DeLorean Chronology Poster

I’m yet to meet a person who doesn’t have a pronounced soft-spot for the Back to the Future film series, the movies launched the DeLorean from slight obscurity to instant global sensation – and it’s arguably the films more than the car itself that have ensured that the DeLorean is still in limited production 33 years after it was first introduced.

This poster shows one iteration of the car from each of the three films, it’s printed on heavy-weight 200gsm paper, it measures 16 inches x 20 inches and each one costs just under $35 USD.

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1964 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra

The car you see here is a 1964 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra with the chassis #: CSX 2430 – it’s a Cobra with a remarkable history, even by Cobra standards, and it’s thought to be the last Competition Cobra ever personally driven by Carroll Shelby (in 1984).

On the 18th of June 1964 the vice president of Ford’s Special Vehicle Division stamped approved onto the work order for a fire-engine red “Competition Cobra for Tom Payne” – the price was $9,250 (an enormous sum in 1964 dollars) and there was a handwritten note on the order that just said color it RED.

The Cobra was being built for Tom Payne, a gentleman racer that had seen some success in a variety of both open and closed wheel formulas. Tom had partnered with Dan Gerber to found Gerber-Payne Ford in Fremont, Michigan – although there’s no indication either man was a particularly enthusiastic car salesman. Gerber and Payne were red-blooded racing drivers and the overwhelming majority of their time and effort was expended on race tracks around the United States.

As a factory-specification competition car the 289 Competition Cobra came directly from the Shelby factory with a bonnet scoop, a chrome roll bar, 6½-inch Halibrand front wheels (8½-inch at the rear), flared wings, Koni shocks, front and rear sway bars, competition brakes all around, quick-jack points, side pipes, dual long-range fuel tanks, a Monza snap-open fuel cap, a racing seat, a Sun tachometer, a fuel-pressure gauge, a differential cooler, an engine oil cooler, an electric Stewart-Warner fuel pump, and an aluminium Harrison header tank.

At its heart of the roadster was a full race-specification 289 V8 that had 4 Weber carburettors and a 12:1 compression ratio, it could deliver 400 brake horsepower in race tune – which was more than enough to spank almost any Ferrari ever made and still give many new Ferraris a run for their money.

If you’d like to park this particular Cobra in your garage you’ll need to attend the London Auction on the 8th of September 2014, its estimated value is £1,100,000 to £1,400,000 but that seems like a rather conservative guess given the current white-hot nature of the classic car market.

Click here to read more or register to bid.

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Photo Credits: Robin Adams ©2014 Courtesy of RM Auctions

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Music Hall MMF-2.2 Turntable

The MMF-2.2 Turntable by Music Hall is an audiophile-quality record player that can produce a class of sound from vinyl that many of us aren’t used to, and it does it for far fewer clams than most would expect to pay for something with the word audiophile associated with it.

Vinyl has been seeing a surge in popularity of late, the mediocre sound produced by 128kbps MP3s has spawned an entire movement of people who are far too young to have seen the glory days of the humble record. With this increasing popularity the need for high-quality turntables has shot upwards, dusty old record stores have defied all predictions of imminent death and are popular again and people who aren’t addicted to heroin are shopping for needles.

The Music Hall MMF-2.2 Turntable comes as standard with special vibration damping feet, gold rya connectors, an alloy platter and felt mat, a user replaceable elliptical stylus, a Music Hall Magic 2 phono cartridge (specially made by Ortofon), a one piece alloy tonearm for superb tracking ability, a low noise fully manual belt drive design, a high precision stainless steel and bronze bearing assembly, a separately isolated asynchronous motor and a user replaceable elliptical stylus.

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Great Circuits: Monza

Great Circuits: Monza is a one hour documentary covering the history of one of the most infamous racing circuits in the world, it’s a fantastic look at the early history of the track and is essential viewing for anyone planning to watch the modern Italian Grand Prix at Monza this coming weekend.

As a bit of a bonus, the film also explores the early history of the Mille Miglia – Italy’s other great race that shares a long list of drivers, marques and history with Monza. If you’d like to read more about the Autodromo Nazionale Monza you can click here, and to read more about the Mille Miglia you can click here.

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Magnus Walker 911 Wallpaper

Magnus Walker is a leading light in the modern world of vintage Porsche 911 collecting, between Walker and Jerry Seinfeld you’ll find every historically significant 911 ever made – with Seinfeld being more of a purist and Walker being a student of the Outlaw school of thought.

