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Octane August 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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1 min
octane presents…

Keynote speakers The first speakers have been announcedfor Octane’s Evening With Aston Martin, which takes place at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane in London on 17 July. The evening – which includes a Champagne reception and three-course meal with wine – will be hosted by Steve Rider, who will interview Aston boss Andy Palmer, test driver Matt Becker, racer Darren Turner, styling chief Marek Reichman and others. Book at aneveningwithastonmartin.co.uk . Nominate now You have until 31 July to nominate the stars of the classic car world for Octane’s Historic Motoring Awards 2018. The awards are now in their eighth year, will take part in London on 25 October, and will reward everything from the restoration of the year to the best museum, recognising those who most support and contribute to both the…

1 min
bentley: fifty years of the marque

The first of a series that eventually ran to more than 20 titles, including books on Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and AC, this marque history was a pioneer of its genre. With chapters grouped according to model – 3 Litre, 4½ Litre and so on – it is very well-illustrated, and unusual in publishing details of coachbuilders and chassis numbers. The book was reprinted in 1973, ’74 and 78 with similar green covers, and then again in 2003 with a red cover when Dalton Watson passed to new ownership. Photos in the newest version are notably inferior, however, being scanned copies of the originals. That’s why the 2003 edition is worth £55, while a 1969 first edition is valued at £135 and the 1970s versions about halfway in-between. Like the cars themselves, this…

3 min
norfolk and suffolk aviation museum

THERE IS NO BETTER year than this, the centenary of the Royal Air Force, to visit one of our excellent museums that are set in former RAF bases. Suffolk’s RAF Bungay, known locally as Flixton, is a fine example, with a number of hangars and outbuildings that make it easy for the public to walk through memories of those dangerous years when the RAF and its allies kept Britain free from tyranny. In fact, while built in 1942 for the RAF as a satellite landing strip, Bungay was handed over to the United States Army Air Force that same year, when a Mitchell bomber squadron moved in. Then, later in the year, Eighth Air Force B24 Liberator bombers arrived in Suffolk to begin operations against enemy factories. Bungay saw this type…

1 min
top 10 prices may 2018

£3,700,000 (€4,197,500) 1993 McLaren-Cosworth Ford MP4/8A Bonhams, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 11 May £1,890,000 (€2,142,500) 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 12 May £1,517,500 (€1,720,625) 2015 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 12 May £1,493,000 (€1,692,500) 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II by Pininfarina RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 12 May £1,419,000 (€1,610,000) 1984 Toleman-Hart TG184 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 11 May £1,343,500 ($1,815,000) 2017 Ford GT Mecum, Indianapolis, USA, 15-19 May £1,096,000 (€1,242,500) 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 12 May £1,074,500 (€1,219,000) 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Bonhams, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 11 May £977,000 (€1,107,500) 2018 Ruff CTR3 Clubsport RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 12 May £758,500 (€860,000) 2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 12 May…

11 min
hell under high water

Remember the good old days of racing? The thunder of big V8s fighting it out with smaller-capacity screamers. Crowds so close to the track they could almost touch it. Races so tough and circuits so dangerous that surviving was a victory in itself. Cars with familiar shapes sent to race around the clock. Track limits defined by Armco; overtakes requiring layers of paint to complete, celebrated rather than punished. We love to read about these battles and imagine witnessing the wheel-to-wheel action glimpsed through grainy black-and-white images. We rail against the sanitised feel of top-level motorsport in the here and now. But we needn’t. The good stuff still exists. I know, because I’ve just lived through it. You want old-school blood and thunder? You want drivers laying it all on the…

2 min
projecting a certain image

WHEN JAGUAR Land Rover’s Special Vehicles Operations (SVO) launched the delectable limited-run F-type Project 7 in 2015, it gave the world a glimpse of what its talented engineers could achieve when given free rein. Ferociously fast and incredible fun to drive, it was an instant classic. So when it came to developing a follow-up, SVO knew it had to pull out all the stops. That its latest creation is called Project 8 will come as no surprise; that it’s based on the XE saloon and is intended as a trackday warrior most definitely will. Only the roof panel and front doors are carried over from the standard XE, with the rest of the bodywork featuring unique panels fabricated in either carbonfibre or aluminium. There’s a wider track, a vast rear wing…