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Monthly Archives: September, 2013

SAUNDERS-ROE PRINCESS

HISTORY HAS been known to repeat itself in a disconcertingly short interval. Two British aircraft, the Bristol Brabazon and Saunders-Roe Princess, had similarly ambitious plans—and were both failures, albeit brilliant … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

BRISTOL BRABAZON

TWO BRITISH might-have-beens made aviation history 60 years ago. Each was the largest aircraft of its type in the world. Each extended the state of the art in design, fabrication … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

NICK SLONIMSKY

“MUSICOLOGIST” CONJURES up the image of a musty academic muttering something or other about a dominant-seventh chord in Sixteenth Century works for the shawm. But then there was Nicolas Slonimsky, … Continue reading

September 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

MY FAVORITE FERRARI

I’VE DRIVEN a goodly number of Ferraris in my life. Several of the memorable ones were classics by the time I got behind the wheel. The 212 Export Touring Barchetta … Continue reading

September 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

HOLMES AND ANTHRACITE

IT’S ONLY rarely that I offer first-hand knowledge of a Sherlockian locale as described by his friend and colleague, Dr. John H. Watson. True, occasionally travels have taken me to … Continue reading

September 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

VINTAGE PARIS, BERLIN & HOLLYWOOD

WHAT WONDERFUL times they must have been: the vintage years of Paris, Berlin and Hollywood. Following World War I and even into the Great Depression of the 1930s, these three … Continue reading

September 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

IDENTIFYING NEAR-EARTH OBJECTS

A GOAL of the B612 Foundation is to save the world. Named for asteroid B-612 in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 book The Little Prince, the B612 Foundation plans to do … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

MERCEDES-BENZ W196 EX-FANGIO

A FABULOUS car, the 1954 Ex-Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196 Grand Prix machine, recently changed hands for a fabulous price—$29.7 million. This Bonhams sale, at Goodwood Festival of Speed on … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · 5 Comments

ENGLISH MAGIC

BETTY WALKER, wife of motorsports great Rob Walker, rest both their souls, taught wife Dottie and me about ancient Glastonbury, a revered site in southwestern England that’s been inhabited since … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

MASSON’S MEXICAN MELEE

FRENCH AVIATOR Didier Masson competed in the Dominguez Air Meet, held January 10 to 20, 1910, near Los Angeles and the first international flying competition in the U.S. What with … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · 10 Comments