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Barrett-Jackson Named Official Auctioneer of Steven Tyler’s “Jam for Janie” GRAMMY Awards® Viewing Party Charity Event, February 4, Featuring a Custom 1965 Corvette Roadster Built by FantomWorks

Benefiting Janie’s Fund, the custom Corvette will be on display throughout Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ‒ January 19, 2024 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, has been named the Official Auctioneer of Steven Tyler’s “Jam for Janie” GRAMMY Awards® Viewing Party on Sunday, February 4 at the Hollywood Palladium. Benefiting Janie’s Fund, a non-profit that supports girls in America who have experienced abuse and neglect, the charity event will feature a curated live auction by Barrett-Jackson, including the sale of a custom 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster built by FantomWorks that will also be on display throughout Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28. Hosted by Zooey Deschanel and set against the backdrop of the glamorous Hollywood Hills, “Jam for Janie” guests will enjoy world-class dining while watching the GRAMMYS® in the company of music royalty. Following the GRAMMY Awards® broadcast, the event will feature the auction and live musical performances from some of Tyler’s iconic friends, including The Black Crowes.

“We’re honored to be a part of Steven’s event this February and look forward to raising much needed funds and awareness for Janie’s Fund and the incredible work they’re doing,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Steven has long been a part of the Barrett-Jackson family, previously selling his Hennessey Venom GT Spyder at our 2017 Scottsdale Auction which raised $800,000 for Janie’s Fund. We also look forward to showcasing this incredibly crafted Corvette here in Scottsdale throughout our event before facilitating its auction in February.”

Built by renowned restorer Dan Short and his team of professionals at FantomWorks, the 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster will be on display at Barrett-Jackson’s 2024 Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Finished in black with carbon fiber accents, the Corvette is powered by a new LS3 fuel-injected engine producing 435hp and mated to a 4L70 overdrive automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Riding on custom one-off black ball milled wheels with Baer 4-piston red caliper brakes, this roadster also showcases a FantomWorks patented 1963 Corvette split-window convertible top. The interior features black leather and deer skin with custom bolstered seats, leather one-off door panels and custom carbon fiber accents. It also includes custom one-off Dakota digital gauges with Janie’s Fund logo and the FantomWorks’ “Fantom” on the faces.

“In our search for meaning, we ultimately discover that we need to be part of something bigger than ourselves,” said Short. “Today, the crew of FantomWorks has teamed with a small group of donors and the staff at Janie’s Fund to turn a car into an icon that symbolizes the ordinary doing extraordinary things. My thanks to Steven and Janie’s Fund for allowing my artisans to be a part of your vision.”

Janie’s Fund is a philanthropic initiative created by Tyler in partnership with one of America’s most effective nonprofits, Youth Villages, to bring much-needed awareness to the issue of abuse and neglect in America and the most effective services to help girls and young in their trauma recovery. Launched in November 2015, proceeds to date have directly provided more than 353,000 days of counseling and trauma informed care for more than 2,200 girls across the country in the LifeSet program.

“We are beyond thrilled to be able to have our first ever car auctioned at Steven’s GRAMMY viewing party,” said Richard Shaw, Chief Development Officer for Youth Villages/Janie’s Fund. “Dan and his FantomWorks team are donating this one-of-a-kind restored classic Corvette to Janie’s Fund which will bring needed resources to support young women (ages 17-22) in the LifeSet program, nationally. We are forever grateful for this amazing gift.”

For more information on Janie’s Fund and Steven Tyler’s GRAMMY Awards® Viewing Party “Jam for Janie,” please visit janiesfund.org.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: Barrett-Jackson Named Official Auctioneer of Steven Tyler’s “Jam for Janie” GRAMMY Awards® Viewing Party Charity Event, February 4, Featuring a Custom 1965 Corvette Roadster Built by FantomWorks
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Published Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2024 22:33:23 +0000

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K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer

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Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed
When the Honda Dax was brought back into production a couple of years ago, K-Speed wasted little time getting their grubby paws on it. The Thai powerhouse’s founder, the mysterious Mr Eak, had a 50 cc Dax as a teenager—and the workshop is particularly good at customizing small Hondas. So a K-Speed-customized Dax was inevitable.

Two years on, and K-Speed is still finding interesting ways to cram massive levels of badassery into Honda’s bite-sized mini-bike. This time, they’ve turned the Dax into an uber-sassy—albeit impossibly compact—café racer.

Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed

Although K-Speed churns out countless custom bikes a year for paying customers, this one was a shop build. Eak wanted to see how far he could push the 2024-model Honda ST125 Dax, visually, without modifying its pressed steel frame (which also houses its fuel tank). Luckily K-Speed has an extensive range of Honda mini-bike parts to draw from, manufactured under their ‘Diabolus’ brand.

Dubbed ‘Puppy Racer,’ K-Speed’s custom Honda Dax benefits most from a radical stance adjustment. The crew started with a new Diabolus front end, comprising upside-down forks and a more modern-looking top yoke. It sits lower than the stock setup, as do the twin Diabolus shocks that now prop up the rear.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-dax-cafe-racer
Published Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2024 16:11:01 +0000

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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style

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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style
2024 Shelby Super Snake unveiled at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction.

As thousands of car enthusiasts streamed through the gates of The World’s Greatest Collection Car Auctions on Thursday, they were met with sunshine, blue skies and over 600 collector cars on display at the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction.

