Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis
STEVE DAVIS’ DARK GLASSES PROTECT HIS EYES FROM A LIGHT SENSITIVITY CONDITION – BUT THAT DOESN’T HINDER HIS VISION OF THE COLLECTOR CAR MARKET.
Where do I even begin to talk about the 2021 Scottsdale Auction? In my mind, it was unprecedented; our expectations were exceeded in every way for our first live event of 2021. The great sales, the excitement, the feeling you get when you come to Barrett-Jackson – it was there, even in the midst of a pandemic. It was truly a signature Barrett-Jackson event with an exclamation point.
We had to overcome some tremendous hurdles in terms of logistics and safety protocols to be able to stage what came as close to a traditional Scottsdale Auction as you could get given the regulations that had to be followed, and I think our team passed with flying colors.
A welcome and familiar site: the giant American flag over the Barrett-Jackson auction block.
Our goal was to meet and hopefully exceed the expectations of all the people who agreed to consign their cars with us – particularly all those at No Reserve, which was 99 percent of all the cars. Even though many wanted to come to Barrett-Jackson and get back to normal, there was just an amount of anxiety hanging in the air; uncertainty on many levels, in every walk of life. I really have to hand it to those who understood that, analyzed that in their head and then decided, “You know what? I’m going to go ahead and make this happen.” I think again it just reinforces the commitment and the appeal that Barrett-Jackson represents to our client base, both buyers and sellers – as well as spectators.
Alicia Monique Blanco, former Miss Arizona USA, was among those performing the National Anthem at the 2021 Scottsdale Auction.
It seems like on many occasions in the past and probably into the future, in these crisis situations – 9/11, the Las Vegas shooting, Iraq, the wars, the financial downturn, now COVID – Barrett-Jackson always seems to be this beacon of normalcy. We’re almost the “comfort food” of the collector car world, if you will. Seeing the American flag, starting the auction off with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA,” and then hearing the National Anthem – that’s what we all needed. It feels good to come to Barrett-Jackson again, it feels good to see the excitement of the auction block and feel it. It feels incredible to walk down the rows of exhibitors and see them doing business, with smiles on their faces. And then to walk into the Sponsor Pavilion and see people lined up to take a turn on the dyno, go for a hot lap or watch the Hellcats – experiencing all the cool sounds and smells and tastes of Barrett-Jackson
Title: BEHIND THE SHADES: Steve Davis reflects on Barrett-Jackson being a beacon of normalcy
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Published Date: Wed, 19 May 2021 23:16:46 +0000
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Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
The Bonhams February sale is about to wrap up, so we’re taking a break from our regular scheduled programming to pick our favorite motorcycles from the auction. From an Ariel Square Four and a 1989 Kawasaki ZX-10, to Hans-Otto Butenuth’s BMW 500 Rennsport [above], here are seven classic motorcycles that we’d love to park in the Bike EXIF garage.
1907 Quadrant In the early 1880s, two blokes by the names of Walter and William Lloyd patented a pedal tricycle steering mechanism, which they (very confusingly) called the ‘Quadrant.’ Anyway, Quadrant went on to make bicycles, tricycles, and motorcycles, and, by 1901, had emerged as one of Britain’s earliest motorcycle manufacturers.
This 453 cc Quadrant was originally built in Coventry and was meticulously restored by a previous owner. It showcases its history through hand-written notes, technical drawings, old registrations, marque-related literature, and an SMCC Pioneer Certificate.
By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
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Published Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2024 17:36:07 +0000
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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE “SPEEDVETTE” – NO RESERVE
Celebrating the best of performance and style at the upcoming 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, where it is selling with No Reserve, is the “Speedvette,” a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette that marries classic aesthetics with modern muscle.
This custom beauty underwent a no-expense-spared rotisserie restoration completed in March 2023, and comes alive under the hood with a robust GM Performance 6.2-liter LS3 engine, generating 525 horsepower. Paired with a 4L70E 4-speed automatic transmission, it is sure to deliver a straightforward American muscle experience.
This Speedvette rolls on Schott Turbine wheels wrapped in Diamond Back Classic red line tires and boasts a Pro-Touring treatment. Its Coffman Corvette custom chassis incorporates C6/C7 components, RideTech coilovers and a power rack & pinion steering system. Stopping power is delivered by C7 calipers gripping slotted rotors, assisted by an E-Stopp electric brake.
The exterior’s subtle modifications include 2-inch rear fender flares and a smoothed decklid with a waterfall effect. The Torch Red exterior and black Haartz Stayfast convertible top add a classic touch. Inside is a handcrafted bespoke cabin with black leather and red stitching.
Register to bid today for the opportunity to take this Speedvette home with you and join us January 20-28 at WestWorld for the 2024 Scottsdale Auction.
Title: SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
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Published Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2023 21:10:11 +0000
Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks
I got lucky when I bought my 2012-model Triumph Bonneville SE last year. A single-owner bike with less than 1,500 miles on the dial, it had spent most of its life trickle-charging in a garage. What’s more, the previous owner had thrown a handful of tasteful factory accessories at it (and a few that were less well-judged).
There was one key ingredient missing though; good suspension. Most modern classics roll out of the factory with suspension components that are adequate at best, but the older air-cooled Bonneville’s setup is downright poor. Small LED turn signals and a fancy sprocket cover might make your bike look prettier, but new shocks—like the fully adjustable TFX Suspension Xtreme units now gracing the tail end of my Triumph—will make it ride better.
Based in The Netherlands, TFX Suspension is run by a small and passionate team, led by founders Hans-Dieter Fischer and Alex Meijs. The two of them formed TFX fourteen years ago when the suspension company that they were working for folded. Now they produce components on their terms, with the sort of hands-on approach that’s often missing from larger companies.
Their catalog includes various mono- and twin-shock items, suitable for a wide range of on- and off-road applications, plus a handful of front suspension upgrades. (We’ve seen their parts on custom bikes from Bottpower, Powerbrick, CNCPT Moto, and more.) They sent me a set of their Xtreme shocks to test out on my Triumph Bonneville; fully-adjustable units that retail for €1,399 [$1516].
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/tfx-suspension-review
Published Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2024 18:45:19 +0000
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