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HOLD ON TIGHT!

IT WAS four years before the earliest pilots of heavier-than-air craft invited anyone else aboard—more properly, atop—their flying contraptions. Once passengers tried it, a good number took up flying on their … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

ADVERTISING IN AN EARLIER AGE

BEING A child of the 1940s, I am attracted to its arts, its music, its radio, its culture and ambience, even its hype. With this in mind, I’m happy to … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE VOIELLO MARILLE—BY GIUGIARO

ENTHUSIASTIC FOLLOWERS of Italian design may recall the 1983 Voiello Marille by Giugaro. Indeed, Giorgetto Giugiaro is one of the most highly regarded designers in the world, named Car Designer … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

CASTLES—ROB’S, LUDVIG’S, SCOTTY’S AND WILLIAM RANDOLPH’S

NOT COUNTING my visits to castles actually occupied by royals (I’ve been to Windsor), I’ve visited four castles, each memorable in a different way. One of its owners I’ve known … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

RING, RING. PLEASE ANSWER THAT

FOR SOME unstated reason, wife Dottie and I have been known to answer phone calls from each other in manners other than a straightforward “hello.” I believe part of this … Continue reading

January 24, 2015 · 3 Comments

KLEMANTASKI’S FINE EYE

LOUIS KLEMANTASKI produced fine photography of the greatest eras of motorsport. The period 1935 – 1939 had Tazio Nuvolari contesting (and finally joining) the Third-Reich-sponsored mights of Auto Union and … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

FLYING AROUND THE WORLD—IN 1920?

A WONDERFUL poster came my way through Facebook car/aviation colleague Tom Heitzman. The Lake Aero Corporation of Bridgeport, Connecticut, proposed an ambitious plan to fly around the world—in 1920. Lake … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · 1 Comment
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