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Category Archives: Classic Bits

CELEBRATING OSCA

OSCA IS short for Officine Specializzate Costruzione Automobili—Fratelli Maserati. In business between 1947 and 1967, this Italian automaker fabricated some of the swoopiest, snarliest, and most potent of sports cars. … Continue reading

November 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

1940 AUTO AVIO COSTRUZIONI TIPO 815

THE FIRST FERRARI wasn’t called a Ferrari. Yet it is quite an automobile with a tale to tell. What’s more, Jim Donick, editor of Vintage Sports Car, the quarterly magazine … Continue reading

November 2, 2018 · 3 Comments

HURRAH FOR TILLY SHILLING—ENGINEER, RACER, AND MORE PART 2

WE LEFT Beatrice “Tilly” Shilling yesterday at SimanaitisSays in her new position as a researcher at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, the R&D arm of the RAF. It was 1936. She … Continue reading

November 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

HURRAH FOR TILLY SHILLING—ENGINEER, RACER, AND MORE PART 1

I LEARNED ABOUT Beatrice “Tilly” Shilling while researching yesterday’s SimanaitisSays on the Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engine. This engine played a major role in Britain’s and the Allies’ defeat of the … Continue reading

October 31, 2018 · 2 Comments

THE MURPHY-BODIED, R&T-FEATURED, KATHARINE HEPBURN-DRIVEN BUGATTI TYPE 38

INTERESTING CARS OFTEN have fascinating histories. I was inspired to write about the Murphy-bodied Bugatti Type 38 when I rediscovered its Salon article in the March 1956 issue of R&T. … Continue reading

October 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

A PROPER ALPINE DRIVE

I AM EVIDENTLY in good company considering the Alps to be “Mountains of Prominence”. G. Geoffrey Smith, Bentley driver, surely agreed. The first two issues of On the Road, published … Continue reading

October 8, 2018 · 2 Comments

THE AUTOMOTIVE ART OF JEAN-PIERRE BOIVENT

THIS IS A tale of shoulda-bought/woulda-bought, with a happy result. The shoulda/woulda part involves not having the sense to invest in a particular book back in the 1990s. The happy … Continue reading

September 18, 2018 · Leave a comment