This event, usually held in Italy or Dubai, was held December 1-4 for the first time in the US, at Daytona International Raceway. Since I read about it about 6 months ago, I decided I could not pass it up. It was the final round for all of the world’s Ferrari Challenge Series races. There […]Read more "Ferrari Finali Mondiali 2016"
Early Years Harry Miller was born in Menomonie, Wisconsin in 1875. From a young age he exhibited a fantastic mechanical aptitude, and an imagination for ideas of machines that has perhaps been unrivaled in American engineering since. He started to work in a machine shop near his home at the age of 13, and […]Read more "Harry Miller (1875-1943) Racecar Designer, and Inventor of the Indianapolis Racer"
Today I am going to take a substantial departure from my usual discussions of things pertinent to the blog general title, to discuss one of the most important engineers and scientists of the 20th Century. The man without whom the US would never have reached the moon, and likely would not even have much […]Read more "Wernher von Braun, Father of Modern Rocketry and Space Travel"
So often, attending these car-related events, I don’t have any skin in the game and can approach things with an objective point of view. Such is not the case here, as for the second time this year one of the cars entered in the show was mine 🙂 Just a few months before, I had […]Read more "Lake Mirror Classic Concours d’ Elegance. Italy v. England, and the English mostly lose (as usual) :D"
So for the second year in a row, I decided to attend the Heacock Classic Gold Cup races at Virginia Raceway. Unfortunately the weather was terrible, and while the races went on, most participants declined entry due to the bad weather. Unlike other forms of racing, some of the vintage racers are privateers operating on […]Read more "On the High Performance Heroes Racing Team and Other Things"
Aermacchi (shortened from the Italian, Aeronautica Macchi) began life shortly before WWI as a producer of light aircraft, specializing in seaplanes. One of these models, the M.C. 72, set a world velocity record for seaplanes which stands to this day. Powered by a unique supercharged Fiat V-24 engine, it brought the small company great publicity […]Read more "Aermacchi / Harley Davidson Motorcycles. Harley in name only."
Aurora Slot Cars and allied products…the iconic automotive toys in America from the 1960sRead more "Aurora Plastics of Hempstead, NY — The last great American toy company (1950-1982)"