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Monthly Archives: August, 2012

CLARK GABLE, CAR ENTHUSIAST EXTRAORDINAIRE

THE GOODING & Company auction this Sunday, August 19, features a car immensely rich in wonderful tales, a fabulous 1935 Duesenberg Model JN Convertible Coupe. Not just any JN Convertible … Continue reading

August 18, 2012 · 2 Comments

SHRIMP WALLOP INSPIRES COMPOSITE DESIGN

THE PEACOCK mantis shrimp Odontodactylus scyllarus is native to the Indo-Pacific from Guam to East Africa. A large shrimp growing to 7 in. long, it has feelers that are so … Continue reading

August 17, 2012 · 3 Comments

WATSON’S EYESIGHT, HOLMES’ EATING HABITS

FOLLOWERS OF Sherlock Holmes take everything written by Dr. John H. Watson as utter truth. It’s a charming conceit among Sherlockians that all of the tales were merely relayed to … Continue reading

August 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

FEDS LIKE FUEL CELLS—AGAIN

THE FEDERAL government appears to be back encouraging fuel cell development in transportation. What’s more, this is just in the nick of time, what with several automakers intent on introducing … Continue reading

August 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

FLABBY FUN WITH THE WORD “ONLY”

THE WORD “ONLY” is misused—or at least used in a flabby way—every day. However, years ago my Mainer friend Steve Macdonald taught me The Only Game, a great way to … Continue reading

August 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

WILBUR WOWS ‘EM AT LE MANS

AVIATION HISTORY was made on August 8, 1908, not far from Le Mans, when Wilbur Wright showed Europeans the absolute state of aeroplane art. He did this just off what’s … Continue reading

August 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

2013 HONDA FIT EV

HONDA HAD AN interesting choice when planning an electric vehicle: Design one from scratch or adapt an existing car in the Honda lineup to EV. Wisely, already having the best … Continue reading

August 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

1990 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA

I HADN’T THOUGHT of the Miata as a “Classic Bit” until I unearthed a photo from its Japanese introduction. (If it’s not a classic photo of the car, it certainly … Continue reading

August 13, 2012 · 16 Comments