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June 27th, 2007

On my third birthday, September 9, 1947, I was given a bright red Radio Flyer wagon. It was not my first wheeled vehicle – I had a stroller-turned-kiddie-car when a toddler, but after my sister was born my Dad put on a rumble seat so I had to share it. The Radio Flyer, though, was….
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June 20th, 2007

We all dream about an ad like this, an old car with minimal mileage, purchased new by an elderly person and driven only to church. Well, be careful what you wish for; you might get it. I did! In the autumn of 1984, my mostly-faithful Rover was getting worn out, and we’d had good luck….
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June 13th, 2007

New Year’s Day 1929 found Sir Herbert and Mrs. Austin aboard the RMS Berengaria bound for New York. Among their baggage were four Austin Sevens. Sir Herbert hoped to find a franchisee for his minicar in the New World. After returning home he heard from some bankers in western Pennsylvania, and in due course the….
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June 6th, 2007

The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance came to town this past weekend. Greenwich is a two-day event, showcasing American vintage and performance cars on Saturday, from 1904 Searchmont to 1988 Camaro IROC-Z, and postwar European cars on Sunday. This year’s Sunday exhibits ranged from a 250 cc Isetta to a custom-built 540 horsepower Ferrari 612 Kappa. A….
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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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