DemerBox Stereo

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James Demer is a location sound mixer known for his work on films like Bowling for Columbine, Winter’s Bone and TV shows like Survivor and The Apprentice. While on location in Alaska a few years ago he needed to create a portable sound box so he took a Pelican case, a lithium-ion battery some waterproof speakers and…

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The Parking Problem Solved

The Parking Problem Solved

Our friends over at The Old Motor know a thing or two about digging up a fascinating old car, and this clip is a great example. It shows an early attempt at solving the parking problem, and to be honest I’m surprised some variant of it didn’t catch on. The film was made in France…

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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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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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1974 BMW 2002 Turbo

BMW 2002 Turbo

The BMW 2002 Turbo is a wonderful example of what can occur when serendipity happens to a couple of Germans who happen to work at BMW. You see, the BMW 2002 owes its existence to an afternoon in 1967 when Helmut Werner Bönsch (BMW’s director of product planning) and Alex von Falkenhausen (designer of the…

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1992 Vector W8 Twin Turbo

Vector W8 Twin Turbo Front Side

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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Benelli 750 Sei

Benelli 750 Sei

The Benelli 750 Sei is one of the more interesting motorcycles developed during the 1970s – which is actually rather impressive considering just how many revolutionary bikes rolled out of factories in Japan and Europe during the decade. Alejandro de Tomaso bought Benelli in 1971 and immediately set to work creating a two-wheeled version of…

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Tucker 48

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The Tucker 48 is a car that’ll forever live as an American legend, the extraordinary panache and guts shown by Preston Tucker in the post-war period is astonishing and the fact that he succeeded against the entrenched power of the Big 3 is reminiscent of the modern story of Elon Musk and Tesla. 50 Tucker…

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