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BBR, the world’s leading Mazda MX-5 tuning specialist recently made some exciting news. The company is well known for their high-performance upgrades, and in 2021, they have been working with Rotrex Superchargers to develop upcoming upgrades for the Mazda MX-5 NA, NB, and ND models.

Corten Miller, BBR’s counterpart in the UK, approached the latter to work together so that the latter’s reliable and engineered Mazda MX-5 NC Rotrex conversion could be commercialized. BBR technicians has been working and developing their version of a Rotrex supercharger upgrade for the NC model and they eventually realized that due to the confined nature of the standard MX-5 NC engine bay and since they didn’t want to move the battery to the boot or to remove the air-conditioning, there is really only one place that is perfect for the supercharger and its drive system – the same area that Corten Miller first found.

Not wanting to seem like an imitation, the most logical option was to collaborate with Corten Miller and BBR did just that. They forged a collaboration and BBR was able to get complete rights to production, commercialization, and further development of the current Corten Miller supercharger upgrade package.

This has allowed BBR to skip the 12 to 18 months needed for hardware and software development and validation that is normally required before they can offer a conversion to the retail market.


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“The Corten Miller kit is a proven conversion over eight years, tested in all conditions and climates on both road and track, so that crucial aspect of the hard work was already done. So now BBR is pleased to announce that the MX-5 NC packages previously marketed as the Corten Miller Rotrex KIT PRO and Kit Club Sport are now available with further BBR hardware and software enhancements, henceforth referred to as the BBR Stage One and Stage Two Supercharger conversions,” BBR’s Neil McKay shared.

“The Rotrex Supercharger is a highly reliable device that requires minimal servicing. Combined with the well-engineered air-to-air intercooler package and BBR’s software enhancements, the end result is stunning performance for NC owners, combined with OEM levels of everyday drivability,” McKay added.

The BBR Stage One / Two Supercharger packages does not only provide huge performance boost, but also gives a lot of electronic improvements like launch control, switchable engine maps, flat shift, and auto-downshift throttle blipping.*

BBR Mazda MX-5 Stage One Supercharger Conversion Details

Performance: 250 BHP / 213

0-60 MPH 5.3 seconds

• C30-94 Rotrex Supercharger

• Rotrex Oil reservoir

• BBR Oil Cooler

• BBR High Quality Anodised CNC Rotrex brackets

• BBR High Quality Anodised CNC Tensioner brackets

• Supercharger and revised ancillary belt

• BBR 250 BHP intake restrictor

• BBR CAIS – Cold Air intake system with serviceable air filter

• BBR Front mounted intercooler

• BBR branded Intercooler silicone hoses

• BBR Mandrel Bent intercooler pipe work

• BBR Branded Breather hoses

• Bosch EV14 BBR spec Injectors

• BBR / Bosch MAP / Temperature sensor

• BBR Recirculating piston type dump valve in factory black finish

• BBR Starchip EcuTek calibration software with driver switchable modes (ECU Connect required for models without cruise control)

• Optional hardware only and BBR Software/EcuTek programming cable choices for DIY clients

The BBR Stage One supercharger conversion is already available for all 1.8- and 2.0-liter 2005-2015 Mazda MX-5 (NC) models. The ‘drive-in, drive-out’ option is priced starting at £4,995 at BBR’s Brackley headquarters and it comes with a 12-month warranty.

There is also a DIY version for export and for competent mechanics and it is currently available as ‘hardware only’ for £4,095. It comes with comprehensive instructions to install and technical support. The price rises to £4,590 for those who opt for the BBR software with either EcuTek ProEcu or ECU Connect programming.

It should be noted that a sports manifold is required, preferably the BBR 4-1, for all tuning levels and it is not provided with the kit.

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By: Reggie
Title: BBR Supercharger Upgrades For The Mazda MX-5 and Miata NC Models
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Published Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2022 02:14:49 +0000

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RACING PEDIGREE: This 1963 Corvette Split-Window Packs a Z06 Punch

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RACING PEDIGREE: This 1963 Corvette Split-Window Packs a Z06 Punch

Written by independent automotive journalist David Neyens


Out of the past seven decades of Corvette production, the model year 1963 is particularly important to collectors and enthusiasts with the debut of the redesigned second-generation Corvette Sting Ray. Featuring otherworldly body styling – now in Split-Window coupe and convertible forms, the new Corvette Sting Ray design was rooted in sketches penned by a young Peter Brock in 1957, with further development through GM design chief Bill Mitchell’s self-funded, SCCA champion Stingray race car and refinements to production reality by Larry Shinoda.

