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The Miata Makes Sports Car History. The Miata?

Courtesy of Mazda USA.

The Mazda MX-5, which is known as the Miata in North America and the Roadster in Japan, is history’s best-selling two-seat sports car. In fact, the 900,000th Miata was just produced, which Mazda touts as a “milestone.” But it’s a strictly numeric milestone, because there’s not really any competition, as far as I can tell. The Miata didn’t actually bust any records by passing 900,000. It blew past the second best-selling two-seater sports car in history, the MG MGB, back at 512,000. The MGB was produced from 1962 to 1980, and retains a fanatic following among vintage car nuts. (READ MORE)


The Holsman High-Wheeler


Creative Commons image by James Tworow

I love the Brass Era of automobile manufacturing, and the Holsman High-Wheeler in particular. The Brass Era is one of the names for the pre-World War I period when cars were fielded with many brass fittings. The Holsman model was part of a class of American cars known as high wheelers that were shaped, more or less, like the earlier horse-drawn buggies. Their high wheels (with solid rubber tires) made it easier to drive over the very rough roads that had been designed for horses, and for horse-drawn carriages with wooden wheels. Many of those tracks still had the ruts left by said wooden wheels. (READ THE REST OF THIS POST ON TECHYUM.)

High Wheels Travel All Roads Because All Roads Are Made To Be Traveled By High Wheels.”