Written by Eric Becker
These 2019 (left) and 2017 Ford GT Heritage Editions are heading to the 2022 Scottsdale Auction with No Reserve.
As the clock struck 4 p.m. on June 18, 1966, in the small French village known the world over for racing, Henry Ford II dropped the flag, marking the start of the 34th 24 Hours of Le Mans. The drivers sprinted across the track, fired up their cars and took to the circuit ready to begin a duel between two of racing’s most revered names. It proved to be a memorable day.
The culmination of one of motorsport’s most famous rivalries had begun.
The bout began with a business deal turned sour – and some rather choice words from Enzo Ferrari. Incensed by this, Henry Ford II (“The Deuce”) took the Ford Motor Company to war. Their goal: beat Ferrari at their own game, on their own turf. It was the ultimate contest, a moonshot and matter of pride for the Blue Oval. The result was the GT40, a proper no-frills thoroughbred graceful in its singular purpose: To win.
And win it did – just not right away. At its first three competivive outings the GT40 suffered. Plagued by teething issues, the cars entered failed to finish a single race. The racing program was then moved across the Atlantic from England to Michigan and on to California, where a well-known Texan, Carroll Shelby, decidedly gave the GT40 program a shot in the arm. Success began to mount and, in 1965, the GT40 took its maiden victory at Daytona. But the rest of the year, including Le Mans, was a disaster, with none of the five GT40s entered able to finish.
Clearly more work needed to be done. But by 1966 the bugs had been ironed out: The GT40 returned to Daytona and swept the top three spots. Then came the sensational win at Le Mans. With the Ford family in attendance, Ford’s campaign to vanquish Ferrari came to fruition.
When the checkered flag fell on June 19, 1966, all three GT40s under the Shelby American banner crossed the finish in formation, with the car piloted by Chris Amon and Bruce McLaren (yes, that McLaren) taking the victory. For 24 hours the pair of New Zealanders masterfully piloted their GT40, lapping the circuit De La Sarthe 360 times and covering a distance of 3,009.3 miles and marking the first victory of Ford’s sportscar dynasty and four consecutive victories at Le Mans.
Five decades later, Ford Motor Company returned to the famed French endurance race in 2016 with the all-new GT. “Celebrating the anniversary of Ford’s historic victories at Le Mans has always been a part of the return of the Ford GT,” said Raj Nair, Ford’s executive vice president, product development, and chief technical officer at the time. The GT was engineered concurrently as a racer fixated on winning again at Le Mans and a road car ready to tame any circuit. Ford went to great lengths to craft a descendant that honors their winning heritage. Now you can take home a piece of that heritage, too.
Barrett-Jackson is excited to once again bring cutting-edge performance and legacy to the forefront of the 2022 Scottsdale Auction. Offered with No Reserve are two Heritage Edition Ford GTs from 2017 and 2019.
“The 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition is a stunning tribute to the car that kicked off Ford’s string of Le Mans victories in 1966.” Nair said. This example of a ’66 Heritage Edition wears Shadow Black paint with silver stripes and Frozen White No. 2 graphics on the hood and doors, just like the Le Mans-winner. Other touches reminiscent of the 1966 GT40 are seat belts with unique Ford Performance Blue webbing, as well as 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels in a gold satin clear coat with black lug nuts – echoing those on the original racer. The GT also features the exposed carbon-fiber package to complement the exterior. The carbon-fiber seats are wrapped in Ebony leather, as is the steering wheel.
The 2019 Heritage Editions celebrate the final overall victories at Le Mans by Ford. Wearing what many view as the most famous livery in motorsports, the ’19 Heritage Edition is dressed in the orange and pale blue of Gulf Oil in a nod to the Ford GT40 (Chassis #1075) that won the race in 1968 and 1969, making it the only postwar car to win the race twice in a row. This limited-edition Ford GT offered in Scottsdale is an homage to the 50th anniversary of Chassis #1075’s first win. The exterior features exposed carbon-fiber accents, as does the interior. The Number 9 graphics are prominently displayed on the hood and doors, as well as a ghosted image on the interior door panels. The car rides on 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels with orange brake calipers and silver rearview mirror caps to complete the look.
Title: FORD’S WINNING COLORS: Two Ford GT Heritage Editions at No Reserve
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2017-and-2019-ford-gt-heritage-editions-for-sale-no-reserve-2022-scottsdale-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2021 17:46:20 +0000
Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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.
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
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. 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. 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
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.
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!
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.
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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