Category Archives: Bold School

History of the Plymouth Barracuda: Rise of the Pony Car

Barracuda First Gen

Question: What do Wendy’s hamburgers, the Rolling Stones, and the Plymouth Barracuda all have in common? Answer: Each has played second-fiddle to a more popular counterpart; namely, the Big Mac, the Beatles, and the Ford Mustang. In Plymouth’s case, this is a damn shame, because the ‘Cuda a prime example of 1960s automotive muscle. Yet it has never enjoyed its fair share of glory. Continue Reading »

92 Years Ago Today, Checker Produced its First Taxi Cab in Michigan

Checker Cab

The Checker Cab is an American icon. Rising to fame in the early 1920s, the lovable taxis still warms the hearts of true enthusiasts even today. And in June of 1923, Checker produced its very first taxi. Continue Reading »

Two Mavericks Proved the Experts Wrong by Building a Human-Powered Helicopter

Human-Powered Helicopter

Never underestimate human beings. Every time it seems that homo sapiens have reached an impassable roadblock, we find a way around. Take for instance Canadian inventors Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson. Together the duo pocketed a cool quarter of a million bucks for building a human-powered helicopter in the summer of 2013. Continue Reading »

‘The Windshield-Pitting Mystery of 1954’ Wasn’t Caused by Marine Animal Skeletons


Sometimes, the most mysterious mysteries are the mysteries you didn’t even know were mysteries at all. Time for your daily history lesson. After NPR recently brought “The Windshield-Pitting Mystery of 1954″ to light, took it a step further, pushed up their reading glasses, and dove deeper into what really could have caused the hundreds of windshield nicks in a group of communities in Washington state. Continue Reading »

The Real ‘Jurassic Park’ SUVs Were Actually Toyota Land Cruisers

Jurassic Park Land Cruiser 2

In a few days, one of the biggest films to ever come out of Hollywood is hitting theaters; no, Star Wars didn’t move up its release date. I’m talking, of course, about Jurassic World (June 12). It’s the fourth installment of the famed franchise, and with it, we’ll see a parade of new 4x4s and SUVs, all coming from Mercedes-Benz (yay product placement!). Continue Reading »

This Rare Shelby Was Almost the World’s Most Expensive Mustang

1968 Shelby Green Hornet

The Ford Mustang is an American icon— plain and simple. In its 50+ year history, the pony car has spanned six generations and plenty of variants. What’s the most expensive Mustang ever, though? Continue Reading »

Larger than Life: The True Story of the Memphis Belle


Hollywood has never let facts get in the way of a good story. Case in point: the 1990 movie Memphis Belle. The film invents characters, events, and entire missions for the sake of dramatic license. Of course, this in no way detracts from the storied reputation earned by the Belle, or from the valor of the men who flew in it. Continue Reading »

The HZ-1 Aerocycle Wasn’t the Army’s Brightest Idea

HZ-1 Aeorcycle

Many of humanity’s greatest advancements have come from our tireless search for better ways to kill each other. Examples include multistage rockets, atomic energy, and GPS navigation. Then again, some warlike inventions have produced little more than snickers and odd looks. Take for example the HZ-1 Aerocycle. Intended as a groundbreaking transport device, it instead became one of the great boondoggles of military history. Continue Reading »

The Army’s Quest for a Flying Jeep

Army VZ-7

The history of aviation is like a beauty contest. For every winner there have been countless losers, promising contenders that had most of the right stuff but failed to make the final grade. Take for example the Army’s search for a practical vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) craft. The helicopter and, later, jet fighters like the Harrier were chosen to serve this purpose. What many don’t know, however, is that the military considered other types of VTOL vehicles back in the ’50s and ’60s. One of the most interesting of these was the so-called “flying Jeep.” Continue Reading »

The Golden Gate Bridge Just Celebrated its 78th Birthday


It was once referred to as “the bridge that couldn’t be built.” Today, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge stands tall over California’s Golden Gate strait, and celebrates a remarkable 78 years since it first opened to the public on May 27, 1937.  Continue Reading »