BMW: Brand Royalty


"Every car company reflects and is a product of the times in which it operates. BMW perhaps more than any on the planet, has evoked the changing fortunes of the nation that gave it birth. We selected some of our "

Evolution of a Classic: The 911


"1963 911 by Barbara Hulanicki When the 911 first appeared at the Frankfurt show in the autumn of 1963, it was slated as a simply a better-handling, sportier replacement of the 356. Little did anyone realise that the 911 would become a symbol of all the "

Homage to the Nordschleife


"As long as you've got wheels and a license, it's open to you. Yes, you. But careful. You still have to play by the rules. For me, the car park at the Nordschliefe is as mad as the track. All "

Audi Quattro: The Power of Four


"If someone hadn't invented Group B rally at the start of the eighties, the times would have defined the form and it would have happened anyway. All of a sudden, what had been a relatively worthy, moustached and tweeded form "

Twin-Pot Dictatorships


"Although Germany is not synonymous with passionate success in biking or motorsport, the fact is that motorcycle knowledge, know-how and technology introduced by German companies has been exported to every corner of the planet. We gathered together fifteen of the "

The Art of Shusei Nagaoka

People Culture

" Remember orchestral disco music? Remember prog rock? Well, if not, let me clue you up. Both of these much-maligned forms was characterised by the wearing of outrageous costumes, the rocking of over-long solos and excessive hairdos. That, and a strange "

Un-Virtual Driving Reality


" OK, we know that culture is awash with all things retro. It seems that anything vaguely 'eighties' is acceptable once again. But, from the wackier edges of car and game culture comes this proposal that takes the virtual out of "

Japanese Car Culture & Saki!


" If you've never tried Kimi Kurasu Machi carrot shochu you haven't lived. Alcoholic carrot juice refreshes the parts that Bacardi Breezer can never reach. But more thsan that, the drink's packaging it combines three of our favourite things — that of "

Influx Social

The Return of Gordini


" Renault announced yesterday that their 'little blue bombshells' with two white stripes are coming back. The French blue, white stripes and front panel inset with four round headlights all contributed to a sporting identity that is an important part of "

New Book on the Cult of Café Racer

Bikes Culture

" Of all the publishing houses dedicated to culture of cars and bikes, Veloce is surely the most prolific. This time, they've come up with something no bike obsessive and consumer of culture will be able to resist. Alastair Walker's book "

Encounters with Swedish Amazons


" love this rendering of the humble, but subtly phat and menacing Volvo Amazon. Volvo must be one of the most misunderstood automotive brands ever created. Tarnished with decades of middle-of-the-road, family focussed earnestness, I've always thought there has been something "

New Boxster Spyder


"[gallery link="file"] When Porsche released official pics of its new lightweight champion this morning, they bound to point out that the Boxster Spyder always be driven, loved, cooed-over with the top down. Because like a great Hollywood leading man "

Toyota FT-86: The Scooby Counterpunch


" No sooner had Toyota announced the advent of the long-awaited FT-86 supercar, than the digital rumour mill had begun to grind out the preposterous idea that that Subaru would also be offering a version of this prodigal child –  and a "

Buell: Harley Davidson Commits Infanticide


" The message that Harley-Davidson killed its sporting sub brand Buell broke to shocked yank bike loving global community last week. In response, Harley CFO John Olin told the press recently "We have not quantified the benefits of increased focus on ["

Anniversary Z-Car For the ‘States


" A special edition model 370Z to commemorate 40 years of the Z-car is to be released in the USA.  Although the original timeless classic that is the Datsun 240Z was introduced on October 22, 1969, the 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition will go on "