MOBILIZATION: The Man at the Wheel

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Among all the complicated engines contrived by man, few have titillated the imagination like that noble automotive artifact, the Stanley Steamer. Nobody, according to early legend, knew how fast it would go, but thousands of dustered and begoggled motorists believed that a man with nerve enough to hold its throttle open after his hat flew off could keep it accelerating indefinitely. It was rumored —though here the mind reeled and the senses boggled—that it might reach 100 miles an hour.

Last week, after a decade of the greatest industrial achievement man...

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