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Octane April 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

2 min
neil corner

1. Freda and I married in 1961 and shortly after I bought a small Terence Cuneo. I couldn’t afford the one I wanted – Out of the Night – so I bought a print instead. Last year, I managed to buy the original: he’s the best and this is one of his finest. 2. Shooting is a big thing for me, but I never think about my Purdey guns; I think constantly about my dog Baloo. I have got the best dog in the world. 3. What makes my ex-Fangio and Behra Maserati 250F so special is that it’s been raced more or less continuously, yet every panel is original. If I were a Viking, 2528 would be on my funeral barge. 4. I have my whole life catalogued in a series of…

2 min
black-and-gold fever

FIFTEEN JPS-LIVERIED Lotus Formula 1 cars were displayed at Classic Team Lotus’s new HQ at Hethel, Norfolk, to celebrate the launch of a new book about the iconic black-and-gold John Player Specials. It was the largest number of these cars ever assembled in one place, narrowly beating the previous record set at Snetterton Circuit in 2010 – when 14 JPS cars formed part of a 35-car gathering, representing all the F1 cars raced by Team Lotus in period. In addition to the cars, several key personnel from the JPS days attended the book launch, including former Ayrton Senna chief mechanic Chris Dinnage – who now tests the F1 cars looked after by Classic Team Lotus; Bob Dance, a mechanic for Team Lotus and CTL since 1960; Martin Wade, Lotus race car designer…

5 min
cruising to victory at monaco

It’s almost a quarter of a century since Michael Schumacher finished second in the 1994 Barcelona Grand Prix – despite being stuck in fifth gear for the majority of the race. Some have compared to that epic drive Daniel Ricciardo’s overdue victory at Monaco last May, when he won – from pole – after losing both power and his seventh and eighth gear ratios. For the record, Vettel was runner-up, Hamilton third. The top three retained their running order from the off. This meant that, while overtaking was off the menu as it so often is on the tight streets of the principality, no-one who was there will forget the tense atmosphere as Ricciardo completed lap after flawless lap, keeping Vettel at bay despite his power disadvantage. Come the end, Ricciardo…

1 min

CANDYLAB WOODIE REDUX No space for a classic American station wagon? You’ll need only a seven-inch spot to park this delightful Woodie Redux, made from solid beech and featuring a magnetically attached surfboard. $34.99. candylabtoys.com BAMFORD MAYFAIR DATE The obvious update to the Mayfair is in its name, but Bamford has also sharpened the 40mm case and changed dial, bezel, insert and crown. A chameleon watch that can look dapper or dramatic. £500. bamfordlondon.com DUCATI MIG-RR ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN BIKE A bit more DIY than most Ducatis, this, but only a bit. A Shimano Steps E8000 motor offers three levels of smooth assistance, while the battery has a theoretical range of 100km and charges to 80% in under three hours – so if you ever find yourself pedalling the 22.5kg MIG-RR uphill without any help, you have only…

1 min
1958 maserati 3500 gt and 1963 gti touring convertibles

Engine 3485cc DOHC straight-six. GT: three twin-choke Weber 42 DCOE carburettors. GTI: Lucas 2MDC6 mechanical fuel injection Power GT: 220bhp @ 5500 rpm. GTI: 232bhp @ 5500rpm Torque GT: 239lb ft @ 3500rpm. GTI: 254lb ft @ 3500rpm Transmission ZF manual (GT four-speed, GTI five-speed); rear-wheel drive Suspension Front: double wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar. Rear: live axle, torque arm, semi-elliptic leaf springs, telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar Steering ZF recirculating ball Brakes GT: Girling drums. GTI: Girling discs front, drums rear Performance (coupés) GT: top speed 128mph, 0-60mph 9.3 sec. GTI: top speed 143mph, 0-60mph 7.6sec…

1 min
john harold haynes obe 1938-2019

The man behind the publishing empire that was dramatically reborn, just when all logic suggested it should have been on the wane, has died at the age of 80. Sri Lanka (then Ceylon)-born Haynes ‘published’ his first manual on how to repair, maintain and restore a car after being given permission at school to skip sport in order to build his own Austin Seven Special. The sell-out run of 250 pamphlets was his lightbulb moment. However, the first proper manual – for the Austin-Healey Sprite – was issued in 1966 after he helped rebuild an RAF colleague’s car in Aden and found all the existing literature of little use. Thanks to his illustrative photos, the 3000 run sold in months and a huge publishing house was built off the back of it,…