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Bob Clarke is a committed car guy to say the least. And his tastes are wonderfully varied, from hot rods to Porsches and a lot in between.
He’s also built himself one damn fine Man Cave in the Ventura County, California area, dedicated to his various collection pursuits.

He’s nicknamed it Bob’s Highway Garage, although it’s not an actual working commercial repair shop, as it is strictly private in that regard. This industrial condo complex was initially intended for small shops and production companies.

Over time it has migrated to a community of car enthusiasts looking for cave-style garage space. A couple of Bob’s spaces contain a lift, racks of parts, and works in progress. A former laundromat owner and real property investor, Clarke is now mostly retired and keeps himself busy in various automotive pursuits.

Clarke is an admitted hot rodder but has since discovered and become enamored with the quality and engineering in Porsche 911s. He’s diversified this passion between (so far) one old-school air-cooled 1972 911, which is undergoing a complete restoration as this is written. It will feature a thoroughly refreshed and upgraded flat-six running a factory Bosch MFI fuel injection system.

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Mobiloils sign

His other 911 is a newer water-cooled model, that being a 2014 911 50th-anniversary edition. These are limited production Porsches; just 1963 of these 991.1 generation Anniversary cars were built in only two colors. These admittedly special cars were instant collectibles the day they were produced and are even more highly sought after now.

They are a tasty amalgam of RWD 911S and C4S components and configuration, packing the 3.8-liter 430 hp flat-six, served with your choice of PDK or old school stick and clutch 6-speed manual gearbox.

New Porsche

While remaining strictly a rear-wheel drive model, the 911 50 borrows the wide-body fenders and flares configuration of the C4S model. Further demonstrating how quickly the Porsche virus can infect any enthusiast, Clarke admits that he willingly sold two of his hot rods to buy this special 911.

Don’t worry, he still has a beautiful restomoded ’57 Chevy coupe to scratch the hot rod itch and for cruise nights.

Chevy Coupe

All of Clarke’s cars, no matter their country of origin, find a comfy home in Bob’s Garage. He’s a hands-on enthusiast too, doing much of his own work himself (although he does rely on specialists for things like pain and body, engine and trans rebuilds, fuel injection pump overhauls, and such).

He does first-class builds too; much of the ’72 911s bits are scattered around one of the shop spaces; freshly cad plated, chromed, or powder coated, awaiting the return of the car from the paint shop for re-assembly.

Automobilia Sign

model cars

The shops are charming, one particularly chocked full of porcelain signage, neon, lighted signs, vintage gas pumps and Petroliana, and a wonderful collection of old-time ephemera – and yes, the beautifully restored vintage Coke bottle dispenser is full and works perfectly (some of its contents are soda, while the rest is bottled beer).

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By: Matt Stone
Title: Bob’s Highway Garage – The Multi-purpose Man Cave
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/bobs-highway-garage-the-multi-purpose-man-cave/
Published Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2021 00:21:55 +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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