1902 Renault Voiturette

Renault was established in 1899 by the talented young French engineer Louis Renault, Louis partnered with his brothers Marcel and Fernand – Two men who had years of business experience working for their father’s successful textile company in France.

The first model produced by Renault was the Voiturette, it was offered in 3 major iterations with this one being the final and most evolved of the designs – the Type G. The single-cylinder Voiturette powered by an 864cc water-cooled De Dion motor rated at 8 horsepower. The distinctive twin, side-mounted radiators had been initially implemented when water-cooling was introduced in 1900 on the earlier Type C, they were then enlarged for the Type G.

The front and rear semi-elliptical springs gave the Voiturette quite a comfortable ride for the era, the thumping De Dion engine powered the model to numerous race victories in France and around Europe – automobile racing was an entirely new fad at the time, the drivers were usually wealthy gentlemen (or their sons) and speeds often reached speeds in excess of 35mph (the land speed record in 1901 was 57mph).

The 1902 Renault Voiturette you see here was painstakingly restored in 2000, careful attention was paid to keep all the metal work original however much of the wood needed to be replaced for the sake of safety. The car is now ready for vintage rally races and Sunday afternoon drives, its value is estimated at being between £60,000 and £80,000 – if that sounds doable you can click here to read the full listing and register to bid via Bonhams.

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Suus Black Moto Gloves

Suus is a boutique Australian company that makes a small collection of low production volume motorcycle gear, they also sell a hand-picked selection of other products and at the moment they even have a rather tempting stockpile of vintage motorcycle magazines for sale.

These gloves by Suus have a leather outer, a double-layer palm and armour across the knuckles for additional protection, the back of the glove is also thoroughly ventilated to keep your hands from getting clammy during the warmer months.

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Hare & Hound Desert Racing – 1967

This film contains some of the most extraordinary vintage motorcycle racing footage I’ve ever seen, the helicopter sequence that starts at 2:09 is guaranteed to leave you with wide eyes and a healthy respect for the men who raced these relatively primitive motorcycles across some of the most inhospitable desert terrain on Earth.

I’m having trouble tracing the history of this documentary, if you know who made it or what it’s called shoot me a message on Twitter/Facebook/Google+/Instagram – I’d like to be able to give the filmmakers proper credit and link out to a store that sells the full film on DVD, VHS, Betamax or 8mm.

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Nürburgring Wallpaper

The Nordschleife (northern loop) of the Nürburgring is a circuit that any true racing enthusiast needs to attempt at least once – Jackie Stewart famously referred to it as the Green Hell due to the fact that it’s 20.8 kilometres (12.9 miles) long, covers over 300 meters (984 feet) of elevation changes and has minimal run-off areas should you take a little too much right pedal into a corner.

Almost all modern races take place on the far smaller GP-Strecke (Grand Prix Course), which is a far more modern circuit designed with current safety standards in mind, the run-off areas are suitable for Formula 1 races and its 5.14 kilometre (3.19 mile) length means it’s far easier to set up with marshals, cameras and medical personnel.

If you’d like to go race at the Nürburgring you can click here, there are facilities at the circuit for racing driver training as well as a challenging 4×4 course through the middle called the Nürburgring Offroadpark.

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Top 5 Vintage Motorcycles on eBay This Week

Vintage motorcycles have seen an unparalleled rise in popularity over the past decade or so, the fact that these bikes are often excellent investments combined with the vast amount of fun you can have riding them makes them a fantastic way to squirrel away a few thousand dollars.

Of course, bikes that are 30+ years old are going to require careful maintenance and a skilled rider, but if we’re honest that’s half the fun of owning a classic motorcycle.

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to spend more time out in the garage in close proximity to the beer fridge you may find something suitable here, if not you can click here to see a full listing of all the currently listed vintage motorcycles for sale on eBay.

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Absinthe & Flamethrowers

Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously is a book that’ll appeal to those of you who like spending their weekends doing a little more than barbecuing and raking the yard, the book includes instructions on how to make black powder, how to throw knives, how to crack a bull whip, eat Fugu and build a flame thrower. In fact, in our modern hyper-cautious society I’m not entirely sure how this book was published.

The author is William Gurstelle, a special editor from Popular Mechanics Magazine and a contributor to Wired, the Atlantic, and Make. Gurstelle has previously written Backyard Ballistics, Adventures from the Technology Underground, and The Practical Pyromaniac – making him exactly the kind of person you’d want to get drunk with in a shed.

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Official Blurb

Want to add more excitement to your life?

This daring combination of science, history, and DIY projects will show you how. Written for smart risk takers, it explores why danger is good for you and details the art of living dangerously.