As the first Corvette to be equipped with fully independent suspension as standard equipment, the advanced new 1963 Sting Ray was also available with a comprehensive racing option that gained immediate fame as the RPO Z06 Special Equipment Package. Including most everything necessary to obtain a virtually race-ready Corvette straight from the dealer floor, RPO Z06 brought an array of upgrades, including a thicker front stabilizer bar, larger-diameter shock absorbers, higher-rate springs and uprated brakes, including fade-resistant sintered metallic brake linings, plus a dual-circuit master cylinder and vacuum booster. Initially priced at $1,818.45, adding the RPO Z06 package cost nearly half as much as the basic Corvette Sting Ray.

Early in the 1963 model year, the Z06 package was a coupe-only option, but later made available for Corvette convertibles at reduced cost. While attractive cast-aluminum “knock-off” wheels were initially available, they were somewhat porous and leaked air, resulting in the majority of Z06 cars being fitted with tried-and-true steel wheels. Corvettes equipped with RPO Z06 were only available with Chevrolet’s RPO L84 327ci V8 rated at 360 horsepower with Rochester “Ramjet” mechanical fuel-injection, 11.0:1 compression, free-breathing cylinder heads, low-restriction exhaust and a hot solid-lifter cam. A 4-speed manual transmission and posi-traction limited-slip rear end were mandatory options. Reducing unnecessary weight, some Z06 Corvettes left the St. Louis factory with radios deleted. Except for roll bars and fire extinguishers, Z06 Corvettes could virtually be driven to the track, raced and driven home.

Californian racing legend Mickey Thompson was one of a select few offered the opportunity to preview the new Corvette Sting Ray in 1962, along with star driver Dan Gurney and Gulf Oil executive Grady Davis. Thompson, who forged a relationship with “Bunkie” Knudsen, who headed Chevrolet, saw the new Corvette as an American rival to Ferrari’s then-dominant GT cars and a true Le Mans contender. Accordingly, Knudsen tasked Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov to develop the Z06 Corvette as an FIA-compliant, GT-class race car with an eye to American SCCA and FIA-sanctioned international competition.

By summer 1962, Z06-equipped 1963 Corvettes were available for racing, with fast-rising West Coast drivers Bob Bondurant, Dave Macdonald and Jerry Grant flown to St. Louis to pick up their newly assigned Sting Ray coupes, which they drove home to break in their engines during the trip. Another four cars were air-freighted to Los Angeles, where they were picked up by Mickey Thompson and his crew. One was entered into the October 1962 Los Angeles Times Grand Prix at Riverside, driven to victory by Doug Hooper over an early Shelby Cobra. Areas for improvement were identified, analyzed and corrected in preparation for Thompson’s four-car assaults on Daytona and Sebring during early 1963. The obvious threat posed by Carroll Shelby’s lightweight V8 Cobras spurred Arkus-Duntov to activate the radical and highly promising Grand Sport Corvette program that would never reach fruition after GM unilaterally withdrew from factory-backed racing in 1963.

In all, 2,610 Corvettes were powered by the top-shelf RPO L84 “Fuelie” engine, and just 199 of them were equipped with the all-out RPO Z06 package. The 1963 Split-Window Corvette showcased here is one of those precious few, and it benefits from a professional body-off restoration with virtually no expense spared to factory specifications by renowned D&M Corvette Specialists of Downers Grove, Illinois. Retaining its original matching-numbers engine and 4-speed manual transmission, this rare and potent Z06 Corvette features its originally specified Sebring Silver exterior color over a purposeful black interior. Impressive documentation includes the original Bill of Sale, Window Sticker and dealer order form, plus early service records. Other vital documents include an NCRS Shipping Data

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Title: RACING PEDIGREE: This 1963 Corvette Split-Window Packs a Z06 Punch
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FLOWER POWER: The Humble VW Bus Became the Icon of an Era and a Collector Favorite

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FLOWER POWER: The Humble VW Bus Became the Icon of an Era and a Collector Favorite

When Dutch Volkswagen importer Ben Pon, inspired by the popular VW Beetle, doodled a sketch of a van in a notebook in 1947, little did he know his invention would turn out to be the face of Woodstock, be featured on album covers and in films, and would become the first “home on wheels” for many a laid-back traveler (well before #VanLife became a thing).

Volkswagen approved the van for production in May 1949 and the first production model rolled off the assembly line that November. Two models were offered: the Kombi (known as an 11-window among American enthusiasts) and the Commercial. The Microbus was added in May 1950, joined by the Deluxe Microbus in June 1951. The DeLuxe model became known as the 15-window, while the sunroof DeLuxe – with its additional eight small skylight windows – is, accordingly, the 23-window. From the 1964 model year, the rear corner windows were discontinued, making it a 21-window.

