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Category Archives: Classic Bits

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

WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO PUT YOU IN THIS CAR?

SALES PITCHES for early automobiles evolved quickly indeed, with lines of persuasion that have come down through the years. My source for this is Floyd Clymer’s Historical Motor Scrapbook, 1944. … Continue reading

July 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

ELECTRIC CARS

“SUDDENLY, AFTER a lapse of nearly 50 years, we’re hearing a lot about electric cars. Back in the fledgling days of animal-less conveyances, electric cars were more popular than gasoline-powered … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

THE FIRST BUGATTI IS IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD

THE LYON Air Museum is located at John Wayne Airport, not far from SimanaitisSays world headquarters in Orange County, California. Among the museum’s regular displays are an American Airlines Douglas … Continue reading

July 1, 2017 · 3 Comments

MY (NON-FAKE) MAGAZINE COVERS

WHAT WITH the current brouhaha concerning the alternative-fact March 1, 2009, Time magazine cover, I should like to go on record that my eight, possibly nine, covers of R&T are … Continue reading

June 29, 2017 · 9 Comments