It has long been known in engineering circles that much can be learned from failure. Claude Albert Claremont, in his 1937 book on bridge building, “Spanning Space,” wrote:
The history of engineering is really the history of breakages, and of learning from those breakages. I was taught at college “the engineer learns most on the scrapheap.”
In one of my past lives, I was involved in performance car rallying. This involved racing in beefed-up cars over forest logging roads. In the ’70s, there was a driver named John Buffum. His day job was running a car dealership in Vermont, but he was also the top rally driver in the U.S. and had factory support from British Leyland, who supplied him with Triumph TR-7s, like this one:
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