Polaris Slingshot

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It isn’t widely known that when the automobile was first invented, it had 3 wheels. Karl Benz called it the “Benz Patent Motorwagen” and it was first shown to the public by Mr Benz and his wife in 1885. Since then we’ve seen a huge range of 3-wheeled vehicles, perhaps most famously the Morgan Three-Wheeler,…

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The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

We’ve talked about The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company on Silodrome before, it’s always a popular subject as we’re all prone to bouts of wanderlust and a little cabin on wheels that you can build in your backyard is the kind of thing that has broad appeal to adventurer inside all of us. The tiny houses…

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Henry Ford Transmission Patent Poster

Henry Ford Transmission Patent Poster

Henry Ford’s influence on industry in American and around the world has been colossal, he’s most famous for his Model T but his work popularising the concept of the production line was probably more important in the grand scheme of things. One of his other great innovations (that sadly didn’t catch on) was “Fordism”, defined as the mass…

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Honda CB550 Cafe Racer

Honda CB550

The Honda CB550 is one of those motorcycles that seemed destined for cafe-racerization from the get go, it was lighter than its larger CB750 stablemate and when it comes to cafe racers, lightness is next to godliness. The CB550 you see here was built by R. Cameron Smyth of Smyth Innovations, his goal was to…

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Canvas Ranger Tent by Sheridan Tent & Awning

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The Canvas Ranger Tent by Sheridan Tent & Awning has been produced in the same way since 1909, each is made from double-fill, A-grade canvas and has a large screen window with a canvas flap secured by corrosion-proof brass zipper. The poles are Douglas fir with stainless steel fittings – although you don’t necessarily need to use…

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The Lindbergh Travel Trailer

Lindbergh Travel Trailer

The Lindbergh Travel Trailer is a remarkable piece of four-wheeled American memorabilia, there weren’t many Americans more famous than Charles Lindbergh in 1939 – he had only just returned from voluntary exile in Europe after the tragic kidnapping and murder of his infant son in 1932 that had ignited an American media frenzy. Lindbergh’s personal…

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The 1992 Baja 1000

Baja 1000

There’s something about vintage Baja-style desert racing that is hugely appealing to me – the relative simplicity of the machinery and the fact that it largely comes down to the toughness of the driver to determine the winner is how I think all motor racing should be. I’m still convinced that we need a racing series…

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Marion Olive Boot by Helm Boots

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Helm Boots is a small company that takes pride in making all of their wares in the United States using classic American made Horween Chromexcel leather, brass eyelets and Blake Rapid Stitch construction. The choice of olive green is unusual in a boot like this, but it works well with the white pinstripe across the sole and red…

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1951 BSA Star Twin Bonneville Racer

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There’s something unusual about the salt flats at Bonneville, for some reason the sodium from this location in Utah inspires some of the most jaw-dropping amateur engineering on earth – the veterans call it “salt fever” and once you’ve got it, you’ve got it for life. One such sufferer of salt fever is Dan Daughenbaugh,…

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1992 Vector W8 Twin Turbo

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The Vector W8 Twin Turbo was first shown to the public in 1990, it totally electrified the global motoring press and provided the Americans with their own hypercar – to compete with the likes of Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche. The Vector was an exceedingly advanced and suitably expensive motor car, it cost $448,000 USD (in…

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Old School MX Gloves by Reign VMW

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The team at Reign VMW only recently released this new glove, they’ve called it the “Old School MX Glove” due to its retro design influences – including that classic ’70s style piping across the back of the fingers and hand. Rather than use leather, which tends to get uncomfortably hot in the summer, the Old…

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