Category Archives: Retro

Anything Retro other than cars.

Period Correct- Stimulus Workshop

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I’ve traveled the world in search of shops like this. Usually found in far off locations such as Tokyo or Paris, Period Correct Atelier is a new and long overdue addition to the Southern California Automotive enthusiast landscape. Not only … Continue reading

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Cortina at Sebring – Proof Test

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It was the mid 1960’s and Ford was deep into their “ Total Performance “ campaign. The British built Cortina was making headlines as it racked up podium finishes across Europe and the USA was a prime target. Why not … Continue reading

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Coulthard tests Jim Clark’s Lotus 25

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The Lotus 25 is the car that really defined progress and forward thinking in F1 engineering. It was the first car with a fully stressed monocoque chassis that was three times stiffer than its predecessor , the Lotus 21. The … Continue reading

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The Ford “Kent” Engine: Four Cylinder Domination since 1959

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1959 could be one of the most significant years for the motorsport world. That may be a very bold statement but it’s undoubtedly true when you consider the facts. 1959 was the year Ford released their 105E, 997cc “Kent” (named … Continue reading

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Techno Classica Essen : Europe’s Passion on Display

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I’ve only been to Germany a few times and never to Essen. To be honest, I’ve never really had a great desire to travel to Germany. I’m not sure why. I’ve owned and driven German cars and have always enjoyed … Continue reading

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The 2013 Queen’s English British car show.

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Under a typically gray English sky, The Queen’s English British car show in Van Nuys, California enjoyed a tremendous turnout. Legions of Triumphs, Austins, MGs, Lotus, and other English cars descended on Woodley Park in the San Fernando Valley, a … Continue reading

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Race Retro: Green Flag To The Historic Racing Season

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Starting off the historic and classic racing season each year,  is the Race Retro show held in February near Coventry, England. The show is famous for featuring the latest components to keep your classic race car on the track as … Continue reading

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1956: Mike Hawthorn takes a preview lap of Le Mans in a Jaguar D Type.

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This is a great time capsule film  from 1956 of Le Mans winner Mike Hawthorne taking a preview lap of Le Mans in a D type Jaguar. The road is open to the public and there are few close calls … Continue reading

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AC Minds & Co. : British Sports Car Specialist…In Japan.

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I’ve been traveling the globe for some time now and have been to more countries than I can remember. I’m not complaining, in fact I count myself among the fortunate. One of the best things about traveling is meeting new … Continue reading

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JCCA New Year Meeting: Part 3 恒例のJCCAニューイヤーミーティング2013

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The really fun part of visiting the JCCA New Year Meeting was looking through the boxes and bins of spare parts and accessories located throughout the event. The collection and array of parts was very impressive and if you were … Continue reading

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Paul Matty Sports Cars : The Lotus Specialists

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I’ve known of Paul Matty Sports Cars for years through their advertisements in various UK magazines and publications.  Sadly,  I never had the privilege of visiting the shop even though I have traveled to the UK on numerous occasions. I … Continue reading

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JCCA New Year Meeting: Part 2 恒例のJCCAニューイヤーミーティング2013

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We continue with coverage from the JCCA New Year Meeting held in Tokyo on January 27, 2013. The previous article covered most of the Nissans at the event. We’ll take a look at the other brands at the show starting … Continue reading

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JCCA New Year Meeting 2013: Part 1 恒例のJCCAニューイヤーミーティング2013

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I’ve heard about the Japan Classic Car Association New Year Meeting for years. Unfortunately my previous trips to Japan during January usually happen a few weeks prior to the New Year Meeting. But not this year, I thought it was … Continue reading

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Classica Cafe Yokohama クラシカ横濱: An oasis for the mechanical mind.

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “oasis” as something that provides refuge, relief, or pleasant contrast. For many, such an oasis exists in the Fujimicho neighborhood of Yokohama, Japan. Tucked away, down a side street near the Isezaki Chojamachi subway station is … Continue reading

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Autosport International 2013: Part 1-The engines.

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Autosport International is by far my favorite motorsport show. The selection of cars,  technology, and engines is incredible . I’ve been in the motorsport industry for more than half of my life and I always look forward to this event. … Continue reading

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Jim Stokes Workshops Limited: Historical Precision

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About an hour south of London lays the Jim Stokes Workshops Ltd. (JSWL) and as you guessed it, Jim Stokes oversees the operation.  And what a special group of workshops he has built up over some 40 odd years in … Continue reading

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Japan Lotus Day 2012 ジャパン・ロータスデー2012: Part 3 Monoposto Cars

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Monoposto: a term designating the body of a single-seat racing car. The term monoposto was introduced in 1931, when international rules were revised to delete the requirement to use only two-seat bodies for racing cars. A monoposto is an open body without doors, designed to … Continue reading

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Cars and Coffee: A weekly motoring pilgrimage

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One questions I am often asked when I travel abroad is “what is Cars and Coffee really like, is it as impressive as it seems?”. The answer is always yes. Most people that have never experienced the now world famous … Continue reading

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Japan Lotus Day 2012 ジャパン・ロータスデ- 2012: Part 2 Sevens ~ Elans, ロータス セブン. ロータス エラン

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If a cat has nine lives then the Lotus Seven has nine more. The iconic creation of Colin Chapman and company continues to thrive in Japan in one form or another with enthusiasts and racers supporting interest in the tube … Continue reading

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1958 Road America: Sprint Race Action

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This is a great time capsule film of a sprint race at Road America in 1958. It’s not often we get to see period cars in action during the golden age of sports car racing. This film features  Porsche Spiders, … Continue reading

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Vintage BMW. The Southern California Fall Festival

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BMW has offered up some pretty cool cars over the years. Like most automobile manufactures, their product lineup has become larger and perhaps less stylish in recent years.  For many enthusiasts, BMW’s heyday was the mid 1960’s through the mid … Continue reading

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Brands Hatch: Lotus 60, Elan 50.

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It’s been a banner year for Lotus celebration events.  The Hethel UK based company is in their 60th year and fans are reveling everywhere. In addition to the company’s anniversary, Lotus launched the iconic Elan 50 years ago resulting in … Continue reading

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Shelsley Walsh – Tradition of speed, uphill battle against time

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I don’t really need much convincing to travel to the UK for a race. I am ready to go anytime. When it comes to motor sports it’s very difficult to top England. The Brits just plain understand it.  There seems to … Continue reading

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Lotus Originals – History, Style and Fashion

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Lotus means many different things to many different people. For some, it’s all about Colin Chapman or the golden years with Clark and Hill. For others it’s Kimi Raikkonen in the latest Lotus Formula One car.  Regardless of your interpretation … Continue reading

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Lotus Seven – Redline Components LTD ~ The Keepers of the flame.

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There is always a custodian of the brand or marque when it comes to classic cars. A specialist that is the go to place for that rare part or bit of information you need when completing the restoration or just … Continue reading

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Lotus Cortina Luck…..

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It all started when I received a rather cryptic text from a fellow Cortina owner letting me know there was a Lotus Cortina listed on the Los Angeles Craig’s list. I quickly fired up the laptop to check it out … Continue reading

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Race Retro 2012

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The 2012 Race Retro was held this weekend at Stoneleigh Park near Warwick in England. As to be expected the show did not disappoint and featured everything from brakes to BRM F1 Cars all centered around historic and vintage auto … Continue reading

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Period Clothing: The must have accessory for your classic car?

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Over the past several years there has been noticeable growth and popularity of “retro” style motorsport inspired clothing , especially in the UK . Events like the Goodwood Revival have certainly fueled the movement but wearing period kit at other race … Continue reading

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