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Brian and Craig Jackson

 

Russ Jackson’s eldest son Brian was 26 years old when his father partnered with Tom Barrett to form the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company in 1971, but by then he was already well-indoctrinated into the automotive world.

Born in 1945 in Biloxi, Mississippi, where Russ was stationed in the Air Force during World War II, Brian had a love for cars from the get-go. His first car was a 1936 Ford that remains a treasured vehicle in his younger brother Craig’s collection to this day.

The elder Jackson son was a true baby boomer who grew up in the era so well-portrayed in the film “American Graffiti” and wholeheartedly embraced the high-powered, high-speed muscle cars of the day. While still in high school, Brian crossed paths with Phil Hill – the only American-born driver to win the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship, which he accomplished in 1960. The two became fast friends, and the summer after Brian graduated from high school, Brian accompanied Phil to Europe for the filming of the 1966 action movie “Grand Prix.”

Brian with his friend and racing legend Phil Hill when they traveled to the Bugatti factory in France while on location for the filming of the 1966 movie “Grand Prix.”

Like Phil Hill, Brian was drawn to the roar of souped-up engines and squealing tires in the world of racing, and when not helping out his father and Tom Barrett at auction time, he could often be found on the racetrack. He was among the first to become involved in vintage sports car racing in the mid-1970s, often racing in the famed Monterey Historics, and often behind the wheel of his treasured 1965 Shelby GT350, a car that also remains in the Jackson family.

Being 14 years older than his brother, Brian was often relegated with the task of “babysitting,” which in his world meant taking Craig along to Phil Hill’s races at Riverside in California and the Stardust in Las Vegas, on trips to the Beeline Dragway (in its heyday one of the premier racing destinations in Arizona), and putting him to work in his race shop as he and his friends worked on their cars.

“I learned an awful lot from my brother,” remembers Craig.

Brian in the shop working on a massive V12

“He taught me about the inner workings of cars and how to restore them. Because of our age difference, Brian was often the ‘front guy’ at the auction and I dutifully played the role of little brother,

which often meant doing the things he didn’t want to do. But as a result, I learned so many aspects of the business, from building the auction site from the ground up to doing the metal work on a high-end collector car.”

Brian and Steve Davis, now president of Barrett-Jackson, became friends at the auction when Steve was a consignor, and the two would meet up at the Monterey Historics whenever Brian was racing. “I started consigning cars with Barrett-Jackson back in the late 1970s,” recalls Steve, “and I soon developed a strong relationship with Brian. We bonded because of our shared enthusiasm for Shelbys and the auction in general.”

While Brian had been involved in the family business since the early days, working primarily with consignments and operations, the auction became an all-important part of Brian’s life in the early 1990s, when he took over management of the company while his father Russ struggled with and then, in 1993, passed away from colon cancer. A year later, in 1994, the reins were formally in Brian’s hands when Tom Barrett retired from active participation in the auction.

Brian driving the 1932 Duesenberg Model J, which was the first car to sell for more than $1 million at Barrett-Jackson.

Those close to the auction scene were impressed, noting that Brian took on the responsibility very seriously and did what needed to be done. “He was outgoing, caring, personable and approachable,” another auction associate remembered. “He was a really solid guy.”

Among Brian’s visions for Barrett-Jackson was enhancing the lifestyle aspect of the auction experience, creating an event that lovers of the classics and new car enthusiasts could all enjoy. The first step towards that goal was achieved in 1995, when Brian and Craig signed Detroit “Big Three” automaker Chrysler as the first presenting sponsor of the auction. As part of its sponsorship, Chrysler set up a huge product display that included not only the company’s latest portfolio of vehicles but many of its historic classics.

The two brothers also discussed expanding the auction by adding an East Coast venue, and were considering Florida or New York. Although Craig didn’t know it until after his brother had died, Brian had even gone so

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: A LASTING LEGACY: Brian Jackson was a “Car Guy’s Car Guy”
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/brian-jackson-the-car-guys-car-guy/
Published Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:45:32 +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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