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BEYOND THE AUCTION BLOCK: The Many Attractions to Experience at Barrett-Jackson

The 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction promises an exhilarating nine-day spectacle of automotive excitement, blending the thrill of high-energy auctions with attractions that include live entertainment, family-friendly activities and a variety of ride-and-drive experiences. The festivities kick off in grand style on January 19 with the Rock the Block concert presented by Arizona Lottery in the auction arena featuring Foreigner with Night Ranger, setting the stage for unforgettable automotive event that will unfold from January 20 to 28 at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

QuikTrip Family Day on January 20 is a highlight that brings together automotive enthusiasts of all ages. This day not only showcases the beauty of collector vehicles but also includes STEM Fest presented by Honeywell. This innovative event engages young minds in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, providing an educational twist to the thrilling atmosphere of Barrett-Jackson. Additionally, the Barrett-Jackson Cup presented by Castrol adds an extra layer of excitement, featuring a competition among world-class custom car builders for the prestigious Cup and the $20,000 grand prize, as well as the People’s Choice award. Voting for the award can be done on the Barrett-Jackson Cup website and will end on Thursday, January 25. The entrants will parade across the auction block on January 20, with the winner and other finalists announced in the auction arena the following Saturday, January 27.

The Future Collector Car Show (FCCS) takes over the Polo Field at WestWorld on Sunday, January 21, presented by Meguiar’s. FCCS is a family-friendly event showcasing vehicles from 1980s to today that represent future collector car interests. The show field will feature highly modified or preserved rides, which provides a platform for enthusiasts to unite across generations in their shared love for future collectibles. FCCS also includes a photography contest and fashion show with some of the top designers in the Valley of the Sun.

Throughout the week, attendees can indulge in thrilling ride-and-drive experiences, offering a hands-on opportunity to feel the power and performance of some of the most iconic automotive brands.

The Dodge and GR Supra Thrill Rides on the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track promise adrenaline-pumping excitement, allowing participants to ride shotgun with a professional driver and truly discover the speed and agility of these high-performance vehicles.

For those with a taste for off-road adventures, the RAM TRX and TRD Pro Dirt Rides provide a rugged and exciting journey, showcasing the capabilities of these off-road beauties. The combination of power and precision ensures an unforgettable ride through challenging terrain.

Volvo and Dodge Driving Experiences further enhance the interactive aspect of the event. Attendees have the chance to get behind the wheel and test-drive the unique features and handling of the latest vehicle from Volvo and Dodge. It’s an opportunity for car enthusiasts to connect with their favorite brands on a more personal level.

As the week progresses, the excitement continues to build, with Ford Hot Laps starting on Wednesday, January 24. This experience is designed for those who crave speed and the thrill of high-speed cornering. Participants can enjoy the rush of precision and handling as professional drivers navigate the track.

For those seeking a deeper understanding of the collector car world, the Collector Car Symposiums kick off on Tuesday, January 23. These symposiums provide a platform for industry experts and enthusiasts to share insights, knowledge and stories about the rich history of classic and collector cars. This year will include commentary from experts regarding future collectibles and insights from builders who competed in the Barrett-Jackson Cup, in addition to appearances by PBR (Professional Bull Riding) stars.

One unique highlight of the event is certain to be a vintage B&K Bugatti Type 55 children’s carousel. Part of the Barrett-Jackson Automobilia Auction (which takes place January 22-28 in the auction arena each morning), this whimsical piece of automotive history featuring eight miniature Bugattis will be on display (not rideable) throughout the week prior to its sale on January 27, allowing visitors to marvel at the craftsmanship and nostalgia encapsulated in this vintage carousel.

The 2024 Scottsdale Auction also serves as the first round of Barrett-Jackson’s 2024 Fantasy Bid game, presented by Dodge. Bid predictions for the first round of the game can be made on the Fantasy Bid website until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, when the game will

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Grunter—A Six-Figure Vincent Rapide Headlining Bonhams

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1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle
Countless motorcycle manufacturers popped up in the 1920s and ’30s in Britain, but somehow, none quite as cool as Vincent. High-end speed machines, combining old-school big-displacement twins, monochrome finishes and titillating names like Rapide and Black Shadow, a Vincent V-twin welcomes you into any roundtable of motorcycling, and it’s not hard to see why. A seat rarely opens at the Vincent Owners Club, even more so when you’re talking about an ultra-rare first-series Rapide.

1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle

One of just 79 built, the Series-A Rapide represents Vincent’s first foray into V-twins—an endeavor that established Vincent as the superbike of the day. There are faster Vincents, and on occasion more valuable ones, but the rarity and significance of the Series-A Rapide is hard to overstate. As such, this restored 1938 Rapide highlights Bonhams’ upcoming Spring Stafford Sale with an estimated hammer price of $300,854 to $350,997.

While Vincent didn’t pioneer the V-twin, their execution is at least worthy of an honorable mention. Philip Vincent’s start in motorcycles echoes many of his peers of the era, becoming interested in bikes at a young age and crafting a few ‘specials’ of his own design in the late 1920s. At age 20, Vincent filed a patent for a cantilevered rear suspension design, and with backing from his family, he purchased the financially troubled HRD brand from Howard R Davies in 1928.

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Fast Tubes

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1969 Rennmax BN3
Photo: Ian WelshIt can’t be denied that the world of motor racing, both contemporary and historic, is saturated with egos. Some would say that it’s all really driven by egos, and that is sometimes directly connected to the size of the wallet. Perhaps without such egos we wouldn’t have motor racing at all.

So egos are certainly important, but there is something else that’s behind so many involved in motor racing and, in particular, historic motor sport. I am referring of course to the passion that many have for the sport. A passion that is so strong in some that it outweighs the need for podium finishes and is certainly far stronger than whatever shekels may influence others.

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Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line

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Premium British vehicle manufacturer Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has announced a strategic move of its T.50 supercar production to the company’s newly-built Group headquarters at Highams Park, Surrey. The new site has already taken over manufacturing of the GMA T.50 supercar from its previous production facility at Dunsfold Park. This decision will see T.50 manufacturing benefit from a wealth of efficiencies, while enabling the business to streamline carbon fiber monocoque production for T.33 prototypes and future models at Dunsfold Park. Used for development, testing and homologation-related crash testing, the monocoques will now be produced on-site, accelerating the supercar’s pre-production processes.



GMA advances T.50 production to new Highams Park HQ to streamline future model manufacturingMove sees the continuation of T.50 customer car production at new multi-million-pound facilityDecision enables dedicated T.33 prototype monocoque production at GMA’s Dunsfold Park siteHighams Park will continue to build the T.50, ahead of producing the T.50s, T.33, and T.33 Spider

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Building the new Gordon Murray Group HQ at Highams Park near the village of Windlesham saw investment of more than £50 million, and the creation of a broad range of specialized job roles to support full scale production. The new campus will be the Group’s global headquarters – home to a purpose-built 4,300 square meter Vehicle Production Centre, and the Gordon Murray Heritage collection. The site also features a specially-designed Vehicle Dynamics Test Road, used for final validation and pre-delivery checks of new GMA supercars – all set in 54 acres of beautiful English parkland. For customers opting to take delivery of their cars from Highams Park, the new HQ offers the ideal setting at its dedicated Driving Perfection Customer Centre, where owners can specify, set-up, and take delivery of their GMA supercar.

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Title: Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line
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