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July 30th, 2008

Hudson, Massachusetts, that is. For the second time in sixteen years, the Hudson Essex Terraplane Club converged on New England for a national meet, although convention headquarters were in the neighboring town of Marlborough. Hosted by HET’s New England Chapter, all of last week was a Hudsonfest, with tours and seminars, memorabilia displays and meetings….
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July 23rd, 2008

Five, six, seven, eight. Wayne Graefen, the CarPort’s Texas Ranger, has found himself a new Hupmobile, an eight-cylinder 1938 model. Discovered in San Angelo, Texas, the car was solid, straight, presentable, and running, hindered only by lack of brakes. The Hupp caps needed only a bit of polish to shine. The Hupmobile, we all remember,….
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July 17th, 2008

On March 6, 1956, Renault launched La Dauphine, The Princess, in Paris. It was to make Regie Nationale des Usines Renault a world-class manufacturer and give the company a major toehold in the United States. Before World War II, Société Renault Frères had been a full-line manufacturer, making cars up to Chrysler-class with eight cylinder….
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July 9th, 2008

About three years ago at Hershey I came across a sight that stopped me in my tracks. What to my wondering eyes appeared was the strangest 1942 Dodge I’d ever seen. A placard on the vehicle suggested it was a prototype for a Dodge-based Town & Country, and proffered a hefty asking price. We all….
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July 3rd, 2008

Michael Della Gala liked the item we did back in June 2006 about ambulance conversions by Guy Barnette and Co. of Memphis, Tennessee. In his home town of Utica, New York, the Masonic Home Hospital ordered a Chevrolet ambulance in 1951. A Chevy sedan delivery was duly shipped from Detroit to Memphis, where Barnette proceeded….
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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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