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This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro custom convertible is selling with No Reserve at the 2022 Las Vegas Auction.

Inspiration for the name “Camaro” was said to be derived from Heath’s French and English Dictionary as a term that translates to “friend” or “comrade.”

Of course, Chevrolet president, Pete Estes, said at the time that its name was “lithe and graceful…in keeping with our other car names beginning with ‘C.’ It suggests comradeship of good friends, as a personal car should be to its owner.”

Shortly after, reporters asked other GM Executives about the name and were told it was literally made up to mean “a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs.”

This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro convertible has been given the full Pro-Touring treatment from the front to rear and embraces all those definitions.

Under the hood lives a supercharged 6.2-liter GM LT4 V8 crate engine which has been further customized with ported and polished heads. The powerful engine is backed by a GM 8-speed automatic transmission equipped with an upgraded torque converter.

The engine features a Concept One billet front-drive system with blower reduction pulley, Speartech LSA custom harness, Holley oil pan conversion, and C&R Racing aluminum heat exchanger.

An AFCO aluminum radiator with custom-built aluminum shroud and fans works to keep the engine cool.

Fuel is sent from a Ricks Tanks custom stainless fuel tank and pump to the engine thanks to a VaporWorx fuel system. Exhaust is then released from the engine by way of a custom-built 3-inch stainless exhaust system with a rear valance exit and MagnaFlow mufflers.

From the transmission, power is sent down the driveshaft to a Moser Engineering chromoly 9-inch rear end housing featuring an aluminum center section with 3.70:1 ratio posi-traction differential.

This custom convertible receives its stance from utilizing a TCI front subframe with single adjustment coilover shocks, and TCI 4-link rear suspension with single-adjustable coilover shocks. A sway bar helps keep it planted to the ground with minimal body roll.

Wilwood 6-piston calipers coupled with 15-inch drilled and slotted rotors with a Wilwood billet master cylinder provide the stopping power.

The body of this convertible Camaro and its chassis are finished in glossy Silver Spruce with a matte Silver Spruce firewall and underside which has been painted by Sweet Rides in Magnolia, TX.

With all of this riding on Schott S7 billet 19-inch wheels, this custom is ready for the road.

Unique features on the body of this Pro-Touring Camaro include billet SS hood louvers, a RainGear hidden wiper system, billet driving lights, LED reverse lights in the rear bumper and a Retro-Electro electronic headlight door system.

Inside, this Camaro features custom leather which is complemented by the billet door handles and billet steering wheel. Looking past the steering wheel to the instruments, the driver can monitor the Camaro’s vitals with a set of Dakota Digital gauges.

The driver and passengers are kept comfortable with a Vintage Air climate system complete with billet controller and vents. Lastly, this Camaro features Nu-Relics power windows and a stereo system with Bluetooth.

This road-ready Pro-Touring 1969 Chevrolet Camaro convertible will be offered with No Reserve at the 2022 Las Vegas Auction, held June 30 to July 2 in the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For up-to-date information on this vehicle, click HERE.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: TAKE A TOUR: With All The Right Upgrades, This Custom Camaro Is Road Ready!
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/take-a-tour-with-all-the-right-upgrades-this-custom-camaro-is-road-ready/
Published Date: Fri, 20 May 2022 20:36:18 +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 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

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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.

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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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