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Every now and then, you’ll come across a company that’ll pique your curiosity and then make you fall in love with its cause. LaSource is one such company. Founded by a man whose love for cars knows no bounds, LaSource takes motorcar brokerage to a whole new level.

Often times with brokerage, potential buyers and sellers are separated by several degrees of connections. It’s almost never a simple buyer-seller negotiation. LaSource aims to provide this process with what its sorely lacking: a personal connection. LaSource offers an exclusive membership programme that allows car enthusiasts to connect and perform seamless transactions. It also takes on bespoke commissions and restoration projects, as well as provide expert advice on buying and selling rare motor cars.

To find out more about this intriguing company, we caught up with its founder James Banks, who has spent many years in charge of McLaren’s heritage and bespoke car programme. He talks to us about his love for cars, what LaSource is all about, and where he thinks the motor car industry is heading.

Brabham BT621. Image: LaSource

You had a successful career at British supercar manufacturer McLaren, but you decided leave the company and establish LaSource. What was your motivation?

When I was at McLaren I actually spent many years on the engineering side and moved on to manage their customer commissions within their bespoke department much later, which led me into a lot more customer-facing work. Several of the projects we developed for these clients were genuine one-off, two-off or three-off cars, and I ended up building a lot of very solid relationships with people over the years through those commissions.

Fast-forward to 2019 and I set up LaSource. I wanted to create a network between the most passionate car collectors in the world, allowing them to buy and sell directly between owner and buyer – no intermediaries. We wanted to make the whole process completely trustworthy and transparent.

The reason for that is that with the rise of Instagram, people who are passionate about motorcars can share their passion with other people online. Suddenly it’s possible for a stranger to access a billionaire car collector and build a level of rapport. “Bedroom brokers” is a term you might have heard in the past.

People will approach you saying, “I’ve got an X, Y, or Z for sale.” — almost always something extremely sought after. As the deal starts to progress, the initial claim starts to morph and before you know it, it transpires that the broker, actually knows a broker, who knows another broker who claims to be acting for the seller and you are not corresponding with the seller’s agent at all. I’ve seen extreme cases when the car evaporates along with a significant down payment made to the broker!

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Brabham BT622. Image: LaSource

So, what exactly does LaSource offer?

There are really three things at the core of the LaSource offering. The first is the sale of iconic performance cars between private buyers and sellers at the very top end of the market, which includes the sale of build slots. In this latter case, if for whatever reason a buyer may not wish to own the car that they have a build slot for we will help them to discreetly move it on to an interested customer.

Secondly, we are the official sales agent and consultant for several manufacturers, including Brabham Automotive, CALLUM, and Gordon Murray Automotive, and classic car business Thornley Kelham. And finally, we’re your trusted partner through a bespoke build creation. Using my background as an engineer and my experience with few-off builds at McLaren, LaSource can

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By: Terence Ruis
Title: LaSource: This Company Wants To Help You Build The Car Of Your Dreams
Sourced From: www.luxuo.com/motoring/automobile/lasource-dream-car-interview.html
Published Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2021 23:00:14 +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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