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(Left to Right) – Lots #1336.2, #1336.1 and #1336 are three iconic Ford Mustangs selling with No Reserve as part of the distinguished Mile High Collection

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ‒ January 22, 2022 – Barrett-Jackson, the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, will offer 69 diverse collectible vehicles with No Reserve from the Mile-High Collection during the auction company’s 50th anniversary celebration at WestWorld of Scottsdale, January 22-30. Featuring a diverse number of American and European sportscars and classic vehicles, the Mile High Collection is led by two 1970 “ARI” Cobra Jet Ford Mustangs, which are among five built, two second-generation Ford GTs and the real 1976 AMC Pacer from the 90s cult classic “Wayne’s World.”

An impressive number of Ford vehicles in the Mile-High Collection include two 1970 “ARI” Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet Convertible Pace Cars (Lot #1336.1 and Lot #1336.2) that were intended for pace car duties at each of the five American Raceways International tracks. All were specified with R-code (Ram Air) 428ci Cobra Jet engines and C6 automatic transmissions, as well as specially painted hoods, custom stripes and ARI rear fender logos signifying the company’s Atlanta International Speedway, Eastern Speedway, Texas International Speedway, Riverside Raceway and Michigan International Speedway properties. The Grabber Blue Lot #1336.1 was designated for Atlanta International Speedway and the Grabber Green Lot #1336.2 was assigned to Michigan’s track.

A 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Twister Special (Lot #1336) also headlines the diverse collection. As part of the same deal with Ford and ARI, Ford Special Promotions pre-sold 96 Mustang fastbacks to the Kansas City District Sales Office to help subsidize the project. Lot #1336 is one of these, collectively known as “Twister Specials,” that were part of the central attraction at Ford’s Total Performance Day held at Kansas City Raceway in November 1969. This specific example is one of only 48 Twister Specials equipped with the R-Code 428 SCJ engine and one of only 24 of those equipped with a 4-speed manual transmission.

Also headlining the Mile-High Collection’s offerings is a 2005 Ford GT (Lot #1355) and a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Editions (Lot #1390) with just 24 actual miles. The stripe delete 2005 model Lot #1355 is finished in Silver with a black interior and is among only 2,027 for that year. The extremely low-mileage and iconic 2006 Heritage Edition is one of only 343 produced.

The diversity of the Mile-High Collection extends to several American muscle car examples such as a 1969 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air IV (Lot #1438.2) that is one of only 607 produced and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS (Lot #1121.1). Two 1968 Shelby GT500KR vehicles (Lot #1437 and Lot #1438.3) as well as a 1956 Volkswagen 23-Window Microbus (Lot 1438.1) are highly anticipated pieces from the collection.

The breadth of this collection also extends to American pop culture with the original 1976 AMC Pacer (Lot #515) from the iconic 1992 cult classic movie “Wayne’s World.” Modifications made for the film included Baby Blue paint over the original yellow exterior, tow hooks welded to the front subframe, quarter-inch steel plates welded to the rocker panels for camera support, modified rear wheelhouses to fit speaker boxes, a hole drilled in the roof for the famous licorice dispenser, flame decals added to the sides and components were removed from the inner dash to accommodate the cup dispenser. Every effort was made in this vehicle’s extensive restoration to bring it back to its movie condition and all props inside the vehicle are original.

Those interested in being a part of the 50th anniversary celebration and registering to bid for the 2022 Scottsdale Auction may do so here.

To purchase tickets to the event, click here, and VIP packages are available here. Join Barrett-Jackson’s online conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube #BarrettJackson

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Title: Barrett-Jackson to Offer the Diverse Mile-High Collection Featuring 69 Collectible Vehicles, Including Two 1970 “ARI” Cobra Jet Mustang Pace Cars, Ford GTs and the “Wayne’s World” AMC Pacer
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2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Preview


American Honda maintains its venerable XR650L into 2024, with no notable changes to the stalwart platform. It will remain priced at $6,999 and will only be available in the white color scheme shown below.

“A motorcycle of legendary status, the XR650L continues to stand the test of time, thanks in part to its simple, no-frills design and relentless dependability,” American Honda says in its official press release. “Backed by an incredible record of success in Baja, this dual-sport icon has amassed a loyal following of enthusiasts around the globe since its introduction in 1993.

The 2024 Honda XR650L will remain priced at $6,999.
The 2024 Honda XR650L will remain priced at $6,999. (Honda/)

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As is evident by the longevity of other dual sport motorcycles, like the KLR650 and DR650S, big single-cylinder machines continue to have appeal. The XR650L is no exception in this case, but it does now stand as one of the most simple of the bunch mechanically, now that Kawasaki has finally given in to fuel injection.

The 644cc mill is air-cooled, features a 42.5 diaphragm-type CV carburetor, and puts power to the ground by way of a five-speed transmission. The bike is ready for some hard time off-road too thanks to the sealed battery, dry-sump design, black spoked rims, and long-travel suspension.

The suspension is actually one area where the XR650L shines among its closest competitors, offering effective Showa kit front and rear. The long-travel, air-adjustable fork has 16-position compression damping and gives riders up to 11.6 inches of travel. The Showa shock comes with spring-preload, 20-position compression, and 20-position rebound-damping adjustability and 11 inches of travel. These specs outshine those of both the Kawi and Suzuki.

