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The London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet happily announced the class “The Collector” that will be showcasing impressive cars from Rodger Dudding’s Studio 434.

From June 28 to 30, the finest examples from Dudding’s incredible collection will be displayed at the Honorable Artillery Company in the middle of City of London. The esteemed collection now number more than 400 cars.

Dudding started his collection back in the 70s with a Jensen Interceptor FF, and a Morris Minor that his father owned. It is now arguably UK’s largest privately assembled collection, if not the largest in Europe. The awe-inspiring collection that was carefully grown over time. It is a bold collection that shows the history and evolution of British and European motoring through the ages. It gives a sense of how the cars have changed and progressed since the early 1900s to the present day.


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London Concours – Dudding Collection

Typically kept in Dudding’s massive warehouses, but for this time, the London Concours will have a great chance to see these exquisite cars displayed on the perfect lawns of the Honourable Artillery Company HQ.

One of the featured displays is an example from one of the oldest marques in the automotive industry – AC. HAC guests will be treated to the view the British company’s extremely rare, high performance GT car from the 1960s, the AC 428 Coupe. Heavily influenced by the stretched Cobra chassis, compared to its rivals the Aston Martin DBS and the Jensen Interceptor, the 428 was almost a quarter of a ton lighter. Under the hood is a 7.0-liter Ford V8 engine that can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds, and a speed that can go beyond 150 mph. Only 51 units were made in the ‘fastback’ version. Given the moniker of ‘AC Frua’ this coupe is the perfect combination of British charm, Italian style, and American muscle.

A more modern AC from the 21st century will also be featured in the display, the 378 GT Zagato. It made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2012. The GT was the combination of power – courtesy of an LS Chevrolet V8 – and a stunning, classic beauty by Zagato whose design is still very much appreciated even after 10 years. It has a manual transmission without any driver aids, AC meant for the 378 to bring on a new era for the marque. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be. Dudding’s car is still the only 378 Zagato in existence. It is a rare chance to appreciate a truly unique single model car.


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London Concours – Chiron

The Collector class will also feature the car that defined Dudding’s collection: the Aston Martin Lagonda. It has a distinct wedge-like design and high-tech digital instruments. During the 1970s Britain, the Lagonda set itself apart with its spaceship-like design which is unlike any Aston Martin, or any car for that matter. The Lagonda that will be on display is one of and impressive 26 units in the Studio 434’s collection.

Included in the impressive lineup is the Lagonda Rapide Sports Saloon from the 1960s. It was Aston Martin’s earlier attempts into reviving the renowned Lagonda name. Touring of Milan designed the elegant shape of the Rapide and it was in production for only three years, from 1961 to 1964. Based on the platform of the DB4, the chassis of the Rapide was made 16 inches longer and they also added a De Dion axle to provide a more luxurious rear space for the saloon. A familiar yet bigger 4.0-liter Tadek Marek straight-six powers the Rapide, and it is the same engine that was later used to power the iconic DB5. Only 55 units of these stylish sporting saloons were made and all of them were made to order and meticulously built by hand. It is such a rare chance to be able to see an example in such an intimate setting and The London Concours will provide this opportunity.

The Dudding collection even have one of the legendary 1980s automotive cinematic icon, the DeLorean DMC-12. Its claim to fame is its main part in

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By: Reggie
Title: London Concours 2022 Will Feature UK’s Largest Private Car Collection
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Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale

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Ex-Hans-Otto Butenuth BMW RS 500 at the Bonhams February sale
The Bonhams February sale is about to wrap up, so we’re taking a break from our regular scheduled programming to pick our favorite motorcycles from the auction. From an Ariel Square Four and a 1989 Kawasaki ZX-10, to Hans-Otto Butenuth’s BMW 500 Rennsport [above], here are seven classic motorcycles that we’d love to park in the Bike EXIF garage.

1907 Quadrant at the Bonhams February auction
1907 Quadrant In the early 1880s, two blokes by the names of Walter and William Lloyd patented a pedal tricycle steering mechanism, which they (very confusingly) called the ‘Quadrant.’ Anyway, Quadrant went on to make bicycles, tricycles, and motorcycles, and, by 1901, had emerged as one of Britain’s earliest motorcycle manufacturers.

This 453 cc Quadrant was originally built in Coventry and was meticulously restored by a previous owner. It showcases its history through hand-written notes, technical drawings, old registrations, marque-related literature, and an SMCC Pioneer Certificate.

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Title: Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine

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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine

Celebrating the best of performance and style at the upcoming 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, where it is selling with No Reserve, is the “Speedvette,” a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette that marries classic aesthetics with modern muscle.

This custom beauty underwent a no-expense-spared rotisserie restoration completed in March 2023, and comes alive under the hood with a robust GM Performance 6.2-liter LS3 engine, generating 525 horsepower. Paired with a 4L70E 4-speed automatic transmission, it is sure to deliver a straightforward American muscle experience.

This Speedvette rolls on Schott Turbine wheels wrapped in Diamond Back Classic red line tires and boasts a Pro-Touring treatment. Its Coffman Corvette custom chassis incorporates C6/C7 components, RideTech coilovers and a power rack & pinion steering system. Stopping power is delivered by C7 calipers gripping slotted rotors, assisted by an E-Stopp electric brake.

The exterior’s subtle modifications include 2-inch rear fender flares and a smoothed decklid with a waterfall effect. The Torch Red exterior and black Haartz Stayfast convertible top add a classic touch. Inside is a handcrafted bespoke cabin with black leather and red stitching.

Register to bid today for the opportunity to take this Speedvette home with you and join us January 20-28 at WestWorld for the 2024 Scottsdale Auction.

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Title: SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
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Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks

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TFX Suspension review
I got lucky when I bought my 2012-model Triumph Bonneville SE last year. A single-owner bike with less than 1,500 miles on the dial, it had spent most of its life trickle-charging in a garage. What’s more, the previous owner had thrown a handful of tasteful factory accessories at it (and a few that were less well-judged).

There was one key ingredient missing though; good suspension. Most modern classics roll out of the factory with suspension components that are adequate at best, but the older air-cooled Bonneville’s setup is downright poor. Small LED turn signals and a fancy sprocket cover might make your bike look prettier, but new shocks—like the fully adjustable TFX Suspension Xtreme units now gracing the tail end of my Triumph—will make it ride better.

TFX Suspension Xtreme rear shocks review

Based in The Netherlands, TFX Suspension is run by a small and passionate team, led by founders Hans-Dieter Fischer and Alex Meijs. The two of them formed TFX fourteen years ago when the suspension company that they were working for folded. Now they produce components on their terms, with the sort of hands-on approach that’s often missing from larger companies.

Their catalog includes various mono- and twin-shock items, suitable for a wide range of on- and off-road applications, plus a handful of front suspension upgrades. (We’ve seen their parts on custom bikes from Bottpower, Powerbrick, CNCPT Moto, and more.) They sent me a set of their Xtreme shocks to test out on my Triumph Bonneville; fully-adjustable units that retail for €1,399 [$1516].

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks
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