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This Vintage Sports Car Club race meeting was for the Shuttleworth, Nuffield, and Len Thompson trophies and was held on a chilly day in the middle of June (typical for mid-summer in the UK!). This should be the hottest time of the year, but when I stepped out of my car on arrival, the temperature was 12 degrees (53 F), and it was chucking it down with rain. My Hawaiian shirt was quickly covered by a jacket and waterproof layer.

Cadwell Park is a delightful undulating circuit (sometimes referred to as the “mini-Nurburgring”) in the county of Lincolnshire, close to the North Sea coast. The vast majority of Lincolnshire is absolutely flat, being fen-land, or drained land reclaimed from the sea over the centuries. However, there is an area of fairly low, undulating hills known as ‘the Wolds” and this is where the circuit is. It is a really beautiful place, primarily given over to excellent farmland, a mixture of arable crops, sheep and a few cattle are the circuit’s neighbors. A brief history can be found here.

Despite the very unusual Covid situation this year (the UK has been in and out of lock-downs and restrictions both on a National and Regional basis) the VSCC has managed to run a pretty good selection of events; the first few without any spectators; more recently with limited access areas to avoid over-crowding. For example, spectators cannot enter the paddock, which is always one of the highlights of any Vintage meeting. This is obviously a disappointment but on the grand scale of things, to be able to witness the excellent day’s racing was an absolute delight. There was not a single dull race all day!

The rest of the season’s events are detailed here.  I shall endeavor to report from more of the circuit races and hill-climbs and possibly a couple of trials too.

I am primarily a photographer but hope that I’ll be able to string the odd few words together too plus I’ll give links to various other sources of information, for example, here are the comprehensive results from the VSCC website.

I think that gives a far better overview than anything your humble scribe to bash together!

There were ten quite varied races on the card; standard and modified cars were catered for along with vintage racing cars, pre-war MGs, all-comers handicap, Frazer Nash, Riley handicap, pre-1935 Grand Prix cars, VSCC Specials (which I think is a new category for this year), an all-comers Handicap race and finally an all-comers scratch race.

With such a variety of categories, several car/driver combinations made more than one appearance; this means that one might see them competing against a different set of opponents and machinery across the course of the afternoon.

The word Vintage appears to mean different things around the world depending on which version of the English language you are using- in the UK it means between the years of 1920 and 1931 (as I understand it!), in the USA it appears to cover a much wider range, including what we in the UK would call “Classics” but I don’t know where the cut-off date is and as for Australia and New Zealand, perhaps someone could enlighten me?

GN Ford Piglet

This year sees the 100th anniversary of the Bugatti Brescia, and there were around a dozen present at the event, these delightful little Grand Prix cars must have been something quite ahead of their time back then, and it was great to see one racing, still, I believe wearing most of the original paint!

I hope you enjoy the photographs; feel free to comment or ask questions and please have a look at my website where there are several galleries of motorsports images dating back to the late 1960s (plus a lot of other stuff too!).  again, feel free to comment.

Alfa Monza

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By: Pete Taylor
Title: VSCC Trophies Race Meeting – Cadwell Park, UK
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/vscc-trophies-race-meeting-cadwell-park-uk/
Published Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2021 06:09:01 +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
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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!
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Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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