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Category Archives: Classic Bits

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

WHAT ARE BREAKER POINTS, GRANDPA?

“ARE BREAKER POINTS in tennis matches?” No, my little one, they have to do with pre-transistorized automotive ignition systems. “What’s a transistor, Grandpa?” Internal combustion requires something to ignite an … Continue reading

September 7, 2019 · 7 Comments

POETRY AND PROSE OF BENTLEY MOTORING

AUTOMOTIVE JOURNALISM of 100 years ago offered freshness, nay, romance. “A Test of a Three Litre Bentley” in The Autocar, January 24, 1920, is a wonderful example of this. The … Continue reading

August 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

CHAOTIC NON-SALE OF DR.-ING. PORSCHE’S TYPE 64

AUCTIONS OF HIGH-BUCK exotic cars are filled with excitement. How high will the bidding go? Who are the wealthy participants? Who’s on the other end of that incoming telephone bid? … Continue reading

August 21, 2019 · 1 Comment

JOHN COBB AND HIS NAPIER-RAILTON

IT’S NOT EASY to work a high point of one’s career into everyday conversation, but it can be done. There I was leafing through the 1969 volume of R&T, prompted … Continue reading

August 10, 2019 · 3 Comments

A TRANSPORTER OF OPERATIC GRANDNESS

THE ITINERANT PLAYERS in Ruggero Leoncavalo’s I Pagliacci are four in number: Canio, his wife Nedda, Tonio the hunchback, and Beppe. The only other role of note is Silvio, Nedda’s … Continue reading

August 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

IACOCCA’S FIRST MUSTANG

THE RECENT PASSING OF Lee Iacocca, age 94, reminded me of his Ford Fairlane Group’s first Mustang. I’m not thinking of the Falcon-based four-seater introduced in ’64 1/2 and destined … Continue reading

July 25, 2019 · 2 Comments