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Monthly Archives: August, 2013

VENEZIA

ROBERT BENCHLEY had a good line: “Streets filled with water. Advise.” As a car enthusiast, I cannot fathom why this Italian city with flooded streets should hold my attraction. Yet … Continue reading

August 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANS

THE CONCEPT of a continuously variable transmission, CVT, for short, has been around for years. There have been several variations on the theme and a good number of applications. In … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

EURO/BENZ HASSLE

THE EUROPEAN Union in Brussels, the Conseil d’Etat, France’s highest court, and Germany’s Daimler-Benz are arguing about keeping cool. At the core of this are the EU’s stringent CO2 regulations … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

TOUR DE FRANCE AUTO

BRUCE MALE, car collector extraordinaire, vintage race driver and fellow Arizona Copperstate participant (www.wp.me/p2ETap-VS), offered me the codriver role in his Maserati A6G Zagato for the Tour de France Auto, … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

NEW ARTISANS

LUDDITES FEARED technology would destroy their livelihoods 200 years ago. Today, some researchers claim that we may be losing the “race against the machine” yet again. However, others foresee a … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

VOUGHT XF5U

THE XF5U “Flying Flapjack” was one of the might-have-beens of aviation history. Its designer, Charles H. Zimmerman, was a talented aerodynamicist and member of NACA, the National Advisory Committee for … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

CREATIVE HEARING

AN EAR is a terrible thing to waste. In our family, we use the term “creative hearing” to describe our aural misunderstandings. Maybe your family experiences this communicational chaos too. … Continue reading

August 25, 2013 · 2 Comments