You can say, “Yup, made that myself” when the boys are patting you on the back for your latest batch of homebrew. They never need to know that you did nothing but buy an expensive machine that automatically brews beer while you pretend to monitor the process through an app on your iPhone. Brewbot does everything but you get all the credit. Congratulations, you’re a craft brewer now.
Backyard pizza making is a big deal these days. If you’re ready to give it a try, the Forno Ciao is great place to start. It’s an Italian-made, outdoor wood-fired oven that heats up to cooking temp in 10 minutes & can turn out up to 30 pizzas an hour.
This new-made-to-look old custom sports car from the Detroit boutique Equus garage, is called the Bass 770. It is literally dripping with nostalgia and sports familiar features taken directly from the classic late 60s fastback Mustang. Even the Equus logo & Bass name take bites of Ford history but unlike the real classics, this thing offers all the benefits of modern engineering.
It probably smells more like mold & mildew than teen spirit but the childhood home of Kurt Cobain is currently for sale near Seattle. It was last assessed at $67,000 with dingy carpet and water-stained shingles, so it’s a dump really, but considering the fame of its decade-dead former occupant, it’s going for a half a million.
For sure Harley wishes they could turn out factory bikes that look this good but no, this sick 1200 Sporty was built by Bull Cycles. It got serious engine mods & upgrades plus lots of metal fab, including twin megaphone exhaust, tins, a stretched swingarm, and too much more to list. The result: a low & loud Art Deco-inspired cafe racer that looks both futuristic & retro. via
Porsche’s 2014 911 Turbo & Turbo S are available as a drop-top. They both feature a magnesium-framed cloth top that stows away in just 13 seconds at speeds up to 37mph. They also share a 3.8-liter flat six motor. The Turbo delivers 520hp while the upgraded S model pushes 560hp with off-the-line acceleration that will tear off a toupee in first gear.
You won’t even be able see Uranus with that lame astronomy app for your iPad. If you really want to see what’s up, you’ll need serious hardware & this 20-inch diameter GPS-enabled telescope goes deep space. You’ll be able to watch the counter-rotation of the bands around Jupiter and see stellar winds in the Orion nebula. All kinds of stuff the iPad can’t deliver.
They call Steve McQueen the king of cool. Fast cars, fast bikes, hit movies. But when he got burned out on burning rubber & slaying babes, he’d retreat to his home in the Idaho hills. Today, the deceased actor’s luxurious & sprawling 500-acre ranch is on the market. And now $7.4 milion will get you your own private Idaho.
BMW’s latest is a hybrid coupe that marries a 362 hp turbocharged gas engine with a little electric motor to produce impressive 94mpg efficiency plus the ability to roost from 0-62 in 4.4 seconds. The i8 also features exotic ‘swan wing’ doors and ‘electric’ blue trim details so there will be no mistaking this thing for a merely sensible car.
For those who fear the power and price tag of Ducati’s big, bad 1199 model, you now have another option. The new 899 Panigale looks very similar to its big brother but features a de-tuned version of the 1199 powerplant while retaining its brutish good looks & features like Quick Shift, electronic throttle control & traction control.