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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.

As we move into our much-anticipated 50th anniversary celebration, following the issues with COVID and all the struggles everybody went through, we have a lot to celebrate. A half-century of Barrett-Jackson auctions has delivered plenty of high points, and we’ve only just begun. One of the initiatives we’re hugely excited about is the relaunch of the Barrett-Jackson Cup, which we brought back last year and presented before a massive in-person, TV and online audience.

The Barrett-Jackson Cup presented by eBay Motors is our way of celebrating the sheer talent and vision of today’s custom car and truck builders, the driving force behind the Resto-Mod movement. The builders of these customs and incredibly modified cars are the coachbuilders of our world today. They are truly craftsmen. They’re truly talented artists. To have them showcased on the Barrett-Jackson stage is so appropriate because we’ve really created the awareness of this market segment at Barrett-Jackson and broadened that audience tremendously thanks to the reach of our live television presence and our social media footprint.

The Barrett-Jackson stage and the influence that comes with it also brings new people into the hobby to celebrate all things automotive, particularly cars that have been modified and dialed-in to such a level as our Cup contenders.

This year we’re proud to announce that for the Ultimate Best in Show trophy we’re bringing back renowned builder Bobby Alloway as a judge, and we’ve got Troy Trepanier coming in as well. Troy built the car that won the first Barrett-Jackson Cup in 2013, an amazing Torino constructed for George Poteet, who has owned some of the finest customs, street rods and hot rods on the planet. In addition to the Ultimate Best in Show, the People’s Choice Award will be voted on by Barrett-Jackson fans via social media. The field is limited to 50 entries, and you can be assured they will represent the cream of the crop of custom builds.

Why do we celebrate these Resto-Mods and customs? So many people look at a car as a utilitarian device that takes them from point A to point B. But these cars are much more than that. These cars are statements, absolute pieces of art. What the best cars have in common are truly passionate designers and builders who appreciate the old, anticipate the new and marry the two together in the form of a show-stopping car or truck.

The car becomes a blank canvas, and the builder and the designer together come up with something totally unique. But the key element is the execution and innovation of that design. You look at the top cars, the fit, the finish, the amount of work that goes into them, and it’s just magic. You might see an inch taken out here or an inch added there, and at first glance you can’t identify what exactly has been done to it. They look like something that was designed from the factory, but there’s just a little something about them that’s really not obvious when you walk up to it. You have to study these cars, and the more you look at them the better they look. I think that’s the sign of a true champion. It just flows and comes together so seamlessly it looks like it was born that way.

Most of these custom cars you look at today, particularly the Resto-Mods, feature cutting-edge technology in a classic wrapper. Technology has advanced to where you have options available that didn’t exist back in the day. As technology advances, the sophistication of these builds advances as well. When you have a car that was best of the best in the past, it becomes historical. It’s always going to be valuable. It’s always going to be desirable. But it’s not going to be the same car as one somebody creates 10 years from now, because technology evolves; components evolve.

And technology is on the verge of taking another leap. The electric vehicle era is coming of age. That’s going to be a topic of conversation for customizers. They’re already doing it, in fact. At some future Barrett-Jackson auction, I’m sure we’ll be seeing “Electro-Mods” sharing the stage with Resto-Mods.

Our goal is to raise interest in these cars and expose this incredible talent of the builders and the cars to a much larger growing market that only Barrett-Jackson can reach. Our social media footprint, live television broadcasts, corporate relationships and partnerships, allow us to get these cars and builders and the excitement they represent out to the world. We want to expand the audience to view and appreciate these

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: BEHIND THE SHADES: Steve Davis Reflects on Celebrating talent and Vision
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/behind-the-shades-steve-davis-reflects-on-celebrating-talent-and-vision/
Published Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2021 18:12:58 +0000

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AN ELEGANT ANOMALY: This Bugatti Chiron is Headed to the Scottsdale Auction Block with No Reserve

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AN ELEGANT ANOMALY: This Bugatti Chiron is Headed to the Scottsdale Auction Block with No Reserve

Written by Nicole Ellan James

2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 2018 BUGATTI CHIRON – NO RESERVE

Encountering a Bugatti Chiron on the streets is an exceptionally rare spectacle. This remarkably stunning automobile is so infrequently spotted that whenever it graces the road, it ignites a captivating curiosity, attracting scores of onlookers wherever it travels. This contemporary French supercar, renowned for its high-performance capabilities, pays homage to Bugatti’s rich sports-car performance by bearing the name of Louis Chiron. This legendary racing driver achieved triumph in nearly all major Grands Prix for the brand during the 1920s and 1930s.

