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Friday
Aug262016

$1 Million Stirling Moss Edition Lister Knobbly

The Lister Motor Company introduced its limited edition Stirling Moss edition Lister Knobbly at Pebble Beach this past weekend. Priced at $1 million plus tax, the magnesium-bodied car is built to the special lightweight specification run by the Lister works cars in the 1950s. Unfortunately, none of the factory race cars survive.

In addition to a hand-formed aluminum body, the Moss edition cars feature a magnesium engine sump, clutch and differential housing. Each of the 10 cars will be painted green with yellow stripes, the factory color scheme raced by Moss at Silverstone in 1958. There’s also a solid sterling silver number plaque with Stirling Moss’s signature engraved on the front, alongside the number of the car. No more than 10 will be built, and several deposits were taken at Pebble Beach. Each of the owners will meet with Moss at the factory to take delivery of their car, and receive a personal welcome letter from the former driver.

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Friday
Aug122016

A New Era in Go Karts

By Christopher A. Sawyer

When I was growing up, gas-powered go karts were all the rage; their single-cylinder Briggs and Stratton engines chugging away behind your head, and a rudimentary steel tube frame tying everything together. Against the clock they weren’t quick, nor did they have a high top speed, but they felt like rockets as you skimmed along the ground imaging yourself to be Jim Clark or a young Mario Andretti.

Things have changed dramatically since then, and the idea of a kids go kart has all but disappeared form the scene. With “helicopter” parents the norm, the idea of a youngster racing along in a self-propelled vehicle is enough to drive them to apoplexy. Plus, will these kids needs the driving skills that can be learned in a future of self-driving car?

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Friday
Aug122016

Car Cufflinks

TMB Art Metal, which makes unique bespoke pieces from remnants from historic automobiles, warplanes and more, has created a limited-run set of cufflinks from the OZ Racing front wheel of a Monaco-based Bugatti Veyron. The pieces recreate the Veyron’s 12-spoke wheels, each fitted with bronze or chrome black tires. They cost £295 ($387), and are available directly from TMB.

If wheel cufflinks aren’t your style, but you still want a Veyron on your wrist, TMB has an “Essence of Form” cufflink that might interest you. It also uses aluminum from the OZ Racing wheel, but displays an aesthetically optimized version of the Veyron’s shape in a cufflink that is 23-mm (0.90-in.) long. Each features a subtle red finish on the nose that represents the Bugatti’s signature grille. Price is available upon asking.

Other products include cufflinks made from pieces off an Aston Martin DBR1/2, DB4 GT Zagato, Bentley Old No. 2, Bluebird speed record car, Type 35 Bugatti, Ferrari 250 GTO, and D Type Jaguar. This is in addition to similar items from the Concorde, Hurricane and Spitfire, the Flying Scotsman train, and piston desk clocks that use the piston and connecting rod of an historic engine with a suitable clock mounted in the rod’s big end. — CAS


Friday
Jul292016

Shades of Green

By Christopher A. Sawyer

Time Warp Cortina GT

Unlike the fare found by our Editor-at-Large that features in the Virtual Collection section, this pair of British collectibles have no racing pedigree, They may, however, be part of someone’s dream garage, especially if it happens to be located somewhere in the United Kingdom.

Historics at Brooklands is auctioning off a 1963 Ford Cortina 1500 GT that reportedly has traveled a total of 19,244 miles. That’s an average of one mile per day in its 53-year lifetime. Built at Ford’s Dagenham plant, the Cortina GT was the top of the line until the arrival of the Lotus Cortina later that same year. It had a stout (for the time) 78 hp, and was capable of traveling from 0-60 mph in 14 seconds, and could reach a top speed of 95 mph.

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Friday
Jul012016

Another Use for Trip Insurance

Jaguar has launched a drive program that gives those with a taste for danger and strong stomachs; a chance to have a professional driver take them for a flat-out romp around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a Jaguar F-Type SVR. The “Jaguar Co-Pilot Nordschleife” program provides each passenger with a full race suit and helmet, as well as a HANS device for maximum safety. The F-Type SVR is fitted with Recaro Racing seats, race harnesses, a roll cage and on-board cameras to record the flying lap around the 12.94-mile circuit.

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