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Category Archives: Classic Bits

HENRY N. MANNEY III AND THE BROOKLANDS RILEY

SALON FEATURES IN R&T were generally of three types: the purely historical (“…and then on the morning of August 17, 1927, …”), the first-person tentative (“I might have driven this … Continue reading

October 14, 2021 · 4 Comments

ONE SWIFT AND AGILE FORMULA FORD—A GREAT QUARTER POUNDER TOO

TRACK TESTING WAS good fun at R&T. And testing the national champion Swift DB-1 Formula Ford in March 1984 was particularly satisfying. Here are tidbits on our time with the … Continue reading

October 1, 2021 · 4 Comments

1981 LOTUS 88—BERTRAND RUSSELL WOULD HAVE LOVED IT!

IT’S IMMODEST TO quote oneself. But what the hey, my 1981 commentary on the Lotus 88 Formula 1 car is still spot-on for today’s topic here at SimanaitisSays.  Background: Racing … Continue reading

September 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

TREVITHICK’S MERRY ADVENTURES (MULLED DRINKS AND STUFFED GOOSE INCLUDED)

ENGLISH INVENTOR RICHARD TREVITHICK had a novel idea: Why not use steam power to transport people? Here are tidbits on his 1801 steam carriage, a 21st-century recreation of its 1802 … Continue reading

September 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

LE CAR POPPED STEROIDS

BACK IN 1972, Renault introduced the 5, a competitor to the ubiquitous Volkswagen Beetle, the Austin Mini, and other small four-passenger cars of the era. The Renault 5 did particularly … Continue reading

September 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

FORMULA ONE FUEL TIDBITS  PART 2

YESTERDAY, IT WAS SUGGESTED that Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification from last month’s Hungarian GP was not unrelated to Formula One rocket fuels of the late 1980s until 1991. Today in Part … Continue reading

September 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

FORMULA ONE FUEL TIDBITS  PART 1

FORMULA ONE IS SERIOUS about its racing fuels. Ask Sebastian Vettel, whose Aston Martin-Mercedes got disqualified from second at last month’s Hungarian GP for not having the required 1.0 liter … Continue reading

September 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

A JEOPARDY SETUP (AND AN R&T ROAD TEST)

THE JEOPARDY CATEGORY is “Celebrity Cars.” The setup is “This British-bodied GT coupe is piloted by a driver known by two different names.”  Ah. Easy-peasy: “What is James Bond/007’s Aston … Continue reading

August 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

INNES’S GRANDE EPREUVE WIN   PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE SET the stage for the 1961 U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, Team Lotus’s first Formula One victory, and Innes Ireland’s sole Grand Epreuve win. Today, R&T’s Jim … Continue reading

August 22, 2021 · 1 Comment

INNES’S GRANDE EPREUVE WIN   PART 1

THE U.S. GRAND PRIX, October 8, 1961, is multiply significant, as reported by R&T’s Jim Crow: “Statistically, it was the first World Championship win for the uninhibited Scot, the first … Continue reading

August 21, 2021 · Leave a comment