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Category Archives: Classic Bits

STILL LUSCIOUS AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

“ONLY SIX years old,” R&T said in June 1969, “but indisputably a classic.” And for the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, all the more indisputable 50 years later. “The prototype … Continue reading

November 10, 2019 · 2 Comments

Legends of Speed AT PHXART

THE PHOENIX ART MUSEUM is highly regarded by motor sports enthusiasts. There’s the Copperstate 1000 vintage car rally, run annually since 1991. Wife Dottie and I took part in this … Continue reading

November 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

WHEELS INSTEAD OF WINGS

E.L. CORD, of Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg fame, exhibited a special-bodied, aerodynamic Auburn Cabin Speedster at the 1929 Los Angeles Auto Show. Inspiration came from Charles Lindbergh who set more than … Continue reading

October 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

TRANSPORTATION ART, UTILITY, AND PLAY

EARLY TWENTIETH-CENTURY transport offered enhanced mobility in a multiplicity of ways. Balloons had been around for more than a century. Internal combustion gave them directionality despite whims of the wind. … Continue reading

October 17, 2019 · 2 Comments

THE M.G. MIDGET M-TYPE

THE M.G. MARQUE evolved from Kimber Specials built by Morris Garages’ Cecil Kimber as early as 1923. The M.G. Octagon was registered as a trademark in 1924, and specials from … Continue reading

October 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

LEAVE THE DRIVING TO THEM

“GO GREYHOUND AND leave the driving to us” has been the company slogan since 1956. And, in 1969, R&T wrote, “As any Jaguar, Porsche, or Ferrari owner knows, Greyhound buses … Continue reading

September 22, 2019 · 1 Comment

WOLSELEY HORNET SPECIAL

JUST AS RODNEY Dangerfield was famous for getting no respect, so it was with the Wolseley Hornet Special Decent Early Years. Wolseley Motors Limited had a respectable origin in 1901 … Continue reading

September 18, 2019 · Leave a comment