Silodrome http://silodrome.com Gasoline Culture Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:52:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Ferrari F40 LMhttp://silodrome.com/ferrari-f40-lm/ http://silodrome.com/ferrari-f40-lm/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:01:22 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=41859 Ferrari F40 LM

The Ferrari F40 LM is almost certainly the most red-blooded example of what many consider to be the most red-blooded supercar ever made. Ferrari introduced the F40 in 1987, it was to be the last car ever personally approved and overseen by Enzo Ferrari. Just 19 Ferrari F40 LMs were created by Michelotto, and each had full...

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Ferrari F40 LM

The Ferrari F40 LM is almost certainly the most red-blooded example of what many consider to be the most red-blooded supercar ever made. Ferrari introduced the F40 in 1987, it was to be the last car ever personally approved and overseen by Enzo Ferrari.

Just 19 Ferrari F40 LMs were created by Michelotto, and each had full Ferrari authorisation. Whereas the original F40 shipped with 471 hp, the F40 LM arrived in customer’s driveways with 720 bhp. It also benefitted from a full rework by the engineers at Michelotto, which included full body bracing, new suspension, a new competition-spec transmission, a futuristic digital dashboard and new front and rear bodywork.

The real lure of the LM however, was the engine.

In its upgraded guise it was known as the F120 B, although it had the same displacement as the original, the output pressure of the IHI turbochargers was upped to 2.6 bar and the compression ratio was increased to 8.0:1. The engineers at Michelotto also fitted larger Behr intercoolers, new camshafts, and a new Weber Marelli electronic fuel-injection system.

Michelotto officially listed the power output as 720 hp at the crank, but without the air restrictors required for sanctioned competition, the engine could produce up to 760 bhp – utterly mind-bending figures for a road-legal car in the late 1980s.

The car you see here is the 18th of the 19 produced, an unlike most of the others – it was never raced. This means that it’s still exactly as it was originally built, with no replacement panels, patches or reproduced parts.

If you’d like to bid on it, you can click here to visit RM Sotheby’s – it’s due to be auctioned on the 13th of August 2015 and it has an estimated value of between $2,000,000 and $2,500,000 USD. That said, the Ferrari market is hotter than the core of Betelgeuse at the moment so it could go for far more.

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Photo Credits: Patrick Ernzen ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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Simpson Model 50 Helmethttp://silodrome.com/simpson-model-50-helmet/ http://silodrome.com/simpson-model-50-helmet/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:00:50 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=41886 Simpson Model 50 Helmet

The Simpson Model 50 Helmet is a re-issue of the iconic Simpson lid that graced the dirt ovals, drag strips and race tracks of the United States throughout the 1970s and ’80s. This new version keeps the look of the original but adds significantly in the safety department, with construction being brought up to date...

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Simpson Model 50 Helmet

The Simpson Model 50 Helmet is a re-issue of the iconic Simpson lid that graced the dirt ovals, drag strips and race tracks of the United States throughout the 1970s and ’80s. This new version keeps the look of the original but adds significantly in the safety department, with construction being brought up to date and in line with modern DOT standards.

You can choose from black, red, yellow, matte black and white, and sizes range from small through to extra large. Each helmet has 5 snaps which allow the owner to attach or remove the sun visor, and you’ll probably want to pair the helmet with a good pair of goggles.

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Live And Drive The Indy 500http://silodrome.com/live-and-drive-the-indy-500/ http://silodrome.com/live-and-drive-the-indy-500/#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 10:00:09 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=41832 Live And Drive The Indy 500

Live And Drive The Indy 500 is a delightfully retro look back at the Indy 500 through the lens of the late-1980s. I have to warn you now, the introduction is uber cheesy, but stick with it and you’ll see some of the major highlights from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1965 to the then...

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Live And Drive The Indy 500

Live And Drive The Indy 500 is a delightfully retro look back at the Indy 500 through the lens of the late-1980s. I have to warn you now, the introduction is uber cheesy, but stick with it and you’ll see some of the major highlights from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1965 to the then modern-day.

