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McLaren garage was filled with former F1 cars

McLaren garage was filled with former F1 cars
The McLaren garage was filled with former F1 cars and a crew of technicians and laptops to support them. © Rex McAfee

Saturday November 13th, I sat down with McLaren Racing’s Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown. The conversation took place in McLaren’s vintage Condor motor home, painted in…you guessed it, McLaren Orange. As CEO of McLaren Racing, Zak has the overall responsibility for setting the direction of McLaren racing, overall business performance, as well as making sure the team delivers results on race weekends. Did I miss anything?

Orange 1971 McLaren Condor

Orange 1971 McLaren Condor
The 1971 Condor was a motor-home that McLaren used for trackside meetings, and obviously painted in McLaren orange. © Rex McAfee

For the 2021 Velocity Invitational held at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, Zak and McLaren Racing brought four “now-retired” Formula 1 cars along with two-time World Champion Mika Häkkinen to give demonstration laps. Along with Mika, Zak drove the cars as did American vintage racer Charles Nearburg who was rumored to be buying the MP4/26 for his stable. If you have ever seen Charles pilot his Williams F1 car during a Masters Historic F1 event, you know he is one quick driver.

Charles Nearburg in a 2011 McLaren MP4/26A

Charles Nearburg in a 2011 McLaren MP4/26A
McLaren Racing gets ready to release vintrage racer Charles Nearburg in a 2011 McLaren MP4/26A that both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button originally drove. Photo © Rex McAfee

Back to the “Condor Summit”, Zak came into the motor home straight from the grid where he had just been driving his 1980 Williams FW07B F1 car. Believe me…Zak is fast and took his Williams around Laguna Seca at full tilt.  With the top of his driving suit tied around his waist, he sat down after introductions. After asking each of my questions, he gave them a moment of thought and responded with concise answers; professionalism at its best. As you listen to the interview, you’ll learn more about where McLaren Racing will be in the future American vintage scene, specifically at the Velocity Invitational in years to come.

Zak Brown in his 1980 Williams FW07B Formula One

Zak Brown in his 1980 Williams FW07B Formula One
Zak Brown in his 1980 Williams FW07B Formula One car. ©2021 Dennis Gray

Aside from Zak and the F1 demonstration laps, McLaren also added some flavor to the weekend by furnishing rides in a number of sleek road cars. They even had a two-seat Formula One car for those who could fit. Not me.

Interview with McLaren CEO Zak Brown

I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did. And with distant sounds of F1 cars warming up…it just doesn’t get much better!

A final thanks to Ryan Turri, Velocity

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By: Dennis Gray
Title: Interview with McLaren CEO Zak Brown
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/interview-with-mclaren-ceo-zak-brown/
Published Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2021 21:24:13 +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
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