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Blue skies, open roads – time to get your vehicle out for a cruise and looking as good as this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible (Lot #786.1) that is headed to the 2021 Las Vegas Auction!

 

It’s time for that blue-sky action! Pull off the car cover, hit the open road – and, of course, look good doing it.

With spring in full swing and the heat of summer on the horizon, caring for our cars is as important as ever. Washing your car may sound like a mindless task, but the pros at Adam’s Polishes know it’s more than just rinse and wipe.

As the official on-site detailer for Barrett-Jackson auctions, the Adam’s team has taken care of the detailing on thousands of vehicles before they cross the auction block – and the all-important task of getting them ready for live TV and examination by our discerning bidders is done with great care. They often go above and beyond the call of duty at the auctions, especially when inclement weather is in the mix. Barrett-Jackson always appreciates their efforts, and trusts them and their products to bring out the best in your car’s finish.

You can also trust the Adam’s pros when it comes to advice on taking care of your car at home. Follow these easy steps below for a look that will wow the onlookers at the next car show or turn some heads when you take your next weekend scenic drive.

STEP 1: WHERE TO START

It may seem obvious, but an essential part of detailing your car is knowing where to begin. Before gathering supplies, be sure to give your car a walk-around. Examine the paint for swirls, water spots and any other type of grime it may have picked up from the road.

Then, prepare your materials:

Grab two buckets, one for clean soapy water and one for rinsingMake sure your cleaning materials are easily accessible and at the readyAvoid direct sunlight; try and keep as much of the car in the shade so the water doesn’t dry too quickly and leave those pesky water spots

STEP 2: A GOOD RINSE

Grab your hose or power washer and start spraying from top to bottom – keep in mind that it is best to work with gravity rather than against it. A thorough rinse at the start will help loosen all the dust, dirt and debris your pride and joy will have accumulated while on the road.

STEP 3: TIME FOR SUDS

With the car wet, it’s time for a thick lather of suds. Use a microfiber mitt or sponge and dip into a bucket of water mixed with a cleaner formulated not to harm the finish. Avoid anything with harsh detergents or chemicals.

For a good, clean feeling:

Use a side-to-side motion; start from the roof and work your way downFocus on working on separate areas as you wash the carRinse the mitt or sponge often, taking extra care to remove any dirt or debris, as it may scratch the paint.Keep a gentle touch and let the soapy solution do the work for youLet the soap and water soak for a minute or two. Elbow grease is not your friend when it comes to your car’s clear coatRinse each panel as you go, keeping the surfaces wet to prevent water and soap spots from drying

STEP 4: WHEELS THAT SHINE

Your wheels take a beating, and keeping that chic finish is important to keeping your ride looking sublime. If you have one, grab a wheel brush and set to work removing all the brake dust and dirt that clings to the face of the wheel. Be sure to scrub inside the wheel and behind the spokes, too – and don’t forget to rinse the brush off before cleaning the next wheel.

STEP 5: THE DRY LIFE

Time is of the essence! Preventing streaks from forming on the paint is an important part of drying your car quickly and efficiently. Start from top to bottom once again and go over each surface with a fluffy microfiber towel. Take the time to remove any excess soap or water from the seams and panel gaps. If you notice any spots when you’re finished, treat them with a quick shot of detail spray and a dry towel.

 

With the summer months fast approaching, adventure is right around the corner. Keeping your car clean, pristine and ready to shine is a great way to welcome that summer fun.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: THAT SUMMER SHINE: Five-Step Guide to a Summer Wash
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/adams-polishes-five-step-guide-to-a-summer-wash/
Published Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2021 17:22:13 +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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