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Written by Matt Stone / Photography by Kristina Cilia

Depending upon who you ask, Pebble Beach is either the world’s most significant concours or the world’s greatest car show. Or both.

Like most other massive automotive events, Pebble had to take a pass for the Lost Year of 2020, but even as the summer of 2020 passed, the concours’ board, management team, Selection Committee, and judging effort had already begun retooling the Big Show for a triumphant return for ’21, not even yet certain that the world’s Covid scenario, or that local, state, or national guidelines would allow it to happen. At all. The entire scenario was reviewed in daily meetings by the Concours’ executive team, with various government and other officials involved at every step, all in the name of crafting a plan that would be safe for all who attended and participated, yet not ruin the events luxurious and elegant nature. All that work paid off, in fine style, with a triumphant return to the Pebble Beach Lodge’s magnificent golf greens overlooking the Monterey Bay and Pacific Ocean.

 

Porsche Lemans Heritage Collection
Porsche Lemans Heritage Collection

From an entrant standpoint, all of the accepted vehicles from 2020 were automatically reupped for ’21, many of the special class celebrations carried over, and at the same time new entrants and categories were developed to move the show forward yet another step from what would have been 2020. Pebble is known for special classes and displays celebrating numerous vehicle anniversaries, historic events, and people significant to the greater Automotive Story.

This year’s special classes and honored catagories included: Centennial of the French Grand Prix, 90 year anniversary of designhouse and coachbuilder Pininfarina, 50 years of the Porsche 917, 50 years of the Carrera Panamericana Mexican Road Race (1950-1954) which was obviously a carry over class from 2020, the 50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Countach, Pebble Beach Road Race winners, Miller racing cars, and Antique Early Electric Cars. All of which was just a start.

With 2021 marking the 70th Pebble Beach Concours (not directly counting an anniversary of years, instead in this case denoting the number of times the show has been held) the show’s leadership team elected to host a special display inviting all previous Best of Show winners to join the show – these already proven winners were invited on a Display-Only basis, meaning they were not eligible for judged Class awards, nor for Best of Show this year. An amazing 40 of these Automotive All-Stars in fact were able to participate and did. The were all lined up, wheel to wheel, along the bluff that overlooks Carmel Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

 

Guntherwerks 993 Remastered Speedster
Guntherwerks 993 Remastered Speedster

It was the proverbial show within a show, and a breathtaking sight to be sure. Walking past this great lineup of “automotive Best Picture” winners it surprised this writer to recall how many of them I was personally there to see win their big prize. That trip through the memory banks brought back so many great visions and moments, and further confirmed why each one of these remarkable machines were the best of the best on that given day.    It was also a remarkable display of automotive diversity; the represented marques hailed from the United States, France, Germany, England, Italy and others.

Elegant luxury cars, dazzling design studies, race cars, road cars, and prototypes alike. Open cars, closed coupes and sedans, racers, roadsters and limosines. The hits just kept on coming. Could we possible pick just one favorite? No, can’t be done, too much greatness here.    In the beginning, most concours events (the most famous of them in France and Italy)

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By: Matt Stone
Title: 2021 Pebble Beach Concours D’ Elegance
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2021-pebble-beach-concours-d-elegance/
Published Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2021 02:15:06 +0000

 

 

 

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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