Tag: Len Frank

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Leonard (MNI) Frank

Leonard (MNI) Frank

In a Message From Stefan Frank, Len’s Offspring Speaks… On the 1st of September, 1935 , the second son of two Russian immigrants was born, in the then, unwashed armpit of the industrial belt of the U.S.,Youngstown , Ohio. They named him Leonard (nmi) Frank. He always told me he had no middle initial because...

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About Len

About Len

Matt Stone on Len Frank Writer. Amateur racer. Pundit. Comedian. Teacher. Husband. Radio personality. Father. Friend. Above all, and always, a fried. I, perhaps like you, am just one soul whose life was touched and indeed bettered by knowing Len Frank. Our friendship, in fact, impacted my career, and ultimately altered the course of my...

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Letters about Len

Letters about Len

In this section, we’re please to reprint letters, emails, and other commentary from those of you who knew Len Frank, or have enjoyed this web site. Please feel free to contact us anytime at [email protected] Thanks… Thanks, Stefan, Matt, John (Retsek), John (Clinard) and all the rest of you. I think about, and miss, Len all...

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Len Frank, Automotive Photographer

Len Frank, Automotive Photographer

Matt Stone on the writer as shooter. Above: Len loved Alfa Romeos. He sold them, wrote about them, raced them, worked on them, and of course photographed them (Alfa Abarth photo by Len Frank) The late Len Frank was not an automotive photographer, at least not in the classical sense. His camera equipment was old...

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Coffee Spoons

Coffee Spoons

“T.S. knew that life passed on. Passed us by. Went away too soon. Measured by coffee spoons, he said.” – Len Frank. T.S. Knew,That life passed onPassed us byWent awaytoo soonMeasured by coffee spoons,He said,A small measure thoughA lifetime longCan you dance to it? A foolish manA funny manHeKnew he was,AndMeasured his lifein coffee spoonsin...

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A Visit to Monza

A Visit to Monza

There is an irresistible pull to the name—the idea—of Monza. It pulls back memory…to a time before cable sports networks and the overexposure to the politics and business of racing today. Original Monza photos, Matt Stone collection Monza! I don’t know about you, but for me there is an irresistible pull to the name—the idea—of...

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A Car for American Sports: 1954 Buick Skylark

A Car for American Sports: 1954 Buick Skylark

Buicks have this…Reputation. You know how it goes: chrome, stodgy, dumb, portholes, marshmallow ride, no brakes, no handling, eternally slipping automatic transmissions. Best known for what the British called the “dollar grin.” Beloved of small town doctors and right-wing Republicans who also favor belt and suspender combinations. Even General Motors seems to believe in the Reputation....

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Does Route 66 lead to Belgium?

Does Route 66 lead to Belgium?

To the best of our knowledge, this work by the late Len Frank is previously unpublished.Date written: unknown Our first real national road was the Lincoln Highway. A bunch of citizens, Carl Fisher, the man who built the Indianapolis Motor Speedway among them, had to get together and lever the various governments and property owners...

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KPFK’s “The Car Show”

KPFK’s “The Car Show”

“If you’re new, this will sort of let you know who we are; if you’re not so new, it will come as no shock.” – Len Frank. This is Len’s 1994 piece on 90.7 FM KPFK’s “The Car Show“, which he and John Retsek hosted for decades. The show is currently hosted by ABC7 Eyewitness...

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Leonard Frank

Leonard Frank

In His Own Words… Above: The object of his one-time intimate love affair, the 1941 Lincoln Continental (Wallpaper Up/Public Domain) Born Youngstown, Ohio, 1935. Youngstown was a steel production center, a great supplier of Detroit. It had a GM plant a few miles away, a Budd component plant, among others, in town. My father owned...

 

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