Alpine-Renault A110

The Alpine-Renault A110 is remembered for two things, it’s beauty and its extraordinary rally abilities. The model had quite a long life for a sports car, it was introduced by the small French marque Alpine in 1961 and continued production until 1977 – it even saw parallel production lines running in both Mexico and Bulgaria at one point midway through its lifespan.

Alpine was acquired by Renault in 1973 but this was no great surprise, Alpine cars had always used a broad range of parts from the Renault catalogue and the two companies had always been closely aligned – in fact the only significant change to the A110 during this time was that its name went from being the ‘Alpine A110′ to being the ‘Alpine-Renault A110′.

A large part of the car’s success was down to its remarkably light weight, it tipped the scales at ~700kgs/1540lbs (depending on engine choice) which made it perfectly suited for the challenges of European rally stages. The more notable victories of the A110 include the 1971 Monte Carlo Rally, the top 3 positions in the Coupe des Alpes rally of 1969 and the World Rally Championship in 1971 and 1973.

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The model you see here is powered by the popular 81bhp, 1289cc inline 4-cylinder Renault engine with a single Weber carburettor, this fed power to the rear wheel via a 5-speed manual transmission and stopping was achieved using the 4-wheel disc brakes.

Much has been written about the styling of the Alpine A110, there’s little argument that it’s a stunningly beautiful car – the only drawback is that the lightweight fibre glass bodies don’t tend to age well and require careful maintenance to stay in good condition. That said, at least body rust isn’t likely to be an issue.

The design was the work of Giovanni Michelotti, an Italian automobile designer that was perhaps more prolific than any other throughout the 20th century. Michelotti designed for Ferrari, Triumph, Lancia, Maserati, British Leyland, BMW, Scammell, DAF/Volvo, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Reliant, Hino and Matra. If you take a close look at his designs for Triumph – namely the Triumph Spitfire 4 Mark 2 and the Triumph GT6, you’ll see hints of their relation to the Alpine A110.

This particular A110 is being offered for sale by RM Auctions at their London Sale on the 8th of September 2014, its estimated hammer price is between £40,000 to £50,000 – making it a remarkably affordable entry into the Historic Monte Carlo Rally, for those so inclined.

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Photo Credits: Tim Scott ©2014 Courtesy of RM Auctions

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Icon 1000 El Bajo Boot

The Icon 1000 El Bajo Boot is the lower cut version of the Icon 1000 Elsinore Boot, making it more suitable for use as a boot you use both on and off the bike.

Much like the Elsinore, the El Bajo has a top grain leather upper, a Goodyear Welt sole, a steel heel plate and a heat-pressed leather shifter panel over the toes. You can choose between the black and brown colour variants and sizes range from 8 all the way up to 14.

Grab yours here

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BMW R80RT Monolever Scrambler

I have a rapidly growing soft spot for BMW Scramblers, there’s something about a vintage boxer engine paired with chunky tires that just seems right – even though I’m sure BMW purists would froth at the mouth if they heard me say that out loud. The scrambler you see here is the work of VDBMOTO, it started life as a BMW R80RT Monolever – an interesting bike from the Motorrad back catalogue that was fitted with an offset mono-shock rear end driven by a shaft.

The Monolever was built from 1984 to 1995 and enjoyed significant sales success, it was powered by a more-reliable-than-taxes 797.5cc boxer twin producing 49hp and 59Nm of torque. BMW built over 22,000 Monolevers during the life of the model, this means that they’re relatively easy to come by in many parts of the world and as they become a little older and a little less expensive we’re seeing a slow increase in the number of custom motorcycle garages that are taking them on as project bikes.

One such garage is VDBMOTO, they acquired a stock BMW R80RT Monolever and decided to strip it back to its bare essentials and create a dirt capable street scrambler. The large fairing was removed and the engine was removed from the frame, anything and everything that was surplus to requirement was removed before the rebuild process began.

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The rear subframe was replaced with a new section and a ribbed seat was bolted in place above, the suspension was replaced with progressive springs up front and an adjustable mono spring in the back. A set of powdercoated wheels replaced the stock units, wearing chunky Pirelli MT43 tires to give the bike a fistful of grip when the asphalt turns into beach sand.

Weathered steel fenders were fitted front and back, the front was designed to be easily removable. A pair of OEM BMW fork boots were sourced to keep the shiny bits clean and the headlight was replaced with a smaller 7″ model, perhaps the most interesting addition to the Monolever is the aluminium surfboard rack (sadly not shown here), that allows the bike to be used for long rides down empty beaches looking for waves and was specified by the client – Folklore Surf.

If you’d like to see more from VDBMOTO you can click here.

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Stradale by Autodromo

The Stradale is a new automatic wristwatch by Autodromo, as with all of the designs from the company the Stradale is designed to evoke the styling queues of dashboard instruments on vintage Italian sports cars.

