"something of an extraordinary nature will turn up..."

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Who is Kit Foster?

Kit Foster with Angus the Hudson

Automotive historian and writer Kit Foster has been studying automobiles and their history for over fifty years. For 25 years his articles have appeared in magazines in the USA and in Britain; he originated the popular “Lost and Found” column, which ran for fifteen years in the former Special Interest Autos magazine, and “Yankee Ingenuity,” a series about American cars that appeared in Classic Car Mart in the United Kingdom. He is the author of the automotive history entry in the Encyclopaedia Britannica. He conducts the popular “Q&A” column in Old Cars Weekly and contributes automotive book reviews to The New York Times.

Kit is a past president of the Society of Automotive Historians, and for six years edited the Society’s newsletter, SAH Journal, and magazine, Automotive History Review. He is a contributing author to two prize-winning books, The Splendid Stutz and the Beaulieu Encyclopaedia of the Automobile. He authored The Stanley Steamer: America’s Legendary Steam Car, the definitive work on the Stanley automobile published by the Stanley Museum in 2004. The Stanley Steamer received the Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot Award from SAH in 2005.

Kit does not broker, sell or appraise cars, but is a keen observer of interesting, unusual and underappreciated automobiles. The holder of engineering degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Connecticut, Kit studied at the Michael Sedgwick College of Motoring Journalism, where he earned the Certificate of Faint Praise.

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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