Enigma Machine

Enigma Machine

It isn’t everyday that an original World War II Enigma machine comes up for sale, most of the machines are now either in museums or private collections and owners are, understandably, exceedingly reticent to part with them. The story behind the Enigma needs no introduction, the small mechanical devices were ingenious and it took the…

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Iconic Images: Mercedes-Benz

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Mercedes-Benz have been searching through public archives and reaching out to current and former owners for interesting, historic or iconic photographs featuring their automobiles – It’s resulted in a huge array of fascinating images coming out of the woodwork, some of which I’ve included below. My favourite is the picture below of Karl Kling’s collision with…

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Celestron Ambassador Refractor Telescope

Celestron Brass Classic  Ambassador Refractor Telescope

I’ve promised myself that one day, I’ll have the kind of house on a hill that requires a brass telescope in the corner. Sadly for me, that day is not today – but I know that many of you have houses with large windows that look out over the sprawling masses below. If you’re one…

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Camel Trophy 1988 – Sulawesi

Camel Trophy

The Camel Trophy was an event that included a long list of things I love, from Land Rovers and off-road driving to continent crossing and driving through large, fast moving rivers. Although I’m not entirely sure how much I love that last one. The competition started in 1980 and ran until 2000 when cigarette advertising…

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The Three-Wheeler by Castle Three

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The Castle Three Motor Co. made a name for itself in the late 1910s and early 1920s as the primary competitor for The Morgan Motor Co. in the 3-wheeled car category. Castle Three produced advanced 3-wheelers powered by 4-cylinder, water-cooled engines – as they were classed as “Cyclecars” they were much cheaper to run due…

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1953 Ferrari 250 Europa

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The Ferrari 250 Europa is widely considered to be one of the most important early Ferraris, it’s also viewed by many as one of the most important designs from Pinin Farina – a design that helped establish Carrozzeria Pinin Farina as the borderline-defacto Ferrari designer. The 250 Europa was only available by special order, and…

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The Swag

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The Oztrail Biker Swag is a modern take on the classic Australian “swag” – a small tent designed to hold one person and not much else. These utilitarian shelters were created by Jackaroos (Australian cowboys) who needed a small, simple shelter that could be strapped to the back of their horses. As it happens, motorcyclists…

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