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Category Archives: Classic Bits

SPORTS CAR RACING—THANKS TO UNCLE SAM

U.S. AIR FORCE General Curtis E. LeMay was a sports car enthusiast, as well as the inspiration for the deranged General Jack D. Ripper in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 Dr. Strangelove … Continue reading

February 6, 2018 · 3 Comments

ELEMENTAL RACE CARS

FOR BETTER or worse, race cars today are replete with aerospace engineering. But it wasn’t always this way. Immediately after World War II, British motor enthusiasts wanted to race cars—surely … Continue reading

January 23, 2018 · 2 Comments

“AN AMERICAN CAR WITH THE EUROPEAN LOOK”

R&T MAGAZINE nailed it with this headline announcing its road test of the Studebaker Commander Coupe in the September 1953 issue. Early in the road test, they wrote, “Although not … Continue reading

January 17, 2018 · 3 Comments

FERRARI 4.1 VIGNALE COUPE

“THE FABULOUS Ferrari,” R&T wrote in a September 1953 road test, “lives up to all the thousands of words which have been written about it.” This particular road test subject … Continue reading

January 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

ON FUNKY MOTORING

I SUPPOSE my love affair with space-efficient Mondrian-rectilinear funky motoring began with the 21-window Volkswagen Transporter Microbus, aka the Samba, built 1964 through 1967. Alas, this love was, and will … Continue reading

January 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

RACECAR NOISE!

LET US celebrate the New Year with racecar noise. This celebration came to mind a couple weeks ago when I unearthed my Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band Beatles album … Continue reading

January 2, 2018 · 4 Comments

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