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Monthly Archives: October, 2013

SEDUCING SPEED

“PORSCHE BY Design: Seducing Speed” is taking place right now, until January 20, 2014, at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina. See http://goo.gl/1oYXkw for a glimpse … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

TATIN-PAULHAN AÉRO-TORPILLE

IMAGINE ATTENDING the 1911 Paris Salon de l’Aéronautique and coming upon the Tatin-Paulhan Aéro-Torpille! The two names would have been familiar. Louis Paulhan had just returned from a triumphal 7-month … Continue reading

October 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

GANGSTER CITROËN

THE CITROËN Traction Avant’s place in automotive history is at least four times deserved. It was the world’s first front-wheel-drive steel unibody car. Its production life, from 1934 through 1955, … Continue reading

October 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

DINING WITH HOLMES

ONE OF the best titles of Sherlockiana is “Alimentary, My Dear Watson,” John Bennett Shaw’s study of the Canon’s meals, published in the Baker Street Journal, 1947, 2. In it, … Continue reading

October 21, 2013 · 2 Comments

DAMN THE CO2, MOVE THE METAL!

WHAT WITH German luxury and high-performance automobiles not exactly prized for their frugality—and the European market currently in the dumps—the German government has persuaded the European Commission to ease its … Continue reading

October 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

GOOD-BYE, TRIB—AND THANKS

ON OCTOBER 14, 2013, The International Herald Tribune, the Trib, for short, changed its name to The International New York Times. It wasn’t the first name change, but it’s fun … Continue reading

October 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

MINI HYDROFOILS

THE 2013 America’s Cup news coverage introduced me to super-advanced hydrofoil racing boats. The races were won by Oracle Team USA over Emirates Team New Zealand. See the organizer’s official … Continue reading

October 18, 2013 · 2 Comments