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Four-Links – the Downsizing Decision, Ed Welburn, ATCC Mustangs, diner moves

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What went behind the decision to downsize pretty much every American automobile in the late 1970s and early 1980s? A May 1980 New Yorker article that Curbside Classic recently dug up goes beyond the basic one-word answer with interviews with the people who made those decisions.

NPR recently carried a profile of Ed Welburn, who retired this year as GM’s vice president of global design, and who knew for sure he wanted to be a car designer after seeing the Cadillac Cyclone show car in person. (via)

With news that the Mustang will return to the Australian Touring Car Championship series after a 30-plus-year absence, Wheels magazine reviewed some of the more noteworthy Mustangs to compete in that series, including the Moffstang and Ian “Pete” Geoghegan’s championship-winning 1967 GTA notchback Mustang (above).

The Lincoln Highway Experience outside Latrobe, Pennsylvania, recently added a circa 1938 diner — restored to its original Serro’s Diner livery — to its new exhibit space. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has more on the diner’s short move to the museum. (via)

Why exactly did Detroit become one of the car-building capitals of the world? The Piquette Avenue Plant’s Facebook page recently posted this video of one of their docents explaining how Detroit — and, in turn, Ford Motor Company — was well-positioned to crank out cars by the millions.