Stanley Steamer: Model E2

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The Stanley Motor Carriage Company was an American operation famed for being the most successful manufacturer of steam-powered cars in history. At the turn of the 20th century, the concept of the automobile was less than 20 years old and there was no clear indication which method of propulsion was going to be the most popular….

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Bimota 860

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Bimota is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer that specialises in engineering world class frames and suspension – usually using a Japanese or Italian motorcycle engine and transmission. The company was founded in 1973 by Valerio Bianchi, Giuseppe Morri, and Massimo Tamburini. The three men decided to join all of their names together to create a portmanteau…

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1952 Ferrari F2 Oil Tank

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This Ferrari oil tank was originally fitted to the yellow Ecurie Francorchamps Number 0208 car campaigned by Jacques Swaters and Charles de Tornaco during the 1952 and 1953 seasons – the car won the Avus F2 Grand Prix driven by Swaters in 1953. The tank is made from four sheets of riveted aluminium that have…

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Honda Research & Development CB500R Racer

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The 1970s were heady days for the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, they were taking on the established players in the United States, Germany, Italy and Britain – and they were winning hands down. Much of this success was due to the money that was being spent on research and development – the Japanese might not have…

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Confederate Wraith

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The Confederate Wraith has been described as a 21st century board tracker, with a little cafe racer thrown in for good measure. The revolutionary design was the brainchild of J.T. Nesbitt, a man considered one of the finest motorcycle designers in the world and a native son of the south who lived through the worst…

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The Chevrolet Corphibian

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The Chevrolet Corphibian is a one-off amphibious vehicle produced by a couple of ambitious Chevy engineers in their spare time in the early 1960s. It was intended as a proof of concept and it was hoped that it would become a special order option for the standard Corvair 95 Loadside pickup. The engineers were Richard…

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Enzo Ferrari: Passion for Speed Documentary

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Enzo Ferrari: Passion for Speed is a documentary about the automotive legend from 2001. It’s a fascinating look back at the life and times of Enzo, and it includes interviews with some other greats who are no longer with us – like Carroll Shelby. The film covers Enzo’s life from his childhood through to his…

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Walt Siegl Ducati Leggero

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I’m yet to meet a motorcyclist who doesn’t have a deep appreciation for the work of Walt Siegl. He’s a custom bike builder who melds performance engineering and aesthetics into motorcycles that go significantly faster, and look markedly better, than the bikes they’re based on. The Ducati Leggero is a limited production series of custom motorcycles…

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1952 Vincent Black Shadow Special

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The Vincent Black Shadow is a motorcycle that many in the motorcycling press consider to be the first “superbike”, although that particular term wouldn’t be coined for another 20 years after the introduction of the Honda CB750. The first Black Shadows were designed and built in England just 3 years after the end of WWII,…

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McLaren M1B Can-Am

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The McLaren M1B was an evolution of the M1A – the new version delivered a 20% stiffer chassis with no weight gain thanks to the work of engineer Robin Herd. The body design was also developed to take advantage of advances in aerodynamic theory, the new nose was more rounded and the tail was chopped…

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Brough Superior Austin Four

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The Brough Superior Austin Four is a motorcycle so rare that very few have ever actually seen one in the flesh. There’s quite a bit of disagreement over how many of the original 10 examples have survived to the modern day, and this was made all the more confusing by the fact that some lucky…

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