Silodrome http://silodrome.com Gasoline Culture Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:29:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Porsche 356C 1600 SChttp://silodrome.com/porsche-356c/ http://silodrome.com/porsche-356c/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:30:05 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=36474 There’s little doubt that Porsche’s 356 is one of the more important sports cars of the mid-20th century, it was the first production car made by Porsche and only their second model after the 1939 Porsche 64. The recipe that made the 356 great was a simple one – it had a rear mounted flat-4,...

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There’s little doubt that Porsche’s 356 is one of the more important sports cars of the mid-20th century, it was the first production car made by Porsche and only their second model after the 1939 Porsche 64.

The recipe that made the 356 great was a simple one – it had a rear mounted flat-4, a lightweight monocoque body and class-leading aerodynamics. Over the course of the 356s production run over 74,000 would be made, and it’s estimated that roughly half that number survives to the modern day.

The car you see here is a 356C 1600 SC, it was the last and most evolved of the 356 models with the SC designation indicating that it’s fitted with the most powerful pushrod engine Porsche ever produced. Production of the 356 peaked in 1964 – a year after the Porsche 911 was released, a car that was originally meant to be the replacement for the 356.

Due to the popularity of the now 15 year old design, Porsche kept it in production until 1965 when it was replaced with the similarly-engined Porsche 912.

Many 356s were modified for racing, this particular car is one of them. It started life as a factory stock 356C 1600 SC and spent the early years of its life in this configuration until it was sold from the USA to Belgium, where it was fitted with a roll cage, the carpeting was removed, the rear seats were taken out, the bumpers were taken off and the side windows were replaced with plexiglas. Two modern bucket seats were then fitted with 4-point safety harnesses, and a Tripmaster/chronometer were added to the dashboard.

Fresh from a recent engine rebuilt this 356 is being offered for sale in Paris on the 5th of February 2015 with an estimated hammer price of between €50,000 and €70,000 – making it quite an affordable entry into the often cost-prohibitive world of vintage automobile racing.

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DMD Racer Helmethttp://silodrome.com/dmd-racer-helmet/ http://silodrome.com/dmd-racer-helmet/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:00:22 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=36466 The DMD Racer Helmet is a remake of an iconic ’70s era motocross helmet that’s been built to modern (ECE 22.05) safety standards, it has a shell made from a carbon/Kevlar blend, a removable/washable liner and a padded chin strap with a double-D ring closure. We’re seeing more and more helmets made with classic styling...

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The DMD Racer Helmet is a remake of an iconic ’70s era motocross helmet that’s been built to modern (ECE 22.05) safety standards, it has a shell made from a carbon/Kevlar blend, a removable/washable liner and a padded chin strap with a double-D ring closure.

We’re seeing more and more helmets made with classic styling combined with modern safety improvements and the DMD Racer is probably the best motocross-inspired design we’ve seen so far. It can be fitted with snap-on/snap-off face shields or worn with goggles depending on the riding you plan on doing.

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Ferrari 250 GT Lussohttp://silodrome.com/ferrari-250-gt-lusso/ http://silodrome.com/ferrari-250-gt-lusso/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:00:39 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=36431 I was on my way to a car show last weekend when a bright red Ferrari 250 GT Lusso went past travelling in the opposite direction, I very nearly ploughed into the central divider whilst shouting something incoherent to my Mrs in the passenger seat that must have sounded something a little like 250gtlusso250gtlusso250gtlusso250gtlusso. Her...

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I was on my way to a car show last weekend when a bright red Ferrari 250 GT Lusso went past travelling in the opposite direction, I very nearly ploughed into the central divider whilst shouting something incoherent to my Mrs in the passenger seat that must have sounded something a little like 250gtlusso250gtlusso250gtlusso250gtlusso. Her initial fear was that I was in the midst of a reasonably serious stroke, but once I’d caught my breath I was able to explain my outburst and she was able to go back to being content that I wasn’t having a stroke, I was just an idiot.

I’m sure I’m not the first person to nearly write themselves off after seeing a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso fly past – in fact it probably happens with reasonable regularity. The main reason for the danger presented to other road users by the 250 GT Lusso is its looks – this is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful Ferraris ever made, as well as one of the most beautiful cars ever made period.

250 GT Lusso would be Ferrari’s swan song for the iconic 250 series, the design was penned by Pininfarina, shaped by Scaglietti and powered by the godlike Colombo V12. Although it was never intended as a race car it was entered into the Targa Florio and the Tour de France in 1964 and ’65 respectively by privateer owners, the Lusso benefitted greatly from the evolutionary advances of the 250 series and as a result, it had a suspension arrangement basically identical to the Ferrari 250 GTO.

