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Mike Craggs

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The purpose of my writing is mainly to fund solitude and happiness rather than any great literary desire or ambition. (Which given the standard of it is probably a good thing.)

 

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  • Classic Cars - Allard J2
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    Classic Cars - Allard J2

    11 months ago

    The Allard J2 and Allard J2X were the Caterham, or Lotus 7, of their day. Which is roughly the late forties, early fifties. They were hand-built cars fitted with large American V8s and they were ferociously quick for...

  • BMW K1 - Classic Motorcycles
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    BMW K1 - Classic Motorcycles

    5 years ago

    The BMW K1 was a motorcycle that was so ugly it was, well... ugly. Sorry, this one isn't on my list of 'most beautiful bikes ever built'. (I'd take a Benelli TnT1130 any day on the looks front.) BMW went for the heavy...

  • Austin A90 Atlantic - Classic Cars
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    Austin A90 Atlantic - Classic Cars

    5 years ago

    The British Built Austin A90 Atlantic was designed specifically for the American market. Unfortunately someone forgot to tell the Americans. A pity really, as it is quite a good car.

  • Carlo Abarth and the Fiat 500
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    Carlo Abarth and the Fiat 500

    3 years ago

    It was 1949 when Carlo Abarth set up his tuning business in Turin, Italy. He specialised in Fiats, but his additional work on them saw them recognised as cars in their own right with a separate identity to the factory...

  • Fiat 124 Spider - Classic Cars
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    Fiat 124 Spider - Classic Cars

    6 years ago

    Claimed to be the most successful Italian sportscar ever, the Fiat 124 was extremely popular in its day, and still has a strong following today. The Fiat Spider was powered by a belt-driven twin-cam engine that grew in...

  • Fiat 850 Coupe - Classic Cars
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    Fiat 850 Coupe - Classic Cars

    6 years ago

    The Fiat 850C was another one of those small cars that Fiat does so well. Like its smaller brethren the Fiat 500 the 850C was rear-engined, but this time by a four-cylinder 843cc engine in early versions and a 903cc...

  • Lotus Elan - Classic Cars
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    Lotus Elan - Classic Cars

    5 years ago

    One of the original 'pocket-rockets', the Lotus Elan (along with the Lotus 7) offered stunning performance for its size. The Lotus Elan is another Colin Chapman car that offered fantastic handling and looks with...

  • Old Mini Moke - Classic British Cars
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    Old Mini Moke - Classic British Cars

    5 years ago

    The Mini Moke seems to have found more fame abroad than in its British home. It's popular in the sunny climes of Australia, America, the Seychelles, and tropical resorts in the Caribbean more than in rainy Britain. The...

  • Morris Minor 1000 - Classic British Cars
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    Morris Minor 1000 - Classic British Cars

    5 years ago

    The Morris Minor still retains its cute appeal, but it is rather slow and noisy by modern standards.The Minor's benefits include being cheap and easy to repair or renovate - even for a novice - and it's equally easy to...

  • Alfa Romeo SZ Zagato - Classic Alfa Romeos
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    Alfa Romeo SZ Zagato - Classic Alfa Romeos

    5 years ago

    The Alfa Romeo SZ Zagato was as ugly as sin. If not uglier. In no way did it match earlier Alfa beauties like the Junior Z coupe or even the 1750 GTV of the late-sixties. It was supposedly intended to give Alfa Romeo's...

  • Alfa Romeo Spider 'Duetto' - Classic Alfa Romeos
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    Alfa Romeo Spider 'Duetto' - Classic Alfa Romeos

    5 years ago

    One of the all time classic Alfas is the Alfa Romeo Spider 'Duetto'. It was launched at the 1966 Turin Motor Show with Pininfarina styline, the last car Battista Pininfarina styled before he died that year. Perhaps not...

  • Alfa Romeo Montreal - Classic Alfa Romeos
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    Alfa Romeo Montreal - Classic Alfa Romeos

    6 years ago

    You could think of the Alfa Romeo Montreal as the big brother to the Alfa Romeo Junior Z. Unlike the 1300-engined Junior Z, the Montreal came with a 2.6-litre V8 pumping out 200bhp. This car was a rare and, it has to...

