This Friday, in the midst of Gatsby Craze, it's time to remember a true supercar - the most ambitious creation of W O Bentley:
The 8-Liter Bentley was introduced at the 1930 London Motor Show*. It featured an 8-liter engine which was a development of Bentley's race-winning 6.5-liter unit. The main purpose of this model was to add competition…Continue
If we're in forgotten car makes already, what about another one?
Richard Lea and Graham Francis entered into partnership in August 1895 to make advanced and relatively expensive cycles of quality in Lower Ford Street, Coventry, which soon gained a high reputation*. Less successful was their first experiment with cars in…Continue
Given its origin, the Blenheim could be called "fast and spurious". The aircraft was initially envisaged as a luxury transport and wasn't a part of any military programme.
The often told story of the six-seat executive aircraft built for Lord Rothermere, proprietor of the aviation-supporting Daily Mail, usually misses the vital point. Why did…Continue
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Another British car make - maybe not so famous, it's not forgotten. Actually, it's alive.
The Invicta Car Company was a British based automotive manufacturer that produced cars from 1925 through 1950. In the early 2000s, the name was revised and placed on a high-performance sports car. From 1925 to 1933, the company was based in…Continue
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Your Saturday Air Mail is here, with a score of forgotten aeroplanes from Bristol.
I decided to re-publish here an article by Alan Webb titled Parnall - Bristol's Other Plane-maker. There's no better source of info on Parnall designs.
The Parnall story is…Continue
Sorry, I'm late today. But with a car which is all Dieselpunk!
The success of the Morgan Motor Company was founded on an icon, the Morgan Three-Wheeler. This brilliant but simple design by skilled engineer and company founder Harry Morgan (HFS) became one of the most successful lightweight…Continue
I've just come back from a seasonal trip to the UK, and I found evidence of a renewed interest in Modernism, Mod culture, and all kinds of artifacts from the Dieselpunk Era. For example, one major brewery (Elgood's) has been encouraging its pubs to restore their interior furnishings to their original designs - by which, they meant the Twenties and Thirties. Here are shots taken in the Wagon and Horses pub, Cambridge.
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Don't be confused by the number - I somehow managed (or rather, mismanaged) to miss it three months ago. Here it is, so no one would search for a missing article #156.
Next one (and the last in 2012) will be numbered 164. And today, we'll give some Dieselpunk love to another forgotten car make. Have you ever heard about Marendaz, the man and/or the automobile?…Continue
This Saturday, the Air Mail is delivered to your doorstep by a small, elegant, and well-forgotten British aeroplane.
Meet the Spartan Cruiser!
This wooden-framed, low-wing tri-motor was originally designed in collaboration by Saro and Percival as the A-24 Mailplane in 1931. The consortium lost interest in the venture as…Continue
Another flying wing - this time from Great Britain:
Of the many tailless aircraft projects that reached the advanced development stage during the mid-1940s, the Armstrong Whitworth A.W. 52 jet-powered flying wing stands out, for its visionary approach to the jetliner of the future. Although the aircraft flew after the…Continue
Once upon a time in the Middle East, there were mammoth-like creatures spreading steam and thirsty for water.
It comes as something of a surprise to many people to discover that in the early 1940s Iraq State Railways were in the forefront of design so far as the steam locomotive is concerned. In 1940 Iraq State Railways completed the…Continue
The Garage is proud to present the legendary Blue Birds of Sir Malcolm Campbell.
A family (or rather, a dynasty) of land speed record cars, named after a fairy play, never failed to inspire kids and…Continue
I'm sure you're familiar with this beauty:
Yes, she's famous. But it's no reason for her exclusion from our streamline line-up.
The Princess Coronation Class, or as more commonly known Duchess class (or 'Big Lizzies'), is considered to be Sir William Stanier’s ‘Opus Magnum’ for the former London Midland and…Continue
This column, introduced in summer 2009, doesn't need much fanfare to celebrate its third anniversary. Let's fuel our tanks and go!
Today, I'd like to show some pictures from an amazing collection of Raymondx1 @ Flickr: amateur shots showing cars as family members. Common…Continue
Some Diesel Era spirit from the famous Tube. I said 'Tube", not 'YouTube'.
London Transport Museum preserves several dozen treasures of graphic design. Vintage posters continue to inspire artists all over the world. Every British poster art exposition is considered a major cultural event, attracting maximum…Continue
In some alternative world, air wars looked like this:Continue
You know that postwar cars are not this garage's specialty. But this two-door Austin is here as a close cousin of prewar streamliners.
Nothing revolutionary in its layout, although: no front drive or rear engine. Everything's conventional - save the appearance, quite revolutionary for a 1940s British automobile.
Would you believe that the…Continue
This photograph looks like a shot from a sci-fi movie:
First flown in prototype form in mid-1930, the Handley-Page HP.50 Heyford was the last of the RAF's long-range biplane night bombers. It was powered in…Continue
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This print represents an A9 Cruiser Mk I tank in North Africa with the 7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats), 1940.
In 1934 Vickers-Armstrong had produced a new medium tank, the A9, which was subsequently designated the Cruiser Tank Mark I. It was…Continue
The Garage is proud to present: the MG T-Series!
The MG TA Midget appeared in the spring of 1936 as a replacement for the MG PB. It featured many components borrowed from Morris. Channel sections replaced the tubular cross-members making the vehicles ride more comfortable. The suspension was provided by leaf springs and beam-axle in the front and rear. The brakes…Continue