How Good Was “...

Daytona 1963: gotta love Lil’ Joe’s shoes ! This was prepared for the 2016 Drive History Conference, organized by the HVA at the NB Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It was also presented at the 2016 International Motor Racing Research Center conference in Watkins Glen, read...

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...

Archives: 2015 Volks...

Your writer is lucky enough to be involved with Stanford University’s revolutionary Revs program and at a recent event a former student showed him “the latest car we have, an electric Golf”. We were in VAIL—the Volkwagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory—and surrounded by...

Jon Summers Lectures at Stanford; Viral Fame; New Car Reviews Mar19

Jon Summers Lectures...

I am not usually one to blow my own trumpet too loudly, but recently being asked to lecture on Stanford’s “Cars, Past, Present and Future” course was extremely flattering. The topic I chose was the 1955 Mille Miglia, and Motor Sport magazine’s reports on Moss,...

Significant Mileston...

I read in Car and Driver that there is now a car which is able to ignore you doing even the most willfully stupid things with the steering wheel, throttle and brake, and still it cannot be crashed. I daresay I could still find a way to put it in the ditch, but apparently the Mercedes Benz...