Scalextric, the slot-car racing system, was invented in 1957 by Fred Francis, a toy manufacturer who started out by making Scalex tinplate clockwork model cars. These were, at first, modified to become the first Scalextric cars. Francis lived near Goodwood racetrack in Sussex, so all the accessories for early sets were modelled on the circuit... Continue Reading →
Frankfurt, September 1969: expectations were already running high. Rumours had been circulating for quite some time that Mercedes-Benz was planning to launch a sensation at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. But the car finally unveiled by the Stuttgart manufacturer surpassed even the wildest expectations. What the journalists got to see was a super... Continue Reading →
Before exploring the men who shaped the marque in its early years, let us first look at how the brand has changed from its inception to where we are today. Alfa's origins actually came from France. Alexandre Darracq established a factory in Milan to build cars out of French-supplied parts. This however, was not a... Continue Reading →
The history of the automobile holds many uniquely valuable vehicles, innovative milestones and outstanding classics. However, there are only a few cars that have such an unusual biography as this. In the early 1950s BMW made a major effort to revive its sporting success of the 1930s. In 1954 Max Hoffmann, an importer who had... Continue Reading →
Tesla have been in the news again this week after sending a Tesla Roadster into space through Musk's other brain child Space X. With the Model 3 still not set to enter production until 2019, we take a look in perspective against Tesla's flagship saloon, the Model S.
Remember our previous post where we lead you into thinking the iconic M3 saloon used in Series 15 of Top Gear was up for sale again? Well this time it is! It last went up for auction in 2015, selling for just £5830 - well under its £7500 lower estimate. Top Gear undertook a huge... Continue Reading →
On a morning browse of the classifieds for a used and abused EP3 track car, we came across this slice of rare JDM 4-Door fury, a 1997 Honda Integra Type R (DB8). This great video from one of our favourite YouTube channels Wasabi Cars give a short history into some of the facts around the... Continue Reading →
Sir John Arthur ‘Jack’ Brabham, was born on April 2, 1926, in an Australian town near Sydney. At 18 he joined the Royal Australian Air Force in Adelaide, where he wanted to learn to fly but was instead trained to fill a wartime shortage of flight mechanics. Upon his discharge, in 1946, an uncle in... Continue Reading →