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Big skies, big space – and a big love for cars in Texas! This 1966 Dodge HEMI Coronet 500 Convertible is sure to turn some heads at the inaugural 2021 Houston Auction.

 

For years people have asked when The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions will touch down in Texas. That time is now. “Enthusiasts across the region, especially Texans, have a deep passion for collector cars,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “There’s an unmistakable car culture in Texas, and we’re looking forward to fueling that passion with our inaugural Houston Auction.”

The Corvettes Ready Car Show, put on by the Corvette Owners Club of Houston, drew plenty of fans this past June in Houston.

Texas is a haven for speed and a global destination for gearheads of all types. Not only is Texas the pickup truck capital of the world, it’s also home to some of the most elite car clubs and racetracks in the country. There are some two dozen clubs to choose from in Houston alone, whether you’re a fan of American muscle (such as four Corvette clubs, one for Mopar enthusiasts and another for Mustang fans), classics (from Model Ts to Corvairs) or imports (including Ferrari, Porsche and MG).

Houstonian racing fans can easily get their fix of speed at the world-class Circuit of the Americas in Austin (a quick 2.5-hour drive away) is specially designed to host a selection of the most premiere motorsport events the racing world has to offer. In Beeville, 3 hours southwest of Houston, The Texas Mile was born in 2003. The bi-annual Motorsports Festival, which takes place in March and October, sees amateurs and professionals alike from across the globe test their fastest standing 1-mile speeds in a wide range of vehicles.

ZZ Top frontman and hot rod enthusiast Billy Gibbons with Craig Jackson during one of his visits to a Barrett-Jackson event.

You can’t really talk about car culture in Houston without a mention of “slabs” and “swangas.” Born from the city’s hip-hop culture, the low-slung, candy-colored vintage sedans with iconic elbow wheels, spare tires mounted on the rear bumper and, of course, hip-hop blaring from over-the-top stereo systems have cemented themselves as a special niche in the custom car world.

And it isn’t just hip-hop that contributes to Houston’s vibrant music scene. Country music superstar Clint Black and Queen Bey herself – the one and only Beyoncé – call Houston home, as do all members of “that little ol’ band from Texas,” ZZ Top – Billy Gibbons, the late Dusty Hill and Frank Beard. Gibbons, a huge hot rod enthusiast, has paid many a visit to Barrett-Jackson events, and cars have played a prominent role in a number of ZZ Top music videos.

The city of Houston holds a lot to its name. The fourth most populous city in the nation is home to NASA, six major league teams (including the Astros, Texans and Rockets) and the Texas Medical Center (the world’s largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions), and also has the second-most Fortune 500 headquarters of any U.S. municipality within its city limits (after New York City).

There’s a lot about Houston to celebrate, and when the inaugural Houston Auction kicks off this September (16-18) inside NRG Center, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions will bring the Barrett-Jackson experience to the Lone Star State, Texas-style.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: HOUSTON: Car central in the big state of Texas
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/houston-car-culture-2021-houston-auction/
Published Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2021 21:45:16 +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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