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After a good day of practice and showing off the sights and sounds of some classic race cars during Day 1 of the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca, Day 2 is when the more serious drivers come to play. While still termed as a practice day, there were some drivers out there giving it some stick to prepare for qualifying for those that signed up not just to drive around the track, but to actually take part in some historic racing!

Much like the first day, there were some legendary, rare, and exceptional classic race cars climbing over the twisting course before plummeting the nearly 90 feet down the corkscrew corner before entering Rainey Curve. And like with the first day, we’re going to highlight some of the rarest, special, and/or just great cars that took to the track on August 13th! If you missed the live steam, you can watch it in its entirety here: Monterey Motorsports Reunion Day 2.

1966 Bizzarrini 5300GT Strada Corsa

1966 Bizzarrini 5300GT Strada
1966 Bizzarrini 5300GT Strada Corsa

Here’s a car that you’ve probably never heard of. Bizzarrini, as a company, was around for only five short years, as a passion project of former Ferrari and Alfa Romeo engineer Giotto Bizzarrini. He was able to design and build three models in the short time the company had before it folded, but what cars they were. There was the 1900 GT Europa, a classic berlinetta grand tourer reminiscent of the Ferrari 250 GT in style, not so much in power. There was the P538S, a race car that put a Corvette 327 small-block V8 dialed up to 450 HP into a lightweight tubular steel chassis with a fiberglass shell and went like it had been poked in the rear with a very sharp stick.

And then there was the 5300GT Strada and its much rarer 5300GT Strada Corsa racing variant. It was also the first car to be made by the Bizzarrini SpA motor company, and much like the P538S, it used a Chevrolet Corvette 327 small block as its powerplant. In a bit of a twist away from the mid-engine layout that was becoming the standard for supercars and racing GT’s of the time, the engine was mounted front-midships. This was possible because of the small-block 327, with the last two cylinders of the eight just starting to hang over the front axle. What this did, however, was place the bulk of the weight directly over the pivot center of the car.

Possibly without meaning to, Giotto Bizzarrini put a lump of American iron in the single best place to have it in a front-engined car, dialed the power up to over 400 HP in the Corsa, and let it loose on the track. Despite having more than a few reliability problems, what it did successfully do was win the hearts of those that drove it. It cornered beautifully, it emitted a deep, primal growl from its American powerplant, and it sliced through the air because it was only 44.1 inches from the bottom of the tires to the top of the cockpit. It didn’t win any Le Mans races, it never actually survived any endurance race any privateers entered with the car, but it still shows that can happen when Italians design and American power combine to produce a car that literally defines the words “passion project.”

1960 Lola Mk I

1960 Lola Mk I
1960 Lola Mk I

It’s extremely rare for the first version of a racing car to make an appearance at a track, let alone at a Concours d’Elegance. Yet, in the 2021 Monterey Motorsports Reunion, not one but two 1960 Lola Mk I’s were entered. So what makes this car so special that it deserves to be highlighted?

For those that grew up in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, Lola was a name that was attached to pretty much every aspect of open-wheel racing. In fact, Mario Andretti won the 1983 Indianapolis 500 driving a Lola owned by

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By: Simon Simon
Title: Monterey Motorsports Reunion Day 2 Highlights
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/monterey-motorsports-reunion-day-2-highlights/
Published Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2021 14:01:55 +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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Title: The Swan Song of the V12
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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!
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Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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