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Friday
Feb272015

Be Your Own Squire

By Christopher A. Sawyer 

Just 21 years old when he founded Squire Motors Ltd. (later renamed the Squire Car Manufacturing Company), Adrian Squire dreamed of building a stylish grand prix racer for the road. Two- and four-seat models were built, each powered by a Squire-badged, Anzani-built 1.5-liter twin cam four. These expensive little engines could be ordered naturally aspirated or supercharged, and the cars had a reputation for their top speed and exceptional braking. Unfortunately, they were as expensive as a Bugatti, and production ended in 1936 with fewer than 10 cars built. Soon thereafter, Squire went to work for Lagonda and was working for the Bristol Aeroplane Company when he was killed during a bombing raid on the plant. He was just 30 years old. 

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Friday
Feb272015

Classic Modernity

There’s no longer any excuse for getting lost when driving your 901-993 series Porsche 911, 914/916, 924/944/968 or 928 now that Porsche Classic has introduced a retro-look navigation radio for these cars.  Designed for their DIN-1 slots, the unit is operated via two knobs, six integrated buttons and a touch-sensitive 3.5-in. screen. The maps are stored on microSD cards with eight gigabytes of memory, and are regularly updated.

In addition to the superior radio reception and navigation functions, the navigation radio has interfaces for a number of external audio sources that can be controlled from the touch screen. Plus, you can connect your smartphone via Bluetooth. The unit also has a built-in microphone, and comes with an external microphone as well. An integrated amp delivers 4 x 45 watts, and can  be connected directly to loud speakers or  the original sound system via an optional adapter cable. 

Though currently available in Europe through Porsche Classic Partners or Porsche Classic Centers at a cost of $1,340 (including VAT), units suitable for the U.S. are in the final stages of testing. Availability and pricing will be set once that is complete. CAS


Friday
Feb272015

Naked Power!

By Christopher A. Sawyer

Since January 10, The Henry Ford has run Engines Exposed!, a look under the hood of selected cars in its on-display collection. A few cars with open hoods scattered about doesn’t sound too exciting, but it is surprising how much more interesting such a small change can make to an otherwise static display. More than 40 vehicles have been thus exposed, from the truly expensive to the technically interesting to the prosaic; each with its own special story to tell. 

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Thursday
Feb262015

"Doccia Sacchetto" or Snappy Dresser?

By Christopher A. Sawyer

Lamborghini Centro Stile has created three new clothing lines — Classic, Casual and Squadra Corse — built along the hexagon theme. Why the hexagon? The hexagon is a recurrent shape in nature found in the lattice structure of carbon, snowflakes and the cells of a honeycomb, it can be stretched and adapted to the shape of cars, and it’s a shape that keeps coming to the forefront in Lamborghini vehicle design.

The bedrock of the Classic Line is a three-button men’s blazer made of wool with a honeycomb weave, and featuring a reflective fabric under collar insert and a zippered inside pocket. Or you can move up to the suede jacket with perforated leather inserts, or the Capsule with its swimsuit and 100% cotton beach towel fabric. It’s perfect for wowing the ladies at the beach. Finally, there’s the Fil Coupé shirts . These include the Custom Edition with an all-over “L” detail or the cool cotton polo shirt.

If the Casual Line is more your style, you’re looking for a polo shirt with the World Race Contest International emblem, laurel wreaths and a checkered flag. Or maybe a bomber jacket that you can wear with the pre-washed-effect t-shirt or polo shirt. Not enough? There’s always the Bull LXIII and Reduced Bull lines which use basic colors offset by splashes of lemon yellow, grape and army green. The Squadra Corse line, on the other hand, is inspired by racing, and features t-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, a track suit and a black windbreaker made of a three-ply fabric said to be wind and waterproof.

If looking like a poseur isn’t enough, you can accessorize with belts made from the leather used in Lamborghini interiors, carbon weave bags, neckties, leather accessories, cases for your digital devices and, to top it off, L1 Extrait de Parfum. This fragrance is a heady mix of pepper, vetiver, tobacco, leather and musk.

You can find the Collezione Automobili Lamborghini line at:

  • Lamborghini boutiques in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Jesolo, Dubai Mall, Bellavita Shopping Mall Taipei
  • All official Lamborghini dealerships worldwide
  • The Corner Shops in Bangkok - Siam Paragon, Bangkok - The Emporium, Pattaya City - Central Festival Pattaya
  • www.lamborghinistore.com
  • And multi-brand retailers in Italy, the Middle East, Lebanon, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Taiwan, Russia, and the CIS countries.

Friday
Feb132015

A Labor of Love

There aren’t many words here for the simple reason that they are not needed. This is a miniature W32 engine (two V16s on a common crank) made by “Patelo” a.k.a. Jose Manuel Hermo Barreiro, a 75 year-old retired naval mechanic living in Spain. The hand-built engine contains 632 screws and bolts, 850 pieces, and took 2,520 hours to create. Some have commented that this is not a true engine as it runs on compressed air, and does not have spark plugs, an ignition system, etc. Nonsense! The dictionary definition of an “engine” is this: “A machine with moving parts that converts power into motion.” In this case, the power is supplied by compressed air. Thus, we use modifiers to describe the type of engine (e.g. internal combustion engine). If you disagree, take it up with Mr. Webster or the folks at Oxford.

No matter where you come down in the engine debate. “Patelo” has created  miniature works of art with amazing appeal. We have included a short documentary about the man and his amazing obsession. — CAS