The auction site at the South Florida Fairgrounds offered something for everyone on the first day of the event. Guests were able to see all the collector cars before they had their turn on the famous auction block, check out interactive displays and demonstrations from more than 100 exhibitors and sponsors, and grab a bite to eat from a wide variety of offerings.

The day’s activities included the demonstration of a 1976 Leopard 1 A5 Battle Tank (Lot #696), which will cross the block with No Reserve on Saturday, April 20, highlighted by the unmistakable rumble of its 37.4-liter turbocharged diesel engine and the turning of the turret. Additional demonstrations are scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. near the South Showcase.

Another must-experience highlight of the day was an exhilarating ride around the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track with a professional driver at the Dodge Thrill Rides and Ford Hot Laps. In addition, the Volvo Driving Experience gave guests the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a new Volvo for a cruise along the streets of Palm Beach.

Of course, the real not-to-be-missed element of the event was watching all the exciting bidding action in the arena itself.

The morning’s activity began with nearly 200 examples of collectible cool up on the block during the Automobilia Auction, where Lot #6299.2, a large Kenny Rogers Roasters light-up sign and Lot #6298.4, a Chevrolet OK Used Cars neon sign, proved to be the stars of Thursday’s show. Three gas pumps also took the spotlight: a 1940s-50s Gulf Bennett Model #646 (Lot #6291) and a late-1940s/early-50s Gulf Oil Premium Gasoline Tokheim 39 (Lot #6292). A late-1940s/early-1950s Texaco Bennett Model 756 (Lot #6289.1) rounded out the day’s top five automobilia sales.

Before the collector cars started to cross the block for the day, Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson was joined on the block by President Steve Davis, along with Shelby American President Gary Patterson, Vice President of Operations Vince LaViolette, and Sales and Marketing Manager Kash Singh, as well as Tracy Smith, Executive Vice President of Carroll Shelby International, to debut Shelby’s latest creation: the 2024 Shelby Super Snake. The special car, along with a convertible version, will be on display throughout the Palm Beach event in the Shelby American display.

Over 175 of the more than 600 No Reserve collector cars on this year’s docket took their turn on the block Thursday, with 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible (Lot #106.1), a 1970 Ford Torino custom coupe (Lot #100.1), 2007 Aston Martin DB9 Volante (Lot #103) and a 1968 Ford Mustang GT convertible (Lot #108) all taking top honors for the day.

The first two cars from John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection had their turn in the spotlight today. The first, a 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible (Lot #82), was among the top sales of the day, and it was followed by Lot #82.1, a 1974 Volkswagen Thing convertible. The remaining vehicles in the collection will cross the block on Friday and Saturday with No Reserve.

The Palm Beach Auction runs through Saturday, with tickets and bidder registration available on Barrett-Jackson.com. Join us this weekend and soak in all the excitement the auction has to offer.

Enjoy the video below of Wednesday night’s Opening Night Party, as well as a gallery of activity in the auction arena and around the site today.

Shelby fans in the Auction Arena during the unveil.

LOT #106.1 – 1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE

Barrett-Jackson guests checking out the collector vehicles in the South Showcase.

LOT #82 – 1962 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE

LOT #696 – 1976 LEOPARD 1 A5 BATTLE TANK – NO RESERVE

LOT #100.1 – 1970 FORD TORINO CUSTOM COUPE

Volvo Driving Experience.

LOT #103 – 2007 ASTON MARTIN DB9 VOLANTE

Dodge Thrill Rides.

LOT #108 – 1968 FORD MUSTANG GT CONVERTIBLE

Guests waiting to go on a Ford Hot Lap.

2024 Shelby Super Snake convertible in the Shelby American display.

LOT #6298.4 – CHEVROLET OK USED CARS NEON SIGN ON STAND

LOT #6291 – 1940S-50S GULF BENNETT MODEL #646 GAS PUMP and LOT #6292 – LATE-1940S/EARLY-50S GULF OIL PREMIUM GASOLINE TOKHEIM 39 GAS PUMP

LOT #6289.1 – LATE-1940S/EARLY-1950S TEXACO BENNETT MODEL 756 GAS PUMP

LOT #6299.2 –

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2024-palm-beach-auction-highlights-day-1/
Published Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2024 21:00:23 +0000

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La Dolce Vita: Cranking the Vespa GT 200 up to eleven

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Turbocharged Vespa GT 200 with handmade bodywork
We have a particular affinity for modern Vespa scooters around here. Our founding editor, Chris Hunter, used to commute on one in Sydney, I used to commute on one in Cape Town, and our good friend, Winston Yeh, bops around Taipei on his (a black one, naturally). But we wouldn’t have the first clue on how to customize a modern Vespa.

They’re cute enough as they are, begging to be lightly accessorized rather than heavily modified. It takes a lot of imagination to look past the iconic bodywork and see something radically different. Luckily, Adam Eldridge has imagination in spades.

Turbocharged Vespa GT 200 with handmade bodywork

Based in Austin, Texas, Adam’s a fabricator who’s spent the last two decades honing his craft. Working under the banner of Python Lair Designs, he’s built custom bicycles, choppers, and hot rods, and has even tackled interior architectural metalwork.

The commission for the Vespa came from Guido DeVita—an enigmatic 70-something-year-old petrolhead with an equal love for cars and bikes, and zero regard for convention. Adam’s done regular work for Guido’s business, ilGaragista, and describes it as “a custom shop with no boundaries other than a checkbook.”

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: La Dolce Vita: Cranking the Vespa GT 200 up to eleven
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Published Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2024 20:02:02 +0000

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