the Hooverboard

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This thing looks like crazy fun. We have to admit….we haven’t tried it and the whole functioning is not totally clear but it seems as  to operate the hooverboard you need something with an engine that follows to power the thing….mmmmh…not sure if that’s good….anyways, check out the video, looks like fun to us!

the Marcos GT, an underestimated classic

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Except if you lived on another planet for 20 years, you are aware that classic cars are fashion and the demand is pretty high these days.

This mechanism, well known to traders and art collector, had a crazy impact on prices. Some shitty cars, for example a not-well-repainted Citroën Ami 6, were sold 33700€ last year in Monaco (expected not more than 6000€ by experts).

The problem is complicated for the real car enthusiast, and the same question appears for each of them: which classic car affordable can I buy???

So today, let’s talk about a forgotten and unrecognized classic car, less than 30000 € and with many qualities, a real GT: the MARCOS GT.

The Marcos GT was produced by Marcos Industry, a company co-founded by Jem Marsh and Frank Costin (designer of the famous Jaguar Lister Costin).

As many stories, this one starts in a Pub in England 1959. At this time, many races were club races and they decided to build an ultralight car to win this kind of races.

The prototype is made with a wood chassis (such as Morgan, crazy roast-beef) and Bill Moss won 9 of 10 races with the prototype. At this time, a young race driver called Jackie Stewart is impressed by the car and order one in 1960.

Starts a long story with financial problems for Marcos Industry, the company cannot find enough found and sells are too low to earn money.  But in 1964, Marcos comes back with a new car, still with wooden parts with the Marcos 1800, powered by a Volvo B18 engine 1783cc, 118 HP with 2 Weber carburetors and 772 kg!images-3

According to the press and race driver who tried it, this car is very good on track and also on open roads. A GT-Race car, with a aggressive driving position, very good handling, precise direction and fast, with enough power for the weight.

To reduce cost of the car, the engine change in 1967 for the Ford Kent 1599 cc (100 HP or 120 HP prepared by Lawrence Tune). Then in 1969, the V6 Ford 3 liters replace the 4 cylinders, and for US approval (reduction of engine pollution in the US in the 70’s), the V6 Ford is replaced by a V6 Volvo 3 liter 140 HP one year later. To reassure customers, the wood structure where replaced by steel on the V6 versions, increasing weight to 1065kg.

Nowadays, you can find a Marcos GT for less than 30 000 €, so less than the Ami 6 from Monte Carlo but it could be hard to find it in good conditions. Most of the cars are right hand drive, so you need to consider a conversion in addition of buying.  There is still some very good GT available ready to use.

images-5For the design, the shape is interesting, very close to 60’s Italian design (CF Bizzarrini) but with an English touch. It’s not discrete for sure and everybody has an opinion on the car, some like the look and some don’t.

The fact is that you can have a very good and reliable classic GT, that allows you to run on a racetrack on Saturday, enjoy little roads with Madame the Sunday and even go to work during the week if you have a parking with style.

With every engine, the car is interesting, but seems better in a lightweight configuration with the 1800 or 1600. Unfortunately, the car price will probably not increase in the future, due to lack of recognition, but maybe a crazy new rich guy from a small principality would buy it for 100 000€.

 

this article has been submitted by G.O.

Porsche 911 Targa

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If you take a look at the new Porsche Targa it looks really good. They did a great job and they combined all the vintage features that we like so much perfectly with the new 911 design. A real head turner!

If you open the door and take a seat in the leather sport seats everything looks and feels as it should. The engine sounds like a Porsche and the only thing you want to do is hit the road.

When you push the button for the Targa roof a lot of things happen. The rear window lifts up, the roll bar splits open and the Targa roof moves backwards to place itself in the back. Then the roll bar closes again and the back window swings in place. And the whole in perfect german craftsmanship. A nice work of engineering.

And then the driving. It’s smooth, it’s all the power you might want, the steering is perfect and traction could not be better. You can open the roof at-10°, power up the heat and burn mountain roads…..so much fun. As you would expect from a Porsche.

The Targa always comes with four wheel drive and is powered by the fabulous 3.4l six cylinder boxer that puts out 350 HP.  Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 10.51.20This will push the Targa 0-100 in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 282 km/h ( the S-Version has 3.8l with 400HP and a top speed of 296 km/h ). All this is pretty spectacular and breathtaking. As usual the Porsche 911 Targa combines great design, great finish and amazing everything else great as well.

But then, when you really think about it…..it is a little bit an old men’s car….not young, not fresh, all automatic….and it’s gott
en big and a little fat over the years. Park it next to a 1970″ model. You would be surprised how big it has gotten over the years.

If we had the choice we’d prefer the original version. Something less perfect, something to work on when you are driving, but still reliable We would not want to miss this german feeling that you get in every Porsche, the quality and the love they put into every detail since they build them. The 2014 Porsche Targa is a great car, but we would not want one. We seriously prefer a Targa from last century.

 

check out the Porsche website here

 

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The Superfluous Item of the week

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We found this Illuminated chrome electroplating shower head. It is absolutely superfluous and we think it’s ugly, useless, bad taste. It can illuminate the water that you shower with in 7 different colors! If anybody buys this product please get back to us to let us know how it actually looks when you use it!

If your taste is different from ours and you like you can buy your magic chrome shower head here 

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The Midal Type 1

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The Midual Type 1 Motorcycle

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 10.55.27This is a custom build motorcycle developed, build and assembled in France. The first thing we stumbled about is it’s price. They are asking 140.000€. We think that is very, very expensive. But well, who cares about money.
The bike comes with a flat 2 cylinder engine ( like a BMW  )that puts 106HP on the road, 17 inch spoke wheels and a sweet Brembo brake system. All instrumentation has on the tank and you lots of nice looking leather a little bit all over the bike. It seems as they put an awe full amount of work into the development of this bike. We think it looks pretty ugly, heavy, fat….sorry, but no, we do not like the looks of this bike, but that’s personal.
Unfortunately we cannot tell you about it’s capabilities on the road. Performances should be pretty good, but then, if you spend this much money on a bike that’s the least you can expect…..and about it’s style, if you are into this bike and you think it’s pretty, they are capable of building 35 a year and you can order your’s here. We imagine there are lots of possibilities to modify colors, materials and probably exhaust system and other pieces to meet your personal taste as it’s all totally custom made, so your bike could be unique and very, very personal.
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the Suzuki Swift with 330HP

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A Suzuki swift with 330hp

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 12.04.23Well, usually the Suzuki swift is more like  a very economical city hopper. But if you implant the engine of a Suzuki Hayabusa Motorcycle with 200hp and Turbocharge the whole you end up with 330HP and an engine that will give you up to 11000 revs!!! Suddenly the Suzuki Swift becomes a very, very interesting car! Rally driver Niki Schelle from Germany build this crazy machine to go racing with it!
He says that in the beginning it sounded pretty easy to do, but in the end it has gotten quite complicated. He put the engine from the front to the back, added the turbo and managed do make motorcycle technic work together with car engineering.
The engine sits right behind the seats, more like a middle engine actually, there are no insolation and Niki says that the little Swift goes like crazy and pretty hard to control. No surprise, the car only weights 900kg!!!
We’d really love to take a spin in this crazy machine!