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May 30th, 2007

This weekend will be the first in June, which means it’s Greenwich time. Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, the brainchild of Bruce and Genia Wennerstrom, will make its 12th appearance at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut. Showcased will be a circle of European cars with American drive trains; once called “hybrids” in this day of….
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May 23rd, 2007

Although purists dismiss the Cayenne sport utility model as an improper Porsche, it seems to be selling well enough. Actually it’s not the first utilitarian Porsche. Porsche experiments with tractors started before World War II. After the war, the so-called System Porsche was taken up by Allgaier Maschinenbau of Uhingen, Germany, with a plant in….
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May 16th, 2007

The General was in a pickle. The Volkswagen Beetle, and increasingly Renault Dauphine, were eating into his USA market share, and his reinforcement, the Chevrolet Corvair, would not be ready until the Fall of 1959. What do do? A well-equipped general reaches out to his legions, and that’s just what General Motors did, bringing British….
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May 9th, 2007

Once Hudson Motor Car Company and Nash Motors went to the altar on May 1, 1954, emerging as Mr. and Mrs. American Motors, they decided to live in Ms. Nash’s Kenosha, Wisconsin, home and raise their children there. Mr. Hudson’s home in Detroit was deemed too costly and inefficient. So was the idea of building….
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May 2nd, 2007

Actually, it’s 88 horses, but that doesn’t have the right ring to it. I came across this automobile while walking down Bloor Street in Toronto a couple of summers ago. At first glance, at least to the uninitiated, it looks like a 1928-29 Model A Ford roadster. Closer examination, however, shows certain differences in detail….
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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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