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The Other Side of The Fence – Six Decades of Motorsport Photography

By Bill Warner, with Forewords by Sam Posey and William Jeanes

Professional motorsport photographers live their lives and careers “on the Other Side of the Fence” meaning that they get to walk and work several major steps closer to the racing (and pit and paddock) action than does the civilian fan. 

But this superior track access doesn’t automatically translate to superlative photography or artful images.  Yet it did and does for the incomparable Bill Warner.  For years he’s been “threatening” to finally share with the world a proper compendium of his great motorsport photography, and it’s finally happened; just published and making its debut in May of 2021.

Native Floridian Warner lived and grew up not far from Sebring International Raceway and Daytona International Speedway, so big game races, racers, and cars were close at hand. 

 Penske, Donohue, and Richter at Daytona IROC

In this new book’s dedication, Warner credits his late sister Harriet for “not only encouraging my photography but [that she] went to our parents and argued the case for my racing.”  He somehow balanced a military career, photography, his own racing pursuits, and a rabid penchant for motorsport. 

Bill developed into a marvelously skilled shooter, and his love of cars and racing colored his photography through those real and metaphorical lenses.  And in his not so spare time, he founded and remains Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

Bill Warner – Image by Deremer Studios

The way the book is assembled tells you a lot about the work; the table of contents is headlined: Dedication, Forewords, Acknowledgements, Introduction, The Early Years, Racing, Portraits, and Racing – emphasis on Racing. 

The design is by the veteran magazine, book designer, painter, and graphic artist Chuck Queener, who delivered a clean, elegant layout that properly honors the work. 

The book is hardbound, and printed on heavy, silky, satin gloss stock that really punches the photos, and feels good in your hands as you thumb the pages.  There is little “body text” per se, but the captions are meaty and tell the story perfectly.  Warner has since graduated to digital cameras, but a vast majority of this book was shot on big banger Nikon 35mm pro cameras and medium format Hasselblads, on color and black-and-white films. 

Equally impressive are the liner notes and testimonials from many of the personalities featured within the book, from Mario Andretti to Roger Penske and Brian Redman.  Andretti said “A journey through road racing that shows us the people, the cars, the delicate moments, the fame, the glory, the disappointments.  Warner’s affectionate yet realistic portraits and captions are the best collection I’ve ever seen.” 

back cover

Don’t for an instant question that Warner exists in the same pantheon as other greats of racing photography, such as Bernard Cahier, Jesse Alexander, Pete Biro, Richard George, Denis Jenkinson, and Bob Tronolone.  The work is so good, that you won’t blink for even a nanosecond at the $100 price tag, instead happy knowing you got a bargain on this marvelous artwork.

The Other Side of the Fence is available at the Amelia Island Concours Foundation Store and Amazon.   Proceeds from the sale of the book go to Spina Bifida of Jacksonville. 

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By: Matt Stone
Title: Speed Reading – The Other Side of the Fence
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/the-other-side-of-the-fence/
Published Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2021 20:09:03 +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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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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Title: The Swan Song of the V12
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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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Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
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