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Isolation-Opoly – The ultimate lockdown family isolation board game

Got a printer? Got a fiver? You’re in for one long, long evening with the family.

Isolation-Opoly is a family friendly board game.

Buy it here on Etsy

Instead of buying properties and building houses, hoard the best areas of the house and fill them with pizza. Then charge a fee to players who land in your parts of the house.

Will you try and own the Espresso Machine, or is the Hot Tub more your thing?
Will your Universal Credit application be rejected, or will you fail your MOT?
Will you be sent to isolation in the box room or will you dominate the HD TV?

With completely rewritten game board and game cards, this will be sure to make you laugh. Easy to print and prepare, instructions provided.

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It’s super easy to print and play, all you need is your existing monopoly set and away you go. Any home printer will do the job. Once you’ve purchased online via Etsy, you’ll be able to download the A4 PDFs to print the board and game cards. These are perfectly sized, all you need to do is trim the edges.

Buy it here on Etsy

What is the most iconic racing car of all time?

(Written for Classic & Sports Finance, for the December 2019 issue of Revolution, the digital magazine of Motorsport UK)

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What is the most iconic racing car of all time?

What is the most iconic racing car of all time? There aren’t any right or wrong answers, but there are certainly a lot of them… Give yourself a minute or two and a grid full of contenders present themselves for discussion. 250GTO? D Type? GT40? 917? Stratos?

For every iconic racing car there are hundreds that time has forgotten, so why do certain cars capture our imagination? Every racing car is built to achieve success on the track, but when it comes to achieving iconic, timeless status, track success plays second fiddle to a plethora of other attributes. Timing, design, cultural significance, impact on the motor industry and road car sales are also measures of the historical significance of a car. What about the team behind the racing car and the motivation that drove them? Why was that car on that grid on that particular day?

The Ford GT40 story is hot right now, with the ‘Le Mans 66’ movie in cinemas and ‘The 24 Hour War’ documentary available on Netflix. The story behind those crucial years at Le Mans is detailed, convoluted and absolutely riveting – the Ford GT gained it’s legendary status through so much more than driving across the finish line ahead of some other cars. It’s not the ‘what’ that makes the car, it’s the ‘how’, the ‘when, and the ‘why’. This story would never have come to fruition, we wouldn’t be writing about the GT40 today if there had never been the finance behind the project. You can have the worlds best drivers, engineers, pit crew and logistics team but without the finance to make it happen the car will never make it onto the grid.

You might not have the finance of an automotive behemoth behind you, but equally you’re probably not trying to achieve a one-two finish at Le Mans… Having the right people involved in your operation puts you one step closer to achieving your automotive dream, whatever that may be. Traditional sources of funding have always been wary of financing motorsport aspirations, but this is exactly what we do. At Classic & Sports Finance, we have been working in the motor racing industry for more than 20 years. Whether you are looking to release the capital in a classic car or asset to direct the funds towards motorsport, or to fund a purchase of racing equipment like a motorhome or trailer; we can help. We understand how best to structure your assets and your finance to give you what you want to achieve – you’d be surprised how much can be done once we start a conversation.

Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG – First Drive

This article originally featured in Mercedes Enthusiast Magazine, May 2017

It was late at night when I finally got hold of the keys to the E55. Heavy rain pounded down around me as I sprinted across the car park to the big silver beast, whose insides started to glow when I blipped the button on the key fob on my approach. The dim lights grew brighter, calling me in as if to say, climb in, I am ready. I pulled the handle and slunk down behind the wheel, glad to be out of the cold.

The layout of the dashboard was refreshingly simple, but finding a comfortable position out of the millions of possible combinations achieved by gently tapping the electronic buttons on the driver’s door was not. It felt like hours of carefully manoeuvring up and down, in and out, closer and further until the drivers’ seat was perfectly poised for my late night attack on the M40. After playing the same game with the electronically adjustable steering wheel, finally I was ready.

Clicking the ignition key all the way around released a howl from the engine as all 8 cylinders cranked into life with a deep burble. The car shook with that magnificent vibration that can only mean one thing… There’s a V8 out in front. I pressed the throttle just for fun. Whoooomf. There it is. That’s what this car is all about. That is why I’m sat on the outskirts of London at 10.30pm on a wet Thursday evening, hours from home and about to leave the forecourt in my very own E55 AMG. Clicking the seatbelt in place and ensuring both red lights on the heated seat button were showing, like an astronaut about to launch, I was finally ready. Having a warm bum that’s securely fastened to the seat is vital for high-speed travel. Everyone knows that.

The big silver wagon purred out into the London night sky, glinting in the street lights as the big V8 burbled away, quietly waiting for it’s moment to pounce. I prayed for red lights, anything to give that engine a chance to howl at the moon and light up the tyres. Traffic was against us, and all 5.4 litres of AMG madness were cooped up and begging to be set free. The moment didn’t come the M40 slip road came into sight. It felt cruel leaving all of that displacement languishing at 2000rpm in central London. I was doing the car a favour, releasing it into the wild.

