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  • March 15, 2023

    The Multi-Union

    Backfire from a famous Brooklands racer By Michael Kliebenstein Above: Chris Staniland behind the wheel of the magnificent Multi-Union. The car is airborne at the notorious bump at Brooklands Outer Circuit.The air was cold and musty as we made our...

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  • February 16, 2023

    The Aintree Phantom

    By Michael Kliebenstein How I came to own what was likely the first safety car in Formula 1 Above: The gargantuan Rolls-Royce Phantom I, chassis 84FH, was converted in 1940 for the RAF into a shooting brake to carry spares...

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  • February 1, 2023

    France in the '70s: Part 2

    By Michael Kliebenstein Read part one of France in the '70s A year later, I returned to Dijon, again buying myself a very cheap Citroën Traction Avant 11 Légère to travel around in. I think it was 150 francs. Cruising...

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  • January 10, 2023

    France in the '70s: Part 1

    By Micheal Kliebenstein Of all the amazing places I’ve experienced over the years, my most fond memories are of France in the seventies. Yes, I belong to a generation that grew up with the images of France’s La Nouvelle Vague...

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  • December 16, 2022

    An unexpected Cooper SuperFind

    By Michael KliebensteinWhenever I see a very significant race car still sporting its original steering wheel, racing seat and instruments, it always affects me. I feel it especially when I know that a great name once sat on that seat in...

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  • October 20, 2022

    Changes in the classic car landscape

    I cannot help but notice that things have changed very quickly over the last few years. Historically, classic car values rose almost every 6 months, while dealers were willing to purchase inventory and hold it for a year or more...

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  • Ferrari Historic Challenge
    October 20, 2022

    Great Escapes

    Whether it’s owning them, encountering them, or just reading about them, powerful historic cars have an ability to transport you to a bygone age. They can also be a welcome form of escapism in these dark and difficult times. When I say powerful, I don’t only mean horsepower, I also mean power of character.
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  • Cadillacs
    September 14, 2022

    The front line Cadillacs of WW II

    I always admired heavy American pre-war machinery. Thinking of the liberation of France (and later Germany), it was not only Willys Jeeps, Dodge WC-52 weapon carriers or M4 Sherman tanks that came over from the US into Northern Europe, mostly through Omaha beach and Cherbourg.
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  • 1931 4½-litre ‘Blower’ Bentley
    August 23, 2022

    Blower in the Rain

    Michael Kliebenstein recalls his favourite drive in a 1931 4½-litre ‘Blower’ Bentley.

    The cockpits of 1920s and 1930s race cars have a very simple authenticity generally not found in cars of later eras. Designed in a strictly pragmatic way, with function and efficiency of use the only considerations, they were never intended to be objects of visual appeal. Yet today they’re often rightly considered examples of automotive art. None more so than the cockpit of the 1930 Bentley 4½-litre ‘Blower’, the most famous race car of the Bentley Boys-era.

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  • James Bond Rolex
    August 9, 2022

    SuperFinds: ‘James Bond’ Rolex

    Michael Kliebenstein, author of SuperFinds, asks: ‘Can a classic watch be a real SuperFind, like a car? Yes, if it is an iconic piece with an amazing history.’While studying cinematography in the early 1980s, I came across a fascinating old...

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  • miniature book on classic cars
    May 11, 2022

    SuperFinds Diorama

    By Michael Kliebenstein From the earliest stages of my SuperFinds book project I had it in mind to create a model display that related specifically to the book. There was no doubt about which car to feature; it could only...

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