  • Alfa Romeo Junior Z -  Classic Alfa Romeos
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    Alfa Romeo Junior Z - Classic Alfa Romeos

    5 years ago

    The classic baby Alfa, the Junior Z was far faaster than its comparatively small engine would suggest. Its looks may have aged, but its performance is still appealing.

  • Alfa Romeo Alfasud - Classic Alfa Romeos
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    Alfa Romeo Alfasud - Classic Alfa Romeos

    5 years ago

    Oh, dear. The Afasud. Where to start? Actually the Alfa Romeo Alfasud, like so many Alfas, had a pretty good engine and was, again, a sweet handling car. Unfortunately they also had a habit of dissolving into a pile of...

  • Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV - Classic Alfa Romeos
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    Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV - Classic Alfa Romeos

    6 years ago

    One of the most popular Alfa Romeos of all time is the 1750 GTV. Great looks, a great engine, and great suspension combine to produce one of the all-time driving classics. Designed by Bertone, Pininfarina had died a...

  • Alfa Romeo 164 V6 - Classic Alfa Romeos
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    Alfa Romeo 164 V6 - Classic Alfa Romeos

    5 years ago

    By the late eighties Alfa Romeo was in the doldrums, struggling to come up with a car that could catch the public's imagination. And then along came the Alfa Romeo 164 V6. The 164 was a product of one of those tie-up...

  • AC Ace - Classic AC Cars
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    AC Ace - Classic AC Cars

    5 years ago

    AC Cars is one of the oldest car manufacturers in the UK and back in the early 1950's they wanted to create a new sports car to update their range and came up with the AC Ace. The Ace was the car which AC built their...

  • Aprilia RS250 - Classic Italian Motorcycles
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    Aprilia RS250 - Classic Italian Motorcycles

    5 years ago

    The Aprilia RS250 was one of those pocket-rocket motorcycles popular in the nineties. With styling copied directly from Aprilia's Grand Prix race bike it still looks good today, more than a decade on. It also comes with...

  • The Dodge Tomahawk - A V10 Motorcycle
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    The Dodge Tomahawk - A V10 Motorcycle

    5 years ago

    If a Harley Davidson isn't big enough for you then you need a Dodge Tomahawk. Some (complete lunatic!) designer had the idea of wrapping a motorcycle frame around a V10 Dodge Viper engine to crate the Dodge Tomahawk....

  • AC Aceca - Forerunner To The AC Cobra
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    AC Aceca - Forerunner To The AC Cobra

    5 years ago

    The AC Ace was the convertible two-seater sports car produced in Britain in the 1950s. In 1954 AC introduced the AC Aceca - a coupe version of the convertible and one of the first hatchbacks on the market. It was...

  • AC MkVI - Evolution Of The Cobra Legend
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    AC MkVI - Evolution Of The Cobra Legend

    6 years ago

    I can hear the arguments already: that's not an AC; That's not a Cobra. I don't care. I like it and if I had the money I could live with one, for a while, anyway. Jurgen Mohr, AC Cars' commercial director, is the main...

  • Carver One - Car Or Motorcycle?
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    Carver One - Car Or Motorcycle?

    6 years ago

    A few years ago the Dutch company Carver Europe BV unveiled the 'Carver' as a concept vehicle. Then, a couple of years on and after good reviews the Carver One was released as a production vehicle. The Carver One is a...

  • Rinspeed Splash Concept Amphicar
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    Rinspeed Splash Concept Amphicar

    11 months ago

    Rinspeed are a Swiss outfit who specialise in concept cars and high-end show cars largely as marketing tools for other people's wares. The Swiss engineering company Esoro were used to build the Rinspeed Splash...

  • Ford Mustang Bullitt - A V8 Requiem For Steve McQueen
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    Ford Mustang Bullitt - A V8 Requiem For Steve McQueen

    5 years ago

    The Ford Mustang Bullitt was built to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the classic movie 'Bullitt' staring Steve McQueen. Less than 8,000 were built, but if you can't afford an original Shelby Mustang it may make a...

