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This spring towards the end of a series of articles on Citroën and Adolphe Kegresse, I mentioned his invention of the dual clutch transmission and its widespread use by the VW group and Porsche. Despite my cracking jokes about the farting exhaust noises they make when shifting, DCT or PDK (as...

February 16, 2019

Above:

1. Adolphe Kegresse at the wheel of one of the Tsar's "Benz's". 

2. Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

3. A Kegresse test "mule" in Russia.

4. From left to right: The Three Musketeers; André Citroën, Adolphe Kégresse and Jacques Hinstin

5. A Kegresse Track Assembly. 

6. A Kegresse modified Citr...

January 25, 2019

Since the dawn of wheeled transportation, engineers have struggled with ride comfort. The Sumerians may have traveled from the Caucasus to found civilization in southern Mesopotamia, but they did so in bone-jarring discomfort. The Greeks gave us philosophers such as Plato and Socrates, but the...

January 23, 2019

In the mid 1930’s Italy France and Germany all began work on their own interpretation of the “peoples’ car.” Italy came first with Dante Giacosa’s brilliant 1936 Fiat 500 “Topolino”. Adolf Hitler took it a step further and commissioned Ferdinand Porsche to create the Volkswagen - literally “Th...

September 3, 2018

Last week RJ de Vera sat in the wings of the auditorium at the Inn at Spanish Bay near Monterey, California. He was about to take the stage as part of Big in Japan: Future Collectibles from the Model A to the 240 Z”. As he waited for the show to start feeling the stage jitters that never reall...

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Ehren Bragg, General Manager of Karma sat sipping a well earned bottle of Voss, gazing at the Karma Revero that stood before him almost like a leopard about to pounce. He had just spent the enti...

Fotos Below:  Pietro Frigerio as I met him surveying lesser mortals at the Huntington Beach cars and Copters Show and on the day of the test drive sitting in his fantastic LM002. 

               At the beginning of June, I finally got the opportunity to drive Pietro Frigerio’s mighty...

A few Sunday mornings ago, I made my way south to Huntington Beach for the Cars and Copters Show. On display was the usual Southern-California mix of supercars. Christian Koenigsegg and David Lee posed for photos and graciously signed autographs as they were mobbed by car aficionados of their...

February 18, 2018

It was spring of 1971, and Tom Meade had just surfed his first wave in nearly a decade. As he rode up onto the sand of Kuta Beach, jumped off his board and jogged into the pristine, flour-like sand, he contemplated how far he'd come in a decade. On that same day ten years ago, he’d been standi...

February 1, 2018

I was never really a biker. I’ve always loved cars. My first car was a very impractical 1977 MGBGT which I acquired while I was at university and caught fire soon after on an expressway in Southern England while I was trying to impress a French girlfriend with its overdrive button. I’ve had a...

January 13, 2018

(Above: Pietro Frua second from right next to Karl - Heinz Wedel at Waldrestaurant Unterschweinstiege in Frankfurt)

It was September 1982 and Pietro Frua had come to the Frankfurt Motor Show, the IAA to mingle with his many designer confrères he knew would be there. As he sat at the dinner tabl...

November 30, 2017

Ethel V. Mars stood at the entrance of the main stable of her horse farm. She and her late husband Franklin Clarence Mars had purchased the 2800 acre property in Giles County Tennessee in 1930 and had built Milky Way Farm to raise Hereford cattle and race horses. By 1934 they had begun competi...

October 10, 2017

It was late in the afternoon in July 1990 when an elderly gentleman made his way down the steps of the High Court of Justice on the Strand in London. It had been oppressively muggy that day and Walter Hassan OBE had spent most of it in court. Actually, it had been his first time in a courtroom...

Sitting at his desk in the old engineering building at Chrysler’s Highland Park Campus, Francois Castaing looked at the old tool-box in front of him and began to reminisce. The toolbox had once belonged to Walter P. Chrysler, founder of the venerable company Castaing had recently joined. The f...

Born in the small Bavarian town of Miesbach, Erich Waxenberger grew up around motorized vehicles. His father and sister managed a DKW dealership and Waxenberger senior raced motorcycles in spring and summer while using the winter months to hone his skills on the frozen lakes around town. One c...

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