Photo of Billy the Kid playing cards with his gang – just the second known picture of the notorious gunman – is set to fetch $1m at auction after family of fellow outlaw Billy Wilson decided to sell it

A rare photo of notorious outlaw Billy the Kid has emerged on the market with a $1 million price-tag.

The previously unseen black and white image from 1877 shows the outlaw playing cards with his gang. It is only the second confirmed image of the wanted man.

In the photo, Billy the Kid can be seen sitting around a table with three members of his gang – Richard Brewer, Fred Waite and Henry Brown – all of whom were wanted men.

The then-21-year-old is seen dressed in a white shirt, dark waistcoat and top hat.

From left to right: Richard Brewer, Bill the Kid, Fred Waite and Henry Brown - all of whom were wanted men. The black and white wet collodion tin type image is thought to dates back to around 1877 and is only the second confirmed image of the notorious American outlaw.

From left to right: Richard Brewer, Bill the Kid, Fred Waite and Henry Brown – all of whom were wanted men. The black and white wet collodion tin type image is thought to dates back to around 1877 and is only the second confirmed image of the notorious American outlaw.

All four men are depicted carefully considering their hand. On the table in front of them is a glass bottle of liquor which appears to have been largely consumed.

At the time, Billy the Kid, who also used the name William H. Bonney, was a wanted man having murdered a blacksmith in Arizona.

He is believed to have gone on to kill another seven men during the Lincoln County War in 1878. One of those was the Lincoln County Sheriff William Brady.

Billy the Kid was eventually caught by Sheriff Pat Garrett who shot him in the dark.

The photo has been kept in the same family for over a century, after it was given to the vendor's grandfather by the widow of a Billy Wilson, a gang member and friend of Billy the Kid

The photo has been kept in the same family for over a century, after it was given to the vendor’s grandfather by the widow of a Billy Wilson, a gang member and friend of Billy the Kid

The photo now for sale has never been made public before and has been kept in the same family for over a century.

It was originally given to the vendor’s grandfather by the widow of David Anderson, who was better known as Billy Wilson.

Wilson was a member of the infamous gang having befriended Billy the Kid when riding alongside him during the Lincoln County War.  After receiving a presidential pardon in 1896, he later went on to serve as sheriff of Terrell County and also worked as a US customs inspector.

The photograph was given to him, by Billy the Kid, for safe keeping prior to the outlaw’s death.

The photo then ended up in the vendor’s family, after his grandfather, Billy Wilson’s second cousin was given the precious momento.

In a letter detailing the photograph’s journey into his family, vendor Tomas R. Anderson II said: ‘When my grandfather and family went to pay their respects to the widow of David Anderson at his 1918 funeral, she gifted him, with among other items, a small leather family photograph album.

‘She explained to my grandfather’s family about the history of the photograph and how Billy had gifted the photo to her husband.’

The photo has remained in his family, but Mr Anderson from Arizona, has decided the time is right to sell it.

A letter from the vendor details the story of how the photograph got into his family's possession

A letter from the vendor details the story of how the photograph got into his family’s possession

It has been verified by the George Eastman Museum in Texas which is the world’s oldest museum dedicated to photography and named after the founder of Kodak.

Mark Osterman, a process historian at the museum, said the image is consistent with it being a wet collodion tintype photograph that were made between 1870 and 1890.

The picture is to go under the hammer with Sofe Design Auctions of Richardson, near Dallas, Texas.

A spokesman for Sofe Design said: “This is a historically important, incredibly rare and one-of-a-kind.

“It is only the second positively documented and analysed photographic image of Billy the Kid as well as the only known group image to include him.

“It also possesses meticulous and irrefutable Anderson family provenance dating back three generations.

“It has never been seen before and nor has it been publicly offered for sale.”

The picture is to go under the hammer with Sofe Design Auctions of Richardson, near Dallas, Texas. A spokesman for the auction house said the image was a rare one-of-a-kind photograph

The photograph, which remains in a good condition for its age, has been verified by the world's oldest museum dedicated to photography

The picture is to go under the hammer with Sofe Design Auctions of Richardson, near Dallas, Texas. A spokesman for the auction house said the image was a rare one-of-a-kind photograph

The photograph, which will be up for auction on Friday, comes in a cream leather wallet

The photograph, which will be up for auction on Friday, comes in a cream leather wallet

The photograph remains in fantastic original condition and comes in a cream leather frame.

