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Monthly Archives: April, 2015

A TRIO OF THREE-POINT RACERS

A HYDROPLANE is the high-performance sports machine of the aquatic world. Because of its specially contoured hull, once the craft is “on plane” it touches the water in only three … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

A SELECTION OF PANS

THANKS TO Groucho Marx, I offer a nonsensical rhymed couplet (in iamic heptameter): “I soon dispose of all of those who put me on the pan/Like Shakespeare said to Nathan … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

PIËCH’S 917

FERDINAND PIËCH, who was ousted from Volkswagen AG’s supervisory board on April 25, 2015, carefully chose—and won—many of his other battles. An example concerns the all-conquering Porsche 917 and its … Continue reading

April 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

LANCIA BETA MONTECARLO GROUP 5 TURBO

MY FIRST drive of an out-and-out competition car was dually memorable. The machine was the 1981 Lancia Beta Montecarlo Group 5 Turbo, two-thirds of the way to its triple crown … Continue reading

April 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

NOËL COWARD SAYS

NOËL COWARD was the most flamboyant wit of the 20th century. As confirmed in A Last Encore, he was also a rare combination of social satirist and patriot. Sir Noël … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

THE ROADS OF ROSE AND RAKEMAN

AS PART of the U.S. Sesquicentennial in 1926, the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads  assembled an historical exhibit on American roads. Its dioramas evolved into a book published in the … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER MADE OF ICE?

I WAS researching the aircraft of Sir Winston Churchill (a tale that’ll appear anon) when I encountered the story of a proposed World War II aircraft carrier made of ice. … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · 1 Comment