Masters Historic Racing’s first USA stand-alone event and the first USA event of the 2021 year was the Masters Speed Festival run at Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca.
In the Masters Historic Formula One USA race, Charles Nearburg’s Williams FW07C was fast. Over the start-finish hill down towards turn two, watching Charles was an education in what these Formula 1 cars can do. He went from full-out acceleration to full-out braking for turn two in what seemed to be ten feet. Great fun to watch.
Charles Nearburg in the 1981 Williams FW07C
Timothy de Silva’s Alfa Romeo 182 V12 finished second. The Alfa Romeo 182 V12 may have been as fast but Timothy had to start from the back of the grid. A bad oil gauge had seen him pull out of the qualifying race Sunday morning.
In the morning’s Formula 1 race Martin Lauber’s MARCH 741 finished second with Steve Romak’s MARCH 761 in third.
Master’s Endurance Legends USA race was another entertaining race. Spencer Trenery’s 2006 Riley Mk XI Gen I DP was the quickest.
Stephen Romak took his newly purchased Pescarolo Morgan to second place. Stephen suffered a small off-track in the second lap dropping back to fourth or fifth, bringing his car back through the field to second by the checkered.
Stephen Romak – 2011 Pescarolo Morgan
Masters Formula Atlantic Plus was taken by the quick Timothy de Silva in his 1976 RALT RT1 in both races. Laurent Parmentier finished both races in second in his 1977 Chevron B39. “Fast” Danny Baker finished third in his 1979 RALT RT1.
Vintage Sports Car Trophy went to Jim Bouzaglou in his 1973 Lola T292 with “Fast” Danny Baker taking second in the morning race with Gray Gregory’s 1973 Chevron B26 in third.
In the afternoon’s race “Fast’ Danny dropped out with a broken half shaft letting Gray Gregory’s 1973 Chevron B26 inherit the second place. Chris Bender’s Lola 1976 Lola T296 came home third.
The Cross Flow Formula Ford Sunday morning race went to “Fast” Danny Baker’s 1969 Lotus 61 followed by Stephen Romak’s 1970 Titan Mk6 with Martin Lauber’s 1970 Titan Mk6a in third.
“Fast” Danny Baker – 1969 Lotus 61
In this race, Stephen Romak and Martin Lauber went nose to tail from the green flag to the
By: Dennis Gray
Title: 2021 Masters Speed Festival Photo Gallery and Report
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2021-masters-speed-festival/
Published Date: Fri, 21 May 2021 04:18:48 +0000
2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Preview
American Honda maintains its venerable XR650L into 2024, with no notable changes to the stalwart platform. It will remain priced at $6,999 and will only be available in the white color scheme shown below.
“A motorcycle of legendary status, the XR650L continues to stand the test of time, thanks in part to its simple, no-frills design and relentless dependability,” American Honda says in its official press release. “Backed by an incredible record of success in Baja, this dual-sport icon has amassed a loyal following of enthusiasts around the globe since its introduction in 1993.
The 2024 Honda XR650L will remain priced at $6,999. (Honda/)
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As is evident by the longevity of other dual sport motorcycles, like the KLR650 and DR650S, big single-cylinder machines continue to have appeal. The XR650L is no exception in this case, but it does now stand as one of the most simple of the bunch mechanically, now that Kawasaki has finally given in to fuel injection.
The 644cc mill is air-cooled, features a 42.5 diaphragm-type CV carburetor, and puts power to the ground by way of a five-speed transmission. The bike is ready for some hard time off-road too thanks to the sealed battery, dry-sump design, black spoked rims, and long-travel suspension.
The suspension is actually one area where the XR650L shines among its closest competitors, offering effective Showa kit front and rear. The long-travel, air-adjustable fork has 16-position compression damping and gives riders up to 11.6 inches of travel. The Showa shock comes with spring-preload, 20-position compression, and 20-position rebound-damping adjustability and 11 inches of travel. These specs outshine those of both the Kawi and Suzuki.
Its price tag is also one of the most competitive of the small group of largely-untouched-so-are-now-retro-cool dual sports, beating out the Suzuki and pricing just $100 above the standard trim and S-level KLRs.