The film itself was produced by the ABC’s Wide World of Sports and it runs just under an hour in length, making it excellent Sunday afternoon coffee accompaniment.

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Hudson-Powered American Racerhttp://silodrome.com/hudson-race-car/ http://silodrome.com/hudson-race-car/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:01:51 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=41804 Hudson-Powered American Racer

Pre-WWII motor racing is a passion of mine, and it’s a passion shared by many. There’s something approachable about the engineering that went into the cars of the pre-1939 era – many of them can be repaired with little more than a large hammer and an empty Brylcreem tin. This particular car is a custom racer...

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Hudson-Powered American Racer

Pre-WWII motor racing is a passion of mine, and it’s a passion shared by many. There’s something approachable about the engineering that went into the cars of the pre-1939 era – many of them can be repaired with little more than a large hammer and an empty Brylcreem tin.

This particular car is a custom racer built on a drilled and lightened Ford Model A frame with an original 1932 Ford front axle. I’ve always been a little skeptical about frames that have been drilled like this, I understand that it removes weight and that it’s all done to within certain engineering tolerances – but it does resemble Swiss cheese a little more than I like for any load bearing structure.

The car is fitted with a 308 cubic inch (5 litre) inline-6 engine from a Hudson Hornet bolted to an early in-out transmission common with midget racers, the engine has an external sump oil pump that holds four gallons of oil in the pan and sump combined, the body is hand-beaten from alloy, the wheels are alloy with knock-off hubs.

Original period-racers like this make excellent weekend racing cars and hill climbers, and this one is borderline affordable (in race car terms) with an estimated value of between $30,000 and $40,000 USD – it’s in full working order and just needs a new tires before it hits the dirt track.

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Photo Credits: Teddy Pieper © 2015 Auctions America

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Norton Commando by NYC Nortonhttp://silodrome.com/norton-commando/ http://silodrome.com/norton-commando/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:30:37 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=41769 Norton Commando by NYC Norton

The Norton Commando is a motorcycle that probably shouldn’t have been as successful as it was. It was released in 1968 using a parallel twin that was originally introduced in 1949, this engine was called the Atlas and it was remarkable for a few reasons – perhaps none more so than for the fact that...

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Norton Commando by NYC Norton

The Norton Commando is a motorcycle that probably shouldn’t have been as successful as it was. It was released in 1968 using a parallel twin that was originally introduced in 1949, this engine was called the Atlas and it was remarkable for a few reasons – perhaps none more so than for the fact that it would power one of the world’s fastest motorcycles 20 years after it was first designed.

Increased competition from both Japan and Italy had taken their toll on the British bike industry by the late 1960s and the R&D budget at Norton was at an all time low. The engineers set to work creating a new frame, a system of isolastic vibration dampers for the engine, modified suspension and a tweaked Atlas 745cc engine.

This new bike was called the Commando and it was first exhibited to the public at the 1967 Earls Court Show and it was a huge hit with attendees, orders began to roll in and most of the early published reviews sang the model’s praises. Much of the success of the Commando was thanks to its revolutionary frame, it was the work of former Rolls-Royce engineer Dr. Stefan Bauer, a man who had been given the unenviable task of designing a replacement for the iconic Norton Featherbed.

Rather than trying to emulate the Featherbed, Bauer chose to create an entirely new frame utilising engineering best practices and including an isolastic vibration dampening system that isolated the engine, gearbox and swing arm from the frame. Vibrations were reduced significantly, handling was improved and riders loved the torque from the big twin.

The Norton Commando would famously go on to win the Motor Cycle News Magazine “Machine of the Year” award for 5 years back to back from 1968 till 1972, and it would earn itself a place in the annals of iconic British motorcycles next to the Brough Superior SS100, the Vincent Black Shadow and the Triumph Bonneville.

Almost 50 years after the world first saw the Commando, the model lives on in the hands of collectors and enthusiasts around the world and there are a few companies like NYC Norton that specialise in keeping the bikes alive and well.

