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A LEGACY ON WHEELS: The Timeless Automobiles of Don Williams

Written by Nicole Ellan James

LOT #1372 – 1936 BUGATTI TYPE 57 STELVIO – NO RESERVE

The late Don Williams was always passionate about cars. Learning about prewar vehicles from an early age led him to become an expert in classic automobiles, with the ability to procure the utmost quality and extraordinary vehicles for his clientele. It’s hardly a revelation that his private collection showcased an array of exceptional vehicles, among them the unique Mayfair-bodied 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K. In addition to that prewar gem, Barrett-Jackson takes pride in presenting six additional vehicles from Don Williams’ personal collection, all to be sold with No Reserve during the 2024 Scottsdale Auction.

One of the standout gems in this collection is the 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio, bearing Chassis No. #57406, a cherished part of Williams’ collection since 1988. Unveiling the narrative behind this timeless Bugatti, Kees Jansen, a renowned Bugatti historian, reveals that the Type 57 was meticulously crafted in April 1936 as a four-passenger Stelvio. This model featured the alluring cabriolet design conceived by Jean Bugatti, characterized by its striking pontoon fenders and an Atalante-inspired rounded tail.

The original owner of the Type 57, R. Petit, took possession on August 8, 1936. Later owned by a Mr. Ferrand, the car underwent upgrades that included later-style headlamps integrated into the front fenders and spats over the rear wheels. Period photographs from the 1940s, included in with the sale, depict these features, authentically reminiscent of 1937-39 Bugattis. Additionally, the car received front “moustache” bumpers and Lockheed hydraulic brakes, a common upgrade for earlier cable-brake cars.

LOT #1372.1 – 1938 PACKARD 12 TORPEDO-CABRIOLET – NO RESERVE

Ferrand sold the Bugatti to Jacques Dufilho, a prominent actor residing in the Latin Quarter of Paris. In 1974, Dufilho transferred ownership to Alexander E. Ulmann, known for founding the 12 hours of Sebring, the American automotive endurance race, in December 1950. Ulmann drove the car without rear fender spats and refinished it in light blue and black. The Bugatti remained in his ownership until his passing in 1986.

“One of my favorite cars from Don’s personal collection of is the Bugatti,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “It has a great history and Don restored it to perfection.”

Under Williams’ stewardship, the Bugatti was transformed it to its current state. The Ulmann two-tone royal blue and black “sweep panel” livery was retained, complemented by striking pale gray leather upholstery for a breathtaking contrast. Notably, the rear wheel “spats” were reinstalled, and the wire wheels were chromed, reminiscent of the options available from Bugatti in 1937.

The Bugatti preserves its authenticity with its original No. 286 engine, the No. 68C transmission sourced from a supercharged Stelvio, the original No. 427 rear axle and the No. 50 internal frame. The dashboard features what appear to be the original gauges, except for a new Jaeger tachometer.

LOT #1339.2 – 1933 PACKARD 1001 STANDARD EIGHT COUPE ROADSTER – NO RESERVE

“Don had the car for a long time and it’s absolutely gorgeous,” Jackson said. “He loved this car. We are truly honored that his wife Janet has entrusted us with selling it at the Scottsdale Auction with No Reserve.”

Additionally offered from the collection are three remarkable Packards: a Kellner-bodied one-of-a-kind 1938 Packard Twelve Torpedo-Cabriolet, a 1933 Packard 1001 Standard Eight Coupe Roadster and a 1920 Packard Twin 6 Transformable Town Car.

