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A groundbreaking greenhouse that relies on sunlight and sea water to grow tomatoes officially opens next week, 300 kilometres north of Adelaide.
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1959 Victress S1A Roadster

130hp 1954 Ford overhead valve V8, three-speed manual transmission, front and rear suspension by transverse leaf springs and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 99"

The annals of automotive history are filled with many false starts, but occasionally someone
did manage to bring a car to market. The Davis three-wheeler and the Tucker are a few examples, and they are surely at home with the Victress. A unique car if there ever was one, the Victress was the dream of Boyce “Doc” Smith, who not only offered the beautiful S1A roadster, but several other body styles as well.

What made the Victress unique was its fiberglass body. Several manufacturers began toying with the fiberglass body concept in the early 1950s with Kaiser producing the Darrin, and Chevrolet’s Corvette making its inaugural bow in 1953, but the Victress did not have the backing of a major company. Available only though the Hellings Company in North Hollywood, California, it was sporty enough to be a Hollywood star. The company produced a mere 40 bodies before production ceased, and the Victress S1 passed into history.

The sporty Victress S1A roadster featured here is direct from the famed Joe Bortz collection, and is a unique automobile that speaks of a special period of innovation in automotive history. As a stunning example of this unique automotive legend, this car
has a story that is as incredible as the car itself. Meticulously built over an eight year period ending in 1960, it was taken out for a test run where it proved to be a spirited performer. Unfortunately, the builder/owner passed away just hours after taking the car on its first 10 mile trip. It then sat in storage for the next 43 years until acquired by the Bortz Auto Collection. The car was mechanically refurbished and has since been driven a mere 300
miles since.

Powered by a new 1954 crate Ford V8 crate engine mated to a 1939 Ford three-speed transmission, this wonderful example of 1950s ingenuity is built on a factory Victress frame fitted with 1939 Ford running gear. Stopping power comes from four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, and its handling on the open road is reminiscent of the Jaguar XKs of the era. Finished in a light green with a burnt orange interior, this Victress is a stand out in any crowd. Most impressive of this unusual automobile is its documentation as it comes complete with its factory literature and all ownership paperwork. Truly a time capsule...
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The 'old birds' of pigeon racing are vowing to do away with the sport's traditionally male pecking-order, as clubs struggle to attract fledgling talent.
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Anything can happen in twelve hours. Twelve hours: we close the doors on Sunday, September 18, and arrive the next morning to find the front door shattered. Inside, the usual signs of petty theft: …
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And the winner is....1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet
First time was the charm for Richard Mattei, whose 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet won Best of Show at Pebble Beach, the first time Mattei had ever entered the prestigious Concours.
“I takes on almost two personalities,” said Mattei, grinning on the ramp after he’d won. “One with the top up, it’s more aggressive, almost hot roddish; the other with the top down, well, it’s still aggressive but more elegant.”
The Astura is one of six (Mattei said seven) built for a particular Lancia dealer in Italy. The program says this about the car: “Known as the Tipo Bocca, each had unique features. This one had a power top, curved side glass and engraved side trims running around the entire body. It also has a basket-woven interior, skirted rear fenders and wood-grained instrument.”
The car was first restored by Pinin Farina, then sold to guitarist Eric Clapton, who described it as “…the most fun I’ve had off stage and out of bed.” Pinin Farina got the car again and put it in its museum before Mattei purchased it from a private party in the U.S.
The beauty in this winner may be as much in the detail as in the overall stance and proportions. The Astura’s metal trim is lined with detailed metal etching that would look perfectly at home on a magic sword in The Hobbitt. It took years to recreate the intricate details that trace themselves through the metal pieces that line the exterior of the car. When Mattei bought the car he figured about two thirds of that engraving was missing. But numerous photos taken when it was new showed exactly where and how detailed the etching was. It was up to specialist Jim Stokes of JS Workshops near Goodwood to restore it.
“That is the thing that stopped it from being here last year,” said Stokes.Stokes used “a lot of practice strips” before successfully trying the process on the real trim.
The seats were done by Italian firm Bottega Veneta, known also for their stylish handbags. It’s said to be pretty comfortable to sit in.
“To sit in that car is like sitting in a movie theater,” said Barbara Reis, Mattei’s “significant other.”
The bulk of the restoration was handled by Jeff McDonald of Canby, Oregon. Canby was as happily surprised as anyone on the stage.
“I was hoping for third place,” said McDonald. “Just hoping to get something so he could drive over the ramp.”
Well he did drive over the ramp, and in glorious first place.
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1955 BMW Lebond Speciale Berlinetta
Chassis no. 004 In the early 1950s, Talbot-Lago entrusted designer Eugène Martin with the task of designing the body for one of its proposed new models. Unfortunately, this was not a prosperous time for the French prestige car manufacturer, which was enduring a highly unfavourable taxation policy and uncertain finances, factors that led to this particular project being abandoned. Martin's promising new design might have disappeared into oblivion had it not been for the arrival of a new backer, Albert Leblond. The latter was no newcomer to the business; previously with Bugatti, he had built a BMW-based barchetta that distinguished itself in the Paris 12 Hours Race in 1948. As a result of this successful experiment, Leblond again chose BMW power in the form of the 2.0-litre six-cylinder overhead valve engine as used in the pre-war 326 model. Tuned to produce around 80bhp, this was installed in a Ferrari-esque, oval-tube, short-wheelbase chassis equipped with Bugatti brakes and Type 57 SC rear axle, around which was wrapped Martin's graceful, aerodynamically efficient, berlinetta coachwork. The accompanying French Carte Grise indicates 1939 as the year of the engine's manufacture and 1955 for the completed car.
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With just a few tools and a bit of patience, would-be home-owners can now build their own abode from a flat-pack, on the cheap and off the grid.
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I love long drives and hanging out with friends
Introduction
Hey, I'm an attractive B1 looking for family to hang with. Know any B1's near you? Searching for Foxes, Dashers and Passats!
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I survived two wreckers trying to squish me!
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  • Wolfsburg
    Automotive, 1979 - 1979
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Friends, Networking
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Passat, Dasher
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I cruise the streets, looking cool.
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  • Volkswagen Group
    Model, 1979 - 1979
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