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On March 12, 1947, Enzo Ferrari turned the keys and the Ferrari 125 S roared to life. It was the first car that would carry his name. The Ferrari that left the Maranello grounds back in 1947 was not simply a new car, it was a symbol. It was the embodiment of their values and culture that would help propel the marque to greatness. It embodied the craftsmanship, tradition, dedication, and innovation that the company valued, the same values that enabled them to create automotive masterpieces through the years, each one designed to make their mark in history.

75 years later, Ferrari is celebrating its anniversary at the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena by opening the Ferrari Classiche. It is a unique Ferrari department that was never really open to the public before. Created in 2006, the department gives owners an exclusive service that was designed to care and conserve the priceless heritage of classic Ferraris.

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“Ferrari Forever” shows the important work that the department does and the services they offer. Providing the Certification of Authenticity is one of the services they provide, it is a service that is reserved for Ferrari road cars, prototypes, and sports cars that are over 20 years old. It gives Ferrari owners an official document that certifies the full authenticity of their cars.

The exhibition will take visitors into Ferrari Classiche’s workshop and will guide them through the maintenance and restoration being done by the team. It is an interesting and fascinating process that brings these cars to their original splendor. The work of Ferrari Classiche is made possible due to their access to the same foundry and machine tools that produced the original parts. Also, the work will never be done without the expertise of their highly specialized technicians who have a wealth of knowledge about the Ferrari engines and the unique features of each model.

The Historical Archive is also notable part of Ferrari Classiche’s work. It is a perfectly preserved collection of the assembly sheets of all the models Ferrari produced since 1947. Access to this highly important Archive allows Ferrari Classiche to ensure that their work conforms to the original designs up to the last detail.

The information and importance of Ferrari Classiche’s work can be seen through the 15 officially certified cars that is on display. Some of these cars were even restored by the Department themselves.

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Ferrari’s history can be seen in these vehicles as each of them embodies the sporting soul of Ferrari. Designer and coachbuilder Sergio Scaglietti’s 1956 250 GT Competizione Tour de France represents the distinct Gran Turismo models. Ferrari’s most alluring and successful sports cars were given bodywork that were shaped by the master craftsmen at the Carrozzeria Scaglietti atelier. Having won a record number of wins in the GT Class, the trophy cabinet of the 250 GT holds one of the most extensive wins in sports car history.

A 1959 250 GT Cabriolet will also be exhibited. Pinin Farina only built a limited number of this model. This model was created for sophisticated clients who frequent glamorous destinations like the Côte d’Azur and California. The elegant, open-topped Ferrari Gran Turismo has balanced lines and a comfortable ride. It was the must-have car of its time, seen in exclusive events and even played a part in Hollywood films. The gorgeous car became part of the daily lives of famed actors and international jetsetters like Barbara Hutton.

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By: Reggie
Title: Enzo Ferrari Museum Presents “Ferrari Forever”
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/enzo-ferrari-museum-presents-ferrari-forever/
Published Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2022 16:22:49 +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

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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.

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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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