Hemmings Motor News June 2021

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the not-so-perfect ten

One might be the loneliest number, but 10 has been no friend lately either. Luckily, I’ve been spared the misery of COVID-19, but after a year of overstuffing my pizza hole while sheltering in place, the ugly face of “COVID-10” is now staring back at me from the readout on the bathroom scale. Thanks to this additional 10 pounds of girth, one of the few garments that I can still squeeze into are my garage khakis, and that’s only because they’re made of a stretchy material with an “Athletic Flex” waistband. That’s the manufacturer’s description, by the way, not mine. I really doubt that elite sports figures like LeBron James or Roger Federer need “athletic” pants with an extra inch (or 4) of give around the beltline, for times when they’re…

3 Min
big screen bummer

“This hobby, too, has the ultimate salve, in the form of our collector cars…” Commuting flat-out sucks. I love a good, long road trip, or, even better, that sort of aimless drive where the journey is the destination and every curve has me thinking of apexes and accelerating on the exit toward the next bend in the road. But slogging in traffic, jockeying for position with countless other drivers on a daily basis? Why have we subjected ourselves to this torture? Okay, you in the back row, the guy who takes the Stelvio Pass to and from work every day in his Lancia Stratos, whose commute definitely does not suck, just stop right here. You’re fired from reading this column, because A) I am filled with envy and I don’t do envy,…

8 Min

After reading the article about the U.S. Army Transportation Museum, “Mobile Might,” in the February issue, I recognized the picture of the Vietnam-era gun truck. It was in my unit in Vietnam; here is a 50-year-old picture. Paul Miarecki Via email Bram Starr’s reference to “elusive barn finds” in the March issue brings my own experiences to mind. Over the past 30 years, I’ve tracked down seven barn finds, including a factory-supported 289 Cobra known as the Hairy Canary, the pilot car for the 1957 Corvette “airbox series,” a J2 Allard, and one of 12 factory-supported Buick Gran Sports with the MS engine code, masquerading as a “police special.” The cars are out there! But it does require perseverance to find them, and even more to pry them away from long-term owners. Following…

3 Min
motoring news

MUSEUM NEWS Petersen and Mullin Automotive Museums Reopen The relaxation of COVID-19 gathering restrictions in California has led to the reopening of two storied car museums: The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, which opened its doors on March 25, and the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, which began welcoming guests on April 9. The Petersen will be open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. COVID-19 protocols remain in place, and visitors must complete an online wellness check before admission. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and the museum is offering free admission to first responders and health care workers (plus up to three immediate family members) for the remainder of 2021. Masks are required for all guests over age 2, and a complementary stylus (for pressing…

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1921 light electric 27l milburn

It may seem hard to believe today, but, at one point more manufacturers were building electric vehicles than steam and/or gas-powered. Among the thousand-plus — yes, that many — was Milburn Wagon Company of Toledo, Ohio, which produced its first “Light Electric” in 1914. Although English emigrant George Milburn (1820-1883) had vast success in multiple businesses starting in 1848, he didn’t enter wagon production until August 1869, in Mishawaka, Indiana. A tiff with town officials over the lack of a rail-line extension to his plant prompted Milburn to relocate to Toledo in 1873. Within two years, Milburn was one of the world’s largest producers of wagons, a trade that enabled a quick transition to early automobile bodies. Thus, prior to 1910, Milburn was in the car business, manufacturing bodies for a…

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1955-’57 chevrolet 3100

In the pantheon of Chevrolet light trucks, the Task Force series stands out as one of the breed’s great innovators. The “second-series” 1955 through ’59 haulers boasted a wide range of available features that were big news for commercial vehicles in the postwar era but would eventually become the norm: overhead-valve V-8 engines, cargo boxes with flush fenders, 12-volt electricals, no exterior running boards (below the cab), power-assisted steering and brakes, two-tone paint, etc. These trucks were popular when new and have remained so over the years because of those modern features — like the 12-volt power and the range’s willingness to accept the whole gamut of Chevrolet V-8s. Their iconic styling has made them a hit, too. Whether restored or modified, they’ve aged well. All of the Task Force series…