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Octane May 2018

Octane is a premium monthly magazine celebrating over 100 years of automotive design, from classic Bentleys to the latest BMW. We have been at the heart of the motoring industry for seventeen years, so we know our stuff when it comes to classic cars. Written by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, the magazine captures the exclusivity and excitement of the classic car world so you can experience it all wherever you are.

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If the subject of this image is unclear, it is not, we should point out, the fault of our printers; snapper Arthur Siegel was always more abstract artist than photojournalist. Right of Assembly is one of the pictures taken by Siegel from a high vantage point during the Tool and Die Strike of 1939, and those TV-static dots are, in fact, the faces of thousands of picketing General Motors employees, gathered at Cadillac Square in Detroit. The strike was called by United Auto Workers Union official Walter Reuther, who had himself done time as a tool and die maker. He joined Ford in 1927 as a precocious 19-year-old, but by 1932 he had been forced out because of his socialist leanings. Big Business apparently did not have a use for a man…

5 min
donald healey’s 8c triumph dolomite

In one of the more intriguing episodes in British pre-war motoring history, mass manufacturer Triumph was teetering on the financial brink when it took on the world’s most impressive cars in competition and on the forecourt. The plot was hatched by Donald Healey and Tommy Wisdom, who cloned the most sophisticated car available and then competed against it. It was so bold that it is a surprise to realise such an episode has been relegated to the footnotes of folklore. Maybe it is because so few were built, but those that know, know. And the spec and history make them stand out. Modelled on the Alfa Romeo 8C Monza powered by Jano’s 2.3-litre jewel, there were three chassis and two completed cars, powered by a dual-overhead-cam 2.0-litre blown straight-eight. Sadly, world…

4 min
a family hatchback returns

LIKE MOST DADS, I will never forget the day my first child was born – 9 September 2006 – but for me this is mainly because it was two months to the day before I left the house telling the wife that now we were parents we needed a sensible family hatchback… and came back with a 1968 Jensen Interceptor. Since then – well, until two years ago – I have averaged 6000 miles a year in the Mk1 and got at least that mileage again from the ‘hatchback’ anecdote. I paid £3500 for it from a Yank car fan in Staines who had rolled-up jeans and a quiff and bought it solely for its engine. The upside of that is that he tackled the coolant flow to make sure it…

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octane’s fleet

These are the cars – and motorbikes – run by the magazine’s staff and contributors JESSE CROSSE Contributor l 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 l 1986 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth DAVID BURGESS-WISE Contributor l 1903 De Dion-Bouton l 1911 Pilain 16/20 l 1926 Delage DISS MARTYN GODDARD Photographer l 1963 Triumph TR6SS Trophy l 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII DAVE KINNEY Markets expert l 2005 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti DELWYN MALLETT Contributor l 1936 Cord 810 Beverly l 1946 Tatra T87 l 1950 Ford Club Coupe l 1952 Porsche 356 l 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL l 1957 Porsche Speedster l 1957 Fiat Abarth Sperimentale l 1963 Abarth-Simca l 1963 Tatra T603 SARAH BRADLEY Contributor l 1929 Ford Model A hot rod l 1952 Studebaker Champion l 1956 Chevrolet 3100 pick-up l 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner l Various motorbikes MASSIMO DELBÒ Contributor l 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 l 1972 Fiat 500L l 1975 Alfa Romeo GT Junior…

3 min
gilding the lily

WE HAVE A particular fondness for the work of Ghia and, had we been in the market for a Ferrari 195 Inter Coupé back in 1950, the Torinese coachbuilder – by that time run by Felice Mario Boano – would unquestionably have been given the job of dressing the chassis. Vignale, Touring and Motto were also engaged to craft bodywork for the Inter, of which 27 were built by Ferrari, but Ghia’s offering was the pick of the bunch, beautifully proportioned and more stately than sporty. It would not have occurred to us, it is safe to say, to have a bash at modifying a Ghiabodied Inter, but that is exactly what the first private owner of chassis 0113 S did. And against all odds, the result was not half bad. The man…

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news feed

Classic recordbreakers The Silverstone Classic has been recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the biggest-ever parade of McLaren cars at last year’s festival when 115 cars took to the track. The cars were gathered by the McLaren Owners’ Group to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Kiwi legend Bruce McLaren’s birth. The demonstration run was led by McLaren’s only child Amanda, who was just four years old when her father lost his life testing at Goodwood at the age of 32. Amanda McLaren is a brand ambassador for the manufacturer and race team that still bears her father’s name. This year the Silverstone Classic hopes to break another record on 20-22 July when a special parade honours the 50th anniversary of the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona. See www.silverstoneclassic.com. Flag up…