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Craig Jackson’s VIN 004 of the All-New 2021 Ford Bronco

To say the anticipation for the new Bronco was palpable would be an understatement. Since the last Ford Bronco rolled off its Wayne, Michigan, assembly line 25 years ago, the absence left by Ford’s premier off-roader has been duly noted by Blue Oval fans and off-road enthusiasts. In what could easily be hailed as one of the most hotly anticipated new car releases in well over a decade, the Ford Bronco is back and better than ever.

At the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction history was made with the sale of VIN 001 of the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco. Selling for $1.075 million with 100 percent of the hammer price benefiting the National Forest Foundation and Outward Bound, the VIN 001 Bronco captured aficionados of the bucking stallion everywhere. Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson was among them. “Seeing the all-new Bronco under the lights on our auction block was truly something special.” Jackson said. “I’m very grateful to Ford for supplying VIN 001 of the new Bronco and was so excited by the sale that I had to get one myself.”

Owner of a custom 1977 Ford Bronco himself, Jackson is no stranger to Ford’s toughest off-roader and welcomed the chance to purchase VIN 004 of the 2021 Bronco. With VIN 001 sold for charity and VINs 002 and 003 going to members of the Ford family, VIN 004 is an extra-special Bronco as it represents the first one sold to the general public. “I am truly thankful to our friends at Ford for affording me this incredible opportunity.” Jackson said. The Bronco is the fourth of only 7,000 total First Editions to be built for the 2021 model year and its Rapid Red paint exterior color matches that of Jackson’s 2020 Shelby GT500.

Continuing in the style of its ancestors, the Bronco wonderfully merges form and function; easily capable of tackling the suburban sprawl or conquering the back 40 with aplomb. Ford touted the Bronco’s off-road chops as being “built with the toughness of an F-Series and performance spirit of a Mustang.” The Bronco is powered 310hp twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 with 410 ft/lbs of torque and routes power through a 10-speed automatic transmission. The aptly named “Sasquatch Package” comes standard on the First Edition and pairs Big Foot-esque 35-inch Goodyear Territory mud terrain tires with 17-inch beadlock wheels.

So there you have it. Rapid Red VIN 004 is out the door!

 

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: CRAIG AT THE WHEEL: VIN 004 of the All-New Ford Bronco Hits the Road
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/vin-004-of-the-all-new-ford-bronco/
Published Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2021 16:59:06 +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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