Color Madness

I named this column “Unconventional Wisdom” for a specific reason. So often through the years, I have been involved in situations in which statements were made that were considered absolute by the speaker. “They never did that.” Or its inevitable twin, “They always did that.”

The topics that engender these absolutes can wildly vary, but one that comes up time and again is that of color. Since the first impression a motor vehicle makes on us is an aesthetic one — and in some cases Read More

Making Connections from a Distance

By all accounts, Dean S. Edmonds Jr. was quite a man. Briefly summarized, he earned his Ph.D. at MIT in 1958 for work on the cesium atomic clock, following his U.S. Army service from 1943 to 1947.

He was a professor of physics at Boston University for 30 years until his retirement in 1991. An avid pilot, he earned his commercial multi-engine and instrument rating and joined a group learning to fly a B-17 when he was 91 years old.

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Incredible India

I have always connected to the world of cars with a passion and level of enthusiasm that was sometimes embarrassing.

I recall occasions as a child when I felt that no one else was moved as deeply as I was when I saw a car that excited me.

I recently participated as a judge for the 2020 21 Gun Salute Concours in Delhi, India. The brainchild of Madan Mohan, a very successful entrepreneur and passionate vintage-car collector, this was the ninth Read More

Mission Almost Impossible — But Delightful

It is always interesting to judge a concours — and sometimes new challenges arise.

Most judging assignments are made based on the expertise and interests of the judge, but sometimes it’s necessary to stretch your limits. This is not a bad thing, as anyone who doesn’t want to learn more must truly be tired of life.

Discovering something new sends me off on a journey of research and exploration to find out more, which inevitably leads to unexpected fonts of Read More