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Way Of The Wasp: Celebrating 70 Years Of Vespa

Way Of The Wasp: Celebrating 70 Years Of Vespa

It's 1945, the war is over, and needless to say Italy didn't win. The Piaggio factory in Tuscany, which had been churning out Pondaterra fighter planes, was gutted by a bomb blast, and in any case no one needed fighter planes anymore. Italy's entire economy was crippled, its roads […]
Arachnophilia: The Fiat Spider, Then & Now

Arachnophilia: The Fiat Spider, Then & Now

In 2017 Fiat plans to bring the Spider back to the U.S. after several decades absence in the form of the spiffy new 124. It's a well thought-out throwback to the original 124 Sport Spider, an iconic 2+2 convertible designed by the legendary house of Pininfarina and manufactured from […]
Get Shot: The One-Off Aston Lagonda Shooting Brake

Get Shot: The One-Off Aston Lagonda Shooting Brake

Shooting brakes, the bespoke sports cars converted into the most gentlemanly of country house conveyances, have always held a special fascination for us. Aston Martin versions are the most famous, reportedly stemming from owner David Browns desire for a car that could carry his hunting dogs. While the handful […]

Hell For Leather: The Mercedes-Benz W196

Hell For Leather: The Mercedes-Benz W196

When Mercedes-Benz showed up to the 1954 French Grand Prix with their new W196, the competition knew they were Holborned, as the cockneys say. What had them in a tizzy was the cars new “Monza” streamlined closed-wheel aluminum body, and one look said Benz had already won. Which Juan […]
Ton Up, Visor Down

Ton Up, Visor Down

These days people toss about the term café racer without really knowing what it means or where it came from. Apart from being a genre of especially cool motorbike, it comes from a very specific time and place the iconic Ace Café in North west London, where modern […]
Pop Goes The Bentley: The Legendary Sir Peter Blake Pimps A Ride

Pop Goes The Bentley: The Legendary Sir Peter Blake Pimps A Ride

If you're interested in art and design but have never heard of Sir Peter Blake, we can only attribute it to a faulty education. Blake is quite simply a living legend. Probably best known for creating the album art for a little trifle called Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club […]

Motos To Go: A Grand Prix Racers Collection

Motos To Go: A Grand Prix Racers Collection

A super-cool collection of motorbikes belonging to Giuseppe Visenzi, former Italian Grand Prix motorcycle racer and founder of famed moto accessories company, GIVI, will be auctioned off at Bonhams' Stafford Sale on April 24 in Stafford, UK. The collection of 14 bikes includes a wicked 1963 Honda 125cc CR93 […]
Virginia Is For Speed Lovers: Brian Redman & The BMW Batmobile

Virginia Is For Speed Lovers: Brian Redman & The BMW Batmobile

BMW must be feeling extremely generous on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. The BMW Performance Driving School in partnership with BMW USA Classic is literally offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a few racing enthusiasts in Virginia come November. From Nov. 78 those signing up for the BMW Legends […]
Stuck At Amelia Island: A Racing Legend & More At The Concourse

Stuck At Amelia Island: A Racing Legend & More At The Concourse

The 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance just wrapped up in Florida with enough precious metal on show to rival Pebble Beach. A 1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupula Coupe and a 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Town Car won the Best In Show honors, but they were far from being the […]

A Hundred Feet Of Fast And Wild

A Hundred Feet Of Fast And Wild

When it comes to the world's coolest sailing yachts, there are Wallys, and then theres everything else. The 100-ft. Wally Dark Shadow, built by the Monegasque boatyard in 2002 and recently refit, is being offered for sale for $4.65 million via the Wally Brokerage, something like Costco for the […]
A Thousand Classics & A Castle

A Thousand Classics & A Castle

Get this down in your Smythson diary post haste: the 2016 Concours of Elegance at Windsor Castle this September will be the biggest, most diverse and snazziest edition of the legendary event yet. Thanks to Her Maj, aka the Queen of England, who celebrates her 90th birthday this year and wants […]
Paint It Black

Paint It Black

Not so long ago we remarked on the phenomenon of certain celebs like David Beckham doing after-market blackout jobs on their Rolls-Royces. Now it seems the storied British marque is trying to bring that business back in-house, with a new stealth scheme for the Ghost and Wraith dubbed Black […]


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