“If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.”
― Mark Twain
Supposedly, Mark Twain never said this but it does have a credible ring. And, that was before the internet. Over the years I had some first-hand knowledge on various stories that were published. Between editing for PC, deadlines, fear of advertiser frictions and other factors, I noted many discrepancies between the facts and the published stories. My dad told me many years ago to “never believe anything you read and only half of what you see”. Very cynical and that was in the ‘50’s.
But, I still read the car magazines—mostly for entertainment. I do get a kick out of letters to the editor criticizing the stories with minutiae. I still wince when I see typo’s in old automotive technical manuals.
On our own server, we often see differences of opinions on materials, designs and processes. I’m sure I have put forth opinion and recollection as fact and have had to eat my words many times over the last 82 years. Factual knowledge about our little niche in the greater car world is important and gracious feedback to the writers is appropriate. But, be prepared to have our feedback ignored. Yesterday’s stories are ancient history.
Brentwood, CA (Safe from fires but experiencing daylight like in an eclipse or like in Alaska at midnight on the solstice. Thick smoke at high elevation so the air at street level is not that smoky. But, very dark outside with streetlights on at noon and light ashfall. Other folks have it much worse with loss of life and property. Recorded 112.8F several daze ago here in the Bay Area of CA.)
You see the 300G article in Hemmings ? It describes a 727 in a G . These people write totally wrong stuff so definitively as if experts .. drives me crazy . Then misinformation spreads . Not sure if same article — but just read about the 62 300 that was the fastest stock car at the 62 Nhra summer event . Run by Ray Brock / Hot Rod Magazine.Back when HRM did more than write pretty articles . He lost final to a 421 (?) Pontiac because asleep on start line , but he turned a faster time, in 12’s , an amazing feat in a full size 413 Chrysler . As in faster than all the max built 425 hp 409’s in light chevies you hear so much about in 62.
But the guy writes paragraphs about Chrysler’s “new 3 speed stick “ ( A terrible transmission, new in 61) attributes the HRM 62 performance to that. In fact it was the first 727 . An automatic . Talk about tangling things up .
In 300 club we should have a whole section on that HRM car . Our claim to real fame The impact it had in the summer of 62 was unreal. I was beside myself when it toasted the 409 and 421 . ( forget fords) ( yeah was street racing a mopar bit against 50 of those guys)
There is an issue of 62 HRM that summer with about 6 pages of tech stuff on that car .
Another real irritation is Marlin Davis (? Davies sp) of Hot Rod . Their tech expert . Fully half of his articles are full of errors and opinions . Yet editors know so little about cars they publish it .
I remember one where he was all tangled in his undies describing the exhaust gas flow in a 671 truck supercharger— “ that we use instead for drag racing “ . He clearly does not even know how a Diesel engine works ( 671 is to compress air for sweeping / charging cylinders on a diesel , has nothing to do with exhaust — nothing!)
Similarly Car Talk ;— a long talk about vacuum modulator valve controlling transmission shifts on a Mercedes Diesel . First , Diesel has no vacuum , not even a throttle valve in intake ) power is controlled by injectors / pump .
Not trying to be a jerk about this , but these guys must know (?) they do not know ? Fine to say I do not know , how I learn .
Anyway , enough ! Be cynical when a self proclaimed expert tells you stuff , is my takeaway at 77 ! Used to be all impressed , have learned better ..
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Posted by: "Rich Barber" <c300@xxxxxxx>
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