Of his fellow card players in the picture Brewer was shot dead in the Lincoln County War while Waite and Brown were long-time cowboys.

Together, and along with a number of other outlaws, they became known as the ‘Billy the Kid Gang’.

The 1988 movie Young Guns, which starred Emilio Estevez as Billy the Kid as well as Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland, told the story of the fugitive’s rise in notoriety.

It’s 1990 sequel, Young Guns II, featured his arrest, jail break out and death at the hands of Garrett.

The auction takes place on Friday.

This 130-year-old tintype photograph was, till the emergence of the second photo, the only authenticated image of the notorious American outlaw Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid can be seen in a top hat (on the left) playing cards with his friends

This 130-year-old tintype photograph on the left was, till the emergence of the second photo (right) the only authenticated image of the notorious American outlaw Billy the Kid

So Who was Billy The kid ?

Billy the Kid was a notorious outlaw who lived in the American Wild West during the mid to late 19th century. The subject of more than 50 movies, the local legend, has achieved global notoriety as scriptwriters took the tale  of the gun-toting outlaw to big screens around the world. 

Bill the Kid can be seen, in a top hat (right) playing cards with his fellow gang members in a rare photo of the notorious American outlaw

Bill the Kid can be seen, in a top hat (right) playing cards with his fellow gang members in a rare photo of the notorious American outlaw

So who is Billy the Kid and what led to his untimely death at the age of 21? 

  • Billy the Kid is believed to have been born Henry McCarty in the Irish slums of New York City in September or November of 1859 – though his birth place, date of birth and even birth name is widely debated
  • He moved to Wichita, Kansas, as a boy with his single mother, before later migrating west to New Mexico in the early 1870s
  • The young Henry became an orphan in 1874 at the age of 14 after his mother died of tuberculosis
  • Left in the care of an absentee stepfather he is said to have quickly fallen into a life of poverty, mixed with a rough crowd and soon found himself on a path of crime
  • The young lad’s first  arrest, and subsequent jailbreak, was said to be for stealing clothes from a local Chinese laundry in 1875. He faced a minor sentence but rather than sit it out behind bars the then 16-year-old escaped and fled town
  • In 1877 he arrived in Lincoln County, New Mexico, under the name William Bonney. In August of that year he is said to have killed his first man during a dispute in an Arizona saloon
  • He earned a reputation as a gunslinger, a man who was quick to pull the trigger, in 1878 when he participated in the Lincoln County War
  • The conflict was marked by revenge killings, including one that saw a gang Billy the Kid was affiliated with kill the Lincoln County Sheriff William Brady
  • In late 1880 Bill the Kid was  found guilty of the murder of Sheriff William Brady and sentenced to be hanged. But on the evening of April 28, 1881 he slipped out of his handcuffs and ambushed and shot a couple of guards in his prison break
  •  After his escape from death row the wanted man remained a fugitive from the law till the evening of July 14 1881. Sheriff Pat Garrett and two deputies rode into town where it was believed the fugitive was hiding out. He was taken by surprise, cornered and fatally shot with two bullets by the sheriff
  • Despite his reputation as an outlaw of the Wild West Billy the Kid did not live the life of a bandit. He had never robbed a bank, train or stagecoach. Outside of his early years and gun-fighting days in the Lincoln County War his main crime was said to be rustling cattle

 Sources: Crime Museum, Britannica, and the History Channel

Vaydor G35

The Vaydor G35 is a kit car that is designed to be built onto a 2003-2007 Infiniti G35 coupe donor car. It was originally built by Vaydor Bodykits LLC, which is based out of Pinellas Park, Florida.The Vaydor first appeared in the 2013 SEMA auto show.

One of the reasons the Vaydor G35 became so popular this year was because of its recent appearance in the movie Suicide Squad. The Joker’s supercar looking ride looks like a Lamborghini Aventador and a Bugatti Chiron made love and gave birth to the Lambogatti. Which then got all romantic with a catfish and gave birth to this thing, the Vaydor G35.

