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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.


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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

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By: Reggie
Title: Bugatti Is The Big Winner At Concorso d’Eleganza
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Published Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2022 13:46:14 +0000


1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE LS5 SS: An Icon Roars to Life at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction

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1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE LS5 SS: An Icon Roars to Life at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction

Written by Nicole Ellan James


Born during the golden age of American muscle, Chevrolet’s 1970 Chevelle, produced from 1968 to 1972, defines the second generation of the model. This legendary machine embodies the essence of cool in the realm of muscle cars; its very mention conjures images of clean lines, thunderous engines and the open road beckoning for adventure.

One of the defining aspects of the 1970 Chevelle was its range of potent engine options, including the monstrous 454ci V8, bearing the legendary monikers LS5 and LS6. With its powerful engines and robust chassis, the 1970 Chevelle was capable of impressive acceleration and top speeds, making it a favorite among drag racers and street racers alike.

Ready for the drop of the gavel at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, April 18-20 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, where it will be selling with No Reserve, this 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS5 SS 454 stands as a beacon of muscle car history. With a 454ci LS5 engine delivering a commanding 360 horsepower under the hood, paired with a period-correct Turbo 400 3-speed automatic transmission, this powerhouse of a car is sure to offer an exhilarating ride, whether it’s around town or across the country.

After a professional rebuild, this Chevelle’s engine now features a new crankshaft, roller lifters and roller rockers for enhanced performance. The car’s exhaust system boasts 2-inch stainless-steel long-tube headers paired with 3-inch stainless-steel pipes, exuding both power and authenticity with original-looking tips. A 12-bolt posi-traction rear end sporting 3.73 gears provides formidable traction and acceleration, while power front disc and rear drum brakes supply reliable stopping power. Rolling on iconic 15-inch SS wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich radial T/A tires, this example of American muscle offers both style and substance on the road.

Exuding an aura of boldness and aggression, the 1970 Chevelle embraced the quintessential design elements of its muscle-car era. Characterized by a lengthy hood and a compact deck profile, it features classic proportions synonymous with the era’s automotive prowess. Its wide stance and flowing lines contributed to its formidable and muscular aesthetic, commanding attention wherever it roared. Adorned in a vibrant red basecoat/clearcoat finish accented by bold black SS stripes and a sleek black vinyl top, this Chevelle’s striking exterior showcases a factory cowl induction hood secured with hood pins, hinting at the power lurking beneath the surface.

Inside the cabin, black vinyl bucket seats offer both comfort and style. The center console features a distinctive horseshoe shifter, while an AM/FM radio provides entertainment on the road. Restored to its former glory, the factory air-conditioning system now utilizes R134 refrigerant for optimal cooling performance. Power steering ensures effortless maneuverability and control behind the wheel.

Enhancing this Chevelle’s appeal is that it’s been driven less than 2,000 miles since its recent engine and transmission rebuild, and has clocked a mere 51,018 actual miles in its lifetime. Register to bid today for an opportunity to get behind this iconic American muscle car’s wheel and answer the call of the open road.

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Title: 1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE LS5 SS: An Icon Roars to Life at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction
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Best 600cc-ish Sportbikes of 2024


Substantial upgrades for 2024 have made Kawasaki’s ZX-6R a powerful and comfortable companion either on the street or racetrack.
Substantial upgrades for 2024 have made Kawasaki’s ZX-6R a powerful and comfortable companion either on the street or racetrack. (Kawasaki/)

Has the death of 600cc supersports been greatly exaggerated? A couple of years ago it sure seemed like the class was going belly-up, but recent upgrades and new motorcycle model launches have rekindled consumer interest in the sportbike group, and 2023/2024′s crop of track-ready middleweights are still well-positioned to carve a local apex near you. Of course, some of the bikes here haven’t changed with the times or are better equipped for street rides, but they’re still formidable weapons on a circuit. We’ve narrowed our choices to a few perennial (if aging) standard-bearers, some newer crossover models, and bikes with commensurate performance, price, and otherwise race-ready attributes.

Did we miss one? Drop it in the comments below.

