Tag Archives: Twin-Navion

Wings & Wheels Over the Years – Old Webpages of Some of my Cars & Planes

I was recently surprised to receive an email asking about one of the airplanes I’ve owned over the years. Seems the fellow had turned up a picture of the Temco-Riley D-16(A) Twin-Navion I had owned, and had gone one to “Google me Down.”

I had forgotten that hosted on one of my friend’s website a number of pictures lived on:


N110N Temco-Riley D-16(A) Twin-Navion

The pages are hosted on Blair Anderson’s “The Citroen Connection” in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada.

There have been quite a few others – a Citroen XM sedan, several Norton Commando Motorcycles, a Laverda Jota motorcycle, Morris Minors, Austin Mini Clubman, Austin Vanden Plas Princess, a Mini Metro Vanden Plas, a Citroen HY-Van, several more Panhard PL-17/17bt cars, Land Rovers, several VWs & Volvos, some 1950’s hot rod iron, and I am certain a few I just haven’t remembered as I type.

The years have seen all of these vehicles go to other collectors, drivers, & pilots. At least on ended up in a museum. Have kept a Peugeot 504D and my trusty BMW K100LT motorcycle around.

The pictures brought back memories – that CX2400 Pallas was a fantastic Autobahn car wit a lovely sweet spot at 115 mph cruising. The Panhard PL-17 was a perfect car for a grad student on a budget as it always started and was so very frugal.



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Well Balanced Machinery – How some Machines just Work and Feel ‘Right’!

Man designs and makes so many machines to be either the most extreme on some measure or another – the fastest, the biggest, the sleekest, the most luxury, the most horsepower, or some other extreme.

And then man occasionally designs and builds tools, cars or equipment that has something special – a balance that appeals.

In shooting I have found this to be the case in the Jeff Cooper Steyr Scout.

Jeff Cooper Steyr Scout 308 Rifle

Shotgunning, for me it is the Benelli Montefeltro.

Benelli Montefeltro Shotgun

For handguns I have found the Steyr GB 9mm to have the elusive balance sought.

Steyr GB 9mm Pistol

Of the planes I’ve flown and owned one stands out as balanced exceptionally well, the uncommon Twin-Navion.

Tempco-Reily D-16A Twin-Navion

In motoring I’ve found that my vintage Panhard PL-17 Sedan, the Citroen CX2400 Pallas C-matic Sedan and the Benelli 900 Sei motorcycle have that special “something.”

Panhard PL-17 Sedan Grand Routier

Citroen CX2400 Pallas C-Matic Sedan

Benelli 900 Sei Motorcycle

Later this week I will outline what Amateur Radio gear I’ve found has that special balance – and I would love to hear what you have found has that balance for you!



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