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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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Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Auctions Preview

By - March 6, 2015 218 Pictures
One of a handful of motoring events that attracts one of the most commercially-desirable audiences of high net worth individuals in the world, Gizmag looks at what to expect at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and surrounding auctions. Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car, Marlene Dietrich's Rolls Royce, plus 37 cars we think are capable of achieving a million dollars or more when they cross the auction block. What's more, you can watch the auctions on the internet for free. Captivating entertainment for enthusiasts. Read More
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Steve McQueen's Cyclone could become the third million dollar motorcycle

By - February 16, 2015 35 Pictures
A Cyclone Board Track race going to auction next month seems to have all the boxes ticked to become just the third motorcycle in history to sell for more than a million dollars. Rarity? One of just six known to exist. Tick. Precedent? A similar bike set the world auction record in 2008. Tick. Technologically significant? The bevel-driven OHC V-twin was capable of 111 mph in 1911. Tick! Wildcard factor? Previously owned by the man with the midas touch, Steve McQueen. Tick, tick tick! Read More
— Automotive

Paris collectible car auctions: Barnfind Ferrari 250 GT California Spider sells for US$18.45 million

By - February 6, 2015 71 Pictures
The world’s greatest ever barnfind, the Baillon Collection, went under the auctioneer's gavel this afternoon in Paris with most of the cars fetching in excess of their estimates, topped by a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider which fetched US$18.45 million (a hammer price of €16.3 million) to become one of the top five most expensive cars ever to sell at auction. Read More
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Sons of guns: Winchester motorcycles return to the auction block

By - February 4, 2015 27 Pictures
In 2013, one of only two Winchester motorcycles known to exist sold at auction for what was then a world record price of US$580,000. The other Winchester failed to meet reserve and was passed in with a high bid of $520,000. Our article on the Winchesters makes for interesting reading because it concludes that the American Gun marketplace is buoyant that the Winchester's gun provenance had elevated the value of the motorcycles beyond the normal motorcycle marketplace. Now the bikes have been entrusted to the world's foremost firearm auctioneers, James D. Julia, for sale in March. Records can be expected to fall. Read More
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Retromobile preview: The barnfind of the century finally goes to auction

By - February 3, 2015 204 Pictures
The Paris/Retromobile round of collectible car and bike auctions gets underway this week with sales by Artcurial, Bonhams and RM. Though dozens of cars will sell for more than a million dollars, the world's most important barnfind, the Baillon Collection, will be the star of the show. We've designed this article and the hi-res image gallery to highlight all of the important cars, motorcycles and selected automobilia on offer this week in Paris. If you flick through the image gallery, you can click directly through from the high resolution image to the auction description for any items that may interest you. Read More
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Ayrton Senna's kart may become the cheapest Senna memorabilia yet

By - February 3, 2015 32 Pictures
A successful career in karting is now part of a driver's preparation for Formula One. All current drivers and 29 of the last 30 F1 champions began by racing karts. Senna, Schumacher and Hamilton had karts at four years of age, while Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel both started at three. If karting is now such an important part of a driver's career, how much is the kart that Ayrton Senna raced to fourth place in the 1981 world karting championship worth as memorabilia? Read More
— Automotive

Acura's second-generation NSX finally reaches production specification

By - January 13, 2015 57 Pictures
The Acura NSX finally made it into production specification today in Detroit and, as expected, the wait has been worthwhile. The internal combustion engine is now hyperventilating with twin-turbos instead of the naturally-aspirated version we saw previously, it boasts three electric motors and pushes more than 550 hp through a nine-speed dual clutch transmission, while the price tag will be in the vicinity of US$150,000 when it lands later this year. Read More
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