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Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) is starting Women’s History Month with a bang as they prepare to induct Denise McCluggage into the MSHFA next week. As part of the celebration, the classic Jaguar sports car she drove the first time she raced will also be part of the celebration.

Just last week, the 1956 Jaguar XK140 that was credited to have inspired McCluggage’s racing career arrived in Daytona Beach. During the two days of the induction, and during the whole Women’s History Month this March, it will be on display at the MSHFA, inside the grounds of Daytona International Speedway.

Tickets for the 34th Induction Gala Presented by Toyota Racing at Shores Resort and Spa have already sold out. The March 8 event will see McCluggage added as the Class of 2022 At Large inductee.

As for the XK140, once believed to have been lost, the Jaguar will now have a special role in honoring a truly extraordinary woman. She broke gender barriers with her grit and legendary charm. Motorsports friends and dear rivals have affectionately called McCluggage “Lady Leadfoot”.

She lived in a time when it wasn’t often that women are even allowed into the racing pits or even to get close to any of the action in the sports that were then dominated by men. McCluggage broke gender barriers by being part of the sports that she covered. She was an innovative, award-winning journalist who became known for her unwavering tenacity and grit, fearless ambition, and natural athletic ability. McCluggage passed away in 2015.

She was the cofounder of Autoweek and the first journalist to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. She will also be the first woman to be awarded the Ken W. Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism.

President of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America George Levy stated, “Denise’s role in publishing and sustaining Autoweek, nee Competition Press, during its infancy not only kept the publication going, but played a vital role in the growth of sports car racing in America.”

As for the Jaguar, Levy shared, “This is the car that inspired all of that for Denise. This is the car that made her want to race, and we couldn’t think of a better or more appropriate piece of motorsports history to have on display at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America for Women’s History Month and beyond.”

Racing enthusiasts and automotive historians believed that the 1956 Jaguar XK140 was permanently lost, until it was miraculously discovered after almost thirty years – sitting unaltered in a garage. President and Founder of the Motorcar Society Barnaby Brokaw considers the Jaguar as one of the most significant barn finds of the decade.

Brokaw shared, “This is the car that American sportsman Briggs Cunningham (MSHFA Class of 1997) gave to Denise because he saw something special in her. She was fiercely competitive and highly respected by her peers on and off the racetrack Denise truly deserves the honor of being recognized by the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, and it’s a special opportunity to bring her first race car here.”

In August of 1956, at 29 years old, McCluggage made her racing debut driving the Jaguar at an SCCA regional in Montgomery, New York. She was victorious in the Ladies Race and was able to place well against more experienced drivers. Driving the Porsche RS in 1959, she also made history at the feature sports car event at Thompson Raceway in Connecticut as the first woman to win the event. In 1961, she claimed victory at the GT class at Sebring in Florida behind the wheel of a
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She was also the first female driver to be given the honor of being in the Sebring International Raceway Hall of Fame.

1992 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year and renowned sports car driver Lyn St. James will be presenting McCluggage for induction. St. James said, “Denise was a pioneer and legend for her many talents – behind the wheel of a race car, brilliant writing and photography, and storytelling. To be able to see this fabulous Jaguar that was one of her first racing cars come back to life is wonderful. Denise was someone who never let a challenge go unmet. Guts and brilliance were her mantra. It is a great honor for me to be able to help induct Denise McCluggage into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.”

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By: Reggie
Title: Motorsports Hall Of Fame Of America Inducts Denise McCluggage
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/motorsports-hall-of-fame-of-america-inducts-denise-mccluggage/
Published Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2022 17:08:33 +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

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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.

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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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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Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
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