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A Porsche You Can Afford? Car Merchandise For Petrol Heads

As prices of blue-chip classics continue to soar beyond the reach of most enthusiasts, how are you supposed to indulge your lustful appreciation for such machinery?

Enter Page and Cooper, a company which specialises in motoring merchandise and handmade model cars. Featured in Top Gear magazine numerous times, Page and Cooper is named after two chaps Harry Page and George Cooper who met in the swinging Sixties and bonded over a passion for fast cars and fine wine. Travelling across Europe pursuing luxury products and selling them, Harry and George sought out quality something Page and Cooper continue to look for today.

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Page and Cooper founder Jonathan Bordell travels all over Europe meeting suppliers and really getting to know his products. With a passion for cars and motoring Page and Cooper go out of their way to help customers find the piece for which they are looking. Sadly we can’t all afford a Ferrari or a Porsche much as we’d love to but we can stare longingly at a replica miniature model. Each model car is built by hand and produced in small numbers making them highly collectable. The attention to detail on the model cars is amazing – every detail is replicated right down to the wheel trim and even under the miniscule bonnet. You can own a piece of racing history including a 1:18 scale model of the iconic Porsche 908/2 Watkins Glen 1969 driven by Brian Redman and Jo Siffert.

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Many of you will have heard of Gulf Racing clothing before. But for those who haven’t, in 1966 Gulf Oil began arguably one of the most successful commercial partnerships there has been in endurance racing. Cue a truly golden era of sports car racing which saw Gulf Ford GT40’s winning Le Mans in 1968 and then again in 1969. Drivers Pedro Rodriguez and Jo Siffert broke records in an astonishing number of races in the Gulf Porsche 917. Their races at Le Mans, Daytona, the Nürburgring and Spa are legendary. Gulf went on to win Le Mans again in 1975 and in the late Sixties and Seventies partnered Bruce McLaren. Steve McQueen’s now iconic film Le Mans cemented the Gulf Porsche 917 status as one of the most famous racing cars. Gulf clothing reflects the company’s rich racing heritage and is designed by a leading European fashion house. From classic T-shirts to vintage team jackets and accessories – Gulf has also branched out into luggage – with stylish weekend bags, satchel style bags, wallets and wash bags, ideal for a mini-break or getaway. The only problem we can foresee is that of self-control…

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Have you ever thought I wish I had some car racing artwork in my home? How about a signed and numbered limited edition print by Guy Allen? The Alfa Romeo GTV at Monza print would look great against a neutral backdrop and adds a contemporary edge to any room. The racing car canvas prints with attached model car make a great present for a fellow enthusiast. Or perhaps a hand-crafted canvas print clock in specific racing team colours? You can even request a particular commission and colour of clock.

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