Silodrome http://silodrome.com Gasoline Culture Sun, 05 Jul 2015 08:49:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 1980 Indianapolis 500http://silodrome.com/1980-indianapolis-500/ http://silodrome.com/1980-indianapolis-500/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 08:00:16 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=41113 1980 Indianapolis 500

The 1980 Indianapolis 500 was a remarkable race for a few reasons, perhaps most notably for the extraordinary performance of Tom Sneva, who started the race dead last in 33rd place – before slowly working his way through the whole pack to 1st position. The race in commentated by Jackie Stewart, Chris Schenkel and Jim...

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1980 Indianapolis 500

The 1980 Indianapolis 500 was a remarkable race for a few reasons, perhaps most notably for the extraordinary performance of Tom Sneva, who started the race dead last in 33rd place – before slowly working his way through the whole pack to 1st position.

The race in commentated by Jackie Stewart, Chris Schenkel and Jim McKay, and it all runs just under 2 hours and 30 minutes in length – making it a great little Sunday afternoon watch.

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Duesenberg Model SJhttp://silodrome.com/duesenberg-model-sj/ http://silodrome.com/duesenberg-model-sj/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:01:57 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=41050 Duesenberg Model SJ

The Duesenberg Model SJ was to be one of the finest and fastest cars ever produced by the storied American luxury automobile manufacturer. Each of the J and SJ models were fitted with the straight-8 engine that had been designed by the Duesenberg brothers in the 1920s for motor racing. This engine was decades ahead...

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Duesenberg Model SJ

The Duesenberg Model SJ was to be one of the finest and fastest cars ever produced by the storied American luxury automobile manufacturer. Each of the J and SJ models were fitted with the straight-8 engine that had been designed by the Duesenberg brothers in the 1920s for motor racing.

This engine was decades ahead of its time, it featured twin overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and had a swept volume of 420 cubic inches (6.88 litres). The Model J was naturally aspirated and produced 265bhp – a staggering figure for any pre-WWII automobile, the Schwitzer-Cummins supercharged Model SJ was capable of 320bhp and could make the 0-60 dash in just 8 seconds.

Most who ordered a Duesenberg chose to have the rolling chassis bodied by a coachbuilder – still a common practice at the time, which gave owners the ability to specify every last detail of their automobile from bumper to bumper. Many Model Js were bodied in the USA and a fair number found their way across the Atlantic to Europe where they were bodied by the likes of Fernandez et Darrin, Franay, Gurney Nutting and Saoutchik.

Duesenberg released the Model J series in 1928, when the world was swinging to the sounds of Glenn Miller and it seemed like the good days were here to stay. Unfortunately the Great Depression was just around the corner, this dried up demand for cars of this calibre and resulted in only a few hundred being build – as opposed to the originally intended 500 per year.

On July 26 1932 Fred Duesenberg died of complications arising from pneumonia, resulting from the severe injuries he sustained in an accident while driving a Duesenberg Model SJ – a tragedy that would cause a ripple effect that would see the company eventually close and never recover.

The Model SJ you see here was the first of the SJs owned by Duesenberg company president Lucius B. Manning. He liked it so much that when he switched to a new car he had the original body removed and fitted over the new running gear, the now empty chassis was then re-bodied and sold before eventually finding its way into a private collection.

More recently the car had its original LaGrande Dual-Cowl Phaeton body recreated by respected craftsman Harold Orchard of California, accurate down to the last detail, thus finally bringing the Duesy back to the specification it enjoyed when it was originally delivered to Manning in 1928.

The car is due to be auctioned at the Motor City sale under the RM Sotheby’s banner on the 25th of July 2015, the estimated hammer price is between $850,000 and $1,100,000 USD – which is actually highly affordable for a Model SJ. If you’d like to read more about the car or register to bid you can click here.

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Easy Rider Wallpapershttp://silodrome.com/easy-rider-wallpapers/ http://silodrome.com/easy-rider-wallpapers/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:00:27 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=41106 Easy Rider Wallpapers

There are few films that capture the independent spirit of the Americans better than Easy Rider, a 1969 cult classic starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson – with Phil Spector getting a look in too. I’ve had these images on file for a while and the 4th of July – American Independence Day...

