News Issue 24

History For Sale

Are you up to owning a genuine slice of hot rod history? Revenge, the famous (and star-studded) T-Bucket is up for sale. It was bought and painstakingly restored before being re-debuted almost 10 years ago by Roger Fulker. Sadly, Roger is no longer with us, and Revenge has spent the last few years sat in a garage, so it will need a good deal of work before it’s ready to roll again.

Roger’s daughter, Heidi, is looking for a very good home for Revenge now, and would ask interested parties to contact her on revengehotrod@gmail.com. If you think you’re going to pick it up for a song and flip it to make a killing, think again. If you’re a chancer, a timewaster, a dreamer or an imbecile, please jog on. And I’m sorry, I don’t know whose photograph this is…

The Collector

The highbrow London Concours event, held at the Honourable Artillery Company HQ on June 5th-6th, has a new feature called The Collector, which spotlights one collector’s cars. This year, that collector is Julian Balme, a well-known name, who will be showing off his stable, which includes a ’32 B roadster, his historic saloon racing Galaxie and Falcon, his gasser ’57 Ford ‘Kandee Twist’ gasser wagon, and the Lincoln Cosmopolitan he raced in the Carrera Panamericana. See more at www.londonconcours.co.uk.

Self-Preservation

Lamborghini’s Polo Storico historical department in Sant’ Agata recently announced that they have found and certified the Lamborghini Miura P400 from the opening sequence of The Italian Job. Conveniently timed to coincide with the film’s 50th anniversary in June, the orange Miura is clearly NOT the one that was tipped down the side of the Great St Bernard Pass (that was a stunt car), and is owned by a collection in Liechtenstein.

Z’s Not Dead, Baby

Another 50th birthday celebration this year comes from Datsun, whose 240Z launched in America in the summer of ’69 as a 1970 model. A whole range of 370Z and GT-R 50th Anniversary models will soon debut as 2020 models.

Double Nickel

Yet another anniversary in the middle of April belonged to the Ford Mustang, which celebrated its 55th birthday by claiming the title of the world’s best-selling sports coupe for the fourth year on the trot. Sixty-six UK Mustang owners headed to Ford’s Dunton facility on April 17th for cars, coffee, and perhaps the odd doughnut…

Hellephant In The Room

Mopar celebrated “Hemi Day” (4/26, naturally) by opening the order books for their 1,000bhp Hellephant supercharged crate Hemi engine. With a RRP of $30,000, plus the plug’n’play wiring kit at just over $2,000, the orders are already stampeding in.

On-Shore Current

At the New York International Auto Show in April, Volkswagen unveiled the ID Buggy. It’s clearly a throwback to the classic California beach buggies of the Sixties, but this one can cruise the dunes in silence – it’s all electric…