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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


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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: A LASTING LEGACY: Nellie Jackson – Treasure of the Collector Car Hobby
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Wrench, Ride, Repeat: Analog reworks the Bimota DB3, again

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Custom Bimota DB3 Mantra by Analog Motorcycles
Of all the motorcycles that Bimota ever made, the DB3 Mantra is perhaps the most peculiar. As you’d expect from the Italian firm, the DB3 featured a Ducati engine in an aluminum trellis frame and was known for its nimble handling. But its alien-like aesthetic was a little too far out there for most pundits.

As rare as the Bimota DB3 Mantra is, customized examples of it are even rarer. We’ve only ever featured one custom DB3 on these pages—and now, that very same bike is back for another round. It’s just gone under the knife for the second time at Analog—and now looks even better.

Custom Bimota DB3 Mantra by Analog Motorcycles

The DB3’s first makeover happened eleven years ago, when Analog’s Tony Prust modified it for his good friend and drummer of the rock band Chevelle, Sam Loeffler. The bike made waves at the inaugural Handbuilt and Mama Tried shows, and starred in an episode of Café Racer TV. More importantly, Sam rode it… a lot.

More recently, Sam brought the bike back to Tony for a couple of mild changes. He wanted a front suspension upgrade, and he wanted to add a front fender (something that was excluded the first time around).

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Title: Wrench, Ride, Repeat: Analog reworks the Bimota DB3, again
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TAKE A ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE: Collector Car Summer Drives


TAKE A ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE: Collector Car Summer Drives

Rev up your engine and get ready for the ultimate road trip! These quintessential routes each have their own unique charm ‒ offering rich history, breathtaking vistas or heart-pounding excitement with thrilling twists and turns. Buckle up for what is certain to be an epic journey.


Top of the World Highway – Alaska
If you find yourself in Alaska with your collector car, steer towards the charming town of Jack Wade, close to the Canadian border. There, you’ll find the start of an impressive drive on the Top of the World Highway along Alaska 5. Don’t forget your passport, as this road leads you east into Canada, where Alaska 5 transforms into the rugged Yukon 9. It winds through Canada’s breathtaking Yukon Territory and culminates at a ferry terminal in West Dawson, on the scenic banks of the Yukon River. Many say it’s one of the most stunning drives on the planet.

Hana Highway, Maui – Hawaii
One of Hawaii’s most iconic drives awaits you on the island of Maui. Often referred to as the Road to Hana, the winding Hana Highway gracefully hugs Maui’s northeast coast, where lush green cliffs are adorned with cascading waterfalls that tumble down to beaches with golden, black and red sands. During the 52-mile journey you’ll traverse narrow one-lane bridges and pass by fruit stands offering fresh local produce.


Cascade Loop Scenic Byway – Washington
Spanning 400 miles through some of Washington state’s most breathtaking landscapes, the Cascade Loop promises stunning views and fantastic stops. Along this scenic route, you’ll encounter North Cascades National Park, Whidbey Island, the picturesque Stevens Pass, the serene Lake Chelan and the quaint towns of Winthrop and Methow Valley. This drive is packed with incredible vistas, hiking trails and cozy spots to stay, making it perfect for an unforgettable getaway.

Pikes Peak Highway – Colorado
For racing enthusiasts, the $15 toll to access Pikes Peak Highway is a small price to pay to experience one of the most iconic hill-climb racetracks in the world. This thrilling 19-mile road has been the stage for the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as The Race to the Clouds, for over a century. Experience the majestic Rockies in a way that few ever will as you scale to the breathtaking 14,000-foot summit of Pikes Peak. It’s an adventure you won’t want to miss!

While you’re in the area, we highly recommend taking the scenic route to the Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel, located just 50 miles from Denver on Interstate 70. Starting from Pikes Peak, head north on Route 67, and enjoy several picturesque highways before merging onto I-70. Here, you’ll encounter the world’s highest road tunnel, peaking at an impressive 11,158 feet in elevation. Opened to westbound traffic in 1973 and to eastbound traffic in 1979, this engineering marvel spans over 1.5 miles.

Pacific Coast Highway – California
The Pacific Coast Highway, or PCH, is one of the world’s most famous roads. If you’re planning to explore this legendary route, be sure to set aside plenty of time to travel the nearly 700 miles of California State Route 1, as it’s called in northern California. For uninterrupted views and easy pull-off stops to soak in the breathtaking landscapes and ocean vistas, we suggest experiencing this journey from north to south.

Mulholland Drive – California
Mulholland Drive begins in the Hollywood Hills and stretches 21 miles west to Woodland Hills. From “Ford v Ferrari” to “Fast and Furious,” this ultra-famous Southern California road has been featured in countless films and has hosted celebrities like Madonna, John Lennon, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and many more.  The 2001 film “Mulholland Drive” was inspired by this very route. As a top Hollywood tourist destination, Mulholland Drive is often bustling with tour buses, tourists and locals, representing the essence of Hollywood’s allure and excitement.


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The Twisted Sisters – Texas
Northwest of San Antonio and nestled in the captivating Texas Hill Country are three enchanting roads locally dubbed “The Twisted Sisters”. Comprising Texas Farm to Market (FM) roads 335, 336 and 337, this trio offers a journey of winding curves and scenic vistas. Pass through towns such as Medina, Vanderpool, Prade Rach, Hackberry and Camp Wood before finishing the nearly 100-mile loop in Leakey, Texas.

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The Devil’s Highway – Arizona
About 200 miles east of Phoenix near the town of Clifton lies Route 191, now known as the

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5 Sensational Cycles from Bonhams’ Summer Sale

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1955 Vincent Black Knight

Every classic motorcycle tells a tale, whether it’s a hair-brained origin story or volumes from a lifetime of loving use. The best stories and biggest price tags don’t always go hand-in-hand, and we’ve combed the catalog of Bonhams’ upcoming Summer Motorcycle Sale to find the bikes with the most to say.

The online sale starts June 14th at 12:00 BST and runs through the 24th, and while there are scores of titillating bikes, projects and parts, these are the five lots we’ll be watching.

1980 BMW R65 Desert Racer
1980 BMW R65

Much of BMW’s illustrious desert racing history was built on the back of the GS, but that’s not to say it all started there, and racers had long been modifying boxers for off-road use before the dual-purpose GS debuted. A product of several skunkworks specialists, this 1980 BMW R65 has been heavily modified and campaigned in notable desert rallies throughout the 1980s.

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Title: 5 Sensational Cycles from Bonhams’ Summer Sale
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