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Written by independent automotive journalist Roger C. Johnson

 

This stunning Camaro nicknamed “598” will be at Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural 2021 Houston Auction selling at No Reserve

 

Building a 200-mile-an-hour road-rocket requires the insights of a guru, the talent of an artist and the passion of a car nut. Combine these virtues with some of the best component parts in the world and you have the means to achieve the unthinkable. This 1971 Camaro nicknamed “598” selling with No Reserve at the upcoming Houston Auction takes the Resto-Mod concept to the stratosphere. Propulsion comes from an all-aluminum 598ci big-block Chevrolet engine utilizing aftermarket fuel injection with a dyno-proven, user-friendly 800 horsepower. Tack on to that the nitrous oxide system, and the math gets mind-blowing.

This vehicle offers six stages of boost by means of a TREMEC 6-speed manual transmission that will take you from launch to the stars with equal aplomb. A Detroit Speed QUADRALink rear suspension utilizes a Ford based 9-inch differential with posi-traction for the perfect dispersion of power to both rear wheels under the most dramatic conditions. Detroit Speed also provided the sophisticated front suspension package to maximize the pilot’s control over this craft at any velocity.

When reentering the earth’s atmosphere Baer 6-piston calipers with a Hydroboost power brake system burn off the frictional heat from intense forward motion with the efficiency of Godzilla blowing out a candle. A custom aluminum gas tank contains the on-board fuel supply without interruption. The nitrous tank hides in the trunk and will make its presence known at the snap of your fingers.

The spent exhaust gases of this monster motor exit through a hand-crafted system that was as thoroughly conceived and designed as every other single component on this creation.

The builders of this 1971 Camaro didn’t forget the convenience of the pilot or copilot. The control room is enhanced with a 2010 Camaro dashboard arrangement, giving the ’71 an instant kick into the future. A row of custom gauges reporting on all major functions was installed to share data with the driver at a glance in case he or she is otherwise busy. This totally custom Camaro also offers power steering, power windows and air conditioning.

Black Italian leather seats with blue accents offer an interior that is both functional, stylish and comfortable for a lucky driver and up to three passengers travelling at top speed. The Camaro’s one-of-a-kind console houses a built-in laser jammer and radar detector (as if radar could react as fast as this Camaro can). Interior LED lighting all adds to the rocketship ambience. Its Mega Blue metallic exterior paint makes this Camaro’s entrance or departure completely unforgettable.

For earth-bound applications, old “598” takes advantage of 24-inch Asanti wheels on the power end and 22-inchers up front.

This one-of-one Camaro required 4,000 hours to complete. If you’re counting, that’s like working on it 24 hours a day for 166 days in a row, with no coffee breaks. Utilizing a frame jig as ground zero, all new structural sheet metal and body panels were incorporated into this build, in effect creating a brand-new Camaro.

To accommodate a full-tilt tire and wheel package the rear quarters were hand-formed and widened 5.5 inches over the stock dimensions. Naturally, the doors were also recontoured to precisely match its aggressive new shape, which also includes stretched front fenders. They too, were widened 3 inches in the process.

Rocket-like cruising is best accomplished with a smooth fuselage, so its flush-mounted windshield, backlight and side glass are all parts of the solution. Same for the fuel filler door and the shaved door handles. A custom front air dam and tastefully designed rear spoiler add visual appeal and function to the finished product.

If you have space in your life for a rocket ride for four, remember the number “598” when bidding in Houston.

For up-to-date information on this vehicle, click HERE. For a look at all the vehicles on the Special Preview for the 2021 Houston Auction (with more being added daily), click HERE.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: ROCKET SCIENCE: This 800hp Camaro Has Been Clocked At 200 mph
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1971-chevrolet-camaro-598-custom-houston-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2021 20:02:39 +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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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
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