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Derek Bell MBE… on Steve McQueen, Jack Heuer and time
I KNOW IT’S NOT going to be an average watch chat when Derek Bell starts by showing me an immaculate TAG Heuer Monaco and says: ‘Of course, this isn’t the one Steve gave me. This one’s from his son – I’ll tell you the story.’ In this case, the ‘Steve
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Can You Dig It?
THE BAMFORD NAME has been an ever-present marker in the history of UK industry since the formation of a blacksmith’s in the 1820s, but without doubt it was one Joseph Cyril Bamford who propelled it into being synonymous with thoughts of heavy, capabl
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Museum Of Curiosity Opens
EVERY MUSEUM needs an edge, but few are brave enough to allow you to drive the exhibits. That’s one of the unique selling points of a new museum, Great British Car Journey, near Belper, Derbyshire, which opened on 22 May. Delayed for a year due to Co
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Greatness Is A Matter Of Opinion
AS A CLASSIC VEHICLE enthusiast, Robert Coucher admits in Octane 214 that he never really ‘got’ Fiat and asks what its last great car was It’s always been extremely difficult for high-volume auto producers such as Fiat, Toyota, Volkswagen or General
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Retro Racing Games
The charm of video games is lost on many, but driving games in particular were a great source of inspiration during my formative years. While I try to keep up with the extremely fast-paced modern video game universe (Forza Horizon keeps me entertaine
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Last Of The Repmobile Racers
MY SUPER TOURING Mondeo is a sibling of the car that came third in the 1995 British Touring Car Championship under Paul Radisich. These models are the last of the rep’scar racers, and one of the last type that are reasonably affordable to look after.
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The Duke of Richmond
IN 1802 THE third Duke of Richmond created a racecourse on top of the hill above his home. Over the last two centuries millions have flocked to this country estate to enjoy not only horse racing but also motor racing, which started in 1948. Situated
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Bailey Bridge
UNDER THE COVER of darkness on the evening of 21 July 1943, during the increasingly bloody invasion of Sicily, the troops of Canada’s Loyal Edmontons Regiment were ordered to attack and capture the German-occupied hill town of Leonforte. The attack d
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Donington Festival Rocks
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Orange, And Far From A Lemon
HAVING COVERED whole tens of miles in the Honda in 2019, it was going to be a different story in 2020. A plan was hatched whereby I would join mate and co-owner Chris Rees for a road trip in the Z600. We had some vague notion of attending an event in
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Metallic green is one colour that often suits a big Ferrari much better than ‘retail red’ – but none of the half-dozen Daytona prototypes were finished in green. Which is a touch awks, because this handbuilt model owes a lot of its appeal to its stri
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Octane’s Fleet
• 2001 Audi TT Quattro • 1990 Citroën BX 16v • 1994 Toyota Celica GT-Four • 1996 Saab 9000 Aero • 1997 Citroën Xantia Activa • 1997 Peugeot 306 GTI-6 • 2000 Honda Integra Type R • 2001 Audi A2 • 1969 Triumph Herald 13/60 Convertible • 1989 Mercedes-B
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Selective Salon
OCTANE IS PROUD to have become an official media partner to the leading Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance. Having started at the Hurlingham Club in South-West London, and now in its 16th year, Salon Privé takes place at the spectacular surroundings of
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Bateau Lafitte
Part car, part motorcycle, part aeroplane. This 1926 Lafitte Trèfle (a three-seater in cloverleaf formation) can claim genes from all three engine-powered species. Maybe a bit of boat, too. Back then, ‘conventional’ was still far from a fully formed
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The Home Of Secrets
THE SHAPES ARE familiar, clearly the work of Touring of Milan, but you don’t usually see them from this angle. The sepia tone of the images triggers a childhood memory of gazing at action unfolding on a tiny screen. The music, a mix of Monty Norman,
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A Word From The Apprentice
