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2022 will be the 10th year anniversary of Concours of Elegance, so planning for the special event is well underway! The Concours of Elegance 2021 brought the rarest cars in the world with a host of luxury partners. For 2022, aside from the events that will be held to commemorate the event’s 10th anniversary, there will also be a three-day celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th year as monarch.

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The event started in 2012 with a collector car showcase that changed the automotive landscape in the UK. There has never been a concours d’elegance with the same quality of venue and automotive display that is at par with the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este or the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Since its debut, the Concours of Elegance has been associated with Royal Palaces and the Jewels in the automotive industry. In 2012, it was hosted at Windsor Castle, then at St. James’s Place, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and at Hampton Court Palace.

Bentley MK VI Freestone and Webb

Bentley MK VI Freestone and Webb
Bentley MK VI Freestone and Webb

In 2022, the Concours of Elegance will be returning to Hampton Court Palace’s Fountain Gardens where the event has been held since 2017. There will be a reunion of the finest cars that have been previously part of the event. All the winners from 2012 to 2021 will be invited to return. To honor the event Patron, it will be called The Prince Michael of Kent Class.

Other great cars that were part of the 2012 debut event at Windsor Castle will also be in attendance. These cars that were part of the first ever event were all especially picked to be part of the upcoming celebration as well. The Steering Committee of motoring expert are the ones who invite cars and owners to the Concours of Elegance. Since the beginning, they have agreed that cars that have been displayed at Concours of Elegance will not be displayed again for another 10 years. In 2022, early supporters can now return to the event.

Jaguar E-type Series I

Jaguar E-type Series I
Jaguar E-type Series I

As a tribute to their royal roots and their different royal venues, with the support of HRH Prince Michael of Kent, the upcoming Concours of Elegance 2022 will have a number of Royal cars on official display. Royal vehicles from all over the world, both from the past and present, will also be invited to attend, like the famous Rolls-Royces of the Maharajahs.

In the 70th anniversary as monarch of Her Majesty The Queen, they will be curating a unique display to showcase one automotive example to show the automotive innovation from each year of her reign.

Ferrari F50

Ferrari F50
Ferrari F50

There will also a new Grand Prix class that will celebrate race-winning single-seaters from the best of motorsport. This new class will include early Formula One Championship

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By: Reggie
Title: Preparations for Concours of Elegance 10th Anniversary Underway
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/preparations-for-concours-of-elegance-10th-anniversary-underway/
Published Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2021 08:36:44 +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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