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You got how many MPG in that 20-year-old Honda?

Posted by on Sep 28, 2009 in News & Events | 1 comment

Chang Ho Kim is an old friend of mine, a top-notch mechanic specializing in Hondas, and a championship-level autocrosser, so I need to link to this post at a green-car blog. When Chang heard about a fuel economy competition, he dusted off a 1989 Honda CRX HF that was sitting behind his shop, tuned it up, lowered it (to reduce wind resistance), installed...

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They don’t make ’em like they used to

Posted by on Sep 18, 2009 in News & Events |

I’m not an unqualified fan of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but the group does know how to throw a party. To celebrate its fiftieth birthday, the IIHS crashed a brand new 2009 Chevrolet Malibu into a ’59 Chevy Bel Air. If you think of cars from the 1950s as rolling fortresses, iron-framed behemoths that could run right over...

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Writing tics

Posted by on Jul 21, 2009 in News & Events |

When you finally get your novel ready to print and read on paper, and then go through the whole damn thing at a gallop, you wince at your writing tics – the words, phrases and mannerisms on which you over-rely. Here are some of mine, most of which were mercilessly slashed before I sent the third Conway Sax book off to Janet Reid, my peerless...

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The last Parker

Posted by on Jun 1, 2009 in News & Events |

I just finished Dirty Money, which turns out to be the last Parker novel (author Donald Westlake, who wrote the Parker books under the name Richard Stark, died in December). Dirty Money is a typical – meaning damn good – Parker novel. And like the others, it leaves you wanting more. Parker stories rarely end cleanly, with the maiden rescued and...

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Marathon moron

Posted by on Apr 19, 2009 in News & Events |

Today my wife and I will drive the three miles to Hopkinton, Mass., where the Boston Marathon begins. We’ve got local knowledge that allows us to wend within a few hundred yards of the route itself, park without fear of being towed, and secure a great vantage point. It’s been ten years since I ran my first and only marathon – without...

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