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Category Archives: Classic Bits

AUTOMOTIVE MUSCLE—PUT IN PERSPCTIVE

A BRIEF recollection of automotive muscle confirms the current idiocy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Scott Pruitt wanting to dial back the auto industries’ hard-earned, if occasionally grudging, advances … Continue reading

May 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY BENTLEY GARAGE FIND

THIS GARAGE find of mine isn’t a car—It’s a book. And what a find! Here are a few tidbits gleaned from this book. W.O. Bentley and the Red Baron had … Continue reading

April 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

GEORGE CONSTANTINESCU—SCIENTIST, ENGINEER, INVENTOR, AUTOMAKER PART 2

WHEN WE left Romanian-British polymath George Constantinescu, in yesterday’s SimanaitisSays, he had already received plaudits for designing the C.C. synchronization gear used on allied fighter planes in World War I. … Continue reading

April 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

OPERATIC CARS PART 2

WHO WOULD have guessed the closeness of automobiles and opera? We move from yesterday’s Wagner Ring Cycle links to those involving Verdi, Gounod, Berg, and back to Wagner again. A … Continue reading

March 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

OPERATIC CARS PART 1

I’M LISTENING to Richard Wagner’s Siegfried, the third opera of his epic Ring Cycle. Early on, in Scene 2, the Wanderer (actually top god Wotan in disguise) tells an interminable … Continue reading

March 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

THE KURTIS SPORTS CAR

THE TRUISM “racing improves the breed” was more than justified by Frank Kurtis and his sports cars. Indeed, Frank first displayed his expertise fabricating bodies for race cars in the … Continue reading

March 25, 2018 · 3 Comments

AN OCTAGONAL MOVIE STAR

TO CAR enthusiasts, the name MG conjures up an image of a classic two-seat English roadster. The MG TC was the sports car that American servicemen brought home after World … Continue reading

March 7, 2018 · 1 Comment