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Category Archives: Classic Bits

FLAT-RAD FOUR-SEATER

IT COULD HAVE BEEN this Salon feature of a Morgan Plus 4 Tourer, R&T, March 1954, that initiated my love affair with the Morgan Four-Seater. Indeed, the magazine’s cover was … Continue reading

April 13, 2021 · 2 Comments

CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CALIFORNIA’S ROUTE 1 IN 1988

DOROTHY CLENDENIN WASN’T yet Wife Dottie in 1988 when she celebrated the 50th anniversary of California Route 1. She traveled this fabled route down the coast from Monterey to Morro … Continue reading

April 7, 2021 · 4 Comments

DOUBLE-NICKEL TIDBITS

“THE DOUBLE-NICKEL,” grandpa explains, as he and the grandkids travel a pandemic-emptied freeway at 80, “was once the National Maximum Speed Limit, 55 mph.” A grandkid says, “55? I drive … Continue reading

April 2, 2021 · 3 Comments

HOME AND GARAGE

DAVID BOND’S BOOK The Guinness Guide to 20th Century Homes was published in England in 1984. Thus, the book has a certain quaintness by virtue of its 36-year perspective as … Continue reading

March 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

LE SEX FAIBLE

A CENTURY BEFORE Danica Patrick and long before international rally driver Michèle Mouton and NASCAR/Indy driver Janet Guthrie, women were excelling in motorsports. In July 1975, R&T published a summary … Continue reading

March 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

1914 G.P. VAUXHALL—ANALYZING A FATHER’S WORK    PART 2

YESTERDAY WE BEGAN discussing Laurence “Pom” Pomeroy’s analyses of his father L.H.P.’s design for the 1914 G.P. Vauxhall, a car replete with innovative features. Today in Part 2 we offer … Continue reading

February 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

1914 G.P. VAUXHALL—ANALYZING A FATHER’S WORK PART 1

IN 1913, ENGLISH engineer L.H. Pomeroy designed an innovative racing car for the 1914 Tourist Trophy race as well as the internationally important, and highly popular, French Grand Prix. In … Continue reading

February 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

POM ON MOTOR RACING AND NATIONALISM

LAURENCE “POM” POMEROY, 1908–1966, wrote about more than automotive technicalities in his classic book The Grand Prix Car. There is a tale that Pom’s father, English automotive engineer Laurence Henry … Continue reading

February 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

FERRARI 166MM—ASK THE MAN WHO BOUGHT ONE (OR TWO)

LOTS OF FERRARIS have appeared here at SimanaitisSays: the cars of Enzo, Casablanca‘s Blue Parrot owner Signor Ferrari, and the charming “Amati, Io Viso Dire” of composer Benedetto Ferrari.  But … Continue reading

February 15, 2021 · 5 Comments

TRYING TRIUMPH’S TR-3

“AS YOU PROBABLY know,” R&T wrote in June 1956, “the TR-3 is not actually a new car…. The fact that the basic car remains the same is a credit to … Continue reading

January 28, 2021 · 8 Comments