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Category Archives: Classic Bits

JOHN FITCH’S 1952 MEXICAN ROAD RACE—PART 2

THE R&T subhead reads, “Mercedes Continue Drive for Sports Car Domination.” Indeed, in the 1952 Mexican Road Race, Karl Kling’s 300 SL coupe finished first and Hermann Lang’s 300 SL … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · 4 Comments

JOHN FITCH’S 1952 MEXICAN ROAD RACE—PART 1

JOHN FITCH’S credentials were impressive indeed: American sportsman, yachtsman, fighter pilot, champion sports car driver, and safety advocate. A race report of the Third Mexican Road Race in R&T, February … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

RALLY HEROICS

ON-BOARD TRIP computers have taken the fun out of cars. And maybe saved a few relationships. I’m thinking of the competitive motorsport activity of time-speed-distance rallying, still practiced here and … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · 3 Comments

BUCKLING UP WITH ROVER

SEAT BELTS came late to the automobile, as we will see here from a series of 1967 R&Ts. In the earliest days of powered mobility, no one thought of securing … Continue reading

September 4, 2017 · 3 Comments

CLEVER ENGINE MOUNTS, PART 2

MAGNETO-RHEOLOGICAL technology, as featured in BWI’s clever engine mounts was yesterday’s topic, with a promise today of Part 2’s related memories of one sort or another. I start with a … Continue reading

August 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

MOVIN’ THE METAL, SIXTY YEARS AGO

PART OF the charm of leafing through old R&Ts is car advertising. Here’s a sample from the 1950s, with a caveat that addresses and phone numbers are likely no longer … Continue reading

August 8, 2017 · 5 Comments

SALUTING THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

IS THIS karma or what?? Just when the Boy Scouts of America are entangled, honorably I’m sure, in alternative facts, I go and uncover a Boy Scout of America neckerchief … Continue reading

August 5, 2017 · 1 Comment