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FUTURISTS AT MERCEDES AND ELSEWHERE

GIVEN THE automobile’s complex design cycle and regulation requirements, automakers need to understand the future. In some quarters, it’s already 2020, 2025 or beyond. In the June 10, 2015, issue … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

MICKEY AND A MELTING WATCH??

WALT DISNEY had a way with fantasy. And so did artist Salvador Dali. Amazingly, these otherwise vastly different art icons worked together. In researching this, I learned of John Hench, … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

ORSON WELLES AND THE FEDERAL THEATRE PROJECT

THIS YEAR is the 100th anniversary of the birth of theatrical great Orson Welles. Likely, he’s best remembered for his 1941 movie Citizen Kane, consistently ranked among the all-time greatest … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 3 Comments

TOYOTA MIRAI TIDBITS

HERE ARE 10 tidbits about the 2016 Mirai FCV, Toyota’s production fuel-cell car appearing in California showrooms this October. These tidbits are gleaned from my taking part in what amounted … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

SOARING WITH ADMIRAL BYRD

POOR ADMIRAL Byrd! Here’s a guy with a real knack for exploration. He had a chance of beating Lindbergh across the Atlantic in 1927. He may have been the first to … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

RACING ON THE “COLORED” LINE

EARLY AUTO race drivers were an especially courageous lot. They drove fragile yet awkward automobiles at impressive speeds under the most deadly conditions. Even more courageous were the relatively few … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

KISS OFF EVS??

THE PROMISE of electric vehicles was fun while it lasted, but several recent articles in Automotive News are anything but promising. EVs are glued to dealership floors. Government EV subsidies … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · 2 Comments
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