The Ladies of the Australian Underworld

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The Forensic Photography Archive is a collection of over 130,000 images taken in the 1910s through to the 1960s in jails and police stations in Sydney, Australia. The images from early in the collection are all scans of wet plate photographs, and the amount of detail and character captured is quite remarkable – arguably better…

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The Art of Kathrin Longhurst

Art of Kathrin Longhurst

Kathrin Longhurst is an artist born behind the Iron Curtain in East Berlin in 1971, she started art classes at 14, but they were interrupted when she escaped with her family to Sweden at the age of 15. After traveling widely throughout Europe, Asia and America, Kathrin settled in Sydney and pursued her passion for…

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MGB V8 GT and Roadster – The Essential Buying Guide

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The MGB V8 has earned a reputation for being almost a blue-collar version of the Shelby Cobra, both cars share features including a stylish British body, an American-derived V8 engine mounted up front, rear wheel drive, and a power-to-weight ratio that was world-beating by 1960s standards. Of course, the MGB V8 wasn’t developed by Carroll…

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Little Dutch Sleeper: A Restomod 1380cc 1980 Classic Mini

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The Mini Cooper is probably the most famous giant killer in motorsport history, it was the performance version of the classic Mini, a car that had originally been designed in 1957 by Jack Daniels and Chris Kingham, with head designer Alec Issigonis doing the lion’s share. A Short History of the Classic Mini The design brief…

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Black Arrow Queen Bee Women’s Motorcycle Gloves

Black Arrow Queen Bee Motorcycle Gloves

The Queen Bee Motorcycle Gloves are a new design by Australian motorcycle gear maker Black Arrow – a Sydney-based company that focusses on creating women’s gear, though they do make a few products for men too. The team at Black Arrow designed the Queen Bee Motorcycle Gloves specifically for women, so they have a smaller…

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De Tomaso Pantera – The Essential Buying Guide

De Tomaso Pantera Buying Guide

Coming hard on the heels of the head-turning De Tomaso Mangusta, the De Tomaso Pantera was a successful combination of Italian aesthetics and breeding with a nice big and easy to maintain Ford V8 engine, and a proven German ZF transaxle. The Pantera broke the convention that said if you have an exotic mid-engine Italian GT you’re…

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Suus Road Denim 450 Motorcycle Jacket

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The Suus Road Denim 450 motorcycle jacket is Australian designed and made, using single-layer 14 oz 43% UHMWPE denim (ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene). This material is more abrasion resistant than Kevlar, making it ideal for use in motorcycle gear. The team at Suus styled the jacket specifically for motorcycle use, but made sure it wouldn’t look a…

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5 Minute Histories: The Indian Chief

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Introduction The story of the Indian Chief is one that is not quite of the order of sadness of a Shakespearean tragedy but it is nonetheless one that evokes a number of “what if” questions from motorcycle enthusiasts and especially Indian enthusiasts. The Chief was first produced in 1922 fitted with a 62 cu. in….

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A “Shadowized” 1954 Vincent Rapide Series-C

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The Vincent V-Twin The Vincent Rapide was the first motorcycle from the Stevenage-based motorcycle manufacturer to be fitted with their new V-twin. This engine is considered by many motorcycle historians to be one of the most beautiful twins of all time, and funnily enough it only came to be because of a coincidence on the…

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