American Austin and American Bantam

Donald Duck, Bruce McLaren, Graham Chapman, and the Jeep Have you ever wondered what was the inspiration for Donald Duck's car? Have you ever realized that the cars first raced by Bruce McLaren and Graham Chapman of Lotus were originally made by the same company that invented the Jeep? For a journey into a bit of ...

Aston Martin Type C Speed 6

A Shaky Beginning Aston Martin is a company that was founded by idealists, with the result that during its first century of doing business it went bankrupt no less than seven times. The company was first set up in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford and got the "Aston" in its name because Lionel Martin ...

Brough SS 80 with Matchless Engine

A Motorcycle Not for the Masses George Brough's family appears to have been quite involved with motorcycles and competition. George stated in later Brough Superior advertising that he had competed in his first motorcycle event in 1906 while he was still at school, and that is two years before George's father, William Brough, established his motorcycle ...

The .425 Westley Richards

A Dangerous Game Rifle That Could Be Speed Reloaded by Stripper Clip The .425 Westley Richards is sometimes referred to as the Westley Richards .425 Magnum Express. It became a much respected cartridge, favored by the legendary Frederick Courtenay Selous and by John "Pondoro" Taylor, author of "African Rifles and Cartridges". Firing a 410grain bullet at ...

The Mauser Models 1910 and 1914 Pistols

Introduction: One Pistol to Rule Them All You don't have to be involved in the shooting sports for long before you will hear the name "Mauser", often in conjunction with discovering Paul Mauser's definitive bolt action rifle design, the Mauser '98. German firearms designer Paul Mauser's M98 was by no means his only design however, it ...

The Cosmi Semi-Automatic Shotgun

Introduction: Cosmi's Unique Gun The word to describe the Cosmi semi-automatic shotgun is "unique". This is a gun that combines uniqueness, with a build quality that is second to none, but it is a gun that despite its uniqueness makes complete practical sense. To sum up the Cosmi it can most simply be described as a break ...

The Porsche Type 64

From the Silver Arrows to the KdF Wagen to the Porsche Type 64 Dr. Ferdinand Porsche once said "I couldn't find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself." Dr. Porsche was involved in the design and creation of a number of sports cars ranging from the Mercedes SSK of the 1920's to ...

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