Silodrome http://silodrome.com Gasoline Culture Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:00:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 2015 Ladies Who Ride Calendar by MotoLadyhttp://silodrome.com/motolady-calendar/ http://silodrome.com/motolady-calendar/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:00:14 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=34282 Most of you who spend a significant amount of time perusing the corner of the internet dedicated to motorcycles will already be familiar with Alicia Elfving (AKA MotoLady), over the past 5 years she’s risen to a position of significant influence within the motorcycle community and is now one of the pre-eminent voices for women...

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Most of you who spend a significant amount of time perusing the corner of the internet dedicated to motorcycles will already be familiar with Alicia Elfving (AKA MotoLady), over the past 5 years she’s risen to a position of significant influence within the motorcycle community and is now one of the pre-eminent voices for women on two-wheels.

The 2015 Ladies Who Ride Calendar is the first produced by MotoLady and true to her form it doesn’t contain a single image of a woman in a bikini draped across someone else’s motorcycle – all of these women ride and all of them are pictured on the pegs of their own bike.

If you’d like to see the other ladies featured in the calendar, read more about them and buy your own copy you can click here to visit MotoLady.

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All images courtesy of Alicia Elfving.

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Ex-Schumacher Benetton Formula 1 Carhttp://silodrome.com/benetton-formula-1-car/ http://silodrome.com/benetton-formula-1-car/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:10:59 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=34251 It sometimes surprises me how inexpensive it can be to buy a fully functioning Formula 1 car, although I know £240,000 to £300,000 isn’t exactly cheap it also isn’t stupid money for a car that was Nelson Piquet’s last Formula 1 car before it was assigned to a young Martin Brundle and an up and...

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It sometimes surprises me how inexpensive it can be to buy a fully functioning Formula 1 car, although I know £240,000 to £300,000 isn’t exactly cheap it also isn’t stupid money for a car that was Nelson Piquet’s last Formula 1 car before it was assigned to a young Martin Brundle and an up and coming German chap by the name of Michael Schumacher.

The Benetton-Ford B191/191B was designed by legendary engineer John Barnard, the man who designed the McLaren MP4, the first of the paddle-shift Ferraris and the Indianapolis 500 winning Chaparral 2K. Interestingly, Barnard-designed cars invariably won at least one race in their first season right the way through his career and his technical brilliance is still evident in modern Formula 1 cars – all of which use technologies first implemented in Formula 1 by the Englishman.

Michael Schumacher is probably the most famous man to have driven this particular car, although both Martin Brundle and Nelson Piquet would come a close joint-2nd. Schumacher scored his first ever podium finish (3rd) in this chassis at the 1992 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City and as I mentioned above, Piquet piloted the car in his last ever appearance in a Formula 1 event at the 1991 Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide.

Though Martin Brundle may now be more famous as the voice and face of Formula 1, he raced this chassis in his first ever outing for Benetton at the 1992 South African Grand Prix, he qualified 8th on the grid but was forced to retire due to a transmission failure. This wouldn’t be the only gearbox related issue with the Benetton-Ford B191/191B and it often took a significant amount of fiddling to get the ratios right on race weekends.

The car is powered by the 72-degree Ford HB V8 with a cubic capacity 3,494cc and a compression ratio of 12.0:1, when in full race trim the engine revved to 13,800rpm and developed 730bhp. The advanced carbon-composite monocoque chassis weighs in at 38kg –(83.7lbs) and its currently wearing its original paint scheme – doubtless one of the most famous liveries of the ’90s.

If you happen to have £240,000 to £300,000 burning a hole in your trouser pocket and fancy picking up a significant piece of (fully functioning) Formula 1 history you’ll need to make your way to The Bonhams Bond Street Sale on the 30th of November 2014.

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Perfecto Asymmetrical Motorcycle Jackethttp://silodrome.com/perfecto-asymmetrical-motorcycle-jacket/ http://silodrome.com/perfecto-asymmetrical-motorcycle-jacket/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:00:47 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=34273 I don’t think there’s a motorcycle jacket quite as iconic at the Schott Perfecto, it was made famous by Marlon Brando in the 1953 film The Wild One and since then it’s been an essential wardrobe item for anyone with a motorcycle parked out in the garage. The Perfecto Asymmetrical Motorcycle Jacket is a reissue...

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I don’t think there’s a motorcycle jacket quite as iconic at the Schott Perfecto, it was made famous by Marlon Brando in the 1953 film The Wild One and since then it’s been an essential wardrobe item for anyone with a motorcycle parked out in the garage.

