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SOUL AND SPEED: Vehicles To Be Auctioned For Charity In Las Vegas Include Two Heavy-Hitting Performance Vehicles

Written by Steve Statham

LOT 3000 – 2023 CADILLAC ESCALADE-V FIRST RETAIL PRODUCTION VIN 001 – NO RESERVE

Barrett-Jackson Auctions are famous for the historic cars that cross the block, the records that are set, the celebrity sightings, and the festive lifestyle options that are part of every event. But from the beginning, Barrett-Jackson has also been known for raising funds for charitable causes.

Some of the most exciting moments of a Barrett-Jackson Auction occur when the cars that are to be auctioned for charity roll up to the block. There’s a sense of anticipation in the air. The pitched bidding as significant funds are raised for worthy causes can be an emotional experience. Over the course of 50 years more than $147.9 million has been raised for charitable organizations of every size. Barrett-Jackson waives all fees associated with these charitable sales, so 100 percent of the hammer price goes to the charities designated by the donors of the vehicles.

Among the cars to be auctioned for charity at the Las Vegas Auction June 30 – July 2 are two vehicles that represent the pinnacle of performance for their respective brands. Since Cadillac launched the CTS-V in 2004, the V-series has represented the high-performance wing of GM’s luxury division. For 2023 the Escalade SUV is finally getting a V-variant, and Cadillac is donating the 2023 Escalade-V First Retail Production – VIN 001 (Lot #3000) to be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas to benefit the Center for Creative Studies, Detroit chapter of Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design, a HBCU, (historically Black college or university).

The Escalade-V definitely earns its V badge. It is powered by a hand-built 6.2-liter supercharged V8 rated at 682 horsepower and 653 ft/lbs of torque, and backed by a 10-speed automatic. With front Brembo brakes, electronic limited slip differential, and Magnetic Ride Control, all other systems are optimized for civilized performance. Unique features include a curved OLED dash display with 38 inches of total diagonal display. The Cadillac Escalade-V is a total package of luxury, power, and technology, and one lucky bidder will be able to secure the very first one built.

LOT 3001 – 2022 JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED RUBICON 392 – NO RESERVE

The second performance-minded charity vehicle is a 2022 Jeep Wrangler HEMI Unlimited Rubicon 392 (Lot #3001). The Rubicon has long been Jeep’s top model for serious off-roaders, and the magic 392 number represents the displacement in cubic inches of the 6.4-liter SRT HEMI V8 underhood. The engine generates 470 horsepower and 470 ft/lbs of torque, and is teamed with an 8-speed 8HP75 automatic transmission. Jeep says the Rubicon 392 is capable of a 13.0-second quarter mile.

The Rubicon 392 is easily recognizable thanks to the hood scoop with “392” emblems on the side. The scoop incorporates a Hydro-Guide Induction system that delivers cooler air induction while efficiently draining water when traveling in wet conditions.

This Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 392 is well equipped for any adventure. It features an American Expedition Vehicles JL370 conversion, AEV boron stamped steel bumpers, and a 2.5-inch dual sport lift. It is equipped with a Sky One-Touch power top, integrated off-road camera, Warn winch, trailer tow package, Trail Rail management system, and 37-inch BFGoodrich mud tires.

The sale of this Jeep will benefit Ronald McDonald Charities of Detroit, an independent American nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.

Whether you prefer to go fast on-road or off, either of these vehicles will take you there while benefiting two worthy organizations.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: SOUL AND SPEED: Vehicles To Be Auctioned For Charity In Las Vegas Include Two Heavy-Hitting Performance Vehicles
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/soul-and-speed-vehicles-to-be-auctioned-for-charity-in-las-vegas-include-two-heavy-hitting-performance-vehicles/
Published Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2022 17:49:26 +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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