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GASOGENES AND THE MILLE MIGLIA

TO SHERLOCKIANS and other high-living Victorians, the gasogene is a piece of barware, a gadget producing carbonated water for mixing with whisky. To automotive historians, a gasogene was the answer … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

DE HAVILLAND BEAVER: PILOT FAVORITE, MOVIE STAR

THE CANADIAN De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver met one of its design criteria by being faster than a sled dog. This bush pilot’s favorite was named one of the top ten … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

CELLULOSIC FUELS—BETTER THAN A LOT OF CORN

TODAY’S ETHANOL is a lot of corn. Producing a motor fuel from corn grain raises the price of food. Ethanol-enhanced gasoline isn’t compatible with all cars (and other equipment fueled … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

IRON BRIDGE—CRADLE OF THE INDUSTRIAL AGE

SHROPSHIRE, IN the West Midlands of England, had rich deposits of coal, iron ore and limestone. The shire also has the Gorge, cut through it by the River Severn, at … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

MAGNIFICENT MACHINES—AND TALES TOO

IT’S AS though a bunch of aeroplane enthusiasts got together to make a comedy flick—and spin off a wonderful book. The full title, Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

NELLIE MELBA—DIVA EXTRAORDINAIRE

WIFE DOTTIE’S prudent editing precludes my calling this item “Nellie Melba—Toast of…” or “Nellie Melba—A Peach of ….” But, in fact, this extraordinary opera diva of a century ago was … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

STUDEBAKER’S 162 YEARS

ON SEPTEMBER 17, 2014, the Orange County, California, Daily Pilot newspaper jogged the memories of automotive enthusiasts. Unknown to many people in the area, a building being renovated in Newport Beach … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · 1 Comment
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