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Porsche race cars were well represented in multiple groups over the 4-days of the Velocity Invitational held at Laguna Seca, Monterey CA. With close to 40 cars spread over 5 of the 9 groups there was plenty of action for the fans of the German cars. Porsche had also taken over most of the Newman building’s first floor for the display of Jeff Zwart’s cars and the Porsche driving simulators.

Nicely displayed outside the building were two 917K Porsches in their original Gulf colors as raced in 1970 and 71, three 917/10s from the CanAm and Interseries era and lastly, the 917/30 “sister car” to the car that Mark Donohue drove to dominate the 1973 Can Am series.

The Porsche 917 Demonstration laps were a great opportunity for the fans to experience these cars in motion and not just static displays.

1969 Porsche 908/2

1969 Porsche 908/2
Gunnar Jeannette – 1969 Porsche 908/2 “Flounder” braking for Turn 11 – Copyright 2021 Bill Wagenblatt

In Group 3 Cameron Healy and William Lyon upheld Porsche’s honor in the 1953 Cooper/Porsche Pooper and Porsche RS 60. Group 4B had 25 cars entered and 12 of them were Porsches. Ranging from a pair of Carrera-powered Abarth Coupes, to a variety of 356s and an early 911. Group 5 was the prototype and sports racing class. Fans of the late 1960s and early 1970s World Championship racers were able to enjoy a 910, a pair of 908 spyders and a 908/3.

1995 Porsche Kremer K8

1995 Porsche Kremer K8
David Donohue – 1995 Porsche Kremer K8 accelerating out of Turn 3 – Copyright 2021 Bill Wagenblatt

The 1966-77 IMSA GT and FIA Group 4 cars in Group 7 had 16 Porsche running. This class highlighted the early 911s racing history including the 911ST and T/R and seven 911 RSRs. There was even a 914/6 GT tossed in for flavor.Lastly, the 1982-1990 IMSA GTP and FIA Group C class included a pair of 962s and the mid-90s Kremer K8 Spyder.

1960 Porsche RS 60 Spyder

1960 Porsche RS 60 Spyder
William Lyon – 1960 Porsche RS 60 Spyder in Turn 2 – Copyright 2021 Bill Wagenblatt

1 Porsche at Velocity Invitational 2021

2 Porsche at Velocity Invitational 2021

3 Porsche at Velocity Invitational 2021

4 Porsche at Velocity Invitational 2021

5 Porsche at Velocity Invitational 2021

6 Porsche at Velocity Invitational 2021

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By: William Wagenblatt
Title: Porsche Highlights at Velocity Invitational 2021
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/porsche-highlights-at-velocity-invitational-2021/
Published Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2021 22:51:55 +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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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!

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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!
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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