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To celebrate UK’s glorious motoring past, a new dedicated class ‘Great British History’ was announced by the London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet. This summer, an impressive collection of carefully curated pre-war cars will be gathered at the heart of the city, on the beautiful lawns of the Honourable Artillery Company. From June 28 to 30, they will be displaying the formative years of a number of Britain’s great automotive marques, and the industry as a whole.

Taken from the golden age of motoring, the impressive selection of motor cars will have what is the most famous Rolls-Royce, and arguably one of the most famous pre-war cars, if not the most famous pre-war car: the ‘Silver Ghost’. It is the embodiment of British engineering excellence. In 1906, the Ghost entered into production with a variety of body styles that house the refined machine.

Starting 1910, the Ghost was equipped with a silken 7.4-liter straight-six engine that can produce 50 hp – a powerful performance compared to its peers.

The Ghost that will be featured at the HAC was built in 1914 and is wrapped in a rare Sports Torpedo Tourer body which was designed to display the sporting capabilities of the example. Delivered new to one of the Cecil family of Burghley House in Stamford, one of the finest country houses in the UK. In 1918, its owner had the Ghost exported to the USA so they can be reunited as the owner moved there during the First World War. It stayed in North America for a while. In the mid-1920s, it was rebodied as an ‘Oxford Tourer’.


London Concours 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

Eventually, it was acquired by Millard Newman, who was then one of the most renowned collectors of Silver Ghosts in the United States. In the early 2000s, chassis no. 30EB came home to Britain and it was fitted with a tool room copy of the original Barker Sports Torpedo body. Since then, it has travelled to different countries, and across continents. London Concours 2022 is a once-in-a-blue-moon chance to see this rare and exquisite Rolls-Royce up close.

Another iconic pre-war car that will be showcased at the immaculate grounds of HAC at the London Concours. It is a car that is at par with the Silver Ghost as one of the country’s automotive greats, the supercharged Bentley 4.5-liter ‘Blower’. Bentleys equipped with a naturally aspirated 4.5-liter engine has enjoyed some great successes on track. In 1928, it won at the grueling Le Mans. After two years in production, however, it needed more power to keep its winning record. One of the ‘Bentley Boys’, Henry Birkin introduced the idea of supercharging. Even with the initial objections of W.O. Bentley who thought that forced induction would mar their creations, it was not long after that supercharging was also introduced and became more common on production models.

In was in the 1929 London Motor Show that the production ‘Blower’ Bentley made its debut. It was equipped with an Amhurst-Villiers Roots-Style supercharger positioned in front of the crankshaft on the 4.5-liter inline-four engine. Despite the initial skepticism of W.O. Bentley, the results were undeniably impressive. Running 9 ½ lbs of boost, the power of the touring spec 4.5-liter naturally aspirated cars was increased from 110 bhp to 175 bhp for the touring ‘Blower’ model, and as much as 240 bhp for the racing model.


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London Concours 1931 Bentley Blower

In their promotional materials, Bentley billed the supercharged car as one that would appeal to the ‘super-sporting enthusiast’ who wants ‘that little bit extra’. Even in ‘touring’ form, it can go over 100 mph, making the 1650 kg automobile as a supercar during its time.

Ettore Bugatti famously described the Blower Bentley as ‘the fastest lorry in the world’ as the huge British automobiles kept on performing impressively despite being almost 1000 kg heavier than

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By: Reggie
Title: London Concours in 2022 Honors Britain’s Automotive Legends
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Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023

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Safety is becoming more important to luxury car buyers. Wealthy individuals want vehicles that will protect themselves and their passengers.

However, it isn’t always clear which brand offers the best safety profile. Now, though, figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal a winner – the German automaker Audi.

The NHTSA looked at the rate of crashes per 1,000 drivers and found that Audi had a crash rate of just 0.54, putting it below tech leader Mercedes at 0.55 and far from Subaru which was up at 0.75.

The question on many people’s lips is why Audi is so safe. After all, Mercedes is the manufacturer that tends to bring the latest safety technology to market first.

The main reason appears to be the brand’s heavy investment in safety technology in recent years. The company conducts significant research and development in-house, allowing it to bring technologies to market at a lower price point than its rivals. Drivers benefit from comprehensive safety features across the range instead of solely on high-end models.

re Advanced Safety Features Necessary?

Previously, skeptics scoffed at the value of advanced car safety features, calling them gimmicky. However, the evidence suggests that it is effective, especially in recent years. Advanced driver assistance systems are finally coming of age and having a noticeable impact on the number of insurance claims. Data from LexisNexis Risk Solutions suggests that bodily injury claims are 27 percent lower with these systems, and property damage claims are 19 percent lower. 

These statistics are good news for drivers. It means that they can expect statistically different outcomes driving Audi vehicles than conventional cars. It represents a genuine upgrade. 

Car accident attorney Adam S. Kutcher is at the forefront of the consequences of vehicle collisions. The lawyer has tremendous knowledge of how vehicle accidents can cause harm.

“The people that come to us are real people who are often going through the most challenging time in their life,” he says. “People worry about who will pay their medical bills and lost wages, even if insurers agree to pay to replace vehicles. That’s why this new technology is so exciting for everyone who practices in this area. We don’t want to see people getting hurt. Instead, we want to make sure everyone stays safe and that as many people avoid this harrowing experience as possible.”

Currently, tort law is helpful to victims of car accidents through additional provisions in the legal code. But the reality is that many people never recover from their injuries and can’t go back to work, regardless of the medical care they receive.

