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Collecting Cars is now offering a rare 1965 Lola T70 MK1 Spyder once driven by Sir Stirling Moss. This extensively raced Lola is on offer to global bidders until June 23.

The example made its debut in 1965 at Silverstone when it completed a number of races under David Good. One of the races is the Brands Hatch Guards International Trophy where it was driven by Roy Pierpoint. It was then brought to South Africa to participate in the Sunset Series, competing in the 1965 Kyalami 9 Hour.

It’s stint in Hollywood was as a camera car for the unfinished F1 movie “Day of the Champion” by Steve McQueen. It was then driven at Nürburgring by Sir Stirling Moss, Sir John Whitmore, and as reports say, McQueen himself. The recently released documentary “Steve McQueen: The Lost Movie” shows footage of the car.

In 1967, it was acquired by Doug Serrurier, a South African racer and constructor. It was then extensively raced in southern Africa and raced several times in the Kyalami 9 Hour. Achievements of the example include a first-place win in the Rand Grand Prix with Paul Hawkins and a second-place win in the 1965 Rhodesian Grand Prix also with Hawkins. They also claimed victory at the Lourenco Marques 3 Hours and Roy Hesketh 3 Hours.

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It has been in long term ownership, with the current custodian keeping the example for the past 13 years. The current custodian also entered it in a number of historic races at Wanneroo Raceway.

It recently completed a second restoration to bring the vehicle back to its correct MK1 specifications, including an MK1 design chassis with period correct MK2 rear suspension modifications which were done to a lot of MK1 cars from 1965 to 1966. It is in fresh, ready-to-run condition.

John Starkey’s book ‘Lola T70: The Racing History and Individual Chassis Record’ is respected as a near-definitive guide to the model and it has documented the example well. It also recognized the current owner. John also assisted with sourcing key components for the example’s most recent restoration.

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After its long and illustrious racing career, this T70 was lost for many years. The remains of the T70 was finally found by local enthusiast Jannie Van Aswegen in South Africa. Some parts were also recovered like the gearbox, four suspension corners, some chassis parts, steering assembly parts, two sets of wheels, amongst others.

A collector in Australia acquired the project who resold it to another in New Zealand where it was partially restored. Thirteen years ago, it was acquired by the current custodian who completed the restoration with the guidance and key components from Chris Fox from Fox Racing Developments in the UK.

A fresh race engine in the form of a period-correct Ford 289 block and heads set was installed and matched to a period-correct Italian-made Weber IDA 48’s, AVIAID 289 GT40 oil pan, and eight-into-four sand bent exhaust.

Except for the digital Stack chronometric tachometer which was installed for its reliability, the cockpit was given period-correct Smiths instruments.

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The T70 also has a variety of spares including six extra Hewland gear ratio sets, ITG Racing air filters, twelve new Eibach springs in a variety of rates, original suspension parts, uprights, and drive shafts which were replaced during the restoration.

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By: Reggie
Title: Auction: 1965 Lola T70 MK1 Spyder
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/auction-1965-lola-t70-mk1-spyder/
Published Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2022 11:40:42 +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

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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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