Merlin Gobi Motorcycle Boots – Nubuck Leather With Toe, Heel, and Ankle Protection Built In

The new Merlin Gobi motorcycle boots were developed by the British company to offer a daily-wearable street boot that includes built-in protection for motorcyclists.

There’s a rapidly growing genre of dual purpose boots like the Merlin Gobi specifically designed for people who want the protection offered by motorcycle boots, in a shoe that they can wear all day like regular streetwear.

Those who commute to work on their motorcycles often can’t carry a full change of clothes and boots with them, so they need to commute in street appropriate clothing with specialized, built-in protection for riders. Continue reading

Documentary: The Only Surviving Airworthy Messerschmitt Bf109

This documentary covers the remarkable, decades long restoration of what would become the only flying Messerschmitt Bf109 in the world.

In the years since the film was made there have been more examples of the Messerschmitt Bf109 returned to airworthy status, so this aircraft is no longer the only flying example – but it’s important to note that the film’s title was entirely accurate when it was first released.

The Messerschmitt Bf109 was the most successful fighter of WWII, largely due to the war on the Eastern Front when the Bf109 was battling vastly inferior Soviet aircraft. That said, the Bf109 did give the Spitfire a run for its money, the two fighters closely matched in both outright speed and maneuverability with the Spitfire having the edge – however the Bf109 had better armaments than early versions of the Spitfire. Continue reading

The BMW R90S – The Motorcycle That Launched BMW Into The Modern Age

This BMW R90S was bought as an addition to the Corpus Christi Old Car Museum by the museum’s owner, Steve Shook, who has a big soft spot for the famous old German twin.

He had bought one himself decades ago when they were new bikes and he was working at a Texas BMW dealer. One memorable story involves a cross-country speed challenge between a confident young owner of Kawasaki’s latest and greatest two-stroke widowmaker – the Kawasaki’s owner worked at the Kawasaki dealership and the rivalry between the dealerships ran deep. Continue reading

Half Million Dollar Project Car: An Original 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

The Porsche 911 Carrera RS was developed from the standard 911S to compete in the FIA Group 4 category.

This category was more focussed on production-based race cars than track-only prototypes, and as such Porsche needed to build 500 examples of the Carrera RS 2.7 to homologate it for competition.

Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

There was much concern at Porsche as to whether they’d be able to sell 500 of them. The Carrera RS 2.7 is a stripped down performance car with many of the luxuries removed for weight savings, and the worry was that there would be a limited market for a car like this. Continue reading