“We can sometimes get big rewards for people seriously injured in car accidents, but financial compensation is only ever partial,” says Kutcher. “Money can’t fix a disability or even a tragic death in the family for an auto accident. That’s why car manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and investing in this technology.”

The Components Of Advanced Driver Safety Systems

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Advanced driver safety systems refer to a plethora of technologies car manufacturers are including in their vehicles thanks to advances in software and chip technology.

Automatic emergency braking is one of the most coveted features. Vehicles can now brake independently of drivers if they believe a crash is imminent, preventing rear-end shunts and jackknifes at interchanges.

Manufacturers have gradually increased the range of situations in which this technology will activate over recent years. Previously, it was solely to stop drivers from bumping into the car ahead, but now cameras can detect cross-traffic, even when reversing, and

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By: Wilson Lim
Title: Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023
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The Rise of Car Gallery Homes

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Forget the garage — the rise of car gallery homes leads many car collectors to create better spaces for their prized machines.

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Sam Burch built this space for a Ferrari collector’s home. Image: Sam Burch Architect

“Carchitecture” is a newly coined phrase that describes the world of cars and architecture coming together in a fluid, cohesive design. Celebrating the adoration of fluidity, lines and optimisation of space and spectacular design, owners of these collectable cars often seek an architect or interior designer to integrate the vehicle into the home and frame it like a beautiful object.

No discerning car collector would allow his or her automobile treasures to sit in some dank and dark garage, nor can you park in the street for fear of being stolen or scratched. From rare Aston Martins, classic Porsches and highly-prized Mercedes-Benz cars, these car collectors are now taking a new approach to admiring their exceptional vehicles without going into a garage.

Their beloved cars have become celebrated objects in the heart of their penthouse, mansions, or bungalows. Etienne Borgos, one of the co-directors of Borgos Pieper Studio who has designed homes for car collectors, “Clients are choosing to have their cars in their homes or apartments, even at the penthouse level, as a celebration of the car as a design object. It’s taking car ownership to the next level.”

Now integrated into an interior setting rather than a garage, the car gives rise to all the spoils and extravagances. Some notable projects include a modern Shenzhen home designed by O-office Architect where the homeowner has a classic Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale as the centrepiece. Over in the Netherlands, a homeowner wanted his 2008 Tesla Roadster as the piece de resistance in the living room, so he got architectural firm Studio OXL to transform a carpenter’s workshop into a spacious loft while preserving the former entryway of the factory.

O-Office Architects converted a textile factory in Shenzhen to house a client’s Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale. Image:Steffen Jahn

For these clients, money is no concern as setting up a small car gallery starts from £ 2 million. Jonathan Clark runs an architectural practice called Jonathan Clark Architects but has also set up another architectural practice that delves into “luxury spaces for cars”. Clark also owns a trove of classic Porsches, a Ferrari and an Alfa Romeo, and it allows him to connect with his car-adoring billionaire customers who enjoy sitting at home to appreciate beautiful cars in a gallery-like space.

Such car art galleries have become the playground for wealthy individuals who desire houses and interior spaces built around their expensive wheels, such as the USD 135 million 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe, which sits decidedly beautifully next to your dining room or indoor swimming pool.

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Architect Jonathan Clark at Garage Deluxe designs spaces built around cars, so

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By: Joe Lim
Title: The Rise of Car Gallery Homes
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Published Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2024 03:21:18 +0000

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2024 Honda PCX Scooter Preview


American Honda has announced the return of its purposeful PCX scooter for 2024, a tried-and-true urban commuter that makes riding as easy as can be. The highway-capable 157cc single-powered machine will be available in Matte Brown Metallic only and will be priced at $4,249, a $100 increase over the 2023 Honda PCX.

The 2024 Honda PCX scooter in Matte Brown Metallic.
The 2024 Honda PCX scooter in Matte Brown Metallic. (Honda/)

As with last year’s model, the PCX will be available in the ABS version only. The news comes on the heels of a number of carryover models for Big Red, though unlike bikes like the CBR600RR, the PCX has enjoyed a fairly recent update.

For 2021, Honda engineers revised the single cylinder, increasing output to 157cc thanks to a new valve design and revised bore and stroke. The frame was updated to reduce overall weight, LED lighting was added throughout, and styling tweaks gave the platform a refreshed look.

For those needing a convenient urban ride, the PCX remains a compelling option. The generous underseat storage area is capable of holding a full-face helmet, the V-Matic auto transmission is a truly simple twist-and-go setup, the hydraulic cam-chain adjuster aids in reducing the amount of ongoing maintenance riders need to be concerned with, and the nimble chassis provides effortless handling. Even with the slight price increase, the PCX remains a budget-friendly machine that is as approachable as it gets.

2024 Honda PCX Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$4,249Engine:157cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled single; 4 valves/cyl.Bore x Stroke:60.0 x 55.5mmCompression Ratio:12.0:1Fuel Delivery:PGM-FI w/ 28mm throttle bodiesClutch:Wet, multiplate slipper/assistTransmission/Final Drive:Automatic V-Matic belt driveFrame:Duplex cradleFront Suspension:31mm telescopic fork; 3.9 in. travelRear Suspension:Dual hydraulic shocks; 3.7 in. travelFront Brake:220mm disc w/ ABSRear Brake:Rod-actuated 130mm drumWheels, Front/Rear:14 in. / 13 in.Tires, Front/Rear:110/70-14 / 130/70-13Rake/Trail:26.5°/3.1 in.Wheelbase:51.7 in.Seat Height:30.1 in.Fuel Capacity:2.1 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:286 lb.Available:April

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Title: 2024 Honda PCX Scooter Preview
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