The G35, as in the Infiniti G35 Coupe from 2003-2007. This is a “Re-Body” as Matt McEntegart, owner of Vaydor Exotics, coins it. The Vaydor G35 takes an existing G35 and strips all of the cosmetics off the car. The Bumpers, the trim, the glass, and the doors have all been disintegrated, leaving behind the car’s skeletal remains, drivetrain, wiring, and miscellaneous systems like the AC.

It was Designed by an Average Guy with No Money

My favorite part about the Vaydor body kit origin is that it is the perfect underdog story. The kit was designed by Matt McEntegart, a normal guy that loves cars and always wished he could own a supercar. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the money to buy one, so he built it himself.

He’s even said that he didn’t go to design school, he just learned as he went. The goal for the Vaydor G35 was to build a car that looked just like a factory production supercar that you could build in your garage.

 

Once you’ve stripped the car it only takes a non-supercar $11,000 to turn the bare G35 into the Vaydor G35. The fiberglass kit includes:

1 Main Rear Body Shell

1 Front Clip (Fenders and Bumper)

2 Door Outers, 2 Door Inners, 2 Inside Door Braces

1 Hood Skin, 1 Hood Inner

1 Roof Wing Cover, 1 Roof Wing Inner

1 Rear Hood Skin, 1 Rear Hood Inner

1 Gas Filler Bucket

2 Side Roof Rails

2 Lower Rocker Splitter

2 After-Door Vents

2 Fender Vents

1 Cowl/ Lower Windshield Cover

3 Rear Exit Vents (Tail Light Area)

1 Rear Floating Wing

1 Front Lower Splitter

2 Rear Fender Wells

1 Front Core Support

2-Quarter Glasses

1-Rear Glass

1-Center Tail Light (Parts listed above are for the hard top. Spider parts list will vary slightly (Removable Hard Top, etc.))

1 Full Cage

2 DOT Headlights

Front Core Support

2-Quarter Glasses

1-Rear Glass

1-Center Tail Light (Parts listed above are for the hard top. Spider parts list will vary slightly (Removable Hard Top, etc.))

1 Full Cage

2 DOT Headlights

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You’d then need another $3,000 for the interior materials which consists of:

2- Seats and Seat Backs

2-Door Panels

1- Dash Board

1- Console Center

1- Center Console Rear

1- Gauge Cluster Top

2- A-Pillars

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1-Headliner-HT

1-Dash Center Trim

1-Center Console Trim

If installed properly the results are amazing, probably as amazing as the story of the man who built this kit. As seen in the video, Matt took some big risks while tirelessly working on his passion, proving that success happens when you put in a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck comes your way.

 

Engine
Naturally aspirated 3.5L V6 – 280hp

Suspension / Brakes
The suspension set up utilizes a full adjustable coil over kit (optional active suspension or air ride) with heavy duty sway bars. Big Brake Kits from Brembo, Wilwood, and Stop Tech are available selections

Rims / Tires
Pirelli P-zero tires cover 22×9.5 (front) and 22×13 (rear) Amani Forged rims.

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Falcon F7

Falcon motorsports have created the F7, a sports coupé that uses a 1100 HP V8 engine. It was created by Detroit-based car enthusiast Jeff Lemke, who has noted the Ford GT as his primary influence. The main star of the show in this car is the engine, which is a Lingenfelter built twin-turbo intercooled V8, which allows it to reach 60 MPH in 2.7 seconds. Elsewhere there’s 20-inch Michelin tires and oversized Brembo carbon ceramic disc brakes. The interior of the car uses handcrafted leather, circular gauges, in-dash iPad mini for music control, and a removable Targa roof.

 

The falcon ‘F7’s’ engine is a lingenfelter built twin turbo inter-cooled V8, that sits exposed through a hole on top of the engine lid behind the driver. power travels through a ricardo six-speed transaxle to 20 inch michelin rear tires, while accelerating to 60 mph takes just 2.7 seconds. the supercar’s ferocious power is escorted by oversized brembo carbon ceramic disc brakes. inside the cockpit a hand-crafted leather interior surrounds occupants, while the dashboard is dominated with circular guages. an in-dash iPad mini offers control of music, and the targa roof can be removed for during those long summer nights.

