The sale of CNN’s Warrior One Hummer at the 2007 Scottsdale Auction was the first vehicle to break the $1 million milestone for a charity vehicle.
To mark Barrett-Jackson’s half-century in business, in this special series we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite moments from the past 50 years – as well as some little-known facts about The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer joined Craig Jackson and Steve Davis on the block to tell the story of Warrior One.
The 2007 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction was one for the record books, filled with exciting action the likes of which only the Barrett-Jackson experience can deliver. But it was here, at the 36th Annual Scottsdale Auction, where a new record, a new precedent was set. It was where the generosity incumbent at Barrett-Jackson took center stage, breaking the million-dollar mark for charity for the very first time.
The story begins with CNN’s purchase of a 1993 Hummer H1 from a dealership in Kuwait. Crewed by CNN producers and photojournalists, the H1 would embed with the First Battalion, 7th Marines during the Iraq War. Dubbed “Warrior One,” the Hummer more than proved its mettle, not only traversing the heat-soaked Iraqi deserts but also keeping occupants safe under heavy fire in Baghdad in April 2003.
The excitement in the auction arena was off the charts during the sale of Warrior One.
Upon completing its three-year-long tour of duty, Warrior One returned stateside and was picked up by none other than Chip Foose and the crew from TV’s “Overhaulin’.” During the summer of 2006, the team set to work giving the battle-worn H1 a complete restoration with countless upgrades and a breathtaking hand-painted finish. Four of the nation’s top airbrush artists worked tirelessly, spending over 240 hours creating a mural of Warrior One’s Middle Eastern journey. The incredible paintwork served as a tribute to service personnel and the journalists embedded with them.
When the Hummer arrived on the auction block in Scottsdale bidding took off, with bidders standing proud to support the Fisher House Foundation – an organization dedicated to supporting the families of America’s service members and their families in times of need.
Winning bidder Dave Liniger, founder of RE/MAX (right), was overcome with emotion when the gavel came down on his $1 million bid, which was supplemented by an additional $250,000 from longtime Barrett-Jackson customer and friend Dave Ressler.
The atmosphere in the auction arena was electric, the roaring crowd adding to the excitement as bidding quickly climbed into six-figure territory. When the hammer finally fell, Warrior One had set an all-new record for a Barrett-Jackson charity vehicle at $1 million, but the evening wasn’t over – far from it.
Inspired by the wonderful cause and learning that the winning bidder was a Vietnam veteran who planned to take the vehicle around the country to raise funds for wounded veterans, another generous Barrett-Jackson bidder rose up to pledge an additional $250,000 to the Fisher House Foundation – taking Warrior One to a final price of $1.25 million, 100 percent of which went directly to the charity, as Barrett-Jackson waives all fees on these special sales.
The spirit of generosity has always been woven into the very fabric of Barrett-Jackson, and we are proud to serve as the platform for such incredible acts of kindness.
Title: CNN’S WARRIOR ONE BREAKS MILLION-DOLLAR MILESTONE FOR CHARITY: A 50 Facts & Favorite Memories Feature
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Published Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2021 16:39:45 +0000
Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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.
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
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. 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. 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
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.
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!
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.
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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