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Octane February 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
new lease of life for enstone scheme

PETER MULLIN’S PLANS to bring a major car museum and motoring destination to Oxfordshire are back on track after the American philanthropist’s vision was reinterpreted by world-famous architect and classic car aficionado Lord Foster. Initial plans for a £150-million complex on the 160-acre Enstone airfield site hit the buffers after it prompted protests from local residents that centred around likely traffic levels and a proposed development of 28 upmarket motor lodges on adjacent fields. As a result, Mullin’s team called in Foster + Partners, who radically changed the plans and submitted them to West Oxfordshire District Council at the end of November. The scale of the development has been reduced by 15% and more than half of the motor lodges have been moved onto the brownfield site as ‘mews’ garages with apartments…

2 min
taking it to the street

One Of the greatest pleasures of classic and performance cars is that ever-present sense of adventure, a frisson of excitement whether it is just a local trip or driving the length of a continent. I adore the gung-ho approach passionate motorists take in confounding the doubters or proving a point with a bit of militant derring-do. And there are three prime examples of that in this issue of Octane. First up is our cover story, a Porsche so extreme that even its creators labelled it ‘Not for street use, for racing only.’ But, predictably, that was a red rag to a bull. The more determined automobilists don’t like to be told what they can and can’t drive on the road so (just as predictably) a very small number of 911 RSR…

2 min
works ferrari tops $22 million

THE REVAMPED Petersen Automotive Museum proved a popular venue for the RM Sotheby’s final sale of 2018. Chief contributor to an impressive $38.9m total on 8 December was the ex-works 1956 Ferrari 290 MM, recently restored and certified by Ferrari Classiche and previewed in Octane 187. It sold for $22,005,000. Further highlights of this 88% sale were a 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV – the only Bleu Medio example built – at $2,205,000, and a 4000km 1989 Ferrari F40 at $1,545,000. A pair of sub-500-mile hypercars sold bang on estimate: $1,534,000 for the 2015 Porsche 918 ‘Weissach’ Spyder; $1,435,000 for the 2015 McLaren P1. Mecum netted an impressive $25.2m at its three-day Las Vegas auction on 15-17 November with 75% of the 885 lots sold. A 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Faux Cabriolet…

2 min

UGEARS ROADSTER VM-01 no prizes for guessing which wooden-framed sports car inspired this new, rubber-band-propelled model, which boasts a ‘working’ engine with moving pistons, forward and reverse gears, and a winding key cleverly disguised as a spare wheel. £41.90. ugears.online KLIPSCH THE THREE WIRELESS SPEAKER the latest iteration of the three might be part of Klipsch’s heritage range, but it’s a clever little thing: it offers first-rate sound for such a small device (14in across) and supports high-res audio files, and it comes with Google Assistant built in, meaning songs, news, traffic reports and the answers to inane questions are all just a conversation with an unnerving robot lady away. £450. klipsch.com PORSCHE 944 HOODIE Lose the pinstripe suit and live in this. tough yet soft and comfy, with a fabulously arty period-style red 944 logo, it’s…

2 min
dr andy palmer

1. Very occasionally a Presidents’ Award was given out to an individual at Nissan. Mizuno received one for the GTR and I got one for my work in turning around the Light Commercial Vehicle Unit. 2. This shows the IPO [share offer], which has taken quite a bit of time this year! People fixate on share prices, but what the IPO really means is that the future of the company is sustained way beyond my tenure – what could be more important? 3. I received my CMG [The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George for overseas services] for my work in automotive. If you look carefully in Skyfall, James Bond has one, so it’s usually for spies and ambassadors! To go to the Palace and get a gong was…

2 min
lancia flaminia berlina

Big classic saloons often tread a fine line between sub-zero cool and completely unfashionable, but there’s no doubt where the Lancia Flaminia sits. It always exuded style and sophistication in a way only an Italian car could and, while the rarer two-door versions have become seriously collectable, the Berlina remains a hidden gem. Pininfarina styled the Berlina but, unlike the Coupé and other coachbuilt models, it was manufactured in-house by Lancia at the Borgo San Paolo plant in Turin. It made quite an impact at the 1957 Turin motor show, with styling much influenced by the earlier Florida prototype, although sadly the ‘suicide’ rear doors didn’t make it to production. It was larger in size, and more conservatively styled, than the Aurelia it replaced, in an attempt to move Lancia slightly more…