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Octane, December 2012

They're back! Why big-bumper Porsche 911s are on the up...

News
Awards nominations are in; time for you to vote

Events
Still plenty to do in 2012 – and looking forward to ’13

Letters
Hands off our classics EC, plus more readers’ views

Columnists
The latest from the Octane regulars:
    Jay Leno - Entertainer ruminates on concepts and coachbuilts.
    Derek Bell - Goodwood Revivals past, present – and future.
    Stephen Bayley - Rethinking tradition and design for emerging markets...
    Tony Dron - ...and why historic recreations would suit China.
    Robert Coucher - It’s been one helluva year in the classic car world.

Gearbox
1979 F1 World Champ Jody Scheckter

Porsche 911s
Previously unloved big-bumper 911 is suddenly back in fashion: with the aid of three fine examples, John Simister explains why

Aston Martin DB4
Setting the track alight in a rare Lightweight racing machine

Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman
We go for a test ‘ride’ in the ultimate plutocratic limousine

Lancia Zagato
Unique Aprilia-based Sport recreated by Andrea Zagato himself

Olympic Flame
How auto restoration skills helped shape Games’ centrepieces

Alfa Romeo Giulia
Alfaholics’ modified saloon, coupé and Spider track-tested

Artist: Dennis Hoyt
Why American sculptor is lauded as motoring art’s ‘god of wood’

Round Door Rolls-Royce
Streamlined Jonckheere special and Windsor Concours star

Time With John Watson
Modest Belfast-born ex-Grand Prix racer shares his memories

Cunningham Le Mans racer
The most authentic recreation Tony Dron has ever driven

Gone but not forgotten
Racer, constructor, showman: Mickey Thompson

Icon
Story of the classic American Yellow Cab

Watch
Happy anniversary to pioneering Royal Oak

Automobilia
The joys of the annual Beaulieu Autojumble

Products, books, models
Bumper Christmas special: buy, buy, buy!

Octane cars
Bentley’s grand tour and XK140’s paintjob

Chequred flag
Motor sport news and analysis

The Market
News on auction and dealer sales.

Cars for sale
Window-shopping for petrolheads

Day in the life
Thruxton boss and historic F1 driver Bill Coombs

 

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