The 1938 Packard 12 Torpedo-Cabriolet by Kellner boasts a unique history, having been custom-built with the rear body section of a 1930 Renault Reinstella Torpedo Scaphandrier, reportedly by its original owner, believed to be George “Geordie” Hormel II, heir to Hormel Foods. In the early 1950s, the car underwent restoration at Joy Brothers Motor Car Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, and by the late 1950s, it found a new owner in J.B Nethercutt. In 1961, casino mogul William F. Harrah acquired the Packard, retaining it in his collection for 24 years until its sale in 1985 during the Harrah Automobile Collection Sale to Tom Monaghan, the founder of Domino’s Pizza. Under Monaghan’s ownership, the Torpedo-Cabriolet received a no-expense-spared restoration by Lon Krueger of Scottsdale, Arizona. It then entered the collection of Tom Barrett, co-founder of Barrett-Jackson, in 1989, before ultimately being sold to Don Williams, who proudly showcased the car tever since.

LOT #1339.1 – 1920 PACKARD TWIN 6 TRANSFORMABLE TOWN CAR – NO RESERVE

The 1933 Packard 1001 Standard Eight Coupe Roadster, a

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Title: A LEGACY ON WHEELS: The Timeless Automobiles of Don Williams
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Published Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2024 16:39:51 +0000

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Work in progress: A peek at the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype

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Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype
Mention motorcycle brands and the American Midwest in the same sentence, and a particular Motor Co. springs to mind first. But there’s a smaller company 146 miles away, across Lake Michigan, producing small bikes with big attitudes. They’re called Janus Motorcycles, and this is their latest offering—the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler.

Based in Goshen, Indiana, Janus Motorcycles specializes in vintage-styled, made-to-order motorcycles. Using engines from the Italian brand SWM, their bikes can be specced with myriad color and accessory options, before being assembled by hand and shipped to their new owners. Only a handful of parts come from external suppliers—the rest are made in-house, or by Janus’ local network of craftsmen, many of which are Amish.

Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype

The Janus Gryffin 450 shows off the same scrambler styling as the existing Gryffin 250, but uses the engine from the company’s bigger Halcyon 450 bobber. You’re looking at the prototype build, devoid of any paint and finishings. Janus is in the thick of finalizing development, with the Gryffin 450 expected to go into production in July.

Derived from the single-cylinder donk in the Honda XR400, the 445 cc SWM motor makes around 30 hp. It’s not likely to set any land speed records, but that’s just fine for the Janus team. Their philosophy is building bikes that are not just gorgeous, but approachable too.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Work in progress: A peek at the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/janus-gryffin-450-prototype
Published Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2024 16:01:56 +0000

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The Paloma: Deus ex Machina’s Husqvarna FE 450 Baja 1000 race bike

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Husqvarna FE 450 Baja 1000 race bike by Deus ex Machina
Held on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula since 1962, the Baja 1000 is a desert race like no other. As mythical as it is grueling, finishing it requires skill, willpower, and a little luck; finishing on the podium, even more so.

You’re looking at the motorcycle that took second place in last year’s running of the Baja 1000. Built and fielded by a team from Deus ex Machina’s American operation, it’s a well-prepped Husqvarna FE 450 with a livery that’s all fun—and a parts-spec that’s all business. Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Paloma,’ the bike not only boasts a second-place finish in the Pro Moto Unlimited class of the Baja 1000, but it also bagged second overall in the 2023 World Desert Championship.

Husqvarna FE 450 Baja 1000 race bike by Deus ex Machina

The man responsible for the build was Ciaran Naran, who shared race duties with Forrest Minchinton, Nick Lapaglia, and Derek Asserbauer. A previous Baja 1000 winner, Ciaran’s been racing dirt bikes since he was eight years old—and he’s figured out how to make them faster along the way. Working out of Deus’ Venice Beach workshop, Ciaran put countless late nights into turning the 2023-model Husqvarna FE 450 Heritage Edition into this wily, silver medal-winning desert sled.

