Soviet Rocket Engine by Alexei M. Isayev

V-750VN type surface-to-air missile second stage engine designed by Alexei M Isayev

Aleksei Mikhailovich Isaev was an icon within the Russian half of the Space Race, he was the man responsible for designing the first non-modular liquid-fuelled rocket engine, between 1957 and 1967 his engines powered the rockets carrying the first manmade satellites, the first man in space and the first unmanned probes to the Moon and…

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Speed Dreams – The Fastest Place on Earth

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Speed Dreams – The Fastest Place on Earth is a wonderful BBC documentary about a few small teams of British Bonneville enthusiasts who spend years in their shed working on a motorcycle, before shipping it to Utah and unleashing it on the salt in the hopes of taking home a world record. It’s a humbling…

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Harley-Davidson Livewire

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The Harley-Davidson Livewire is the very manifestation of horror in the eyes of many loyal Harley-Davidson owners, it’s the first 100% electric motorcycle from the Milwaukee marque and despite the fact this opinion might get me lynched, I quite like it. You see, I really like electric motors. They’re undeniably better than internal combustion engines…

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1972 Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R

Vintage Nissan Skyline

The Nissan Skyline is a motor car that owes much of its popularity in western culture to video games like Gran Turismo – at the time the Skyline had never been officially imported into the USA but it enjoyed a huge underground following with many (who could afford it) importing their own from Japan. The…

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Sopwith Camel

Sopwith Camel

The Sopwith Camel is a remarkably important aircraft, it was first flown in 1917 when the pace of advancement in aircraft design was moving at breakneck speed and for time the Camel was the best fighter in the sky. Its odd name was coined from the side profile appearance of the hump that was built…

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Enigma Machine

Enigma Machine

It isn’t everyday that an original World War II Enigma machine comes up for sale, most of the machines are now either in museums or private collections and owners are, understandably, exceedingly reticent to part with them. The story behind the Enigma needs no introduction, the small mechanical devices were ingenious and it took the…

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The 1901 Wright Glider

1901 Wright Glider

The 1901 Wright Glider is a marvel of simple engineering, looking back at it now its general design looks almost self explanatory but simple as it is, it was undoubtably one of the most important engineering advancements in human history. The full story of how the glider came to be, and how Wilbur and Orville…

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