Simanaitis Says

On cars, old, new and future; science & technology; vintage airplanes, computer flight simulation of them; Sherlockiana; our English language; travel; and other stuff

Monthly Archives: September, 2012

ENDEAVOUR 2012, MAIA/MERCURY 1938

CALIFORNIA IS home to a lot of the space industry, and many of us here were wacko about seeing the welcome-home flybys of the Space Shuttle Endeavour atop its Boeing … Continue reading

September 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

2013 NISSAN NV200 TAXI OF TOMORROW

“I GO somewhere, I take a cab.” This world view of New Yorkers is about to change to “I take a Nissan.” This company’s NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow (NV, as … Continue reading

September 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

WHERE’S MY PROP? PART 2

IT WAS disquieting enough when a prop disappeared, as it did in the transition of Saab 21A to 21R (see http://wp.me/p2ETap-dW. Yet in the early days of aviation, there were … Continue reading

September 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

MERCEDES-BENZ B-CLASS: PROPEL IT YOUR WAY

MERCEDES IS on an interesting path to future propulsion. And, indeed, judging by the company’s 2012 Paris Auto Show introduction of its B-Class Electric Drive, the future is as near … Continue reading

September 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

LITTLE AYING MAKES ITS MARK

THIS IS a tale of a Bavarian village and international trade. Aying is about 15 miles southeast of Munich, Germany; its population is 4652. Belying this diminutive size, it’s the … Continue reading

September 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

MUSÉE CHEZ MANUEL

MAYBE YOU share M. Manuel Ribeiro’s love of stuff. I certainly stand in awe of the degree of his passion. He’d see something to collect, and then another of them, … Continue reading

September 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

HONDA ARGENTO VIVO BY PININFARINA

LET US celebrate the memory of Sergio Pininfarina, who died earlier this year at age 85, with one of the less familiar cars of his Italian design house, the 1995 … Continue reading

September 18, 2012 · 2 Comments