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January 25th, 2006

I’ve always had a fondness for the Edsel. As a car-consumed young person, I eagerly followed the gestation of Ford’s “E-car” in the press and broadcast news reports. When the car was unveiled on September 4, 1957, just five days before my 13th birthday, I was elated. The car was dramatic in a way that….
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January 18th, 2006

Wayne Graefen collects interesting stuff. He just bought a whole car in order to get a set of vintage Port-o-Walls. If you’re around my age you remember Port-o-Walls; you probably even had them on one of your cars. Port-o-Walls were rings of white rubber that attached to your blackwall tires to make them look like….
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January 11th, 2006

Fred Summers faults me for not including Studebaker with the cars of 1940 offering sidemounts. Truth to tell, I avoided mentioning Studebaker in the CarPort installment on fender-mounted spares because I wasn’t sure just when the South Bend automaker took them off the options list. To prove his thesis, Fred sends pix of this ’40….
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January 4th, 2006

Our culture deems that when one year gives way to another we take stock and resolve to better ourselves for the next twelvemonth. In 1978, I resolved to build a garage. My car collection was under cover, but it was 25 miles away, which meant I spent more time driving to and fro than I….
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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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