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After 14 hours in the car, we arrived at Road Atlanta. The red Clay of Georgia was once again caressing my boots. This storied track is often known for the ALMS, the IMSA, and other professional series, but The Mitty is special.

Blue race car making tight turn on track at The Mitty 2022

Organized and sanctioned by Historic Sportscar Racing, one the nation’s premier historic racing organizations, The Mitty is an annual event that still brings excitement, speed, and some of the world’s best historic race cars together.

The event began back in 1978, started by a handful of local racing enthusiasts looking for a safe venue to run their cars at race speeds. It took hold quickly, and the editor of the Jaguar Marque soon declared the festivities to be named The Great Walter Mitty Challenge, after the famous James Thurber short story. The Mitty was born.

How The Mitty Was Structured for 2022

Sports 2000 is The Mitty‘s featured marquee for the 44th running, with 55 cars in two run groups (S2A & S2B). Lola, Tiga, Swift (to name just a few) make up the grid.

Graced with clear skies and temps in the high 60s, I walked the paddock to see what was around. First stop was Sasco, to visit with David and Robyn Pass Handy. Not only do they supply tires for all the competitors, they also run Vintage Racers for Rescues—a rescue operation that has placed more than 1100 cats and dogs in new homes. These are wonderful people doing wonderful work.

Vintage race cars on track during The Mitty 2022

Vintage race cars on track during The Mitty 2022

The 44th HSR Mitty on-track schedule was packed with 10 feature races and non-stop sprint races. A tiny Vespa was parked next to a hauler, Porsches abounded, there was a sprinkling of Lolas, and the event also included the Bean Brothers with their awesome Chevrolet GTP Intrepid.

Race car run groups featured nearly every type of sports car from the past 70 years, plus stock cars and open-wheel Formula and Indy cars. I headed up to the Michelin tower to chat with the folks who handled timing and scores, then gathered the cameras and decided where to start: T1, before walking it out to T5.

Vintage race car going around turn during The Mitty 2022

Vintage race car going around turn during The Mitty 2022

Cars & Drivers at The Mitty in 2022

“A challenging track”, said Mitch Eitel, who turned a 1:33.711 practice lap in his 1975 Chevron B31. Other drivers called it “formidable”, while a few more proudly described it as “a piece of cake”. No records were broken, but everyone still seemed to have fun. A few black flags flew during practice, but by end of day we all had some celebrating to do.

Blue vintage race car racing down track during The Mitty 2022

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By: Michael DiPleco
Title: HSR Presents: The Mitty 2022
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/the-mitty-2022/
Published Date: Tue, 24 May 2022 22:20:32 +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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Title: The Swan Song of the V12
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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!
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