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Monthly Archives: November, 2012

PHOENIX GRAND PRIX 1989

STILL SAVORING the overwhelming success of the inaugural Circuit of the Americas Grand Prix in Austin, I thought about highs and lows of previous U.S. Grands Prix. Though I never … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

BRITAIN INVADED!

A CAR book can offer most marvelous tales having nothing to do with cars. And so it is with Bentley Motors On The Road, an assemblage of the owners’ magazines … Continue reading

November 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

PORSCHE SINGLE-SEATER

NEWS OF a particular Porsche displayed at the Essen Motor Show1 prompts me to recall my own once-in-a-lifetime experience piloting a single-seat Porsche. Known as der Volksschlepper, this vehicle gets … Continue reading

November 28, 2012 · 4 Comments

DOUGLAS WORLD CRUISERS

ONE OF the grandest adventures in aviation occurred in 1924 when a trio of U.S. Army Air Service Douglas World Cruisers became the first aeroplanes to circumnavigate the globe. The … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

WRONG WORDS

AS A linguistic hobby, I’ve been collecting two kinds of misused words, one category dating back more than 200 years, the other defined as recently as the current decade. They’re … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · 3 Comments

BENETTON B186

THE RECENT U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, reminds me of my own Formula 1 drive. (It’s difficult to work this into ordinary conversation—but it can be done.) The car … Continue reading

November 25, 2012 · 1 Comment

HIGH TECH, WHY TECH

AVOWED TECHIE though I am, some modern automotive offerings have me wondering. Here are my current citations in both categories, High Tech and Why Tech. Rear view camera. High Tech! … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · 1 Comment