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A.D.B. ILLUMINATION COMING OUR WAY

IT’S SORTA DÉJÀ VU all over again. In the late 1970s, the U.S. caught up with the best of European automotive headlighting. And, come 2023, we’re likely to do so … Continue reading

January 25, 2022 · 1 Comment

ALFA ROMEO VERSUS FERRARI—THE 1951 GRAND PRIX SEASON    PART 2

YESTERDAY, CORRADO MILLANTA introduced us to Alfa Romeo and Ferrari Formula One cars of the 1951 season. Today in Part 2, we see results of their contrasting technologies.  Monza 1951. … Continue reading

January 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

ALFA ROMEO VERSUS FERRARI—THE 1951 GRAND PRIX SEASON    PART 1

NINETEEN-FIFTY-ONE WAS only the second year of F.I.A.’s sanctioned World Drivers’ Championship. Grand Prix regulations were essentially the same as those in 1938: Supercharged engines were limited to 1 1/2 … Continue reading

January 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

THE BEST OF…

GEE, THIS BOOK SORTING in the garage is fun. I pulled out The BEST of Everything, 1980, to see how hopelessly outdated its choices were.  However, I was now missing … Continue reading

January 22, 2022 · 4 Comments

LE MANS AND TARASCON, 1907

I BOUGHT THE BOOK A Spring Fortnight in France some years ago because its first chapter is about Le Mans and its last one about Tarascon. I know of Le … Continue reading

January 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

DON’T LOOK BACK 1.0, 2.0, 2.1, AND 3.0    PART 2

YESTERDAY WE ENCOUNTERED the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and its Gluck Opera. Today in Part 2, we see a Don’t Look Back 2.1 variation and an envisioning from … Continue reading

January 20, 2022 · 2 Comments

DON’T LOOK BACK 1.0, 2.0, 2.1, and 3.0    PART 1

ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE is a myth with legs. Or, to crib computer parlance, there’s a 1.0, sorta its beta; 2.0, an early operatic rendering; 2.1, a later operetta; and 3.0, … Continue reading

January 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

MY NEW EYES

I’VE HAD MY new eyes for about a month now and I want to celebrate the talented people who made this possible. Here are tidbits on my experience with cataract … Continue reading

January 18, 2022 · 3 Comments

FRENCH STREAMLINING OF THE EARLY 1920S   PART 2

STREAMLINING TOOK AWHILE to beat automotive perpendicularity, though its innovations were certainly entertaining, if not entirely successful. Today in Part 2 we admire the Voisin Type 6 Laboratoire and Chenard-Walcker … Continue reading

January 17, 2022 · 5 Comments

FRENCH STREAMLINING OF THE EARLY 1920S   PART 1

IN THE EARLY 1920s, the French were well into racecar streamlining when perpendicularity still ruled on the British side of La Manche. Here, in Parts 1 and 2 today and … Continue reading

January 16, 2022 · Leave a comment