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Toward the end of a Pacific Northwest summer, those of us who like to drive our classic and exotic cars begin to think about the last weekend of good driving weather while days are still long, before atmospheric rivers bring the rain our area is known for as they flow over us on their way across the continent.

Our state is divided into two distinct climates by the Cascade Mountains. We are wet in the West and dry in the East where the land flattens out into high country desert. When August turns into September, Western Washington cools down into the 60s and 70s while the blazing-hot high desert plain summer in Eastern Washington begins to feel comfortable.

This time of year is always a crapshoot; we can have a dry weekend or a wet one. This year the Seattle Jaguar Club selected a weekend that turned out to be weather perfection.

Beginning with a meeting in North Bend in the foothills of the Cascades, 13 Jaguar cars and their owners and passengers meandered their way across the mountains, deep into Eastern Washington wine country, on their way to a destination in Benton City.

One of the members, Brad Vancour, hosted the club at his idyllic bed and breakfast (and private vineyard), the Red Mountain Villa on the Yakima River. I’d be hard pressed to think of a better place to park a group of beautiful late model and vintage Jaguars—or any cars—for socializing, wine tasting and photography. The Avon River at Stratford-on-Avon? That would need one long weekend.

“Our members had been yearning for an overnight drive that includes more than great Northwest roads and scenery, like sharing great wine and food in a beautiful location. This trip was perfect,” Kurt Jacobson, President of the Seattle Jaguar Club, said.

“The early October Wine Country tour was a glowing event. We had perfect temperatures and soft early fall light on the ochre yellow hills we enjoyed driving through to taste the many red and white wines. Camaraderie between the participants grew as we shared this experience.

The variety of Jaguars, from the mid-1960s Mark 2 saloon, through three generations of E-Types to the current F-Type and F-Pace looked spectacular in the shade of trees next to the river and tucked up next to the vines of the Red Mountain Villa.”

The Jaguar Club’s Arrival at Red Mountain Villa

Silver Jaguar on road driving to Terra Blanca

Silver Jaguar on road driving to Terra Blanca
After a brief orientation, the group drove a short distance to Terra Blanca, where lunch was almost too beautifully presented to eat. We ate it.

Man eating lunch at Vancour Estate Wine in Red Mountain Villa

Man eating lunch at Vancour Estate Wine in Red Mountain Villa
After lunch, we returned to the Red Mountain Villa to sample some of Vancour’s private wines—made from grapes grown in his own vineyard on the river.

Cars parked near Vancour Estate Wine with river in background

Cars parked near Vancour Estate Wine with river in background
Vancour Estate Wine and an iconic silhouette—possibly the most recognizable in the world.

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By: Harvey Sherman
Title: The Jaguar Club’s 2021 End of Summer Drive
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/the-jaguar-clubs-2021-end-of-summer-drive/
Published Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2021 16:08:25 +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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