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The 25th annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance has picked a 1927 Mercedes-Benz Model K for this year’s Best in Show awardee. After a two-year hiatus, the Concours went back to Roger Sherman Baldwin Park for the event. The show will be back at Greenwich on June 3-5, 2022.

Hagerty CEO McKeel Hagerty stated, “The car world has a belief system. And the belief system is that certain cars are just super important, deserving of celebration and recognition. The Mercedes-Benz Model K selected as best in show represents that greatness – one that the judges recognized following significant deliberation. A very special thanks to all entrants, their teams and the winners.”

The 2021 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance had a few changes in their weekend program. Saturday’s schedule had the unexceptional cars of Concours d’Lemons, seminars, and RADwood favorites from the 80s and 90s. There was also the Porschelle by CarPark, an event that celebrated all things modified Porsche.

1927 Mercedes-Benz Model K Close by Matt Tierney

1927 Mercedes-Benz Model K Close by Matt Tierney
1927 Mercedes-Benz Model K Close by Matt Tierney

There were also a variety of hand-on activities that were available to guests: ride & drives, slot car competitions, racing simulators, Hagerty Youth Programs, amongst others.

On Sunday, domestic and international marques were honored at the 25th Annual Concours d’Elegance.

For 2021’s special classes, they featured Ford vs. GM, Right Coast Rods, 100 Years of Duesenberg, 75 Years of Allard, Lancia, and for the first time, an SUV class. The featured motorcycle classes year includes Indian and Moto Guzzi.

In the middle of all the festivities for the weekend was the Grand Marshal, Pixar Animation Studio’s Creative Director of Franchise, Jay Ward. This weekend, they invited a group of expert judges, with a record number of women in attendance. The judges focused on style, design, and elegance in the selection of the winners.

A 1927 Mercedes-Benz Model K displayed by Michael and Joannie Rich won the coveted Best in Show trophy.

1927 Mercedes-Benz Model K

1927 Mercedes-Benz Model K
1927 Mercedes-Benz Model K

In 1926, Model K was introduced by Mercedes-Benz. Like its predecessor, it was powered by the same six-cylinder switchblade supercharged (kompressor) engine. The Model K was also given roughly the same overall chassis architecture except this time they shortened the wheelbase down to 130 inches. The K meant ‘kurzer radstand’ which also means short wheelbase.

The 6.2-liter engine had a bigger supercharger that is similar to the ones fitted to the later S models. With speeds of more than 90 mph, the Model K was one of the fastest production cars of its time. From the right side of the hood, three metal exhaust pipes emerge and are brought together at the lower edge to a single exhaust. This new detail eventually became a trademark of Mercedes-Benz supercharged cars.

At the 1926 New York Auto Salon, the owner of the Model K, William Sloan from Rochester, New York saw the Fleetwood-bodied Isotta Fraschini Roadster made by Rudolph Valentino. So, Sloan decided to tap Fleetwood’s expertise to provide the coachwork for this unique vehicle.

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By: Reggie
Title: 25th Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Awards Best In Show To A 1927 Mercedes-Benz Model K
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Published Date: Tue, 02 Nov 2021 11:48:02 +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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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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Title: The Swan Song of the V12
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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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Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
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Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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