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Growing up, Donington Park was my local circuit, the first place I ever really experienced motorsport first hand, the sights, sounds and smells of finely prepared race cars, the thrill of last lap battles and late lunges on the brakes.

The oft-recalled drive of Ayrton Senna in 1993, setting a ferocious pace in the iconic red and white liveried Mclaren was one of the highlights of my younger days, so the opportunity to once again reminisce over those glorious days, as the Masters Racing Legends and their grid of DFV engined Formula One cars returned to Donington Park last weekend, Steve Hartley notably in a Marlboro Mclaren, albeit the MP4/1 amongst the field, once again rekindling fond memories of ‘93 to those in attendance.

The first of three visits to the UK in for the Masters Racing Legends, and one of five Masters Historic Racing participations in the UK this year, a forecast for wall to wall sunshine on a Bank Holiday weekend seemed too good to be true. Arriving early as the gates first opened on Saturday, I was not to be disappointed, as glorious light poured into the paddocks, teams already hard at work fettling and making last minute adjustments before the track opened and qualifying sessions commenced.

The iconic sight of a Marlboro Mclaren descending towards the Old Hairpin

The iconic sight of a Marlboro Mclaren descending towards the Old Hairpin
The iconic sight of a Marlboro Mclaren descending towards the Old Hairpin

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In a wonderful moment of authenticity, the qualifying session on Saturday morning ended with Ken Tyrrell taking an unlikely pole in the ever-gorgeous Tyrrell 011. Narrowly posting the fastest time, Tyrrell was closely tailed by the perennially quick Martin Stretton, with David Shaw in the Arrows A4 and Steve Hartley’s Mclaren, all posting times within a second of that of Tyrrell.

In the first of two races over the weekend, Tyrrell succumbed to the pressure from the chasing pack. Stretton in the Tyrrell 012 stretching out an early lead over the Mclaren of Hartley. The Mclaren was seemingly enjoying the warm track conditions, and looked to threaten for a number of laps, as the pressure mounted, before in a sublime penultimate lap challenge, making the move that gained him the race win, passing Stretton on the start/finish straight.

F1 car on racetrack

F1 car on racetrack

Similar fortune did not befall Hartley in the second race of the weekend, with a mechanical issue forcing his retirement on the first lap. Stretton, who started from the pitlane, constructed an inspired drive to cut his way through the field, to join the fight for a podium with the duelling Lotuses of Kubota and Brooks, both engaged in a compelling battle at the head of the field.

Stretton’s pace ultimately proving too much for the two, freeing him to chase after the leading Greg Thornton, with the race ultimately coming down to the final few minutes, Stretton easing his Tyrrell 012 past Thornton to expertly manage the last couple of laps, before taking the chequered flag.

Two wonderful races, packed with drama and tension, a reminder, if one were needed, that the effortless grace with which the F1 cars of yesteryear apply their power to the Donington tarmac, is always a thing of wonder, and for me will never lose its magic.

Masters Gentlemen Drivers

The race winning Cobra Daytona of Thomas/Lockie

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By: Matty White
Title: 2022 Masters Race Weekend at Donington Park
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2022-masters-race-weekend-at-donington-park/
Published Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2022 03:10:14 +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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