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Russ Jackson with his son Craig

 

The Jackson and Barrett families with members of the Classic Car Club of Arizona celebrating Russ and Nellie’s 50th wedding anniversary.

Born into a family that emigrated from Scotland, Russ Jackson carried with him many admirable Scottish traits. He was known to be forthright and honest, practical, hard-working – and cost-conscious. “I always wanted to do something different with the auction, and he worried about what the costs were,” remembers his youngest son Craig, chuckling. “If he walked into the Scottsdale Auction today, I have no doubt that he’d say, ‘How much did you spend building this damn place?!’”

Born in Michigan, Russ grew up in Pontiac and attended General Motors Institute in Flint before becoming a salesman with local car dealerships and a member of the Pontiac Fire Department. After he married Nellie in 1940, Russ joined the Air Force as a member of the ground crew, working his way up the ranks to Chief Mechanic. He served at bases that included Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi, as well as California, and always had Nellie by his side, who worked as an accountant wherever her husband went.

Nellie and Russ prior to his deployment

Like his wife, Russ was a born entrepreneur, and returned to Pontiac after World War II ended and established Russ’s Country Store just outside the city, which he successfully ran from 1946 to 1960. Russ had taken his family on regular vacations to Scottsdale, Arizona, since the mid-1950s, but now the time had come to make a permanent move, and the Jackson family set forth in a three-vehicle caravan to make the Valley of the Sun their permanent residence.

Once settled, Russ focused on the couple’s two new businesses. It didn’t take long before Russ secured a contract for the Jacksons’ all-new full-service Super Car Wash to keep Scottsdale’s police cars spotless, and also doing prep work and car washing for local auto dealerships at. At the couple’s second business, the Classic Carriage House, Russ pursued his real passion: buying, selling, rebuilding and refinishing classic cars.

That passion for classic cars is what led him in 1963 to cross paths with fellow enthusiast Tom Barrett. Having a particular fondness for old Cadillacs with big 12- or 16-cylinder engines, Russ spied an advertisement Tom had placed in the newspaper for a 1933 Cadillac V16 Town Car built for actress Joan Crawford. Although unable to find common ground on the value of Miss Crawford’s Cadillac, Russ and Tom soon combined their love of prewar cars to start the “Fiesta de los Autos Elegantes” car show in 1967, which evolved into the forming of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company in 1971 and the company’s very first collector car auction.

Early ad campaign for Tom Barrett’s real estate office at the Safari Resort and the Jackson’s car wash

Of the many tasks required to make the auctions run smoothly, Russ was a natural at running the shop and – along with his son Brian, and later his younger son Craig – working on restorations of potential auction vehicles. When it came time for the auction itself, Russ’ exemplary organizational skills made him the perfect person to take charge of the operations of the event – from the car displays, tents and staging to the logistics of running the cars across the auction block; a simple affair in the early days that evolved over the years into a multi-day monumental effort. Of course, Russ also was instrumental in convincing his many connections in the collector car community – many the result of his involvement in the Classic Car Club of America – to bring an impressive selection of vehicles to every auction.

The longest-serving Barrett-Jackson employee, Enrique Chavez (who joined the company in 1987), remembers spending quite a bit of time with Russ, and related how he never let the pressure get to him. “Russ was funny,” Enrique recalled. “He never took life very seriously; he lived for the moment. He taught me how to relax, no matter how challenging things got.”

Russ Jackson sadly struggled with and passed away from colon cancer in 1993, at the age of 78. He left the operation of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions in the very capable hands of his two sons, who shared not only their father’s passion for all things automotive, but also his commitment to honesty and ethics – something Barrett-Jackson is known for to this day.

 

 

The Jackson and Barrett families with members of the Classic Car Club of Arizona, which helped stage the first Fiesta de los Autos Elegantes

Russ with Craig at the Scottsdale auction site in the late 1980s.

Russ at Gerry Porter

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: A LASTING LEGACY: Russ Jackson’s Love of Classic Cars Paved the Way for the Family Business
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/a-lasting-legacy-russ-jacksons/
Published Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2021 16:15:05 +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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