Wednesday, 22 December 2010

German Touring and Road Car Hillclimbing

Featuring saloon, hatch back and road cars we all recognise, this feature length footage of a German hill climb event is proof the Germans do things properly.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

EVO Drives Lancia Stratos Concept

Driving thrill seekers EVO Magazine have driven the one-off Lancia Stratos recreation and are happy to report that it possesses many of it's own personal traits despite sharing many parts with Ferrari's 'old' F430.

The short wheelbase, combined with a rev hungry V8 producing 532bhp should make for rather nimble if not slightly twitchy supercar performance. Styling wise, the privately funded project has hit the nail well and truly on the head. Visit EVO to find out more.

Watch the video below to see Ferrari boss Luca de Montezemolo drive the Lancia Stratos.

Luca di Montezemolo testing the New Stratos from New Stratos on Vimeo.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Friday, 26 November 2010

Custom Pattern BMW R1200R

I've seen this bearded guy riding his Eley Kishimoto custom painted BMW R1200R around Goodge St before- I think his name is Mark Eley, but was very pleased to find him on Lulu Kennedy's blog. By the sound of it he's also fitted some fruity, free-breathing mufflers.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento for track use only

According to Autocar Lamborghini have confirmed that the 20 Sesto Elementos planned for construction will all be designed for track use only. Costing upwards of £1million, the all carbon fibre masterpiece will be a rare sight even at most racetracks. But, as a lasting memory of the existing Gallardo's V10 the 'Sixth Element' not only displays some stunning features but promises to scare almost anything on track.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

1967 CanAm Race at Elkhart Lake

Les Keiter provides the commentary at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for a 1967 CanAm Road America round, featuring Denny Hulm, Bruce Maclaren, John Surtees and Dan Gurney amongst others.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Audi Quattro Concept

As part of a design competition held amongst Audi designers to create a model that celebrates 3o years since the introduction of the original Quattro, the winning concept shown at the 2010 Paris Motor Show is in my opinion, rather exciting. Based on a shortened and lightened Audi A5 platform, the Quattro Concept displays very purposeful looks highly reminiscent of the homologated SWB versions.

Located up front, under the bonnet the Quattro Concept uses a modified version of the 2.5-litre, five cylinder turbocharged engine normally found in the TT RS- an award winning powerplant with huge reserves of torque.

If the 4WD Quattro Concept ever made it into production my guess would be that it would be priced somewhere around the entry level Porsche 911 mark, ,the R8 maintaining flagshiop status.

Triumph Tiger 800

Triumph has finally released official images of their new mid-size adventure/trail bike the Tiger 800. Utilising a stroked version of the excellent Daytona's 675cc, 124bhp, 53lb/ft triple, the new 800cc motor is expected to produce a little less power and approximately 10-15% more torque.

The British brand seem to be going from strength to strength with the release of their new middle-weight adventure machine and have clearly enjoyed teasing the media and biking community with various 'sneak previews' of the Tiger 800.

Available in two versions, one road based with a 19 inch front wheel and one adventure version called the Tiger XC with a 21 inch hoop and knobbly rubber (shown above), Triumph are clearly aiming for a share in the market currently held by BMW's F800GS.

Using an open style steel tube frame, the Tiger 800 also attempts to bridge the gap between BMW's 1200GS machine and the smaller capacity GS models. Be very worried BMW..

Sporting the new 'face' of Triumph the headlights mimic the design shown on the new Speed Triple and display clear familiarities with the Tiger 1050's eyes.

Monday, 4 October 2010

V8 Vauxhall Super Saloons & Gerry Marshall Featuring 'Winning Ain't Easy'

This Duke video covers the V8 Vauxhall Super Saloon car, which we then see in race action at Oulton Park. The exuberant Gerry Marshall is our driver for an in-car lap of the track, complete with sublime commentary and soundtrack as he effortlessly controls the awesomely powerful motor.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Mayfair 911

A recent walk around Mayfair proved that even completing a fashion based errand for my girlfreind can present Mr Motor Tweeter with a blog opportunity. The streets are truly lined with gold - Bentleys, Ferraris and rather nice old 911s..

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Castle Combe Track Day

Last week's track day at Castle Combe on board a 1996 Honda VFR 750. Not the ideal bike for a track day, (the pegs kept folding up) but the old girl looked after me well.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Friday, 6 August 2010

2010 Cholmondeley Castle Pageant of Power

These images were taken whilst at the recent 2010 Cholmondeley Castle Pageant of Power- basically a Goodwood Festival of Speed style event for those plucky Northerners.

As expected the food was crap and it rained.

This didn't detract from what was an enjoyable day, I was even persuaded to throw a leg over Honda's latest 750cc Shadow cruiser the Black Spirit.. Priced at £6,750 on the road, it's chuffin good value lad!

Aprilia Tuono and Tuono V4

Aprilia's handsome Tuono V-twin has been on my wish list for a while now and with the promise of the new V4 engined version based on the latest RSV4 on it's way, the itch has got stronger. Although Italian, build quilty and reliability is rumoured to be of a very high standard. An 'Italian BMW' has been said before!

Out with the old..

And in with the new Tuono V4.

The new V4 engined bike is said to be lighter, more powerful and with better handling and with price approaching £10,000 you should dam well hope so. This rendering image show lines more reminiscent of a muscle bike than the original, Aprilia clearly relying on the magnificent reception of the RSV4's motor to attract buyers, although some design features may be passed over. Me, I still want the original- I must be getting old!

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Visordown Online

I would like to invite my readers of Mr Motor Tweeter and Clubman Classics to try Visordown's website and join the UK's largest online biking community.

I have recently began working for Visordown and have responsibility for the reviews section of the site where we encourage owners to review their bikes, through our online reviewing function. Each week we randomly select reviewers to win some great prizes.

The site also contains road tests, features, news, a blog and much more at

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Pikes Peak Record Attempt

A high definition video of Rhys Millen's Red Bull Hyundai PM580 aiming to beat the 10 minute barrier up the world famous, multi surfaced hill climb.

Friday, 2 July 2010


Yes, I have expanded my blogosphere with the addition of

The new blog will contain classic motorbike related content, leaving Mr Motor Tweeter to keep up to date with modern machines and cars.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

More Manx

Back by popular demand..

Ravens Rock Rally

As one of the most popular events on the Carrick on Suir Motor Club calendar, The southern Ireland based Ravens Rock Rally took part in Kilkenny at the weekend and I was there to catch the action. The entry list included two E30 M3s, a raft of front and four wheel drive hatchbacks and plenty of the 'old favourite' Mk2 Escorts- it wouldn't be a real Irish rally without 'em.

Also, check out the entry of Dick Dalton and Tommy Murphy- a highly modified cossie engined MK2 Escort complete with MK3 body!