The Perfecto Asymmetrical Motorcycle Jacket is a reissue of the original vintage Perfecto, with mismatched brass and nickel-plated hardware sitting on thick vintaged cowhide. As with all the jackets in the Perfecto line, the Asymmetrical has a belted waist and a collar that can be flipped up and zipped to the neck for high-speed riding.

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1955 Ferrari 250 GT Boanohttp://silodrome.com/ferrari-250-gt-boano/ http://silodrome.com/ferrari-250-gt-boano/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:59:36 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=34207 The Ferrari 250 GT Boano by Pinin Farina was originally designed as a show car for the 1956 Geneva Motor Show, it was intended as a sign of things to come and clearly showcased the styling direction that would be taken by Pinin Farina over the coming decade. Despite the fact that it was only...

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The Ferrari 250 GT Boano by Pinin Farina was originally designed as a show car for the 1956 Geneva Motor Show, it was intended as a sign of things to come and clearly showcased the styling direction that would be taken by Pinin Farina over the coming decade.

Despite the fact that it was only intended as a styling exercise the demand from attendees was such that the Boano was cleared for a production run and Pinin Farina tasked Mario Boano to oversee the construction.

As with almost all the Ferraris in the 250 series, the 250 GT Boano was powered by the impressively engineered Colombo Tipo 125 V12. The Colombo V12 was famous for its sound and its performance potential but its weight was also a headline feature – it hit the scales at hundreds of pounds less than competing power plants, a benefit that helped power an almost innumerable number of 250s to race victories around the world for well over a decade.

The full list of cars that fall under the umbrella of the Ferrari 250 series is impressively long, the obvious standouts are the 250 GTO, the 250 Testa Rossa and the 250 LM but the 250 GT Boano is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful. It’s design is a little more understated than many of its similarly badged peers and it was arguably the best GT car to come out of Italy in the mid-50s, by the time production ceased 124 had been built and today they remain highly sought after and not quite as financially prohibitive as their more famous stablemates.

You can click here to visit the listing for this car at RM Auctions, it’s due to be sold at the Arizona Auction on the 15th of January 2015.

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Top 5 Cafe Racers on eBay This Weekhttp://silodrome.com/top-5-cafe-racers-ebay-week-2/ http://silodrome.com/top-5-cafe-racers-ebay-week-2/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:07:58 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=34244 This week saw the return to eBay of one of the best looking Harley cafe racers we’ve seen in recent memory, it failed to sell last time it was listed so it’s now back to try again though with less than a day remaining and no bids at the time of writing, it looks like...

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This week saw the return to eBay of one of the best looking Harley cafe racers we’ve seen in recent memory, it failed to sell last time it was listed so it’s now back to try again though with less than a day remaining and no bids at the time of writing, it looks like it might go to round 3.

Elsewhere in the list this week we’ve got a stunning bumblebee Ducati 450 Desmo, a Rickman-Metisse that I’d gladly swap a kidney for, a BMW R60/5 that’s going to make the purists weep and a Honda CB550 that Al Capone would have ridden.

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The ROK Manual Espresso Makerhttp://silodrome.com/rok-espresso-maker/ http://silodrome.com/rok-espresso-maker/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:30:44 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=34231 The ROK Manual Espresso Maker is, as the name implies, an espresso maker that requires no electricity or tomfoolery to operate – you just load your ground coffee, add hot water to the compression chamber and then apply liberal downward pressure the levers. It’s recommended that owners use a finely ground coffee when using the...

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The ROK Manual Espresso Maker is, as the name implies, an espresso maker that requires no electricity or tomfoolery to operate – you just load your ground coffee, add hot water to the compression chamber and then apply liberal downward pressure the levers.

It’s recommended that owners use a finely ground coffee when using the ROK, although I personally think that this is good practice regardless, and the recommended 9-10 bars of pressure required for proper espresso extraction can be achieved by anyone with adult levels of upper body strength by leaning over the machine and firmly depressing the twin arms.

Now although I may be mocked for admitting this, I’ve taken my ROK Espresso Maker on a number of motorcycle road trips and after the other riders make fun of you for a time they all invariably come crawling over in the morning when the smell of fresh espresso fills the air and ask if they might have one too. The fact that the machine is purely mechanical means it’ll work anywhere and the whole thing packs down into a (provided) tin that slips neatly into a backpack or pannier.

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Full Documentary: Truth In 24http://silodrome.com/truth-in-24-documentary/ http://silodrome.com/truth-in-24-documentary/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:00:39 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=34198 Truth In 24 is a free-to-air documentary about the extraordinary efforts of the Audi Le Mans team in the lead up to the storied race at the French circuit in 2008, I know many of you have difficultly following racing series that largely take place away from American soil due to television coverage issues so...

