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Octane September 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

3 min
jeep and no longer nasty

oHILE joganaLIete scurried under the awning to escape torrential rain, Jeff Hines walked onto the soaking stage with confidence. You could even call it a swagger. Jeep’s new European boss was here to launch the latest Wrangler, and wasn’t about to be stopped by Austrian mountain mizzle. The Wrangler leads Jeep’s revival, along with a new Compass mid-sized SUV, revised Renegade and Grand Cherokee. With a signed cheque from outgoing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne to improve sales, its entire range is being renewed. By 2022 there will be a new baby Jeep below a second-gen Renegade, a refreshed Compass, new Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, a pick-up, and a new Range Rover rival that revives the Grand Wagoneer epithet. All diesels will be replaced by plug-in hybrids, and a range…

1 min
fast and roofless

It’s all too easy to spend a day with a car like this, turn dampers and throttle map up to 11, declare your love for it (somewhat breathlessly), then (somewhat thankfully) hand the keys back while you’re still in one piece. You can learn a lot more in a week. I thought it was too flash at first, but after a few days I caught myself looking back at it (it’s especially comely from the rear), and noticing how it garnered admiration rather than envy from other drivers. And I discovered that my favourite drive mode was Race, with the damping knocked back a notch: full-force in that case is best left to a smooth track, not a British B-road. And boy does that twin-turbo V8 crackle: the perfect soundtrack…

1 min
nissan unwraps a 50th birthday present

‘This,’ says Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s design vice-president, ‘is not the new GT-R.’ Its purpose is to mark two 50th anniversaries: the launch of the first Nissan with a GT-R badge and performance to suit, and half a century of Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Ital Design company. It’s an unexpected collaboration, given that nowadays Italdesign belongs to the VW group, and equally unexpected is that the design house didn’t actually design the GT-R50. Instead it has built a design conceived by Nissan’s US and London studios. The GT-R50 is based on a current GT-R Nismo, from which the design theme is clearly derived. The roof is lower, the arches are more muscular, the shoulder line tapers around the base of the rear window with each side meeting on the bootlid. Familiar elements are exaggerated with…

1 min
auction diary

26 July H&H, Bickenhill, UK (Motorcycle Auction) 27 July SWVA, Poole, UK 2-4 August Mecum, Harrisburg, USA 4 August Coys, Jüchen, Germany 4 August Worldwide, Shipshewana, USA 11 August Mathewsons, Thornton-le-Dale, UK 13 August Shannons, Sydney, Australia 18 August Morris Leslie, Errol, UK 18 August Cheffins, Harrogate, UK 23 August Worldwide, Pacific Grove, USA 23-25 August Mecum, Monterey, USA 23-25 August Russo & Steele, Monterey, USA 24 August Bonhams, Carmel, USA 24-25 August Gooding & Co, Pebble Beach, USA 24-25 August RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, USA 24-25 August Vicari, New Orleans, USA 25 August Anglia Car Auctions, King’s Lynn, UK 25-26 August Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, USA 30 August – 2 September RM Sotheby’s, Auburn, USA 1 September Bonhams, Beaulieu, UK 1 September Worldwide, Auburn, USA 1-2 September Silver Auctions, Sun Valley, USA 5 September RM Sotheby’s, London, UK 6 September Brightwells, Leominster, UK 6 September Coys, Fontwell, UK In association with…

2 min
up in the air

ahen i drove my Alfa back from Italy last year, it became obvious that a new clutch would be required very soon. I’d been putting up with its heavy action, but my left leg grew weary and then the clutch started to slip. Pick-up had also been hesitant below 2000rpm and I knew the distributor was worn. So I decided to replace it with a 123 distributor with a mapped electronic ignition system built in, in the hope that it would improve the Alfa’s running. I booked my car in with Ian Ellis Alfa Romeo, a well-known 105 specialist based near the beautiful town of Lewes, in East Sussex. On close inspection after a test drive, Ian noticed my car was fitted with a 1750 clutch slave cylinder, which has a return…

1 min
junghans max bill automatic

SWISS ARTIST, architect and designer Max Bill was a founder of Germany’s Ulm School of Design which supported a neo-Bauhaus philosophy: art with a positive societal impact and objects that were affordable, functional and stylish, each characterised by precise proportions. One of his most memorable works is his poster for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games – a white rhombus at the centre of a crisscross of colour, a prism of optimism all the more poignant given the tragic events that would overshadow the Games. His mission was to unite style and utility through simple geometry and graphic devices. In the early 1950s, Bill was approached by Junghans to create a number of clocks and timepieces which have become horological classics, the most famous of which is his 1956 V-shaped kitchen wall clock…