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In 1989, Land Rover rolled out the first Discovery as an affordable bridge between the Chelsea tractors of the Range Rover and the bush-busting Defender. Twenty-five years later, 1,088,000 Discoveries have been sold worldwide and to celebrate the occasion, Land Rover has unveiled the XXV Special Edition Discovery 4, which includes special exterior and interior features to go along with its HSE specifications. Read More

Serious car collectors never needed an excuse to add a Shelby Cobra to their garage, but Shelby has provided some extra incentive by celebrating the 50th anniversary of its FIA Cobra small block race car with the limited-edition Shelby Cobra 289 FIA. Read More

Sometimes the most important victories in a war don’t occur on battlefields and don’t involve weaponry. On Wednesday, a very unusual group of veterans gathered at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire to commemorate an event that shortened the Second World War and saved countless lives. They were the men and women who built Colossus, the world's first programmable electronic digital computer, and they and their families were at the National Museum of Computing for a re-enactment of the day the famous machine began its code-breaking operations against the Axis forces. Read More
When the first astronauts landed on the Moon, it wasn’t a straight jump from Earth to the lunar surface on the first try. Instead, the first footsteps only came after a long series of preliminary steps, one of which was a manned orbital mission to the satellite. This December 21st marks the 45th anniversary of the day in 1968 when Apollo 8 lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and into history as the first manned mission to orbit the Moon. It not only paved the way for Apollo 11, but is also seen by some as a greater achievement than the Moon landing itself. Read More
It’s interesting how a little context will shape one’s opinions. Turns out I’d been an accidental fan of McLaren for years. Before the name became synonymous with Formula 1, and before the release of the iconic F1 supercar in the 90s, there were slotcars. Yes you heard me, slotcars. Going through some old Kodaks, I realized I’d in fact been driving scaled down, electric McLarens since the 70s. So upon learning I’d be driving the full-scale version of McLaren’s 12C Spider, I was as pleased as Scottish schoolboy in September. Read More
McLaren, the small yet mighty UK boutique auto house that has given the planet some of its most brilliant Formula 1 and production cars, turned fifty this year. Here's Gizmag's look at the company's journey from a back shed in New Zealand to a world-renowned name in the highest circles of automotive excellence. Read More
The setting is a private house located two miles off a Californian highway, up a very narrow, misty road. There waiting in the driveway is Lamborghini’s $4 million rolling concept, the Veneno. Next to it is the rolling reality of an Aventador LP 700-4, and it's time for a test drive. Read More

The Swiss watchmaking firm Jaquet Droz has short-circuited the 18th and 21st centuries with the Charming Bird. It's a wristwatch that includes a tiny automaton bird inside the crystal, that sings and dances at the press of a button. Read More

With over 820,000 Porsche 911s being built and sold over the past fifty years, one could say the model has been a bit of a hit. Since 1963 Porsche’s very much iconic model (and we can use iconic here in proper context) has been the mainstay of the German automaker's performance hut. Now fifty years on it seems only fitting for the company to celebrate the car with the release of its 911 50th Anniversary Edition. Read More

McLaren is looking to make the wanting and the owning of a 12C even more enticing as part of its ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations. Featuring a tidy list of anniversary upgrades, the McLaren 50 12C and 12C Spider are available as part of a special one hundred car run. Read More

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