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Four-Links – Atomic Camper, Purvis Eureka, Honda heritage, hidden Benzes

Published in blog.hemmings.com

Can’t recall whether we’ve given space to Bill Guernsey’s Atomic Camper in the past. Even if we have, it’s worth pointing to Bubblemania’s post (English translation) on it, if for nothing else than the construction and interior shots.

The assembly process of this trailer took a little more than two years, and the attention to detail was incredible. The atomic-inspired motorhome is fully functional and extremely eye-catching. The man spent six hours a day, six days a week, creating a unique red rocket caravan with atomic-inspired design.

* The Australian-licensed version of the kit car that appeared in the United States as the Sterling Nova went by the name Purvis Eureka. Unique Cars this week took a fond look at the Eureka on its 45th anniversary.

These locally-assembled kit-cars have always been style-driven products, but developed a bit of a reputation for lacklustre mechanicals and shoddy build quality.

Alan Purvis made great efforts to overcome this reputation with his Eureka firm launched in 1974.

Like any low-volume local car maker, Alan Purvis’ Eureka consistently faced a lack of capital, and depended heavily on consumer involvement in regards to continual development and improvement throughout production.

* Last week we discussed the potential return of the Nineties sport-compact style, and it appears my steel plate worked its magic again with Honda’s announcement this week that it’ll show a 1999-modified Honda Civic at next week’s SEMA show as part of its multi-car celebration of Honda America’s 60th anniversary.

Winner of the Civic Si Challenge in 2000, this 1999 Honda Civic Si was extensively modified by Super Street magazine, and faithfully preserved by American Honda as a representation of tuner styles of the early 21st century. Organized by Honda, the Civic Si Challenge asked participants to modify a stock Civic Si with a $10,000 budget and turn it into a show, drag, or race car, or a combination of all three.

* As MercedesHeritage noted, a new book has delved into the Mercedes-Benz auto collection, which only occasionally gets rotated into the museum in Stuttgart.

Author Christof Vieweg was allowed to wander among MB’s stunning hidden collection of vehicles housed within 12 inconspicuous buildings scattered about in Stuttgart. With photographer, Igor Panitz, in tow Vieweg curated 207 photographs which he presents in the 244 page hardback book, Holy Halls–The Secret Car Collection of Mercedes-Benz.

* Frank Scheidt over at the Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum let us know about this Audie Blaylock music video shot in the museum and in its cars.