2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Technical Specifications and Price
Price:$6,999Engine:644cc, SOHC, air-cooled single; 4-valveBore x Stroke:100.0 x 82.0mmCompression Ratio:8.3:1Fuel Delivery:42.5mm diaphragm-type CV carburetorClutch:Wet, multiplate slipper/assistTransmission/Final Drive:5-speed/chainFrame:Semi-double cradle steelFront Suspension:43mm air-adjustable axle Showa cartridge fork, compression damping adjustable; 11.6 in. travelRear Suspension:Pro-Link Showa shock, spring-preload, compression and rebound damping adjustable; 11.0 in. travelFront Brake:2-piston caliper, 256mm discRear Brake:220mm discWheels, Front/Rear:Spoked rims; 21 in. / 18 in.Tires, Front/Rear:21×3.00 / 18×4.60Rake/Trail:27.0°/4.0 in.Wheelbase:57.3 in.Seat Height:37.0 in.Fuel Capacity:2.8 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:346 lb.Available:March 2024Contact:powersports.honda.com
By: Byron Wilson
Title: 2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-xr650l-dual-sport-preview/
Published Date: Mon, 04 Mar 2024 11:00:01 +0000
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Speed Read: A razor-sharp BMW R1300GS from Switzerland and more
The Swiss maestros at VTR Customs deliver the first custom BMW R1300GS that we’ve seen, while Radical Speedshop builds a bespoke Moto Guzzi café racer like no other. We also look at a tidy Yamaha XT500 restomod and a stunning 1949 Triumph Speed Twin bobber.
BMW R1300GS by VTR Customs When BMW announced its new flagship adventure motorcycle, the BMW R1300GS, we knew it was only a matter of time before we saw it customized. Thanks to Switzerland’s VTR Customs, we didn’t have to wait too long.
Big adventure-style bikes with go-fast bits are all the rage right now. Machines like the Ducati Multistrada V4 RS and BMS M1000XR are primed for riders who want adventure bike ergonomics in a performance-orientated road-going package. This is probably what inspired the mad scientists at VTR Customs.
By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Speed Read: A razor-sharp BMW R1300GS from Switzerland and more
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-motorcycle-news-march-3-2024
Published Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2024 19:12:35 +0000
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Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023
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Safety is becoming more important to luxury car buyers. Wealthy individuals want vehicles that will protect themselves and their passengers.
However, it isn’t always clear which brand offers the best safety profile. Now, though, figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal a winner – the German automaker Audi.
The NHTSA looked at the rate of crashes per 1,000 drivers and found that Audi had a crash rate of just 0.54, putting it below tech leader Mercedes at 0.55 and far from Subaru which was up at 0.75.
The question on many people’s lips is why Audi is so safe. After all, Mercedes is the manufacturer that tends to bring the latest safety technology to market first.
The main reason appears to be the brand’s heavy investment in safety technology in recent years. The company conducts significant research and development in-house, allowing it to bring technologies to market at a lower price point than its rivals. Drivers benefit from comprehensive safety features across the range instead of solely on high-end models.
re Advanced Safety Features Necessary?
Previously, skeptics scoffed at the value of advanced car safety features, calling them gimmicky. However, the evidence suggests that it is effective, especially in recent years. Advanced driver assistance systems are finally coming of age and having a noticeable impact on the number of insurance claims. Data from LexisNexis Risk Solutions suggests that bodily injury claims are 27 percent lower with these systems, and property damage claims are 19 percent lower.
These statistics are good news for drivers. It means that they can expect statistically different outcomes driving Audi vehicles than conventional cars. It represents a genuine upgrade.
Car accident attorney Adam S. Kutcher is at the forefront of the consequences of vehicle collisions. The lawyer has tremendous knowledge of how vehicle accidents can cause harm.
“The people that come to us are real people who are often going through the most challenging time in their life,” he says. “People worry about who will pay their medical bills and lost wages, even if insurers agree to pay to replace vehicles. That’s why this new technology is so exciting for everyone who practices in this area. We don’t want to see people getting hurt. Instead, we want to make sure everyone stays safe and that as many people avoid this harrowing experience as possible.”
Currently, tort law is helpful to victims of car accidents through additional provisions in the legal code. But the reality is that many people never recover from their injuries and can’t go back to work, regardless of the medical care they receive.
“We can sometimes get big rewards for people seriously injured in car accidents, but financial compensation is only ever partial,” says Kutcher. “Money can’t fix a disability or even a tragic death in the family for an auto accident. That’s why car manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and investing in this technology.”
The Components Of Advanced Driver Safety Systems
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Advanced driver safety systems refer to a plethora of technologies car manufacturers are including in their vehicles thanks to advances in software and chip technology.
Automatic emergency braking is one of the most coveted features. Vehicles can now brake independently of drivers if they believe a crash is imminent, preventing rear-end shunts and jackknifes at interchanges.
Manufacturers have gradually increased the range of situations in which this technology will activate over recent years. Previously, it was solely to stop drivers from bumping into the car ahead, but now cameras can detect cross-traffic, even when reversing, and
By: Wilson Lim
Title: Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023
Sourced From: www.luxuo.com/cars/automobile/audi-tops-the-luxury-car-safety-charts-in-2023.html
Published Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2023 07:56:16 +0000
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