The Wing Man – Robin Herd

McLaren F1 Car

The Wing Man is a short film from McLaren that was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Robin Herd joining Bruce McLaren’s racing team. Herd was hired directly from the Concorde project despite his lack of formal training in race car engineering. The influence that Robin had on McLaren in its formative years was…

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Ikara Anti-Submarine Tail Fin

Ikara Anti-Submarine Tail Fin

The Ikara was an Australian anti-submarine missile developed in 1959, over the course of its life it would be used by the Australian, British, Brazilian, New Zealand and Chilean navies. Ikara is an Australian Aboriginal word for “throwing stick”, it was powered by a Bristol Aerojet Murawa two-stage solid-fuel rocket engine and could be controlled…

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Münch Mammoth

Munch Mammoth

Friedl Münch began hand building the Mammoth in 1966 after receiving a special order from Jean Murit – a former motorcycle sidecar racer and a leading light within the French motorcycle community. Jean wanted a no-expense spared motorcycle that could cheerfully reach 140 mph and hold it for hours on end. Münch had years of experience…

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Ford GT40 Cutaway

1965 Ford GT40

The GT40 gave Ford the first overall Le Mans victory for an American manufacturer in 1966, the win was noteworthy for a few reasons – it was also the first win for an American team at a large European race since Jimmy Murphy took the top step on the podium with his Duesenberg in 1921…

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Dobbertin’s Nova

Dobbertin’s Chevrolet Nova SS 2

Many of us grew up in an era when car magazines ruled the four-wheeled world, a time when the word “digital” was only used to describe a calculator watch and the “internet” was a term only known to a few boffins at CERN. The golden era for the car magazine was almost certainly the 1980s, a…

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Zaeta 530 SE Flat Tracker

Zaeta Motorcycle

The Zaeta 530 DT is the two-wheeled answer to the question what would happen if the Italians decided to build a flat tracker? Dirt track racing is a sport not native to Europe, though its importance has been demonstrated by a number of superbike world champions from both the USA and Australia who grew up going sideways…

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USS Macon Cutaway Wallpaper

USS Macon Airship

The USS Macon and its sister ship, the USS Akron, were the largest helium-filled airships ever made. They were launched in 1933 and 1931 respectively, and each only had a service life of roughly two years – both were lost in separate severe storms. Macon had a hull made from structured duraluminum with three internal…

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The GM Firebird III Gas Turbine Car

GM Firebird lll Gas Turbine Car 1

The General Motors Firebird lll gas turbine car was a concept developed in 1958 as a progression of the Firebird I and Firebird II vehicles. None of these cars were intended for mass production, instead they were a testing ground for new technologies and drivetrains. The Firebird III was developed with a gas turbine drive…

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U-boat Blueprints

German UBoat Submarine Blueprint #1

In the post-WWII years Winston Churchill once famously said “The only thing that really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril”, this was largely because of how reliant Britain was on supplies, manpower and equipment from Canada, the USA, Australia and further afield. If Hitler had successfully managed to close off the resupply…

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