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Monthly Archives: May, 2013

AN ULTIMATE ICE CREAM CAR

AN ICE CREAM car is a grand subject of daydreams. It’s not for mobility in the ordinary sense, commuting and the like. It might not even have the pedigree for … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · 7 Comments

MY INDY 500

ED CARPENTER, stepson of Tony George, has earned pole position for the 2013 Indianapolis 500. And, of course, Tony George is Indy Racing League founder, past president and CEO of … Continue reading

May 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

ILF AND PETROV’S DRIVE

THERE’S AN excellent argument against having one’s book collection in good order. Let serendipity reign. I was looking for one thing or another. I never found it, but came upon … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · 4 Comments

BETTER HIGH-BEAMS

TOYOTA ALREADY has improved high-beam lighting available on its European and Japanese models. I hope the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration honors this company’s recent petition to allow such systems in … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

AVRO TYPE F

PILOTING—IN or out? This was a fundamental question during the first two decades of aviation. Some said a pilot needed intimacy with the air flow to optimize control. Others thought … Continue reading

May 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

HRG CAR-TO-PITS RADIO

CAR-TO-PITS communication is taken for granted today, especially in the grander levels of racing. Yet the first cars to use this feature came in 1948, long before pitboard communication was … Continue reading

May 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

BRAZILIAN CARS

A RECENT report from the Associated Press titled “Cars Made in Brazil Are Deadly” makes for fascinating reading (http://goo.gl/A1bKq). In particular, typical of the BRIC (Brazil/Russia/India/China) group of quickly developing … Continue reading

May 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

GETTING THE COLOR RIGHT

AS REPORTED in Science magazine, 3 May 2013, researchers have solved a historical quandary with plenty of time to get things right by early 2015, the 150th anniversary of a … Continue reading

May 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

FERRARI 212 EXPORT BARCHETTA

THE 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Touring Barchetta wasn’t the first Ferrari that I ever drove nor the most recent one. But it was certainly one of the most memorable. The … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

AN (OLD) WAY WITH WORDS

“Hear me, mother! Pull that black worm off the bark and give it to this old man. And no spitting in the ashes!” Amazingly enough, this is an ur-speech. Spoken … Continue reading

May 12, 2013 · Leave a comment