Alpine A110

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The story of Alpine and their 110 is one of the great David vs Goliath tales of 20th century motor racing. In 1973 the small French company Alpine took a 1-2-3 finish at the Monte Carlo Rally, and claimed outright victory in the World Rally Championship – made all the more special because it was…

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Plain City Poster by Rustle of Silk

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Rustle of Silk is a boutique French company that still uses original silkscreening techniques to produce posters from the 1970s and before. Each poster is printed by hand on 50cm x 70cm, 300 gram vanilla paper using a 5 colour screen printing procedure. Just 40 examples of this design will be produced, and each will…

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1932 Helicon Propeller Car

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In 1932 somewhere deep in the French countryside a project was underway to build an automobile with a slightly unusual method of propulsion. It isn’t known if the designer of the Helicon was a pilot or an aircraft engineer, but it’s clear that the car takes a significant amount of influence from early aircraft design.

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Fire Design Extinguishers

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Fire Design is a French company that was founded by artist and product designer Rodolphe Gimenez, his goal is to create fire extinguishers that people actually want to put in their homes – only 5% of residential buildings have fire extinguishers installed, and study after study has shown that having an extinguisher on hand can…

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The Concorde Story

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The Concorde Story is a vintage documentary about the development of the world’s first supersonic airliner, it was filmed during the early, heady days of the now retired aircraft and it provides a fascinating look into how the Concorde came to be – starting with early designs from WWII. With a running time of just…

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The Fast Times of Albert Champion

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The Fast Times of Albert Champion: From Record-Setting Racer to Dashing Tycoon, An Untold Story of Speed, Success, and Betrayal covers the largely untold story of one of the most iconic and important characters in the early history of both cycling and motor racing. His name still graces two of the companies he founded –…

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1902 Renault Voiturette

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Renault was established in 1899 by the talented young French engineer Louis Renault, Louis partnered with his brothers Marcel and Fernand – Two men who had years of business experience working for their father’s successful textile company in France. The first model produced by Renault was the Voiturette, it was offered in 3 major iterations…

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Alpine-Renault A110

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The Alpine-Renault A110 is remembered for two things, it’s beauty and its extraordinary rally abilities. The model had quite a long life for a sports car, it was introduced by the small French marque Alpine in 1961 and continued production until 1977 – it even saw parallel production lines running in both Mexico and Bulgaria…

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Alpine A110 Cutaway

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Personally, I think the Alpine A110 is one of the most beautiful automotive designs of all time. It’s not a particularly famous car and it doesn’t garner the same praise as the E-Type Jaguar or Porsche 911 models that were released in the same era, but those who are familiar with the quirky rear-engined French…

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1935 Amilcar Type G36 Roadster

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  Every now and then a car like this pristine 1935 Amilcar Type G36 Boattail Roadster comes up for auction with an estimated hammer price below the value of my house. This causes no small amount of consternation for me as I begin the process of convincing the 6 year old boy who still lives…

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