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Category Archives: Classic Bits

HURRAH FOR TILLY SHILLING—ENGINEER, RACER, AND MORE PART 1

I LEARNED ABOUT Beatrice “Tilly” Shilling while researching yesterday’s SimanaitisSays on the Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engine. This engine played a major role in Britain’s and the Allies’ defeat of the … Continue reading

October 31, 2018 · 2 Comments

THE MURPHY-BODIED, R&T-FEATURED, KATHARINE HEPBURN-DRIVEN BUGATTI TYPE 38

INTERESTING CARS OFTEN have fascinating histories. I was inspired to write about the Murphy-bodied Bugatti Type 38 when I rediscovered its Salon article in the March 1956 issue of R&T. … Continue reading

October 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

A PROPER ALPINE DRIVE

I AM EVIDENTLY in good company considering the Alps to be “Mountains of Prominence”. G. Geoffrey Smith, Bentley driver, surely agreed. The first two issues of On the Road, published … Continue reading

October 8, 2018 · 2 Comments

THE AUTOMOTIVE ART OF JEAN-PIERRE BOIVENT

THIS IS A tale of shoulda-bought/woulda-bought, with a happy result. The shoulda/woulda part involves not having the sense to invest in a particular book back in the 1990s. The happy … Continue reading

September 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

PROOFSHEETS, POSTERS, ETC.

SORTING OUT some shelves, I came upon a large cardboard folder preserving two neat posters and several 4/c proofsheets kept for one reason or another. Here they are, with accompanying … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · 4 Comments

CHEVROLET CORVETTE ROADSTER—1954

WHAT WITH the real mid-engine Vette waiting in the wings (as opposed to R&T’s random speculations back in the old days), it seems most appropriate to look at the original … Continue reading

September 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

SALON: 1931 CHRYSLER LEBARON

I’VE READ some carping about the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance recognizing yet another 1930s automobile as Best of Show. But I beg to differ with the carpers: The 1930s … Continue reading

August 31, 2018 · 4 Comments