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Monthly Archives: March, 2015

BUGATTI EB110—RESPECTED SUPERCAR

IT TOOK more than two decades for the Bugatti EB110 to get proper supercar respect, though I recognized its greatness back in the car’s first U.S. road test, Road & … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · 3 Comments

ANNOTATED TREASURES

I CONTINUE to gain high entertainment from annotated editions, even if they’re of familiar works. There are so many neat things to learn, some only peripherally related to the classic … Continue reading

March 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

HAPPY 100TH—GENERAL RELATIVITY!

THIS YEAR is the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity, so what better time than to describe its intricacies here in 600 words. Now you tell one. … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

JUNKERS JUMO AND ITS NAPIER DELTIC OFFSPRING

DIESELS ARE boring, some say. Here are two, however, that are anything but. The German Junkers Jumo was (almost) unique in providing diesel power for airplanes. The English Napier Deltic … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · 5 Comments

MASERATI 250F—A CLASSIC RACE CAR OF A CLASSIC ERA

JUAN MANUEL FANGIO’S drive of a Maserati 250F in the 1957 German Grand Prix is one of the greatest motor racing victories. It’s a story oft told, but well worth … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

LEGO, UP; FERRARI, DOWN

A BRAND is a lot more than the name of a product or service. It’s a collection of aspects, including design and logo, patents and other intellectual property, as well … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 5 Comments

CELEBRATING PORGY AND BESS

PORGY AND BESS: Is this famed musical work a folk opera? A Broadway show? An opera? Is it an American cultural artifact? A controversial depiction of the African-American experience? An … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · Leave a comment