Falcon F7

Body:
Complete, lightweight carbon fiber/kevlar panel construction. This includes all outer fuselage panels as well as inner and structural panels for maximum weight savings, quality and durability
Chassis Layout:
Lightweight, extremely rigid, Aluminum/Carbon Fiber/Kevlar monocoque chassis
Engine:
Lingenfelter built twin turbo inter-cooled V8 rated at 1100 HP. Includes dry sump oil system
Gearbox:
Heavy duty, high performance 6 speed transaxle with dual disc clutch system
Weight:
2785 lbs
Suspension:
Penske High performance coil over pushrod suspension
Brakes:
Brembo Carbon/ceramic disc brakes, 6 piston 15.5” rotor Front. 4 piston 15” rotor Rear
Wheels/Tires:
Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
20”forgeline wheels specific for Falcon (10” front 13” rear)
Accessories:
• Leather interior with billet gauge surrounds and knobs
• 4 speaker CD stereo with Bluetooth for hands free calling
• iPad mini in-dash to handle GPS, music library and other systems.
• Air conditioning
• Power windows and key-less ignition
• Removable targa roof panel
Other Key Features:
• Dry sump oil system
• Carbon Fiber dual plenum intake system
• Gasoline swirl tank
• Exposed carbon fiber weave throughout vehicle including underside   of hood, wheel wells, inner doors, deck-lid structure, storage   boxes, sill panels, front spoiler and door sills
• Durable, woven fabric infused composite fuselage
• Lightweight forged aluminum control arms and spindle knuckles at     all wheels
• ISIS wiring and management system
• Integrated roll hoop
• High performance, lightweight adjustable back racing style leather   seats

Arc Vector Electric Motorcycle

The Arc Vector electric motorcycle made its first public appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Arc Vector will make its first public run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Highlights

  • The Arc Vector has a top speed of over 200 kmph
  • 0-100 acceleration in under 3 seconds, and range of 270 km
  • The Arc Vector will be available commercially from 2020

The Arc Vector electric motorcycle, capable of hitting a top speed of over 200 kmph, will make its first public appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from July 4-7 alongside other superbikes and performance motorcycles. Arc founder and CEO Mark Truman will be the person who will ride the Vector on the famed hill climb. The final production model Vector will be powered by a 399V electric motor that churns out close to 140 bhp and 85 Nm of peak torque. It will be a limited edition model and only 355 units will be made for sale.

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The Arc Vector has a top speed of over 200 kmph

“Goodwood is the ideal place for us to show the Vector to the people for the first time. We’ve been testing behind the scenes and now the bike is emerging from the shadows. It is the most amazing thing both to ride and behold. Up to 1,50,000 are expected at the Festival of Speed, and I hope they all get a chance to see what we’ve been working on; a unique, all-electric neo cafe racer with all sorts of kit never before seen.” Said Mark Truman.

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Only 355 units of the Arc Vector will be made and will be available on sale from 2020

Designed and built in England the Arc Vector is described as one of the world’s most advanced electric motorcycle. It’s built around a carbon fibre monocoque, and 0 to 100 kmph acceleration is estimated at 2.7 seconds. Range is claimed at over 270 km on a single charge within the city, and 190 km range for highway riding. The Vector comes with a carbon fibre swingarm, Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes.

The Vector also comes with a Zenith helmet with built-in head-up display, and the helmet works in conjunction with an Origin riding jacket that features haptic feedback. The haptic alerts can warn the rider of a car approaching from either side, while the helmet displays all necessary infotainment information, and even provides a view from behind the rider. The Arc Vector will be available commercially from the summer of 2020, but the limited edition model won’t be affordable. Each bike is expected to be priced at around ₹ 80 lakh, under current exchange rates.

A.D Tramontana R

 

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The A.D Tramontana R – Basically a wingless fighter jet !

