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Octane January 2019

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
octane’s fleet

JESSE CROSSE Contributor • 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 • 1986 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth DAVID BURGESS-WISE Contributor • 1903 De Dion-Bouton • 1911 Pilain 16/20 • 1926 Delage DISS MARTYN GODDARD Photographer • 1963 Triumph TR6SS Trophy • 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII RICHARD HESELTINE Contributor • 1971 Honda Z600 DELWYN MALLETT Contributor • 1936 Cord 810 Beverly • 1946 Tatra T87 • 1950 Ford Club Coupe • 1952 Porsche 356 • 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL • 1957 Porsche Speedster • 1957 Fiat Abarth Sperimentale • 1963 Abarth-Simca • 1963 Tatra T603 SARAH BRADLEY Contributor • 1929 Ford Model A hot rod • 1952 Studebaker Champion • 1956 Chevrolet 3100 pick-up • 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner • Various motorbikes MASSIMO DELBÒ Contributor • 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 • 1972 Fiat 500L • 1979/80 Range Rovers • 1982 Mercedes-Benz 500SL • 1985 Mercedes-Benz 240TD EVAN KLEIN Photographer • 1966 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider • 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super MATTHEW HOWELL Photographer • 1970 VW Beetle 1300…

1 min
classic model

Austin 1800 BY TRI-ANG MINIX The makers said they were ‘ The Greatest Little Cars in The World’ yet they only cost one shilling [5p] each and, even in 1964, that wasn’t a lot of money. No wonder Lines Brothers churned out millions of them. The Minix range of plastic vehicles was designed to be used with Tri-ang’s OO Gauge model railways; for example, in the ‘Car-a-belle’ set, which contained transporter wagons of the type used to take cars from factories to delivery yards or docks for export. For that reason, the subjects chosen were not at all exotic but were typical of the family cars running about British roads at the time – Ford Anglia and Corsair, Austin A60 and 1800 (pictured above), Triumph 2000, Morris 1100, Vauxhall HA Viva and more.…

2 min
easy come, easy go

I got ahead of the game the other day. I received a genuine, cast-iron windfall and thought I’d buy the Norton a treat. TAB II Classics is in the back of beyond in Wales, where they create the most fabulous aluminium fuel tanks and seat units for classic motorcycles. On the English Wheeling machine is Aline Phelps, whose father, Terry, used to hand-roll racing and café racer tanks under the TAB name. When he died she took up a sheet of half-hard ally and found she’d got that knack of seeing things in 3D. ‘It’s a gift,’ she admits. ‘I don’t have it,’ pipes up husband Richard, but his work on the linisher creates a mirror-like polish. Add in the gas-welding speed and accuracy of Mark Purslow and they’re an impressive team,…

1 min
them’s the brakes

I have only myself to blame. In Italy, cars that are more than four years old have to pass the Revisione – our version of the MoT – every two years. Last winter, I forgot to have my cars tested and so they were all left languishing in the garage until my schedule allowed me a day to do it. When that day arrived, only one car failed its Revisione: the Fiat 500L. Its brakes were too weak to pass, no matter how hard I tried to stamp on the pedal. I’d already noticed that to manage even a reasonable stop I really had to push the pedal to the very end of its travel, but I hadn’t realised how bad the situation was. At my friend Alessandro’s shop we lifted the…

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…

2 min
1950 bentley b special speed 8

Four consecutive victories at Le Mans might seem fairly commonplace today, but until Bentley’s run from 1927 to 1930 such a feat was unheard of. It was all thanks to a group of legendary playboy racers known as The Bentley Boys, and their unwavering dedication to a marque that seemingly had little chance of success against the likes of Bugatti and Alfa Romeo. Captain Woolf Barnato, company chairman, part-time financial backer and spirited racer, couldn’t possibly have imagined the legacy that these racing victories would leave. Genuine racing Bentleys from this period are among the most treasured pre-war cars in the world, and understandably have inspired a lot of replicas through the years. On offer from Sam Miller is one of the more recent – and more faithful – evocations of a…