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This custom Ducati Scrambler 1100 by CC Racing Garage is a thing of beauty

A motorcycle customized by CC Racing Garage has won a big prize.

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Marco Graziani of CC Racing Garage customized a Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special motorcycle with a design so fit it won the third edition of Custom Rumble, a contest organized by Ducati Scrambler dedicated exclusively to custom bikes.

Each motorcycle that was entered was judged by a jury of experts including actor Nicholas Hoult, the riders Chaz Davies and Andrea Dovizioso, the founder of BikeShed Dutch Van Someren, and the Italian customizer of Officine Rossopuro Filippo Barbacane.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 FT by Marco Graziani of CC Racing Garage

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The model that won was part of the Bully category, a section of the entries that was dedicated to the Scrambler Ducati 110. There were no restrictions on the the of bike or style that designers had to create for their entry.

Graziani started with a Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special. The model is considered the sportiest Scrambler ever made. It retails starting at $15,095 and includes Öhlins forks and suspensions, a 1,079 cc air-cooled L-twin engine, traction control, three ride modes (Active, Journey, City), and machine-finished aluminum belt covers. The power plant delivers 86 horsepower and 65 pound-feet of torque.

When new, the bike rode on 10-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels. Up front were two semi-floating disc brakes matched with Brembo calipers. Out back is a disc brake and one-piston floating caliper.

Originally the model had a black seat with yellow stitching, black side panels with yellow underpanels, and a dual-element LCD instrument panel.

He customized the color, graphics, seat, and exhaust. He kept the headlight, rear, and tank similar to the original because he saw them as key elements of traditional Scrambler design.

During the qualification phase, which included nearly 5,000 users of the Ducati Scrambler community that voted at scramblerducati.com, the Scrambler 110 FT received the highest number of votes. It would take the crown after receiving the best score from the judges.

As the winner, Graziani received a Beta workbench including the complete tool kit.

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The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is made to be trail-ready

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If you want to go off-roading but you’re apprehensive behind the wheel? Jeep is introducing the Jeep Adventure Academy, a program that provides hands-on, off-road driving instruction to Jeep 4x4 owners.

"Off-roading is a rite of passage for Jeep 4x4 owners and the new Jeep Adventure Academy will provide key knowledge every off-roader can use for hitting the trails," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA - North America. "The new Jeep Adventure Academy underscores the Jeep brand's commitment to delivering Jeep 4x4 vehicles that provide owners with a sense of capability, safety and security to handle any condition or adventure with confidence."

2021 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Jeep Trailhawk models are trail-tested ahead of their retail salePhoto courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Academy kicks off this October and will take place at select locations nationwide. Instructors from Jeep Jamboree USA will lead the program alongside off-roading experts.

Each Academy session will focus on several essential areas of off-roading instruction, including 4x4 system basics, driving techniques, trail etiquette, vehicle preparation and equipment, how to properly read terrain and challenging obstacles, safety tips and more.

The Jeep Adventure Academy will take place during the first three weeks in October at the following locations:

  • Holly Oaks Off-road Vehicle Park, Holly, Michigan: October 2-4
  • Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch, Seymour, Missouri: October 9-11
  • Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, Hollister, California: October 16-18

Registration is available at jeepadventureacademy.com. A one-day session starts at $99 and requires Jeep 4x4 vehicle ownership. The academy sessions will be led by professional staff from Jeep Jamboree USA, an organization that has been conducting off-road adventures since 1953.

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Famed puzzle maker Ravesburger has created a new Lamborghini-themed 3D puzzle.

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The Lamborghini Huracán EVO is the most successful V10-powered Lamborghini ever. Now, the supercar is getting the Ravensburger 3D puzzle treatment. The 3D jigsaw puzzle faithfully replicates the Huracán EVO V10 car in a 1:18 scale.

The puzzle is mounted to a replica chassis. Lamborghini fans will be able to pick out the car's signature Y-style front bumper and Y-shaped embedded in the headlights. It also has the hexagonal details of the traditionally sized Lambo and wears a Arancio Xanto orange paint job. The low-slug profile of the puzzle gives it volume though it measures just 26 cm in length.

Ravensburger Lamborghini Huracán EVO 3D puzzle

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Ravensburger is making the puzzle available with 32 high-quality feature accessories, such as the axles and four rotating wheels that faithfully replicate the Aesir rims found on the real car, along with front splitter and rear diffuser.

The puzzle contains 108 numbered pieces.

Ravesnburger recommends that the puzzle is best for adults and children ages 8 and older. It is sold in Europe for €34.99. In the U.S., a Lamborghini Huracán EVO goes for upwards of $208,000.

Earlier this year, Lamborghini bounced that it had pattered with Lego to create the Lego Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37Lamborghini Sián FKP 37. That model includes a V12 engine; a moveable rear spoiler; front and rear suspension; and steering powered by a wheel complete with the Automobili Lamborghini badge. There's also scissor doors, which open to reveal the intricately recreated cockpit, with a fully-functioning eight-speed sequential gearbox controlled by a movable paddle gearshift.

Lego also sells LEGO Technic versions of the 2020 Land Rover Defender and Nissan GT-R. Additionally, LEGO recently started selling a replica of Dom's Chargerfrom the "Fast & Furious" franchise. Additionally, a Ducati motorcycle model was recently sold by the company.

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