Win­ners, and losers

Wheels (Australia) - - Inbox - Letter of the month prize

Your words were a shot right to the heart, Vic. For shar­ing your in­ner­most feel­ings, you’re this month’s win­ner of a free 12-month sub­scrip­tion to Wheels.

If you don’t have a prob­lem with the idea of driv­ing around with a cylin­der of boil­ing wa­ter pres­surised to 16 bar sit­ting in your cup holder, then the Hand­presso Auto could be for you. The hand-held unit spells the end of crappy servo cof­fee in pa­per cups and al­lows you to pump out fresh espresso shots any­where there is a 12-volt power socket. Hand­presso Auto $ 235 hand­presso.com Fine au­to­mo­tive art is not lim­ited to oil on can­vas as proven by these must-have sticky notes. The beau­ti­ful work of Doug Bre­uninger is minia­turised and im­mor­talised on the un­ortho­dox medium of be­spoke Post-it notes, with the por­traits of nearly 200 cars painstak­ingly crafted, then re­pro­duced in high qual­ity 3x3inch prints. Hey, it’s less crazy than BMW putting art on cars... Notab­lerides Post-it notes $ 12.50 notab­lerides.com We’ve all been there. You spend $ 3m on one of the world’s most hy­per­bolic hy­per­cars only to re­alise you can’t ap­pre­ci­ate one of its great­est vis­ual as­sets – the en­gine. But if you have a dis­pos­able in­come equalling the GDP of some African coun­tries, then you prob­a­bly won’t think twice about buy­ing one of these. The amaz­ing Bu­gatti Ch­i­ron en­gine and gear­box 1: 4 scale model from Amal­gam is im­pres­sive, and its de­tail is so ex­tra­or­di­nary that it’s prob­a­bly eas­ier to build the real thing. Amal­gam mod­els 1: 4 scale Bu­gatti Ch­i­ron en­gine $ 11,800 amal­gam­col­lec­tion.com As if there wasn’t enough to get ex­cited about with the ar­rival of Gran Turismo Sport – the lat­est in­stal­ment of Polyphony Dig­i­tal’s cel­e­brated rac­ing sim­u­la­tor – Sony has cre­ated a spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tive Playsta­tion 4 con­sole to match. Not only do you get a unique Gt-lo­goed con­sole and match­ing sil­ver con­troller, but the pack­age in­cludes the ‘Day 1’ edi­tion of the game, which brings a num­ber of in-game priv­i­leges, among them 250,000 of cred­its, or plenty to buy a sports ex­haust for your vir­tual ride and start dom­i­nat­ing the Club­man Cup. Sony Playsta­tion 4 Gran Turismo Sport edi­tion $TBA playsta­tion.com/en-au/

Dutch watch firm TW Steel is barely a decade old but it be­haves like one of the fa­mous Swiss brands, spon­sor­ing and mak­ing spe­cial edi­tions for ev­ery­thing from F1 teams to Red Bull Holden Rac­ing and Mick Doohan. Its watches are of­ten big and brash, but the new Volante range is more sub­tle and good-look­ing. The watches are avail­able in a choice of sizes, al­though the smaller 45mm case is still pretty big. The qual­ity is im­pres­sive for the price – the case is made of the same 316L steel as a Rolex, and there’s a high­qual­ity Ja­panese Miy­ota move­ment in­side. TW Steel Volante VS21 ( 45mm) $ 299 tw­steel.com

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