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Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis

 

Ford first revealed the 2007 Shelby GT500 to the world on the Barrett-Jackson auction block. The VIN 001 car sold for charity for $600,000.

Steve Davis’ dark glasses protect his eyes from a light sensitivity condition – but that doesn’t hinder his vision of the collector car market.

We just finished our incredible 50th Anniversary celebration, and it was unprecedented in every way. To have everybody get together for the first post-pandemic Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction was simply an electric experience. The expectations and the anticipation of the 50th Anniversary was the backdrop, and we did not disappoint. It was a phenomenal event.

As amazing as it all was, for me, I couldn’t help but reflect on some of the charity moments, particularly the first-in-series cars from the OEMs. We sold the first retail production 2023 70th Anniversary Edition Z06 Corvette for $3.6 million, plus an additional $100,000 donated, to benefit Operation Homefront. The first production 2022 Ford Shelby GT500KR hammered sold for $700,000 to benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation and JDRF, and the first two Toyota Tundra iForce Twin Turbo V6 hybrid pickups for the North American market sold to benefit the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund.

On the Las Vegas auction block in 2014, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, VIN #001, sold for $865,000, with a matching donation that brought the total for charity to $1.65 million.

These headliners caused me to take a step back and contemplate how we got here, on our 50th Anniversary, selling these historically significant cars for such staggering amounts for charity. These are charitable impacts that will make a real difference. But the whole idea of a VIN 001 car being auctioned by major manufacturers for charity was never a sure thing. Early on, it took some arm-twisting to convince the key players it was going to be a win-win-win situation.

Back in 2006, I’d had ongoing discussions as part of a long marathon effort to get Ford to consider selling the VIN 001 2007 Shelby GT500 at our 35th Anniversary auction for charity. There was a lot of anxiety among the Ford and Shelby folks. They thought it was risky, that the car might not bring MSRP, leading to major embarrassment.

“Trust me guys, it’s going to do really, really well,” I had to keep reassuring them. Carroll Shelby and Edsel Ford were back together again, the GT500 was returning, it was VIN 001 — all of those great firsts were going to manifest on the Barrett-Jackson stage. Plus, that GT500 was one of the most anticipated cars of that era because it was going to have 500 horsepower! Of course, we kind of chuckle about it now when 700 or 800 horsepower is common, but that was leading-edge back then.

The last-production 2017 Dodge Viper (Lot #3002) and last-production 2018 Dodge Demon (Lot #3002.1) sold for $1 million to benefit the United Way.

Ron Pratte ended up buying that first GT500, paying an unheard-of $600,000. What we did in 2006 was unprecedented: that a car like that would be offered to the general public, and that it would be offered at Barrett-Jackson; that it would be offered at No Reserve, and that it was all for charity. All those things melded to create this incredible moment that helped launch all of it — all to help others.

From there we nurtured our relationship with General Motors, and the next thing you know, GM is in the hunt and they’re selling their VIN 001s. At the 2008 Scottsdale auction, the first retail 2009 Corvette ZR-1 sold for $1 million to benefit the United Way, which was followed by other Corvettes and first-of-series Camaros. Then Dodge announced it would sell the first Challenger Hellcat and the last Viper. All of these firsts and lasts were coming right and left. That monumental precedent-setting moment that we had in ’06 spawned all these incredible moments, creating a platform for charity cars to bring the kind of money that had never been seen before.

What we did this year with the Corvette with General Motors was one of the highlights of our charity sales, right up there with the Shelby for me. It was north of $3 million, and it was for a great veteran-related cause. It was one of those moments when it seems as though time stands still on the auction block, and then when we got to that last bid everybody erupted and just blew the lid off that massive structure.

The first retail 2009 Corvette ZR-1 sold for $1 million to benefit the United Way at the 2008 Scottsdale auction.

One of the things I’m proudest of is the awareness we create for these charities. It isn’t just that moment on the block. People start talking, “Wow, that was incredible. What is

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Title: BEHIND THE SHADES: Remarkable Moments To Help Others
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Published Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2022 21:47:40 +0000

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Level Up: A BMW K100 café racer with a John Player Special vibe

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BMW K100 café racer by Motocrew
Despite its increasing popularity, the 1980s K-series BMW remains a difficult bike to customize. There’s hardly an inch of it that isn’t blocky, angular, or just plain awkward—so it takes a sharp eye and deft hand to massage it into a slick and cohesive café racer. Enter Chris Scholtka.

Based in Cottbus, Germany, Chris splits his time between his job as a firefighter and his after-hours custom bike-building endeavor, Motocrew. He cracked the code for building razor-sharp BMW K-series café racers a while ago, and he’s produced a handful of them since. But his latest build—a 1984 BMW K100 café racer—hits a little differently.