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Truth In 24 is a free-to-air documentary about the extraordinary efforts of the Audi Le Mans team in the lead up to the storied race at the French circuit in 2008, I know many of you have difficultly following racing series that largely take place away from American soil due to television coverage issues so I won’t spoil the film by giving away the ending, I’ll just say that it’s well worth a watch and a lazy Sunday is the perfect time for it.

The film has a running time of 95 minutes and it’s narrated by Jason Statham – but don’t let that put you off if you aren’t a fan of his films, he does an excellent job here and has a voice seemly perfect for anything motorsport related. If you’d also like to see the follow up film titled “Truth In 24 II” you can click here to visit YouTube.

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Dino 246 GT Wallpaperhttp://silodrome.com/dino-246-gt-wallpaper/ http://silodrome.com/dino-246-gt-wallpaper/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:00:34 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=34189 The Dino 246 GT was the first car built by Ferrari in significant quantities, it famously wore just the “Dino” badge as Enzo Ferrari didn’t want to dilute the brand by selling a “cheaper” car with his surname on the hood. Rumour has it that the driving force behind the development and release of the...

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The Dino 246 GT was the first car built by Ferrari in significant quantities, it famously wore just the “Dino” badge as Enzo Ferrari didn’t want to dilute the brand by selling a “cheaper” car with his surname on the hood.

Rumour has it that the driving force behind the development and release of the Dino was the Porsche 911, Enzo wanted to compete with it and by all accounts he created a sports car that was faster, with quicker acceleration from 0-62mph and only slightly worse fuel economy.

Porsche would eventually respond with the 911 Turbo, creating a game of one upmanship between Stuttgart and Maranello that continues unabated to this day. If you’d like to read more about the Dino 246 GT you can click here to visit the history section of Ferrari.com dedicated to the model.

If you’d like to download the wallpaper you see above you can click here, I also added a few other wallpaper sized images from the same shoot below, just click them to load them at full resolution in a new window.

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1912 Indian Board Trackerhttp://silodrome.com/indian-board-tracker/ http://silodrome.com/indian-board-tracker/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:00:48 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=34081 This 1912 Indian Board Tracker is a 102 year old survivor from the formative and exceedingly dangerous years of two-wheeled motor racing in the United States – the board track circuits were (as the name implies) made from millions of wooden boards hammered into banked ovals up to 2 miles in length and riders would...

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This 1912 Indian Board Tracker is a 102 year old survivor from the formative and exceedingly dangerous years of two-wheeled motor racing in the United States – the board track circuits were (as the name implies) made from millions of wooden boards hammered into banked ovals up to 2 miles in length and riders would regularly reach speeds of over 100mph with no brakes and very little if anything in the way of suspension.

The Indian you see here is one of the earliest models built by the company, it’s powered by a 61 cubic inch V-twin but much of the rest of the bike is more closely related to a bicycle than you might expect. The suspension is provided by the tire sidewalls and braking was accomplished by coming off the throttle and putting your feet down as gingerly as possible onto the rough 2 x 4s that made up the surface of the track.

By the time this motorcycle was produced Indian had only been in business for 11 years but despite this relative youth the company was a major tour de force in motorcycle production on a global scale. In 1911 motorcycle produced by the company took the first three places in the 1911 Isle of Man TT and as the 1910s progressed Indian became the single largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world.

Much of the success and popularity of the marque was due to its success on the race tracks of North America and Europe, although automobiles were still financially out of reach for many, motorcycles presented an affordable and alluring option for people wanting to join the rapidly spreading mechanisation of the western world.

The original and unrestored 1912 Indian Board Tracker you see here is due to be auctioned by Bonhams at the Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction on the 8th of January 2015, although it’ll be temping for the new owner to commission a full restoration I can’t help but hope that they get it running but leave the patina as it is.

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Paris-Dakar Tee by Heritage Racing Apparelhttp://silodrome.com/paris-dakar-tshirt/ http://silodrome.com/paris-dakar-tshirt/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:00:10 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=34172 Heritage Racing Apparel is a small, family owned business run by the father and son team Jeffrey and Casey Maciejewski, they specialize in creating t-shirts with a disntinctly retro feel like the Paris-Dakar inspired one you see pictured above. As many of you will remember, the 1986 Paris-Dakar was the year dominated by the Porsche...

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Heritage Racing Apparel is a small, family owned business run by the father and son team Jeffrey and Casey Maciejewski, they specialize in creating t-shirts with a disntinctly retro feel like the Paris-Dakar inspired one you see pictured above.

As many of you will remember, the 1986 Paris-Dakar was the year dominated by the Porsche 959 driven by the French driver/co-driver René Metge and Dominique Lemoyne, their car was so dominant that the unofficial second place finisher was their support vehicle – also a Porsche 959.

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