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Category Archives: Classic Bits

HONDA S-600: TIDY, LIVELY, ENDEARING

IT WAS 1965 and an American serviceman returned from two years in Japan with Honda’s latest sports car, the S-600. What’s more, he offered his car to R&T for a … Continue reading

January 17, 2020 · 2 Comments

AUTO UNION TYPE C

THERE WAS A TIME when Grand Prix cars had front engines. Ah, but the exception was exceptional indeed: the Auto Union. What’s more, these cars were documented by two giants … Continue reading

December 16, 2019 · 2 Comments

MOMA’S FIRST CELEBRATION OF THE AUTOMOBILE PART 2

IN 1951, NEW YORK CITY’s Museum of Modern Art celebrated automotive esthetics with its 8 Automobiles exhibit. Yesterday in Part 1, we shared MOMA views on its first four examples. … Continue reading

December 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

MOMA’S FIRST CELEBRATION OF THE AUTOMOBILE PART 1

“I GO SOMEWHERE… I take a cab.” This apocryphal New Yorker’s view of travel was countered by that city’s Museum of Modern Art and its first exhibit on automotive design. … Continue reading

December 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

AN ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE BUGATTI!

A BUGATTI WITH all-wheel drive? Am I talking about the latter-day Veyron? No. Do I mean the EB110 that I drove back in 1994? No. I mean a real Bugatti … Continue reading

December 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

WOMEN AT THE WHEEL

I RECENTLY READ a debunking of the “just a woman driver” myth. It was in “What a Woman Can Do With an Auto” by Robert Sloss who made “the surprising … Continue reading

November 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

RAIL, ROAD, AND AIR—THE ART OF TERENCE CUNEO

ENGLISH PAINTER Terence Cuneo had a way with locomotives, cars, and even aircraft. Quite apart from this, he was also the official artist for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II … Continue reading

November 25, 2019 · 1 Comment