BMW K100 café racer by Motocrew

The project was commissioned by a friend who had found a 1984 BMW K100 that was in great shape and wanted it customized. He naturally called Chris first—but Chris was hesitant to take the job.

“My first thought that it wasn’t a good idea,” he explains, “because I don’t want to build the same shit again and again. But this time my customer had a big enough budget to build something unique. So I said yes, and, after a couple of hours brainstorming with him, we settled on a basic setup.”

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Level Up: A BMW K100 café racer with a John Player Special vibe
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bmw-k100-cafe-racer-motocrew
Published Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2024 18:56:31 +0000

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Honda’s Updated 2024 CBR600RR Not Coming to America

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Back in November, we previewed a notable update to Honda’s CBR600RR platform for the European market. It now appears that version won’t be debuting in the US in 2024. Honda has announced a 2024 CBR600RR for the States, but as a carryover from last year, which is actually a continued carryover from the last major US update made in 2013. The 2024 US version of the CBR600RR will be priced at $12,199, a $100 bump over the 2023 MSRP.

The 2024 Honda CBR600RR in Grand Prix Red.
The 2024 Honda CBR600RR in Grand Prix Red. (Honda/)

It should be noted that the revised CBR600RR that will be available in European markets is an extension of the work Honda did on the platform a few years prior, when it released a revised version for Japan back in 2020. It’s likely those changes will eventually make it to the US, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer.

That said, Honda’s 599cc supersport remains an appealing option for riders in the US thanks to its deft combination of comfort, ease of use on the road, expertly calibrated braking package, and solid suspension setup. The extra horsepower of the overseas version and revised chassis would obviously be nice additions, but such is life sometimes.

We last sampled the CBR600RR in 2020, and despite some of its shortcomings (such as in the electronics department), the platform still proved its worth. Particularly for road riders who want a bike that is as great around town as it is on the track.

For those who want to enjoy the benefits of ABS, expect to pay $13,199. Both editions will be available to US customers in Grand Prix Red colors.

2024 Honda CBR600RR Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$12,199–$13,199Engine:599cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 4 valves/cyl.Bore x Stroke:67.0 x 42.5mmCompression Ratio:12.2:1Fuel Delivery:DSFI w/ 40mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectorsClutch:Wet, multiplateTransmission/Final Drive:6-speed/chainFrame:Twin-spar aluminumFront Suspension:41mm USD Big Piston Fork; fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travelRear Suspension:Unit Pro-Link HMAS shock, fully adjustable; 5.1 in. travelFront Brake:4-piston calipers, 310mm radial-mount full-floating discs (ABS optional)Rear Brake:220mm disc (ABS optional)Wheels, Front/Rear:17 in. / 17 in.Tires, Front/Rear:120/70-17 / 180/55-17Rake/Trail:23.5°/3.9 in.Wheelbase:53.9 in.Seat Height:32.4 in.Fuel Capacity:4.8 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:417 lb.Available:March 2024Contact:powersports.honda.com

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By: Byron Wilson
Title: Honda’s Updated 2024 CBR600RR Not Coming to America
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-cbr600rr-not-coming-to-america/
Published Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2024 11:00:00 +0000

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Twinning: A pair of Royal Enfield Continental GT café racers from Mexico

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Royal Enfield Continental GT café racers by Hardheads Motostudio
The first Royal Enfield Continental GT came out way back in the early 60s; a 250 cc café racer that couldn’t do the ton, but looked as cute as a button. Royal Enfield then put the Continental GT name on ice for half a century, before reviving it just as the modern café racer craze was reaching fever pitch. The ‘new’ Continental GT was a handsome nod to the past, but its 535 cc single-cylinder mill was hardly exciting.

It was only when Royal Enfield released their modern 648 cc parallel-twin platform that the Continental GT really came into its own. The current Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 has all the style of a tasteful modern classic, with an updated engine that’s peppy, torquey, and easy to get along with. But if you ask the crew at Hardheads Motostudio, they’ll tell you that there’s still room for improvement.

Royal Enfield Continental GT café racers by Hardheads Motostudio

Based in the heart of Mexico City, Hardheads specializes in creating custom fairings and seats, developing accessories, and restoring classic bikes. Naturally, they also find time to build custom bikes—like these twin 2022-model Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 café racers.

Dubbed simply ‘HH5’ and ‘HH6,’ these Continental GTs hark back to the era of the original Continental GT. But there’s a lot more

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Twinning: A pair of Royal Enfield Continental GT café racers from Mexico
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/royal-enfield-continental-gt-cafe-racer
Published Date: Thu, 29 Feb 2024 19:56:20 +0000

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