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Sixty years ago, the London suburb of Surbiton must have seemed like a paradise for automotive fans with a bit of mechanical skills. There were car parts, scrap metal, and tires everywhere. In the background is a dedicated father busily working on cars and bikes in a garage. It certainly seemed like paradise for John Cooper whose childhood shaped who he will eventually become; a renowned racing car engineer after the end of the Second World War.

Today, John Cooper’s name has been associated to his legendary success in Formula One. He was also credited for the sporty models from the MINI brand. In 1959, the revolutionary classic Mini was introduced, but it was John Cooper who was responsible for the release of its more powerful variant some two years later. The Mini Cooper’s high agility and spirited power immediately caught people’s attention. Even after 60 years, the names of the very traditional British car manufacturer and the legendary sports car engineer are often said together. And since then, the Mini Cooper has been synonymous with driving fun and minimal external dimensions.

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fter the War

Soon after the end of the war, Great Britain’s desire to race was reawakened. Tracks were marked and competitions being held all over the country. John Cooper did not only have the ambition to dominate the field, but he also had the talent to back it up. In 1946, John’s father founded the Cooper Car Company. At this time, John was only 23 years old. It wasn’t long before they developed and built successful Formula 2 and Formula 3 racing cars.

John’s ingenuity blossomed and it was clearly shown in the creation of a new type of Formula 1 racing car. The engine was placed not in front of the driver as was customary at the time, but was placed at the back. In 1958, Cooper celebrated their first victory with the car. In 1959 and 1960, the Cooper enabled Jack Brabham to claim the world championship title. It was then that the mid-engine principle permanently established itself in Grand Prix racing. Until the end of the 1960s, Cooper’s team was active in Formula 1. It was the time of great drivers as Jack Brabham were joined by the likes of Sir Stirling Moss, Jochen Rindt, and Bruce McLaren.

John Cooper’s innovative Formula 1 racing cars have made their mark in history and until today, John Cooper’s influence has remained.

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Innovative Design

Once again, it was a revolutionary design that influenced everything. While John Cooper was concentrating on formula racing, the British Motor Corporation – thanks to engineer Alec Issigonis – was able to develop a new small car. The car was only a little more than three meters, but the classic Mini was able to give a surprising amount of space for four passengers and their luggage. Issigonis had arranged for the small car to have the engine transversely at the front while the gearbox is directly below. He positioned the wheels far out, and also had short overhangs. The classic Mini, with its transversely positioned four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, Issigonis’ classic Mini laid the groundwork for a design for small and compact cars that is still being used as to today.

The engine output of the classic Mini is at 34 hp, but thanks to the front wheel drive, torsionally rigid body, and a wide track, the car was light and had a surprisingly agile cornering performance.

Originally, Issigonis was thinking of providing a low-priced and economical vehicle that everyone can have, but even then, John Cooper immediately saw the sporting potential of the classic Mini. The two gifted engineers have met previously in racing activities, they later connected for business, and eventually formed a strong friendship over time. At the time, though it took a bit of a

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By: Reggie
Title: MINI Cooper – Delivering Driving Fun For More Than 60 Years
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/mini-cooper-delivering-driving-fun-for-more-than-60-years/
Published Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2021 15:43:31 +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

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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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