The VW Bus was an enormous success in America, becoming a symbol of the American counterculture movement in the 1960s and often referred to as the “hippie van” and painted in bright colors. It was affordable, easy to fix and large enough to live in, suiting itself for life on the road – the dream of many a young person at that time. With the engine located in the back of the bus, road trips were even more memorable when taking in the magical views through the big front window, which made occupants feel like they were part of the scenery.

Be on the lookout for some decidedly groovy examples of early Volkswagen buses at the 2024 Scottsdale Auction, including the examples featured here.


Pictured above, this 1964 Volkswagen 21-Window Deluxe Microbus is powered by a 1776cc 4-cylinder engine paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. This frame-off restoration has new sheet metal in places where it was necessary. It is finished in Sealing Wax Red over brown. The interior features upgraded Wolfsburg material. This bus sits on AirKewld air-ride suspension and has front disc brakes.


This Microbus Resto-Mod is a fresh 2-year high-quality restoration. It is powered by a new 2,027cc 4-cylinder engine with dual carburetors mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. It is equipped with a tuned narrow-beam suspension and Porsche Turbo disc brakes. This bus features seating for nine passengers, with a sliding ragtop and a safari pop-out windshield. It also has a roof rack, remote-controlled front and rear hatch power locking doors, and dual rear batteries. The custom interior features a 10-speaker stereo system with an iPad touchscreen, new gauges, a 356 Porsche steering wheel and a custom steering column.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: FLOWER POWER: The Humble VW Bus Became the Icon of an Era and a Collector Favorite
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MEMORABLE SALES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: Highlights from Barrett-Jackson’s Past Palm Beach Auctions

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MEMORABLE SALES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: Highlights from Barrett-Jackson’s Past Palm Beach Auctions

Taking place in Florida since 2003, the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction is a notable East Coast automotive lifestyle event, featuring extraordinary sales on the auction block year after year. With its uniquely casual yet high-energy atmosphere, it draws enthusiasts and serious collectors alike to take part in The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions. This annual gathering has evolved into more than just an auction; it is a celebration of car culture amidst the luxurious backdrop of Palm Beach.

As we gear up for the April 18-20, 2024 Palm Beach Auction, we’re taking a look back at some memorable moments from previous years. From classic beauties to modern marvels, the event has showcased an impressive array of desirable collectibles. Here are just a few of the many standout sales that celebrate the legacy of Barrett-Jackson’s presence in Palm Beach.

Picutred above, this 1947 Bentley is powered by a 4.5-liter inline-6 engine with a 4-speed transmission. Featuring Coachworks by Franay and magnificently restored to Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance winning standards.

Personally customized for Howard Hughes and the last car he drove. In 100% original condition and powered by a 322/122hp V8 engine with an automatic transmission.

Chassis #40, a limited-edition Carbon Series with $55,100 in options, including the Dark Energy interior. Powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 242 actual miles.

2023 PALM BEACH – 2020 FORD GT HERITAGE EDITION – $1,457,500

Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine coupled with a quick-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Can do 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds with a 216-mph top speed. Includes the Heritage Roundel Graphics package and Alcantara interior trim. 2018 PALM BEACH – 2012 LEXUS LFA NÜRBURGRING EDITION – $770,000
One of just 50 Nürburgring Edition Lexus LFAs built. One owner from new, with 1,600 actual miles. Powered by a 4.8-liter 562hp V10 engine backed by a 6-speed sequential transmission.

2016 PALM BEACH – 1969 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 429 – $550,000
One of just 859 built in 1969; KK #1371 was the 170th unit produced. Previously awarded 504 points at a major Mustang meet in Charlotte, NC. Has a 4-speed manual transmission.

Complete nut-and-bolt restoration with an Art Morrison chassis. Powered by a brand-new LSA-supercharged 6.2-liter GM crate engine putting out 580hp with a 4L85E automatic transmission. Has Wilwood 6-piston brakes and Vintage Air.

Rare, early factory walk-through bus powered by a 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine with 36hp and a 4-speed manual transmission. Detailed to a very high level and beautifully restored.

Mark your calendar for April 18-20 and consign your collector vehicle now to secure your spot in the 2024 Palm Beach Auction at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Start your consignment online today at or call 480-421-6694 to speak with a specialist.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: MEMORABLE SALES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: Highlights from Barrett-Jackson’s Past Palm Beach Auctions
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