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Monthly Archives: August, 2014

TOYS—1927

NOT TO sound like an old guy—which, of course, I am—but today’s play for kids seems a bit artificial, if not downright electronically weird. By contrast, one of the books … Continue reading

August 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

GAMESMANSHIP—WITH A MOTORING SUBTEXT

STEPHEN POTTER (not related to Harry) was a British academic, writer/producer at the BBC and most revered for putting self-help books in their place. He originated the Theory and Practice … Continue reading

August 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

DUTCH DARRIN’S FORD CABRIOLET

THE TERM custom coachwork may not resonate with the name Ford as readily as with Roll-Royce, Duesenberg or Packard. Nor does a relocation from Paris to Los Angeles seem the … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · 6 Comments

INTERIOR DESIGN

THERE ARE multiple reasons I enjoy books on interior design. The topic is interesting from a historical viewpoint of how people live. The books reinforce my interest in the art … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

JANE’S ALL THE WORLD’S AIRCRAFT—1913

WHEN I was a lad, I thought it was cool that a girl named Jane knew all about aircraft. It wasn’t until later that I learned the name was Fred … Continue reading

August 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

ELECTRICALLY FORCED INDUCTION

FORCING MORE air and fuel into the combustion process enhances power on demand, a great idea in these days of downsized engines for better mpg. Hitherto, forced induction has been … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

NUTSHELL STUDIES OF UNEXPLAINED DEATH

DOLL HOUSES with grisly murder scenes, constructed by a wealthy grandmother?  It sounds downright creepy—until you learn that Frances Glessner Lee also founded the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE UNITED STATES—1909

WE LEARN a lot about our country through foreign eyes. And the views are particularly  striking when written more than a century ago. Thus it is with one of the … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

PILOT’S VIEW, THE EARLY TRANSPORT OFFICE

IN AN aircraft transporting passengers and cargo, the pilot’s environment became an office, no longer just a cockpit. This fourth in a series of Pilot’s View looks at two aerial … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

ENERGY STORAGE IN WEC LMP1-H

HYBRIDS ARE the in thing in this year’s World Endurance Championship LMP1-H; in other words, Le Mans Prototype 1 Hybrid. And a basic requirement of hybrid propulsion—energy storage—is part of … Continue reading

August 4, 2014 · Leave a comment