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Holiday Books for the Motorhead

These are some of my favorite books that would make great presents. They are in no particular order of preference. Some are expensive high-quality coffee table tomes and others are cheap paperbacks for the beach. A few are out of print but they are all still available via various Internet sites like Amazon and eBay. Spread some holiday cheer and […]

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Bruce Springsteen: Born to Ride. Born to Drive. Born to Run*****

“Bruce Springsteen did something different with the once tried-and-true car-song genre. These weren’t your typical paeans to Detroit’s legendary chromeboats. No, dangerous things happen in Springsteen’s cars — things that, in the blink of an eye, can change a life forever.  These weren’t your average tales of escape, either. No, that common trope was typically turned […]

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Go Like Hell *****

For Enzo Ferrari, the internal-combustion engine was a symbol of life. It had revolutionized society. He had watched it all happen during his lifetime. He spoke of automobiles as if they were animate. Cars possessed unique behaviors. They breathed through carburetors. They were skinned with metal. “Ferrari’s aim,” he once told a reporter, addressing himself […]

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Steve Jobs’s Garage

Shortly after his death, I read Walter Isaacson’s revealing biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs. It’s a great read, primarily because much of the book was carefully researched and written while Jobs was still alive. Over a two-year period the author conducted over forty interviews with Jobs. He also interviewed family, friends, and business associates. […]

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Burma-Shave: The Verse by the Side of the Road

“In times of continuous change it is difficult to recognize small beginnings. But in the fall of 1925, and again during the following year, one small beginning took place that would later catch the fancy of, and amuse, whole generations of highway-faring Americans.” I first learned about the famous Burma-Shave advertisements when I was about […]

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The Cars of Cuba

Ninety miles south of Key West Florida sits the isolated communist island of Cuba. I have always been curious about this socialist paradise. Back in September (months before Obama announced an opening of relations with the island) Sarah and I signed up for a trip to Cuba with the New York City based Knickerbocker Club. […]

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