Risk takers are more successful, more interesting individuals who lead more fulfilling lives. Unlike watching an action movie or playing a video game, real-life experience changes a person, and Gurstelle will help you discover the true thrill of making black powder along with dozens of other edgy activities.

All of the projects—from throwing knives, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull whip, learning bartitsu, and building a flamethrower—have short learning curves, are hands-on and affordable, and demonstrate true but reasonable risk.

With a strong emphasis on safety, each potentially life-altering project includes step-by-step directions, photographs, and illustrations along with troubleshooting tips from experts in the field.

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Triumph Scrambler by Tamarit Spanish Motorcycles

This Triumph Scrambler by Tamarit Spanish Motorcycles is one of the more off-road capable scramblers we’ve featured in recent memory – a modern scrambler is almost exclusively a road going motorcycle modified for off-road use, so it’s understandable that there would be varying degrees of both on and off-road ability within the genre. Some are very lightly modified and would be terrifying to ride on anything other than shiny new asphalt and some are a little more committed to the idea of mud, gravel and beach sand. This bike falls firmly into that latter category.

Those amongst you who like to have a good gripe about motorcycles without fenders should be absolutely delighted with the monster fender fitted to the front end of this bike, it’s an in-house special from Tamarit called the “Grand Bastard” and it can be retro fitted to any Triumph Bonneville or Scrambler.

Far from being just a casual custom motorcycle garage, the team at Tamarit build and sell their own Triumph parts – on this bike the seat is made by Tamarit, as is that number plate on the left side, the heat shield on the exhaust, the rear fender eliminator kit, the foot pegs, chain guard and sump guard.

The recent surge in popularity of the scrambler has been quite remarkable, Ducati have now released their own slew of 4 new scramblers and we’re expecting to see Moto Guzzi, Yamaha and Honda come out with their own in short order – there’s even a recent rumour doing the rounds that Harley-Davidson are working on a new version of the XR750 that’ll be designed as a tracker/scrambler.

If you own (or are planning to own) a Triumph Bonneville or Scrambler and you’ve been hunting around for parts you might want to take a look through the Tamarit catalogue here – just be warned, it’s very difficult to leave the store without filling the shopping cart.

 

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Bell X Schott NYC® Café Racer Jacket

The all new Bell X Schott NYC® Café Racer leather jacket is the result of a collaboration between the two iconic American brands, it’s made from premium horsehide and has a zip-out black pile liner for the cooler months. The jacket has a classic steerhide rally stripe down the left side and in true ’50s style it comes fully lined with red satin, with zippered sleeves and pockets.

Each of the Café Racer jackets is handmade in the USA and the production run is limited to 250 individually numbered units, I have a feeling that these are going to sell out in less than a week so if you want one, you’ll need to be quick.

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1973 Ducati 750SS Corsa by NCR

This 1973 Ducati 750SS Corsa by NCR was left sitting in a garage for over 30 years, it’s hard to imagine the thought process of the man who found it – It’s the two-wheeled equivalent of finding a raced-in-period Ferrari 250 GTO sitting under a tarp.

The importance of these early NCR Ducatis is hard to overstate – NCR was the de facto tuning house for Ducati and it was common for engineers from both companies to work shoulder to shoulder preparing motorcycles. Mike Hailwood rode an NCR prepped Ducati 900SS to his hugely popular Isle of Man TT comeback victory in 1978, cementing NCR into the hearts of motorcycle racing fans around the world.

The 750SS Corsa you see here is a rare pre-production 750SS, it’s one of four machines modified by NCR for production racing in 1973. Its three siblings were all sent to the USA for racing activities and to promote the all-new 750SS model to the American market, this bike stayed in Europe where it was raced by various riders from mid-1973 until the end of the season as a test and development prototype, it continued competing in the Italian championship until 1976.

After being rediscovered in Tuscany in 2010 in exceedingly poor condition, it was comprehensively restored in Italy over the following couple of years. It’s now being offered for sale to deep pocketed collectors for an estimated £65,000 to £80,000 hammer price at the Autumn Stafford Sale on the 19th of October 2014 – if you’d like to register to bid you can click here to visit Bonhams.

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Hooded Zip Sweat by Buzz Rickson’s

The Hooded Zip Sweat by Buzz Rickson’s is a pre-Depression era design that’s made using traditional 1920’s shuttle looms, each is made from 13-ounce 100% cotton, and they’re styled and cut to the exact specifications as the original vintage sweatshirts.

Buzz Rickson’s is a clothing company the specialises in reverse engineering vintage clothing, then producing them using the same materials and techniques – interestingly the company’s name is a hat tip to the character played by Steve McQueen in the 1961 film ‘The War Lover’.

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