Light weight, livable ergonomics, and a 659cc parallel-twin engine good for nearly 90 hp makes Aprilia’s RS 660 a top pick.
Light weight, livable ergonomics, and a 659cc parallel-twin engine good for nearly 90 hp makes Aprilia’s RS 660 a top pick. (Aprilia/)

2024 Aprilia RS 660 | 401 lb. | 89.16 hp (as tested) | $11,499

The RS 660′s 659cc parallel-twin engine makes it one of the punchiest and most powerful bikes here, and that 270-degree crank gives it a sound unlike any of the others. Not quite a designated supersport, the bike is nevertheless supremely flickable, comes equipped with excellent components, and is less intimidating than some inline-four supersports while still offering a sporty experience. During our track test, we said it offered “engaging engine performance, nimble handling, a relatively low seat height, and roomy ergonomics,” and to keep things in check, the RS 660′s top-shelf electronics include the Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) suite, which is accessed via a full-color TFT display. These IMU-based traction control, wheelie control, engine-brake, and ABS settings are offered in five preset riding modes, and while suspension adjustment is limited to spring preload and rebound damping fore and aft, the standard electronic quickshifter is bidirectional. Throw in the approachable ergonomics, and it adds up to a versatile machine that’s appropriate for day-to-day as well as track riding for seasoned veterans and beginners alike.

Honda’s CBR inline-four has ruled this list for many moons now, and it’s still a competent performer on both track or street.
Honda’s CBR inline-four has ruled this list for many moons now, and it’s still a competent performer on both track or street. (Honda/)

2024 Honda CBR600RR ABS | 434 lb. | 97.7 hp (as tested) | $13,199

Although Honda just brought a substantially revamped CBR600RR to the European market for 2024, there’s no such luck for the US. In its infinite wisdom, Big Red decided to give us the same CBR sportbike we’ve had for 11 years now, so we’ll focus on that older-gen model’s good points. For one, the CBR600RR’s 599cc inline-four is still good for a healthy 100 hp in stock trim at the rear wheel, and we took note of the “well-calibrated throttle response that is neither too sluggish nor too sensitive…” which was “peppy for a 600, especially off the bottom and through the midrange.” Furthermore, the bike has well-calibrated Showa suspension components with three-way adjustability fore and aft, and dual radial-mounted floating 310mm discs with four-piston calipers offer powerful stops. The Honda remains an agile yet sure-footed steed, but hopefully we’ll see the upgraded model come Stateside as well, because more power and a quickshifter would really be welcome. Although it’s one of the pricier bikes here, Big Red’s offering is still an effective sport riding tool on the track as well as the street.

Related: 2024 Honda CBR600RR Preview

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Title: Best 600cc-ish Sportbikes of 2024
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Published Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:00:01 +0000

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Super-tracker: A custom Sportster 1200 with supermoto steeze

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Custom Sportster 1200 with supermoto style
The traditional definition of a street tracker is a motorcycle that has all the trappings of a flat tracker, with the addition of lights, street-biased tires, and a front brake. But what if you took the concept a step further, and sprinkled some supermoto ingredients into the mix? You’d probably end up with something like this spicy custom Sportster 1200.

The bike belongs to and was built by Xavi Garcia—a Barcelona-based enthusiast who loves café racers, streetfighters, and supermotos in equal measure. With a couple of custom builds already under his belt and a KTM 990 SMR in the garage, the desire to create a street tracker with supermoto underpinnings began to buzz around in Xavi’s head. So when he stumbled across a 2003-model Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 in good nick, he figured that it would be the perfect bike to do it with.

Custom Sportster 1200 with supermoto style

“When I bought my first big bike, a BMW R65, I customized it into a café racer,” Xavi tells us, “but deep down I wanted to do it with a Sportster, to replicate the Harley-Davidson XLCR 1000. Since then, I’ve always had a certain love for the Sportster.”

With help from his good friend, Franc, Xavi tore into his recently-acquired Sportster 1200 until all that remained was its rigid-mount engine, frame, and swingarm. The guys then built it back up with a laundry list of well-judged mods and parts.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Super-tracker: A custom Sportster 1200 with supermoto steeze
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Published Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2024 22:22:24 +0000

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