Driving a 1933 Marmo...

Marmon V16 “As a confirmed Stutz man, I regard the V16 race as foolish” A fictitious, Gatsby era me would have loved to have said that, in a posh east coast club in the thirties: I would’ve thought the complexity of the V16 over the top, while the relative simplicity of the...

Monaco 1962 and Sere...

Part of my Motorsports in Academia crusade is about the quality of the sources, specifically film, and especially the free film on youtube. My refrain is that this is a dynamic history, where a few hours on youtube puts you on equal intellectual footing with the crusty historians and...

Historiography In NASCAR Nov27

Historiography In NA...

Historiography sounds very ivory tower academics, but really it isn’t. The Oxford English Dictionary defines historiography as “The study of the writing of history and of written histories”. So, it is about how the story is told: not just who won the race, but whether we...

Peugeot at Brooklands Nov05

Peugeot at Brookland...

I am about to get on a plane for a NASCAR Conference at the International Motor Racing Research Center, at Watkins Glen in upstate New York. I was digging around some old photos looking for illustrations for my presentation, and stumbled upon these. Firstly, they show how gung-ho the old...

Archives: 2013 Chrys...

This piece first appeared in Autoshopper in Feb 2013. I’ve sampled four or five of these large Mopars now, and am struck by how different they manage to feel. I was going to change the bits of this article which echo bits of my Hemi Charger piece, but decided to leave them, the...