Wolfstone’s Hill Climb, Holmfirth, Yorkshire. UK
The organizers of Yorkshire Motorsport, a new festival, were planning to hold this event last year to commemorate the centenary of the original Wolfstone’s Hill Climb but, unfortunately, Covid and subsequent lock-downs intervened, and therefore the event was re-arranged for 25-27th June this year.
Aside from the motoring events, there will be a full-blown Music Festival each evening plus all manner of family entertainment, on-site camping is available for seven days; the official event website gives far more detail than I possibly could, which can be found here.
This looks like a very ambitious programme and the organisers are expecting up to 35,000 visitors over the duration.
I was invited to the pre-event Press Publicity Day; many of my fellow attendees were from the local newspapers and other media outlets, as there are quite a few local competitors and musical performers scheduled to appear at the Festival.
For overseas readers, who might not be familiar with the geography of the UK, Yorkshire is a large County in the North East of England; people born there call it “God’s own county” and it has to be said that there are many beautiful areas, including the Holmfirth region.
The nearby small town of Meltham was once home to the David Brown tractor factory and there will be a display of historic tractors including the last one produced.
Last David Brown tractor
There is a motorsport connection here as David Brown also owned Aston Martin for a time and his team won at Le Mans; the DB in Aston’s model designations, e.g. DB6, etc. reflect David’s ownership of the company.
A couple of more modern racing Astons were at the press day and I notice that a 1934 A-M Ulster is entered for the hill-climb in July.
A diverse selection of vehicles were on parade at the Press Day as you will see in the photographs; the Friday of the Hill-Climb will see a large presence from the Benjafield’s Racing Club. This is a club for vintage (pre-1931) Bentley cars, with an emphasis on racing, trials, and rallies.
Johnathan Turner brought along his 1925 Speed model, which was actually the first factory team Bentley to participate at Le Mans, and it looked splendid, having been driven around fifty miles of tortuous Yorkshire lanes to the display. Johnathan told me that it had been “pretty hard work”!
Bentley 1925 LM team car
Local resident Rebecca Brierley was driving her husband’s 1929 4.5 Litre model around she is entered to drive it in the hill-climb- her first competitive event!
Rebecca Brierly – 1929 4.5 L Bentley
Another Yorkshire lady (whose first event this is not) is Sarah Bosworth; Sarah is three-times Harewood hill-climb Champion in her Special Saloons Ford Anglia, this car/driver looks like a favorite for the 1-mile Wolfstone’s course; the car is light,
By: Pete Taylor
Title: Yorkshire Motorsport Festival 2021 – Press Day
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/yorkshire-motorsport-festival-2021-press-day/
Published Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2021 05:34:27 +0000
Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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.
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
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. 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. 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
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.
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!
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.
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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