Both Steve McQueen and Eric Clapton both ordered new 250 GT Lussos directly from Maranello, further cementing the car’s icon status. The press reviews of the Lusso were almost breathless in their unabashed praise for the new Ferrari, Car and Driver said “Its proportions approach perfection”, Automobile Revue called it “the most beautiful car in the world” and Road and Track called it “Ferrari’s most beautiful car” – high praise indeed.

The Lusso you see here has just come onto the market, it’s being sold out of 30 year ownership and it’s in remarkably original condition throughout. The full write-up on the car and its history make good reading, so if you’d like to learn more or enquire after the price you can click here to visit LBI Limited., or click the button below.

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The Bomb Barhttp://silodrome.com/bomb-bar/ http://silodrome.com/bomb-bar/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:00:06 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=36458 The Bomb Bar is a creation from Oliver Apt – a Canadian company that specialises in slightly unusual homewares. Each of these bars is made from a military surplus ammunition crate with mounting point added to the back and internal walnut shelves fitted, each one measures 46.5 inches long, by 9.5 inches wide, by 14...

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The Bomb Bar is a creation from Oliver Apt – a Canadian company that specialises in slightly unusual homewares. Each of these bars is made from a military surplus ammunition crate with mounting point added to the back and internal walnut shelves fitted, each one measures 46.5 inches long, by 9.5 inches wide, by 14 inches high.

There are many ways to store your whiskey at home, in the office and in the garage, but this is certainly one of the best we’ve seen in recent memory. Oliver Apt. is only producing the Bomb Bar as a limited edition run so if you’d like one, hit the button below.

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Husqvarna 400 Crosshttp://silodrome.com/husqvarna-400-cross/ http://silodrome.com/husqvarna-400-cross/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=36415 The Husqvarna 400 Cross is a motorcycle made famous by both its endeavours in off-road racing throughout the late ’60s and ’70s as well as its headline appearance in the now legendary 1971 film On Any Sunday – starring Steve McQueen and Malcolm Smith riding Husqvarnas across a range of Californian terrains. The 400 Cross...

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The Husqvarna 400 Cross is a motorcycle made famous by both its endeavours in off-road racing throughout the late ’60s and ’70s as well as its headline appearance in the now legendary 1971 film On Any Sunday – starring Steve McQueen and Malcolm Smith riding Husqvarnas across a range of Californian terrains.

The 400 Cross was actually powered by a 405cc engine, a single cylinder two-stroke that would launch itself over the rider’s head if they attempted to accelerate beyond the laws of Newtonian physics. The Huskies of the era utilised rigid and relatively lightweight steel frames, advanced front and rear suspension, sealed front and rear drum brakes, broad handlebars and a fuel tank shaped from aluminium – with a section on either side left unpainted to avoid having the rider’s knees rub through the paint unevenly.

This particular Husqvarna was formerly ridden by motocross royalty at the peak of his fame in some of the most challenging competitions he faced – it was the factory bike assigned to Bengt Aberg in 1970, a Swede who won both the 1969 and 1970 World Championships and was famous for riding with a courage and panache unlike anything that had ever been seen before.

Aberg was the people’s favourite, he’s an approachable farmer’s son who grew up driving tractors and took a job as a forest ranger after high school where he learned to ride motorcycles, his natural athleticism and total commitment to going fast resulted in a riding style characterised by him throwing the motorcycle into corners with both of his feet on the pegs. Most riders dragged the outside foot for stability (and many still do), but what Aberg was able to do was maintain more speed through corners than his rivals – resulting in a well-stocked trophy cabinet and a revered position as one of the godfather’s of modern motocross.

The Husqvarna 400 Cross you see pictured above and below is due to roll across the auction block with Bonhams on the 5th of February in Paris, its estimated value is between €15,000 and €18,000 – which actually isn’t much for a motorcycle with a pedigree like this. Steve McQueen’s 400 Cross sold in 2011 for $144,500 USD, making Aberg’s Husky look like a downright bargain.

Click here to read more via Bonhams.

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Remove Before Flight Key Chainhttp://silodrome.com/remove-before-flight-key-chain/ http://silodrome.com/remove-before-flight-key-chain/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:00:07 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=36409 This Remove Before Flight Key Chain is something I’ve had for years, it’s an almost perfect tag for your car or motorcycle keys due to the fact that it’s bright red and very difficult to misplace. It also seems to draw more comments than any other single object I own, everyone always wants to know...

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This Remove Before Flight Key Chain is something I’ve had for years, it’s an almost perfect tag for your car or motorcycle keys due to the fact that it’s bright red and very difficult to misplace. It also seems to draw more comments than any other single object I own, everyone always wants to know where I got it, if they still sell them and how much they cost.

