Auto e Moto


December 2020

Octane is the authoritative guide to the best classic cars in the world

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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1 minuti
the roaring silence of le mans

Le Mans at night can be atmospheric enough but with empty stands and no crowds it was postively eerie on 19-20 September, even with the screaming field pounding up to the Dunlop Bridge, lights ablaze. Credit to the Automobile Club de l’Ouest for managing to put on any sort of event for this 88th running of the 24-hour enduro after having to postpone from the usual June slot. The race itself was rather more conventional than the circumstances surrounding it, with Toyota Gazoo Racing taking its third win on the trot via Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley in the TS050 hybrid. They were a full five laps ahead of the Rebellion Racing R13, while there were class wins for the UK’s Aston Martin and United Autosports.…

2 minuti
getting apprentices hooked on classics

‘Putting young people in old cars.’ That’s how CEO of StarterMotor, David Withers, describes the work of the charity, which was started in 2016. Based at Bicester Heritage, StarterMotor works closely with the Heritage Skills Academy and other colleges to support apprenticeships and apprentices and help them broaden their experience of the classic car industry. It’s backed in its work by a host of industry players including Bicester Heritage, Goodwood, HERO ERA and a selection of other well-known classic names. And, while keen to see young people driving classic cars, it wants to inveigle them wholly into the classic universe, with maintaining and enjoying classics as important as experiencing them. StarterMotor is determined to make sure the historic motoring world offers a very practical welcome to young people, not just by…

1 minuti
jon dooley b.1946

ALWAYS INEXTRICABLY linked with Alfa Romeo, Jon Dooley started racing in the 1960s and reached his peak in the 1970s and ’80s when he won the Production Saloon Champiosnhip, and was a fixture in the BTCC in his Alfasud and GTV6 and 75 Turbo. Despite many class wins, his most impressive result was third overall in the Championship in a six-year-old Sud when it had close to 100,000 miles on the clock. He didn’t restrict himself to circuit racing, however, and also campaigned an Alfasud on the RAC Rally, as well as taking part in the Tourist Trophy, sprints and hillclimbs.…

11 minuti
bettering the devil

I vividly remember the first time I drove a Lamborghini Diablo. It was about ten years ago, a facelifted 6.0-litre with 517bhp. The moment I floored the gas pedal, and the revcounter flashed past 3000rpm for the first time, I suddenly felt the force of its endless power pushing hard and realised how wonderfully brutal the Diablo could be. I was impressed – no, hooked – because of the transformation of the character of this car, docile and smooth up to 3000rpm and fierce and full of energy from there on up, building to a crescendo and becoming more incredible, more challenging with every passing millisecond. Above 5000rpm, well, that was new territory for me. It was beyond a force of nature. As with human beings, character comes not only with…

6 minuti
the z factor

IN JUST OVER a century, Carrozzeria Zagato has worked with carmakers from Abarth to Rolls-Royce, Ferrari to Lamborghini, via Aston Martin, Porsche and more. Today, not only is Zagato among very few survivors of its ilk, it is the only coachbuilder still in original family ownership: now the third generation. ‘I don’t know how this happened; maybe we were lucky to predict a transformation in the business,’ says Andrea Zagato, son of Elio and grandson of founder Ugo. ‘We had to change at the end of the 1980s, when car manufacturers were more and more establishing their own internal styling departments and lean production technology made the manufacture of different models possible on the same line. That was the turning point for the art of coachbuilding and for our company.’ Carrozzeria Ugo…

10 minuti
loads faster

If there’s one type of car that’s guaranteed to pique our interest, it’s a souped-up estate. From the Sultan of Brunei’s mysterious collection of outlandish and unlikely coachbuilt shooting brakes to Volvo’s BTCC 850s that stole all the headlines (but none of the silverware), there’s something about a louche load-lugger that makes them very hard to resist. One man who knows this better than most is Mark Burnett. A keen Historic racer and Goodwood regular, Burnett – whose day job is managing director of Burlen Ltd, manufacturers of genuine SU, AMAL and Zenith carburettors – is the man behind this rather splendid pair of Mini Countryman and Clubman racers. He also has a fully race-prepared Ogle SX1000, but that’s another story. Burnett’s admirably eccentric taste belies the fact that he’s a serious…