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Mike Hanlon

Mike Hanlon

Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.

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— Automotive

A look back at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

By - May 29, 2015 407 Pictures

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and the accompanying Villa Erba auction put on yet another spectacular show at the weekend, with 11 cars selling for more than a million dollars, 34 of the 39 lots on offer sold, and an average sale price of $880,000 per car. While the auction was spectacular, the three day show across the adjacent villas was beyond spectacular in every respect, with the finest of Europe's vast automotive heritage on display.

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— Collectibles

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este & RM-Sotheby's Villa Erba auction preview

By - May 20, 2015 137 Pictures

One of the world’s most exclusive and tradition-steeped events for historic cars and motorcycles takes place on the shores of Lake Como next weekend (22-24 May). Here's our guide to what to you can see at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and what's for sale at RM-Sotheby's Villa Erba auction preview where 15 vehicles are expected to sell for more than $1 million each, and two cars are likely to move into the 20 most valuable cars ever sold at auction, both fetching more than $10 million.

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— Collectibles

Four-minute-mile stopwatch and original All Blacks Jersey go to auction

By - May 12, 2015 6 Pictures

With the rise in collectible auction prices of recent times, you’d think that owning a slice of history would be by now, the domain of only the abundantly wealthy. The price estimates of some items on offer at a London sports memorabilia auction next week however, suggest that important sporting artifacts are still within reach of quite modest speculative investment budgets.

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— Collectibles

Herbie "The Love Bug" sells for $126,500 + 25 other cars you'll wish you had bought

By - April 27, 2015 70 Pictures
In terms of investment potential, the prices of cars which formerly starred in movies are accelerating faster than the already bullish collectible car and movie memorabilia markets. This week Herbie (The Love Bug) set a new world record for a Volkswagen Beetle at $126,500 to become one of the top 50 movie cars ever sold at auction. We've also scoured the auction results of the last ten years to show how much movie cars are appreciating. Read More
— Motorcycles

Full preview of the Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale

By - April 16, 2015 47 Pictures
Bonhams Stafford Spring sale has been responsible for more sales of elite motorcycles than any other single sale anywhere in the world, rivaling even the combined January Las Vegas sales – it's that important. Not surprisingly, there are a number of very rare and valuable motorcycles going under the hammer on April 26, the most significant being a 1939 Vincent-HRD Series-A Rapide (US$320,000-380,000), an unraced 1979 Ducati 900 NCR Racer ($120,000-180,000), a 1926 Coventry Eagle Flying Eight ($120,000-180,000) and a 1930 Brough Superior 680 Black Alpine ($100,000-150,000). Read More
— Collectibles

Vincent Black Shadow & Linto 500 head H&H Classic Auctions bill

By - April 13, 2015 26 Pictures
The British rare car and motorcycle auction season kicks off this week with H&H Classic Auctions' Imperial War Museum sale where several key lots are expected to provide a litmus test for the elite classic motorcycle market. Some choice vehicles on sale include a 1959 Daimler Ferret armored reconnaissance vehicle (US$15,000–19,000), a matching numbers 1952 Vincent Black Shadow (£55,000–60,000, $80,000–88,000), a rare Linto 500 GP racer (£90,000–110,000, $130,000–160,000), a Ducati 750 Sport with NCR 750SS Desmo heads (£24,000–26,000, $35,000–38,000) plus a plethora of vintage racing bikes. Read More
— Motorcycles

Honda's Bulldog 400 concept: The tough small-capacity tourer for the masses

By - April 13, 2015 12 Pictures
Honda displayed a new and very practical small-capacity adventure bike named the Bulldog last week at the 42nd Tokyo Motorcycle Show in Japan, using its recently adopted modular engineering concept to adapt the CB500 into its most practical form yet. With a seat height of just 730 mm, lots of crash protection, 93 miles per gallon and Honda reliability, it makes a lot of sense as an overland transport option for the 75 percent of the world's population below 172 cm in height. It's a wonder someone didn't think of this before. Read More
— Collectibles

Six "million dollar cars" sold at Bonhams' Mercedes-Benz Museum Stuttgart auction

By - March 31, 2015 33 Pictures
The full glory of the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star was on display at Bonhams' second annual classic car auction for the marque in Stuttgart on the weekend. Held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, six individual cars sold for more than a million dollars, with the highlights being a 1931 model 770 Cabriolet D which sold for EUR€2,311,500 (US$2,516,987), a 1938 540 K Cabriolet A which sold for EUR€2,760,000 (US$3,005,357) and a fully-functioning 115-year-old Benz Ideal Vis-a-Vis Motor Carriage which fetched EUR€212,750 (US$231,663). Read More
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