  • Scion tC Gets Five Axis Kit Treatment
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    Scion tC Gets Five Axis Kit Treatment

    2 years ago

    The new Scion tC has been announced and in order to give its launch some extra publicity Five Axis were given one to play with. Five Axis are a New York based company who specialise in building concept cars and...

  • The Glorious Holden Efijy Concept Car
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    The Glorious Holden Efijy Concept Car

    4 years ago

    Back in 2005 Holden (the Australian end of GM) designed a concept car based on the 1953 Holden FJ. Its name was the Holden Efijy and for me it is one of the most beautiful cars ever built. If Angelina Jolie had wheels...

  • Old Time Radio Programs - (OTR) - Free Downloads of Shows
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    Old Time Radio Programs - (OTR) - Free Downloads of Shows

    5 years ago

    Fans of Old Time Radio Programs (OTR) will love the Internet Archive site. Classic comedy and drama shows for free download in assorted audio formats. There's something for everyone.

  • Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite
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    Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite

    5 years ago

    The Bugeye Sprite was born in 1958 to create a cheap sports car for the masses. It was not only cheap, but cheerful and highly tunable - a winning combination.

  • Honda CBX1000
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    Honda CBX1000

    5 years ago

    The visually impressive Honda CBX1000 was a good, if - unfortunately - not great, bike in its day. Initially Honda tried to sell it as a sports bike, but it quickly became reclassified as a sports tourer.

  • Honda CB400F
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    Honda CB400F

    2 years ago

    The excellent handling Honda CB400F was more popular in Europe than in the US, and is still well-loved today. Compact, easy to maintain, and reasonable performance keep it so, even after all these years.

  • Jaguar XK150 - Classic British Sports Cars
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    Jaguar XK150 - Classic British Sports Cars

    5 years ago

    Just for once it wasn't the speed of a Jaguar that go the headlines when it was introduced, but how it stopped. The Jaguar XK150 came with four-wheel disc brakes, at last tackling the problem of the old drum brakes...

  • Jaguar XK140 Classic British Sports Cars
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    Jaguar XK140 Classic British Sports Cars

    11 months ago

    Earls Court was to host the release of the new Jaguar XK140 in 1954. It had been designed very much with the needs of the American export market in mind and so Jaguar had worked to make the car easier to drive and more...

  • Jaguar XK120 - Classic British Sports Cars
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    Jaguar XK120 - Classic British Sports Cars

    5 years ago

    The Jaguar XK120 hit the roads in 1948 and stunned a post-war public. A 120 mph top speed was astonishing in 1948 and for only £1,263. The XK120 was the first Jaguar to use the new DOHC 6-cylinder 3.4-litre engine...

  • SS Jaguar and William Lyons - The Early Days
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    SS Jaguar and William Lyons - The Early Days

    6 years ago

    William Lyons, the founder of Jaguar cars pre-runner The Swallow Sidecar Company back in 1922 (where the SS came from), wanted to expand from manufacturing sidecars and start car production. They started to do so in the...

  • The Classic Jaguar Mk1 and Jaguar Mk2
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    The Classic Jaguar Mk1 and Jaguar Mk2

    5 years ago

    The original Jaguar 2.4 saloon was released on the Jaguar stand at the 1955 British Motor Show at Earls Court in London in October of that year. Prices in the UK started at £1,343 but Jaguar had little trouble in...

  • MGA Sports Car
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    MGA Sports Car

    6 years ago

    The MGA only had a seven year life from 1955-1962 with just over 100,000 being built. Unlike the later MGB the MGA still used a separate chassis and body, but still had the B-series engine installed. An early MGA 1500...

  • Classic MG: The MGB, MGB GT and MGB GT V8
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    Classic MG: The MGB, MGB GT and MGB GT V8

    11 months ago

    The 1962 London Motor Show was to see the launch of an all new MG, the MGB. Designed to replace the aging MGA the MGB was not only five inches shorter than its predecessor but had more interior space in to the bargain....

