The world’s most prestigious celebration of the automobile occurs every August on the Monterey Peninsula in California. From hearing the whaling shriek of a Formula 1 car to a gavel hammering the winning bid of $48M for a 1962 Ferrari, one could say there are extremes in every direction you look (and listen).
Yet ultimately, the cream that rises to the top over the 9 days of insanity are the car shows that highlight the world’s best in automotive history. Yes, “single marque” shows exist for makes like Porsche (Werks Reunion) and Ferrari (Concorso Italiano). But to truly “experience Monterey”, I have selected three requisite events, each having distilled something unique, and thereby earning membership to what I refer to as the “Triple Crown”.
The 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance featured a collection of previous “Best of Show” winners, including this 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. © Rex McAfee
Concours on the Avenue in Carmel
We start on Tuesday with the best downtown car show anywhere; Concours on the Avenue. It started in 1987 when Atlanta car enthusiast Doug Freedman was on vacation with his wife Genie visiting Carmel CA. Standing on the corner of Lincoln and Ocean Ave, he peered up and down what is considered by many to be the most charming street in America, and thought “what a beautiful place to have a car show”.
His friends and associates all sang the same song; “You’ll never be able to do it.” But after 5 years of negotiations with the city, approval was finally granted in 2006 for a show the following year. With last year’s date canceled, I was especially eager to return for what would be the 14th “Concours on the Avenue”.
Looking at packed streets and smiling faces, I can attest to stating that what Doug and Genie have created is far beyond a“cars on Main St.” event.
Concours on the Avenue judges Ed Justice Jr. (left) and Donald Osborn (right), both well-known personalities of the classic car world, discuss the unique features of the Shelby Cobra at the awards stage. © Rex McAfee
First and foremost is the underlying theme based on the show’s motto: “Sophistication with a dash of fun.” A former national president of the Ferrari Club of America, Doug knew all too well the serious nature of judged car shows, so his first order of duty was to ensure people enjoyed themselves.
Provided to every entrant are chairs placed next to their assigned parking space. This encourages owners to stay by their cars and facilitates many a conversation with enthusiasts walking by.
In some cases, hours of storytelling ensure which is far more memorable than just walking by another “perfect Porsche”. Attendance is free (no typo) and proceeds go to the Carmel Foundation which supports local senior citizens, so combined with the jovial atmosphere and charm of downtown Carmel, you could say Doug has created the perfect show for all.
The owners of this 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Sedanette were gracious with their time answering lots of questions from enthusiasts walking by. © Rex McAfee
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By: Rex McAfee
Title: The 2021 Monterey Car Week’s “Triple Crown”
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2021-monterey-car-week-triple-crown/
Published Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2021 23:46:35 +0000
Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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.
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
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. 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. 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
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.
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!
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.
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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