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Crazy Crossbreed

It is nearly impossible to classify a two-seat, three-wheel vehicle with no doors and a motorcycle engine, but there is a name for it: the T-Rex. Campagna Motors, a boutique auto/bike builder based in Montreal, is responsible for the creation and distribution of this eccentric speed machine. Conceptually blending the most extreme aspects of motorbikes […]

Can-Am Spyder Goes the Touring Route

The motorcycle world may have rolled its collective eyes when the Can-Am Spyder debuted two years ago, but the oddball Canadian three-wheeler makes a strong case for itself with new touring-oriented spin-offs. Three new models feature front wheels positioned farther apart, a reinforced chassis, and a 998cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine tuned for greater low-end pull. […]

FrontRunners: Spyder in the Grass

Dutch automaker Spyker Cars unveiled its latest convertible model in August at the 59th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Displayed on the show’s concept lawn, the first preproduction Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder (www.spykercars.com) wore a coat of shiny silver paint and a bright-orange semiautomatic ragtop, which retracts to reveal Spkyer’s handcrafted leather interior. The production […]

Robb Design Portfolio: Car Shark

1970 Monteverdi Hai 450SS Swiss automobile manufacturer Peter Monteverdi introduced his mid-engine masterpiece, the Hai, at the 1970 Geneva Auto Show. He established his company in 1967 as a maker of refined, exclusive GT cars designed to cross the Continent, yet this low-slung two-seater—its name is German for “shark”—also took aim at supercar contemporaries like […]

Wheels: Dutch Treat

At first glance, the Spyker C8 Aileron may inspire conflicting emotions among those with an affinity for modern supercars. Accustomed to the sleek but relatively unadorned appearance of the Ferrari Enzo and Lamborghini Diablo, they might consider the Aileron’s extroverted styling and abundance of “jewelry”—polished rings frame the prominent air intakes, and bright mesh coverings […]

Sport: Plug and Play

To demonstrate how well the Vectrix handles, Dana DeCosta weaves the electric maxi-scooter along a coastal road. “It’s very stable going side to side,” DeCosta, a project manager for the Massachusetts company building the vehicle, explains to me over his shoulder. “But,” he adds as he twists the throttle, “you get a pull going forward […]

21 Ultimate Gifts: Go, Go, Goldammer

ExperiMental, the first racing motorcycle made by Canadian custom bike builder Roger Goldammer.   Price $450,000 During his childhood in British Columbia, Canada, Roger Goldammer often helped his father repair his Jaguar and his piston-powered aircraft. Ultimately, however, Goldammer succumbed to the spell of the motorcycle. “Emotionally, you can go from exhilaration to relaxation to […]

21 Ultimate Gifts: A Spyder That Flies

Exclusivity in the world of sports and luxury automobiles is relative. Porsches and Mercedes seem positively commonplace when compared to Ferraris and Bentleys, but even these rarely encountered series production cars are manufactured in the thousands annually. For those drivers seeking the rarest of aves, a Spyker C8 Spyder—built to order—is the ultimate in gratification. […]

Unique Machines: Lean Machine

Fifteen years ago, the designers at Vandenbrink, a company in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, set out to build a slender, two-seat vehicle in which the passenger would sit behind the driver. What they ultimately created is the Carver, a three-wheeled car that requires drivers to lean into turns as they would if piloting a motorcycle. The […]

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