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>Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale will see three track legends on offer, including the last Alfa Romeo to campaign in the most famous and grueling road race, the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale will be conducted on 9 July as a traditional live auction. Bids will be accepted by clients within the room and is scheduled to be live-streamed via Bonhams and Goodwood websites.

1972 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT3 

Estimate: £1,800,000-£2,200,000 

Leading a group of historic racing cars is the last Alfa Romeo that Andrea De Adamich and Nino Vaccarella drove at the 1972 Le Mans 24 hours where they finished fourth overall, with the two works Matra-Simcas finishing 1-2 and third-place going to the Siffert ATE Racing team driving the Porsche 908.

The example was one of three works Alfa Romeos used by Autodelta. It has an all-steel spaceframe tubular chassis, matched with a high-revving quad-cam, 36-valve V8 engine, new five-speed gearbox,  new safety fuel tanks, and is capable of producing 440bhp. 

The example qualified 7th fastest in practice, having obtained a time of 3 minutes 52.6 seconds when it lapped the 8-mile Circuit de la Sarthe.

In the 307 laps of the 1972 Le Mans race, the Alfa duo overcame several incidents including a clutch issue and a spin, requiring the attachment of a new nose cone.

Despite Alfa Romeo retired from Le Mans, the example went on to campaign in a few events under its private owners which included the manager of Pink Floyd, Steven O’Rourke, who was also a Le Man’s racer. It also has been included in three distinguished Japanese collections namely, Yamaguchi Collection, Hayashi Collection, and Takeshi Fujita.  

front of 1972 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT3

The example has been regularly maintained and restored by Tipo 33/3 specialists and is eligible to join concours events and historic races like the Le Mans Classic race, which it last entered in 2018. 

1928 Maserati Tipo 26B 2.1-Liter Sports, Gran Premio and Formule Libre Racing Two-Seater 

Estimate: £900,000-£1,300,000 

The bright red livery and the 150bhp performance of the example is matched by its history.

1928 Maserati Tipo 26B

The example’s first owner, rancher, and weekend racing driver Juan Augusto (John) Malcolm, an Argentinian with Scottish descent, brought the vehicle to Argentina, making it the first Maserati to be imported into the country. His race career overlapped with the legendary Juan Manual Fangio. 

While racing in Northern Italy, Malcolm ordered ‘number 35’. It was originally finished in Scotland’s sporting colors, which were blue and white, instead of the Argentine racing livery being blue and yellow.

racing the 1928 Maserati Tipo 26B

Juan Augusto Malcolm immediately took third place in this 2.1-liter supercharged straight-eight Maserati Tipo 26B at the Circuito Primavera race at Mercedes in Buenos Aires province.

At the 1932 Carrasco race at Montevideo, Uruguay, Juan Augusto Malcolm obtained a health lead but unfortuently overturned the Maserati in a crash, though escaped unhurt.

interior of the 1928 Maserati Tipo 26B

The vehicle was fixed allowing him to race it in two events at Buenos Aires. In the first race, he lead the first 7 laps until he was passed by Vittorio Coppoli’s Bugatti, and ultimately finished second overall. In the second Buenos Aires race he came second to Domingo Bucci’s De Soto-Chrysler.

For the next decade, Malcolm actively campaigned the example, and eventually, it was converted to be used on the road. The family kept the example until the late 1980s. 

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Final Alfa Romeo to Compete at Le Mans to be Auctioned
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/bonhams-festival-of-speed-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2021 08:51:41 +0000

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

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Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

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2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

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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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Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
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