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For 2022, the Concours of Elegance will have a brand-new feature that will celebrate the pioneering women of the automotive world, the Levitt Concours. On September 3, Saturday, female enthusiasts and their vehicles will take center stage in the new one-day driving tour and bespoke showcase feature that will be held at Hampton Court Palace. There will be a variety of around 30 rare and exotic women-owned vehicles that will showcase different models from Austin Healey 3000s to Ferrari Daytonas. Starting at the Odney Club, the event will finish at the Concours of Elegance.

To honor the first English female racing driver Dorothy Levitt, the new concours, the Levitt Concours is named after her. She is well known for setting the ladies’ world land speed record and the first water speed record. Nicknamed the ‘Fastest Girl on Earth’, Dorothy Levitt was not just a pioneer in the world of automotive, she was also a motoring enthusiast as well as an accomplished pilot.

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Levitt’s racing career started in 1903. Behind the wheel of a 12hp Gladiator, she won her class at the Southport Speed Trials. In 1905, in a De Dion-Bouton she made a round trip drive from London to Liverpool, making the trip in just two days and broke the record for the ‘longest drive by a lady driver’. What made it more impressive was that at the time, tarmac roads were practically nonexistent. Road maps, road signs, and petrol stations were not even invented yet. What she had with her are two very reliable companions, her Pomeranian dog, ‘Dodo’ and an automatic Colt revolver which was also known as ‘the secret of the Dainty Motoriste’. Levitt opened the doors to women drivers all over the world and showed them the freedoms it offered.

Today, the world of thoroughbred racing cars and high-end collector vehicles are still seen as a hobby that is dominated by men, although in reality, some of the most insatiable speed demons and some of the most knowledgeable car collectors in the world are, and always have been, women.

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The Levitt Concours will place the limelight on these women and at the same time, honor one of the most pioneering drivers of all time.

The upcoming Levitt Concours is just one event in the largest and most ambitious Concours of Elegance event yet. Celebrating their 10th year anniversary, guests can look forward to a total of 70 rare and exotic cars from all over the world that will be spread on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. A lot of these cars have never been seen in the UK before, and they will be part of the Main Concours event.

There will also be some pretty special displays outside of the Main Concours, where they will showcase winners from previous editions of the Concours of Elegance. Another new feature is ‘The Collector’ display which will showcase an individual’s passionate collection of seven rare Packard Twelves.

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During the weekend of September 2-4, there will be around 1,000 cars that will be on display at the Hampton Court Palace.

Aside from the automotive displays, the Concours of Elegance is a weekend of pure luxury. Charles Heidsieck will be providing the champagne, while Fortnum & Mason is providing the picnics. Chubb Insurance will be providing entertainment through live stage interviews. Gooding & Co

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By: Reggie
Title: New Levitt Concours At Concours Of Elegance Celebrates Pioneering Women
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/new-levitt-concours-at-concours-of-elegance-celebrates-pioneering-women/
Published Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2022 16:08:31 +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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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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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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