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When it comes to racing timepieces, there’s no brand as influential in the world of motorsports as Heuer. During the Formula 1 sponsorship breakout in the 1960s, Heuer got into the world of motorsports and it remained there to this day. Heuer was a sponsor for various championship-winning teams and an official timekeeper of Formula 1

Throughout the decades, Heuer and TAG Heuer brands have been omnipresent at the races, with their respective logos stamped on trackside banners and famous liveries. The strong racing connection was courtesy of Jack Heuer, the brand’s prolific chairman. Himself a devout racing fan, Heuer personally campaigned timekeeping devices of all sorts wherever there were cars racing.

As a result of his efforts that started in the late 1950s, many rally cars were equipped with dashboard-mounted rally timers from the Auto-Rallye, Monte Carlo, Master Time and Super Autavia lines, whereas drivers themselves started wearing Heuer chronographs on their wrists to measure their lap times in real time. Icons of the glamorous 1960s and 1970s racing scene like Jo Siffert, Mario Andretti, Jochen Rindt, Ronnie Peterson, Carroll Shelby and many more were seen wearing Heuer timepieces, but not all their watches rank the same in the collector community.

With Ronnie Peterson’s unique solid 18k gold Carrera 1158 CHN being in a league of its own, devout collectors recognize watches worn by Rindt, Andretti, Siffert and McQueen as four most coveted racing Heuer chronographs, all colloquially named after motorsport legends wearing them in their prime. To keep the expanded selection more interesting, we’ve added two collector watches on an affordable side of the price spectrum, both with very close ties to two more legendary drivers. Without further ado, let’s dive into the world of racing aces and their iconic Heuer watches.

1. Jochen Rindt – Autavia 2446

Heuer Autavia 2446 Jochen Rindt

The Rindt Autavia 2446 is a chronograph with a reverse panda layout, featuring a black dial and three subdials on the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions and it’s powered by the hand wound Valjoux Caliber 72. Its 38mm steel case features straight lugs and a rotating bezel marked with hour indexes.

Jochen Rindt illustration

Throughout his career, Jochen Rindt was seen wearing this watch on numerous occasions both on and off the track, whereas his wife Nina, a 1960s fashion icon in her own right, prefered the panda dial Universal Genève Tri-Compax. Jochen Rindt tragically lost his life at Monza in 1970, winning the world title posthumously.

Given his and Nina’s iconic status, the Autavia 2446 became a collector classic among racing fans and it is still among the most coveted Heuers of the era.

2. Mario Andretti – Autavia 3646

Heuer Autavia 3646 Andretti

The Andretti Autavia bears a 3646 reference and it’s powered by Valjoux Caliber 92. Just like the Rindt Autavia, the Andretti Autavia is a reverse panda chronograph with a black dial with a similar type of case, but unlike the Rindt, it has two white subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock positions. The 39 mm case features a rotating bezel indicating either hours or minutes, depending on the execution.

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By: Djordje Sugaris
Title: What’s on a Racer’s Wrist? Looking at 5 Racing Heuer Watches
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/5-racing-heur-watches/
Published Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2021 14:49:33 +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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