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In the beginning, it was all about cats, much like most of the internet. In 2017, a project called CryptoKitties launched, where users would collect and trade a series of digital cartoonish felines. Essentially like a digital version of Pokémon cards, but part of the latest in the blockchain-based boom.

Cats are cute, but what is blockchain?

In its simplest explanation, blockchain technology is what serves as the basis for cryptocurrency – that thing your nerdy nephew won’t stop taking about. Think of it as a series of decentralized computers talking to each other and creating a shared digital ledger that no single computer can change.

Lot #4001 at the 2021 Houston Auction is an NFT of the sale of this 1959 Cadillac “Ghostbusters Ectomobile” Re-creation at the 2021 Las Vegas Auction.

What?

Basically, a bunch of computers communicating with each other performing complex calculations in order to yield a secure and unchangeable document.

Again, what?

Blockchain: a giant digital public record that says that you own it. Think of it as a certificate of authenticity, but instead of a piece of paper, it’s a unique string of code.

Moving on, because the transaction history is a matter of public record, blockchain technology has sent ripples through the world of collectibles, essentially making it the perfect system for unique and digital identifiers that can be easily and securely exchanged. This led to the creation of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs. Essentially, NFTs are pieces of digital memorabilia, with the added benefit of being able to see its history with a few clicks. Imagine a Picasso painting or a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card, but with a readily available transaction history that chronicles every sale, how much it sold for, when it sold and to whom.

Non-fungible, what does that mean?

Other than being a fun word (we dare you to say it three times quickly) non-fungible essentially means it is unique or without equivalent. An example, a $100 dollar bill has fungibility, meaning it can be exchanged for two $50 bills, five 20s or 100 singles. An NFT has zero fungibility; it represents a one-of-one thing like the Declaration of Independence or an original DaVinci sketch. And because NFTs are stored using the blockchain, they are 100 percent authentic.

At the 2021 Houston Auction, bidders have a chance to own Lot #4002, the NFT commemorating the sale of this “Fast & Furious” 1994 Toyota Supra at the 2021 Las Vegas Auction.

Exactly how is this relevant to Barrett-Jackson?

A good question. In June at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions set a historic precedent becoming the first collector car company in history to sell four NFTs during a live, in-person auction. The collection of four NFTs commemorated the sale of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 VIN 001, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition VIN 001, the 2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door VIN 001 and the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 VIN 001. In total, the sale of these four VIN 001 NFTs brought in $67,000, adding a new dynamic to the world of collecting.

“Barrett-Jackson has blazed the trail in the collector car world for decades, and the rollout of the first NFTs in our industry is another great example of our team introducing new and exciting ways to engage the hobby,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson.

Building on the success of the NFT sales in Las Vegas, the next release will focus on commemorating the sale of 15 of the top-selling cars at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction as three-tiered packs – Rare, Epic and Elite. The easiest way to explain this is that Barrett-Jackson has partnered with CurrencyWorks to create digital “baseball card” packs, but instead of NFTs of individual baseball players, we have the NFTs of the sale of auction cars. For instance, each pack will include a random selection of five NFTs: three images, one illustration and one video.

An NFT that may appear in a Barrett-Jackson Elite Pack might be one that commemorates the sale of this 2015 McLaren P1 at the 2021 Las Vegas Auction.

For example, a Barrett-Jackson Elite Pack may include images of the 2015 McLaren P1, 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster and the 2019 Ford GT crossing the auction block, a video of the auctioning and sale of the 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Custom Coupe known as “The Grinch” and an illustration of the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Custom Coupe – all of which sold at the 2021 Las Vegas Auction.

To illustrate what this is all about, consider the NBA’s Top Shot. The NBA partnered with a company called Dapper

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: BARRETT-JACKSON NFTS: New Kids on the Block(chain)
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/collector-car-nfts-for-sale-2021-houston-auction/
Published Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2021 18:16:55 +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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