1973 Seeley-Kawasaki H2A

The motorcycle frames developed by Colin Seeley in the 1960s and onwards were so revolutionary that they had an enduring global impact on motorcycle engineering – an impact that continues to the current day. Colin grew up in a motorcycle family, his father owned a Vincent Rapide and they would both travel to the nearby…

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Coventry Rotary Tricycle – Circa 1879

The early days of pedal-powered cycle (or velocipede) were a time of significant experimentation, the earliest examples had pedals that were connected directly to the front axle, and it wasn’t until the mid-1800s that a chain was added with sprockets to improve gearing. This Coventry Rotary Tricycle was one of the designs that didn’t catch…

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Belstaff Streamliner 400 Wax Jacket

The Belstaff Streamliner 400 was developed to commemorate Guy Martin and Triumph working together to set a new world motorcycle speed record of 400 mph in Bonneville, Utah. Each Streamliner 400 jacket is made from 8oz waxed cotton with a waterproof membrane and sealed seams. It has a cotton tartan lining, courduroy lined collar and…

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1966 Ford GT40 Mark I

The Ford GT40 is almost certainly the most famous, and most successful, result of Britain and America’s special cross-Atlantic automotive relationship. Many cars have been built as collaborative efforts between both countries of course, but the GT40 is the king. The development and racing years of the GT40 include some of the most important and…

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1937 Vincent-HRD Comet

The Vincent-HRD Comet was developed as an advanced half-litre sporting motorcycle by Vincent-HRD, and sold alongside its similarly-engined siblings the Comet Special, the TT replica, and the Meteor. Of course, the most famous Vincents are the V-twin models, particularly the Black Shadow and Black Lightning. But as any Vincent historian will tell you, the legend…

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Documentary: Spitfire!

Spitfire! is a wonderful documentary that actually talks to some of the men and women directly involved with the iconic fighter aircraft’s design and construction – including a lady who accidentally ended up clinging to the tail of a Spitfire as it took off and had to circle back around to the airdrome. The film was…

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Brough Superior SS100

The Brough Superior SS100 was the finest, and fastest, production motorcycle of its day. The company probably couldn’t have survived at any other point in history – it enjoyed a brief and extraordinary existence between the two World Wars, selling motorcycles that each cost as much as a house in a decent neighbourhood. Known as…

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Daimler SP250

The Daimler SP250 is a car that can’t be written about without first addressing the elephant in the room – its appearance. Although some do love the way it looks, it seems that most really don’t – some even question exactly what the designers were thinking, and how it got approved for production. Under the…

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How British Motorsport Was Born

How British Motorsport Was Born is a short film (under 8 minutes) that takes a look at the modern day Brighton Speed Trials, whilst taking a look back at the history of British motorsport. While the team at MotorPunk were at it, they tried their hand at breaking a 90 year old speed record in a proper…

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Morgan Plus 8

The Morgan Plus 8 is the V8-powered version of the classic roadster that very likely saved the company from a dire fate – a dire fate that many British companies succumbed to throughout the 1970s. The secret to the success of the Plus 8 was its then-new aluminium V8 engine, supplied by Rover after they…

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Mini Cooper Cafe Racer

The Mini was originally developed in the shadow of the 1956 Suez Crisis to meet demand for an economical car that could seat 5 and still have room for luggage. As the story goes, Leonard Lord (the head of BMC) utterly despised German bubble cars, and the fact that they were seeing a popularity surge…

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ODFU Throttles for Life Tee

ODFU (which stands for One Down Five Up) is a British clothing brand by designer and shadetree motorcycle wrencher Kevin Wilson. Each design is produced in-house on 100% Fine Jersey cotton, and each design is limited to a set number of units – after which it will never be made again. The Throttles for Life…

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