Bugatti vehicles really grabbed attention and came out as the big winners during the recently concluded Concorso d’Eleganza. Leading the pack was a Bugatti Type 57S Vanvooren Cabriolet which was awarded the coveted ‘Best of Show’ honor. Other Bugattis that were also awarded include a Type 59 Sports racing car and a Bugatti Bolide which won the ‘Best Preserved Pre-War Car’ and the coveted ‘Design Award’, respectively.
Every year, the world’s finest vehicles meet at the Concorso d’Eleganza by Lake Como, Italy. But even amongst the best vehicles in the world, there is still that one stand out that is considered the Best of the best. For 2022, the honor was given to a Bugatti Type 57S Vanvooren Cabriolet.
One of four Bugattis that were showcased, it not only won in its class, it was eventually named ‘Best of Show’.
Bugatti Type 57S
Seven different classes were on display at the Concorso d’Eleganza and the Bugatti Type 57S was featured in Class A, ‘The Golden Age of Elegance: The Art Deco Era of Motor Car Design’. Bugatti provided the technical excellence of the award-winning car, while Vanvooren, based in Courbevoie in the Paris suburbs, gave it its elegant convertible body.
Even today, the convertible still grabs attention with its proportions and clear lines. Only four Bugatti Type 57S were given a Vanvooren convertible body, and the example was the first of the four. A previous owner replaced the original engine of the example with a V8 for test purposes. What is interesting about the car is that like a modern-day miracle, even after being lost for more than 40 years, after some extensive research, its original straight eight-cylinder engine was eventually rediscovered.
Other vehicles that were featured in Class A were a rare 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports race car and a 1937 Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet with Gangloff bodywork. From 1934 until 1934, the Type 59 Sports served as a factory race car and was eventually converted into a sports car. It was successfully competed in races until 1937. It only had five owners from new, with King Leopold III of Belgium acquiring it in 1938. The is currently considered as one of the most significant racing Bugattis. Admired for its originality, it is not surprising that it impressed even the judges of Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este that they gave the Type 59 the FIVA Trophy for Best Preserved Pre-War Car.
Bugatti Type 57C- Stelvio
The Stelvio Cabriolet was the first Type 57 that Bugatti installed with a supercharger. Named after the Passo dello Stelvio, also known as the Stelvio Pass, the powerful engine effortlessly conquered this steep mountain pass. For the bodywork, it was provided by Gnangloff, an exclusive coachbuilder based in Colmar, France and was in close proximity to Bugatti’s headquarters in Molsheim. Another notable feature of the Cabriolet is its art deco bumpers, as it is the only known example of this Bugatti to be given such details.
The new Bugatti Bolide was one of the seven prototypes featured in the ‘Concept Cars and Prototypes’ class. It won the much-desired Design Award of the class. Bugatti Bolide was an experimental study that answered what a Bugatti would look like if it was stripped back to its cutting-edge essentials and concentrated on its iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine. It was unveiled in 2020, and it created such a stir and clamor from clients that Bugatti decided to do a small production run of the series. 40 units of the Bolide were offered, and all build slots were immediately sold out.
The extreme, track-focused hyper sports car is unmatched in terms of weight-to-power ratio. Thanks to its W16 engine that can produce 1,600 PS and the Bolide’s extremely high downforce setup, Bugatti was able to explore a new dimension of hyper sports cars. The Bolide is able to produce LMP-performance
Title: Bugatti Is The Big Winner At Concorso d’Eleganza
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Published Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2022 13:46:14 +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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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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