him on those occasions he wanted to tool around the front.

Only assigned to 1. Bataillon of Flak Regiment 42 which appears to have initially served around Dresden, they ended up on the Ostfront and the unit was essentially wiped out in the fighting in and around Budapest in late 1944 with none of the vehicles surviving.

More info and pics here: and although I don’t really understand or get reddit, here’s a link with a bunch of pics and .gifs involving 88’s:



The Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver

A semi-automatic revolver is something I’ve been fascinated by ever since I got a copy of Ian V Hogg’s Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of the World’s Firearms somewhere around 7th or 8th grade. 


I lugged that book around in my book bag for almost the entire school year and tried to read through it anytime I had a free moment.  This was in the mid-80s so no SWAT teams were called out because a kid had a gun book at school.  Considering the books and magazines I carried and read at school (no porn!) I can only imagine how many suspensions I would have racked up today but I digress…

As usual, Ian at Forgotten Weapons gets to play with the coolest things


Less than 24 hours before the 24 Hours!

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is nigh upon us!


The fine work of Andy Blackmore of  You can download the latest version of the Dunlop 2017 Le Mans Spotter Guide HERE (three page PDF).

Full 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours entry list

Trying to watch it last year was frustrating because it seemed Fox looked for any excuse they could find to preempt the coverage.  I finally found a live stream on YouTube so I watched the race on he computer.  This year, if Fox tries any funny business I have a Fire Stick, the YouTube app and I’m not afraid to use them…

Per the broadcast schedule will be:

· June 17 – FS1 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
· June 17 – FS2 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM (June 18)
· June 17 – FS1 1:00 AM to 9:30 AM (June 18)
· The entire race is streamed live on FOX Sports GO

I’ll keep an eye out for YouTube live streams just in case.  Once I find a good stream to follow, I’ll post that up as well.

UPDATE 1 –  From the Ford Performance Channel on YouTube:

UPDATE 2 – I finally figured out how to use the FOX Sports GO app on the Fire Stick.  That may be the only way to fly

Enjoy and happy racing!