The design of the Tramontana R, which aside from the Caparo T1 and Hulme F1 Champion, is unlike anything else on the road. The styling borrows many cues from single seat race cars, like the open wheels, prominent side pods and integrated spoilers.The a.d. Tramontana R is a lighter and higher performance version of the standard a.d. Tramontana supercar. Located near Girona in the north east of Spain, a.d. Tramontana intend to produce just one car a month for consumers looking for a car which will instantly stand out from any other supercar.

The body of the Tramonta R is constructed from carbon fibre which is both light and immensely strong. The sinister black and gold color scheme of the Tramontana R shows of the bare carbon fibre weave covering almost the entire body. The gold paintwork has just been used in limited areas to highlight the contours and provide a contrast to the unpainted majority of the bodywork.

On order to work effectively the rear view mirrors jut out from the bodywork like two giant antennas, The mirror housings also feature additional turn signal lights. Under the nose section can be found the front shock absorbers which are laid out horizontally, next to a small cargo compartment.

The radical styling of the Tramontana R was partially influence by modern fighter jets and features a similar canopy style entry system constructed from aluminium. Inside there is a tandem layout in which the passenger sits slightly higher than the driver which allows them some degree of forward visibility. Although the head designer at a.d. Tramontana stated that the passenger should act as a spectator – the car is heavily orientated towards providing the driver with maximum thrills.

The control panel consists of a pair of LCD panels situated behind a smoked black screen. The information displayed can be reconfigured to suit the drivers preferences, offering either basic data like speed and rpms, or more detailed data which could be useful for track sessions. Positioned to the right of the steering wheel is the traction control system which has four different settings. Also located to the left of the steering wheel is the shift mechanism for the six speed sequential transmission.

On either side of the cockpit are large F1-style air intakes which feed cooling air to the water and oil radiators.

At the rear is the motor cover which hides the 5.5 litre V12 sourced from Mercedes-Benz. This engine produces two different power levels. The standard setting gives 550 hp @ 5,000 rpm however at the touch of a button the full 720 hp @ 5,250 rpm can be unleashed and sent through the 6 speed sequential gearbox to the rear wheels. The 0-60 mph sprint takes just 3.6 seconds while the top speed of the Tramontana R is 202 mph.

The gold colored wheels hide giant 380mm carbon ceramic discs which are gripped by six piston Brembo calipers.

Year (of specifications) 2009
Engine 5.5 litre twin turbo V12
Transmission RWD
Max speed 202 mph
0-60 mph 3.6 seconds
Horsepower 720 bhp
weight 1260 kgs / 2777 lbs

 

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a.d. Tramontana R interior

Nokia through the years: 34 best and worst phones, in pictures

Nokia is back. The brand is being used on phones again after Microsoft retired it on its own devices a couple of years ago.

Finnish manufacturer HMD Global Oy is releasing new Nokia handsets, this time loaded with Android, and we’re extremely happy to see the famous label once again back where it belongs. It is even tipped to be announcing a refresh of the amazing, classic 3310. Huzzah!

To celebrate, we’ve handpicked some of our favourite Nokia mobile phones from the last 30 years or so. We’ve also chucked in some stinkers too.

So here are the best and, frankly, worst and weirdest Nokia handsets we all remember, as we look forward to the Android Nokia phones of the future.

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Perhaps the most iconic of all Nokia handsets, the 3310 was the phone that really took the interchangeable covers craze to all-new levels. It was also a hardy device – we know as we accidentally lobbed a fair few of them across car parks and down streets, but they continued to work.

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Business types loved the 6310 and 6310i (and the similar looking 6210 before them). It was more professional looking than the 3310, but still offered a degree of customisation in an interchangeable plate at the bottom. The “i” version added a backlit screen and tri-band connectivity.

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Described as a Windows Phone 8-powered cameraphone, the 1020 notably featured a PureView Pro camera with a 41-megapixel image sensor. It was also the last Nokia phone made before Microsoft announced it would acquire Nokia’s phone business.

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The 808 was Nokia’s last Symbian-powered smartphone. It was also the first phone to feature Nokia’s PureView Pro technology.

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Despite a clear demand for everything smart, Nokia went ahead with this affordable ultrabasic dual-band GSM mobile phone… in 2010.

