The Volkswagen, Part 2

The Volkswagen, Part 2

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Dr. Ferdinand Porsche’s design for the Volkswagen, Hitler’s “People’s Car” was imaginative, in fact it was brilliant. He incorporated what he knew about creating a performance car into designing a car that was intended to be…

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The Volkswagen, Part 1

The Volkswagen, Part 1

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The Volkswagen was not created simply as a commercial product. It was created for consumers, but it was created because of a political and social vision, not just a commercial one, and its that political and…

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Donald Healey’s 1953 Austin-Healey Coupé

Donald Healey’s 1953 Austin-Healey Coupé

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When Donald Healey’s personal Austin-Healey was advertised for sale after he had enjoyed it for around ten years the newspaper advertisement described the car as follows: I suspect that no-one reading that advertisement at that time…

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IMZ Ural Motorcycles

IMZ Ural Motorcycles

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Some people who enjoy motorcycles are born with a significant measure of lemming blood. This is evidenced by the suicidal power levels of the motorbikes they spend their hard earned cash on. Others of us who…

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1950 Sunbeam S8

1950 Sunbeam S8

The Sunbeam S7 and S8 motorcycles are sometimes called “The Rolls Royce of motorcycles” because of their design, and the excellence of their manufacture. They are also motorcycles with an interesting history. The S7 and S8…

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Gama Goat. Vietnam War 6×6

Gama Goat. Vietnam War 6×6

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One of the interesting items that appeared for sale on eBay over the last week was a Vietnam War era ex US military M561 “Gama Goat” 6×6 semi amphibious vehicle. The Gama Goat is another one…

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Longevity and the Toyota Crown Comfort

Longevity and the Toyota Crown Comfort

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When I first moved to Hong Kong over two decades ago the taxi we rode in from the old Kai Tak airport was a Toyota Crown Comfort. On various visits to Japan the taxis were, you…

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The Correct and Safe Way to Carve a Pumpkin

The Correct and Safe Way to Carve a Pumpkin

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It is completely beyond my intellectual powers to understand why people celebrate Halloween. It becomes even more difficult to understand if that same person who will happily celebrate witches, demons and ghosts refuses to celebrate Christmas…

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Bradley GT

Bradley GT

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Back in the creative sixties and seventies kit cars were a relatively common thing. In Australia the kit sports car of choice was the Bolwell. It was based on General Motors Holden parts and for not…

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What Price a DeLorean?

What Price a DeLorean?

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The story behind the creation of the DeLorean, and the demise of the company that created them is the sort of story that Hollywood really could have picked up and done something with. So in this…

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