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Octane October 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
writing and cashing big cheques

ASTON MARTIN isn’t one to shy away from its illustrious and dusty heritage, which is why we’re witnessing the reappearance of not one, but two names from its past on the company’s new DBS Superleggera. Younger readers might remember only the V12-engined DBS of a decade ago, but the name dates back to 1967, when Aston launched a fastback GT designed internally by William Towns to eventually replace the DB6 and top the line-up. In its five-year lifespan, the original DBS received inline-six and V8 power and about 1000 examples were made in total. The reboot of the name in 2008 was rather more successful and now Aston continues the bloodline. At the same time, the delicate ‘Superleggera’ lettering on the bonnet pays homage to the partnership between Aston and Touring…

1 min
a slightly slower tickover

Those Tiny pistons and conrods came into their own when the National Motor Museum Trust, a charitable organisation operating from Beaulieu that has raised the money to preserve this historic car for future generations, hit on a novel way to help raise funds towards the rebuild. Doug Hill explains: ‘Rick Hall was insistent that the V16 had new rods, which pushed the cost up to more than we had. So we decided with Chris Bennett of TMB to have the old ones made into clocks.’ The Trust commissioned TMB Art Metal to take the original parts removed from the historic motor and craft them into very special timepieces. The clocks, made by Christopher Ward with faces to mimic the BRM’s gauges for oil pressure and temperature, are set into the big ends…

1 min
bullitt back on the streets

FORD REVEALED a Bullitt edition of its recently revised Mustang at last January’s Detroit show. In June it announced that the celebratory tribute to the car ragged through San Francisco’s streets by Steve McQueen in the Bullitt film was available to order in Europe, priced in the UK from £47,000. And to mark the new model’s arrival precisely half a century after the release of the film that included the most famous car chase in Hollywood history, the 2018 Mustang Bullitt has starred in a re-make of some of the original car’s action images. One key difference between the regular Mustang V8 and the Bullitt version is an extra dose of power, achieved with free-flowing air filters, bigger throttle bodies and a management re-map. US cars were promised 481bhp at launch…

1 min
more mad off-roaders…

The Sandmaster of 1970 was one of the first purpose-built off-road racers, mostly based on stock Beetle parts. Bobby Ferro won the Baja 1000 and 500 in it three times, but in 1974 it was virtually destroyed in a crash. Current owner Darin Necessary found it a few years ago, restored it and plans to enter it in the NORRA off-road races. ‘It’s pretty crazy, really small and really fast, but there’s not a lot of suspension so it’s easy to get in over your head.’ This Budweiser-liveried Chenowth buggy scored 22 desert wins from 1980 to 1983, driven by Roger Mears. Its current owner, ex-bike racer ‘Stormin’ Norman Francis, restored it in just five weeks for his team. It runs a 2275cc flat-four with 192bhp and 187lb ft. Francis and…

1 min
1965 asa 1100gt spider

IN THE LATE 1950s Enzo Ferrari formulated a plan to build a small sports car of his own, to take a slice of the rapidly growing market. Giotto Bizzarrini designed a chassis, with Bertone taking care of the the styling and coachbuilding. Power was provided by a new 1032cc four-cylinder engine, derived from the 3.0-litre Colombo V12. As baby Ferraris go, it was off to a promising start. The ‘Ferrarina’ had its first public outing at the 1961 Turin motor show on the Bertone stand. Ferrari was unwilling to put his name or badge to the car, so when production began in 1963 the first 1000GT appeared under the name Autocostruzioni Società per Azioni, or ASA. A Spider version appeared in 1965, and a higher-output version of the engine was developed…

1 min
classic model

1956 Ford Convertible BY BENBROS The Matchbox series from 1953 spawned many imitators, though few could match Lesney’s original products for quality. First to offer a direct challenge was a small firm founded in East London in the late 1940s by brothers Nathan and Jack Benenson, under the Benbros trademark. Having noted Matchbox’s packaging style, Benbros made its boxes look like TV sets, the status symbol of the day, and called the toys the ‘TV Series’. They were soon replaced by brighter red-and-yellow boxes and the series was renamed ‘Mighty Midgets’. Early subjects included horse-drawn carts, a fire engine, Foden timber transporter, military vehicles, then Land Rovers and other trucks, but, other than a trio of veterans, there were few cars. Only one was British, a Wolseley 6/80 police car, the other three…