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Adrian Van Anz’ Derringer Board-track eBike

Posted: January 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: eBike, On Two Wheels, On Your Bike | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Adrian Van Anz’ Derringer Board-track eBike

Adrian Van Anz' Derringer Board-track eBike

Board-track bikes are all the rage in the burbs, these two stroke café racers are just about as much fun as you can have on two wheels. Styling for these 1920s inspired cycles is super sleek, fine fitted metal work mounted to tubular framing, screaming speed and smacking a smile on the face of riders.

Legendary board-track builders, Derringer, have branched out to include an eBike: World Meet the Derringer V Heritage Series. The two-stroke has been replaced by a choice of 3 electric motors, the styling stays true :: Read the full article »»»»


DUCATI: Volkswagen Bought A Bike!

Posted: April 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, On Two Wheels, On Your Bike, Volkswagen | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on DUCATI: Volkswagen Bought A Bike!

VOLKSWAGEN BOUGHT A BIKE

Volkswagen – under the helmanship of Ferdinand Piech & apparently on behalf of his prior engagement, Audi – has snapped up Ducati Motocycles for €860 million/$US1.1 Billion, the deal was approved days ago by the Piech-chaired VW supervisory board, raising the number of VW nameplates to 12. Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, SEAT, Porsche, Giugiaro, Škoda, Scania, MAN and of course VW.

Amusingly the marriage seems to have divided moto columnists. The fans of the sale seem to be bike enthusiasts, the naysayers seem to be business commentators. Piech is often portrayed as a big German kid in a toystoy, we think not, during his tenure Piech has reinvented, saved, turned-around and generally benefited more auto brands, indeed marquis, than almost any other single person, ok perhaps a little liberty there, you get the picture though :: Read the full article »»»»


Mercedes Benz Style Coupé Concept :: CLS Junior

Posted: April 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Concept Car, mercedes benz | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Mercedes Benz Style Coupé Concept :: CLS Junior

Apparently your either a fan or hater? The Mercedes Benz 4 door coupé…

I concede, I’m a huge fan!

Mercedes Benz Style Coupé Concept CLS Junior
Mercedes calls it an “almost production standard” concept that will make a bold statement when it goes on sale, though expect the Style Coupé’s dramatic exterior and interior to be toned down at least partially for the model that will reach Australian showrooms in early 2013:: Read the full article »»»»


Ferdinand Porsche Dies Aged 76

Posted: April 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: porsche | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Ferdinand Porsche Dies Aged 76

Ferdinand Porsche Dies Aged 76Salzberg, Austria: The designer of the world’s most iconic sportscar – the Porsche 911 – has died aged 76. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche developed the car in 1963 for the company founded by his grandfather. With its sloping roof, long hood and noisy rear-mounted engine, the Porsche 911 still carries distinctly recognisable elements from the first model introduced in 1963. Describing his design philosophy, Mr Porsche once said a product that was coherent in form required no embellishments.

His design career had a slow start, he was dismissed from the Ulm School of Design because of doubts over his talent. Undeterred, Ferdinand Porsche started practical training in the body design department of the family-owned sports car factory in Stuttgart.

“As creator of the Porsche 911, he established a design culture in our company that still leaves its mark on our sports cars,” the head of Porsche’s supervisory board, Matthias Mueller, said in a statement. “A design of the century for which Porsche is envied around the world,” the mass-market Bild newspaper said of the 911 in an obituary for Porsche on its website. True fans of the brand only permit slight changes to the design to this day.”

He also created the Formula One racecar 804 as well as the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS and in the 1970s branched out into Porsche merchandise including lines of wristwatches and sunglasses.

“Design must be functional and this functionality must be applied visually with an aesthetic that is without gags that have to be explained first,” the company quoted him as saying. “Good design should be honest.”

Ferdinand Porsche, who began at the company in 1958 and was still the honorary chairman of the company’s supervisory board when he died, is survived by his wife and three sons.


AUSTRALIA: The Cost of Keeping Auto Makers Local

Posted: January 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Auto Maker, Auto News, Ford, General Motors, Grilled, Holden | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on AUSTRALIA: The Cost of Keeping Auto Makers Local

Sales of the Australian made large cars – Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon – have dropped alarmingly in recent years. The Commodore’s 15-year run as Australia’s best-selling vehicle was ended abruptly in 2011 by the Japanese manufactured Mazda3, while Ford Falcon sales plummeted to fewer than 19,000 units in 2011.

AUSTRALIA: The Cost of Keeping Auto Makers Local - Cruze Hatch Production

So Exactly How Much Does it Cost to Keep Auto Makers in Australia? Between $100 and $200 Million!?

Holden says it is getting closer to announcing co-investment from the Federal Government and parent company General Motors as it looks to secure the local manufacturing of the Cruze and Commodore beyond 2018. Ford has announced a fresh $103 million investment for it’s Falcon range of large car and Territory SUV, though the future of the Australian-built vehicles is still guaranteed only until the end of 2016. Read the full article »»»»


Branson Opens Spaceport America

Posted: October 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Aviation News, Destinys Mother, Favorite New Thought, Fly Your Kite, Grilled, M.Aaron Silverman | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Branson Opens Spaceport America

Our favorite  billionaire, Richard Branson has opened the world’s first commercial spaceport in the New Mexico desert, the brand new home for his space adventure company Virgin Galactic.

The flamboyant British businessman, exuding his usual flair and cheesy grin, waves of blond hair flying, inaugurated the building by breaking a champagne bottle against the building, while rappelling down the side of it, hung 20 meters above the ground from the main terminal roof.

Spaceport America”, will serve “as the operating hub for Virgin Galactic and is expected to house up to two WhiteKnightTwos and five SpaceShipTwos, in addition to all of Virgin’s astronaut preparation facilities and mission control.

About 150 people are booked for lift-off on the first flights to orbit attended the opening event. Also attending were the head of Virgin Galactic, George Whitesides, commercial director Stephen Attenborough, and famed US astronaut – and second person to step on the moon – Buzz Aldrin. Branson said he hoped to launch a vessel into space within the next 12 months, which he said would kick off an era of commercial space travel. Read the rest of this entry »


Wiki: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Posted: October 16th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Fast, Faster, Fastest, Favorite New Thought, Fly Your Kite, Wiki, World First | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Wiki: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Anyone with an interest in man-made-machinery, older than 30, has to have some space in their mind that allows a smile at the thought of the Blackbird, it is one of those machines that was just done to perfection. Blackbird was instigated for possibly all the wrong reason, regardless, it’s design alone puts this creation in a category of it’s own :: Read the full article »»»»