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September 27th, 2008

Each automotive event has its place in the season. In Britain in September, all enthusiasts head for Beaulieu to the annual Autojumble. Held on the grounds of the Beaulieu estate in Hampshire, home also to the National Motor Museum, Autojumble was inspired by the gigantic Hershey swap meet, but in four decades has developed its….
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September 17th, 2008

When I was 24 I bought my first house. It was old and needed much work, so the first tool I bought was a truck. It was my first pickup, a 1953 Chevrolet Series 3100 half-ton, a type once ubiquitous and in 1968 still fairly common. Chevy called the style “Advance Design.” It was introduced….
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September 10th, 2008

The folks in Allentown, Pennsylvania, have been working for a long time to start an automotive museum. Their efforts are finally bearing fruit. Dennis David and I visited last year, and while they had a venerable old building as a centerpiece, the rest was very much a work in progress. What a difference a year….
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September 3rd, 2008

Everyone knows that Nash pioneered Unitized construction, in-car beds and “Weather Eye conditioned air” heating and ventilation. Note that it was not called “air conditioning,” since there was no compressor to cool the air, but the system was thermostatically controlled and filtered. (How many owners, do you think, changed their filters even once a year?)….
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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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