The First Desmodromic Ducati – The Trialbero Racer

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It’s difficult to imagine Ducati without their trademark desmodromic engines, but before Fabio Taglioni implemented an early triple camshaft desmodromic design on the 1956 Trialbero Racer, all Ducatis used conventional springs to close their valves. For the uninitiated, a desmodromic engine uses a camshaft to both open and close the valves, rather then relying on a…

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A Brief History of the Inline-4 Cylinder Motorcycle

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Curiously the inline-4 cylinder engine was being fitted into motorcycles very early in motorbike history. I say curiously because we like to think of technology as starting out with the simplest design and then evolving into more complex forms. So although some early motorcycles were built using a single cylinder or horizontally opposed “boxer” twin,…

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The Art Of Tom Havlasek

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Tom Havlasek is a Czech artist whose automotive art has been the subject of exhibitions in Monaco and Le Mans, and is hanging on the walls of homes, offices, and galleries around the world. Havlasek started out in the street art world, and much of this influence is still visible in his work. The dramatic…

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CERV I – Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle

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CERV I (Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle) was developed by Corvette icon Zora Arkus-Duntov, with design work by Larry Shinoda and Tony Lapine. It was created as an open-wheeled testbed to assist with engineering for the Corvette that had the wheels, tires, and suspension visible to engineers at all times. In order to maximise forces going through…

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Belstaff Raleigh Jacket

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The Belstaff Raleigh Jacket has been designed to carry forward the heritage of the company that was first founded in England in 1924, to sell some of the very first purpose built motorcycle jackets. Despite its classic styling, the Raleigh Jacket includes modern removable CE-ceritifed soft protection in the shoulders and elbows, with a pocket…

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Automobile Tire Hydroplaning: What Happens

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Automobile Tire Hydroplaning: Why It Happens is a short educational film that includes some fascinating NASA footage from the period, including a view under the road showing what hydroplaning looks like from underneath. Although tire technology has come a long way since this film was made, it’s still a good watch, and some of the…

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1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

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The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona was released in 1968 as an answer to the ground-breaking Lamborghini Miura, which had been released to huge public acclaim two years earlier in 1966. The story of how Lamborghini came to make cars instead of sticking with tractor production is the thing of legend – Ferruccio Lamborghini had been…

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1983 Lotus Esprit Turbo

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In 1980 the Lotus Esprit Turbo made its first public appearance, it shares the same body as its naturally aspirated forbear, but features chassis and suspension upgrades to handle the additional power. The first Esprit had been released in 1976, it was one of Giorgetto Giugiaro’s first wedge-shaped super cars, and its design was so…

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Gibson Memphis ES-355 Cherry Gloss

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Gibson Guitars was founded in 1902 and originally made mandolin-family instruments, they rose to prominence after they invented the first archtop guitars using the same carved, arched tops used on violins – producing an entirely unique sound. Towards the mid-20th century Gibson released one of the first hollow-body electric guitars, and helped trigger one of…

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James Garner’s Husqvarna 400 Cross

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James Garner was an A-list actor from the golden age of Hollywood who shared the motorsport addiction that also afflicted the likes of Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. Garner was the co-owner of the AIR (American International Racers) team, which ran endurance road-racing Corvettes in the late 1960s, and he was also contracted to American…

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Autodromo Monoposto Chronograph

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The Monoposto Chronograph is an automatic watch by Autodromo designed as an homage to the dials used on the single-seater racing cars of time gone by – “monoposto” is Italian for “single seat”. Before electronic engine management systems became commonplace, it was normal practice for worried mechanics to paint a red line on the tachometer…

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1970 Rickman Triumph Métisse

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The Rickman Triumph Métisse is a quintessentially British motorcycle, and it showcases some of the best individual components the UK had to offer during the time of its construction, all under one fuel tank. The name Métisse was chosen because it’s a fancy French way of saying “mongrel”, which the Rickman brothers felt was an ideal…

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