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Tom Barrett and his son driving the 1914 Isotta Fraschini Tipo KM4 Gunboat Speedster that sold at the 1990 Barrett-Jackson Auction for $1,026,000.

 

The badge that was placed on every car that Tom sold.

By all accounts, Tom Barrett was a larger-than-life character who possessed both the showmanship of P.T. Barnum and the smooth-talking sales skills of Don Draper. His love of cars took him to all corners of the globe in search of the world’s most fabulous vehicles, initially either for his own or another enthusiast’s collection – and later, of course, to showcase on the Barrett-Jackson auction block. Tom was referred to as both “Grandfather of the Collector Car Industry” and “The Greatest Name in Classic Cars” – but no matter the title, it is fair to say some of the rarest and most valuable cars in the world passed through his hands at one time or another.

Even as a young boy growing up in Oak Park, Illinois, Tom had a passion for the automobile; it is said he sold his first car for a profit when he was a mere 12 years old, was one of the youngest successful managers of a car lot in his hometown and was officially considered a car collector at the age of 19. His father, a federal judge in Chicago, did not approve of Tom’s fascination with horsepower, feeling it was not professional, and unsuccessfully tried to persuade his son to become a lawyer.

Tom Barrett and Russ Jackson

In 1960, Tom moved his family to Arizona, where he initially dabbled in real estate, using his enjoyment of classic cars in helping establish real estate business contacts with other collectors throughout the country. He soon realized his passion for collecting cars surpassed his interest in real estate, however, and threw his heart and soul into the collector car industry.

That fateful meeting with Russ Jackson in 1963 over a newspaper advertisement may not have resulted in a car sale for Tom, but it did forever change his future. When the two men embarked on their new venture to stage a benefit car show, which later evolved into the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, Tom found the perfect avenue to blend his expert showmanship with his love for collector cars.

For an average of three weeks a month for many years, he traveled the globe to bring the world’s greatest automobiles to the Barrett-Jackson auction block. Tom’s love of the deal resulted in him even going behind the Iron Curtain to chase down many incredible cars, especially those that had been in Germany during World War II.

“He saved all those cars,” said Craig Jackson. “I remember him bringing them home and driving those huge-displacement Mercedes, Bugattis, one-off classics and even early Grand Prix racing cars down the street where he lived in Arizona.

Tom Barrett on the auction block in the 1980s

Those cars have become the crown jewels of some of the most famous and coveted private collections around the world.”

Tom also used his vast connections in the collector car world to bring buyers for those many cars to Barrett-Jackson. And when it was auction time, Tom took his charisma and unmistakable presence to the auction block, where he held court, clearly the “life of the party” and always ready with an easy smile or a heartfelt laugh.

Over the years, Tom Barrett contributed generously to the Classic Car Club of America, which in 1989 named a building at the Gilmore Car Museum in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Thomas W. Barrett III Barn in his honor.

Tom’s enjoyment of all things automotive also developed into a passion for fast cars. He was a regular fixture at the Indianapolis 500 every year from 1949 through the mid 1990s, which eventually resulted in him having his own team in 1981 and becoming a sponsor of the renowned event. He also contributed generously to the Classic Car Club of America, which in 1989 named a building at the Gilmore Car Museum in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Thomas W. Barrett III Barn in his honor.

After his longtime partner and friend Russ Jackson passed away in 1993, Tom retired, turning the operation of the auction over to Jackson’s sons, Brian and Craig. A heart attack took Tom’s life in 2004 at the age of 75, and the collector car world mourned a man who was known as honest, honorable and bigger than life. As his family remembered at the time of his death, Tom Barrett was equally comfortable chatting with “the common man” as he was being the honored guest of “presidents, kings, princes, sultans and maharajas.”

His legacy is in the heart of every car that crosses the Barrett-Jackson auction block.

 

Tom Barrett (left) at the Fiesta de los Autos Elegantes in the

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: A LASTING LEGACY: Tom Barrett, Showman and Collector Car Hunter Extraordinaire
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/a-lasting-legacy-tom-barrett-showman-and-collector-car-hunter-extraordinaire/
Published Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2021 21:43:02 +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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