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Flattop Bruce
February 28, 2015, 08:42:42 AM by Flattop Bruce
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An Illinois parts dealer who created an institution in the world of automotive history, Ernest Robert Hemmings, the father of Hemmings Motor News, died early today at the age of 89. Ernie, as he liked to be called, was living in a nursing home in his hometown of Quincy, Illinois. He had been in fading health of late and died peacefully in his sleep, his son, Trent Hemmings, told us.

Ernie had taken over a parts business that his late father had founded, Standard Auto Parts, and began stocking components for antique Fords, especially the Model T and Model A. That was in 1945, when Ts and As were not quite yet out of the realm of used cars. Ernie was a fan of them, however, and Standard developed a regional and then national reputation as a parts source for early Fords. The growing interest led Ernie to a brainstorm: Create a newsletter that catered specifically to the owners of these obsolete cars that weren’t yet considered relics. Customer friendly from the start, he offered free ads to readers.
- See more at: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2015/02/26/ernest-hemmings-1926-2015/?refer=news#sthash.HQWGSIBD.dpuf
Flattop Bruce
February 24, 2015, 01:45:43 PM by Flattop Bruce
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Yutaka Katayama in the 1980s. Photos courtesy Nissan Motor Company.

In the history of the Japanese car, perhaps no one man is more closely identified with a particular automobile than Yutaka Katayama is with the Datsun Z. “Mr. K,” as he was known to his legions of fans across the globe, wasn’t a designer or engineer, but it was his understanding of both the American market and the synergy between driver and sports car that laid the groundwork for the Z’s success, and ultimately helped to establish Nissan as a significant player in the United States market. On February 19, Mr. K died at the age of 105, after a career in the industry that spanned nearly eight decades. - See more at: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2015/02/23/yutaka-katayama-the-father-of-the-datsun-z-dead-at-105/?refer=news#sthash.jRE534F1.dpuf
Flattop Bruce
February 08, 2015, 05:19:45 PM by Flattop Bruce
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Some 3,500 people crowded Friday into the room at the Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles where Artcurial Motorcars was staging its annual sale as part of Salon Retromobile, the huge classic car celebration held each winter in Paris. What attracted so many people, including 1,600 registered bidders, was not just an outstanding assortment of collector vehicles but the offering of some 60 barn-found cars from the Baillon Collection. Moe...
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