17 April 2015

Your Monday Wake-Up Call - On A Friday Afternoon

The title may appear to be a little nonsensical to some, but not those that follow our Facebook page. Whats that you say? We have a Facebook page that you're not aware of? Well, seeing as you ask yes, yes we do, and a doozy it is. It isn't just a copy of this fine blog though; as well as links to old articles on here, we post cool stuff that pops up on the many wonderful car-themes Facebook pages that we frequent on a daily basis. And we do some things that we don't do on here; The Monday Wake-Up Call is one of them. Basically, we post a video of some fine automobiles, usually being thrashed to within an inch of their lives, just so that you can clear away those pesky Monday morning cobwebs out of your system.
We post videos from all sorts of sources, but we are partial to content from a fellow called 19Bozzy92 on YouTube, a person that seems to be in the right place at the right time in Italy when some cool cars come out to play; historic racers, supercars, F1 cars, rally cars and many others are caught on his (her?) video camera. Check 'em out. But not before you check out our Facebook page of course. Wink.

- Amazosan 

Pipe Dream

15 April 2015

T.W.O.: Yamaha SR400 by Motor Rock - Clock Work

As much as I love the muscular lines of factory sport bikes such as the MV Agusta 1090RR, I still feel more drawn to the custom two wheelers, as you may have noticed from our two wheel articles. Bikes such as Motor Rock's Yamaha SR400 Custom 'Clock Work' really float our collective boats, with its brush chrome finish and an overall aesthetic that’s very unlike its original form. It's 400cc 'single' now sports a 89mm piston and 92mm stroke crankshaft, matched to a high performance Keihin CR Carburetor and K&N air filter. Other features include one-off handlebars and tail light, with Easyriders billet rear suspension mounting a Yamaha XS650 wheel at the rear, with a custom 16-inch wheel up front beneath the springer font end.
Star of the show is surely the custom one-piece seat and fuel tank, which no doubt took many hours of toil to produce, as all metalwork on any bike we've seen usually does. Unfortunately, Clock Work is not up for sale as yet but even if it is, it would be available only in Japan which is sure to disappoint many two-wheeled lovers. Then again, if you have a burgeoning bank account, a trip over to their HQ in Nagoya and throwing lots of Yen at them may just change their minds.

- Mr Fabulous

Porsche Curve

8 April 2015

Digging In The Crates - Riding The Astral Plane

Our crate digging, deep in the bowels of Amazo Plaza now brings us to our extensive collection of Cars and Car Conversions magazines. Triple C (as it was fondly known) was a tuning and motorsport magazine that ran from February 1965 to October 2003 and was only really rivalled by Hot Car magazine.
Its also a great reading; take this issue for example. the cover feature is a back-to-back shootout between a standard MKI Vauxhall Astra GTE (Vauxhall's press car) and a full-on Irmscher-modified one. While the extra add-on parts aren't to everyone's taste, the modifications to the mechanicals made this car a much more rounded hot hatchback, a considerable feat considering that the MKI GTE was a pretty great package when new.
However, it doesn't appear to be in the stars for many of the cars we see in these scans to survive; The Irmscher car (FEA 696Y) is untaxed since May 1991,  A478 LTM (the press car) is untaxed since December 1999, while the two Opel Kadetts on page 45 fare no better; WPP 901X last saw the road legally in October 1997 while MNK 895V seems to have bit the dust in May 1996. The fact that the records show on DVLA at least means that they haven't been scrapped does at least give some hope that they're holed up in various garages across the land, waiting to be discovered.
Enjoy the scans.

- Amazosan