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The N-Gage was Nokia’s attempt to win over GameBoy users. It was a gaming device and mobile phone in one, though gamers scoffed at the phone and described it as looking like a taco.

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Coming with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity, the Nokia N95 was a truly “smart” phone for its day. The battery took some bashing however, thanks to all the tech crammed inside, and it needed charging often.

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The N81 was marketed as a mobile gaming device – similar to the N-Gage – and was notable for being the only N-Gage 2.0 device with special gaming keys.

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The 5300 was reportedly the most popular (in regards to the number of units sold) of all the XpressMusic phones, a line of Nokia phones that was designed for music playback.

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The N70 was a 3G mobile phone. It was announced as part of Nokia’s brand new line of N-series multimedia phones.

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The 6280 was another 3G mobile phone. It had a slide form factor and 2.2-inch colour TFT screen.

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The 3250 was a unique mobile phone that featured a twist design, traditional phone keypad, camera, and dedicated music control keys.

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The 1100 was a basic GSM mobile phone. Nokia claimed in 2011 that the phone was once owned by 250 million people, making it the world’s most popular phone at that time.

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The 8800 was a slider phone. It was different in that it had a stainless-steel housing and a scratch-resistant screen.

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The N90 was another phone under the N-series but stood out for its swivel design that transformed the device into four different modes.

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The 7710 was a smartphone widely known as being Nokia’s first device with a touchscreen.

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The 7280 was also called the “lipstick” phone. Announced as part of Nokia’s Fashion Phone line, it had black, white and red styling as well as a screen that transformed it into a mirror.

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The 7600 had a teardrop form factor. It was aimed at the fashion market and featured interchangeable covers.

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The 3300 was marketed as music playing phone but also featured a QWERTY keyboard.

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The 5100 was a rugged device with a rubber casing and built-in FM stereo.

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The 6800 was marketed as a messaging phone because of its unusual fold-out QWERTY keyboard.

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The 3600/3650 was also the first phone in North America with an integrated camera. It was also different due to its circular keypad.

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The 5510 featured a full QWERTY keyboard and a digital music player. It even had 64MB memory for storing audio files. Tonnes of room, right?

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The 7650 was the first Nokia smartphone with Symbian OS.

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The 8210 was the smallest and lightest Nokia mobile phone available when it launched and reintroduced colourful, interchangeable covers.

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The 7110 is nicknamed “The Swordfish Phone” because it was used by actor John Travolta in the film Swordfish. It was also the first mobile phone to come with a WAP browser.

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The 3210 was notable because it introduced the idea of colourful, interchangeable covers. There are claims over 160 million units were sold, making it one of the most popular and successful phones in history.

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The 5110 was made with business-consumers in mind, though it’s most remembered today for being one of the first phones to feature an addictive game: Snake.

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The 9000 Communicator was a messaging phone and the first phone under the Communicator series. It is famous for being used by actor Val Kilmer in the remake of The Saint as well as by actors Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock in the film Bad Company.

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The 8110 gained notoriety as being the first phone with a slider form factor, but the design’s prominent curvature earned it the nickname “banana phone”.

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The 1011 is famous for being the first mass-produced GSM phone.

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The Cityman was one of the first compact phones. It became famous in 1987 when Mikhail Gorbachev, then-president of the Soviet Union, used a Cityman 900 to call Moscow during a press conference.

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From 1985 to 1992, Nokia manufactured the Mobira Talkman line of crazy-large cell phones you could carry with you (if your arms were strong enough to lift the massive block/suitcase attached to the phone).

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The Nokia 6 marks the long-awaited return of the brand to the mobile sphere. Already available in China but coming to Europe in 2017, the 5.5-inch Full HD Android phone will be squarely aimed at the budget conscious.

Peaky Blinders Customised Lambretta Li125

Sex, drugs and ragtime music – Paul Douglas’ tribute to the hit TV series shows this unlikely combination translates into metal just as well as it does to the small screen.

