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We’re clearing out the Brooks leather one piece race suits we have left in stock. 

They are on EBay for $199.95 , give us a call if you want one, there are only a few left. Sizes are currently 40, 42, 46, and 48. These are first quality suits that are worth far more than the asking price but Brooks is clearing them out. 

One piece leathers are a big seller in Europe but not so much in the US. Take advantage of a one time opportunity.

Call Brooks @ 877-366-4659 or email me.

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Yes yes yes I know this blog is supposed to be about vintage motorcycles but we all have to look outside the fishbowl occasionally don’t we??

I follow this Pommy git who goes by the moniker of Shmee150 on you tube and to be honest I live vicariously through him. He owns some very nice cars and shares a lot of his experiences. Fair enough but I was really and truly knocked out by his coverage of the new Ford GT at the Geneva show. Shmee150 has a spot in line to own one of these things which I found surprising as I wasn’t awfully impressed by the previous iteration.

This car is totally and hugely a different animal from the design brief to the execution. It’s all carbon fiber, well executed and thoughtfully produced. Have a look at the video and I think you will see what I mean, this thing is really a supercar. It’s fast, beautiful and a tour de force of aero. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Ford fanboy at all, but I was impressed at the effort that’s been put into making this a competitive car in a world of Pagani Zondas, Lambo Hurricans and Porsche RS3’s to mention but a few.

I may update this post later, but for now, I thought I’d take a minute ad at least post this.

Enjoy.

The wife wanted a trip to France this year so I figured I’d plan to see some things that might interest me this time. (what a concept!)

Classic and Sports Car magazine had run an article on the Musee de Sanxet not far from where some of our friends are located so the light bulb went on and I proposed the idea of stopping by for a visit. Located in Pomport, it is in the general area of Monbazillac and you can’t swing a cat around there without making contact with a vineyard, chateaux and grape vines. My kind of place in other words.

We found the joint easily enough only  because a friend was familiar with the area and was able to navigate the twists, turns and random wildlife through the vineyards to the museum.

Bertrand de Passemar who owns the Chateau was a gracious host and gave us a guided tour through the stables and main museum. It was a gorgeous old building and was home to some lovely old cars. These kinds of collections had fallen out of favor merely because the cars are in some cases as raced and not restored to within an inch of their lived. These days more and more people are searching for cars exactly like these and I was more than happy to wander around the patinated cars and try to be open to the stories that they could tell.

Since Bertrand spoke almost no English I was glad to have some fluent French speakers with me but it was still difficult to ask the questions I wanted to ask in the alotted time. We only stayed for an hour but I could have spent much longer, it really was a magical place. I was a little cranky that I didn’t even get a chance to buy a bottle of the Chateau Sanxet wine. Fairly priced and I bet it was darned good.

Any way from what I could gather, there was movie filmed on the premises about Jappeloup a famous horse. You can catch it on you tube. It’s in French so I have to have the wife fill in the details; haven’t watched it yet. The area is beautiful, just like what you’d expect, rolling hills, acres and acres of grapes everywhere and Chateaux abound.

Magnifique

 

Entrance to the stable on the left and the main museum straight ahead

 

Carriages, tractors, you name it

Cassimir Ragot racer and Mr Passemar on left. The Speciale racer was 1500cc and ran on a witches brew of alcohol and benzolene. No smoking please…

Supposedly the first supercharged four cylinder motorcycle also produced by the Bordeaux engineering firm Casimir. The 1000cc design was later sold to Vauxhall and reputedly could reach 150mph!

Period pictures of the car and motorcycle

 

A rally takes center stage, popular with the kids due to its diminutive scale

An AC Ace with the correct Bristol BS3 engine, a welcome sight instead of the usual tarted up Cobra.

In this condition you can appreciate the purity of the design which is rare these days

Correct French blue 1968 Matra barquette next to an early Lotus

 

 

Ghia bodied Jowett next to a gorgeous Citroen Decapotable

 

1923 Citroen “Tank”

Pair of Cords

No French collection is complete without a Cadillac.

1911 Clement-Bayard also

Rather fuzzy pic but you get the idea

Beautiful door, tiny electric car and surprised wife…

 

 

 

Well, we made the trip to the Goodings Amelia Island auction. Not because we’re flush but well, just because.

Basically, it was a Jerry Seinefeld event as he had 18 Porsches crossing the block. (!) All went for what I thought was a lot of money, but since the auction I’ve read that he sort of took a bath on some of the cars. Not sure but I’d expect the truth to lie somewhere in between. I can’t believe he didn’t have a carefully considered reserve on this stuff. A 1960 Beetle went for $110,000 so I’m guessing he wasn’t looking under the seat cushions in the hotel for lunch money.

There were other auctions that weekend and the concours which unfortunately I couldn’t attend but it was a few days of R&R in warm sunny weather which was just what I needed.

As we were walking up to the auction venue at the Omni Resort, there was an unexpected parade of vintage cars cruising by. It took me a minute to dig out my phone but I did catch a few.

Enjoy

 

If you have even a passing interest in fabulous motorcars, then this will surely be worth a look.

The Kidston family has a deep history with magnificent machinery and Bugatti is just one of the names that has special meaning.

There are a series of movies available on the website and I do mean movies. The cinematography is superb and the music meshes well with the story and compliments rather than detracts from the experience.

Rather than prattle on any more,  on, I invite you have a look and prepare to be mesmerized by the car, the setting and the magic that is Bugatti.

Coming Home

Here’s a little Norton porn if you’re cooped up this weekend like I am. Supposed to be waaaayy below zero tonight so not much happening.

Short clip of Manx engine fettling, Ferodo brake support at the races and a very British commentator trying desperately to make it all seem very interesting.

Second clip is of the finish, and subsequent engine teardowns and verification. Not that anyone would bend the rules mind you; er umm, just a formality….

It is interesting (to me anyway) seeing the massive Manx cylinder head being removed to reveal a decidedly small looking engine bore even though it is a 500cc lump. Yes, I know the stroke was the thing back then but it seems still surprisingly small in proportion to the cylinder head.

 

I’ve been putting some videos on you tube, here’s the link:

CS on You tube

Currently there are videos of my completed Norton project, flight of the Chow Hound, and some tips and tricks type of things

I’ll be adding some more if there’s any interest and probably even if there isn’t

‘Ta