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Category Archives: Classic Bits

1954 MG TF—THE LAST OF THE T SERIES

“EVERY TIME WE drive an MG,” R&T wrote in March 1954, “whether it be the TC, the TD, or as in this case, the new TF, the thought comes to … Continue reading

May 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

LE PATRON’S PERSONAL PASTA MACHINE

ETTORE BUGATTI WAS KNOWN as Le Patron, French loosely for “the Boss,” with factory and estate located in Molsheim, Alsace, in a portion of eastern France that had been western … Continue reading

May 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

DELIVERING THE GOODS—A RETROSPECTIVE

MORE THAN A century ago, people came to appreicate motorized delivery of goods. Here are tidbits on Ford’s Model T and the role it played in commercial service. Ford’s Mission. … Continue reading

May 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

MOSS PAPER CAR MODELS PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, I began modeling the Moss Motors Ltd cut-out model of the Austin Mini. Today, I get downright serious with scissors and adhesive. I also recall the … Continue reading

April 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

MOSS PAPER CAR MODELS PART 1

I WAS RECENTLY emailed a selection of Moss Motors Ltd cutout paper car models. Three caught my eye, the original Austin Mini, the original Austin-Healey Sprite, and the MG TC. … Continue reading

April 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

MG A 1600 MK II—ABINGDON’S MULTITUDE OF A’S

OLD CAR ENTHUSIASTS (these first two words with or without a hyphen) associate the name MG with classic sports cars, its TC, TD, and TF variants, as well as the … Continue reading

April 25, 2020 · 7 Comments

LUCIEN BOSSOUTROT—A SORT OF FRENCH CHARLES LINDBERGH/STEVE MCQUEEN/BERNIE SANDERS/ NOAM CHOMSKY PART 2

FRENCHMAN EXCEPTIONAL LUCIEN Bossoutrot was more than a pioneer aviator. Today in Part 2, we’ll see why I can include Steve McQueen, Bernie Sanders, and Noam Chomsky in my Bossoutrot … Continue reading

April 24, 2020 · Leave a comment