At the core of the Chiron lies a formidable 8.0-liter W16 engine, crafted by combining two 15-degree V8s arranged side by side to create a commanding 90-degree configuration, boasting a staggering 1,500 horsepower. This marks a remarkable 50% increase compared to the original Veyron – the predecessor replaced by the Chiron – which shares a nearly identical powertrain.

Bugatti boasts remarkable acceleration figures for the Chiron, claiming it can reach 0-60 mph in  2.3 seconds and accelerate from zero to 186 mph in “less than” 13.6 seconds. At full throttle, the 4,000-pound coupe’s four turbochargers inhale an astounding 1,000 liters of air every second, and the maximum horsepower is spread over an impressive 4,000-rpm wide range of the power band – from 2,000 to 6,000 rpm. This sophisticated powerhouse achieves a top speed of 261 mph. The torque peaks at 1,180 ft/lbs, driving all four wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Elevating the Chiron from impressive to an otherworldly level is the engineering brilliance of that quad-turbo configuration, which operates in two stages. In a strategic design to mitigate lag, only two turbos engage from a standstill, with all four turbos releasing their air pressure through wastegates when the throttle is lifted. This meticulous setup ensures a seamless and responsive performance, contributing to the Chiron’s exceptional driving experience.

The Chiron employs a carbon-fiber monocoque structure, combining lightweight design with high strength. This material choice contributes to the car’s overall agility and structural integrity. Adding to its dynamic capabilities, the Chiron is equipped with an adaptive suspension system. This sophisticated system automatically adjusts to varying driving conditions, ensuring optimal performance, comfort and stability.

The Chiron’s design seamlessly integrates aerodynamics and aesthetics, striking a harmonious balance between performance and luxury. A notable feature is the titanium exhaust system with six tailpipes at the rear. Four of these terminate in a center channel positioned above the carbon-fiber diffuser. Remarkably, the outer two tailpipes divert downward, expelling air through the diffuser – a technology reminiscent of success in Formula 1 before the ban on blown diffusers. In the Chiron, this innovation utilizes the blown air to reenergize the low-pressure air at the rear of the diffuser, generating an additional layer of rear downforce. This sophisticated design not only enhances the car’s aesthetic appeal but also contributes to its overall performance dynamics.

Featuring a sleek and assertive profile, the Chiron highlights the unmistakable Bugatti design elements that play a pivotal role in crafting its iconic appearance. The defining Bugatti curve, creating a graceful circular motion on each side of the exterior, also serves as a distinctive divider within the interior.

Originating from the center console, a minimalist post adorned with four adaptable aluminum dials, the signature curve extends past the aluminum and titanium gear selector, sweeping upward to grace the ceiling. Inside, the Chiron’s cabin exudes luxury, characterized by the use of high-quality materials and meticulous craftsmanship. Complementing its opulent design, the interior is equipped with cutting-edge technology and comfort features, ensuring a premium driving experience that matches the car’s remarkable exterior allure.

The Bugatti Chiron transcends being merely a high-performance vehicle; it stands as the epitome of automotive engineering and design excellence. Serving as a testament to Bugatti’s unwavering dedication to pushing the boundaries of speed, power and luxury in a production car, the Chiron represents a pinnacle achievement in the automotive world, each exemplifying the brand’s commitment to delivering an unparalleled driving experience.

Notably, a 2018 Bugatti Chiron – one of an estimated 70 produced for its model year – will be presented at the 2024

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: AN ELEGANT ANOMALY: This Bugatti Chiron is Headed to the Scottsdale Auction Block with No Reserve
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/an-elegant-anomaly-this-bugatti-chiron-is-headed-to-the-scottsdale-auction-block-with-no-reserve/
Published Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2023 18:32:30 +0000

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2024 Honda CBR1000RR Preview

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Honda has announced several returning U.S. models for 2024, starting with the tried-and-true CBR1000RR sportbike. It will be available this March starting at $16,699 (non-ABS) and $16,999 for the ABS version.

