It's been a looong time since the 1906 earthquake in San Fran (the same San Andreas Fault which had caused the disaster in San Francisco runs close to Los Angeles as well).
Live vid of that 1906 thingee aftermath:
(Nice to see some electric vehicles ("trolleys") running at least (faster than any pedestrians were running I guess).
BTW, and OT nice writeup about the California Wave Motor Company in railway guy Henry Huntingtons beach resort (aka "Huntington Beach", just to the south of LA.) Then it turned out to be "incapable of generating enough energy to make it worth further investment", but my guess is some ebikers today (won't mention any names) would get a real charge out of visiting that neighbourhood some time.
Al (Alva Reynolds, a co-inventor of his machine) was a wannabe ebiker, or at least might have appreciated burning less food energy as he flew through the air that same year:
Some might wonder if he was airborne for the "big show", and whether he felt anything at all (sorta doubt it. It's not termed an "air quake".)
PS, and BTW. Another pic of Als "Man Angel" (apparently any ladies were occupied elsewhere). Info is, hydrogen-filled, 34 feet long and carried an 18 pound frame in which some light weight guy sat.
While one competition was against a "car", with a bet of $1000 to be first to reach Monas house (or Pomona, something like that), I can find no word of their later bet to see which won the bet for the least "stinky" vehicle.
I'm only interested in flying better electrically, `cause I am trying to get my neighbours in TO interested in zeppelin flying around for short sight-seeing trips.
ES changed my life (for the waaaaay better).
Eff. June, 2014 Phoenix Ebike Promotions
(Current ride? High speed lawn chair.)
Phoenix Ebike Promotions conversion kit (work in progress. More drink holders, etc etc)
Joined yer local chapter of EA yet?
(Ebikers Anonymous - Where we're all miserable failures, but the parties are hilarious...)