Its price tag is also one of the most competitive of the small group of largely-untouched-so-are-now-retro-cool dual sports, beating out the Suzuki and pricing just $100 above the standard trim and S-level KLRs.

2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$6,999Engine:644cc, SOHC, air-cooled single; 4-valveBore x Stroke:100.0 x 82.0mmCompression Ratio:8.3:1Fuel Delivery:42.5mm diaphragm-type CV carburetorClutch:Wet, multiplate slipper/assistTransmission/Final Drive:5-speed/chainFrame:Semi-double cradle steelFront Suspension:43mm air-adjustable axle Showa cartridge fork, compression damping adjustable; 11.6 in. travelRear Suspension:Pro-Link Showa shock, spring-preload, compression and rebound damping adjustable; 11.0 in. travelFront Brake:2-piston caliper, 256mm discRear Brake:220mm discWheels, Front/Rear:Spoked rims; 21 in. / 18 in.Tires, Front/Rear:21×3.00 / 18×4.60Rake/Trail:27.0°/4.0 in.Wheelbase:57.3 in.Seat Height:37.0 in.Fuel Capacity:2.8 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:346 lb.Available:March

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Title: 2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Preview
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Speed Read: A razor-sharp BMW R1300GS from Switzerland and more

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The latest custom motorcycles and bike news.
The Swiss maestros at VTR Customs deliver the first custom BMW R1300GS that we’ve seen, while Radical Speedshop builds a bespoke Moto Guzzi café racer like no other. We also look at a tidy Yamaha XT500 restomod and a stunning 1949 Triumph Speed Twin bobber.

BMW R1300GS by VTR Customs
BMW R1300GS by VTR Customs When BMW announced its new flagship adventure motorcycle, the BMW R1300GS, we knew it was only a matter of time before we saw it customized. Thanks to Switzerland’s VTR Customs, we didn’t have to wait too long.

Big adventure-style bikes with go-fast bits are all the rage right now. Machines like the Ducati Multistrada V4 RS and BMS M1000XR are primed for riders who want adventure bike ergonomics in a performance-orientated road-going package. This is probably what inspired the mad scientists at VTR Customs.

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Title: Speed Read: A razor-sharp BMW R1300GS from Switzerland and more
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Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023

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Safety is becoming more important to luxury car buyers. Wealthy individuals want vehicles that will protect themselves and their passengers.

However, it isn’t always clear which brand offers the best safety profile. Now, though, figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal a winner – the German automaker Audi.

The NHTSA looked at the rate of crashes per 1,000 drivers and found that Audi had a crash rate of just 0.54, putting it below tech leader Mercedes at 0.55 and far from Subaru which was up at 0.75.

The question on many people’s lips is why Audi is so safe. After all, Mercedes is the manufacturer that tends to bring the latest safety technology to market first.

The main reason appears to be the brand’s heavy investment in safety technology in recent years. The company conducts significant research and development in-house, allowing it to bring technologies to market at a lower price point than its rivals. Drivers benefit from comprehensive safety features across the range instead of solely on high-end models.

re Advanced Safety Features Necessary?

Previously, skeptics scoffed at the value of advanced car safety features, calling them gimmicky. However, the evidence suggests that it is effective, especially in recent years. Advanced driver assistance systems are finally coming of age and having a noticeable impact on the number of insurance claims. Data from LexisNexis Risk Solutions suggests that bodily injury claims are 27 percent lower with these systems, and property damage claims are 19 percent lower. 

These statistics are good news for drivers. It means that they can expect statistically different outcomes driving Audi vehicles than conventional cars. It represents a genuine upgrade. 

Car accident attorney Adam S. Kutcher is at the forefront of the consequences of vehicle collisions. The lawyer has tremendous knowledge of how vehicle accidents can cause harm.

“The people that come to us are real people who are often going through the most challenging time in their life,” he says. “People worry about who will pay their medical bills and lost wages, even if insurers agree to pay to replace vehicles. That’s why this new technology is so exciting for everyone who practices in this area. We don’t want to see people getting hurt. Instead, we want to make sure everyone stays safe and that as many people avoid this harrowing experience as possible.”

Currently, tort law is helpful to victims of car accidents through additional provisions in the legal code. But the reality is that many people never recover from their injuries and can’t go back to work, regardless of the medical care they receive.

“We can sometimes get big rewards for people seriously injured in car accidents, but financial compensation is only ever partial,” says Kutcher. “Money can’t fix a disability or even a tragic death in the family for an auto accident. That’s why car manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and investing in this technology.”

The Components Of Advanced Driver Safety Systems

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Advanced driver safety systems refer to a plethora of technologies car manufacturers are including in their vehicles thanks to advances in software and chip technology.

Automatic emergency braking is one of the most coveted features. Vehicles can now brake independently of drivers if they believe a crash is imminent, preventing rear-end shunts and jackknifes at interchanges.

Manufacturers have gradually increased the range of situations in which this technology will activate over recent years. Previously, it was solely to stop drivers from bumping into the car ahead, but now cameras can detect cross-traffic, even when reversing, and

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Title: Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023
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