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There have been countless memories created by Porsche at Le Mans, and to celebrate these moments, Porsche Museum will focus on “The Porsche success story in Le Mans” during the coming months.

History was created back in 1951 when Porsche claimed a class victory with the 356 SL at Le Mans. The light alloy Coupé would go on to achieve 107 more class victories and 19 overall victories.

Auguste Veuillet and Edmond Mouche obtained victory in the class up to 1,100 cc with the Porsche 356 SL in the 1951 Le Mans. It would be the first outing of a Porsche in Le Mans.

70 years later, Porsche Moments has been launched, a new series that will consist of six episodes devoted to this famed chapter in their history.

“In the new Porsche Moments format, we will be highlighting special moments in our past during which we – from today’s point of view – have made corporate, product or racing history. We reconstruct these moments as authentically as possible by means of contemporary witnesses and invite our fans to again experience these special Porsche Moments via our social media channels.”  

Head of Porsche Heritage and Museum, Achim Stejskal.

Timo Bernhard, Le Man’s winner, and endurance champion hosts the mini-series upon which he meets fascinating contemporary witnesses, either with two legs or four wheels, in Weissach and Zuffenhausen. 

Le Mans: the Porsche Success Story – Watch Episode 1 Below:

In the first episode of the Porsche Moments series, Timo Bernhard is joined by a companion that he hasn’t seen for two years, the Vice President Motorsport at Porsche, Fritz Enzinger, who led the team to three overall Le Man’s victories.

Porsche 356 SL and Fritz Enzinger and Timo Bernhard
Fritz Enzinger and Timo Bernhard launch the new “Porsche Moments” series.

Their reunion in front of the historical brick building of Werk 1 is like a gathering of old friends – it’s as if the two had brought the legend of Le Mans to Zuffenhausen. Climbing out of the 356 SL, Enzinger explains, “Trust and friendship are important for success in racing.”  

The SL is for Super Light, reflective of the aluminum body, which enables the Coupé to weigh just 680 kilograms – a full 120 kilograms lighter than the steel-bodied 356 Coupés Reutter produced in Stuttgart starting November 1949. 

1st le mans episode

Enzinger reminisces, sharing tidbits from the past – “Wilhelm Hild from the Porsche works team gave the 356 SL the nickname of ‘aluminum can’”. In-house, the car was given the name “Type 514 Porsche Sport for Le Mans 1951”. 

From 1948, a total of 44 Type 356/2 Coupés were produced by Porsche in Gmünd. Eleven other body shells were sent to Stuttgart where some went on to be developed there.

The vehicle that is showcased in the first episode of the Porsche Moments is the historical godfather of the class winner that was manufactured in 1952, a year after the original No. 46 winning car. 

“Just imagine – a car with less than 50 PS driving 2,840.65 kilometers at Le Mans at an average speed of 118.36 km/h. And that’s in 1951! It had traveled to the race by road – and then drove back to Zuffenhausen on country roads”

Fritz Enzinger

The winning car was driven by French importer Auguste Veuillet and his compatriot Edmond Mouche: two drivers for a 24-hour race was not unusual at the time.

Ferry Porsche and 356 SL
Soon before setting off for the first works participation in Le Mans in 1951 with Ferry Porsche in the center, with the Porsche 356 SL in the foreground.
356 SL

The team started their journey to Le Man’s at the Reutter building. “These days it is inconceivable to drive competition cars by road to Le Mans,” Bernhard shared with regards to the eleven-hour trip taken to arrive on June 16, 1951.  

“Departure was at 7:15 in the morning, Ferry Porsche

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: The Porsche Le Mans Success Story: A Brief History – Part 1
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/porsche-le-mans-part-1/
Published Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2021 03:29:18 +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 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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