The face of the Stradale is covered with a dome of sapphire crystal, the hour markers sit on a glass ring which itself floats over the coloured dial – this gives the watch a 3 dimensional face reminiscent of gauges used on classic American cars from the 1950s.

Each Autodromo Stradale is powered by a 24 jewel Miyota automatic movement which is shown off through a sapphire exhibition case back, the watch is being offered in 3 colour combinations – allowing you to match it to the interior of your 275 GTB.

With an MSRP of $875 USD, the Stradale is likely to sell out just as quickly as the Monoposto did before it, so if you’d like to snag one you may want to hit the pre-order button sooner rather than later.

Grab yours here

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Stories of Bike – Season One

Cam Elkins is one of those directors who is capable of turning out world class films with little outside help and not much more than a camera and a computer.

I’ve noticed that some people are good at shooting but lousy at editing, or vice versa – some are great at finding a beautiful story but incapable of capturing it and others can capture it but lack the personality to draw it out of the subject. Cam can do all of these things and quite a bit more, most people who see his films automatically assume that they were created by a team of significantly talented people – I know I did when I first came across the Stories of Bike series.

I’ve been unable to find a chronological collection of Stories of Bike anywhere, so I’ve compiled the full list of episodes from season one. I recommend watching them all, but if you only have time for one I’d suggest taking a look at episode 10, it’s a short film that stuck with me for quite a while.

See the full episode list here

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Swedish FireSteel Fire Starter

Swedish FireSteel was originally developed by the Swedish Department of Defense – due to the weather conditions in Sweden a fire starter was needed that was waterproof, snowproof, altitude immune and exceedingly reliable.

Matches, lighters and other traditional methods of starting fires all have significant drawbacks, so there’s a huge benefit to a small, simple device that can launch a stream of sparks at 2,980 degrees centigrade onto tinder. Swedish FireSteel works with wet, damp and otherwise hard to light materials – meaning it’s perfect for everyone from Swedish Special Forces to a Boy Scout Troupe.

Grab yours here

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Das Auto: The Germans, Their Cars and Us

Das Auto: The Germans, Their Cars and Us is a fantastic and brilliantly scripted documentary by the BBC – it takes a long, honest look at the German automobile industry and the conclusions drawn are hard to deny.

As a person with double-barrelled British heritage it’s sometimes difficult to admit just how much better the Germans have managed their four-wheeled efforts – text books are now written on it and entire semesters of MBA syllabuses are dedicated to just how the Germans took up the shards of their economy in the post-WWII era and built what is now the world’s most powerful automobile industry.

The documentary’s running time is a just a smidge under an hour, it’s a fast-paced and engaging look at the rise of the modern day German behemoth – and it’s well worth a watch.

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The Overman Duffle x Backpack

The Overman Duffle x Backpack by Wheelmen & Co is a classic military duffle bag with twin straps that can be clipped to the sides – transforming it from a duffle into a backpack. The shell is made from a tough 10.10oz waxed cotton canvas and the interior is lined with neutral 600 denier.

Each Overman has one large main compartment and a separate top pocket for shoes or other extras, both fitted with featuring waterproof zippers. The bag also has multiple exterior side pockets for phones, passports, documents and maps. As with all the gear made by Wheelmen, the Overman is hand made in the USA in limited numbers.

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Bishop by Bandit 9

Daryl from Bandit 9 has quickly earned himself some hefty respect throughout the custom motorcycle scene, he consistently turns out motorcycles that catch the eye so forcefully they’ll almost snap your neck.

He’s recently shifted their primary focus to limited edition production runs, the first was EVE, a bike we featured here on Silodrome in its concept phase and then again after it had been built. 9 of them were made and shipped to an impressive variety of clientele, including royalty, and now Daryl is switching his focus to the next limited edition production motorcycle – Bishop.

Bishop is based on the versatile Honda Super Sport platform, a single cylinder, air cooled motorcycle that’s almost as ubiquitous as the bicycle on the streets of South East Asia. The team at bandit 9 will be stripping the donor bike back and mechanically sorting it out, before hand-building a custom aluminium unibody, fitting inverted forks up front and new matching springs at the rear. The electricals and lights are all to be replaced with low-key units and the customer will be able to specify oak, teak or walnut for the panelling on the side of the fuel tank.

If you’d like to order one you’ll need to click here to message Bandit 9, the cost is going to be between $6,400 and $6,800 USD depending on specification.

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REV’IT! Windsor Jacket

The REV’IT! Windsor Jacket is a new design from the company that’s aimed squarely at the growing demographic of motorcyclists who refuse to dress themselves up in gear inspired by mid-80s sci fi.

The Windsor has a waterproof cotton canvas shell with a detachable hood, an air vent system across the front, a stretch panel across the back, CE protection in the shoulders and elbows, and a pocket for a CE certified back protector.

Grab yours here

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