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October 30th, 2008

Chances are you’ve decorated your home for Hallowe’en, even if with a simple jack-o-lantern. A few years ago someone sent me this picture of a Vermont home with a witch driving a Crosley. She and her bevy of goblins exemplify the spirits that abound on All Hallow’s Even. What that says about the Crosley I’m….
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October 22nd, 2008

You’ve probably noticed that automakers frequently boast about their latest technologies by putting little emblems on their cars. I don’t mean the scripts that denote series, trim level or both. I’m referring to those that advertise new features or options. They became especially prevalent as automatic transmissions became popular, particularly in the low-priced segment. Chevrolets….
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October 16th, 2008

As surely as August brings Macungie, so does October offer up Hershey, traditionally the end of the northeastern car show season. Formally the Eastern Division National Fall Meet of the Antique Automobile Club of America, carfolk everywhere know it by its location: Hershey, as in chocolate and central Pennsylvania. This year’s event was blessed with….
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October 9th, 2008

Outbid by former boss Billy Durant, Walter Chrysler was disappointed to lose out at the auction for the old Willys plant in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Perhaps more important was the prototype automobile sold with the plant, a six-cylinder car designed by engineers Fred Zeder, Owen Skelton and Carl Breer. Durant, however, was on a roll,….
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October 3rd, 2008

Last week I attended an intriguing media event. The folks at Consumer Reports hosted a confab on “The Future of the Car” at their automotive testing site in East Haddam, Connecticut. CR had invited manufacturers to bring their latest alternative fuel vehicles for show-and-tell, and also brought in some local privateers to show what enthusiasts….
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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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