Editor’s note: We test rode this vehicle during the 2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP First Ride Review and 2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP MC Commute Review articles and videos.

The 2024 Honda CBR1000RR in Grand Prix Red.
The 2024 Honda CBR1000RR in Grand Prix Red. (Honda/)

In recent years, the up-spec CBR1000RR-R Fireblade has received the bulk of attention, bringing Honda into line with the advancements of its competition. The standard CBR1000RR has been a steady presence in the brand’s lineup, however, as it remains a solid option for riders who want a comfortable literbike that’s equally at home on surface streets as it is on the racetrack.

The last major overhaul of the platform came in 2017 when Honda shaved a bunch of weight and added 10 more horsepower to the 1,000cc inline-four. Revisions to bodywork and the chassis also resulted in a leaner bike that was noticeably more svelte during our initial ride.

While not the most technologically sophisticated sportbike in Honda’s arsenal, the CBR1000RR does provide a number of amenities ranging from selectable torque control, ride-by-wire, a slipper clutch, and an electronic steering damper. Showa suspension is fully adjustable front and rear.

It’s also one of the most cost-approachable superbikes in the new motorcycle marketplace, nearly $2,000 less than its rivals at Yamaha and Suzuki and around $1,000 less than Kawasaki’s ZX-10R.

2024 Honda CBR1000RR Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$16,699–$16,999Engine:1,000cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 4 valves/cyl.Bore x Stroke:76.0 x 55.1mmCompression Ratio:13.0:1Fuel Delivery:PGM-DSFI w/ 48mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectors, ride-by-wireClutch:Wet, multiplate slipper/assistTransmission/Final Drive:6-speed/chainFrame:Twin-spar aluminumFront Suspension:43mm USD Big Piston Fork; fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travelRear Suspension:Unit Pro-Link HMAS shock, fully adjustable; 5.4 in. travelFront Brake:4-piston calipers, 320mm radial-mount full-floating discs (ABS optional)Rear Brake:250mm disc (ABS optional)Wheels, Front/Rear:17 in. / 17 in.Tires, Front/Rear:120/70-17 / 190/50-17Rake/Trail:23.0°/3.8 in.Wheelbase:55.3 in.Seat Height:32.8 in.Fuel Capacity:4.3 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:432 lb.Available:March 2024Contact:powersports.honda.com

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Title: 2024 Honda CBR1000RR Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-cbr1000rr-preview/
Published Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2024 17:14:48 +0000

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Work in progress: A peek at the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype

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Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype
Mention motorcycle brands and the American Midwest in the same sentence, and a particular Motor Co. springs to mind first. But there’s a smaller company 146 miles away, across Lake Michigan, producing small bikes with big attitudes. They’re called Janus Motorcycles, and this is their latest offering—the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler.

Based in Goshen, Indiana, Janus Motorcycles specializes in vintage-styled, made-to-order motorcycles. Using engines from the Italian brand SWM, their bikes can be specced with myriad color and accessory options, before being assembled by hand and shipped to their new owners. Only a handful of parts come from external suppliers—the rest are made in-house, or by Janus’ local network of craftsmen, many of which are Amish.

Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype

The Janus Gryffin 450 shows off the same scrambler styling as the existing Gryffin 250, but uses the engine from the company’s bigger Halcyon 450 bobber. You’re looking at the prototype build, devoid of any paint and finishings. Janus is in the thick of finalizing development, with the Gryffin 450 expected to go into production in July.

Derived from the single-cylinder donk in the Honda XR400, the 445 cc SWM motor makes around 30 hp. It’s not likely to set any land speed records, but that’s just fine for the Janus team. Their philosophy is building bikes that are not just gorgeous, but approachable too.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Work in progress: A peek at the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/janus-gryffin-450-prototype
Published Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2024 16:01:56 +0000

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