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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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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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