You can change what you do, but you can’t change what you want

The man behind Peaky Blinders is Paul Douglas, who’s lucky enough to earn his living as the manager of a motorcycle dealership. With a lifelong love of scooters and access to some of the most powerful motorcycles on sale to the general public, it was only natural that he’d want to combine the two at some point.

‘Just enough’ spatter.

“The original plan was to build a Guy Martin themed custom,” explained Paul. “At the advance planning stage I realised it had already been done and to a very high standard. There was no point repeating that so I needed to rethink.

Blood will cause confusion if Paul ever takes a tumble!

“Although I’ve owned and built several customs over the years they’ve been mainly street racers and I was determined that this build would be a full blown muralled machine. Once I’d made that decision, to go with a Peaky Blinders theme, which is one of my favourite TV shows, was the obvious choice.

 

Set in Birmingham during the aftermath of the First World War, Peaky Blinders tells the story of the Shelby family and is multi-layered. On the surface it’s a straightforward and often violent gangland drama but look a little deeper and there are many sub plots including the damage inflicted to those who fought in the conflict, the breakdown of the British class system, women’s rights and political intrigue.

Although it received critical acclaim from the outset I must admit that before the photoshoot for this article it had bypassed me completely. If you’ve missed the TV show, starring Cillian Murphy, I’d strongly recommend it but be warned — it’s addictive and I’m not certain my wife was convinced that I needed to watch all three series back to back as research for this article…

 

When you plan something well, there’s no need to rush

For decades, Series 1 and 2 Lambrettas were regarded as the ugly cousins of the slimstyle model. More recently their ample curves and distinctive road presence have found a keen following, meaning that good examples are increasingly hard to find at a reasonable price. Paul said the basis for Peaky Blinders was particularly uninspiring: “One of the sales reps mentioned that he’d acquired a Series 2 frame and after a lot of nagging on my part he agreed to part with it. Then I gathered together the panel work and other components.

With the engine contracted out to tuning supremo Darrell Taylor and after the base coat had been applied by Paul Firth, it was to a local contact that Paul turned to for murals. “One of the best artists at the moment is Kev Thomas and he was my only choice for Peaky Blinders.”

 

Get yourself a decent haircut man, we’re going to the races

Having worked in the motor trade for most of his life Kev, based in Doncaster, has huge experience of vehicle refinishing but has only recently turned to airbrush work: “I was clearing out the garage a couple of years ago and found an airbrush that my son had got bored with. I tried my hand with it and was pleased with the results. My first commission was a helmet and things have grown from there. Paul’s shop took in a Judge Dredd themed Suzuki that I’d sprayed and he was impressed enough to get in touch and commission his Guy Martin theme.

Splash plate and rear mudguard by K2 before fitting

“I’d got to the stage of producing advanced mock-ups for the design when Paul got in touch to say that he wanted a Peaky Blinders scheme. I couldn’t have been happier as it’s my favourite show and I knew exactly how it should look.” Unfortunately there was a slight difference of opinion when he outlined his plans to Paul in greater detail.

“We both agreed that it should be in monochrome but Paul only wanted to feature the brothers whereas I was convinced that it should tell the whole story and that other characters should be included.” Fortunately the pair came to an agreement and in Paul’s own words, “Kev’s done a fantastic job, the best I’ve seen.” Show judges seem to agree with Peaky Blinders taking ‘Punters Choice’ and four second places at its debut in Bridlington last year.

 

You’ve got to get what you want in your own way

With engine and paint under way Paul turned his attention to the fine details. “I’ve used Keith Newman’s K2 Custom Classics on several projects,” said Paul. “The quality and standard of service are second to none.” With Peaky Blinders as the theme there’s an obvious motif to use – the classic razor blade. Sewn into their cap peaks the humble razor blade gave the gang both their name and principle weapon of offence. From the rear mudguard to horncast badge via tap and choke levers K2’s accessories bring a sense of menace to the design with the polished stainless steel complementing the predominantly monochrome paintwork perfectly. Spattered across the design are splashes of red, blood red. Red seat covers lift the design perfectly. “Originally I’d planned for black seats,” said Paul. “They just didn’t look right though. I wasn’t convinced that red would work either but I’m very pleased with the result.”

Central image is so lifelike I wouldn’t be surprised if it looked up.

