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>Legendary Ex- Briggs Cunningham 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Le Mans will be a highlight at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island Auction that will feature an impressive catalog of performance-bred sports and racing cars.

RM Sotheby’s will be hosting their Amelia Island auction on May 22 at the Ritz-Carlton where a distinguished lineup of highly coveted motorsports cars will feature during the event. 

Taking center stage during the event will be a 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Le Mans that represents a huge milestone in American motorsport history. 

1960 Ex-Briggs Cunningham Chevrolet Corvette

Estimate: $900,000 to $1,300,000 / No Reserve

Theodore W. Pieper ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The example on offer is one of the three Corvettes that American privateer Briggs Cunningham ran. It was developed with the assistance of a Chevrolet team under Corvette lead Zora Arkus-Duntoy in preparation for the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Cunningham Teams Chevrolet Corvettes at Le Mans 24 Hours, 1960

The C1 Corvette, chassis no. 3535, was Cunningham’s final attempt to achieve his goal of conquering the most challenging race in the world using an American vehicle while being driven by American drivers.

Chassis 3535 was run at the 1960 Le Mans wearing the #1 livery with Bill Kimberly at the wheel. Unfortunately, on the 23rd lap, their hopes of victory were dashed when the car was forced to retire due to an accident. The Cunningham team on the day, however, achieved an impressive class victory through John Fitch and Bob Grossman driving the #3 livery.  

1960 Chevrolet Corvette Le Mans at 1960 Le Mans

The example had been thought lost until it was rediscovered in 2012. The Corvette, under private ownership, underwent extensive modification but kept many of its existing features that enabled confirmation of its historical provenance. 

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Theodore W. Pieper ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: 1960 Corvette Le Mans Heads Motorsport Lineup at Amelia Island Auction
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/1960-corvette-le-mans-amelia-island-auction/
Published Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2021 08:16:29 +0000

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Level Up: A BMW K100 café racer with a John Player Special vibe

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BMW K100 café racer by Motocrew
Despite its increasing popularity, the 1980s K-series BMW remains a difficult bike to customize. There’s hardly an inch of it that isn’t blocky, angular, or just plain awkward—so it takes a sharp eye and deft hand to massage it into a slick and cohesive café racer. Enter Chris Scholtka.

Based in Cottbus, Germany, Chris splits his time between his job as a firefighter and his after-hours custom bike-building endeavor, Motocrew. He cracked the code for building razor-sharp BMW K-series café racers a while ago, and he’s produced a handful of them since. But his latest build—a 1984 BMW K100 café racer—hits a little differently.

BMW K100 café racer by Motocrew

The project was commissioned by a friend who had found a 1984 BMW K100 that was in great shape and wanted it customized. He naturally called Chris first—but Chris was hesitant to take the job.

“My first thought that it wasn’t a good idea,” he explains, “because I don’t want to build the same shit again and again. But this time my customer had a big enough budget to build something unique. So I said yes, and, after a couple of hours brainstorming with him, we settled on a basic setup.”

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Level Up: A BMW K100 café racer with a John Player Special vibe
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bmw-k100-cafe-racer-motocrew
Published Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2024 18:56:31 +0000

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Honda’s Updated 2024 CBR600RR Not Coming to America

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Back in November, we previewed a notable update to Honda’s CBR600RR platform for the European market. It now appears that version won’t be debuting in the US in 2024. Honda has announced a 2024 CBR600RR for the States, but as a carryover from last year, which is actually a continued carryover from the last major US update made in 2013. The 2024 US version of the CBR600RR will be priced at $12,199, a $100 bump over the 2023 MSRP.

The 2024 Honda CBR600RR in Grand Prix Red.
The 2024 Honda CBR600RR in Grand Prix Red. (Honda/)

It should be noted that the revised CBR600RR that will be available in European markets is an extension of the work Honda did on the platform a few years prior, when it released a revised version for Japan back in 2020. It’s likely those changes will eventually make it to the US, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer.

That said, Honda’s 599cc supersport remains an appealing option for riders in the US thanks to its deft combination of comfort, ease of use on the road, expertly calibrated braking package, and solid suspension setup. The extra horsepower of the overseas version and revised chassis would obviously be nice additions, but such is life sometimes.

We last sampled the CBR600RR in 2020, and despite some of its shortcomings (such as in the electronics department), the platform still proved its worth. Particularly for road riders who want a bike that is as great around town as it is on the track.

For those who want to enjoy the benefits of ABS, expect to pay $13,199. Both editions will be available to US customers in Grand Prix Red colors.

2024 Honda CBR600RR Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$12,199–$13,199Engine:599cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 4 valves/cyl.Bore x Stroke:67.0 x 42.5mmCompression Ratio:12.2:1Fuel Delivery:DSFI w/ 40mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectorsClutch:Wet, multiplateTransmission/Final Drive:6-speed/chainFrame:Twin-spar aluminumFront Suspension:41mm USD Big Piston Fork; fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travelRear Suspension:Unit Pro-Link HMAS shock, fully adjustable; 5.1 in. travelFront Brake:4-piston calipers, 310mm radial-mount full-floating discs (ABS optional)Rear Brake:220mm disc (ABS optional)Wheels, Front/Rear:17 in. / 17 in.Tires, Front/Rear:120/70-17 / 180/55-17Rake/Trail:23.5°/3.9 in.Wheelbase:53.9 in.Seat Height:32.4 in.Fuel Capacity:4.8 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:417 lb.Available:March 2024Contact:powersports.honda.com

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By: Byron Wilson
Title: Honda’s Updated 2024 CBR600RR Not Coming to America
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-cbr600rr-not-coming-to-america/
Published Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2024 11:00:00 +0000

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Twinning: A pair of Royal Enfield Continental GT café racers from Mexico

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Royal Enfield Continental GT café racers by Hardheads Motostudio
The first Royal Enfield Continental GT came out way back in the early 60s; a 250 cc café racer that couldn’t do the ton, but looked as cute as a button. Royal Enfield then put the Continental GT name on ice for half a century, before reviving it just as the modern café racer craze was reaching fever pitch. The ‘new’ Continental GT was a handsome nod to the past, but its 535 cc single-cylinder mill was hardly exciting.

It was only when Royal Enfield released their modern 648 cc parallel-twin platform that the Continental GT really came into its own. The current Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 has all the style of a tasteful modern classic, with an updated engine that’s peppy, torquey, and easy to get along with. But if you ask the crew at Hardheads Motostudio, they’ll tell you that there’s still room for improvement.

Royal Enfield Continental GT café racers by Hardheads Motostudio

Based in the heart of Mexico City, Hardheads specializes in creating custom fairings and seats, developing accessories, and restoring classic bikes. Naturally, they also find time to build custom bikes—like these twin 2022-model Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 café racers.

Dubbed simply ‘HH5’ and ‘HH6,’ these Continental GTs hark back to the era of the original Continental GT. But there’s a lot more

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Twinning: A pair of Royal Enfield Continental GT café racers from Mexico
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/royal-enfield-continental-gt-cafe-racer
Published Date: Thu, 29 Feb 2024 19:56:20 +0000

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