Vincent Two-stroke Lifeboat engine

History British motorcycle maker Vincent are amongst the best known of the "Best of British" motorbikes ever made. Such motorcycles as the Vincent Rapide and Black Shadow became household names, much admired, and much sought after. With the onset of the Second World War in 1939 however Vincent found themselves in the position of being called ...

Seabreacher – Ultimate Diving Machine

Have you ever watched dolphins playing in the water? Racing, jumping, diving and generally having a great time. Perhaps you've had them following your speedboat or zooming ahead of you as if to show the way. Perhaps you have wondered if a speedboat could be built that would allow you to fly through the water ...

Riva Tritone 86 “Sea Hawk”

What sounds better than one big American V8 under the hood? Two big American V8's under the hood of course! Carlo Riva began his custom boat building business back in 1946 with the dream to build a "Rolls Royce of the seas". He had been a dealer for American company Chris Craft and acquired an ...

Ford GPA Amphibious Military Vehicle

The Ford GPA was a World War II effort to create a cross between a Jeep and a boat suitable for transporting men and equipment between ships and land. The idea was to make the island hopping Pacific War against Japan a bit easier. The Ford GPA however finished up being significantly heavier than the ...

Wooden Steam Launch “Duet”

Built in 1900 by Alfred Burgoine, who was Queen Victoria's boat builder, "Duet" is an iconic Victorian era steam launch of the sort that would be immediately familiar to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, and very like the "African Queen" piloted by "Charlie Allnut" (played by Humphrey Bogart) which is taken for an adventurous journey ...

Hobbs slipper stern launch “Foxglove”

This beautiful slipper stern launch caught my eye this week. A 1937 river launch that immediately makes me think of Mumm's Champagne, with canapés and perhaps some cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off as we go cruising down the Thames River near Henley dressed in a Blazer and of course wearing a straw Boater ...

Riva Aquarama Special “Lealena”

Ferruccio Lamborghini owned one that was fitted with twin V12 Lamborghini engines. When he drove one in Venice in the Top Gear 2013 "The Perfect Road Trip" Jeremy Clarkson described it as "The most beautiful thing in the world". Sophia Loren owned one, and occasionally one appears in movies or advertising campaigns. The "most beautiful ...

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