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Category Archives: Classic Bits

PEPPER GRINDERS, CAGE CRINOLINES, AND VIS-À-VIS MOTORING

THE MOTOR car image below is exemplary of a wonderful path that led from pepper grinders to cage crinolines to one of the earliest of the world’s famous automakers, Peugeot. … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

JAGUAR C-TYPE

By 1953, JAGUAR had a real success story in its C-Type. This British racing sports car was introduced in 1951 and won that year’s Le Mans 24-hour race in its … Continue reading

November 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

A TURBINE CAR FROM ROVER!

THESE DAYS, we associate the word Rover with the word Land, as in the British SUV. But back in the early 1950s, the term Jet 1 would have also been … Continue reading

November 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

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