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Cars, Video

Hilarious traffic video – man crashes scooter four times in one minute before plunging into a pit

By Stefano on May 23rd, 2013

You just have to watch this. Incredible video and what a finale.

The video is from China. Let’s hope that one he is ok and two that he ie never let on a scooter ever again…

Cars, features, Gadgets

Airships, Hovercraft, Amphibious Caravans, Batmobiles – the weirdest vehicles for sale

By Stefano on March 14th, 2013

There is a fantastic story that dates from the turn of the century. Back then aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont would parade his new fangled Airship by hovering at roof level along the boulevards of Paris.

Then when he’d utterly freaked the passing Parisians out he would tie the ship up and pop into his favourite restaurant for lunch.

Hopefully one day we will all be floating roof level above the streets of cities in our personal airships. Until then though here is a selection of various other modes of transport – most of which are for sale – which are utterly bizarre, but would be huge amounts of fun.

Sealander Schwimmcaravan £15,000

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Need a caravan? Want a boat? Well this bizarre German made vehicle combines both in one. You can use it as a normal towed caravan and it comes with a cooking-washing module, cooler, heater, table and two benches that can be converted to enlarge the deck area. However if you get near water - lakes and rivers rather than the sea - you roll it out to the water and float away propelled by a 5hp electric motor. Schwimmcaravan


Fascinating film that celebrates the life of F1 legend Bruce McLaren

By Stefano on February 1st, 2013

I must admit that I didn’t know too much about Brice McLaren – the man who founded the Formula One racing team.

It turns out that he was not British, as I’d always thought, but a Kiwi, and that he was a very successful driver before starting the iconic F1 team.

But it was the team that bears his name that is a testament to the guy’s ability to analyse, problem solve and then engineer amazing cars

Sadly McLaren died in 1970 when the Can-Am car he had been testing crashed at the Goodwood Circuit. Apparently he had been testing his new M8D when the rear bodywork came adrift at speed. The loss of aerodynamic downforce destabilized the car, which spun, left the track and hit a bunker used as a flag station.

It makes me shudder to think how many drivers died at the time – he was just 32.

Anyhow to celebrate his life McLaren has commissioned a trilogy of brand films, named ‘McLaren 50 – Courage’, as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the McLaren marque.

The films are directed by Marcus Söderlund, a leading music-video maker from Sweden, and in this one the opening sequence follows the ghost of founder Bruce McLaren as he retraces the scene of his accident at the Goodwood circuit in 1970.

For more sad, but inspirational tales from the golden age of F1 go here.

Pic from Wikipedia

Cars, features, Sport

Great pictures from The Golden Age of Formula One – the 60s and 70s

By Stefano on December 17th, 2012

So F1 fans chin up! The new season starts four months today in Australia. Time will fly by. So to help fill the void in your life caused by lack of racing here is a quick trip back to the golden early days of Formula One in the 60s and 70s.

In some ways it is a bitter sweet journey for many of the stars of these images met awful premature deaths. You look at Jim Clark winning the US Grand Prix in  1967 knowing that a few months later his life would be claimed by a tree at the notorious German Hockenheimring circuit. Then there’s the fresh faced Jochen Rindt, the man many predicted would dominate F1 in the 70s who lost his life while practising for the Italian Grand Prix in 1970. He was just 28 years old.

I am also reminded of the really stupid deaths like that of British driver Thomas Pryce who was killed after a collision with a marshal who stepped on to the track at the 1977 South African Grand Prix.

Heaven knows what kind of impact these deaths must have had on the other drivers. And spurred on by a public, who were now getting sick of seeing images of grieving girlfriends with tear-filled eyes tucked behind their shades and the staff of constructors teams with ever more furrowed brows, Jackie Stewart and other drivers embarked on a long journey to make the sport a safe one.

In spite of the tragedies though,there is something incredibly glamorous about F1 in the 60s and 70s. Maybe it is clothes, the hair (or the sideburns as a certain person got bang on here), the curved shape of the cars or the stunning backdrops of circuits like Monaco (when they weren’t only a quick and cheap Easyjet flight away), but it just seemed way more sophisticated, elegant and classy back then.

Much of that elan was captured in the 1966 John Frankenheimer-directed film Grand Prix in which an American driver played by James Garner battles it out with French counterpart Yves Montand . The film wast a staple on TV in the 70s and 80s but doesn’t get screened as much now. It is worth watching for a gripping story line, some gorgeous photography and the cameo appearance of French singer and style icon Francoise Hardy.

So enjoy these images and let’s celebrate the all too brief lives of some of F1′s true giants.

Pics from PA

Jim Clark 1968 in his Lotus

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Clark won the F1 driver's championship twice in the 1960s. Tragically he died in 1968 when his car hit a tree at Germany's notorious Hockenheimring, circuit.


Five aspirational cars from the 90s – now going cheap(ish)

By Stefano on December 14th, 2012

Over the next year or so you are going to be partying like it is err 1996. Yep, you can’t move for 90s stars trying to resurrect their careers (coughs, Noel Gallagher, The Spice Girls) and then there are lot of bands who take at least some of their cues from Brit Pop – stand forward Jake Bugg.

Apparently, according to there has been a surge in demand for the decade’s coolest aspirational cars. So here are five of the most desirable. Personally give me one of these any day.

All rough prices courtesy of

TVR Cerebra £16,000

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Manufactured between 1996 and 2003, the Cerbera was the third car produced by British manufacturer TVR and the first hard top with the previous two being convertibles. Fitted with a hefty V8 engine, TVR owner Pete Wheeler was quoted at the time as saying that the car’s light weight and high power was “too much for a road car”. The car was hugely popular amongst the biggest names of the era with David Beckham owning a custom-made Cerbera as well as The Prodigy’s Keith Flint and comedian Vic Reeves.

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