Steve McQueen’s Triumph Desert Sled

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There is probably no motorcycle more closely associated with Steve McQueen than the Triumph Desert Sled, in fact the iconic images of him roaring across the Southern Californian landscape on a modified British bike will probably outlive the internal combustion engine. At the time of his death in 1980 McQueen had acquired over 100 motorcycles, and…

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Ducati 48 by XTR Pepo

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Ducati started out as a small and nondescript manufacturer of tubes, condensers and other components for use in radios. The original company name was Società Scientifica Radio Brevet Ducati and it was founded in 1926 by Antonio Cavalieri Ducati and his three sons, Adriano, Marcello, and Bruno. By the outbreak of WWII the company had…

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The 1956 Monte Carlo Rally

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By 1956 the Monte Carlo Rally was already 45 years old, and very well established as one of the world’s pre-eminent road racing events. Automobile manufacturers used it as a way to publicly show off the toughness and reliability of their vehicles, and played down the amount of mechanical work the driver and co-driver typically…

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Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

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The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 is almost universally known by its unofficial nickname – Ferrari Daytona. Ferrari have never formerly embraced the Daytona label, and even now it only gets a single begrudging mention on their official website. This moniker was first applied by the media in the wake of the dominant 1-2-3 finish at the 1967 24…

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Top 5 Vintage Motorcycles On eBay This Week

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I found some interesting customs this week, including a Sportster that looks both appealing and terrifying, it’s been named “Suicide Imbecile” – which is probably rather fitting. Those of you who love pre-WWII motorcycles will probably be drawn to the 1930 Triumph, and those of you interested in more sporting pursuits will favour the Ducati,…

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The Magic Midget: MG Racing History

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The Magic Midget is an early film from British Leyland about the MG Midget, a car that helped put MG on the map in the formative years of motor racing. At just over 18 minutes in length the film manages to cover quite a lot of ground, and it includes a huge amount of in-period footage…

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1934 Invicta 4½-Litre S-Type

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Invicta was a pre-WWII British automobile company that didn’t survive the turmoil of the mid-20th century, it was a keen competitor with companies like Bentley and Rolls-Royce – and the Invicta S-Type you see here was possibly their finest creation. The secret to the world-beating performance capabilities of Invicta’s 4½-Litre S-Type was the low-slung body….

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