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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Jul 15, 2019.

Anny-Charlotte Verney is the Only Woman to Compete in Le Mans Ten Times 

Anny-Charlotte Verney is the Only Woman to Compete in Le Mans Ten Times 

Growing up in La Sarthe as the granddaughter of one of the founders of Le Mans, racing might seem like a predestined future. For Anny-Charlotte Verney, with an unrivalled ten straight years of competing in the 24 hour race, that certainly proved to be true—even with no immediately family competing in racing.

There isn’t much known about her private life or childhood, despite a decently...

Graverobber Graverobber Jul 13, 2019.

That Time Jaguar Founder Sir William Lyons Pressured a Company Out of the Car Business

That Time Jaguar Founder Sir William Lyons Pressured a Company Out of the Car Business

You’ve heard of Jaguar, and maybe even the first company started by Jag’s founder, Sir William Lyons, the Swallow Sidecar Company. You may not however, have heard about the car company that Lyons killed, Swallow Doretti. I’m about to change that for you.

Blackpool, England is historically known for two local icons; the 519-foot tall Blackpool Tower that stands over the beachfront boardwalk,...

Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Jul 13, 2019.

Spohn's 1957 DV-13 Convertible Was the Unattractive Last Gasp of a Former Coachbuilding Legend

Spohn's 1957 DV-13 Convertible Was the Unattractive Last Gasp of a Former Coachbuilding Legend

There’s something bittersweet about looking at the last car an automotive manufacturer put together. Behind all those metal curves and hopefully-this-sticks innovations, you can almost see the vain hope that this will rejuvenate the company, that this will be the thing that manages to bring them back from the brink of destruction. It’s something you can definitely see lingering in the...

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Jul 06, 2019.

Researchers Have Discovered the World's Oldest Intact Shipwreck in the Black Sea

Researchers Have Discovered the World's Oldest Intact Shipwreck in the Black Sea
BoatlopnikBecause boats are cars too  

Archaeologists searching the depths of the Black Sea discovered an intact shipwreck at the bottom that’s been there for at least 2,400 years. They believe it to be the world’s oldest intact wreck, which is incredibly cool.

The wreck is 75 feet in length and lying on its side. Its rudder, mast, rowing benches and cargo are completely intact, reports the

Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jun 01, 2019. 21 comments

The U.S. Military Used to Operate Railroad-Mounted Superguns

The U.S. Military Used to Operate Railroad-Mounted Superguns
Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.  

There once was a time when the major armies of the world invested in superguns—gigantic cannons that were so large they could only be transported to the battlefield by railroad. Developed to bypass the gridlock of trench warfare, they were eventually retired in favor of bombers and missiles. Now, as the U.S. Army is pondering a...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami May 09, 2019. 23 comments

The Only Full Scale Test of a Nuclear Missile Was 57 Years Ago

The Only Full Scale Test of a Nuclear Missile Was 57 Years Ago
Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.  

More than half a century ago this week, the United States conducted its only farm-to-table nuclear missile test. The test, code-named “Frigate Bird,” involved the launch of a Polaris missile from a submarine carrying a live nuclear warhead. The missile traveled a thousand miles before streaking down on an uninhabited island in the...

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Chris Clarke Chris Clarke Apr 15, 2019.

How The Rolls-Royce Aviation Superiority Was Born From Tragedy

How The Rolls-Royce Aviation Superiority Was Born From Tragedy
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You might be familiar with the ultra luxury line of automobiles by Rolls-Royce, and you might even know of the company that is one of the leading manufacturers of turbine engines in the world, but what you probably didn't know was that Rolls-Royce's aviation legacy almost ended before it began.

Rolls-Royce designs...

Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Apr 13, 2019. 9 comments

Why F1's 1000th Race Isn't Arguably Its 1000th Grand Prix

Why F1's 1000th Race Isn't Arguably Its 1000th Grand Prix

Formula One says that this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix will be the sport’s 1000th world championship race. But if you, like me, inhabit the bitchier corners of the internet, you’ve probably heard that this weekend isn’t actually F1's 1000th Grand Prix, thank you very much.

Welcome to the complicated world of international motorsport, friends, a place where your every word choice matters....

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Mar 15, 2019. 10 comments

This 1997 Acura Integra Type R Technical Guide Is Packed With Cool Drawings and Info

This 1997 Acura Integra Type R Technical Guide Is Packed With Cool Drawings and Info

Check out this fascinating 37-page technical guide full of info on the 1997 Acura Integra Type R , one of our generation’s most celebrated sport compact cars.

The 1997 Acura Integra Type R Technical Information Guide, which can be found among a host of other interesting and even more specific ITR docs at IntegraTypeR.org, is somewhere between a service manual and a sales brochure.

You don’t...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Feb 14, 2019. 22 comments

These Ancient Warships Built For World War II Are Still in Service 74 Years Later

These Ancient Warships Built For World War II Are Still in Service 74 Years Later
Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.  

The Second World War ended in 1945, but you wouldn’t know it from the look of some navies. At least eight countries still operate warships built for service in World War II—and in at least one case much earlier than that. Ships that served in the D-Day invasion, or even the Russian Czar’s Imperial Navy are still plugging along, up...