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Easy Rider Wallpapers

There are few films that capture the independent spirit of the Americans better than Easy Rider, a 1969 cult classic starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson – with Phil Spector getting a look in too. I’ve had these images on file for a while and the 4th of July – American Independence Day – seemed like the perfect time to share them all.

Each of the images should be high enough resolution to be used as a desktop wallpaper on almost all computers, with the exception of retina and other exceedingly high resolution displays. Click any of the images below to load them in a new window, then you can drag and drop them to your desktop.

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Top 5 Weird and Wonderful Motorcycles On eBay This Weekhttp://silodrome.com/top-5-weird-and-wonderful-motorcycles-on-ebay-this-week-2/ http://silodrome.com/top-5-weird-and-wonderful-motorcycles-on-ebay-this-week-2/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:00:15 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=41094 Top 5 Weird and Wonderful Motorcycles On eBay This Week

This week we came across not one but two three-wheeled motorcycles, including a trusty old Soviet military bike and a rare Rupp Centaur. Rupp only produced their VW-based trike in 1974 and 1975, they’re now exceedingly rare and collectors of unusual motorcycles take great interest in them. The distinct look of the Centaur has won...

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Top 5 Weird and Wonderful Motorcycles On eBay This Week

This week we came across not one but two three-wheeled motorcycles, including a trusty old Soviet military bike and a rare Rupp Centaur.

Rupp only produced their VW-based trike in 1974 and 1975, they’re now exceedingly rare and collectors of unusual motorcycles take great interest in them. The distinct look of the Centaur has won it both fans and critics over the years, it certainly does look like a comfortable highway bike – in fact it looks like an armchair on wheels.

Next up in the list this week is a tastefully customised Harley-Davidson, it reminds me a little of the motorcycles designed by Shinya Kimura – and that’s not a bad thing.

The Soviet Dnepr is a motorcycle based on a WWII design from BMW, it’s widely known as one of the toughest motorcycles in the world, and both rear wheels are driven – meaning it is highly capable at traversing difficult terrain.

The Honda CX500 in the list is certainly an unusual custom, it’s been extensively modified and looks like it would be a lot of fun to ride.

Last but not least we have a Puch M125, these classic two-strokes were exceedingly popular when they were first released but have fallen from favour in recent years, meaning it’s pretty rare to find a beautiful example like this for sale.

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70s Singlefin by Kun_tiqi Surfboardshttp://silodrome.com/70s-singlefin-by-kuntiqi-surfboards/ http://silodrome.com/70s-singlefin-by-kuntiqi-surfboards/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:00:46 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=41084 70s Singlefin by Kun_tiqi Surfboards

The 70s Singlefin by Kun_tiqi Surfboards is a great example of what modern surfboards would look like if materials like expanded polystyrene had never been invented. It uses a core of balsa wood with a hardwood stringer, and a hardwood tip and tail, the board is then layered with fibreglass for strength and longevity. Kun_tiqi...

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70s Singlefin by Kun_tiqi Surfboards

The 70s Singlefin by Kun_tiqi Surfboards is a great example of what modern surfboards would look like if materials like expanded polystyrene had never been invented. It uses a core of balsa wood with a hardwood stringer, and a hardwood tip and tail, the board is then layered with fibreglass for strength and longevity.

Kun_tiqi pride themselves on using only the most sustainable, environmentally friendly materials and methods available, but all of that aside I think we could probably all agree that wooden boards just look better, both in and out of the water.

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BMW R80 RT by Ton Up Garagehttp://silodrome.com/bmw-r80-by-ton-up-garage/ http://silodrome.com/bmw-r80-by-ton-up-garage/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:01:13 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=41021 BMW R80 RT by Ton Up Garage

The BMW R80 RT was built between 1982 and 1995, with the Monolever version that you see here running from 1984 onwards. The “Monolever” designation referenced the model’s single-sided swing arm – a relative rarity in the mid-80s that helped reduce unsprung weight. Both the R80 RT and the R100 RT shared pretty much everything...

