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One of the most renowned classic motoring events in the world that gathers the rarest cars in the world, the Concours of Elegance, has announced the return of Junior Concours in 2021. Scheduled from September 3-5, the Junior Concours will be displaying a variety of beautiful, hand-crafted, electric and petrol-powered cars that are half or three-quarter scale and they will be displayed along with the full-size vehicles that inspired them.

On September 5, Sunday, parents and their children will be acting as Works Drivers and Mechanics for the Junior Concours. There will be around 20 cars displayed along with a priceless collection of one-off Alfa Romeos, vintage race winning Bugattis, coachbuilt Ferraris, and more.

Maddie's Ferrari 250 GTO replica alongside the original 1962 GTO (chassis 3386)

Maddie's Ferrari 250 GTO replica alongside the original 1962 GTO (chassis 3386)
Maddie’s Ferrari 250 GTO replica alongside the original 1962 GTO (chassis 3386)

Like their full-size inspiration, the Junior Concours cars are mostly hand-built with intricate details copied from iconic cars like the Jaguar E-Type, Porsche 911, Ferrari F40, and the Alfa Romeo PS Monza. The complexity of the miniature cars is also as varied, some requires pedal power, some have electric motors, while others have two-stroke petrol engines with centrifugal clutches.

The Ferrari F40 miniature which was built by Agostini in the early 90s and shown in Ferrari showrooms was even given a full restoration. It is believed that only 5 were made, of which the example is one, it has its own small petrol engine. The 1984 Porsche 911 is believed to be one of only 200 built, it was also restored in 2019 with all original parts.

Little Big Mans exhibition event at Le Mans Classic

Little Big Mans exhibition event at Le Mans Classic
Little Big Mans exhibition event at Le Mans Classic

Throughout the day, the cars will be driven by their Works Drivers with the support of their Mechanics and they will drive up the Concours Live Stage. Competitors will vie for “Best Pedal Car”, “Best Petrol Car”, “Best Electric Car”, “Best Dressed”, and “Most Original Car” before they join a tea party on the Hampton Court Palace grounds.

Concours of Elegance Director Andrew Evans stated, “The Junior Concours was such a success last year, that we’ve decided to bring it back for 2021. This feature really shines a light on the fascinating world of bespoke built children’s cars, popularized by the Austin J40 of which almost 32,000 were built from 1950. This year, as we did last year, we have gathered together a wonderful collection of handbuilt cars of all ages, complete with working headlamps, innovative powertrains and a near-perfect likeness to the full-size models they seek to imitate. With the support of their drivers and mechanics, the Junior Concours will be as much of a spectacle as any of our other priceless displays.”

Porsche 936 Replica

Porsche 936 Replica
Porsche 936 Replica is an official Porsche product built to commemorate the 1981 24 Hours of Le Mans victory by Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell. Image by Tim Scott.

The Junior Concours showcase is part of the almost 1,000 cars that will be on display at the Concours of Elegance. It will also feature a collection of 95 British cars that have been put together to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday. There will also be a 30UNDER30 Concours display with the intention of inspiring a new generation of classic car enthusiasts.

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By: Reggie Sison
Title: Junior Concours Returns to Concours of Elegance 2021
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/junior-concours-returns-to-concours-of-elegance-2021/
Published Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2021 07:03:02 +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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