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August 29th, 2007

I’m suspicious of any museum with “transportation” in its name. Usually, either the mission is too broad or8-2 the museum is so large that the exhibits boggle the mind. A nice compromise is the Owls Head Transportation Museum in the Maine village of the same name. Although the museum concerns transportation on water, rail and….
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August 22nd, 2007

In April 1941, Packard Motor Car Company introduced the new Clipper model. A single streamlined sedan on the wheelbase of the traditional One-Twenty, its four-month sales equaled those of the One Twenty, itself a successful foray into the medium-priced field introduced in 1935. The One-Twenty was so successful that a six-cylinder version became available in….
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August 15th, 2007

Many of us talk about driving old cars, but few put significant mileage on them. The dean of old car motorists has to be British motoring historian and journalist Mike Worthington-Williams, who until last year drove his old car about 10,000 miles every year. For Arthur, his 1927 Austin 20, it was a genteel retirement,….
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August 8th, 2007

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the air flows differently than the eye expects. That was the premise of Chrysler Corporation’s Airflow models, introduced for Chrysler and DeSoto in 1934. Scientifically designed to be slippery, and engineered with a truss bridge frame to be sturdy , they were technological marvels. Unfortunately,….
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August 1st, 2007

That’s what separates, we are told, the men from the boys. You’ve seen our exposés on Tonkas and Doepke toys, so it won’t surprise you that when I learned the national meet of the Historic Construction Equipment Association was being held nearby wild tractors couldn’t keep me away. As you’d expect there were trucks and….
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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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