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There will be two new vehicles to be inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Register, as the Hagerty Drivers Foundation recently announced. This year, they have announced the 31st and 32nd cars to be inducted into the only program that is federally recognized to document the historical and cultural significance of the automobile.

The National Historic Vehicle Register is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to preserve America’s automotive heritage for future generations. They work closely with the U.S. Dept. of the Interior’s Historic American Engineering Record (HAER).

Inducted vehicles are permanently added in the Library of Congress.

For 2022, the inductees are:

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Hudson Hornet
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1952 Hudson Hornet (7B-185596) “Fabulous Hudson Hornet,” Raced by Herb Thomas

The Hudson Hornet dominated stock car racing from 1951 to 1955, just as the sport started to become popular. Cars from small companies were driven by early NASCAR legends Her Thomas, Marshall Teague, and Dick Rathmann enabling those same cars to beat the ones produced by the Big Three automakers.

Legendary mechanic Smokey Yunick prepared the Hudson Hornet and it was given to Thomas halfway through the 1952 season. Thomas set a mark for himself, as he became the most prominent Hudson driver achieving a total of 78 podium finishes driving the Hornets and setting the highest win percentage in NASCAR history.

The “Fabulous Hudson Hornet” is the only Hudson known to exist that has been campaigned in NASCAR. It is owned by Al Schultz and is currently showcased at the National Hudson Motor Car Company Museum in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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Turbine
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Chrysler Corporation Turbine Car (Serial No. 9912-31)

Only 55 of these groundbreaking vehicles were produced by Chrysler as part of their decades long effort to create a mass-market gas-turbine powered automobile. The automobiles were equipped with turbine jet engines in Ghia bodies. As part of a consumer research project that was ran from 1963 to 1966, the cars were distributed to households across the country. From the 55 cars, only nine cars remain from the project. Stahls Automotive Collection is the owner of the Turbine Car and it is currently on display at their automotive museum in Chesterfield, Michigan.

For those interested to see these cars up close there are two events that will be featuring these two legendary cars:

Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, June 3 to 5, Greenwich, Connecticut

The Greenwich Concours will be featuring the “Fabulous Hudson Hornet”. Event attendees will have the chance to see this fantastic stock-car up close while also learning about its historical significance to NASCAR. They’ll also learn how the car was the inspiration for the ‘Doc Hudson’ character from the popular mid-2000s “Cars” movie franchise.

Cars at the Capital, September 2 to 11

Set in the heart of Washington D.C. the annual ‘Cars at the Capital” exhibition is an annual celebration of car culture hosted by the Hagerty Drivers Foundation. Set on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the 1952 Hudson Hornet is scheduled to be displayed from September 2 to 6, while the Chrysler Turbine is scheduled to be displayed from September 7 to 11.

More information about weekend activities will be announced.

Hagerty Drivers Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Klinger shared, “Featuring these historically significant vehicles and telling their stories at events throughout 2022 are ways we fulfill our mission to share and educate the general public about the cultural significance of the automobile.”

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By: Reggie
Title: Two New Cars Inducted Into The National Historic Vehicle Register
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/two-new-cars-inducted-into-the-national-historic-vehicle-register/
Published Date: Fri, 03 Jun 2022 14:37:19 +0000

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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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Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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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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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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