The 1971 Norton Commando you see here was discovered in the back of an abandoned school bus in a junk yard by car collector Dave Austin, he sent it into the team at NYC Norton for a full restoration, where it was promptly nicknamed “The School Bus” thanks to its origins. If the bike looks familiar to you, you may have seen it earlier this year on the Discovery Channel show Naked Speed, where the bike and its rebuild was showcased in front of millions of viewers both in the United States and around the world.

After tearing the bike down to its constituent parts, the rebuild process could begin. The frame was modified to fit the new fuel tank and seat, the motor was completely rebuilt to NYC Norton specifications, the head was decked for increased compression, a pair of Amal 932 Premier Concentric carburettors were fitted along with a Tri-Spark ignition.

If you’d like to read more about this bike or order one for yourself, you can click here to visit NYC Norton.

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Survival Grenadehttp://silodrome.com/survival-grenade/ http://silodrome.com/survival-grenade/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:00:50 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=41796 Survival Grenade

The Survival Grenade by The Friendly Swede is designed to be a compact survival kit that’ll help you light a fire, catch food, signal for help and set up a shelter. Each kit contains a needle, wire, aluminium foil, tinder, a fire starter, fishing lines, fishing hooks, weights, and swivels – and it’s all wrapped...

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Survival Grenade

The Survival Grenade by The Friendly Swede is designed to be a compact survival kit that’ll help you light a fire, catch food, signal for help and set up a shelter. Each kit contains a needle, wire, aluminium foil, tinder, a fire starter, fishing lines, fishing hooks, weights, and swivels – and it’s all wrapped in 9 feet of 500 lb paracord.

Each Survival Grenade measures in at 0.5 x 3.3 x 7.6 inches – meaning it’ll easily fit in a pannier, glove compartment, rucksack or pocket – and at $10.99 USD it won’t break the bank.

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1917 Henderson Factory Racerhttp://silodrome.com/henderson-motorcycle/ http://silodrome.com/henderson-motorcycle/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:01:31 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=41743 1917 Henderson Factory Racer

The Henderson Motorcycle Company was founded in 1911 by American brothers William G. Henderson and Tom W. Henderson, over the course of their careers the two men would have a hand in the development of all the American 4-cylinder motorcycle engines of the period, and many consider their designs to be significantly ahead of their...

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1917 Henderson Factory Racer

The Henderson Motorcycle Company was founded in 1911 by American brothers William G. Henderson and Tom W. Henderson, over the course of their careers the two men would have a hand in the development of all the American 4-cylinder motorcycle engines of the period, and many consider their designs to be significantly ahead of their time.

Full-scale motorcycle production was started in 1912 with the first Henderson Four, a 934cc inline-4 capable of 7 hp, with a chain drive and a price tag of $325 USD. Each year the Henderson Four saw improvements and design tweaks until 1917, when the company produced its last model under the ownership of its original founders. The company would continue on after being acquired by Scwinn but marque purists always prefer the 1911 to 1917 motorcycles.

The 1917 Henderson Model G introduced a wet sump, a 3-speed transmission and a heavy duty clutch – sales soared on the back of the success Henderson had enjoyed on the race tracks of North America and on June 13th 1917 a Henderson was used by Alan Bedell to break the transcontinental long distance record in 7 days, 16 hours, and 15 minutes.

The 1917 Henderson you see here is an original factory racer, featuring the larger 965cc engine with its 3-speed gearbox. It’s weight was kept to minimum by not fitting lights, a side stand, fenders or even seat springs. It was recently restored and is now being offered for sale by the team at Heroes Motorcycles in Los Angeles for the princely sum of $150,000 – which isn’t cheap by any standard, but it’s actually not bad for a bike as rare as this.

Click here to visit Heroes Motorcycles.

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Desktop Wallpaper: WWII Japanese Flying Boat Kawanishi H6Khttp://silodrome.com/japanese-flying-boat/ http://silodrome.com/japanese-flying-boat/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:00:37 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=41759 Desktop Wallpaper: WWII Japanese Flying Boat Kawanishi H6K

The Kawanishi H6K was a flying boat developed by the Japanese in the years leading up to WWII, it was largely based on European flying boats of the era and boasted remarkable endurance – with many of its wartime flights lasting 24 hours or more. With a crew of 9 and a cruising speed of...

