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Category Archives: Classic Bits

PORSCHE BEETLES

DR. ING. FERDINAND Porsche’s company was commissioned by Adolf Hitler to design the rear-engine Volkswagen in 1934. This was five years before Porsche built the Type 64, which used many … Continue reading

July 17, 2019 · 1 Comment

POM ON RACECAR BODYWORK, 1920–1939 PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE took a brief look at future shock in motor sports’ past decade. Today, we examine earlier enthusiasts’ future shock with the help of Pomeroy’s The Grand Prix Car, … Continue reading

July 5, 2019 · 3 Comments

POM ON RACECAR BODYWORK, 1920–1939 PART 1

PAST GENERATIONS EXPERIENCED more future shock than we do. For example, Sherlock Holmes contended with the introduction of electric lighting, the telephone, the automobile, and the aeroplane. Even past generations … Continue reading

July 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

1934 ALFA ROMEO 2.3-LITRE CASTAGNA—BRIO WITH ELEGANCE

AMONG THE MANY adjectives that characterize Alfa Romeo automobiles, “sleek,” “snarly,” and “swoopy” come readily to mind. The word “elegant,” though, usually describes other marques: Bugatti, Delahaye, and the like. … Continue reading

June 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

FAUX PIT STOPS IN F1 PART 2

YESTERDAY IN Part 1, fake F1 pit stops were frowned upon by the Fédération International de l’Automobile. But there was a time…. The Good Old Days with Stirling and Alf. … Continue reading

June 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

RACING LINKS TO R.E. OLDS, THE SULZER BROTHERS, AND A COMMER KNOCKER PART 2

AS UNLIKELY AS it seems, engines with two pistons per cylinder have powered lots of British-built trucks and buses around the world. Today, in Part 2 of our Commer Knocker … Continue reading

June 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

RACING LINKS TO R.E. OLDS, THE SULZER BROTHERS, AND A COMMER KNOCKER PART 1

SCORES OF BRITISH bus and lorry drivers have been propelled by a highly unorthodox engine with a racing link. Based on a 1934 patent of Ransom E. Olds, or maybe … Continue reading

June 11, 2019 · 3 Comments