Written by Eric Becker
Be on the lookout for six incredible first-generation Camaros that will cross the block with No Reserve as part of the Bryan Frank Collection – including three beautiful Z/28s decked out in the patriotic colors of red, white and blue.
Lot #687.2 – 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 – Part of the Red, White And Blue First-Generation Z/28 Collection from the Bryan Frank Collection.
The Camaro is an American motoring icon, recognized the world over for its unmatched style and performance. It was Chevy’s entry into the pony car wars, a car Chevrolet general manager Pete Estes candidly billed as “a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs.” Chevy was raring to go – and go they did.
Since that late-1960s introduction, the Camaro has gone on to be a knockout success. Well over 5 million have been produced and sold across six distinctive generations. Each step of the way, the Camaro has evolved, becoming faster, safer and meaner.
Lot #687.3 – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 – Part of the Red, White And Blue First-Generation Z/28 Collection from the Bryan Frank Collection.
Chevy’s “small vicious animal” continues to be a poster child for the American muscle car, with the timeless allure of the original first-generation Camaro continuing to inspire today.
Built from 1967-69, few cars have a following as devoted as the first-generation Camaro. Whether factory original or fully custom, a goodly part of the allure of Chevy’s pony car is the ability to make it one’s own. From boulevard intimidators to canyon carvers and even drift cars, gearheads from around the world have expanded the canvas the early Camaros provided and created rolling works that showcase personality and engineering prowess.
Lot #687.1 – 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 – Part of the Red, White And Blue First-Generation Z/28 Collection from the Bryan Frank Collection.
But there are two names that always grab attention in the world of “Camaroland” – the Super Sport and Z/28.
Since mid-year 1961, nearly all Chevys were offered with a Super Sport variant. For the Camaro, the Super Sport package was a gateway to a variety of powerful engines. These were the high-displacement powertrains designed to rule the dragstrip, the 396ci and 427ci V8 being among the most notorious.
Lot #687.5 – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Custom Coupe from the Bryan Frank Collection.
Most know the Camaro Z/28 as Chevy’s track star, a homologation special built to compete against its Detroit rivals in what many consider to be the golden era of the SCCA Trans Am series. When the lighter and faster Z/28 debuted in 1967, just 602 were ordered with what Chevrolet called the Regular Production Option (RPO) code. As for the name, the brass agreed that Z/28 had a nice ring to it. The rest is history.
Chevrolet added several go-fast goodies all over the car to improve the standard car’s handling and performance. Luxury amenities were shed, and the Z/28 left showroom floors as a focused driver’s car motivated by the high-revving and rowdy 302ci V8.
Lot #687.4 – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Custom Coupe from the Bryan Frank Collection.
While certainly not the largest engine offered, the 302 more than made up for it. The factory claimed an output of 290 horsepower, but many agree the real number far surpassed it.
The V8 was fed by a Holley 800 CFM carburetor and used high-flow cylinder heads, uprated pistons, an 11:1 compression ratio and high-lift camshaft. The Z/28’s 302 screamed all the way to 7,000 rpm and put power to the ground via a 4-speed close-ratio M21 4-speed manual gearbox with 3.73 gears.
Lot #687.6 – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Custom Coupe from the Bryan Frank Collection.
The Z/28’s famed stripes served as warning colors to any challenger foolish enough to take the bait.
The SS and Z/28 paved the way for performance Camaros to follow and serve as inspiration for many of the incredible builds we see. At the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction, be on the lookout for six incredible first-generation Camaros that will cross the block as part of the Bryan Frank Collection – including three beautiful Z/28s decked out in the patriotic colors of red, white and blue.
For up-to-date information on the Bryan Frank Collection vehicles, click HERE. For a look at all the vehicles headed to the 2021 Las Vegas Auction, click HERE.
Title: BOWTIE BRAWLERS: Camaros Take the Stage in Vegas
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1960s-chevrolet-camaros-ss-z28-custom-bryan-frank-collection-for-sale-no-reserve-2021-las-vegas-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2021 19:22:15 +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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