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With the sale of 5R002 at the Mecum Auction in Florida in January of 2022—at a record breaking price for any Mustang of $4 Million dollars—it is altogether proper to offer a short history of 5R002 and its sister car, 5S003, both of which went from restorations to Concours winners.

When I learned Mark Hovander and John Atzbach bought the Shelbys of their dreams, I thought to myself, “One of them would be great; both of them in the same place at the same time would be historic. Together again for the first time in 45 years—what an opportunity this is, little more than a year away from the 50th anniversary of the Mustang GT350.”

I didn‘t know at the time that Mark and John planned to show the cars together as they were when they acquired them, then restore them as accurately as possible to the way they were built by Chuck Cantwell’s team in Shelby American’s Princeton Avenue race shop. I also didn’t know they would then show both cars together at the most important Concours events in North America. Dream achieved.

Atzbach told me at the time that “it felt like winning a gold medal at the Olympics” after 5R002 was awarded Best in Class at Pebble Beach with a 1-2 finish. 5S003 was awarded second place.

Just getting the Pebble Beach committee to display a car as “pedestrian” in their eyes as a Mustang was a monumental achievement, and one which required extensive lobbying by the car collectors who love them. What prominent car collector would own a Mustang? Jay Leno? Bobby Rahal? Bruce Meyers? All three?

I won’t bore you with yet another account of the history and significance of 5R002 and 5S003. That is all well documented; most Mustang enthusiasts know the history or can find it easily. However, I can try to add something to the narrative with an account of the period when these two cars were restored from racers to Concours competitors—a process I was fortunate enough to witness.

Peter Brock Signs a Hood

Shelby American driver Alan Grant invited the Washington Shelby Club to visit his shop in Sequim, Washington, when Dave Lennarts owned 5S003 (pre-restoration). Below is a photo of Peter Brock signing the hood of 5S003.

Where is that hood now? Under penalty of a lost driver’s license, I cannot say.

Peter Brock signing hood of Mustang GT350 5S003

Peter Brock signing hood of Mustang GT350 5S003
Hanging in a garage (location secret).

 

Signed Mustang GT350 5S003 hood hanging in garage

Signed Mustang GT350 5S003 hood hanging in garage
Signatures: Carroll Shelby, Peter Brock, Chuck Cantwell.

Kirkland Concours

Heads turned when both cars showed up at the Kirkland Concours before restoration. Every man in the house wanted to push 5R002 onto the show field to be able to say they put a hand on it. The car was a shell in primer over rust. But it was still 5R002. Here it is below, displayed with 5S003 when it was still a race car.

Mustang GT350 5R002 on display

Mustang GT350 5R002 on display

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By: Harvey Sherman
Title: GT350 Siblings: 5R002 and 5S003
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/gt350-siblings-the-5r002-and-5s003/
Published Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2022 13:55:55 +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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