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Originally planned to take place in June, the 25th running of the Vernasca Silver Flag, an annual Concours d’Elegance and hill climb was run from September 10th to 12th instead. Italy is very sensitive about pandemic warnings, rightly so, and as such rescheduled the event when there was a small flare-up of variant strains in the early summer of 2021.

A rebirth of the Castell’Arquato-Lugagnano-Vernasca hill climb that was held between 1953 to 1972, the event is put on by Club Piacentino Automotoveicoli d’Epoca and is free to attend for spectators. Official entrants are either private invitees, or must prove that they have a vintage car in running, hill-climb capable order. This keeps the entries exclusive, and some of the most beautiful and rare classic sports cars are therefore only able to be seen doing what they do best at this event.

As it so happens, one of our favorite YouTubers around the office attended this event with his excellent camera and audio setup, so we really must thank 19Bozzy92 for putting together this compilation of the event with nothing but raw sound.

This year, some especially rare cars showed up, chief among them the only known remaining Auto Avio Construzioni 815 that is still in running condition. This car is special because it was produced in extremely small quantity, and was the first car that was officially designed by someone with the last name Ferrari. Due to a legal issue, the car was unable to be branded a Ferrari, and was one of the many reasons that prompted Enzo to leave Alfa Romeo and form his own company.

Auto Avio Construzioni 815

Auto Avio Construzioni 815

With several original and replicas, the Lancia Stratos was a definite hit at the show. Among the originals was a beautiful yellow 1973 Stratos HF Stradale (road) version, with its insanely small cabin and short wheelbase looking in premium condition. The Stratos is still one of the most popular rally cars ever made, as it had the styling of Bertone, a Ferrari Dino V6 engine with well over 200 HP, and a short-as-hell wheelbase that made it insanely agile, if a touch unstable, around corners on both tarmac and gravel. The Stradale homologation version was down-tuned to “only” 190 HP, but with the car weighing less than a ton, even with the street version interior, it was, and still is, a rocketship for the road.

1973 Lancia Stratos Stradale

1973 Lancia Stratos Stradale

A few original Competizione versions also showed up, such as this original Group 4 1974 World Rally Championship Stratos HF with sponsorship by Rino Fabbri Editore publishing house, Jolly Club, and MocAuto.

1974 Lancia Stratos Competizione Group 4

1974 Lancia Stratos Competizione Group 4

Because the route was on close roads, and there would be an official police escort between the end of the hill climb and the Concours/paddock area, many non-road-legal sports cars showed up. Among them was this exquisite, fully running, and race-ready Abarth 2000 Prototipo Group 4 was let loose on the hill. Powered by a 1.9L inline-four engine that was hung as far back as the chassis could sustain, driving the rear wheels through a 5-speed box, the Abarth 2000 Prototipo (later renamed the Abarth 2000 Sport) was

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: 25th Vernasca Silver Flag In Italy September 10-12, 2021
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/25th-vernasca-silver-flag-in-italy-september-10-12-2021/
Published Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2021 03:11:05 +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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