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Octane July 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 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• 1992 Alfa Romeo SZ TONY DRON Contributor • 1932 Austin Seven 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…

2 min
del-boy’s new three-wheeler

MY CHUM JAMES, who had a bit part in my Ford ‘Shoebox’ report two issues back, phoned to say he’d volunteered me to display the Abarth at a meeting at Fiat’s UK HQ in Slough. It involved an early Sunday start and a trip around the M25, so on Saturday I made a pre-breakfast visit to my local petrol station for a top-up. On the way back it seemed prudent to try a quick blast for a mile or two: down to the Barley Mow, once around Tilford village green and back for breakfast. Five minutes at the most. Halfway there, the Abarth developed a slight weaving sensation at the rear. ‘Oh no! A flat tyre!’ Pulling over at the green, a walk-round determined that all tyres seemed to be full…

3 min
paint by number

DID RENAISSANCE GENIUS Leonardo da Vinci paint by numbers? The theory that he might have done – that he gave apprentices numbered cartoons (not the funny kind) to follow – inspired Dan Robbins to create his phenomenally successful painting kits. During World War Two, Robbins served in the Army Signal Corps as a map-maker. On discharge he returned to Detroit, where he had been born in 1925, the son of a Russian Jewish immigrant, and turned his hand to creating children’s colouring books for the Palmer Paint Company. After being struck by his ‘Leonardo’ moment, he presented his boss, Max Klein, with his idea for a product aimed at adults. It contained all the elements that would feature in the eventual Paint By Number kits – with the exception of a suitable…

1 min
showroom briefs

1967 FIAT DINO SPIDER €129,500 One of the first 100 cars off the production line, this giallo Spider was originally sold to the USA. The rust-free example was fully restored after it returned to Italy in 2014. albionmotorcars.com (BE) 1930 AC MAGNA SIX BOAT TAILED SPORTS, £26,500 After moving to Zimbabwe in 1936, this AC lived a very interesting life. It was given this boat-tail body during extensive restoration in the early 1980s, and returned to the UK in 2000. brooklandscarsltd.com (UK) 1985 HOLDEN COMMODORE VK GROUP A, $229,990 AUD Very rare homologation version of the VK Commodore, with a 263bhp 4.9-litre V8 and four-speed manual transmission. A pure slice of 1980s Australian Touring Car nostalgia. duttongarage.com (AUS) 1960 PLYMOUTH FURY HARDTOP $69,500 Ex-Studebaker stylist Virgil Exner gave the Fury stunning futuristic jet-age styling. This extensively restored…

1 min
exhibition highlights

1888 Benz Patent-Motorwagen Karl Benz made history with this, the world’s first production car. It debuted in 1886, but this particular example achieved a literal milestone when Benz’s wife Bertha drove it for 60 miles – the first recorded long-distance journey by car. 1934 Tatra T77 Paul Jaray was the first designer to apply the principles of streamlining to a mass-produced car, and this was the result. It was influenced by his early work on Zeppelin airship design, after which he founded a car design consultancy. 1952 Firebird 1 This General Motors concept car is the first of four iterations labelled ‘Firebird’, all of which were inspired by fighter-jets of the period. And this is Firebird 1’s first trip across the Atlantic to the UK. No, it didn’t fly here itself. 1922 Hispano-Suiza Type HB6 Skiff…

2 min
capturing the moment

WE ALL HAVE our favourite motorsport images. My top three are pretty clichéd, but that is simply testament to how amazing they are. The first is Fangio in the Maserati 250F at Rouen in 1957, the second is Jim Clark drifting 2 VEV at Goodwood in 1961, and the third is the most dramatic start imaginable to an endurance race. It shows Pedro Rodríguez and Jo Siffert at the Spa 1000km in 1970, charging away from the field, diving into Eau Rouge for the very first time in their Porsche 917Ks, wheelarches rubbing, no quarter given, a mere 999km to go. Siffert, sharing with Lancashire hotshot Brian Redman, went on to win while Rodríguez and Leo Kinnunen retired after 40-odd laps, but not before the young Mexican had set an…