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Category Archives: Classic Bits

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

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