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Weekly Musings for Collector Car People

Learning the Citromatic: C'est Excentrique!‍

Despite its foibles, the Citroën DS 21 was also a revelation. The car was well ahead of its time, including the first manually controlled, clutchless gearbox that was the precursor to modern paddle shifters.
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How MOMO Revolutionized the Steering Wheel

MOMO steering wheels, the brainchild of Gianpiero Moretti, showed that they could be a competitive advantage with a more ergonomic design -- and proved it at the highest levels.
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BRM V16: The Icarus Engine

An audacious project to build an all-British Grand Prix car that made one of the greatest engines of all time -- yet was a complete and utter failure.
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The Porsche Parts King of Silicon Valley

In the heart of Silicon Valley is Rich Bontempi’s High Performance House, one of the largest shops selling original Porsche parts in the country!
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