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Desktop Wallpaper: WWII Japanese Flying Boat Kawanishi H6K

The Kawanishi H6K was a flying boat developed by the Japanese in the years leading up to WWII, it was largely based on European flying boats of the era and boasted remarkable endurance – with many of its wartime flights lasting 24 hours or more.

With a crew of 9 and a cruising speed of 211 mph the H6K had a range of over 4,112 miles and it was powered by four Mitsubishi Kinsei 43 or 46 14-cylinder, air-cooled, radial engines capable of 1000 hp each. The cutaway you see above is available to download as a desktop wallpaper, it measures in at 4276 pixels by 2664 pixels, meaning it should be suitable for all but the largest of monitors.

If you’d like to read more about the Kawanishi H6K you can click here.

 

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Porsche 912http://silodrome.com/porsche-912-car/ http://silodrome.com/porsche-912-car/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:01:45 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=41709 Porsche 912

The Porsche 912 was developed and produced as almost an afterthought by the Stuttgart-based automobile manufacturer, the out-going Porsche 356 had been priced about $2000 lower than the new Porsche 911 – and the bean-counters were worried that this price difference would shrink the market for Porsche by a considerable margin. Released in 1965, the...

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Porsche 912

The Porsche 912 was developed and produced as almost an afterthought by the Stuttgart-based automobile manufacturer, the out-going Porsche 356 had been priced about $2000 lower than the new Porsche 911 – and the bean-counters were worried that this price difference would shrink the market for Porsche by a considerable margin.

Released in 1965, the Porsche 912 offered a modified version of the flat-4 boxer engine that had been used in the 356. It had a capacity of 1582cc and produced 90 horsepower at 5800 rpm, although this was hardly earth-shattering performance the humble 912 did offer some major advantages over its flat-6 powered sibling.

The rear-engine layout of the 911 meant it was prone to tail-happy handling, the significantly lighter engine used in the 912 went a long way towards fixing the weight distribution issue and even die hard early 911 fans will usually admit that the 912 handles better and offers better fuel economy.

Porsche kept the 912 in production from ’65 till ’69, and early in its life it actually outsold the 911. Just over 32,000 units were built by the end of the production run, and the 912 was replaced by the 914 – a car that never quite ignited the passion of the Porsche faithful in the same way.

Today, surviving Porsche 912s are enjoying a bump in popularity thanks to the skyrocketing prices of air-cooled 911s. The kerb weight of just 965 kilograms (2,127 pounds) means they offer owners a fun, spirited driving experience without quite the same white-knuckle cornering as the first generation of the 911.

The car you see here has just been through a thorough restoration and full engine rebuild, and is now being offered for sale at the Quail Lodge Auction due to be held on the 14th of August 2015. The estimated hammer-price is between $50,000 and $70,000 USD, making it almost affordable for a vintage car with a Porsche badge on the hood.

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1:12 Scale Ferrari 250 GT California Spyderhttp://silodrome.com/ferrari-model/ http://silodrome.com/ferrari-model/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:00:19 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=41733 1:12 Scale Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder

Amalgam is a British model maker renowned for their work creating everything from realistic Formula 1 cars to models of super yachts and exceptionally rare cars that take pride of place on the desks of many of the world’s millionaires and billionaires. The model you see here is a 1-of-1 1:12 Scale Ferrari 250 GT...

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1:12 Scale Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder

Amalgam is a British model maker renowned for their work creating everything from realistic Formula 1 cars to models of super yachts and exceptionally rare cars that take pride of place on the desks of many of the world’s millionaires and billionaires.

The model you see here is a 1-of-1 1:12 Scale Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder developed for a client who owns the car, and wanted a keepsake for when he’s away from his garage. This bespoke model service is unique to Amalgam, and the detail in each recreation is remarkable – they even go so far as to order the paint direct from the automobile manufacturer to ensure a perfect colour match.

Pricing is a little on the eye-watering side for many of us, and tends to run between $3,000 and $50,000 USD depending on the car, the scale and the level of difficulty – that said, if you happen to own a Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder you’d probably consider those numbers to be little more than pocket change.

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