Random Links from this Week: Wooden Cars and Steam Aeroplanes

Tell me if you’ve heard this before:  An upstart know-it-all becomes frustrated with the current state of the automotive industry. He starts by breaking the unwritten rules of vehicle design and embarks on a publicity gathering journey with his creation. After months of arduous trekking, the proof-of-concept vehicle shows what it is capable of but success does not follow. Rather, claims of embezzlement and fraud land the inventor behind bars for a short period of time. Name the inventor. Tucker? Delorean? Musk? No. Rather, one Tony Howarth, egotistical photographer and inventor. At least that’s what it sounds like from this interview. As irritating as the inventor sounds from the interview, the idea is impressive.
On a related note, Kenya seem to have two entrepreneurs with interesting vehicular ideas: Mobius Motors and the African Bulldog.

Steam powered airplanes? Check. Solid fuel internal combustion engines? Check. Energy transmission without electricity? Check. Douglas Self’s website has it all. It’s like a wikipedia for the roads not taken, technologically speaking.

Everyone likes Danish furniture: Ib Kofod Larsen. Weirdly, no entry in Wikipedia.




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