Category: Automotive Reports

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An Unscheduled Trip

An Unscheduled Trip

Porsche Cars of North America’s Hal Williams calls Len Frank and says, “We’d like you to take a long trip in one of our cars.” No one drives to work on a skid pad. There are a few cars that are best shown off there, but after all it’s day-to-day experience that determines the balance...

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Fantastic Plastic: Corvettes In Racing

Fantastic Plastic: Corvettes In Racing

To our knowledge, this 1988 piece by the late Len Frank has never been previously published. PUSHING THE ENVELOPE THEN: The first Corvette was crude—not very promising as an instrument to take on the best production sports cars in the world. In fact, it looked as if they might have a rough time just being able...

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Max Goes To Monterey

Max Goes To Monterey

Written by Len Frank in 1988 under a pseudonym. The following has not been previously published, to our knowledge. by Maxwell Chalmers I know guys who keep time by the Monterey Historics: “yeah—that was a couple weeks before Monterey,” or, “sure, I remember that because it was the Ferrari year (or Bentley, Ford, Chevrolet, Alfa-Romeo,...

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A Stereo Overview by a Monaural Guy

A Stereo Overview by a Monaural Guy

Len Frank on the state of vehicle audio, sometime in the late 1980s… When the first AM radios were installed in autos in the late 1920s, it was a thrill just to have them work. Radios—now more properly portable entertainment centers—have advanced as much as the automobiles themselves. The real breakthrough came with affordable solid-state...

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Lambo Through the Looking Glass

Lambo Through the Looking Glass

Lamborghini is an unlikely survivor. Competitors—Iso, Bizzarini, Facel-Vega, ATS, AC, Bristol, Jensen; earlier competitors like Bugatti, Pegaso, Talbot-Lago, Dual-Ghia (to mix a bag) are gone. The entire high-buck market seems increasingly to be the property of Mercedes and BMW, and, of course, Porsche and Ferrari. In quick order: to the Geneva auto salon for two...

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Innocence, Chuck Brahms, and the Classical Corvette

Innocence, Chuck Brahms, and the Classical Corvette

Len Frank on Chuck Brahms’ Corvette Italia by Scaglietti. Original publication information not known; written in 1987 First Part The way the story begins is, an American Innocent (try Rock Hudson’s role in the film version of Edna Ferber’s “Giant” for a model) finds out that the broken crankshaft in the Ferrari Monza he’s been...

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The Way of the Shield of Vincenzo Florio

The Way of the Shield of Vincenzo Florio

It’s a Long Way to Collesano Written by Len Frank in 1987, and previously unpublished to our knowledge. I can see it still, as clearly as if it were in front of my eyes: it’s a photo of Nino Vacarella, the hero of Sicily, coming at me in a squat red Ferrari prototype, probably a...

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

“March 15, 1985: Kenny K. has asked me to race his Alfa Giulietta Sprint Veloce at the Monterey Historics in August. Naturally I say yes…” – Len Frank Inset photography by David Gooley March 15, 1985: Kenny K. has asked me to race his Alfa Giulietta Sprint Veloce at the Monterey Historics in August. Naturally...

 

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