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You could spend a lifetime exploring the scenic drives of the United States, all as beautiful as they are diverse. The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Road Tour aims to do just that. Since the Tour’s launch in October 2020, Barrett-Jackson has explored the land in America’s Southeast and, in May 2021, the striking landscapes of the West. With beautiful state parks, rugged coastlines and verdant hills, the topography of the Western United States made it the ultimate locale for drivers. And that is precisely what the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Road Tour is all about: driving and sharing the passion for all things collector car.

Beginning in Scottsdale, Arizona, and ending in Tacoma, Washington, Barrett-Jackson’s May Road Tour wound through five states, covered 1,800 miles and featured nearly 50 stunning vehicles. The eight-day journey traversed some of the most scenic and challenging roads the American West has to offer – including the legendary Route 66. The tour took participants through the sunset-colored rock formations of Sedona through the soaring temperatures of Death Valley, the snow-dusted mountains of Mammoth, California’s towering Redwoods and up the twisting shoreline of Oregon’s Highway 101 to the emerald forests of Washington State – all while visiting famous landmarks and automotive destinations along the way.

The May road-going adventure visited some of the best car collections and museums on the West Coast, including a private tour of the exclusive Brother’s Collection in Salem, Oregon, as well as Shelby American in Las Vegas and a thrilling visit to the Blackhawk Museum in Northern California. During the journey, participants were invited to experience the twists and turns of the incredible Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club in Pahrump, Nevada. Drivers had the opportunity to pilot the 8th-generation Corvette around the track as instructors from the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School taught them the ins and outs of the circuit and even took a few lucky participants for some hot laps to show off what the mid-engine C8 Corvette can really do.

Additional stops along the way included a visit to the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, California, as well as a visit to Martinez, California’s The Cobra Experience – a museum dedicated to preserving the works of Carroll Shelby. As the tour wound north and drew to a close, drivers paid a penultimate visit to the Thunder Dome Car Museum in Enumclaw, Washington, before marking the end of the tour at presenting sponsor Griot’s Garage Headquarters in Tacoma, Washington, providing the perfect finish to another incredible Barrett-Jackson Road Tour.

This October, collector car enthusiasts will have another opportunity to join the convoy of spectacular automobiles as the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Road Tour travels over 1,800 miles through the Northeastern United States. The trip will kick off with a tour of The Roadster Shop’s state-of-the-art facility just north of Chicago before beginning a journey through autumn colors and spectacular winding roads where enthusiasts can share their passion and take their collectibles out for a driving adventure.

The 2021 Fall Road Tour (October 3-11) will provide guests the chance to visit some of the most important and historical sites in American motoring history as well as visit famous landmarks and geographic wonders along the way, with the tour ending in Montclair, New Jersey, just a stone’s throw away from The City That Never Sleeps: New York, New York.

For a look at videos and photos from the May 2021 Road Tour – and to keep an eye out for information on the upcoming Fall Road Tour – visit BarrettJacksonRoadTours.com.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: THE ROADS DRIVEN: Barrett-Jackson Road Tours are for the Drivers
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/barrett-jackson-road-tours-are-for-the-drivers/
Published Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2021 20:33:52 +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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