Concours of Elegance has earned the well-deserved reputation of bringing together the rarest cars in the world, and this year is no exception. They have confirmed that seven of the finest Packard Twelves will come together at Hampton Court Palace for this year’s event. On September 2-4, the event that is considered to be one of the top three concours d’elegance events in the world because of the quality of cars that it attracts. This year, they will once again gather the best and most exquisite and the rarest historic vehicles in the world.
Packard was an American luxury automobile manufacturer that earned the reputation of producing refined, opulent, reliable, and mechanically sound automobiles. The company produced their first Packard automobile in 1899, and they continued to make the best luxury cars until 1956 when the last of the units left the Detroit-made Packard machine.
Even before World War II, Packard has already built a reputation of being one of the finest car makers, and they were the favorite among European Royalty, celebrities, and Corporate America, adding to their fame.
The JBS Collection is a prominent American collection that houses a selection of Packards known as the ‘Magnificent Seven’. These automobiles went through an exacting 100-point concours restoration done by LaVine Restorations, renowned American specialists. What makes this event doubly special is that the collection has never been showcased outside of the US and Concours of Elegance will give their guests a once in a lifetime chance of seeing this awe-inspiring collection up close in the UK.
Only five of the Gun Metal Gray 1933 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster were ever produced, and currently there are only units two left in the world. This year and model was the first run of the Packard Twelve which was the successor of the Packard Twin Six. It is equipped with a 7.3-liter 160bhp V12 engine, and it is the only year that had a unique foldout window design. The Packard has had its share of awards having been recently awarded at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
1934 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster
Joining it is the gorgeous Packard Blue 1934 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster. Equipped with a 12-cylinder Eleventh Series, the example is one of the most coveted Packard Coupe Roadsters. 1934 was the year of production for the Eleventh Series cars and it is arguably one of the most prestigious year for the iconic design of the Packard. The example is equipped with a 160 bhp, 7.3-liter V12 engine matched with a Three-Speed Selective Synchromesh Manual Transmission.
There is also the 1934 Packard Twelve Formal Sedan. Another Eleventh Series car finished in brown, one of the main features of this particular Packard is that it was given beautifully elegant ‘suicide’ doors. It was given the same smooth and powerful V12 engine and running gear as the Coupes though it is able to seat more passengers.
Up next is the 1934 Packard Twelve Victoria. It has a LeBaron body and the first Packard model to be offered a radio option which the Victoria has. This Packard is the only car known that has a Dietrich custom interior in a Victoria. Packard produced this model for only three years, with the 1934 model as the most coveted. Currently, there are less than ten Packard 1107 Convertible Victorias in existence.
The very special 1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan will also be on display. Advertising American heiress Louise Arner Boyd commissioned the example and the Dietrich individual custom car accompanied Ms. Boyd everywhere. The chauffeur driven Packard was also used during Ms. Boyd’s famous exploratory tour around rural Poland in the mid-1930s. The famed example was also able to win awards at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s and The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Title: Packard Twelves At Concours Of Elegance
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Published Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 15:51:20 +0000
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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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.
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
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. 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. 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
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.
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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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.
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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