>A range of outstanding, historic competition cars will be presented during Gooding & Company’s 17th annual Pebble Beach Auctions to be held on August 13 and 14, 2021.
The astonishing selection of historic competition cars exemplifies the best of the best across the range of postwar motor racing, including Trans Am, Indy, and endurance racing.
Featuring some of the most iconic liveries in Motorsport, these vehicles have ties to many teams, top venues, and drivers of the era. Some of the drivers that raced in these vehicles include the likes of Jackie Stewart, Bobby Rahal, Peter Gregg, Mark Donohue, Sir John Whitmore, and Danny Ongais.
Here’s a look at 6 competition cars on offer at Gooding and Company’s Pebble Beach Auction:
1966 Ford GT40 Alan Mann Lightweight
A new era of racing and automotive production dawned for the Ford Motor Company with the introduction of the GT40. Its innovative design and performance effectively revolutionized domestic competition cars.
In 1963, with the goal of defeating Ferrari at the most famous and challenging race in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford Motor Company commenced developing a purpose-built endurance racing car.
In developing the GT40, Ford set up a new subsidiary headed by Le Mans-winning team manager John Wyer. In 1964, the first GT40s that the new team produced were unveiled and were campaigned in various international events. Ford acquired the skills of three successful private teams to develop the new models further in their quest for perfecting the GT40: Holman-Moody, Shelby American, and Alan Mann Racing.
When Ford contracted Alan Mann Racing in 1964 as a Ford factory team, they attracted many successful and talented drivers. The team was instantly recognizable in their red and gold liveries, which set them apart on the track.
In late 1965, Alan Mann Racing was assigned the task by the Ford Motor Company to create an even more competitive GT40 version.
By performing extensive tests on the early Mk I GT40, Alan Mann knew what was required to reduce the weight as well as adjust the suspension and chassis to achieve optimal improvements.
As a result, Alan Mann Racing commissioned Abbey Panels to create five special GT40 tubs for the new updated design. They additionally produced a lightweight aluminum bodywork, considerably reducing the weight of the vehicles compared to the standard fiberglass bodies.
The car on offer, AM GT-1, is one of only two aluminum-bodied GT40s that were constructed, given the other three tubs that were ordered by Alan Mann were used in the Mk II program.
Completed in early 1966, the AM GT-1 is a particularly rare machine featuring the distinct Alan Mann Racing livery. It is fitted with a highly tuned 289 V8 engine, five-speed ZF transaxle, Halibrand knock-off wheels, and provided with more than 100 updates compared to the standard Mk I competition car.
In 1966 at the 12 Hours of Sebring, the vehicle showed great promise with Sir John Whitmore and Frank Gardner able to qualify in 7th position. It performed well until it ran into some clutch problems, forcing it into retirement. Its next venture was an appearance in April 1966 at the Le Mans Test where it was the fourth quickest vehicle, just after a Ford experimental J-Car, a MK II GT40, and its sister car, the AM GT-2.
Ford subsequently chose to retire the small-block powered Alan Mann Lightweights, concentrating their efforts in using their seven-liter MK IIs at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. The AM GT-1 was acquired thereafter by Holman-Moody, and subsequently was under the ownership of several private owners.
In 1982, it was acquired by the consignor after being damaged in a road accident. The
By: Sports Car Digest
Title: 6 Outstanding Competition Cars on Offer at Pebble Beach Auctions
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/6-outstanding-competition-cars-on-offer-at-pebble-beach-auctions/
Published Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2021 05:19:35 +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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