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1998 was a transition year in sports car racing in the United States. IMSA was in the process of being sold by Andy Evans to Don Panoz during 1998. The Reign of Andy Evans had been tumultuous at best. Under this backdrop, Gianpiero Moretti was coming to the end of his racing career. He was now 58 years old.

At this point in time, Moretti probably had more top class starts in IMSA races than anyone else. He was the quintessential “Gentleman Driver”. He made his living, forming the MOMO company which started out making steering wheels. He had eventually branched out to other automotive products. He was well loved in the paddock, and in fact frequently cooked pasta for many of the teams during the IMSA race meetings.

I had worked on teams racing against Moretti in the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1994, I started with Doran Racing, who were preparing Moretti’s Ferrari 333SP in IMSA competition.

Gianpiero Moretti at Sebring in 1998

Gianpiero Moretti at Sebring in 1998
Gianpiero Moretti at Sebring in 1998. He loved these small cigars and almost always had one when not driving. Photo via William Tuttle.

 

Moretti at Portland in 1978 in his Porsche 935

Moretti at Portland in 1978 in his Porsche 935
Moretti started racing in IMSA in the 1970s. Here he is at Portland in 1978 in his Porsche 935. Photo by Martin Raffauf.

RACE 1: Daytona

Moretti had first come to Daytona in 1970 and raced in a Ferrari 512S. He did not finish. He continued to race over the years, much of it in the USA. The Daytona 24 hours became a fixture on his calendar.

Momo entered Porsche 935s, Porsche 962s, A Nissan GTP, and several other makes over the years. In the early 1990s, Moretti was instrumental (along with IMSA) in convincing Ferrari to build a sports car for the new WSC (World Sports Car) rules that IMSA implemented in 1993. This was, of course, the Ferrari 333SP.

Through all this, the desired victory at Daytona proved elusive. In 1992, he was leading Sunday morning in a Joest Porsche 962, and the engine failed. The next year with two hours to go, he had an insurmountable lead in his Nissan GTP—and again, the engine failed.

In 1996, once more with a small lead Sunday morning in his Ferrari, co-driver Bob Wollek got run off the road by a GT car, causing the car to lose several laps while repairs were completed. Max Papis earned his nickname, Mad Max that day, making up all but 62 seconds of the deficit, but fell just short.

In 1997, again with a car fast enough to win, a small, minor oil fitting broke spraying oil on the exhaust which started a fire. Although the Doran crew repaired it, the car could only get back to 7th overall.

By 1998, the teams had really figured out the Ferrari 333SP. The engines ran fine for the 24-hour distance. It all came down to preparation and execution. Kevin Doran was the team owner of Doran Racing who prepared Moretti’s cars. Kevin had won the Daytona 24 hours twice in the 1980’s as Al Holbert’s chief mechanic, so he knew what was required.

Jeff Graves was the chief mechanic on the Ferrari. Most of the other crew and mechanics on the team had been with Kevin since the Ferrari 333SP first came to IMSA in 1994.

Moretti/Doran Racing team photo in the Daytona pit lane 1998 pre-race

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By: Martin Raffauf
Title: Four Endurance Races in 1998: Gianpiero Moretti Retires from Racing & Goes Out in Style
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/last-four-endurance-races-of-gianpiero-moretti/
Published Date: Fri, 13 May 2022 16:00:55 +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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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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