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The Barrett-Jackson Builds team working on a 1977 Ford Bronco previously owned by “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent” judge Simon Cowell.

 

There’s always a fair amount of magic happening behind the curtain. For a while now, the Barrett-Jackson Builds team has been hard at work on three equally different – and equally unique – projects sure to wow and inspire, from updating a unique Shelby Resto-Mod and engineering the ultimate Grand Touring Camaro to giving an “American Idol” a new lease on life. The Barrett-Jackson Builds team has invested the time, and the fruits of their labor are beginning to grow into four exemplary pieces of kinetic sculpture.

Breaking new ground in terms of innovation has always been an important part of Barrett-Jackson, and that same ethos holds true for the Builds team. Coming from the personal collection of Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson, the build of a 1967 Shelby GT500 is sure to send ripples through the hot-rodding world. Resto-Modded in a previous life, the custom Shelby was brought in for repairs, but plans quickly changed– and changed for the better. The GT500 is being rebuilt into the ultimate Shelby GT500 Resto-Mod, a car that will push the limits of technology and show off the engineering prowess on hand at Barrett-Jackson Builds. Though still in its early stages, the build of this Shelby will be chronicled, documented and shared on Barrett-Jackson’s popular media channels.

Also on the horizon is the ultimate Resto-Mod Camaro for the ultimate in road-going adventures – that’s how it was billed and that’s how it will be built. Starting off as a fully licensed 1969 Chevy Camaro body from Dynacorn, the goal of this build is to create the perfect Grand Touring Resto-Mod, one that shows the inherent customizability of what happens when you build a car from the ground up. The Camaro build is sure to be a wonderful exploration of what’s possible.

Formerly owned by “American Idol” and “X-Factor” judge Simon Cowell, the Barrett-Jackson Builds 1977 Ford Bronco project has taken on a full Resto-Mod transformation. Acquired at the 2020 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction and now part of the personal collection of Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson, the Bronco was taken in for a simple refinish of the underside but now has become a full, chassis-off restoration. The restoration of the Bronco captures the momentum behind the demand for classic SUVs, and this Builds series will provide insight and tips on what to look for when restoring Ford’s classic off-roader.

The soon-to-be-launched next chapter of Barrett-Jackson Builds videos will take viewers on an episodic journey following the paths of these custom creations. Afterall, this is a series all about illuminating the journey from project plan to final execution, the result of having a vision and a complete commitment to excellence.

Be sure to keep up with the Builds story as it unfolds by subscribing to the Barrett-Jackson YouTube Channel. And follow @barrett_jackson_builds and #BarrettJacksonBuilds on Instagram for all the latest updates and a peek behind the scenes.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: THE ROAD AHEAD: What’s in the Pipeline for Barrett-Jackson Builds?
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/barrett-jackson-builds-team-working-on-three-new-projects/
Published Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2021 16:05:14 +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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