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CUTE LITTLE 'DB' TAKES SECOND

CUTE LITTLE 'DB' TAKES SECOND

Palm Springs, CA

Bernard Dervieux happily shows the traditional "loving cup" awarded for his rare French 'Deutsch Bonnet', which captured second-place in the "European Sports Racing, 1946-1974" class. Powered by an under-1 Liter flat-twin air-cooled engine made by Panhard, the small, light and aerodynamic cars were successful racing against the world's major automakers in many European endurance events, including the "24 Hours of LeMans". How did car-builders make their cars 'slick' without the use of high-priced wind tunnels? They borrowed from airplane technology; and anyway, even without a wind tunnel, a five-year-old kid can tell you that what looks cool will usually go fast.

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