Monterey Car Week Event Coverage
Sports Car Digest has coverage on a variety of shows during the 2021 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Don’t forget to check out our other galleries:
Monterey Motorsports Pre-ReunionPre-Reunion Behind-The-ScenesPorsche Monterey ClassicConcours on the Avenue in CarmelThe Little Car ShowMcCall’s Motorworks Revival
Monterey Pre-Historics 2021
Starting with the “Pre-Historics” on August 7/8 to the four days of the “Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion” on August 12-15, race fans got to experience plenty of world-class authentic historic racing combined with paddock shows and demonstrations.
The entry starts off with cars that raced in the early 1900s through the post-war years including cars that raced at the Pebble Beach Road Races. The 60’s and 70’s were well represented as usual, and continued right up to the historic cars from the IMSA GTO and GTP days. A special treat this year was several demonstrations of Indy cars from the 60’s and 70’s. The Ford factory was present to celebrate 55 years since the company’s first step into the competitive world of Trans-Am racing.
Past Ford Champion drivers George Follmer and Parnelli Jones were the Grand Marshalls of the event.
Group 5A/1966-1985 Masters Historic Formula One – Dalmo De Vasconcelos – 1976 Shadow DN5 – Is chased by Cris Locke’ Lotus 77 through Turn 5 – ©Bill Wagenblatt
The eight groups that ran Thursday and Friday morning had their big races on Saturday. The action started with Group 1A that included 1955 to 1961 under and over 2000cc racers. This is where you find Porsche 550 Spyders, Birdcage Maseratis and “specials” such as the Pooper and Sadler cars. Group 2A is for 1963-1968 GT over 2000cc and included a 1965 Cobra Daytona Coupe, 289 Cobras, Corvettes and Mustangs. Group 3A 1973-1981 FIA IMSA GT, GTX, AAGT, and GTU included the Porsche RSR, BMW CSL and the Chevrolet Monza. Group 4A 1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT cars included the Jaguar XK 120, Ferrari 750 Monza, and Triumph TR-2. Group 5A is historic Formula One from 1966 to 1985. Lotus, Williams, and Ferrari were among the F1 marques in this group. Group 6A was the ever-popular 1966-1972 Trans-Am group including Mustangs, Camaros, even a Pontiac Tempest GTO. Group 7A finished off the Saturday races with the exhibition of 1963 to 1978 Indy Cars.
Group 6B/1983-2016 Masters Endurance Legends – Wade Carter – 1997 Riley & Scott Mk3 in Sunday’s last race. ©2021 Dennis Gray
The six “B Groups” that ran Thursday and Friday afternoons and finished with racing on Sunday included Group 1B 1955 to 1964 GT. Here you would find 356 Porsches, MGB roadsters, Morgans, TR-3s and even an SWB Ferrari. Group 2B 1961-1966 GT under 2500cc included an Alfa Romeo TZ, Lotus 26R, and Elva Courier. Group 3B was composed of 1920-1951 Racing Cars. A 1939 Lagonda V12 or a 1934 ERA gives you an idea of Group 3B. Group 4B was made up of the Rag Time Pre World War I Racers that go “put put” around the track. Group 5B was the FIA Manufacturers Championship. Ginetta G16, Bobbsy SR2 or Ford GT40 are among the many cars making up this group. Sunday’s races finished with Group 6B Masters Endurance Legends race cars. This group has a rich variety of newer historic endurance race cars that are typical of 8, 12 and 24 hour racing.
By: Sports Car Digest
Title: 2021 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2021-rolex-monterey-motorsports-reunion/
Published Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2021 01:10:14 +0000
Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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.
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
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. 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. 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
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.
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!
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.
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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