Category Archives: Bold School

Whispering Death: The Story of the M1 Abrams Tank

A new generation of tanker for a new generation of Iraqi military

The 1980s was a decade of both exhilaration and trepidation. Americans were shaking off the effects of Vietnam and Watergate and rediscovering patriotism. Personal promised a new information era. And, last but by no means least, disco and the leisure suit were both finally dead. Continue Reading »

The Nash-Healey: American, British and Italian Engineering in One

Nash Healey Roadster

Once upon a time on a boat in the North Atlantic somewhere during 1949, two men met and decided to collaborate on a car together. Such conversations often come to nothing, but these particular gentleman had resources and know-how behind them. They were George Mason, president of Nash-Kelvinator (makers of cars and refrigerators alike), and Donald Healey, the English car designer whose last name has been attached to many great sports cars, most notably the Austin-Healey.
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Chivalry Is Dead: How the Tank Transformed Warfare

WWI Tank

Europe in 1917 was well on its way to committing suicide. The continent was bogged down in the grueling trench warfare that characterized much of the First World War. Both the Allies and the Central Powers lacked the means by which to penetrate the others’ defenses. Continue Reading »

The 1991 Audi Avus Quattro Was Audi’s First Supercar

Audi Avus Quattro photo

As of 2015, Audi has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans 13 times and builds both V8 and V10 versions of its R8 mid-engined supercar. Back in 1991, however, Audi hadn’t really explored anything so exotic, so it was a bold move when they unveiled the Avus Quattro concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. Bare, polished aluminum bodywork, a 6.0-liter W12 behind the driver, all-wheel drive and wild looks meant that Audi seemed more than ready to play with the best of them in the supercar game. Continue Reading »

Where in the U.S. Are You Most Likely to Die in a Car Crash?

Challenger Hellcat Wrecked

The world is becoming a safer place in terms of dying while driving. From 2005 to 2013, traffic deaths in the U.S. dropped from 39,000 down to 30,000. But 82 people a day, on average, are still suffering fatal injuries behind the wheel — and a new report shows where those deaths are most likely to happen. Continue Reading »

Who Invented the Automobile? A Question with No Easy Answer

First Car Image

History buffs love to debate, especially when it comes to “who came first.” Which explorer discovered the New World? Did Newton or Leibniz develop calculus? Was Edison the lightbulb’s true inventor? Topics like this stir the passions and keep some arguments going for years. One issue that comes up occasionally is the matter of who built the first automobile. Like many other questions, this one defies an easy answer. Continue Reading »

On the Bubble (Car): A Brief Look at 5 of History’s Cutest Cars

50s bmw isettarain photo

Some know today, March 15, as The Ides of March. It’s also known as Selection Sunday, when the official 2015 NCAA tournament bracket is revealed. After grinding through countless practices, 30-plus games, and conference tournaments, it’s time for the final judgement. Continue Reading »

The Matra M530 Was France’s Version of the Porsche 914

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The cars built by Matra are just fascinating, and it’s a shame that they’re so obscure now. Jackie Stewart won his first Formula One World Championship in a Matra. Matra prototypes with screaming V12s won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three years straight from 1972-74. Matra even built some neat little sports cars for the road. Many, like the Djet, were very attractive, but the quirky M530 was a bit of an ugly duckling. Continue Reading »

The 1952 Chrysler D’Elegance Was a Different Kind of Hybrid

1952 Chrysler d'elegance photo

In the world of cars, when the Italians and the Americans get together, good things tend to happen. This took place a lot in the 1950s and 1960s. Chrysler, in particular, had a very fruitful relationship with Ghia. The auto giant and the reputable coachbuilder collaborated on several concept and show cars during the ’50s that offered an enticing blend of classic Italian elegance with typical 1950s American size and extravagance. Some of them even made it into limited production, but did come at an exorbitant purchase price. Continue Reading »

The Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Was Germany’s ‘Over-Engineered’ Tank

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The Germans are a polarizing people, and so are their products. Sort of like when journalists review a BMW — people either love ‘em or hate ‘em. This is because Germany’s engineering prowess is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it enables Volkswagen, BMW, Porsche, etc., to lead the pack when it comes to performance. On the other hand, the Germans are notorious for letting their reach exceed their grasp. They rush new and innovative products to market without giving them a proper shake-down first. Continue Reading »