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Monthly Archives: May, 2016

SAGA OF THE SUNDSTEDT-HANNEVIG “SUNRISE”

IN THE SPRING of 1919, a dozen aeronautical teams declared their intentions of flying across the Atlantic. This was in quest of Lord Northcliffe’s Daily Mail newspaper prize of £10,000, … Continue reading

May 31, 2016 · 2 Comments

SUNDSTEDT (ALMOST) FLIES THE ATLANTIC

CAPTAIN HUGO SUNDSTEDT failed to cross the Atlantic in his Sunrise seaplane in 1919. But this sure wasn’t for the lack of trying. Today I’ll offer tidbits on Sundstedt; tomorrow, … Continue reading

May 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

CHEAP GAS—THE LATEST INFO

RARELY HAS gasoline in the U.S. been so cheap. So where are all those Congressional committees yammering about conspiracies? The fact is, if you seek a modern economic model of … Continue reading

May 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE STATE OF CITIES

GIVEN THAT YOU’RE an Earthling, the probability is better than half that you live in an urban area. In the United States, this increases to 80 percent. So it’s most … Continue reading

May 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

YOU WANT CYLINDERS? WE GOT ‘EM!

THE VOLKSWAGEN W16 is a brilliant example of modular engineering. In this world of high mpg/low carbon footprint, this 8.0-liter 987-hp engine may smack of overkill. But, like a Buckshot … Continue reading

May 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

EDITH MEISER—SHERLOCKIAN EXTRAORDINAIRE

SHERLOCKIANS RECOGNIZE Irene (pronounced I-re-nee) Adler as “The Woman,” the most highly respected of her gender by Holmes. Another woman, perhaps lesser known, was a Sherlockian extraordinaire: Edith Meiser. Like … Continue reading

May 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

AUTOMOTIVE ART—IN PAINT AND PRINT

IN MY CONTINUING quest of bringing a modicum of order to 33 years of R&T memorabilia, I came upon several 24 x 36-in. poster boards that were part of the … Continue reading

May 25, 2016 · Leave a comment