Friday, 24 October 2014
In Issue 6 of the mag, we published a great article that was contributed by Dave our mate from Australia all about his Ducati Cucciolos. Dave has since sent us a video clip that gives the impression of what it's like to ride one of these machines at speed - and it's a bit scary. Ignore the sketchy soundtrack and imagine what it's like to sit on an old pushbike, with pushbike brakes and tyres, and a small Italian motor lashed onto the frame tube, and go as fast as you can. In fact, we reckon the wind noise is covering up Dave's screams of terror as he bowls along at an impressive turn of speed considering he's a big Aussie bloke!
The full article on Dave's passion for the Ducati Cucciolo and in particular its fascinating place as a sales success in Australia is in Issue Six. Not got a copy? Buy it here: http://italianmotor.bigcartel.com/category/magazines
Sunday, 5 October 2014
What an idea! Buy up a historic but mothballed RAF base, then turn it into a motoring heritage destination for cars, bikes and planes - brilliant! We're lucky that ITALIAN MOTOR H.Q. seems to be close to so many fascinating and excellent places and events of petrolhead pleasure, and today was great - old planes mixing it with Ford Capris, Yank cars, old bikes, historic and important Bentleys, Porsches, and Jags, old blokes dressed as Home Guard, steam engines, old biplanes, engines, bacon rolls, and other very pleasurable stuff. The RAF architecture is fascinating and the before and after restorations of the countless sheds, hangars and engine fitting rooms are incredible and beautiful. Even the toilet blocks are retro! The owners should be congratulated on their vision, and it's easy to see that it'll become a premier motoring destination in the UK.
Today will be just the first of many visits for us, no doubt. In fact, we'd love to set up H.Q. here too.
Enjoy the photos of just a small selection of what was there this morning.
Lovely '56 Triumph Speed Twin with original paint
Used to use the Routemasters all the time
Huge bomber hangar - now used for classic vehicle storage
This thing landed while I was standing there
Dad's Army: "Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Hitler?"
Old bomb shelter
Purple Haze... in my mind
Beautiful Mk.1 Zephyr rag top
Lovely old Ford Capri. Two a penny when I was a kid..
Loved this stripped back Terrot - a real gem
These 'tools' are made from chocolate. Amazing!
Check their website here: Bicester Heritage