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  1. RARE MIKE HAILWOOD WATCH TO BE AUCTIONED AT STAFFORD

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    A rare timepiece given to Mike Hailwood by gifted watchmaker and pioneer entrepreneur Jack Heuer will feature in the Bonhams auction at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show at Stafford later this month.

    Regarded as one of the greatest motorcycle racers of all time, “Mike The Bike” Hailwood later went on to compete in Formula One and other classes of car racing, making him one of a very select few men who competed at Grand Prix level in both motorcycle and car racing.

    It was during his time competing in Formula One that he was presented with the 18k gold Carrera with “To Mike Hailwood for a successful 1972 Jack Heuer” engravedon the case’s back.

    Having only recently been added to the auction, this ‘timely’ late addition was presented to Hailwood in 1973, and was likely to have been partly in thanks for his role in pulling Clay Regazzoni from his burning Formula One car.

    Jack Heuer said about the 18k gold Carrera 1158, which was his favourite model: “These watches have a deep emotional meaning for me, as we have lost drivers to racing accidents.”

    A similar 18k gold Carrera 1158 timepiece sold for around £87,000 at a previous auction.

    Other stand-out lots in the Bonhams auction include a 680 Brough Superior, and a 1949 Series C HRD-badged Girdraulic fork sporting Vincent Rapide expected to prompt a lot of interest. Two Nortons will also feature – a flat tank model 18 and an early, bolt-up frame Featherbed frame Manx which will be both admired and desired. The auction takes place over the Saturday and Sunday of the event, attracting bidders from across the globe.

    Outside of the auction hall, the showground will also be home to excellent club stands, exciting live action including the wall of death and Classic Racer GP Paddock, classic competition machines and special guest stars from iconic eras of motorcycling. Throughout the weekend, the event will feature more than 900 traders, dealers and autojumble stands offering a wealth of parts and spares for every project.

    For October 2019, guests of honour are 10-times world sidecar champion Steve Webster MBE plus the ‘Genius Engineer’ and Classic Motorcycle Mechanics contributor, Allen Millyard, who will both be interviewed by compere Steve Plater.

    The 26th Carole Nash International Classic Motorcycle Show will take place on October 19-20. To find out more about the show, and to save money by buying your advance tickets, visit: https://www.staffordclassicbikeshows.com/

  2. Celebrating 20 years of Tucano Urbano

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    Born on the street, Tucano Urbano represents the urban rider who wants riding to be as simple and safe as possible, whilst always remaining stylish. This year, Tucano Urbano celebrates twenty years since the brands inception; marking two decades of innovative product development, new riding solutions and expanding horizons in the world of two-wheels.
    Diego Sgorbati, Tucano Urbano CEO, said: “Looking back over the past twenty years, it is clear how far Tucano Urbano has come – from a small Italian brand with a niche product, to an international brand that now spans across every avenue of two-wheel riding. What’s vital to our success is our team; Tucano Urbano is made up of riders passionate about what we do so we approach every opportunity with enthusiasm and constantly push the boundaries of what we can create. We’ve already got a lot in store for the next twenty years.”

    BORN IN 1999
    Tucano Urbano started twenty years ago in Milan as a brand striving to make life on two-wheels simpler, safer and more engaging. Scooters were very common in Milan, born from the idea that life should be free and easy – an idea synonymous with the brand vision of total mobility. Since then, the Tucano Urbano brand has become a point of reference for urban riders.
    Light, straightforward and nippy in the city; scooters are designed to provide an easy ride. Urban riders don’t have time to put on bulky winter kit or worry about the weather reports, so when Tucano Urbano introduced the Termoscud®, the original leg cover, in 1999, there was finally a solution to a comfortable ride even in winter months. Tucano Urbano didn’t stop there, announcing more and more model-specific designs and design improvements such as the patented anti-flap S.G.A.S inflatable system, plus thermal control, anti-theft and smart holder systems, and spreading the technology to other big cities across the globe.

    BRAND EXPANSION
    Thinking against the stream, Tucano Urbano use modern technology paired with quality materials and an abundance of creativity to craft ideas into clever solutions, and year after year, the brand has continuously introduced a host of innovative products that make scooter and motorcycle riding more practical and protected. The original leg cover has since been joined by technical apparel, inventive accessories and dependable rainwear aimed for both scooter and motorcycle riders alike.
    In 2012, new partners arrived at Tucano Urbano, bringing a fresh approach to the expansion of the brand. Maintaining the four core pillars of the brand; cleverness, essentiality, practicality and value, Tucano Urbano started to grow with new clothing retailers and customer groups and shifted to focus on new international countries.
    In order to remain at the forefront of product innovation and design, Tucano Urbano pay close attention to the ever-evolving customer needs and trends. More recently, Tucano Urbano has launched two new brands; TU Bike, the new range for urban cyclists, and T.ur – Spirit of adventouring, the new clothing and accessories brand designed specifically for touring and off-road riders, expanding their product range to cover every type of rider, terrain and lifestyle.

    www.tucanourbano.com/gb/

    About Tucano Urbano
    Established in the late 90’s in Milan, Tucano Urbano produces urban-contemporary clothing and accessories traditionally linked to the world of two wheels. Tucano Urbano constantly enlarge the scope of the brand to reach a wider, international public of all ages and passions that appreciates a metropolitan, practicable style and, above all, the creativity of an original product.

