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Montblanc has launched the Great Characters Enzo Ferrari Edition, which pays tribute to the life and legacy of Enzo Ferrari.

Enzo was a racing driver who would become an entrepreneur and founder of the Scuderia Ferrari, which eventually evolved into the Ferrari automobile company that we all know today.

Montblanc and Ferrari both share the same ethos which is the passion for craftsmanship and innovation. With that passion, Montblanc created three different writing instrument editions that tell the story of Enzo’s life and work. 

Ferrari racing cars are more decorated than any other marque, having participated in every Formula One World Championship since its inception. To date, its Scuderia Ferrari team is also the most successful team in the Formula One racing competition. 

Great Characters Enzo Ferrari Special Edition 

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The design details of the special edition writing instruments evoke the achievements and character of Enzo Ferrari. The colour of the precious resin of the cap and barrel is inspired by the Ferrari’s signature red called the “Rosso 70 Anni”. The cone is engraved with two dates, one of which is the birth of Enzo Ferrari, and the other, his first victory on a race track. 

The Montblanc emblem at the top of the pen in yellow resin represents the colour of the city of Modena. Finally, the ring on the cap features an engraving saying “OFFICINA MECCANICA ALFREDO FERRARI”, a reference to Enzo Ferrari’s father’s workshop and birthplace. 

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Great Characters Enzo Ferrari Limited Edition 1898

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1898 not only marks the year of Enzo Ferrari’s birth but also represents the number of pieces the Great Characters Enzo Ferrari Limited Edition 1898 pen has in stock. The pen features a cap and barrel made from metal that is inspired by the surface of the original Ferrari 125 S engine. The cone also has dates engraved on it. And it references the production of Enzo Ferrari’s first car at his Maranello factory, as well as the date of the first-ever victory for a Ferrari-branded car. 

As a testament to the importance of Maranello, the ring on the cap top is embossed with the address of the factory. The nib is made of 18-carat solid gold and is also rhodium-coated. The pen is embellished with a Ferrari 250 GTO wheel, one of the most famous Ferrari cars, as well as the word “Commentadore” — a nickname for Enzo Ferrari.

Great Characters Enzo Ferrari Limited Edition 98

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In paying homage to Cavallino Rampante, this edition is limited to 98 pieces. The Prancing Horse was bestowed as a personal emblem to Enzo Ferrari 98 years ago. The cap and barrel for this instrument are airbrush-lacquered by hand in the official racing colour of “Rosso Corsa” — a shade of red that international motor racing teams from Italy common used.

The cap is decorated with the number 29 to represent the year Scuderia Ferrari was founded, as well as an engraving with the words, “I am one who dreamt to be Enzo Ferrari” in Italian. 

The shape of early Ferrari racing cars is reflected in the dynamic design of the clip. It is also decorated with Enzo Ferrari’s motto “You cannot describe passion, you can only live it”. The base of the clip is lacquered in the same “Rosso Corsa” red shade. Around the base are six lines to each side that represent a Ferrari V12 engine.

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With this new edition, Montblanc celebrates the unrelenting passion that drove Enzo Ferrari to create one of the greatest brands in the world associated with prestige and victory. 

The Montblanc Great Characters Enzo Ferrari Edition is available from November at Montblanc boutiques worldwide and online. For more information, visit Montblanc’s website here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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