Even in stock form, the Husqvarna FE 450 is a beast. Thanks to its chromoly frame and carbon fiber subframe, it weighs a paltry 108.3 kilos [238.8 lbs] dry—which is no match for its punchy four-stroke motor. Add a smorgasbord of high-end parts, and you have the beginnings of a race-winning

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Title: The Paloma: Deus ex Machina’s Husqvarna FE 450 Baja 1000 race bike
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Published Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2024 22:11:57 +0000

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A WORLD OF ITS OWN: Take Time to Explore the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

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A WORLD OF ITS OWN: Take Time to Explore the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Written by Barbara Toombs

Back in the mid-1980s, then Scottsdale mayor Herb Drinkwater had a vision that the beautiful northern part of his city at the foot of the McDowell Mountains would become the epicenter of world-class events. Through Drinkwater’s persuasiveness, The Phoenix Open golf tournament relocated to the Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Scottsdale in 1987, with Barrett-Jackson moving to what had become known as HorseWorld in 1989 (changing its name to WestWorld in 1990).

The TPC was developed as part of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, a sprawling 65-acre property that also opened in 1987. Being just 2.5 miles away from the site of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions and sharing a similar commitment to excellence, the Princess was a natural choice to become the official resort of Barrett-Jackson’s flagship Scottsdale Auction each January.

The iconic AAA Five Diamond resort has proven to be an outstanding destination for visitors of all ages – particularly in the winter months for those looking to escape their snowbound states back East. No matter the weather, the Princess offers an incredible array of activities for its guests.

Golf remains a big attraction here, with TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course and Champions Course both located right next door. The resort’s golf concierge can help visitors arrange tee times there or at one of the more than 200 other courses located in sunny Scottsdale.

For those who love the water, the Princess also does not disappoint. The resort boasts six sparkling pools, all of which are kept at a pleasant 80 degrees Fahrenheit and are open 24/7. A favorite among families is the Sonoran Splash Pool, a 6,000-square-foot aquatic oasis with two 200-foot twisting water slides, a zero-entry pool deck and a sandbox play area. Also popular for those traveling with children is Sunset Beach, the resort’s largest pool, which features a 9,000 square-foot white-sand beach and giant splash pad.

The adults-only Sonoran Landing pool invites you to swim laps in one of two lanes or just relax in an oversized hammock, plush day bed or floating bean bag and enjoy some poolside libations. At the heart of the property is the Princess Pool, with sweeping views of the resort’s lush lagoons and golf course, as well as in-pool hot tubs providing the ultimate in evening relaxation under a starry sky.

There’s also a rooftop pool for guests at the acclaimed 44,000-square-foot Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, which offers everything from the exhilaration of aerial yoga to the tranquility of a customized aromatherapy massage. At this hidden oasis guests can enjoy a wealth of treatments, as well as a wet steam room, Swedish dry sauna, hot therapeutic whirlpool, fitness center, grotto waterfall and healthy spa cuisine.

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Speaking of cuisine, there are dining options to suit all tastes at the Princess. Top of the list is Bourbon Steak from award-winning Chef Michael Mina – an upscale, contemporary American steakhouse. If it’s south-of-the-border dishes you’re craving, La Hacienda will be just the ticket, with offerings including fresh guacamole crafted tableside and slow-braised pork carnitas.

Other restaurants on the vast property include the Ironwood American Kitchen for breakfast, lunch or dinner (as well as weekend brunch), while the Plaza Bar offers a great indoor/outdoor atmosphere where you can grab a bite to eat and signature craft cocktails. Looking for something a little different? Over at the nearby TPC Golf Clubhouse you can explore the innovative fusion of Asian and Latin flavors at Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar.

For those who love to shop, check out the upscale men’s and women’s clothing boutiques at the resort. You can pick up children’s apparel, pool toys and more at the Trailblazers Shop located at the Trailblazers Recreation Center – where you can also rent fishing equipment or join the kids for a dig in the virtual reality sand box, ride the 3D simulators or grab a basketball for a game of hoops at the resort’s sport court.

You may be in town for the incredible cars at Barrett-Jackson – but be sure to take time to experience all the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has to offer!

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: A WORLD OF ITS OWN: Take Time to Explore the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
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Published Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2023 16:25:53 +0000

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