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Category Archives: Classic Bits

WHAT A SWEET LITTLE BÉBÉ!

THE PEUGEOT Type BP1 Bébé was designed by no less than Ettore Bugatti. Though not officially the first Bugatti, nor the first of Peugeot’s cyclecars, the Bugatti-designed Bébé built between … Continue reading

August 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

GASOLINE RATIONING AND OLD-TIME RADIO PART 2

YESTERDAY’S TOPIC here at SimanaitisSays offered details of U.S. gasoline rationing during World War II. Today, a SiriusXM “Radio Classics” broadcast of Lum and Abner describes its effect on the … Continue reading

August 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

GASOLINE RATIONING AND OLD-TIME RADIO PART 1

MY INSPIRATIONS for tidbits about World War II rationing came from several sources. Reading a social history gave “Eating Brit-Style, the 1940s,” an Anglo flavor of WWII culinary matters. And … Continue reading

August 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

THE AMERICAN AUTO FACTORY—A MINI HISTORY

THE AMERICAN AUTO business began some 120 years ago. What was originally small-shop, hand-made, one-off fabrication evolved into a highly automated, complex, internationally integrated industry. Olsen and Cabadas’s fine 2002 … Continue reading

July 29, 2018 · 2 Comments

CELEBRATING RUSSELL BROCKBANK

I WAS recently recalling the old days of Formula 1 in reading the R&T August 1967 report of the 25eme Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco. Henry N. Manney provided the … Continue reading

July 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

A MOVEABLE FEAST OF ELEGANCE—THE BUGATTI TYPE 50T

HAVE THERE ever been automobiles more elegant than Bugattis? I doubt it, and I offer this 1932 Type 50T as an example. The Type 50 and its variants are the … Continue reading

July 14, 2018 · 2 Comments

R&T 20TH + 51ST ANNIVERSARY ANSWERS

READERS OF R&T back in the 1960s had to wait a year before its June 1968 issue was published with Henry N. Manney’s answers to his June 1967 R&T 20th … Continue reading

June 28, 2018 · 2 Comments