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April 27th, 2005

The snow has melted in Southern Connecticut; the frost is out of the ground and we’re finally able to do our spring plowing. My trusty tractor, with which I prepare my modest vegetable garden, has magneto ignition, a two-speed planetary transmission and its oil level is checked with a petcock. “Aha!” you say. “It must….
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April 20th, 2005

From time to time, my daughter Harriet and I go to Volkswagen shows. She’s restoring her grandmother’s 1965 Beetle, and we like to see what other people are doing. It’s also an opportunity to buy parts (although, truth to tell, you could build a complete VeeDub almost from scratch out of parts bought on the….
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April 13th, 2005

On Thursday last, the production lines at MG Rover Group‘s automobile factory in Longbridge, on the southwest side of Birmingham, England, came to a halt. Stocks of parts were drying up as suppliers demanded cash on delivery. Rover’s fortunes since assimilation into the star-crossed British Leyland empire in 1967 have been on a roller coaster,….
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April 6th, 2005

John Zachary DeLorean, who died March 19 at age 80, was described by the Washington Post as “credited with creating the overhead-cam engine, concealed windshield wipers, the lane-change turn signal, vertically stacked headlights, racing stripes and an emphasis on cockpitlike driver consoles.” Well, if DeLorean truly created the overhead cam it was news to Peugeot,….
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Serendipity: n. An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
“They were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”
Horace Walpole, The Three Princes of Serendip
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