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Exhausted? The Strange Sage of Chrysler’s Turbine Cars….

Automotive history has always been a fascinating part of American history to me. Maybe it’s because my dad was a mechanic and I’ve always been around automobiles most of my life, but whatever the cause, I’ve just finished reading a great book: Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation.   It’s … Continue reading »

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Gunning it! Hot Rods Rule!

In today’s world of airbags, government regulations and technology, driving has seemingly faded into the background, dismissed by the electronic culture of cell phones, social media and the Internet.  However, it wasn’t always this way.  In post-war America of the late 1940’s and 1950’s, it  was the heyday of the automotive culture, the rise of … Continue reading »

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Pedal To The Metal! Who was Joie Chitwood?

You know, I love to drive! Even with the gas being as expensive as it is, I can’t help but sometimes just grabbing the keys and hitting the road.  Even when I’m not driving, I’m usually reading about it:  Motor Trend, Car & Driver, Jalopnik, etc. So I was pleasantly suprised the other day on … Continue reading »

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A Sign, a Star, and a Bit of Blue….

(1) A few weeks ago, I went on a family trip to see some relatives and ran across the sign above while stopping to rest. This was a neat sign, so I snapped a picture, promising myself I would look into it sometime, just to get some background about the origins. The other day, I … Continue reading »

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Small, cute….and deadly? The strange saga of the Chevrolet Corvair

The early 1960’s, much like today, saw a movement towards economy in automobile design and basic functionality. This was a direct change from the chrome-laden, fuel-hungry autos of the late 1950’s. Streamlined design, fuel economy, and simplicity of operation became the called for norm. Perhaps in response to the increasingly popularity of a little car … Continue reading »

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