Written by Nicole Ellan James
INAUGURAL 2023 NEW ORLEANS AUCTION – 2021 JEEP GLADIATOR RUBICON CUSTOM PICKUP – NO RESERVE
Jeep has consistently stood as an automaker closely linked with off-road exploration and has always been known for its exceptional off-road capabilities. During the lead-up to World War II, Willys-Overland conceived a prototype for a pickup truck, a creation that would ultimately stand as one of America’s most significant contributions to modern warfare. The popularity of the pickup platform continued to grow and evolved into the first-ever Jeep Gladiator.
Debuting in 1962 for the 1963 model year, the initial Jeep Gladiator displayed an identical front-end design to the Jeep Wagoneer. Its lineup encompassed a range of setups, spanning from chassis-mounted campers featuring extended wheelbases to both narrow- and wide-box beds. The “Gladiator” nameplate endured until 1971, at which point it became known as the J-Series. This nomenclature continued until 1987, when production of Jeep-brand pickups ceased.
Both the Jeep pickup and Gladiator nameplate were resurrected for the 2020 model year. While all Jeeps are capable in stock configuration, the custom 2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon pickup offered with No Reserve during the inaugural 2023 New Orleans Auction, September 28-30 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, takes things to a whole new level.
Equipped with an array of bespoke chassis, driveline and engine upgrades, this 2021 Jeep Gladiator stands fortified, ready for any expedition. This exceptional transformation was orchestrated by Tank Customs, an establishment based in Houston, Texas, renowned for pushing the boundaries of vehicle and engine customization.
The Gladiator is powered by a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 that has been upgraded from its factory specifications of 260hp and 442 ft/lbs of torque to an impressive 350hp and 585 ft/lbs of torque, thanks to numerous performance modifications. These modifications include an updated engine tune, a stainless-steel turbo-back exhaust system designed for minimal restriction and the incorporation of an AFE Momentum intake.
Elevating the off-road capabilities of this Gladiator is a robust suspension system that employs a long-arm setup, featuring a triangulated rear arrangement. Notably, the vehicle’s mobility is accentuated by its substantial 43-inch Mickey Thompson tires, affixed to custom-coated 17-inch KMC beadlock wheels. Complementing this setup, a tilt-up bed-mounted tire carrier is present in the bed area. Additionally, a custom 20-gallon fuel tank has been seamlessly integrated beneath the bed of this Gladiator. This strategic placement not only generates extra clearance but also facilitates enhanced suspension articulation, enabling uninterrupted movement.
Considering the substantial rubber beneath it, the Gladiator has been outfitted with Dynatrac 60- and 80-series Elite axles, bolstered by a tailor-made hydro-assisted steering system. This cohesive setup ensures that the Gladiator adeptly maneuvers its sizeable wheel and tire combination with remarkable ease and safety.
Adorned in a striking Hydro Blue finish, the vehicle’s exterior is adorned and safeguarded by Motobilt’s robust heavy-duty steel bumpers at both the front and rear, along with rocker guards, sliders and fender flares.
What’s particularly distinctive about this show-stopping, off-road-ready Jeep Gladiator is its modified bed, which has been expertly shortened by 10 inches ‒ referred to in the off-roading and custom Jeep community as “bobbed.”
While the Gladiator boasts formidable off-road capabilities, its interior is thoughtfully equipped with modern conveniences, exemplified by the inclusion of custom leather seats adorned with coordinating stitching. For enhanced visibility during nighttime excursions, the vehicle is equipped with a KC Gravity Pro 6 light bar. The interior is further highlighted by a touchscreen sPOD switch system, which serves a dual purpose: managing all auxiliary lights and overseeing the GMRS radio for seamless communication with fellow adventurers while navigating the trails.
Should any fellow off-road enthusiasts find themselves in a tight spot, this Gladiator comes prepared with a range of recovery tools. These include a WARN VR 12-S winch and a WARN Epic Fairlead, along with a Factor 55 Flatlink.
The Gladiator offered in New Orleans stands as a remarkable testament to the fusion of off-road prowess and modern comfort, and is poised to leave an indelible mark on any journey it embarks upon. Register to bid today to take it on your next off-road adventure.
Title: 21ST-CENTURY GLADIATOR: Off-Road Mastery Meets Modern Marvel with this 2021 Jeep 4×4
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Published Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2023 16:16:59 +0000
BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
Written by Barbara Toombs
Fremont Street in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.
Millions of visitors are understandably attracted to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas’ renowned Strip each year, where world-class resorts, casinos, shows and incredible dining options are the name of the game.
What many don’t realize is that there’s another fascinating side to the Entertainment Capital of the World, headlined by two cultural districts known simply as Downtown and Chinatown.
Downtown Las Vegas (also known as DTLV) is really where this unique desert city got its start. In 1931, construction began on what is now known as the Hoover Dam, attracting thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. To capitalize on this growing workforce, savvy businessmen began building casinos and showgirl venues along Las Vegas’ only paved road at the time: Fremont Street.