Bringing the whole project together was Chris Swift. A ‘hobby’ scooter mechanic, Swifty is the only man Paul trusts to bring his scooter dreams to life – high praise indeed from a motorcycle industry professional. Although he’s the owner and builder of several custom scooters Paul is a reluctant showman and at Bridlington he actually denied being Peaky Blinders’ owner to avoid too many questions! “Although the scooters are based on my ideas I can’t take all the credit as they’re a team effort,” he says.

On thing’s for certain Peaky Blinders is a stunning tribute to the shown – even Thomas Shelby would struggle to take offence.

 

 

MAN & MACHINE

Name: Paul Douglas

Job: Motorcycle sales manager

Scooter club & town: Rotherham SC

How and when did you first become interested in scooters: I think all 14-year-olds in 1979 were influenced by Quadrophenia – following the older lads who had scooters, trying to fit in with parkas and suede boots – good days.

First scooter: GP150.

Favourite scooter model: SX200.

Favourite style of custom scooter: Anything that just says time spent on it.

Any stories: Riding behind my mate Hodgy we took a corner too fast and came across a humpback bridge with no time to slow down. The scooters were all over the place before we both came off. Hodgy couldn’t stop laughing.

Favourite and worst rally/event: Favourite is Bridlington, worst is Mablethorpe.

Superb detailing courtesy of K2 Custom Classics.

What’s the furthest you’ve ever ridden a scooter: Whitby, very cold.

What do you like about rallies/events: Seeing all the custom scooters and I enjoy the night life but get sent home early – I’m not good at drinking!

What do you dislike about rallies/events: Moaners.

Still to add at the time of our photoshoot were panel handles made by K2 in the form of cut-throat razors.

Your favourite custom/featured scooter of all time: Top Gun.

If you had to recommend one scooter part or item of riding kit what would it be: Best helmet you can afford.

What’s the most useless part you’ve ever bought for one of your scooters: Stainless steel runner board protectors.

Paul was fortunate to secure straight, rot-free panelwork.

Name of scooter: Peaky Blinders

Scooter model: Lambretta Li125

Date purchased & cost: £1400 for spares.

Time to build & by who: Once we got all the bits together it took Chris Swift about three months but it was started 18 months ago just gathering parts.

Engine spec: Kit: Monza, Crank: 60mm, Carb: Dellorto, Exhaust: TT, Porting & Dyno by: Darrell Taylor.

Paintwork & murals done by: Base coat by Paul Firth and murals by Kev Thomas – fantastic job.

Is there any powdercoating: By Keith Newman at K2.

Is there any chrome: Quality Chrome Hull.

What was the hardest part of the project: Getting all the bits to fit!

Do you have any advice for anyone starting a project: Always dry build first!

Is there anyone you wish to thank: Chris Swift for putting up with all the crap I bought while he was doing the build. Kev Thomas for the best paint job I’ve seen. Paul Firth, Keith Newman, Stuart Gulliver, Ernie Richardson, and, of course, my wife.

PAINTING A BLINDER

If you’ve never heard of Kev Thomas don’t worry, such is his reputation that he’s not needed to advertise for many years. Although full resprays still pay the bills, Key is devoting an increasing amount of his time to custom work. A self-taught airbrush artist, his preferred technique is a mixture of freehand work and careful masking.

Facebook: Keys Custom Paints. Email: kevscustompaints@gmail.com

A ‘flat’ produced by Kev of the Shelby Brothers. “Although there’s a lot of space on a scooter for murals there are very few flat surfaces. Every image needs to be distorted in order to look convincing.”
“I draw the main components on water based masking tape by hand and then peel away layer by layer until it’s time to add fine details freehand.”
“I start by printing off the images I’m going to use and positioning them on the scooter. Once th design is finalised I use them as reference, first to produce a pencil drawing and then to fill in detail.”
“Each of the images is painted individually and then masked off, enabling me to build up the effect piece by piece.”
“Once all the murals are in place I apply around seven coats of lacquer, producing an exceptionally smooth finish.”

Words: Stan

Photos: Gary Chapman

Words of wisdom: Thomas Shelby

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