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The London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet happily announced the class “The Collector” that will be showcasing impressive cars from Rodger Dudding’s Studio 434.

From June 28 to 30, the finest examples from Dudding’s incredible collection will be displayed at the Honorable Artillery Company in the middle of City of London. The esteemed collection now number more than 400 cars.

Dudding started his collection back in the 70s with a Jensen Interceptor FF, and a Morris Minor that his father owned. It is now arguably UK’s largest privately assembled collection, if not the largest in Europe. The awe-inspiring collection that was carefully grown over time. It is a bold collection that shows the history and evolution of British and European motoring through the ages. It gives a sense of how the cars have changed and progressed since the early 1900s to the present day.

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London Concours – Dudding Collection

Typically kept in Dudding’s massive warehouses, but for this time, the London Concours will have a great chance to see these exquisite cars displayed on the perfect lawns of the Honourable Artillery Company HQ.

One of the featured displays is an example from one of the oldest marques in the automotive industry – AC. HAC guests will be treated to the view the British company’s extremely rare, high performance GT car from the 1960s, the AC 428 Coupe. Heavily influenced by the stretched Cobra chassis, compared to its rivals the Aston Martin DBS and the Jensen Interceptor, the 428 was almost a quarter of a ton lighter. Under the hood is a 7.0-liter Ford V8 engine that can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds, and a speed that can go beyond 150 mph. Only 51 units were made in the ‘fastback’ version. Given the moniker of ‘AC Frua’ this coupe is the perfect combination of British charm, Italian style, and American muscle.

A more modern AC from the 21st century will also be featured in the display, the 378 GT Zagato. It made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2012. The GT was the combination of power – courtesy of an LS Chevrolet V8 – and a stunning, classic beauty by Zagato whose design is still very much appreciated even after 10 years. It has a manual transmission without any driver aids, AC meant for the 378 to bring on a new era for the marque. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be. Dudding’s car is still the only 378 Zagato in existence. It is a rare chance to appreciate a truly unique single model car.

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London Concours – Chiron

The Collector class will also feature the car that defined Dudding’s collection: the Aston Martin Lagonda. It has a distinct wedge-like design and high-tech digital instruments. During the 1970s Britain, the Lagonda set itself apart with its spaceship-like design which is unlike any Aston Martin, or any car for that matter. The Lagonda that will be on display is one of and impressive 26 units in the Studio 434’s collection.

Included in the impressive lineup is the Lagonda Rapide Sports Saloon from the 1960s. It was Aston Martin’s earlier attempts into reviving the renowned Lagonda name. Touring of Milan designed the elegant shape of the Rapide and it was in production for only three years, from 1961 to 1964. Based on the platform of the DB4, the chassis of the Rapide was made 16 inches longer and they also added a De Dion axle to provide a more luxurious rear space for the saloon. A familiar yet bigger 4.0-liter Tadek Marek straight-six powers the Rapide, and it is the same engine that was later used to power the iconic DB5. Only 55 units of these stylish sporting saloons were made and all of them were made to order and meticulously built by hand. It is such a rare chance to be able to see an example in such an intimate setting and The London Concours will provide this opportunity.

The Dudding collection even have one of the legendary 1980s automotive cinematic icon, the DeLorean DMC-12. Its claim to fame is its main part in

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By: Reggie
Title: London Concours 2022 Will Feature UK’s Largest Private Car Collection
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/london-concours-2022-will-feature-uks-largest-private-car-collection/
Published Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2022 17:46:38 +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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