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May 19, 1968. The Nürburgring 1000 Km. The sixth round in the International Championship for Makes. Ford and Porsche have been going head-to-head against each other the whole season.

Porsche’s 907 claimed victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona as well as at the 12 Hours of Sebring. The powerful GT40s will not willingly go down without a fight and they decided to catch up. They conquered Monza, Brands Hatch, Spa, and Watkins Glen. Porsche fought back. At the Targa Florio, they recorded a victory for Elford and Maglioli’s 907.

To be able to compete at the Nürburgring, Porsche entered two 2-liter 907s and two 3-liter 908s. At the beginning of the race, Silfert and Elford’s 908 was in the lead. Following behind was Ickx and Hawkins’ Ford GT40 then Herrmann/Stommelen’s 907. Neerpasch/Buzzetta laid in ambush.

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Ickx’s Ford used the strategy of stopping for fuel less often and it paid off with them taking the lead, but it was shortlived. Siffert then led the pack, with Herrmann and Stommelen in the 907 closely behind. Neerpasch in the 907-031 – the example on offer – lost time as he almost ran out of fuel and had to limp back to the pits. Still, he was able to hold on to fourth place.

It then started to rain.

Australian Paul Hawkins, who replaced Ickx in the GT40 was not as confident compared to his Belgian teammate and Neerpasch and Buzzetta took advantage of the chance to make up some time.

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Will they be able to take the third place from the Ford?

Ford’s team manager John Wyer noticed that things were starting to go against them and he told Ickx to get back behind the wheel to be able to defend their position.

Porsche took victory at the finish line. The 908 came in first with the 907 close behind. The 907-031 driven by Neerpasch and Bussetta was able to take fourth ahead of a few Alfa Romeos and Hobbs/Redman’s Ford GT40. They really had the chance to make it a three Porsche win and claim third place, except for the unfortunate incident of them running out of fuel.

The car on offer is chassis 907-031. It was able to claim fourth place in one of the most challenging races in the world, proving its endurance and performance. Its 2.2-liter engine was able to go up against and almost claimed victory against its 5-liter V8-engined rival.

The Porsche 907-031 was the last one built and it left the Zuffenhausen workshop just a month before the race. The final preparations on the car were done in May 1968.

After its impressive performance at the Nürburgring, the example was serviced, and Porsche decided to let go of the vehicle. On January 10, 1969, it was sold to Alejandro Soler-Roig from Barcelona. A certificate of the sale signed by Ferdinand Piech shows the transfer.

Spanish Soler-Roig was an excellent privateer racing driver. His career began in 1958 behind the wheel of a Porsche 356. In 1968 In a long tail 907 (907-005) he entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, he was forced to retire from the race due to timing gear problem. Despite the mishap, the car won him over that he bought one himself in 1969.

In the same year, he used the Porsche 907-031 to compete in several rounds of the International Championship with Rudi Lins as his teammate. Driving for the Escuderia Nacional CS, the season started at the 24 Hours of Daytona where unfortunately the Porsche was involved in an unfortunate accident after being caught in a cloud of smoke that formed after the engine of a Jaguar exploded. It ended up in a pile-up with several other competitors.

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By: Reggie
Title: For Auction: 1968 Porsche 907 Ex-works
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/for-auction-1968-porsche-907-ex-works/
Published Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 18:08:17 +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

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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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