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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

Pilot production begins for electric- and gas-powered honeycomb-composite Spira4u

By - January 8, 2015 15 Pictures
We first drove the Spira4u in its first prototype form six years ago and we were mightily impressed. Conceived as a low cost (both to manufacture and run), hyper-economical vehicle to mitigate the world's 1.25 million road deaths each year, the Spira4u went on to become a finalist in the Automotive XPrize. It was never intended to run against the world's biggest universities and brightest minds – it was always intended for production. Now it's there and seeking to license its design across the globe. Read More
— Automotive

Pininfarina's aerodynamic 1960 X Concept was 50 years ahead of its time

By - January 6, 2015 15 Pictures
The name Pininfarina is synonymous with expensive and elegant Italian sports cars such as the Maserati GranTurismo, Alfa Romeo Spyder and a log file of Ferraris such as the 365 GTB/4, Enzo, F40 and Testarossa. The global design legend does much more than style beautiful cars though, and ample testimony will appear at auction this week in the form of a little known 1960s concept car. With its four wheels arranged in a diamond shape, the tiny aerodynamic four-seater Pininfarina-X had a drag coefficient of 0.23, indicating that Pininfarina was a long way ahead of the rest of the world in exploring the critical area of aerodynamics, long before it was fashionable. Read More
— Motorcycles

Living art: 60-year-old motorized cutaway BSA Gold Star to break auction records

By - January 4, 2015 28 Pictures
A 60-year-old fully-functioning "cutaway" BSA Gold Star motorcycle will be one of the stars of several collectible motorcycle auctions in Las Vegas later this week. The entire internals of the motorcycle, including the drive train and suspension are all visible as they work. It's living art for the mechanically fascinated! Built by BSA for the 1956 Earls Court Motorcycle Show in London and restored by Harris Vincent Gallery. Records will fall. Read More
— Automotive

Amphicars go to auction – Dual-purpose vehicle ahead of its time or sinking 60s relic?

By - January 3, 2015 72 Pictures
There are four Amphicars heading to auction during the rare car silly season in January, the most that have gone to auction at the same time for at least a decade and possibly for much longer. The big question is how much they will fetch. They sold new for between US$2800 and $3300 between 1962 and 1967, and in 2011, one of the highly-prized German amphibious cars sold for $123,400. Gizmag has analyzed all 54 Amphicar sales of the last decade in order to make some sense of the market. Read More
— Automotive

Shelby to produce Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 427 Cobra

By - December 30, 2014 20 Pictures
There aren't many cars that you can say will be an instant collectible before they're off the showroom floor, but this is one of them. Most petrolheads know the legend of Carroll Shelby and the big block Cobra he created in January 1965 – now there will be 50 more of the iconic roadster created for the 50th anniversary. Each will be documented in the "World Registry" alongside the original 343 built by Shelby American in the 1960s, and the 50th Anniversary 427 Cobra will be available with either a fiberglass body for US$120,000, or an aluminum bodied car (pictured) for $180,000. Read More
— Outdoors

World record holding Toyota Tacoma Polar Expedition goes to auction

By - December 29, 2014 14 Pictures
Budding polar explorers take note! In December 2011, this Toyota Tacoma set the world record for the fastest overland journey to the South Pole – the Thomson Reuters team of Jason De Carteret and Kieron Bradley used it to cover 1,114 km (692 miles) in 39 hours and 54 minutes. The vehicle cost US$400,000 and many human lifetimes of experience to build. It will be sold to the highest bidder (no reserve) at Russo and Steele's 15th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Read More
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