  • MG Midget, Austin Healey Sprite Cars
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    MG Midget, Austin Healey Sprite Cars

    5 years ago

    The MG Midget was launched to the public in 1961 at just under £670. But it wasn't a completely new model, it was just new to the MG badge. A couple of years earlier Austin-Healey had released the 'Frogeye'...

  • Classic MG Cars: The MGC Car
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    Classic MG Cars: The MGC Car

    5 years ago

    Adding the 6-cylinder engine to the MGB and creating the MGC was an attempt to make the car more popular in the US where capacity was king. Like so many BMC/British Leyland cars of the era it lacked sufficient...

  • Classic MG Cars: The MG T series
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    Classic MG Cars: The MG T series

    11 months ago

    The MG T series are some of my favourite classics. I love the look of that classic pre-war sports car and MG nailed it to perfection with the T series. Pretty slow and a terribly harsh ride by today's standards but I...

  • Triumph GT6 Sports Car
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    Triumph GT6 Sports Car

    5 years ago

    The Triumph GT6 was yet again designed by Giovanni Michelotti as a coupé version of the Triumph Spitfire. The problem was that the extra weight and cost in building it meant that Triumph needed to justify that...

  • Triumph Spitfire Sports Car
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    Triumph Spitfire Sports Car

    5 years ago

    Designed yet again by Giovanni Michelotti it was announced to the public in October 1962 with a price of £730. A heater cost extra. It came with a twin-carb version of the Triumph Herald's 1147cc four-cylinder...

  • Triumph TR7, TR7 V8 and TR8 Sports Cars
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    Triumph TR7, TR7 V8 and TR8 Sports Cars

    11 months ago

    The slow decline of a once great name continued with the Triumph TR7 which came with a weedy 4-cylinder engine, not the TR7 V8 that enthusiasts wanted.

  • Triumph TR5, Triumph TR250 and Triumph TR6 Sports Cars
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    Triumph TR5, Triumph TR250 and Triumph TR6 Sports Cars

    5 years ago

    The six-cylinder Triumph TR sports car is a popular classic car. The TR250 was a pale imitation of the TR5 due to emission legislation in the US, and even the TR6 was neutered for the American public. But not to the...

  • Triumph TR4 and TR4A Sports Car
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    Triumph TR4 and TR4A Sports Car

    5 years ago

    Price was now up to £1,032 in the UK, but it was still good value and marginally quicker than its predecessor the TR3A. Top speed was around 110mph and 0-60mph in just under 11 seconds was possible, while 29mpg...

  • Triumph TR2 and Triumph TR3 Sports Cars
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    Triumph TR2 and Triumph TR3 Sports Cars

    6 years ago

    The Triumph TR2 and TR3, now commonly known as the 'sidescreen' triumphs to help differentiate them from the later TR4, TR5 and TR6 models which had wind up windows, began production in 1953 and ended in 1962 with over...

  • Classic Mini Cooper | Classic Mini Cooper S
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    Classic Mini Cooper | Classic Mini Cooper S

    4 years ago

    It was in a 1071cc Cooper S that Paddy Hopkirk won the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally. But it was the 1275cc Cooper S which always received most attention from the Competition Department as it was the car with the most chance...

  • Aston Martin DB4, DB4 GT, DB4 GT Zagato
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    Aston Martin DB4, DB4 GT, DB4 GT Zagato

    11 months ago

    The Aston Martin DB4 was introduced to the world in 1958 and continued through to 1963 when it was replaced by the Aston Martin DB5. It was powered by a twin overhead cam six cylinder engine of 3670cc/223cid delivering...

  • Jaguar E-type | Jaguar XKE In America
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    Jaguar E-type | Jaguar XKE In America

    2 years ago

    A brief overview of the most beautiful car ever built: the Jag E-Type. Including performance figures,numbers built and series history.

  • Classic Fiat 500 Car
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    Classic Fiat 500 Car

    5 years ago

    The cute, dinky little Fiat 500 is often the butt of humour, but when it was released in 1957 it was bought by thousands and provided a large part of Italy with transport.

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