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  1. When Hatteras launched its first yacht, a 41-foot Convertible, in 1960, company founder Willis Slane dubbed the vessel Knit Wits —appropriate enough, it seemed, for a company led by a man who knew...
  2. Carbon fiber is proving to be a gift to speedboaters. The material, bonded with epoxy resin, pre­sents a significant alternative to fiberglass, allowing boatbuilders to create stronger, lighter...
  3. “If you think about an object’s function,” Ferdinand Alexander Porsche once observed, “the form sometimes creates itself.” Certainly this dictum applies to his brainchild, the Porsche 911. But for...
  4. A sailfish ( Istiophorus platypterus ) does not hide its emotions well: When it grows excited, its large dorsal fin (from which it derives its name) turns neon purple. Nothing—except sex, one...
  5. As the plane readies for takeoff, a controller’s voice comes over the headphones: "We’ve got an experimental on the runway. . . Whoa! Did you build that yourself?" "About 51 percent," replies Mike...
  6. A new series of private track events organized by Supercar Life ( www.supercarlife.com ) gives you a chance to test the limits of a Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari F430, Aston Martin DB9, Mercedes AMG...
  7. When Ducati unveiled its new 1098 S Tricolore at the Milan motorcycle show late last year, it answered the prayers of many of the bike maker’s fans. For those Ducatisti who had been concerned about...
  8. The oversize, overendowed, and pretty much over-everything undertaking known as Maybach was supposed to supplant Rolls-Royce as the acme of automotive overindulgence. Mission not accomplished. The...
  9. Dubai’s is the tale of two emirates, both borderline surreal. The traditionalist who resists change at any pace might see Dubai as an Arabian nightmare in which souks—those smoky, ancient markets...
  10. One writer damned the Quasi-Automatic Transmission in the otherwise smooth and affable Maserati Quattroporte for its mechanical hiccups and “up-shifts that are depressingly clumsy and slow.” Another...

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