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This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Pebble Beach Road Races and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. To celebrate the milestone, Del Monte Trophy Race Group proudly announced a unique new event for this year. Five of the early 1950s Special in the Del Monte Trophy Race Group 4A will be making an appearance at the 2021 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The cars will be raced by present-day race drivers who are all directly related to the car’s original driver.

1950 Cannon Mk1 Special

Driver: Rick Cannon

Ted Cannon built the Cannon Mk1 Special in his North Hollywood, CA machine shop. Local fireman Jim Seeley drove the car when it was entered by the Cannon and Seeley families.

1950 Cannon Mk1 Special

1950 Cannon Mk1 Special
1950 Cannon Mk1 Special

Rick is Ted Cannon’s nephew. Jim’s son, Dave Seeley, will be assisting. The chassis and front suspension of the Cannon Mk1 Special came from a 1934 Dodge sedan owned by Ted’s grandfather. It had a full house Mercury V8 built with the assistance of the Throttler’s Hot Rod Club. The current car was given an Ardun overhead valve conversion. It is also equipped with a Ford 3-speed transmission with a Zephyr gear set. They bought a wrecked Lincoln Zephyr for the gears and its major body panels were repurposed for the Cannon Mk1 Special. In the inaugural 1950 Pebble Beach Cup, the car finished 3rd and was subsequently raced in the next two races, the Pebble Beach Road Races 1951 and 1952.

1952 Streets Manning Special

Driver: Skip Streets

John Streets is a builder, racer, and a renowned Formula Vee and Formula Ford racer and Regional Champion. John is the only National Formula Vee Champion that hails from the West Coast. Skip Streets is his son.

Chuck Manning was a former Douglas Aircraft Stress Engineer. The Manning Special was designed and built as a technical exercise for Road and Track magazine, and for only $2, subscribers can acquire the plan set. In the 1950s, they were able to make three Manning Specials which they raced, and in which the Streets Manning Special is one.

The car was built through the teamwork between Manning and Wally Chapman, as they worked on it in Schaghticoke, New York, in an upstairs back bedroom of his grandmother’s house. At the time, John Streets was a young engineering student that hailed from England, and he helped to finish the car. Streets also raced it in Eastern Canada and New York.

One of the main important features of the Special is the ultra-lightweight, rigid, tubular chassis made by Manning. The car was powered by a classic Mercury Flathead V8 matched with a pre-War Ford suspension and drum brakes. The other two identical Manning Specials were entered into the Pebble Beach Road Races in 1952, 1953, and 1954.

1953 Tatum GMC Special

Driver: Blake Tatum

Charles (Chuck) Tatum built the Special in Stockton, CA. Chuck Tatum was a Marine Corps veteran who was at the assault on Iwo Jima. In his return home to Stockton, CA, he became interested in auto racing. At the Stockton Road Races, during a dinner with Phil Hill, Doug Trotter, and Sammy Weiss, he was dared to build a racing sports car that would be capable of beating the importer Jaguars and Aston Martin that the others were driving. The dare resulted into the creation of the Tatum GMC Special. Chuck used a Ford truck running gear and designed and built the tubular chassis himself. For the engine, he used a Stockton Fire Department truck’s OHV in-line 6-cylinder engine. In 1954 and 1955, it was eventually replaced by full race versions that were supplied by the go-to manufacturers of GMC speed equipment, Wayne Engineering. Jack Hagemann from San Leandro did the all-aluminum body.

The car became quite famous in its time and was even featured on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine’s November issue. At the Oakland National Roadster Show, it won the Best Sports Car Trophy, and was able to do 147mph at Bonneville. In 1954, it was in a major Hollywood bomb Johnny Dark which starred Tony Curtis and Piper Laurie. From 1953 to 1955, it won the Stockton and the Madera Road Races, and it was also a strong contender in the West Coast races. It was part of the 1954 Pebble Beach Road Races.

Chuck’s son, Blake Tatum, is a renowned racer and a Northern California Region of the SCCA Board Member and major supporter. Blake is also a multiple Regional Formula Vee Champion and has even used cars that his

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By: Reggie Sison
Title: Descendants of Pebble Beach Drivers Take on the Track this August
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Published Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2021 21:30:41 +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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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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