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March 26th, 2009

By 1916, the Hudson Motor Car Company had established itself, according to the advertising, as the “world’s largest builder of six-cylinder cars.” Not only had the company produced the massive 421 cubic inch Six-54, it had pioneered the counterbalanced crankshaft with the much smaller Super Six. Company president Roy Chapin there might also be a….
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March 19th, 2009

In 1942, Chevrolet introduced a new model that would profoundly affect the make’s product range for the rest of the decade. We’re referring to the strikingly-trimmed fastback Fleetline Aerosedan, companion to the notchback Fleetline Sportmaster sedan. The Sportmaster, a “four window” sedan, was a more decorated version of 1941’s Fleetline sedan, a mid-year introduction to….
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March 11th, 2009

Except for avid bikers, to most Americans the word “Triumph” calls to mind a nifty little TR-2, 3, 4 or 6. (There was no TR-5 here; our version of the six-cylinder TR-4 was the carbureted TR-250.) In fact, the name was seldom found on ordinary passenger cars.Even in the cars’ British homeland, the company’s name….
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March 4th, 2009

A late winter storm blew through New England this past Monday, leaving behind some six to nine inches of damp snow here in southern Connecticut. Some of us are anxious for spring and were sorry to see it come. For Dennis David, however, it was a dream come true, for the popular school teacher 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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