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Monthly Archives: May, 2013

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

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