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Monthly Archives: November, 2013

TOKYO SHOW CONTRAST

I FIND it difficult to image two more contrasting automobiles, but both appeared at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The Nissan BladeGlider is so radical, it makes your teeth ache. … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

NICOLAS BOURBAKI—PHANTOM MATH GUY

WE KNOW the names Archimedes, Euclid, Newton, Einstein and a few others as important personages in science. But some of the most fundamental science of the 20th Century is attributed … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

LECO MK 2—MY NON-TOJEIRO RIDE

WHEN ALEX Quattlebaum, Jr., went hunting for an English sports racing car, he struck lucky in a Suffolk farmer’s barn and a car identified as a Tojeiro. By the time … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

LECo—ENGLISH BACK-GARDEN SPECIALS

THE ENGLISH had a knack for producing racing cars in their proverbial back gardens. To wit, H.F.S. Morgan’s trike (www.wp.me/p2ETap-14b), Delingpole and Lowe’s Dellow (www.wp.me/p2ETap-6B), the Bolster Bros.’ “Bloody Mary” … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

BURTON HOLMES TRAVELOGUES

“TO TRAVEL,” Burton Holmes said, “is to possess the world.” And to share travelogues with others is a fine way to make a living, as exemplified by Burton Holmes’ photographs … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

AUTO SHOW FUEL CELL CARS

THEY WERE a Pacific Ocean apart, but the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, both held November 22-December 1, shared world introductions of fuel cell cars … Continue reading

November 25, 2013 · 4 Comments

NOIR GENRES

NOIR IS French for black, but the genres are pure American. According to Merriman-Webster, noir is characterized by hard-boiled and cynical characters inhabiting bleak and sleazy settings. Whether it’s film, … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · 1 Comment