Nellie when she received the Childhelp Angel award
The Jackson and Barrett families with members of the Classic Car Club of Arizona, which helped stage the first Fiesta de los Autos Elegantes, celebrating Russ and Nellie’s 50th wedding anniversary
A guiding light. A strong character. A treasure. The superlatives used to describe Nellie Jackson say a lot about the woman who was widely considered the “First Lady of Collector Cars” and served as the matriarch of first the Fiesta de los Autos Elegantes car show presented by her husband Russ and Tom Barrett, and then the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company from its inception in 1971 until her death at the age of 90 in 2010.
But to understand her driven spirit, her gregarious personality and her impact not just on the company, but on the collector car industry as a whole, you need to go back to the beginning.
Nellie Jackson was born in the automotive town of Pontiac, Michigan, where she landed her first office job in the accounting department at Fisher Body, a division of General Motors. That initial automotive experience was taken to another level when she met and married Russ Jackson, for whom automobiles, particularly the great prewar classics, were a passion. Her affinity with classic autos began when she and Russ purchased a 1934 V12 Cadillac Opera Coupe from a junkyard they passed while on vacation.
Nellie and Brian
Entrepreneurial by nature, Nellie had an incredibly strong work ethic, likely attributed to her coming of age during the Great Depression. While raising sons Brian and Craig, she embarked on a career in retail, opening a store in Pontiac specializing in women’s and children’s fashions. Later, after the family’s move to Arizona, she and Russ opened the full-service Super Car Wash and also owned and operated the Classic Carriage House, where they bought, sold, rebuilt and refinished classic cars. Nellie, of course, took care of the books and handled the administrative duties.
The couple also joined the Classic Car Club of America after they relocated to the Valley of the Sun, with Nellie immediately stepping up to serve as treasurer. Later, she was elected as the first female Regional Director of the club.
Nellie at the office
When the Jacksons joined forces with Tom Barrett to form Barrett-Jackson, Nellie served as executive director. With her astute business sense, open and caring personality, keen sense of humor, ability to build strong personal relationships and appreciation of collector cars, the job was a perfect fit. Even into her 80s, she was typically the first one in the office at 7 a.m. sharp, putting in a full day’s work ensuring that paperwork was in order, payments were timely, expectations were met and individuals were respected. Her efficiency and processes set high standards for Barrett-Jackson’s administration from the earliest days – standards still in place today – and her passion for automobiles and business acumen became a driving force that propelled the company’s evolution into the world’s leading collector car auction company.
Nellie with Craig
Nellie’s influence reached far beyond the car-collecting world as well. The charitable purpose of Tom Barrett and Russ Jackson’s first car show continued under Nellie’s watchful, nurturing eye. Philanthropy was important to her and she was the force behind what is now a time-honored tradition at each Barrett-Jackson event: the charitable sales of collectible vehicles that have raised well over $100 million over the years for charities large and small. The nonprofit organization Childhelp – co-founded by Nellie’s friends Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson – was particularly close to her heart. The organization even created the Nellie Jackson Award in her honor, which recognizes an individual who “reflects Nellie’s philanthropic and humanitarian spirit; her incredible passion and drive; and her warm, kind-hearted character.”
Nellie was widely respected by all who were involved in the industry. In June 2004, she received the prestigious Meguiar’s Treasure of the Collector Car Hobby award at the Hollywood Kodak Theatre – a richly deserved award that confirmed her impact on the hobby, her devotion to her family and her influence on the lives of others.
“My mother was the foundation who grounded everyone at Barrett-Jackson with her wit, wisdom and caring spirit,” says Craig Jackson.
Nellie with Danica Patrick
Nellie with a 1937 Cadillac Limousine
Nellie and Clive Cussler
Nellie with Carroll Shelby
Russ, Craig, Nellie, and Brian Jackson
Nellie and Russ in the early 1970s
Steve Davis and Nellie
Title: A LASTING LEGACY: Nellie Jackson – Treasure of the Collector Car Hobby
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/nellie-jackson-treasure-of-the-collector-car-hobby/
Published Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2021 16:23:12 +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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