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Monthly Archives: September, 2014

WELL-TO-WHEEL STUDIES

THE CALIFORNIA Fuel Cell Partnership has issued informative updates of fuel cell vehicles and how they might benefit transportation. Given that a Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell SUV has already gone … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

MILLE MIGLIA AVVENTURE

WHAT A great adventure for a comparison test! Take cars built in five different countries, go to Italy and follow the route of the famed Mille Miglia. As it worked … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · 4 Comments

THE HAMMOND AIRPLANE—AND GORE VIDAL’S FATHER

THE FLIVVER Movement aspired to put America aloft in the 1930s, just as, two decades before, Ford’s Model T flivver had put America on the road. One of the contenders … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

SAE TIDBITS

SAE INTERNATIONAL, what used to be called the Society of Automotive Engineers, continues to be the premier assemblage of the world’s engineers devoted to transportation. Years ago, 1976 – 1978, … Continue reading

September 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

ON UNITS OF MEASUREMENT

WHAT DOES the U.S. have in common with Liberia and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (aka Burma)? These are the only three countries in the world that continue … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · 8 Comments

NASH-HEALEY—MORE THAN A SPORTY IMAGE

SOME CARS just don’t get no respect. Here’s one that had its genesis on the Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth. The car went on to best the likes of Cunningham, Jaguar … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

PICASSO SHOULD HEAR IT CALLED “SHMATTE”

NOT FOR the first time, a brief news item has a lot more interest lurking beneath its few paragraphs. The item, appearing on CBS New York, September 6, 2014 (http://goo.gl/epXRAq), … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

HAPPY DOG

THE UBIQUITOUS Hello Kitty and other happy cats are familiar bits of Japanese culture, but dogs are highly regarded there as well. I have several examples of canine folk art … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

STILL OFF-SCALE AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

AUTOMOTIVE ENTHUSIASTS of a certain age (and retentive memory) still celebrate the Tapley Meter. This British piece of instrumentation thrilled us no end when it measured that a car’s performance … Continue reading

September 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

BY THE NUMBERS….

HAVE YOU ever done anything “by the numbers”? Have you ever wondered about the origin of this phrase? Or have you actually ever painted by the numbers? This term “paint … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · Leave a comment