Apart from an extraordinary ability to remember how to open the bonnets of up to 152 cars, Luke Henshaw, who is just 17 years old, is also an apprentice to Mark Lawrence, 62-year-old workshop manager, and the two of them look after the Great British
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News Feed
You wait ages for a top-notch handcrafted Ferrari 250 GT SWB-inspired classic and then two come along at once. First is from the RML Group (the RM in that being for Ray Mallock) and promises ‘the driving purity of supercars from the past, while offer
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Jay Leno
This week I got to drive a couple of game-changers: GM’s new all-electric Hummer and the new Mercedes-Benz EQS. Let’s start with the Hummer. When first introduced in 1992 it was big, loud and intimidating. In fact, the very first one off the assembly
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Dare To Be Different
‘YOU’RE NOT LIKE everyone else’ is the tagline on Maserati’s webpage for the Ghibli, which pretty much nails the appeal of what has always been a niche brand in the UK. You don’t buy a Maserati with your head; it’s entirely the responsibility of your
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Robert Coucher
This month we feature on the cover three of the most extreme sports cars ever to wear numberplates. Full-on Le Mans sports racing cars just about legal for ordinary motorists to drive… if not quite with impunity. The trio has a combined value of over
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Bright Spark
YES, THE IRONY of another electric car in a magazine called ‘Octane’ doesn’t escape me, but while the last one we featured cost upwards of £100,000 (the rather excellent Porsche Taycan), this one kicks off at barely more than a quarter of that. Even
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Ken Richardson
SHE WAS A NEW CO-WORKER at my wife’s company, and one of my fellow Americans, so of course we invited her to share a meal on her first Thanksgiving here amongst the heathens. Possessing the healthy ego of any brilliant automotive writer, I also prepa
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Octane’s Fleet
• 1955 Jaguar XK140 • 1960 Triumph TR3A • 1962 Norton Dominator • 1965 Aston Martin DB5 • 1989 BMW 320i Convertible • 1981 BMW 323i Top Cabrio • 1998 Aston Martin DB7 Volante • 1927 Alvis 12/50 • 1927 Ford Model T pick-up • 1942 Fordson Model N tract
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Exactly As You Like It
THERE’S A CLUE in the name. ‘Oshe’ is the African god of thunder, and the moniker has been applied by David Lane, owner of Workshop Seventy7 and a native of that continent. His back-story is quite important: not an engineer or a car salesman but a fo
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Derek Bell
It came as a relief, I don’t mind telling you. In April, I was on councours-judging duty during the 30th running of the Cavallino Classic. It was staged at The Breakers in West Palm Beach, which is a wonderful venue. While a more intimate event than
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Making a Marque
As someone who has dabbled in vintage motoring advertising for more than four decades, this reviewer’s golden rule is that if you see a piece promoting Rolls-Royce, it’s almost certainly a fake. The company didn’t need to hawk its wares to Joe Public
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Hello, Dollies!
LIKE MANY BRITS, I enjoy visiting the German discount supermarket chains Aldi and Lidl to see what off-the-wall stuff is on special offer at any particular moment. The random nature of these products, which are invariably in the central aisles of the
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Quick Glance
19 July, artcurial.com France has a habit of unearthing some fantastic ‘hidden’ cars, and this DB5 will be offered after a mere 42 years of being left in storage. It was put away after the owner’s wedding in 1980, and will likely need a lot of work.
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1989 Lotus Esprit
LOOKING BACK, IT’S hard not to admire the job that Peter Stevens did on the X180 Lotus Esprit. Fundamentally, the Esprit’s underlying chassis dated back to the early 1970s – although it had been significantly improved and tweaked by the time the 1987
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Showroom Briefs
A technical marvel, the Aprilia is a car for those that appreciate clever engineering. This later 1.5-litre Series II benefits from a little more performance. Early and interesting history in Italy. jonathan-wood.co.uk (UK) One of 364 4.7-litre Indys
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