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Octane July 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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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
new watches

TAG HEUER MONACO BAMFORD George Bamford has been customising luxury watches in his own unique rock ’n’ roll style since 2003 – creating special editions for clients who want a more personalised take on classic models. On the Bamford website, you can ‘build your own’ version by adding coloured minute-markers, hands, and even dial coatings. Last year, Bamford was officially welcomed into the LVMH fold: TAG Heuer’s CEO, Jean-Claude Biver, signed him up as the marque’s official customisation partner. The fruit of this union is this black Monaco with featherweight carbon case and aqua-blue highlights, Bamford’s signature colour. £6600 GYROGRAFF DRIVE 48MM The dials on three new GyroGraffs suggest that the wearer is ‘driving time’ by featuring two hands on a steering wheel, so it’s like looking into an arty, horological version of Gran…

2 min
nick pellett

1. I came to London in the ’60s, got a job in insurance and immersed myself in the folk scene. I also got into cars, my first being an Austin 10 and then an MGA. It was a magical time for an 18-year-old. 2. My grandfather was killed in November 1917 at Cambrai. He and the other fallen were my inspiration for a parade on the centenary of Britain entering the war on 4 August. We had 40 Edwardians, 50 Chelsea Pensioners, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, plus 100 ministers and other dignitaries, but the icing on the cake was the Foreign Office giving me the use of Lancaster House, which is unheard of. I will never do anything more important. 3. My wife Valerie painted this picture of Percy, a…

1 min
cable ties

If there were a league table for the most versatile and useful items to keep permanently in the boot of your classic, it would surely be headed by duct tape and cable ties. Used individually or linked into a chain, these usually nylon (nowadays) fasteners can fix just about anything, either temporarily or, as it usually turns out, a bit more long-term. They were invented as Ty-Ray in 1958 by Maurus Logan for electrical company Thomas & Betts with the intention of using them to tidy aircraft wiring harnesses. Their applications soon increased until they attained their current ubiquity. At this very moment, cable ties are holding more than one battery in place on the Octane fleet and securing more than one window catch closed (right). They have saved the day…

4 min
toby moody

I’VE BEEN FREELANCE since my 22nd birthday, so every day is different with racetrack commentaries, car launches, voice-overs… and lots of phone calls. So many phone calls that I’ve now put a chair at the end of the garden so I can talk away in peace while admiring the view over the fields. If I’m at a racetrack, I try to make the mornings as stress-free as possible. The secret of that is to start ‘race day’ the night before, by doing notes and prep for the broadcast the next day. Turning up and winging it won’t do the job. The ‘old school’ may well have managed late nights with bottles of red and four hours’ sleep, but broadcasting with a hangover doesn’t work. I’ve tried it and it’s rubbish. Taking time…

1 min

1:18 scale 1972 Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 By KK Scale Price £88.95 Material Diecast Ferrari’s three-box contemporary of the Daytona has never captured collectors’ imaginations in anything like the same way as its fastback relation – but it makes for a handsome model, particularly when finished in a period light metallic blue, as here. Chinese maker KK Scale specialises in large-scale ‘kerbside’ (no opening panels) replicas, and it’s done a very fine job of capturing Leonardo Fioravanti’s understated lines, which are complemented by subtle brightwork and a plain black interior – just the spec you can imagine a Milanese industrialist choosing back in ’72. Considering that the price is no more than you might pay for a decent 1:43-scale model, this big Ferrari must count as something of a bargain. 2017 Bugatti Chiron Looksmart £146.50 Looksmart…

1 min
1965 jensen c-v8 convertible

RARITY CAN OFTEN be over-played in the classic car world, but every now and then something genuinely unique with the capacity to surprise can crop up. The one and only Jensen C-V8 Convertible – known by its factory designation of JM-EXP-108 – has come onto the market for the very first time. Dealers were crying out for a convertible C-V8, so Jensen began working on the model in summer of 1964. Based on an extended C-V8 Mk2 chassis, this prototype was completed a year later. It ended up for sale at the London-based Jensen distributor, Charles Follett. Government Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington took a liking to the Jensen, and purchased the one-off Convertible immediately. Teething issues surfaced, though, including a leaky hood, meaning it returned to the factory for some fine-tuning. After further…