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Octane June 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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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Autovia Limited
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
simon thornley

1. In 1999, 2.7 RSs were going for about £35,000, but Mark Waring found me an orange first-500 car in Switzerland and I paid a heady £50k. Everyone thought I was crazy! The picture is of me, my dad and my boys Oliver and Oscar, now in their 20s. I still have that Porsche, which almost makes up for the many mistakes I have made buying classic cars. 2. My dad gave me an Ilford camera for my eighth birthday and I’ve been taking pictures ever since. I have 15 or so cameras now, but this was the first, and it predicted my career in image libraries. 3. From 1988 to 1992 I lived in the US and classic cars were cheap so I bought a Healey 100 for $1200. Some amazing…

2 min
ignition

Goodwood Members’ Meeting 6-7 April The 77th Members’ Meeting, actually the sixth since its revival, was spared the snow that blighted the super-select spring event in 2018. There was fabulous on-track action – including an all-Mini three-part anniversary challenge, The Betty Richmond Trophy; five Porsche 917s circulating to mark the model’s half-century; McLaren hypercar parades; and a prototype demo that included Bentley’s 2003 Le Mans-winning Speed 8. Pioneer run, 24 march this brighton run for bikes is for pre-1914 motorcyles, including the long-lost likes of excelsior and douglas. this year marked the 80th staging of the event and 307 riders left tattenham Corner, epsom, with all but 22 making it to brighton. ctcrc oulton park, 23 March top-notch racing from the classic touring car racing club’s pre-66 and pre-83 group. mark cholerton’s ford rS2000 dices…

1 min
ayrton senna’s principles of race driving

Books on driving by professional racers have always sold well, ever since Piero Taruffi’s The Technique of Motor Racing was published in 1959. Jackie Stewart’s Principles of Performance Driving was another bestseller in 1986, and Hazleton Publishing reprised its success by bringing out an equivalent Ayrton Senna book in 1993, when Senna was at the top of his game. Ayrton Senna’s Principles of Race Driving is actually a translation of a book that first appeared in Italian the same year. Unlike the Stewart book, it was notable in being in colour throughout (Stewart’s was in black-and-white), which was a corollary of being printed in Hong Kong. The boom in cheap, high-quality printing here from the 1980s transformed the book market. Published with both soft and hard covers (no dust jacket), and reprinted…

3 min
a 35-year love affair

How many 14-year olds own an Interceptor? And how many of those bought them with their own money? Well-known and flamboyantly dressed Oxford motor trader (ret’d) Joel Mutton did, 35 years ago, raising the £500 from selling sweets, fizzy drinks and lighters (don’t ask) at school: ‘It was all I had.’ The balance, which would have made Arthur Daley proud, was a sack of spuds and a fake fur coat. Mutton is old-school motor trade, joining the family business that his dad set up – Swan Motor Centre in Cowley, Oxford – at 15, though he’d sold his first car, a Skoda, aged 12 while helping out on Saturdays. He and father Colin sold the business in 2017 ‘because it just wasn’t fun any more’, after Joel had personally ‘moved on’…

2 min
models

1:18 scale 2017 Lamborghini Terzo Millennio By MR Collection Price £395.95 Material Resin handbuilt Unveiled as a concept in late 2017, the Terzo Millennio (‘Third Millenium’) is actually due to make production later this year. A V12 petrol-electric hybrid, with separate electric motors in each wheel hub – on the concept, at least – it’s a joint project with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which perhaps explains the USAF stealth fighter finish and the subtle humour of the aircraft-style ‘No Step’ markings on the front splitter. It makes a fabulously arresting model, and you can see where much of the £396 asking price has gone if you peer through the tinted canopy. You can just make out an incredibly complex, futuristic and detailed interior but it’s so frustrating that you can’t see this…

1 min
rear belts for a 924 or 944?

The 924 and early 944 and 944 Cabriolets were only offered with lap straps for the rear seats. Fitting static lap-and-diagonal belts into coupé models of these cars is relatively straightforward, as Porsche provided the upper anchor points. The 944 Cabriolet was not designed to take a lap-and-diagonal rear seat belt, but it can be done. It is also possible to fit a child’s full harness into the rear of the 924/944 coupés and the 944 Cabriolet. Fitting automatic rear seatbelts into the 924/944 coupés is another option, but the fuel filler neck means the retractor fitting cannot be symmetrical and a bracket is need to offset the retractor here. Automatic belts cannot be fitted to the rear seats of the 944 Cabriolet, though. Contact +44 (0)20 8206 0101 www.quickfitsbs.cominfo@quickfitsbs.com…