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RACING PEUGEOTS, 1912–1913 PART 2

YESTERDAY, LAURENCE POMEROY’S book The Grand Prix Car and William Court’s piece in Classic Cars in Profile, Volume 4 offered introduction to the racing Peugeots of 1912–1913. Here in Part … Continue reading

May 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

RACING PEUGEOTS, 1912–1913 PART 1

WHAT WITH Peugeot’s scheduled return to the U.S. market, let’s celebrate this French automaker’s racing heritage. Highly recommended sources: “The Racing Peugeots, 1912–1914,” Profile No. 73, by William Court, in … Continue reading

May 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I OWNERS—UNIQUE BLOKES, EVERY ONE

THE 1925 NEW PHANTOM was Rolls-Royce’s second 40/50 model, the first 40/50 coming to be known as the Silver Ghost after its 1907 demonstrator example. There have been successive Phantoms … Continue reading

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

THE CARS OF DONALD HEALEY

I HAD A SECRET crush on a high-school math teacher who drove an Austin-Healey Hundred. This recollection came to mind while I was rearranging my Automobile Quarterly collection, far from … Continue reading

April 23, 2019 · 6 Comments

THE BUGATTI TYPE 35 ENGINE—POM’S VIEWS

LAURENCE EVELYN WOOD POMEROY, “Pom,” for short, was an English motoring journalist who wrote one of the great books of automotive technicalities, The Grand Prix Car, published in two volumes, … Continue reading

April 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

A DIMINUTIVE V-8 KNOWN AS OTTO VU

WE TEND TO think of V-8s as big engines: Even the “small-block” Chevy had displacements ranging from 262 cu. in. (4.3 liters) to 400 cu. in. (6.6 liters). The 427 … Continue reading

March 30, 2019 · 2 Comments

BENTLEY’S WINGED BRETHREN

GIVEN BENTLEY’S EMBLEM, it’s no surprise that this classic marque was photographed with other winged companions. On the Road was Bentley Motors’ magazine in the 1930s, and in 2003 Dalton … Continue reading

March 29, 2019 · Leave a comment