The USS Shenandoah

USS Shenandoah

The USS Shenandoah was the first of the great American airships, it was closely based on the German Zeppelin bomber L-49, built just after WWI and still viewed as one of the most important dirigibles of the era. With a gross weight of 36 tons, a total length of 68ft, a cruising speed of 70mph and…

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Tucker 48

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The Tucker 48 is a car that’ll forever live as an American legend, the extraordinary panache and guts shown by Preston Tucker in the post-war period is astonishing and the fact that he succeeded against the entrenched power of the Big 3 is reminiscent of the modern story of Elon Musk and Tesla. 50 Tucker…

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The Art of Manliness

The Art of Manliness Book

The Art of Manliness is a book by Brett and Kate McKay – the couple behind the fantastic and hugely popular website of the same name. The book is an essential read for any modern gentleman, it’s also a fantastic gift for friends of the XY persuasion. Contained within the 288 pages is some genuinely…

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Mercedes-Benz Unimog Doppelkabine

Mercedes-Benz Unimog

The Mercedes-Benz Unimog is the German equivalent of the British Land Rover, the American Jeep and the Japanese Land Cruiser – It’s a function-first 4×4 with military, agricultural and leisure uses that’s spawned its own rabidly loyal, global fan club. Much like the Land Rover, the Unimog was developed in the years just after WWII…

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Vintage Drag Racers

Vintage Drag Racers

These early drag racers popped into our email inbox last week with a request to find more information on them. It’s thought that the photograph was taken in Sanford, Maine by friends of 1960s top fuel racer Bruce Wheeler – whose collection they originally came from. The cars in the image are just about as…

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Rimfire Glove by Icon 1000

Rimfire Glove Icon 1000

The Rimfire Glove by Icon 1000 is a modern take on the classic motorcycle glove, it’s fitted with state-of-the-art D3O® knuckle armour – giving it far more protective ability than a standard leather glove. The palm had double-layer leather with 22 stainless steel rivets to offset the chance of palm rash and the leather used is…

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Porsche 911 by Singer Vehicle Design

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I sometimes wonder what car designers would turn out if they were given carte blanche to create whatever they wanted – with no thought given to affordability, ease of production or CO2 emissions. Every now and then a car comes along that gives us a glimpse behind the curtain into what a car designer’s mind might…

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Full-Face Gringo Helmet by Biltwell

Gringo Helmet

The full-face Gringo motorcycle helmet by Biltwell is a relatively recent addition to the growing list of retro motorcycle helmets that meet modern safety standards. Just a couple of years ago this space was essentially empty but with the release of the Bell Bullitt, the Biltwell Gringo and the Ruby Castel things have changed –…

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1963 Lola Mk6 GT

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The Lola Mk6 GT is a car that may look vaguely familiar – it was the result of a collaboration between Ford and Lola, and it would eventually become the basis of the iconic and hugely successful Ford GT40. Similar to the GT40, the Lola Mk6 GT had a mid-mounted Ford V8, a space-frame chassis,…

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Death Star Owner’s Manual

Death Star Owner's Technical Manual Cover

The Death Star Owner’s Manual is an essential book for any current or aspiring Death Star owner, it was written by global Star Wars authorities Chris Reiff, Ryder Windham and Chris Trevas, and includes remarkably detailed illustrations of the death Star’s internal workings. As with all Haynes manuals, the Death Star Owner’s Manual contains everything you…

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