Sunday, April 17, 2011
I followed your collective advice and bought the 22 volume car encyclopedia today. It's in excellent shape and is chock full of information. For example, did you know that AC (as in, AC Cobra) stands for "Auto-Carrier"? I'm working my way from the beginning. The first entry in Volume 1 (the letter A) is Finnish rally driver Rauno Aaltonen. Now that's comprehensive.
The "aerodynamics" section in this 1974 reference book has a cool chart showing the Cd of some contemporary cars. I'm kinda shocked that the E-Type is more of a brick than a VW microbus.