The 911 you see here is Walker’s most well-known car – and it’s pretty close to Stuttgart-perfection as far as I can tell. If you’d like to see more of this car you can click here to see it in Urban Outlaw, and if you’d like to visit Magnus’ website you can click here.

Click here to download the full size (1920 x 1080 pixel) wallpaper.

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Etón Hand-Crank Two-Way Survival Radio

The Etón Hand-Crank Two-Way Survival Radio is a small communications system designed to be used during or shortly after earthquakes, as well as floods, tsunamis, bush fires and other natural or man made disasters. It has a built in AM/FM/NOAA weather radio, a two-way GMRS radio, an SOS beacon, an LED flashlight, a siren and cell phone charger so you can keep your devices powered on the go.

The hand-crank allows the radio to be powered by hand if you happen to run out of batteries or if there’s no external power supply – potentially making it useful on camping trips as well as after the end of the world.

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Jaguar XK140 MC

The Jaguar XK140 was the improved follow on model from the XK120 – a car famous for being the fastest in the world when it was released. The first XK120 was delivered to American uber-icon Clark Gable in 1949, kicking off an extraordinarily successful sales run that would top 12,000 units by the time the new XK140 came along.

Jaguar was careful when designing the XK140, the updates were mostly performance-oriented with focus given to further improving the driving characteristics of the car without totally reinventing the wheel. In keeping with the British obsession with handling, telescopic shock absorbers were fitted instead of the XK120′s lever arm units, better brakes were used, rack and pinion steering was added and increased suspension travel was also designed into the new car.

The MC designation on this car means it was one of the slightly more performance oriented XK140s, they were fitted with the C-Type Head (from the Le Mans winning car) and a twin exhaust allowing for an additional 20 horsepower at the rear wheels (210hp up from 190hp on the standard XK120).

It’s rare to find an XK140 MC up for sales – rarer still to find a matching numbers example like this, a car that was recently restored to concours condition, with less than 317 miles on the odometer since it was completed.

If you’d like to see more images of this car or just slam your credit card down and scream shut up and take my money, you can click here to visit LBI Limited, where the car is currently listed for sale at $149,500 USD.

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The Sibley 400 Deluxe Tent

The Sibley 400 Deluxe Tent is something I came across a few weeks ago and immediately bought on impulse – despite the fact that I had no plans to go camping and that it’s currently the middle of winter in my part of the world.

At €449 each, the Sibley 400 Deluxe certainly isn’t the cheapest tent you could buy – that said, you’ll be hard pressed to find another tent that you’ll actually want to permanently move into. Each Sibley tent is made from waterproof heavy-duty cotton canvas (320 g/m²) and has a heavy-duty waterproof ground sheet made out of PVC (540 g/m²).

The tent you see here is the Sibley 400 Deluxe Tent, when erected it measures 13.12 feet wide by 8.20 high and 2 feet high around the edges, the total floor space is 133 ft² – which is actually better than my first 3 apartments.

You can easily fit 2 queen-sized beds into the Sibley 400 Deluxe but if we’re honest, you’ll be better off with 1 bed and some wood/canvas furniture – preferably with a small humidor, a sleeper trunk full of sherry and pith helmet. Just in case.

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5 Essential Motorcycle Books: Part 2

This is the second part in our 3 part series, if you’d like to see the five books in part 1 you can click here. I’ve been steering clear of the more mechanical/technical books until the third part in the series – so don’t worry too much!

As always, I rely on recommendations from people like you to make these guides as good as possible – so if you have a book you think belongs in part 3, jump into the comments at the bottom of the article and let me know.

Click here to read the full list

 

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DemerBox Stereo

James Demer is a location sound mixer known for his work on films like Bowling for Columbine, Beacon Hill and TV shows like Survivor and The Apprentice. While on location in Alaska a few years ago he needed to create a portable sound box so he took a Pelican case, a lithium-ion battery some waterproof speakers and some simple electronics and set to work. The resulting stereo was exceptionally tough and it was progressively tuned to produce sound quality at a level that has impressed even the most cynical of sound technicians.

James has now finished the R&D stage of the DemerBox production process and is running a Kickstarter to fund the initial production run, it’s been a roaring success so far with the project 1/3 funded already. If you’d like to pre-order yourself a DemerBox you can do so on the Kickstarter page, you’ll just need to choose between the 1 and 2 speaker model, then pick a colour (yellow, orange, blue or black).

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