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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.

Photos Courtesy of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

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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Final Encore—Bizzarrini P538

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Photo: Casey AnnisThe 1950s and 1960s were a time of rapid change in both the road and racecar world. Technology was advancing quickly and with this advancement, it became increasingly harder and harder for a lone individual—either engineer or visionary—to be solely responsible for a complete automobile. Yet, some amazing vehicles were given birth during this time by some of the last of these automotive prodigies. One such automotive savant was Italian Giotto Bizzarrini. A tenacious and talented engineer and development driver, Bizzarrini either created or played a major role in some of the most iconic cars of the 1960s, including several built under his own name. Any true understanding of Bizzarrini’s cars, however, first requires an understanding of the man, as the two are virtually inseparable.

The author unleashes a healthy dose of the “Anniversario” Bizzarrini’s prodigious horsepower.
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Born Survivor

Giotto Bizzarrini was born in June 6, 1926, in Quercianella, near Livorno, Italy. Born into a long line of engineers, it is perhaps not surprising that Bizzarrini would gravitate toward things mechanical. However, his early childhood years were more dominated by soccer and hunting, at least until World War II intervened. When the war broke out, Giotto’s father took up arms against the Germans, leaving young Giotto behind to fend for his family. During the war years, times were tough and much of what the Bizzarrini family had to eat ended up coming from Giotto’s hunting prowess. Bizzarrini would look back on these years of deprivation and state, “That period really influenced me for the rest of my life. It made me into a survivor, somewhat of a maverick.”

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Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine

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Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
Although Bike EXIF is dedicated to art on two wheels, our automotive interests are wide-ranging. Our publisher has an enviable car collection, our workshop editor, Dean, is a vintage snowmobile fiend, and I’ve been in love with the Morgan Super 3 ever since I test-drove it at the Malle Mile. So today we’re bending the rules, and bringing you a stunning three-wheeler that’s only really thirty percent motorcycle.

Dubbed the ‘MAC 2,’ it’s the second handmade three-wheeler from Indonesian engineer and vintage bike enthusiast, Cosmas Lili Sudrajat. Cosmas has a major crush on Morgan’s V-twin-powered three-wheelers—but they’re expensive and hard to come by in Indonesia. Luckily, he knows his way around a workshop.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts

The V-twin powerplant bolted to the front of the MAC 2 isn’t a motorcycle engine though. It’s out of a Mazda B600—a pint-sized, Japanese-made station wagon that was a hit in Indonesia in the 1960s. “The Mazda’s air-cooled 600 cc V-twin engine is the perfect size for a three-wheeler,” says Cosmas.

Once the Mazda B600 had been torn down to just its chassis and motor, Cosmas chopped off the rear half of the frame and installed a repurposed Honda swingarm. Repurposed 18” laced motorcycle wheels do duty up front, modified with cast aluminum MAC-branded hubcaps.

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Ferrari Challenge UK commences

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The 2024 Ferrari UK Challenge race series commences its sixth season this weekend at iconic English racing circuit Brands Hatch. Ferrari North Europe has confirmed another packed grid of experienced and new drivers in both the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell classes.

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The 2024 season welcomes the return of numerous racing favorites, including Andrew Morrow, who readies himself for a step up to the EU Challenge in 2024, and Tom Fleming, the EU Challenge rookie who went on to win the World Championship at Finali Mondiali in Mugello last October. With both drivers showing great talent, the stage is set for a hotly contested season opener.

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Several exciting newcomers also make their debut in the series this year, hoping to seize the initiative and pilot their Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo race cars to victory in the final solus year for the 488 model, before the introduction of the new 296 Challenge in 2025.

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