Today, DTLV is comprised of three distinct districts. Many visitors to the city are already familiar with one of them: the Fremont Street Casino District, which contains museums, restaurants and bars, as well as the original Las Vegas casinos, including El Cortez, Golden Nugget and Golden Gate. Here you’ll also find the renowned Fremont Street Experience, which debuted in 1995. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is covered by a canopy of more than two million LED lights and a state-of-the-art sound system that comes to life every night for a spectacular sound and light show called “Viva Vision.”
The Arts District
A popular attraction in this district is The Mob Museum (the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), which showcases intriguing tales and the age-old dichotomy of good guys versus bad guys. Explore at your own pace, go on a guided tour or uncover museum surprises as part of a group scavenger hunt. Want a literal “taste” of old-school Las Vegas? Plan to dine at Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, perched on the 24th floor of Binion’s Gambling Hall. The restaurant dates back to 1965 when it was known as Top of the Mint, the signature dining spot at The Mint hotel tower. The interior design (and menu – think steak, prime rib, lobster and even Baked Alaska) is a throwback to an earlier era when the mob ran much of Las Vegas, but the real draw is the spectacular view through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.
Built in 2002, the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) is a six-block area that stretches from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and from Ogden Street South to Carson. FEED is pedestrian-friendly, offering diverse street life and many eateries, cafes, bars and lounges, as well as ample shopping opportunities and lively entertainment. A must-see attraction in this district is the Downtown Container Park – a dining, shopping and live music venue made of 45 colorful repurposed shipping containers, all fronted by a two-story, fire-breathing praying mantis who made its original debut at Burning Man. Nearby is the popular Bin 702 – one of many great dining choices in the area – featuring a great selection of beer and wine, as well as a tantalizing choice of charcuterie and cheese, sandwiches and small plates for sharing.
18b sign in The Arts District.
In recent years, The Arts District – or the 18b as it’s also known (a reference to it occupying 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas, loosely outlined by Commerce Street, Colorado Ave, Fourth Street and Hoover Avenue) – has been growing in popularity. Its monthly “First Friday” block party and art walk features food trucks and live music, serving as a backdrop for artists showing their works off at a variety of open-air and indoor galleries. These include The Arts Factory, home to over 30 artists and art galleries, and ArtSquare, a hip establishment that houses design stores, designer’s studios, wellness spots, and food and drink outlets. Behind The Arts Factory sits one of many great dining choices in The Arts District: Taverna Costera, serving up delicious Coastal Mediterranean fusion that draws inspiration from coastal Spanish, French, Italian and Greek cuisines and beyond.
Just a couple of miles east of the Strip, along Spring Mountain Road (roughly between Rainbow Boulevard and Interstate 15), lies the city’s amazing Chinatown, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Asian businesses in Southern Nevada, including a multitude of authentic Asian restaurants, gift shops, a hair stylist, a reflexologist, home decor, an Asian supermarket and the only Chinese bookstore in Nevada.
At Chinatown’s heart is the enormous and ornate Chinatown Plaza, featuring a colorful, dragon-adorned, Tang Dynasty-inspired gate and gleaming
Title: BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
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Published Date: Fri, 19 May 2023 18:07:14 +0000
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
This red 1967 Corvette custom coupe received a complete custom restoration at Springfield Motorsports in Peachland BC, Canada. The build consists of a completely new jig-mounted tube chassis with C4 corvette front upper and lower control arms riding on coilover shocks and power rack & pinion steering. The rear differential is a custom narrowed 9-inch Ford with aluminum Dale Gerry center section with Wilwood disc brakes on all 4 corners. Filling out the wheel wells are custom offset Fikse wheels.
K&S machine in Kelowna, British Columbia took the 454ci engine and machined it to 496ci it is equipped with Comp Thumper camshaft and 800cfm carburetor and it creates a true hot rod sound through the ceramic-coated exhaust. Lee Baxter upholstery created the one-off hand-stitched red leather interior with a rear storage area. It features Vintage Air, Digital gauges, power windows and a leather-wrapped vintage-style steering wheel.
Title: 2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
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Published Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 15:52:01 +0000
From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
The Honda CBX 1000 was only in production for four years, but that was enough time for it to leave a lasting impression on the motorcycle industry. First released it in 1978 as a screaming six-cylinder naked superbike, it later faced stiff competition from its stablemate—the equally iconic CB900F. So the Japanese marque redesigned it as a sport tourer, halfway through its tenure.
The updated ‘CBX-B’ had a touring fairing, optional panniers, and Honda’s new-at-the-time Pro-Link mono-shock setup. It was a hair less powerful than before, but that didn’t stop it from becoming a legend in its own right. If you park a CBX and CBX-B next to each other, you could argue that the latter has more presence.
It’s that mystique that prompted the owner of this 1982 Honda CBX 1000 Pro-Link to buy it. Enamored with the fusion of modern technology and ancient traditions found in Japanese cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, he was on the hunt for a classic motorcycle that embodied that philosophy. When he found the CBX, the sheer brutalism of its six-cylinder engine was impossible to ignore.
“In the eyes of this enthusiast, the engine wasn’t just a mechanical marvel; it was the soul of the motorcycle, much like the heart in a human body,” says Tiago Gonçalves, founder of the Portuguese custom shop, Unik Edition. “This revelation laid the foundation for a transformative project, one that would honor the motorcycle’s origins while infusing it with a new identity.”
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-cbx-1000-restomod
Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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