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LANCIA BETA MONTECARLO GROUP 5 TURBO

MY FIRST drive of an out-and-out competition car was dually memorable. The machine was the 1981 Lancia Beta Montecarlo Group 5 Turbo, two-thirds of the way to its triple crown … Continue reading

April 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

NOËL COWARD SAYS

NOËL COWARD was the most flamboyant wit of the 20th century. As confirmed in A Last Encore, he was also a rare combination of social satirist and patriot. Sir Noël … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

THE ROADS OF ROSE AND RAKEMAN

AS PART of the U.S. Sesquicentennial in 1926, the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads  assembled an historical exhibit on American roads. Its dioramas evolved into a book published in the … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER MADE OF ICE?

I WAS researching the aircraft of Sir Winston Churchill (a tale that’ll appear anon) when I encountered the story of a proposed World War II aircraft carrier made of ice. … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

SARAH BRIGHTMAN—COSMONAUT

THE WOMAN loved by the Phantom of the Opera has fallen in love with space tourism. And not just the concept, but the actual thing. Classical crossover/musicial theater soprano Sarah … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE DANUBE

THE BEST travel books offer historical nuggets and personal insights as well as trip details. Nick Thorpe’s The Danube is a fine example. Why upriver? Thorpe says he’s following a … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

AUTOGYROS IN SONG, LEGEND AND THE NEWS

OUTSPOKEN ENTHUSIASTS of fixed-wing aircraft claim that helicopters don’t really fly, they’re just so ugly that the Earth repels them. I wonder if this same opinion applies to another form … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · Leave a comment
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