The Limited-Edition Helstons Bombardier Thunder Sheepskin Jacket

The Limited-Edition Helstons Bombardier Thunder Sheepskin Jacket

The Helstons Bombardier Thunder Sheepskin Jacket is a modern take on the iconic sheepskin bomber jacket – a vitally important piece of clothing (and safety gear) for pilots from the dawn of flight, right through WWI and WWII. Natural sheepskin offers excellent warmth in unheated, unpressurised cockpits, and it’s also an effective natural fire retardant.

Helstons – A Brief Introduction

Helstons is one of France’s oldest and most respected manufacturers of motorcycle gear, their jackets were a common sight during the original cafe racer era alongside Vanson, Schott, and Lewis Leathers. Much like their contemporaries, Helstons has a reputation for using high-quality materials, and for the incredibly long life their gear typically enjoys – with many jackets being passed down to sons and daughters decades after they were first bought.

The Helstons Bombardier Thunder Sheepskin Jacket

When developing the Helstons Bombardier Thunder, the team sourced high-grade sheepskin leather, and designed the jacket to have natural sheepskin around the waist, collar, and sleeves – forming a seal to keep warm air in.

There are adjustment buckles at the waist and collar, so the jacket can be tightened up when it gets genuinely cold outside, and there are two sets of front pockets – an outer set for gear, and an inner set for keeping hands warm.

Helstons will only be making 200 examples of the Bombardier Thunder, with sizing available from S through to 2XXL, and removable CE protection in the shoulders and elbows.

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1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 (With John Travolta / Hollywood Heritage)

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 (With John Travolta / Hollywood Heritage)

The 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 was the second and final year of the now highly-collectible pony car. Despite the fact that it was only built for the 1969 and 1970 model years, the car developed a reputation that lives on today almost 50 years later.

The 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Both the 1969 and 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 were built to homologate the model for the popular SCCA Trans-Am Series, which limited engine displacement to 5 litres (305 cubic inches).

The arch-enemy of the Mustang was the Chevrolet Camaro, and in 1968 the Camaro had won the Trans-Am Championship – resulting in a big sales boost and a big kick in the pants for Ford’s original pony car.

The project to create the Boss 302 was overseen by Larry Shinoda, a designer who had previously created the Mako Shark show car at GM, penned the final design for the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray, and led the design work on the revised 1968 Corvette.

Larry had been born in Los Angeles to parents who were both Japanese immigrants, and he had been interned with them into a “War Relocation Camp” during WWII. It was in this camp that his love of design first became apparent, when he designed a pair of ingenious reclining back chairs for his mother and grandmother.

In 1968 Semon “Bunkie” Knudson controversially moved from GM to Ford, he almost immediately head-hunted Larry, his former GM colleague, to move to Ford with him and take over the project to create a new Mustang to beat the Camaros in the Trans-Am Championship.

The project was kept largely secret within Ford, and whenever someone without suitable “clearance” asked Larry what he was working on, he would smile and say “the Boss’ car” – referring to Knudson. This moniker stuck, and when it came time to officially name the new fire-breathing 302 cubic inch Mustang there was very little discussion before “Boss” was chosen.

The Ford Mustang Boss 302 Engine + Suspension + Brakes

Although 302 cubic inches doesn’t sound like a lot when discussing American V8s, the 302 bolted into the engine bay of the Boss 302 was a very special engine.

It was created specifically for the Trans-Am series and as such it came with 4-bolt mains (4 bolts instead of 2 securing the main caps on the crankshaft), modified high-flow heads from the 351 cubic-inch Cleveland V8, a unique mechanical cam with a “high-lift” design, a crankshaft made from forged steel and balanced both statically and dynamically, a high-flow aluminum intake, a Holley 780 cfm carburetor, and dual exhausts.

Due to the design of the engine it could spin up to 8,000 rpm and higher if you weren’t careful, so it was decided to use a rev-limiter with a maximum engine speed of 6,250 rpm.

It wasn’t just the engine that received special attention, the suspension was reworked too, with heavy-duty front coils and rear leaf springs, staggered heavy duty “Gabriel” rear shocks, and a 0.85 inch sway bar was used up front. Power assist was added to the front disc and rear drum brakes – combined this gave the Boss 302 handling and stopping power that was a revelation by pony car standards, and it put the Camaro on notice.

The 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Shown Here

The car you see here is a little more special than most, it features in the film Trading Paint, starring John Travolta and Shania Twain (due for 2018 release). Travolta stars as a race car driver competing against his son, battling to overcome both family and professional conflicts (according to IMDB).

The car had its original engine block replaced with a new short-block assembly in 1975, though it kept the original intake and exhaust manifolds, the rev limiter, emission-control equipment, and the rebuilt original heads.

It comes with extensive documentation, including the original sales and financing contracts, the salesman’s business card, the car’s warranty card, the buck tag, and the original owner’s manual. It also has Marti and Eminger Reports, receipts from throughout the car’s history, and a four-page handwritten letter from the original owner dated 2010.

If you’d like to read more about this car or register to bid you can click here to visit RM Sotheby’s.

Images: Erik Kellar ©2018 Courtesy of RM Auctions

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Meet The Blacked Out Minimalist Mercedes Sprinter Vansports Camper

Minimalism is anything but boring. Keeping things simple makes for less confusion and clutter, which means that you can head out on an adventure without excess baggage weighing you down. This Mercedes Sprinter Vansports Camper has everything you could ever need for a gnarly off road trip, and the wizards over at Hartmann Tuning have seriously worked their magic on it.

Mercedes Sprinter Vansports Camper – Simplicity At It’s Best

Take a look at this beast. Stylish, funky fresh paint job, leather interior, and enough room to swing a cat in (it’s just a saying, don’t go harming any cats). At first glance you might think that this sprinter conversion looks like an empty shell, but you’d be very wrong.

Everything is cleverly hidden away in fold down panels and pull out cupboards. Check out the lengthways pull down bed for starters. This cleverly folds up into the wall when it’s not being used, but still provides tonnes of under bed storage for your bikes, packs and other adventure gear when it’s down . Plus, with a lengthways bed you know that you’re not going to be fighting for space when it comes to bedtime.

Pop out gas burners, pull down fridges; our minds are well and truly blown! It’s a beautiful piece of design in one amazing looking motor, and Hartmann have even managed to find space for four seats in there too. You could take the whole street for an off-road trip at this rate! It also features a full sink, and other items that can be added if you’re willing to part with the cash.

Final Thoughts…

This Mercedes Sprinter Vansports Conversion has everything that you could ever need for a short expedition into the mountains or for your next surfing trip. It’s not a van that you could live in full time, but then again it’s not trying to be. It’s for those impromptu journeys into the unknown, knowing that everything is ready and waiting for you to hit the road when the feeling takes you.

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