07/09/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

French classics and a note on our car blog

2010-05-10-1937delahaye145petermullins.jpeg One-off 1937 Delahaye 145 race car was broken down to pieces and parts to hide it from Nazis; see below for where you can see it now

Recently I had a pretty serious flare-up of my Crohn's Disease, a chronic illness I've had most of my life and which I don't recommend to anyone - but it was serious enough to put me into Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles for two weeks (and, ahem, just for the record, I was not the biggest celebrity there during my stay).
It was of course very hard to stay timely with my posts so it was decided I should take some time off, do some R&R, focus on my health and get back into it as soon as I could.
Well, thanks to all the folks at the hospital, friends and family, Nancy, the love of my life, and a new drug called Remicade ... I'm ba-a-ck!
Plenty of the hottest and most-important-to-you news, road tests, analyses and your questions answered, as always. In the next few days I plan to be hitting on all 12 (or 16 if I were a Bugatti Veyron) and joining back in the Car Conversation with all of you.
Thrilled to be back, thrilled you waited ... and we'll make it up to you!
Here's something special right off the bat, a sort-of "welcome back" gift: a car collector friend of mine has opened his own private museum in Southern California focusing on his collection, probably the world's best, of fantastically-styled pre- and post-War French cars. The LA Times ran a piece on it today and here it is - read it and drool!,0,7306782.story

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