Last Saturday, August 2, 2021, the truly unique and world-famous Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional was successfully held at the Grimsthorpe Castle.
A record number of car enthusiasts excitedly displayed their completely mundane and ordinary motors in what is arguably the greatest concours of the season.
The Grimsthorpe Castle is a 1516 Tudor and Baroque architectural masterpiece and for the weekend, the grounds displayed 50 carefully selected Unexceptional concours cars. The cars were displayed on manicured lawns, and the owners proudly presented their vehicles to a committee of six judges to undergo grueling inspection techniques, and to also answer some really tough questions. All the owners stood their ground while regaling the judges with stories while also not-so-subtly bribing the judges with biscuits, and cake. A glass of sherry was even offered.
In 2014, Hagerty held the first Festival of the Unexceptional to celebrate long-forgotten everyday family cars that were popular from the years 1968-1989, which is now fondly called the ‘Unexceptional Era’. In the seven years since the festival has been celebrated, the 2021 selection is definitely one of the best concours as cars from all over the nation arrived for the chance to be called as one of the best of the best.
In attendance are really interesting examples like an Audi 100E Avant, a Fiat Strada, a very rare Lancia Trevi, and a Mazda 929 Estate. A base model of the Escort Popular was also displayed, as well as an unexceptional Daewoo Espero that had a really exceptional ownership story.
The esteemed judges took their Thermos flasks – less the sherry – and they debated and discussed the awards in all seriousness over custard creams and cups of tea. They eventually reached an agreement and announced the 2021 winners as follows:
Best In Show: Jon Coupland – 1989 Proton 1.5 GL Black Knight
Runner Up: Danny Wilson – 1991 Peugeot 106 XN
Feast of the Unexceptional/Best Picnic: Matthew Long – 1986 Volvo 340 DL
Best dressed: Mark Pallatt – 1979 Ford Escort
The winning 1989 Proton is owned by Jon Coupland (30) from Boston in Lincolnshire. It is one of only 201 examples, and the only one that has survived. In 1993, the previous owner of the Black Knight placed it in a garage with only 3600 miles. It only surfaced in 2017. It currently shows 13,000 miles and is the highlight of Coupland’s three Proton collection.
The Peugeot 106 was the runner up, and it was bought at Facebook Marketplace for only £500. Danny Wilson (27) from Driffield, East Yorkshire, was the one who painstakingly brought the car back to life himself. The judges immediately noticed the carburetter and choke that was fitted in the example as ones that were only seen in early models, making it a real survivor. For many years now, Wilson had always wanted to be part of FOTU, so it was a great honor for him to be picked to display his car at the concours.
Special mentions at the event were the 1989 Nissan Bluebird owned by James Green, the 1986 Volkswagen Polo C Formel E owned by Charles Whilems, and the 1971 Triumph Toledo by Chris Howells, and the 1977 Fiat 128 owned by Simon Hucknall. The cars grabbed the attention of the judges, and each of them were worthy of their place in the 2021 Unexceptional Hall of Fame.
As was the norm, the Festival car park also served as an additional display in the main event as hundreds of unexceptional cars were parked on the heritage grass of Grimsthorpe. The event saw a few of Bond Bugs, a nicely preserved Mk1 Ford Granada Coupe, numerous Skoda Estelles, pre-VW Favorits, and a very basic Land Rover Discovery 3-door, as well as a Sri Lankan Toyota Terecel 4WD as some of the notable displays.
Hagerty columnist, television presenter, and Concours de l’Ordinaire Paul Cowland is new to the event, but he noted that it was great to see young drivers saving and embracing old, everyday cars, stating, “For me, it is the diversity of the scene and the affordability and accessibility that makes events like the Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional so appealing. The fact that the second-placed car cost just £500 car shows how inclusive this scene is – everyone is welcome and there are no egos.”
Hagerty’s UK Editor James Mills who also spoke at event shared, “What stood out for me this year was the number of fantastic cars fielded by younger entrants. It’s great to see the next generation of enthusiasts showing a real passion for everyday, ordinary, and unexceptional classics and demonstrates the growing love for this accessible scene. Our Festival started out as a small, cult event but today we saw thousands of visitors make the trip to admire the unsung heroes of the classic car world.”
Hagerty UK Managing Director Lee Mathewson quipped, “This was my first Festival of the Unexceptional and I really enjoyed
By: Reggie Sison
Title: Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional Awards 1989 Proton 1.5 GL Black Knight Best in Show
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/hagerty-festival-of-the-unexceptional/
Published Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2021 01:16:55 +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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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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