     

  3. Top Tips for Playing Games Online

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    There are millions of game lovers around the world right now that are either thinking about or playing games. It is no surprise seeing as technology has made game playing easier and given people more access than ever before. There are pros and cons of playing games online that you should be aware of, especially if you want to enjoy it to the fullest. You’re probably reading this because you enjoy playing games, especially in the online world. On that note, find top tips for playing games online that could help enhance your experience.

    Explore Different Types

    There are multiple types of games that you can play online. This can be exciting for a game lover as you get a chance to easily try new games. Below, are a couple of popular online games that you could play.

    · FIFA: If you’re both a game and a football lover, then you have likely heard about FIFA before. This is a popular game that you can play online and with other people. To get good at playing FIFA, don’t neglect quick tactics. Also, try mastering the first touch and volley move.

    · Call of Duty: If you like action, Call of Duty happens to be another exciting game that you can play online. To become a pro Call of Duty player, practice every day, create a schedule and compete in tournaments.

    · Fortnite Battle Royale: For those looking for a free game, this is a relatively popular one. The goal of the game is to be the last man standing in the midst of a battle. It also happens to be a very social game as you can play it wi

     with your friends and can be matched up with millions of other players.

    Stay on Budget

    While you can find free games online, there are also some that you have to pay for. Depending on what games you want to play, some may be worth paying for. If you do pay for online games, look for discounts such as the ones offered on the Unibet Website. They offer money back bonuses as well as offers for new customers.

    Protect Your Identity

    It is imperative that you protect your identity, especially when you’re interacting online. There are numerous risks out there that could compromise your safety so be aware of them. Here are a few that could help.

    Don’t Give out Personal Details: Thanks to technology, you can now play with multiple people online. However, be careful to keep your personal details private such as your full name, address and card details. You can also delete personal data by deleting data or privacy settings on your social networks or deleting your cookies.

    Practice Safe Browsing: Avoid clicking on links that aren’t familiar as it could result in your data being stolen. It could also result in your devices being infected or you getting malware. You can also know whether a site is safe or not by whether they have an SSL which is the lock symbol next to a web address.

    Playing games online can be a lot of fun. Just remember that it’s even better when you explore and do so in the safest way possible.  

  4. ITV ‘Speed Freaks’ show starts 9pm Wednesday 7th August – ITV 4

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    Multiple world speed record holder, Zef Eisenberg to front brand-new ‘Speed Freaks’ television show which will make its debut on Wednesday 7 August on ITV4 at 9.00pm.

    The first 6-part TV series will be broadcast weekly thereafter following daredevil Zef Eisenberg as he scours the nation to meet fellow ‘Speed Freaks’. Whether they’ve fitted a 24,000cc W12 aero-engine into a car, or built from scratch a full Dakar off-road racer, Eisenberg gets into the mindset, behind the wheel, under the bonnet and in to the saddle of Britain’s fastest cars and motorbikes.

    Each 60-minute episode features extreme wacky vehicles, major modifications and maxed up tuning, adrenaline-filled racing action, fantastic feats of engineering combined with the lots of laughter, stress and drama – A must see for any petrolhead!

    Check out the preview here: https://youtu.be/UkK9q2yNeeM
     
    The Speed Freaks show was commissioned for ITV4 by Paul Mortimer, Head of Digital Channels and is produced by Keshet Productions. Speaking on behalf of Keshet Productions David Williams said “This high-octane series features a high octane excitement, to indulge anyone with an interest in cars, motorsports and engineering. Zef’s need for speed and desire to break the Pendine land-speed record is infectious and makes for compelling viewing”.

    Each week watch Eisenberg as he challenges his own MADMAX Race Team to take a different vehicle and turn it in to the fastest machine of its kind before he braves life and limb to test it to its full potential.

    The knowledge gleaned during the shows play a crucial part in helping Zef and the MADMAX Race Team to build a crazy 1200hp specially road-legal Porsche 911 Turbo to set the all outright speed record at Pendine Sands.

    About Zef Eisenberg:
    Eisenberg best known for his motorbike exploits is a self-proclaimed ‘Speed Freak’ and no stranger to speed, he currently holds over 47 British and world land speed records including a prestigious Guinness World Record. His records include the world's fastest turbine bike (234mph), the UK's fastest (no-fairing) 'naked' bike (225.6mph), world’s fastest motorbike racer on sand ever at 201.5mph to Britain’s fastest-ever motorcycle crash at over 230mph. 
     
    In September 2016 Eisenberg nearly paid the ultimate price when disaster struck at 234mph during a motorcycle record attempt, riding a 560bhp Rolls-Royce jet turbine-powered motorcycle. He broke 11 bones, was hospitalised for three months, spent a further three months in a wheelchair and had to learn to walk again. He defied doctors by racing on the anniversary of the crash on the same track, and just 5 months later became the first man in history to break the 200mph barrier on sand on a motorbike when he recorded a top speed of 201.572mph at Pendine in May 2018.