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BMW R80 RT by Ton Up Garage

The BMW R80 RT was built between 1982 and 1995, with the Monolever version that you see here running from 1984 onwards. The “Monolever” designation referenced the model’s single-sided swing arm – a relative rarity in the mid-80s that helped reduce unsprung weight.

Both the R80 RT and the R100 RT shared pretty much everything with the exception of the engine itself, the R80 had an 800cc boxer twin and the larger R100 had the 1000cc version. The bikes were so similar in fact that BMW used the same manual for both of them – with R80 owners having to make do with R100 manual.

The heavily customised BMW R80 RT you see here is the work of the Portuguese team at Ton Up Garage – they’ve established themselves as one of the major international players in the retro custom scene. This bike was built for a French client who lives in London – They specified that they wanted a low profile, dark custom that could be used as a daily commuter.

Ton Up tend towards more technically challenging builds than just cosmetic makeovers, so their first order of business was a full tear-down and inspection. They decided to remove the original rear suspension mounts and create their own, so they could install a modern shock absorber to improve handling. Next up, they installed a new fuel tank to lower the top line of the bike in-keeping with the client’s wishes, this was followed by a new seat that required a shortened subframe.

BMW motorcycles of the ’80s tended to have slightly bulky instrumentation and lighting, so many customs like this one feature much smaller, more subtle indicators, headlights and taillights, with a new speedometer and handlebar switches.

The original rubber was discarded in favour of Firestone Deluxe tires front and back, a new rear mudguard was fabricated, along with a new subframe, and battery box. The exhaust pipes are also bespoke and the engine, wheels, frame and rear mudguard were all painted black. The completed bike has now been delivered to its new owner in London, and can be seen hurtling along cobblestone streets in the old city on a daily basis.

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American Deluxe Fender Telecasterhttp://silodrome.com/american-deluxe-fender-telecaster/ http://silodrome.com/american-deluxe-fender-telecaster/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:00:29 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=41047 American Deluxe Fender Telecaster

The American Deluxe Fender Telecaster is a modern version of one of the most famous guitars in history, the ash-bodied electric guitar was first released in 1950 and it was the world’s first commercial solid-body, single-cutaway electric guitar. The sound created by the Telecaster was unlike anything else, it’s widely credited with helping to shape...

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American Deluxe Fender Telecaster

The American Deluxe Fender Telecaster is a modern version of one of the most famous guitars in history, the ash-bodied electric guitar was first released in 1950 and it was the world’s first commercial solid-body, single-cutaway electric guitar.

The sound created by the Telecaster was unlike anything else, it’s widely credited with helping to shape the sound of Rock ‘n Roll and it was played on some of the most important albums in the history of modern music. Fender has kept the model in continuous production since it was first introduced, and many guitarists consider it an essential member of their quiver due to its sound, looks and history.

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BMW M1http://silodrome.com/bmw-m1/ http://silodrome.com/bmw-m1/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:01:39 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=40990 BMW M1

The BMW M1 is a car that’s remarkable for a few reasons, it was to be BMW’s first mid-engined car and quickly became one of the most iconic supercars of the late 1970s. Originally co-developed as a joint BMW-Lamborghini automobile, BMW quickly took over the project and applied strict German precision to all elements of...

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BMW M1

The BMW M1 is a car that’s remarkable for a few reasons, it was to be BMW’s first mid-engined car and quickly became one of the most iconic supercars of the late 1970s. Originally co-developed as a joint BMW-Lamborghini automobile, BMW quickly took over the project and applied strict German precision to all elements of the car’s engineering.

BMW built the M1 from 1978 through till 1981, 453 were made in total, including 20 that were built specifically for the BMW M1 Procar Championship. The styling of the M1 was created by Giorgetto Giugiaro – in fact it’s a textbook example of the now iconic Giugiaro design.

A longitudinally mounted 3.5 litre inline-6 was fitted to each M1, it had twin overhead cams, mechanical fuel injection and in factory tune it produced 273hp – although later racing versions of this engine would be turbocharged and modified to produce over 850hp at the rear wheels.

