Friday, June 24, 2016

James Bond Breitling Top Time


James Bond (Sean Connery) wears a modified Breitling Top Time chronograph watch in the movie Thunderball (1965). The Breitling is given to Bond by Q and acts as a geiger counter. The Breitling Top Time has a stainless steel case, black dial, two metal subdials and a metal tachymeter ring around the dial. The case of the watch in the movie was modified by the prop department and is completely different from a standard Breitling Top Time: compare images on the left of Bond's watch and a 'standard' Breitling Top Time. The Top Time is not the only Breitling watch seen in Thunderball: Captain Derval wears a Bretling 806 Navitimer with metal case, black dial, three white or silver subdials and black leather strap. Bond takes that watch of Derval's dead body and shows it to Domino to prove Derval has been killed. Read more at :

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bohnams announces the Robert White Collection


Bonhams is delighted to announce the single-owner collection of entrepreneur and businessman, Robert White. The collection contains a vast treasure trove of collectible mechanical delights worth more than £2 million, including motorcycles, motor cars, vintage Leica cameras, motoring mascots, Lalique, and several rare wristwatches. Proceeds from the sale of this incredible collection will be used to build new cancer facilities at Poole and Dorset County hospitals, benefiting patients across the whole of the country. “Robert White was a great man and an enthusiast of all things mechanical. The sale is a showcase of his life’s passion, with more than 500 lots set to raise more than £2 million for charity,” said Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman. “The collection is the result of a life’s passion for photography – Robert was the founder of one of the UK’s leading photographic retailers – and his adoration for motorcycles. We’re delighted to be able to offer this for sale, and for such a great charitable cause.” It was his love of motorcycles that first connected Robert White his close friend and confidant, the comedian and TV host, Jay Leno. “They say that you should never be possessed by your possessions; but Robert took more pleasure from his possessions than any man I have ever met,” said Leno. “The evening ritual of winding his George Daniels watch, for example, was an active delight to him as an opportunity to take pleasure in its mechanism.”

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Rooney Cycle Australia


At the end of the day any custom bike is the simple, physical manifestation of a dream. Deep Huh? Drop the words “custom ride” at your local café or bar and the audience will be picturing a chromed cruiser, a cut down café racer, street tracker or bobber. It’s great to see diversity returning to custom bike building, each of these machines tell so much of a person’s taste and style.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bardenas Reales


All picture © Phil Cotebasque

The Bardenas Reales is a semi-desert natural region, or badlands, of some 42,000 hectares (100,000 acres) in southeast Navarre (Spain). The soils are made up of clay, chalk and sandstone and have been eroded by water and wind creating surprising shapes, canyons, plateaus, tabular structures and isolated hills, called cabezos. Bardenas lacks urban areas, vegetation is scarce and the many streams that cross the territory have a markedly seasonal flow, staying dry most of the year.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Ténéré Vs Ténéré


Yamaha XT600 Z Ténéré one of the bikes of my dreams. Once again I wonder how designers do to ruin such a legend ... Check out the XT600 Z Ténéré from 1983 Vs the 2016 XT660 Z and let me know what you think.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hammer Kraftrad R100 RS BMW


Michael from Hammer Kraftrad sent me these pictures of their last R100 RS, a pure beauty.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Ducati Bevel Twins 1973 750 Imola


All pictures © Phil Aynsley Photography

This is one of the three short-stroke 750s that competed in the 1973 Imola 200 event and is thought to be the one raced by Bruno Kneubuhler. It was sent to Ricardo Fargas (at Mototrans) in Spain in May 1975 and raced extensively by Josep Maria Mallol. The following year at the Montseratt hill climb (4th April) he crashed, destroying the original centre-axle front forks. The earlier leading-axle type were then fitted. Recent research (2015) has determined that most of the short-stroke motors had 80 degree valve angle heads rather than the 60 degree that had been assumed. It appears that the 60 degree heads used the 'bolt-on' Pantah style exhaust collars, while the 80 degree heads used the traditional threaded collars. Photographed near Barcelona, Spain. 2015. Can Costa Foundation collection.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Diving USS Kittiwake, Grand Cayman


They’re often two camps divided: those who seek out only “real” wrecks, and those who happily dive artificial ones. And yet, the ships served in the same fleets, the same wars — the difference is only fate. Real shipwrecks suffered tragic blows; ships that become artificial reefs are scuttled at a precise moment in a precise location. Those who know these artificial reefs well could argue that they pack these very same thrills — if you just know where to look. By Brooke Morton via :

Saturday, January 2, 2016

1942 19' Chris-Craft Custom Runabout


1942 19' Chris-Craft Custom Runabout ( Barrel Back ) Project condition. This boat was kept in a boathouse during its years of use, and has been safely tucked away in a barn since 1976. All original parts and hardware. Original Chris-Craft "M" engine. No apparent rot anywhere on boat. Nice looking wood. The finish was stripped by a previous owner who was not able to complete the project. Chris-Craft called this model the "Custom Runabout," it is also known as a Barrel Back by collectors, due to the curved transom shape. (14f) Via :

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Toyota RV 2


 The RV-2 was a 2-door wagon concept car shown during the October 1972 Tokyo Motor Show and the April 1973 New York International Auto Show. Styling was up-to-date with sharply formed edges and large rectangular headlights. The front bumper covered only the corners, allowing the grill to be much more prominent than normal. The roof line terminated behind the large door on each side. Above the rear waistline were a pair of side hinged clam shell doors covering the entire rear section. An integrated roll bar terminated the body work and also formed a place for the clam shell doors to seal. The clam shell doors met each in the middle of the roof with no centre support. When the doors were raised you could stretch a tent between them. Two adults could sleep in the tent section and another two adults could sleep on the front seats, which could fold down flat. Finally, the rear section included a full width tail gate with a wind-down window nestled under the rear roll bar. Larger than the 1971 RV-1, some sources say the RV-2 was based on the Mark II while others say it was based on the Crown. Both the Mark II and the Crown shared major mechanical parts with the RV-2 (4M engine, transmission, suspension), so either could be true. The RV-2 uses wheels with 5 studs, just like the Crown and unlike the 4 stud Mark II wheels but these parts are easy to swap between the cars. The 2600 cc 4M engine was uprated to include SU carburettors to give 190 km/h. A fully working prototype in RHD was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show and reviewed in the August 1973 issue of Penthouse magazine. Toyota also printed a large number of a brochure for the USA market in order to gauge the market reaction. It was generally well received but apparently not enough to put it into production. The brochure included sketches with the steering wheel clearly shown on the left hand side but the photographs of the real vehicle hid the steering wheel - which was on the right hand side.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Ducati 1971 750 GT


The 750 GT went into production in mid 1971, with the first 404 examples having sand-cast crankcases and many other differences compared to bikes produced later. As can be seen from this beautifully restored example (frame number 61/engine number 62) these sand-cast cases featured large recesses in the sump, originally designed for footage mounts. In addition the clutch cover was without a separate inspection cover, the tank was uniquely shaped as was the seat, the valve covers were polished, the foot pegs were positioned further forward than on later bikes, both the Grand Turismo handgrips and this shape choke lever were only found on these early bikes. The rear drum brake was a twin leading shoe type as opposed to the single leading shoe fitted to all later bikes. 57hp at 7,700rpm. Dry weight 185kg. Top speed 200kph. Photographed in northern Belgium. 2015. Joachim Gier collection.