“Staying current” in the automobile industry is no easy task, especially when your first responsibility is to preserve the past. Nevertheless, the Petersen Museum continues to do “just that” as shown by hosting the recent discussion “Future of Motorsports”. Held during the Velocity Invitational at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, the sold-out evening was a true success for a variety of reasons. Yes, there was a cocktail hour on the patio overlooking the Minis and Mustangs racing below; definitely entertaining. Hors d’oeuvres and dinner were also scrumptious. But more importantly, we were privileged to listen to industry leaders discuss what’s around the corner in the world we live and breathe; motorsports.
The “Future of Motorsports” panel discussion included (left to right) Paul Fanner, CEO of Racer magazine, Jim Farley, CEO of Ford; Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing; Jacob Hawksworth, Founder and CEO of Hypercraft, Jay Frye, President of INDYCAR and Richard Varner, CFO of MotoAmerica. Photo © Ted7 / Kahn Media
And who better to moderate the evening’s dialogue than founder and CEO of Racer Magazine, Paul Fanner. Having both witnessed and succeeded in decades of racing’s everchanging landscape, Paul was perfectly equipped to ask the “right” questions and his wisdom was evident when he started the conversation with the statement “We exist because of the customer. Motorsports succeeds when we amplify their emotions.” Included on the panel was Jim Farley, CEO of Ford; Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing; Jacob Hawksworth, Founder and CEO of HyperCraft; Jay Frye, President of INDYCAR and Richard Varner, CFO of Moto-America. In other words, two-wheels or four, gasoline or electric, no stone was going to be left unturned.
Before dinner and the panel discussion begain inside, attendees enjoyed cocktails while watching the Mini vs. Mustang nighttime race. Photo © Ted7 / Kahn Media
On the subject of two-wheels, it was interesting to hear MotoAmerica’s Richard Varner discuss his plight of re-building motorcycle road racing in the states which until recently, was on life support. What’s different today than decades ago during AMA’s reign? “Frankly, we’ve had to reorient what we do. We’re not just a racing series, we’re also evolving into a media company.” Change wasn’t just on the mind of Richard Varner. Ford’s CEO Jim Farley brought up the need to build cars that are designed to accept software upgrades during the life expectancy of the vehicle. Failure to “think forward” he claimed would leave any auto manufacture to repeat the rise and fall much like the original Blackberry phone. He also touted “No more generic cars…we are going to double-down on the customer experience.”
Zac Brown, President of McLaren Racing, explains his introduction to motorsports began as a spectator at the 1981 Long Beach Grand Prix. Photo © Ted7 / Kahn Media
By: Rex McAfee
Title: Petersen Museum’s “Future or Motorsports” Panel Discussion
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/petersen-museums-future-or-motorsports-panel-discussion/
Published Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2021 00:05:23 +0000
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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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
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.
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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