Charles Kettering gets all the credit for inventing the self-starter for internal combustion engines and thus making gasoline-engine cars the dominant mode of transport today. But as John Heitmann at The Automobile and American Life pointed out, Kettering had contemporaries who were also working on the self-starter, including Clyde Coleman, who patented his own device more than a decade earlier.
* It’s been 70 years since CalTech professor Arie Jan Haagen-Smit conclusively proved that automobile emissions contributed to smog, something Los Angeles residents had already suffered on and off for years. (via)
* For some reason — maybe just to see if it could be done — Packard built a single inline-12 prototype engine and actually placed it in a car. Mac’s Motor City Garage has more on the engine’s brief history.
* Stan Mott’s Cyclops is going to Bonneville, as reported on Dean’s Garage this week.