About the time Uncle Tom was raving about the first Chrysler 300 letter car in 1955, he wrote and published an answer to a reader. The reader said he had a bet that, in a cross-country race, his MG would beat a Chrysler 300. Tom’s response was “The only way the MG could beat the 300 in a cross-country race would be in the belly of a DC-3”. Uncle Tom spoke of the brakes on one of the cars he tested and said they would “put Granny through the windshield”. He observed that another car had “all the aerodynamics of a sheet-iron cow shed”. Try saying that fast. A very creative and non-PC writer and non-conformist. He usually drove one-handed, grasping the vent window frame while chomping on a stogie.
Brentwood, CA now
Des Moines, IA then--Class of ‘56
I remember the story Uncle Tom told about driving a new Imperial from NYC to Miami, and making the return trip in an MG TD(?) .
He said he had arrived at his destination in the MG refreshed and alert, The Imperial though he said was like stepping into an airliner and was so comfortable that
he was fighting off sleep the entire trip, thus making him tired and worn out at the end of the ride. The MG though was stiff with a harsh ride and he was always wide awake.
As a young teenager without so much as a drivers license, I wondered about that, but Hey! Uncle Tom must know.
This is information about the various magazine columnists back when.
"Gus and the Model Garage" was in Popular Science. It featured a character named Gus Wilson who would solve some mysterious car problem through various clues.
"Smokey Says..." was a column also in Popular Science and it gave opinions expressed by Smokey Yunick.
And of course, there was good old Tom McCahill in Mechanix Illustrated. He wrote his colorful reports of new cars and had a column, "Mail for McCahill", in which he answered readers' questions.
Posted by: "Rich Barber" <c300@xxxxxxx>
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