As a result of this, I make a point of featuring the original Remove Before Flight Key Chain once a year on Silodrome for those who might also want one. This pack of 3 cost just over $6 and they’re made from tear and water resistant fabric (as per aviation requirements), both sides have the same embroidery and the tag measures 5 inches long by 1 inch wide.

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Top 5 Cafe Racers On eBay This Weekhttp://silodrome.com/top-5-cafe-racers-ebay-week-6/ http://silodrome.com/top-5-cafe-racers-ebay-week-6/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:30:16 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=36396 This week has been a little more quiet for cafe racers on eBay Motors, that said, we did find a few gems including a beautifully presented CB750 and that Norton Commando 961 – not to mention the two-stroke 500cc Suzuki that’ll go like an absolute rocket ship. The new Norton Commando 961 is a bike...

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This week has been a little more quiet for cafe racers on eBay Motors, that said, we did find a few gems including a beautifully presented CB750 and that Norton Commando 961 – not to mention the two-stroke 500cc Suzuki that’ll go like an absolute rocket ship.

The new Norton Commando 961 is a bike in high demand at the moment and there are significant waiting lists at most dealers, it’s a bike that’s produced in relatively small numbers so it’s likely to either maintain its value or appreciate over time. The Ducati 800SS is a bike that could be classified as either a cafe racer or a street fighter, although I think the modern street fighter trend is basically a new generation of cafe racers.

There’s a tidy little Honda CB200T a little further down the list that’s been built for vintage racing, although it doesn’t have a headlight fitted at the moment due to the number plate on the front, the seller does state that the wiring for the headlight is still there under the tank.

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*Note – we used official press kit images of the Norton Commando 961 here as the images from the listing on eBay were appalling.

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Bell Schott Moto Jackethttp://silodrome.com/bell-schott-moto-jacket/ http://silodrome.com/bell-schott-moto-jacket/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:00:51 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=36403 The new limited edition Bell Schott Moto Jacket is a collaboration between the two storied American motorcycle gear manufacturers to celebrate Bell’s 60th anniversary this year. Each jacket is made from thick horsehide for additional abrasion protection and has a zip-out pile liner for all-weather versatility. The zip sleeve cuffs make it easy to get...

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The new limited edition Bell Schott Moto Jacket is a collaboration between the two storied American motorcycle gear manufacturers to celebrate Bell’s 60th anniversary this year.

Each jacket is made from thick horsehide for additional abrasion protection and has a zip-out pile liner for all-weather versatility. The zip sleeve cuffs make it easy to get on and off and a pair of buckles on each side of the waist make it possible to ensure the jacket is fitted firmly.

Schott will only be making 250 of the jackets and it’s expected that they’re going to sell out very quickly, Revzilla is taking pre-orders now and if you’d like one they advise ordering sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

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The Norton Projecthttp://silodrome.com/the-norton-project/ http://silodrome.com/the-norton-project/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:00:10 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=36389 The Norton Project is a short documentary about two sons who stole their father’s 1969 Norton Commando to get it professionally restored, and then give it back to him as a Christmas Day surprise. The film first came to light about 4 years ago but recently I discovered that a lot of people still haven’t...

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The Norton Project is a short documentary about two sons who stole their father’s 1969 Norton Commando to get it professionally restored, and then give it back to him as a Christmas Day surprise. The film first came to light about 4 years ago but recently I discovered that a lot of people still haven’t seen it, so I’m posting it he on Silodrome today to allow those of you who may have missed it the first time around to watch it.

At just shy of 16 minutes long the film is a quick watch, although I should warn you, you may want to keep a tissue nearby for the ending if you’re the sentimental sort.

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Ariel Square Four Wallpaperhttp://silodrome.com/ariel-square-four-engine/ http://silodrome.com/ariel-square-four-engine/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:00:30 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=36379 The Ariel Square Four was a sensation when it was released at the Olympia Motorcycle Show in 1930, the concept of putting four cylinders in a square and then counter-rotating the two crankshafts was a eureka moment and it allowed the engine to be exceptionally well-balanced with none of the gyroscopic forces encountered with a...

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The Ariel Square Four was a sensation when it was released at the Olympia Motorcycle Show in 1930, the concept of putting four cylinders in a square and then counter-rotating the two crankshafts was a eureka moment and it allowed the engine to be exceptionally well-balanced with none of the gyroscopic forces encountered with a single spinning crankshaft.

Over the course of the model’s history it would be offered in a variety of different configurations and swept capacities, perhaps the most famous of the Square Fours would be the one you see above – it’s a supercharged 500cc version with no front brake. It was built by Ben Bickell who rode it at the Brooklands circuit in 1933, the achieved 110mph and very nearly became the first British 500cc motorcycle to cover 100 miles in 1 hour.

If you’d like to read more about the Ariel Square Four you can click here, if you’d like to download the wallpaper above you can click here.

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