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French Cars

French Cars

“I’ll put that right at the beginning so that you have a chance to tune out.” – Len FrankOriginally published in European car magazine I like French cars, or, more properly I like some French cars. I like them for many of the same reasons I like some Italian cars (or American cars, Japanese cars,...

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Grand Bahama Vintage Grand Prix

Grand Bahama Vintage Grand Prix

Len Frank on the Grand Bahama Vintage Grand Prix Original Grand Bahamas race photos courtesy Matt Stone collection My vision of the Grand Bahama Vintage Grand Prix was really composed of fantasies held close and polished by time of the Nassau Speed Weeks from a few decades before. Most of my impressions—hell, all of my...

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Playboy Poll

Playboy Poll

The late Len Frank sat on Playboy’s automotive expert poll panel for several years during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Here’s his view on the state of the automobile in 1990. 1.HOTTEST UNDER 20K I like the Corrado because it’s not made in Japan and the Swift GTi because Suzuki (and Porsche, who did...

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A Visit To Maserati

A Visit To Maserati

The late Len Frank wrote this articled sometime in the late 1980s, prior to Ferrari’s acquisition of Maserati. Waiting for Corghi One—this one at any rate—does not just pop over to Europe and drop by Ferrari or Lamborghini or Maserati. It takes some getting there, it takes some planning, it takes a welcome, it takes...

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Yellow Line

Yellow Line

Len Frank on the 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL I just finished driving the new Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, the 24-valve six with automatic transmission. It’s what most people who can buy will buy. Actually I went to Portugal last May (’89) to drive the whole SL line, but on those early rides-and-drives it’s really hard, what...

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European Cars You (Almost) Can’t Buy There

European Cars You (Almost) Can’t Buy There

A title that’s quite self-explanatory – Len Frank, 1989 Walking out of any major airport in Europe is enough to convince the first-time visitor that not all Eurocars get to the US. With a little more time to look around, though, it become pretty clear that most of them are best off staying right where...

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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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