As the year ended most of us took a moment to pause and reflect; looking backwards at expectations met... and missed. This is a function of being human, of course. However, the end of the calendar provided a moment to think and I couldn’t help but look back on what I consider the most significant aspect of my automotive year: my son’s budding interest in the hobby.
Underhood, a downsized 2,133cc five-cylinder engine was turbocharged to the tune of around 450 bhp in competition tune. A massive KKK turbocharger rated at 1.05 bar meant that the car’s engine displacement actually needed to be reduced in order to comply with FIA regulations. Even so, the Sport Quattro competed against cars in the 3,000 cc category.
Barn finds are the ultimate in automotive mythology. It is the equivalent of sitting in a tavern sometime in the seventeenth century and being handed a map by a rushed, shadowy figure. Should you spend days and weeks and months chasing buried treasure? We’ve all heard stories of barn finds: Bugattis sunken in lakes to avoid taxes, neglected racecars in sheds around the world...
/ 19 Sep 2014
Autodromo’s newest design is inspired by the dash gauges found on Italian sports cars of the late 1950s, and features a multi-layered dial. Beneath the domed sapphire crystal, the hour indexes are applied to a transparent glass ring, which floats over the colored dial for a three-dimensional effect. The custom designed leather strap references the luxurious automotive interiors of the time.
/ 17 Sep 2014
There are literally no motorcycle jackets as iconic as a Belstaff. And it is with good reason: they are both functionally superior, combining road armor with weather protection, and classically stylish. Their rugged tailoring, durability, and lack of pretense made them the preferred jacket of icons like Mr. Steve McQueen and Mr. T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia).
On any given day, Pav can be found shooting anything from a 1932 Daimler Double-Six in one corner of the United States to a Jaguar D-Type on the opposite side of the continent. If he’s at home in California, however, odds are you’ll find Pav in the seat of a ride defined by its simplicity: his 1973 Land Rover Series III.
By / 29 Aug 2014
We can't imagine a more appropriate match for classic British motoring than Belstaff's signature hand-waxed leather jacket, itself derived from Belstaff's storied involvement with motorcycling, and their jeans sewn from soft Japanese denim. In fact, the same philosophy behind Aston Martin's hand-built manufacturing techniques, are behind Belstaff's approach to making timeless clothing.
/ 9 Jul 2014
Just how renowned is it? Its legend grew larger still in 1973 when Mr. Steve McQueen cancelled a date with the gorgeous Ms. Ali MacGraw, so that he could stay home and wax his Belstaff jacket. Today, the Trialmaster continues growing in popularity with bikers, who have come to trust Belstaff's function-meets-style workmanship and is as much a part of the scene as bikes themselves.
By / 17 Jun 2014
Back in 1953, TUDOR demonstrated their toughness by handing one of their watches to a motorcycle racer for a one-thousand mile endurance run (among other tests). The watch survived and kept time just like when it was strapped on. Thus began TUDOR’s history with motorsports and racing.
By / 27 Jun 2013
Now is when most vintage and classic car events kick off. Vintage car owners are finally getting back behind the steering wheel of their cherished motors. In preparation for a summer of motoring events you’re sure to have retuned the engine, checked the oil, and polished your car until it shone. But before you reverse out of the garage, have you sorted your insurance?