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Four-Links – Car Trek, modern Pierce-Arrows, RIP AHA, Chevy in the Hole

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Matt Anderson at The Henry Ford, which has a Star Trek exhibit running from this weekend through September, took a look at the various classic cars that appeared through the original series’ run.

Who can blame them for not driving? After all, we’re talking about a universe in which teleportation is a thing. But Star Trek isn’t an entirely auto-free zone. Through the clever storytelling devices of science fiction, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy encounter multiple 20th-century American cars over the course of the show.

Okay, so no one will ever confuse Star Trek with Top Gear. But, if you keep your eyes peeled, every now and then you’ll find a little gasoline to go along with all of that dilithium. After all, sometimes the boldest way to go is the oldest way to go.

* For its 2018 project, the League of Retired Automotive Designers decided to revamp the Pierce-Arrow for the 21st century. Dean’s Garage has the results, including the above from Bob Munson.

* It’s a bit of old news now, but the Association of Handcrafted Automobiles — a club for replica cars that began as the Bugatti Replica Auto Group — dissolved as of January 1.

Forty years later we find that we can no longer meet the requirements of our Charter. We are not able to field a full Board and so it is time to dissolve the club. Our membership has continued to decline as owners find many different ways to enjoy their hobby and get information on building and improving their cars where a ‘club’ is no longer needed for this as it was 40 years ago.

As agreed in our December meeting, we have liquified our accounts and made a single donation to the Braille Institute of Los Angeles in January — the clubs chosen Charity.”

* The former Chevy in the Hole site in Flint — where the sit-down strike of 1936 to 1937 led to GM recognition of the UAW — has now been turned into the Kettering University GM Mobility Research Center, where the school is studying autonomous vehicle technology. From the Detroit Free Press:

Today, the approximately $7.5-million GM Mobility Research Center, which carries the name GM because of a $2-million grant from the GM Foundation, is Kettering’s self-driving and connected vehicle testing and development site. In addition to the almost 3½-acre test pad and the approximately mile-long looping road course, an annex with vehicle bays, meeting space, and second-story viewing area of the test pad sits across Chevrolet Avenue from the main parts of the Kettering campus.

Kettering’s 21-acre site was created, McMahan said, as more of a traditional industrial design testing facility, sort of like a “mini Milford,” a reference to GM’s proving grounds.

* One of the unlikeliest racers at Goodwood has been the 1928 Frazer Nash saloon that Patrick Blakeney-Edwards replicated. For this Goodwood Overdrive video from a couple years ago, Patrick lists several good reasons not to drive it.