With a clear run onto the motorway, I buried the throttle. Speed built gracefully – these naturally aspirated AMG cars are not ostentatious, they get the job done in an alarming way but you’d never know from the looks. Brutal subtlety. By the time we got down the on ramp the needle already said 110. The big V8 was just getting started as we flew into the fast lane and kept going. 120. 130. 140. Big numbers growing fast. Everything was becoming a blur but inside the car there was nothing but focus, the howl of the V8 climbing to a full blown roar as the speed kept building, the big car doing exactly what it was designed to do. The Benz seemed to hunker down lower as the numbers got higher, bracing itself for the crescendo that the engine was only too happy to provide. The 354bhp engine had more to give as I finally backed off at an indicated 165, the initial ascent was over so I eased the old girl back to cruising speed of a comfortable 130 for the remainder of the trip. This is no car for the mean streets of London, this is a car that needs to stretch it’s legs, those cylinders need to howl and that V8 needs to climb out of the front of the car and roar with all it’s might. My high-speed focus was interrupted by a strange voice that got louder and louder until I could ignore it no longer….

Sir? Sir? Sir…? What happened there, you dazed out? Thought I’d lost you, long train journey was it? Been thinking about the drive home? Ah, you’re going to love it! She’s a beast. There’s enough fuel to get you home, just take it easy as the brake pads are new and will need wearing in. Heavy traffic all the way up the M40 I’m afraid, down to one lane and 40mph most the way at this time of night. Still, you’ll have a chance to get acquainted with the car. Thanks for the business, and any trouble, give us a call. Enjoy the drive, the documents are in the glove box, and you already have the keys. Take care!

Ah balls. Daydreaming again…

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Print Portfolio: The Volkswagen Doubleback

The Volkswagen Doubleback is an ingenius concept in creating a motorhome that’s as good to drive and look at as it is to sleep in.

This feature originally appeared in the Most Wanted section of Wavelength Surf Magazine:

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Print Portfolio: Lottery Surf Trip – The Luxury Euro Trip

The Lottery Surf Trip was a concept dreamt up by Joe and the team at Wavelength Surf Magazine. It was a double page spread based around a no-limits lottery win surf trip of your wildest dreams!

This edition involved purchasing the ultimate motorhome, a fleet of Vespa scooters, an Aston Martin DB5 and a lot more.

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Print Portfolio: Wavelength Surf Magazine Most Wanted

A selection of items written for the Most Wanted section of Wavelength Surf Magazine, a page used to preview new products and generally showcase the objects of desire that caught our eye:


 

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Mule Transport Systems ‘Long Haul’ is an innovative cycle and surfboard solution for longboards, making it easy to transport boards over 7ft long to the beach in an environmentally friendly – and heathy way.


 

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The Wild Card… Not a product you’ll find in shops, but a fun idea in the wake of the Nike Lowers Pro surfing competition. The idea of having an unseeded, non ranking surfer flailing around in the water whilst over 5 million people watch on a live webcam would be quite a spectacle.


 

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The FliTunes Frisbee added a new dynamic to the Wavelength Surf Magazine head office during summer 2012. As a frisbee and as a miniature amplifier, the Flitunes is a great addition to your summer beach bag.


 

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The Solo Shot takes the ‘selfie’ to a new level, giving the surfer the freedom to surf whilst capturing every move from the beach.


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The Cocoon Tree caught our eye as being an incredibly relaxing place to be. Although the Cocoon Tree has been seen at many high-end hotels, it’s available for the general public to purchase… Although the view isn’t!


 

 

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At Wavelength Surf Magazine, we’d often receive parcels claiming to be ‘the next big thing in surfing’, but the 3D Fins really did impress. The golfball technology works to give the surfboard a fresh feel, and in M3 size made a big difference to our 5’10 surfboard in average sized UK waves.

Print Portfolio: Lottery Surf Trip – The Charter Vacation

The Lottery Surf Trip was a concept dreamt up by Joe and the team at Wavelength Surf Magazine. It was a double page spread based around a no-limits lottery win surf trip of your wildest dreams!

This was the first ever edition of the Lottery Surf Trip, and featured a charter vacation with no budget, surfing some of the best waves the world has to offer in complete exclusivity.

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Print Portfolio: Lottery Surf Trip – The South American Road Trip

The Lottery Surf Trip was a concept dreamt up by Joe and the team at Wavelength Surf Magazine. It was a double page spread based around a no-limits lottery win surf trip of your wildest dreams!

This edition involved chartering a jet from Newquay Airport to Los Angeles, before purchasing a fully kitted off road Earthroamer vehicle for a trip through California and on to Mexico and South America.

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Print Portfolio: Lottery Surf Trip – Buying an Island

The Lottery Surf Trip was a concept dreamt up by Joe and the team at Wavelength Surf Magazine. It was a double page spread based around a no-limits lottery win surf trip of your wildest dreams!

This edition involved purchasing an island, a speed boat, chartering a private jet and starting a surf camp.

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