Written by Barbara Toombs
When you pull a talented team together to make a car lover’s conference room, the magic starts to happen.
In February 2019, Barrett-Jackson moved its corporate headquarters to a new site adjacent to the runway at the Scottsdale Airport (just a stone’s throw from WestWorld, where the flagship Scottsdale Auction is held each year). One large area was earmarked as the executive conference room when the buildout was complete.
“Given the size of the room, I started researching large conference tables,” remembers Jackson. “I started to think about something that would have some significance to me and the business – and reflect my passion for collector cars as well. The first thing that came to mind was a Porsche that had once been displayed on the roof of one of our previous headquarters buildings.”
Back in the mid-1980s, Jackson had a business making Porsche 911 Slant Nose kits, and although he eventually sold the endeavor, this one example remained. Why not incorporate it into a one-of-a-kind conference room table? Jackson’s wife Carolyn, the company’s Vice President of Brand Strategy, thought it was a great idea. “People surround themselves with things they love,” she said. “This car was important to Craig and I love that he has incorporated it into his everyday life.”
There were challenges to overcome, not the least of which was getting the vehicle and the giant tabletop into the second-story room. “We had to tear the existing wall down and move the car in using a forklift up to a second-floor loading dock,” Jackson recalled. “We then literally rebuilt the room around the car, even fabricating a special ceiling with a stainless-steel roof.”
There was also concern about people being able to see over the top of the car as they sat at the table, so Jackson and his in-house fabricators “slammed” it, removing the suspension and shaving off the bottom of the tires so the Porsche sits flat and lower to the ground. Special metal supports were welded on to hold the large glass tabletop, and then the audio/visual team got to work.
Walk into a meeting here and be ready for an incredible experience. Slip into one of the customized Barrett-Jackson chairs around the table or onto one of the custom bench seats along the wall, which feature the same diamond stitching you’d find in a high-quality collector car. Plug your laptop into one of the multimedia jacks built into the Porsche’s windows and keep everything powered up using the charging stations found at each table corner.
Have a video to present? Just press play and it will appear on the large 4K laser projection screen that drops down from above. Surround-sound speakers tucked into the stainless-steel ceiling point down towards the table when activated, and a 12-inch subwoofer inside the car allows those sitting in the meeting to literally feel the sound.
Finishing touches include LED lighting underneath the car and around the massive table. Large historic photos of Barrett-Jackson’s Arizona auction sites through the years adorn the walls, and the shelving showcases a multitude of items highlighting the company’s history and role in the collector car community.
The incredible high-tech conference room serves as a fitting gathering place to discuss upcoming auctions, new endeavors and how Barrett-Jackson can continue to innovate in the years to come. It is an important reminder not only of the past, but also of what is possible when people gather around a collectible vehicle.
Title: A CAR LOVER’S CONFERENCE ROOM: When it comes to high-powered meetings, Barrett-Jackson delivers
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/barrett-jacksons-car-lovers-conference-room/
Published Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2021 22:41:20 +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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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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