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Monthly Archives: May, 2013

CHARLIE CHAN AND CHANG APANA

JUST AS Sherlock Holmes owes much to Scottish doctor Joseph Bell, famed Chinese-American investigator Charlie Chan owes a lot to Honolulu police detective Chang Apana. I’ve enjoyed accounts of them … Continue reading

May 11, 2013 · 3 Comments

STOUT BUSHMASTER 2000

WILLIAM BUSHNELL Stout designed the Ford Trimotor in the mid-1920s, but I doubt he imagined that—three decades later—he’d update his design and call it the Stout Bushmaster 2000. The story … Continue reading

May 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

MERCEDES-BENZ GLK250 BLUETEC

DIESELS AND Daimler-Benz go way back. In fact, the world’s first passenger car powered by Rudolf Diesel’s compression-ignition engine was the 1936 Mercedes-Benz 260D. The newly introduced GLK250 BlueTEC 4Matic … Continue reading

May 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

LAGO DI GARDA

THE LARGEST of Italian lakes, Lago di Garda is about 1 1/2 hours east of Milan, just past Brescia (of Mille Miglia fame). The lake has an irregular hatchet shape, … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

POETRY FROM INNES

INNES IRELAND was an extremely talented racecar driver—giving Team Lotus its first F1 victory in 1961—a wonderful raconteur and writer, and a dear friend. Stories galore come to mind. I … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

LAGO DI COMO

THERE IS timeless beauty surrounding the lakes of northern Italy. As identified in my 1927 Cook’s Traveller’s Handbook Northern & Central Italy, they are from west to east Orta, Maggiore, … Continue reading

May 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

E30 NONSENSE

WHEN WILL this ethanol fuel nonsense cease? We already have 10-percent ethanol “extending” our gasoline; that is, the gasoline is really E10. And then there’s E85 (85-percent ethanol/15-percent gasoline). It … Continue reading

May 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

MORGAN TRIKES

H.F.S. MORGAN, founder of the Morgan Motor Company in 1910, understood his fellow Britons’ aspirations for mobility—and also their Inland Revenue’s tax regulations. Motorcyclists wished to move up to proper … Continue reading

May 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

CONCORDE VS QE2

THE CONCORDE Supersonic Transport and Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth 2 were already classic craft when we at R&T had our 1988 experience with them. Each craft was a fantastic technical … Continue reading

May 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

IS CURSIVE DEAD YET?

THERE’S GOOD controversy going on about cursive handwriting, also known as script, the kind in which letters of each word flow one to another. Is it of any use today? … Continue reading

May 2, 2013 · 3 Comments