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In just a few short weeks, the London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet will commence. Recently, they announced the newest class to be added to this summer’s event: Coachbuilt & Concepts.

The London Concours have built a reputation of bringing together the most impressive line-up of classic and collector vehicles. For 2022, the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company will be the venue for one-off concept cars, unique customer commissions, and prototypes that never made it into production.

From June 28 to 30, a variety of wonderful cars will be showcased at the London Concours in a brilliant show of automotive indulgence. The Coachbuilt & Concepts class puts the spotlight on the unique projects that are simply unforgettable, capturing the attention of the automotive world even decades after they were revealed.

At the head of this truly unique class is a 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS. During its time, it was raced by Joakim ‘Jo’ Bonnier with great success. The two-tone machine had a Zagato body which was designed specifically for racing. It was also one of the few bespoke examples of the first production-line car from Alfa Romeo. Zagato has long been known to create light, aircraft-inspired coachwork, and the 1975cc CSS is a great example of their craft.

Known as the Estralle, a unique 1974 Lotus Elan Shooting Brake will also be on display at the legendary grounds of HAC. The car originally started as a 1974 +2S 130/5 coupé. Recently, Lotus specialist Paul Matty Sports Cars were tapped to manage the project of turning it into an estate car based on the original – but never reached factory production – sketches by Lotus designer Ron Hickman.

Renowned for creating fastback versions of the Elan back in the 1960s, Shapecraft was the one who created the aluminum roof to connect it to the glassfiber body. The glass windows were special produced by Pilkington. To create this truly exquisite one-off wagon, three years of bespoke design and fabrication were spent on this magnificent vehicle and the craftsmanship and hard work can clearly be seen in the superb quality and clean lines of the car.

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It is not common to hear Rolls-Royce and pick-up in one sentence, but when a particular classic motorsport enthusiast wanted the ultimate Goodwood Revival towing car, it had to be done. They tapped on the expertise of Clark & Carter in Essex to transform a 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow into an elegant pick-up truck. It should be noted that the example that they were able to acquire was already converted, but it was badly done. To get the quality of work that they required, the team had to practically start from scratch. The result is just beautiful as it somehow was still aligned to the car’s original intentions. It was given hand-crafted details throughout the example, as well as fun flourishes like the ‘pick-up’ badging that was recreated in a script that was similar to the original Silver Shadow.

The next example is a concept study that Daimler Benz unveiled at the 1996 Paris Motor Show: the Mercedes F200 Imagination. Only two examples were built and the one that will be showcased at the London Concours is the only driving and working model. At the time, Daimler Benz wanted to showcase their latest innovations in design, control, and comfort, which were eventually seen on the S-Class and CL-Class models that was launched in 1999. Interesting features of the F200 prototype were its butterfly doors, voice recognition, video cameras in place of rear-view mirrors, electro-transparent glass in its panoramic roof, and other high-tech features that are now only becoming the norm in luxury cars – more than two decades later. One main notable feature of the car is its ‘sidesticks’, a feature that will let either the driver or the front passenger drive the car.

A 1998 Jaguar XK180 concept car will also be in attendance. Introduced during the 1998 Paris show after a very short planning period of only ten months, to meet the 50th anniversary celebration of the iconic XK120. Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) workshop toiled on the example. Its all-aluminum bodied XK180 was based on a shortened XKR platform. It was also equipped with a 450 bhp supercharged 4.0-liter V8 and innovative steering-wheel pushbuttons that allow sequential gear changes, which was completely new at the time. Senior designer Keith Helfet

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By: Reggie
Title: 2022 London Concours Announces New Coachbuilt & Concepts Class
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2022-london-concours-announces-new-coachbuilt-concepts-class/
Published Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2022 15:00:54 +0000

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Mama Tried Brings the Ruckus Back to Brewtown in 2024

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Although technically distinct events, Mama Tried wouldn’t be the same without the Flat Out Friday races. Maclain “The Bear” Drucker (24) holds off Daniel Bromley (64) in the AA (Pro) races.
Although technically distinct events, Mama Tried wouldn’t be the same without the Flat Out Friday races. Maclain “The Bear” Drucker (24) holds off Daniel Bromley (64) in the AA (Pro) races. (Cathy Drexler/)

Since 2014, the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show and the Flat Out Friday race have been a showcase for builder culture, custom bikes, and lighthearted mayhem. It’s not everyone’s cuppa, as the English say. Some folks huff and puff about the pointlessness of choppers and custom bikes and the rowdy atmosphere. It’s not that they’re wrong. They’re just not partying correctly.

For the less dogmatic among us, it’s a welcome break from the Midwest winter and a great excuse to party in Cream City (aka Milwaukee). It’s about imagination and engineering running riot in flake paint and TIG welding. Calling Mama Tried a “chopper show” is only half right. There are also EVs, ‘70s survivors, Franken-bikes, and plenty of real dirt and patina. Plus, dozens of hopeful vendors with parts, accessories, gadgets, and new gear.

It all kicks off with the Flat Out Friday races at Fiserv Arena. It’s usually clad in a parquet floor for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. But one night every year, aspiring racers and various ne’er-do-wells fill the arena with exhaust fumes and lay down rubber on the Dr Pepper syrup-prepared surface. Last year was a hoot, but this year brought out even finer costumery and livery concepts. Tea time while racing? That’s rich.

Photographer Cathy Drexler has been shooting the event since 2016. What’s her take on Mama Tried?

“It’s a uniquely Milwaukee experience that has a happy way of bringing us together over our love of bikes.”

Truer words were never spoken. So take a load off, grab a cold one, and check out the 2024 edition of Mama Tried and Flat Out Friday in glorious color and pixels.

Flat Out Friday always brings high class and fashion in equal measure.
Flat Out Friday always brings high class and fashion in equal measure. (Cathy Drexler/)
James “Jimbo” DeLisle (963) boxes out Dan “Dangerous Dan” Jacobson (39) in the Masters class, Flat Out Friday.
James “Jimbo” DeLisle (963) boxes out Dan “Dangerous Dan” Jacobson (39) in the Masters class, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
An unidentified future 50cc champion holds their own on the track, Flat Out Friday.
An unidentified future 50cc champion holds their own on the track, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
Kaleb Zink (15) applies Team Green grit to his orange Harley-Davidson in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday.
Kaleb Zink (15) applies Team Green grit to his orange Harley-Davidson in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
Where my zip-ties at? Donovan LeVan’s BSA puts power (and pipe) to pavement in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday.
Where my zip-ties at? Donovan LeVan’s BSA puts power (and pipe) to pavement in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
Conflict of interest? Andrew Clark (52) and an unidentified race official team up on the parade lap, Flat Out Friday.
Conflict of interest? Andrew Clark (52) and an unidentified race official team up on the

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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: Mama Tried Brings the Ruckus Back to Brewtown in 2024
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/photo-galleries/mama-tried-motorcycle-show-2024/
Published Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2024 21:36:17 +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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