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COVERING THE SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: Swisstrax Tiles Add Up to an Impressive Undertaking

There is no denying Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction site at WestWorld is massive. It’s so big that, in 2014, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions set two official Guinness World Records: One for the Largest Marquee (435,656.95 square feet) and one for the Largest Single-Unit Marquee (351,210.33 square feet). Since then, the auction site has continued to grow as new features have been added, which has extended its total footprint to nearly 1 million square feet.

If you have attended the auction in person, you might have noticed a unique tile that covers the floor of the 40,000-square-foot Sponsor Pavilion (the area you enter as you pass through the entry doors) and the staging lanes, where the auction cars are prepped before they cross the block. The flooring is Swisstrax, a type of modular flooring originally developed in Switzerland.

Swisstrax made its American debut in 1998 with tiles used for Grand-Am and Petit Le Mans Series racing pits and hospitality areas. Since then, the company has continued to grow and develop different variations of tiles that can be used for any occasion. Swisstrax even developed special tiles offering realistic hardwood grains and patterns that can be used for dance floors. American-made and manufactured in Dalton, Georgia, the tiles are composed of a strong and durable polypropylene copolymer material engineered with an advanced channeling system that allows for easy removal and easy cleaning.

But here’s the question we really wanted to know the answer to: How many Swisstrax tiles does it take to cover the Scottsdale Auction site?

Each tile measures 15.75 by 15.75 inches, slightly larger than one square foot. Swisstrax covers 85,000 square feet of the auction site for Barrett-Jackson, which means it takes roughly 64,762 tiles. That said, many other exhibitors and sponsor displays also use Swisstrax, so the actual number is much higher. To put things in perspective, the 1-million-square-foot auction site equates to 15 and a half football fields and could accommodate 1,634 semi-trucks. It would take approximately 761,905 Swisstrax tiles to cover it all.

Join us in Scottsdale this January to enjoy exploring the acres of amazing vehicles and activities – and remember to look down from time to time and give a little salute to Swisstrax for flooring the auction.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: COVERING THE SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: Swisstrax Tiles Add Up to an Impressive Undertaking
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/covering-the-scottsdale-auction-swisstrax-tiles-add-up-to-an-impressive-undertaking/
Published Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2024 22:29:42 +0000

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K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer

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Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed
When the Honda Dax was brought back into production a couple of years ago, K-Speed wasted little time getting their grubby paws on it. The Thai powerhouse’s founder, the mysterious Mr Eak, had a 50 cc Dax as a teenager—and the workshop is particularly good at customizing small Hondas. So a K-Speed-customized Dax was inevitable.

Two years on, and K-Speed is still finding interesting ways to cram massive levels of badassery into Honda’s bite-sized mini-bike. This time, they’ve turned the Dax into an uber-sassy—albeit impossibly compact—café racer.

Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed

Although K-Speed churns out countless custom bikes a year for paying customers, this one was a shop build. Eak wanted to see how far he could push the 2024-model Honda ST125 Dax, visually, without modifying its pressed steel frame (which also houses its fuel tank). Luckily K-Speed has an extensive range of Honda mini-bike parts to draw from, manufactured under their ‘Diabolus’ brand.

Dubbed ‘Puppy Racer,’ K-Speed’s custom Honda Dax benefits most from a radical stance adjustment. The crew started with a new Diabolus front end, comprising upside-down forks and a more modern-looking top yoke. It sits lower than the stock setup, as do the twin Diabolus shocks that now prop up the rear.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-dax-cafe-racer
Published Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2024 16:11:01 +0000

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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style

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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style
2024 Shelby Super Snake unveiled at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction.

As thousands of car enthusiasts streamed through the gates of The World’s Greatest Collection Car Auctions on Thursday, they were met with sunshine, blue skies and over 600 collector cars on display at the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction.

The auction site at the South Florida Fairgrounds offered something for everyone on the first day of the event. Guests were able to see all the collector cars before they had their turn on the famous auction block, check out interactive displays and demonstrations from more than 100 exhibitors and sponsors, and grab a bite to eat from a wide variety of offerings.

The day’s activities included the demonstration of a 1976 Leopard 1 A5 Battle Tank (Lot #696), which will cross the block with No Reserve on Saturday, April 20, highlighted by the unmistakable rumble of its 37.4-liter turbocharged diesel engine and the turning of the turret. Additional demonstrations are scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. near the South Showcase.

Another must-experience highlight of the day was an exhilarating ride around the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track with a professional driver at the Dodge Thrill Rides and Ford Hot Laps. In addition, the Volvo Driving Experience gave guests the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a new Volvo for a cruise along the streets of Palm Beach.

Of course, the real not-to-be-missed element of the event was watching all the exciting bidding action in the arena itself.

