The Roundup: December 2016

Every month we spend some time scouring the web for some of the best classic car stories so you don’t have to. In this month’s installment of The Roundup, we link you to articles about the fastest motorcycle on the planet in 1907, Chrysler’s first Ghia, a coast-to-coast journey of an 80-year-old Packard, an old car graveyard in the California redwoods and more.

Faster Than A Locomotive

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[source: newatlas.com]

“Despite all you read about early car speed records, trains actually held the land speed record until 1907,” writes New Atlas writer Mike Hanlon. “That all changed when Glen Curtiss built and rode a V8 motorcycle to a land speed record of 136 mph.” Hanlon brings readers the backstory behind the motorcycle and the man who later become known as the “Henry Ford of the aerospace industry.” Click here to check it out.

Chrysler’s First Ghia

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[source: macsmotorcitygarage.com]

Chrysler Corporation and Italian coachbuilder Ghia enjoyed a successful partnership all through the ’50s and ’60s, culminating in the fantastic Chrysler Turbine Ghias. Mac’s Motor City Garage brings readers the story behind the car that started the happy combination—the 1950 Plymouth XX-500. Click here to read the full story.

Across The Country And Back In An 80-Year-Old Packard

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[source: hemmings.com]

After winning every CCCA and AACA award he could, Doug Fernandez turned his eye to conquering the open road in his 1934 Packard Super Eight Club Sedan. In this month’s Hemmings Daily, Terry Shea profiles Fernandez and the Super Eight’s amazing, coast-to-coast journey—some 8,000 miles from Times Square to San Francisco. Click here to check out the story and pictures.

Rusting Amongst the Redwoods

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[source: hotrod.com]

Just above the Silicon Valley, west of San Jose, patches of land in the hills near Saratoga, California, are covered with sky-scraping redwood trees and, according to Hot Rod Network’s Elana Scherr, a graveyard for old junker vans, cars and motorcycles. Click here to check out the story and the gallery of 72 photos Scherr brought back from her walk in the redwoods.

The Sad, Strange Tale Of Big Ed

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[source: hemmings.com]

“Ford’s GT40 coupes were once the scourge of racing circuits across the United States and Europe, besting formerly-dominant Ferrari,” writes Kurt Ernst in this month’s Hemmings Daily. “Though lesser-known than the coupes, Ford built five open-top GT40 roadster models for racing as well, including Big Ed, a car that achieved a single victory (the only win on U.S. soil for a GT40 roadster in-period) before meeting its fate at the hands of a cutting torch.” So why was the open-top GT40 considered a failed experiment?  Click here to read the full story.

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