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Due to its successful history in competition, rarity, and undeniable gorgeous design, the Ferrari 250 GTO has become the crown jewel in any car collection. Any car enthusiast will be thrilled to see one up close, and in this year’s Salon Privé Week, they will showcase two of these legendary machines at the Blenheim Palace.

In 1962, Ferrari introduced the GTO achieving the pinnacle of success in the development of the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta series which started back in 1956 and has laid down the foundation of what will become a Ferrari legend. The motorsport’s GT class was completely dominated by the 250 GT Berlinettas and they were quite successful in the very challenging Tour de France, claiming victory in the event for nine years in a row.

After the success of the 250 GT Short Wheelbase, Giotto Bizzarrini oversaw the development of the GTO in Ferrari’s Gestione Sportiva. after the infamous ‘Palace Coup’ in the latter parts of 1961, he left Maranello. The young Mauro Forghieri was then tasked to finish the gargantuan task. The chassis was still based on the Short Wheelbase, but they did have a lot of upgrades like the all-new Scaglietti bodywork, a dry-sump lubrication, five-speed gearbox, and six carburetors for the latest Giocchino Colombo-designed V12 engine.

Ferrari 250 GTO

Ferrari 250 GTO

They came out with a beautifully engineered car that dominated everything it entered be it road-rallies or hillclimbs, circuit racing or endurance events. In 1962, the International Championship for GT Manufacturers was considered to be the World Sportscar Championship, and in this the GTO dominated. It recorded a maximum score and easily swept aside its Aston Martin and Jaguar rivals. It repeated its performance in 1963, and despite the fierce fight that Carroll Shelby and his Daytona Cobra put up, the GTO still came out victorious.

The two GTOs that the Salon Privé Week will be featuring have exceptional histories. Chassis number 3767GT was owned by renowned British privateer David Piper. It was the first of two GTOs he would own, and it had a unique green finish. In August 1962, it made its debut at the Brands Hatch. A month after, Piper and his friend Dan Margulies brought it to Tour de France and won fourth place.

In November of the same year, Piper made his first trip to South Africa bringing the 3767GT where he claimed victory at the Kyalami Nine Hours. He also got third place in the Angola Grand Prix. In early 1963, the GTO was shipped to the US. He then drove it to Florida from New York and subsequently raced it at Daytona and Sebring.

Ferrari 250 GTO

Ferrari 250 GTO

It was acquired by Ed Cantrell who continued to use 3767GT from 1963 to 1964 then sold it to Tom Fleming and it was then that the GTO retired from its period competition career.

Chassis 4399GT will be joining 3767GT at Salon Privé. It was sold new to the renowned Maranello Concessionaires equipe of Colonel Ronnie Hoare in 1963. With Mike Parkes at the wheel, it claimed victory in its first two races at Goodwood and Silverstone. In August 1963 the reigning Formula One World Champion Graham Hill drove it to victory in the Tourist Trophy.

Before the 1964 season, 4399GT was one of only four existing GTOs that was able to get the revised bodywork that Ferrari developed. Three more GTOs were built new with the 1964 bodywork. Though its shaped changed, its form definitely did not. Graham Hill again drove the 4399GT to victory at Goodwood and Silverstone. Mike Parkes also claimed victory with it in the Spa 500km. At the Le Mans 24 Hours, Innes Ireland and Tony Maggs got sixth overall and second in class.

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By: Reggie Sison
Title: Salon Privé Welcomes Legendary Ferrari 250 GTOs at Blenheim Palace
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/salon-prive-welcomes-legendary-ferrari-250-gtos-at-blenheim-palace/
Published Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2021 02:06:56 +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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