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Octane November 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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in this issue

2 min
1962 maserati 3500 gti

CARS WITH CONTINUOUS history, long-term owners and characterful patina are in many ways more impressive specimens than those that have been restored to perfection. This 1962 Maserati 3500 GTi is a perfect example of why these cars deserve to be celebrated. According to Maserati’s records, it was first registered to Cisitalia Autocostruzioni after being sold through a dealership in Turin. Used until 1973 by Carlo Dusio, son of the well-known Cisitalia principal Piero Dusio, it was was later exported to the US in 1975 and sold by Bob Grossman’s Maserati dealership in Nyack, New York. It led a pampered life in Illinois with its next owner, and after being pulled out of long-term storage in 2017 it seemed in exceptionally original condition. The trim, brightwork, lights, wheels and Marrone leather upholstery all…

1 min
barrie ‘whizzo’ williams 1938-2018

The deaTh of Barrie Williams over the weekend of the Goodwood Revival came as a huge blow to the Historic racing community. The popular ace, who was just two months shy of his 80th birthday, came to prominence by winning the 1964 Welsh Rally in a Mini Cooper ‘S’ and, with Gerry Marshall and Tony Lanfranchi, was one of the mainstays of 1970s saloon car racing in Great Britain. Whizzo had been a constant star at Goodwood since the moment the circuit reopened in 1998, and his spectacular performances in Historics gave his career a second wind before he decided to hang up his helmet for good in 2017.…

3 min
goodwood revival 7-9 september

The world’s premier historic motoring event pulled out all the stops for its 20th anniversary and the weather, which was near-Arctic at times in 2017, behaved impeccably. The 150,000 visitors were treated to a host of special celebrations including 70 years of the Land Rover, but it was some fantastic racing that really captured the imagination. An epic RAC TT Celebration was won by David and Oliver Hart in their AC Cobra. Give me Goodwood on a summer’s day… in ASSoCiAtion With ALL IMAGES REVERENDPIXEL EXCEPT THIS PAGE, JAMES ELLIOTT; MARK LACEY. EVAN KLEIN; OTHERS: ROLEX; EVAN KLEIN; CONCORSO ITALIANO. CloCkWisefromboTTom: jamesellioTT; Gerard broWn/era;elias amiouni;jeffbloxham;Grand basel. CloCkWiSefromtop:gABriel de meurville; jACoBlAne; gAry ClArke;lAyer mArney;miChAelholden…

1 min
letter of the month wins a beautiful toccata watch by raymond weil, worth £595

This elegant, classically styled men’s timepiece features a quartz movement inside a stainless steel 42mm case, and a stunning blue galvanic dial with appliqué indexes and date window, protected by a sapphire crystal. It is water resistant to 5atm and supplied on a black calf leather strap with an alligator grain finish. Raymond Weil is one of a handful of Swiss watchmakers that remain in family hands. The Toccata name reflects the Weil family’s interest in music, which has led to many of the watch collections bearing musically themed names. RAYMOND-WEIL.COM…

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also look out for…

Studies have repeatedly shown that a happy worker is a good worker, so it is hardly surprising that productivity in Zaire tanked under the rule of Mobutu Sese Seko. During the Cold War he was popular with the West and with China on account of his anti-Soviet stance, but the kleptocrat described by Time as ‘the archetypal African dictator’ did little to endear himself to his own people. It is nice to imagine, then, that the spelling mistakes on this beaded belt, commissioned by the Mobutu regime as a present for Muhammad Ali, represent an act of rebellion by some Zairian craftsman; the maker didn’t much care if his President looked a prize plonker in front of ‘The Greatest’. Almost as delicious as the name-mangling is that the belt measures an…

1 min
from fish ’n’ chips to lobster lunch

WHAT A CONTRAST, from Thanet Classic Car Club’s ‘Classic & Chips’ on the seafront at Minis Bay in East Kent one week to Salon Privé the next. The former involved watching the sun set over the Thames estuary with a classic flashmob, the latter meant rolling the Big Healey out of the garage at 5am for the drive to Blenheim Palace. To my surprise, I was there at 8.30am and was guided to park next to a Monza Red Lancia 037 in front of the Palace Mews. Salon Privé offers a selection of grand classics and new-gen hypercars in a great location, and even the weather played ball. It’s an event to wander around, the knowledgeable participants happy to chat – such as Ed Stratton, with his Moonbeam Grey Aston Martin DB2/4…