1976 Suzuki RG500 XR14

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The Suzuki RG500 has been hailed by many as the Norton Manx of the 2-stroke era. Its unusual square-4 engine launched the Japanese 2-strokes to the forefront of global motorcycle racing competition – and kept it there for the better part of 20 years. The water-cooled, square-4, 2-stroke powerplant used in the RG500 was a significant gamble for…

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1974 MV Agusta 750S

MV Agusta 750S

The engine used in the MV Agusta 750S was originally placed in the MV Agusta 600 in 1966 – making it one of the first road-going motorcycles to mount an inline-4 transversely across the frame. It’s unlikely the Italians had any idea how common this engine arrangement would become, particularly once it was adopted by Honda…

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Egli-Vincent Racer

Egli-Vincent Motorcycle

The Egli-Vincent has become so famous since it was first developed in the mid-1960s that its name now almost rivals the Vincent marque itself. Developed by Fritz Egli of Switzerland, the original Egli-Vincent was his own race bike, a bike he used as a testbed for his own engineering experiments. The main drawback to the original…

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The Radial Engined Megola Motorcycle

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The Megola motorcycle was designed by Fritz Cockerell in 1920, it’s powered by a 5-cylinder radial engine mounted inside the spokes of the front wheel. The are a few benefits to this layout and a couple of drawbacks, on the positive side there is very little power lost to mechanical drag and the engine’s simplicity…

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1930s-Era Dashboard Instruments

Racing Dashboard Instruments

This matching pair of 1930s-era dashboard instruments were mounted to the dash of a long forgotten race car, as a way of tracking temperature and altitude – both measurements that would potentially require modifications to fuelling and spark timing. Engine tweaks like this were mostly manual at the time of course, and some of the…

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1986 Renault 5 Maxi Turbo

Renault 5 Maxi Turbo

With its mid-mounted 4-cylinder turbo producing a hefty 386 bhp in competition trim, the Renault 5 Maxi Turbo is one of the quickest and most unusual Renaults of the 1980s. It was built as the successor to the hugely successful Alpine Renault which had dominated European rally competition until the Lancia Stratos came along and…

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1973 Seeley-Kawasaki H2A

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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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Lotus C-01 Motorcycle

Lotus C-01 Motorcycle

The Lotus C-01 was designed by Daniel Simon – the guy who designed the Tron Lightcycles in the recent reboot, the Bubbleship from the movie Oblivion, and he collaborated with Ridley Scott on early vehicle concepts for Prometheus. Before his time working on conceptual future vehicles he worked at Volkswagen as a senior designer –…

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Shelby Series 1 Roadster

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The Shelby Series 1 Roadster is the only car ever designed by Carroll Shelby from a blank sheet of paper. And for that reason it’s an exceedingly important automobile, even though just 249 were built before the factory ceased production. Carroll developed the Series 1 as a modern version of the original Shelby Cobra, although…

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Brough Superior SS100

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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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1957 Sputnik-1 Prototype Test Model

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The Soviet Union launched Sputnik-1 on October the 5th, 1957 and in so doing kicked the Space Race into high gear – where it would remain for over a decade until the Americans landed Buzz and Neil on the Moon in 1969 and took the crown. This Sputnik-1 model was built in 1957 as a…

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