The morning’s activity began with nearly 200 examples of collectible cool up on the block during the Automobilia Auction, where Lot #6299.2, a large Kenny Rogers Roasters light-up sign and Lot #6298.4, a Chevrolet OK Used Cars neon sign, proved to be the stars of Thursday’s show. Three gas pumps also took the spotlight: a 1940s-50s Gulf Bennett Model #646 (Lot #6291) and a late-1940s/early-50s Gulf Oil Premium Gasoline Tokheim 39 (Lot #6292). A late-1940s/early-1950s Texaco Bennett Model 756 (Lot #6289.1) rounded out the day’s top five automobilia sales.

Before the collector cars started to cross the block for the day, Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson was joined on the block by President Steve Davis, along with Shelby American President Gary Patterson, Vice President of Operations Vince LaViolette, and Sales and Marketing Manager Kash Singh, as well as Tracy Smith, Executive Vice President of Carroll Shelby International, to debut Shelby’s latest creation: the 2024 Shelby Super Snake. The special car, along with a convertible version, will be on display throughout the Palm Beach event in the Shelby American display.

Over 175 of the more than 600 No Reserve collector cars on this year’s docket took their turn on the block Thursday, with 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible (Lot #106.1), a 1970 Ford Torino custom coupe (Lot #100.1), 2007 Aston Martin DB9 Volante (Lot #103) and a 1968 Ford Mustang GT convertible (Lot #108) all taking top honors for the day.

The first two cars from John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection had their turn in the spotlight today. The first, a 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible (Lot #82), was among the top sales of the day, and it was followed by Lot #82.1, a 1974 Volkswagen Thing convertible. The remaining vehicles in the collection will cross the block on Friday and Saturday with No Reserve.

The Palm Beach Auction runs through Saturday, with tickets and bidder registration available on Barrett-Jackson.com. Join us this weekend and soak in all the excitement the auction has to offer.

Enjoy the video below of Wednesday night’s Opening Night Party, as well as a gallery of activity in the auction arena and around the site today.

Shelby fans in the Auction Arena during the unveil.

LOT #106.1 – 1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE

Barrett-Jackson guests checking out the collector vehicles in the South Showcase.

LOT #82 – 1962 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE

LOT #696 – 1976 LEOPARD 1 A5 BATTLE TANK – NO RESERVE

LOT #100.1 – 1970 FORD TORINO CUSTOM COUPE

Volvo Driving Experience.

LOT #103 – 2007 ASTON MARTIN DB9 VOLANTE

Dodge Thrill Rides.

LOT #108 – 1968 FORD MUSTANG GT CONVERTIBLE

Guests waiting to go on a Ford Hot Lap.

2024 Shelby Super Snake convertible in the Shelby American display.

LOT #6298.4 – CHEVROLET OK USED CARS NEON SIGN ON STAND

LOT #6291 – 1940S-50S GULF BENNETT MODEL #646 GAS PUMP and LOT #6292 – LATE-1940S/EARLY-50S GULF OIL PREMIUM GASOLINE TOKHEIM 39 GAS PUMP

LOT #6289.1 – LATE-1940S/EARLY-1950S TEXACO BENNETT MODEL 756 GAS PUMP

LOT #6299.2 –

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2024-palm-beach-auction-highlights-day-1/
Published Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2024 21:00:23 +0000

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La Dolce Vita: Cranking the Vespa GT 200 up to eleven

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Turbocharged Vespa GT 200 with handmade bodywork
We have a particular affinity for modern Vespa scooters around here. Our founding editor, Chris Hunter, used to commute on one in Sydney, I used to commute on one in Cape Town, and our good friend, Winston Yeh, bops around Taipei on his (a black one, naturally). But we wouldn’t have the first clue on how to customize a modern Vespa.

They’re cute enough as they are, begging to be lightly accessorized rather than heavily modified. It takes a lot of imagination to look past the iconic bodywork and see something radically different. Luckily, Adam Eldridge has imagination in spades.

Turbocharged Vespa GT 200 with handmade bodywork

Based in Austin, Texas, Adam’s a fabricator who’s spent the last two decades honing his craft. Working under the banner of Python Lair Designs, he’s built custom bicycles, choppers, and hot rods, and has even tackled interior architectural metalwork.

The commission for the Vespa came from Guido DeVita—an enigmatic 70-something-year-old petrolhead with an equal love for cars and bikes, and zero regard for convention. Adam’s done regular work for Guido’s business, ilGaragista, and describes it as “a custom shop with no boundaries other than a checkbook.”

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: La Dolce Vita: Cranking the Vespa GT 200 up to eleven
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Published Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2024 20:02:02 +0000

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