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As the Monterey Car Week winds down, the big event that everyone is watching is the awards ceremony for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Among the world’s Concours, it is one of the big three, the other two being the original Concours d’Elegance Chantilly Richard Mille and the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como in Italy.

While there have been some excellent examples of class winners and beautiful examples of pre-war, post-war, and racing cars, there is only one winner of the vaunted Best In Show trophy.

Amongst the Concours of the world, the Pebble Beach Best In Show Trophy is often regarded as the highest of honors. It’s akin to winning the America’s Cup in sailing, the World Cup in Football, the World Championship in Formula 1, and the like.

The grounds of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

The grounds of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

In essence, winning the Pebble Beach Best In Show guarantees a place in history.

The 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance competition was much tougher than many previous years, both due to the size of the field of entrants, and the fact that the 2020 event was canceled. It made the field diverse, and gave owners that extra year to get every detail perfect, every last spec of dust cleaned away, every piece of chrome as bright and clean as possible.

Above all of that, winning the Best in Show is a very involved process. To even be considered for Best in Show, your particular car must have already won its best in class trophy, and is voted on by a randomly selected group of judges who are given a “blue ticket.” This blue ticket has only three lines on it: Class, Car, Owner.

The Best in Show Trophy as the judges count the ballots

The Best in Show Trophy as the judges count the ballots
The Best in Show Trophy as the judges count the ballots

Each judge fills out the ticket in their own writing, and once it is signed it is dropped into the “Best in Show” box. Only once all judges that have the blue tickets have been checked off the roll list, is the box opened and the votes counted.

Speculation abounds. Whispers between commentators, judges, and the crowd alike try to guess which class winner gets the vaunted world-class award. It truly is one of the edge-of-your-seat tension moments at a Concours d’Elegance, especially at the World Cup of Concours at Pebble Beach. However, there can only be one…

The four finalists

The four finalists
The four finalist cars for Best in Show, from left to right: 1957 Maserati 450S Zagato Coupe, 1967 Ferrari 365 Pininfarina Tre Posti three seater, 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahnkurier, and a 1935 Bugatti Type 57C Convertible

The winner of the 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahnkurier.

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahnkurier wins 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance best in show

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By: Simon Simon
Title: And The Winner Of The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is….
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/and-the-winner-of-the-pebble-beach-concours-delegance-is/
Published Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2021 00:19:56 +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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