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Michael Ballaban Michael Ballaban Feb 14, 2019. 24 comments

This is What the Sonic Boom from the Concorde Sounded Like

This is What the Sonic Boom from the Concorde Sounded Like

The Concorde, in case you were born after it retired in 2003, was the only passenger airliner to fly faster than the speed of sound. That very feature is directly responsible for its demise. It was too thirsty, too small, and the routes it could fly were extremely limited because it made an enormous CRA-BOOM as it flew overhead.

Using its four afterburning jet engines (yes, afterburning, just...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Feb 08, 2019. 19 comments

The French Pride Bugatti Chiron Is My Favorite Supercar This Week

The French Pride Bugatti Chiron Is My Favorite Supercar This Week

The Bugatti Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti” is one of the only cars pulling off blue-on-blue in 2019, which is awesome, but I think the French flag rear spoiler is one of the funnest features I’ve seen on a supercar in a while.

What can I say, I’m a huge sucker for special editions. Maybe I’ll bring that up with my therapist later. Meanwhile, let’s all just drown in the beautifully deep blue...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Jan 17, 2019. 18 comments

I Refuse to Die Until I Cold Start an Old Race Car Engine

I Refuse to Die Until I Cold Start an Old Race Car Engine
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There are very few cars that terrify me more than old race cars. These things are bulky, unsafe, and all kinds of rudimentary—I genuinely don’t know how anyone ever looked at them and said “yeah, I’d race that.” But folks, I’ve found my very specific niche. I just want to start those big boys up.

I recently stumbled on...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Jan 11, 2019. 20 comments

This Amazing Chevy Video from 1935 Uses an Abandoned House to Explain Why Strong Car Frames Are Good

This Amazing Chevy Video from 1935 Uses an Abandoned House to Explain Why Strong Car Frames Are Good
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The Internet can be a terrible wasteland of a place, but every so often, you stumble on some real gems. Recently, I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole of neat old car videos from back in the 1930s and 40s—including a ten minute long Chevrolet video titled “No Ghosts”.

The premise of this short film is to show how Chevy...

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Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell Dec 30, 2018. 20 comments

Rudge Knock-Off Wheels Drive Vintage German Sports Car Collectors Wild

Rudge Knock-Off Wheels Drive Vintage German Sports Car Collectors Wild

There is a vintage wheel that, when equipped to a rare old Porsche 356 or Mercedes 300SL Gullwing will see collectors salivate and break open their piggy banks to shell out tens of thousands. If the car was optioned with them from the factory, it might be as dear as a 6-figure value add. Are these wheels really worth the extra hundred grand? It’s a rarity and a fun talking point, but most...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 23, 2018. 16 comments

That Awesome Snowmobile Model T in "Santa Claus is Comin' To Town" is a Real Thing

That Awesome Snowmobile Model T in "Santa Claus is Comin' To Town" is a Real Thing

I’ve been binge-watching Christmas films with my fiancé over the past few weeks, including my personal favorites, the Rankin-Bass stop motion features—including the beloved Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town. In and around my fiancé blowing my mind with facts I did not know (“Did you know that’s Fred Astaire?” “What??”), he enlightened me to the fact that Special Delivery “S.D.” Kluger’s...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 08, 2018. 3 comments

Sara Christian Competed in the First Ever NASCAR Race and Is the Only Woman To Score a Top Five Finish

Sara Christian Competed in the First Ever NASCAR Race and Is the Only Woman To Score a Top Five Finish

The path to women taking part in sanctioned American racing had to start somewhere. Long before women like Danica Patrick and Jennifer Jo Cobb were getting behind the wheel of stock cars, we had women like Sara Christian setting the stage—and at the first ever NASCAR race to boot.

Like her successor Ethel Mobley, little is known about Christian’s rise through the ranks, aside from the fact...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 02, 2018. 14 comments

Women Were Banned From Motorsport After Joan Newton Cuneo Demolished the Best Racers of Her Era

Women Were Banned From Motorsport After Joan Newton Cuneo Demolished the Best Racers of Her Era

As the last of four daughters to a family hoping for at least one son, Joan Newton’s family indulged her in all of the adrenaline-packed activities that were considered wildly improper for a late 19th century Victorian gal. The Newtons couldn’t have known that their tomboy daughter would go on become one of America’s first successful female racers—but that’s exactly what happened.

Newton was...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Nov 25, 2018. 21 comments

Divers Find a 1927 Chevrolet Coupe in a Lake Huron Shipwreck

Divers Find a 1927 Chevrolet Coupe in a Lake Huron Shipwreck

Divers in Lake Huron have recently discovered the wreckage of a ship named the Manasoo. While neat in an of itself, the wreckage revealed a perfectly preserved piece of history: a 1927 Chevrolet Coupe.

The Manasoo sank in Georgian Bay during September 1928. A storm wracked the ship, which pointed out a pretty damning problem: there was something wrong with the stern, and it was filling up...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Nov 18, 2018. 7 comments

Ladies' Rally Champion, Wartime Intelligence Decoder, and Award Winning Gardener: Meet Margaret Allan

Ladies' Rally Champion, Wartime Intelligence Decoder, and Award Winning Gardener: Meet Margaret Allan

When you’re born to a notable suffragette mother and an activist father, there’s a good chance you’re going to grow up with something of an independent streak, despite being an early twentieth century gal. When they tell you that learning to drive will be of a benefit to you, chances are, you’ll learn. Such was the case with the prodigious Margaret Allan.

In fact, it was with the family...

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