In 1979 BMW created the BMW M1 Procar Championship, it was a one-make racing series created by Jochen Neerpasch – the head of BMW Motorsport. What made Procar special was its drivers; it was run as a Formula 1 support series and it acquired drivers from Formula 1, the World Sportscar Championship, the European Touring Car Championship and a number of other high-end racing championships.

What this meant was that the world could see the fastest drivers from a variety of different motor sport disciplines all racing in identical cars – a true test of man over machine. Drivers who competed included Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet, Alan Jones, Clay Regazzoni, Didier Pironi, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Carlos Reutemann, Manfred Schurti, Hans Heyer, Jacques Laffite, Marc Surer and many other major names from the era.

By 1981 the production of the M1 drew to a close and somewhat tragically, BMW have never produced a follow on model. The surviving M1s have seen their values increase significantly in recent years – the 19,000 kilometre example you see here is estimated to be worth somewhere in the $450,000 to $550,000 USD range and will be sold at the upcoming Quail Lodge Auction – due to be held by Bonhams on the 14th of August 2015.

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Fratelli Orsini Driving Gloveshttp://silodrome.com/fratelli-orsini-driving-gloves/ http://silodrome.com/fratelli-orsini-driving-gloves/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:00:43 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=40984 Fratelli Orsini Driving Gloves

The gentleman’s driving glove is something that used to be absolutely essential for any chap with a penchant for motor racing. It wasn’t until quite recently that they began to come back into popular usage, with events like the Mille Miglia, Goodwood and others contributing to a renaissance in classic driving attire. This pair of...

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Fratelli Orsini Driving Gloves

The gentleman’s driving glove is something that used to be absolutely essential for any chap with a penchant for motor racing. It wasn’t until quite recently that they began to come back into popular usage, with events like the Mille Miglia, Goodwood and others contributing to a renaissance in classic driving attire.

This pair of driving gloves by Fratelli Orsini are made in Italy from Italian lambskin leather, with a stainless snap closure and venting along the backs of the fingers.

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Jaguar Mark II – The Gentleman’s Expresshttp://silodrome.com/jaguar-mark-ii/ http://silodrome.com/jaguar-mark-ii/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:01:36 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=40950 Jaguar Mark II – The Gentleman’s Express

The Jaguar Mark II is most famous for its use in bank robberies across the United Kingdom, the 3.8 litre Mark II was the fastest four-door in Britain and one of the fastest anywhere in the world. This made it ideal as a getaway vehicle for 4-5 adult males and their canvas bags full of...

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Jaguar Mark II – The Gentleman’s Express

The Jaguar Mark II is most famous for its use in bank robberies across the United Kingdom, the 3.8 litre Mark II was the fastest four-door in Britain and one of the fastest anywhere in the world. This made it ideal as a getaway vehicle for 4-5 adult males and their canvas bags full of Her Majesty’s finest paper bills.

Jaguar released what would later become known as the Mark 1 in 1955, and surprisingly for Jaguar it was a bit of a disappointment. The handling was appalling due to the fact that the rear track was 4.5 inches narrower than the front and the view out of the passenger compartment was compromised by the thick pillars.

In 1959 Jaguar released what it called the Mark II and retroactively named the earlier model the Mark 1, the new Mark II had a equal width front and rear track, better visibility out of the cabin and the new option of the 3.8 litre twin cam engine from the Jaguar XK150.

These modifications revolutionised the car, especially that last addition. The 3.8 litre engine produced 220bhp and could launch the Jaguar Mark II from 0-62mph in just 8.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 125mph. These figures were unheard of in the late 1950s and many of the world’s sports cars couldn’t come close to matching them.

The reputation of the Mark II as the preferred bank robber escape vehicle did no harm to its sales figures – was nicknamed the “Gentleman’s Express” and even today the legend of the model has seen it become one of the more collectible of the classic post-WWII British saloons.

Unlike its two-door siblings, the XK120 and XK150, the Jaguar Mark II is still borderline affordable in many parts of the world. The example you see pictured here is an American-delivered 3.8 litre Mark II that’s been very well maintained over the years – and has recently received a thorough recommissioning to ensure that it’s road ready.

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