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I often reflect on how time seems to go by so quickly.

Craig Jackson – Chairman/Chief Executive Officer

All of us seem to be busy these days. In my life, it’s important to notice when I need to just take a moment to relax. Taking time away can bring new clarity and focus for all the things that matter in life.

For me, driving provides an escape from the hectic life so many of us lead. Turning my phone on silent when I get behind the wheel serves as a symbolic act of disconnecting from the external world. The sound of the engine becomes the soundtrack, drowning out the noise and allowing my thoughts to settle. That’s why one of my favorite ways to recharge is – you guessed it – hitting the open road or taking laps on the track.

Recently I took part in the Bugatti Grand Tour America, embarking on a journey through Utah and Colorado in my new Chiron. It was a break that reminded me of summer spent in my youth – a welcome pause from my daily obligations, an opportunity to rekindle connections with fellow car enthusiasts and forge new friendships. It’s get-togethers like these that reinforce my passion for what I do, emphasizing the joy found in the journey itself.

For avid car enthusiasts, finding a moment away often involves immersing themselves in a passion that transcends the ordinary. One such avenue for so many is attending Barrett-Jackson.

Barrett-Jackson auctions are not merely events; they are experiences that resonate with the very essence of the automotive hobby. Our auctions are renowned for showcasing an extraordinary array of classic and iconic vehicles, creating an atmosphere where automotive history comes to life. Enthusiasts from all walks of life gather and witness the spectacular at Barrett-Jackson, creating an amazing community bound by a shared love for collector cars.

Beyond the cars themselves, the auctions foster a sense of camaraderie. It’s a social gathering where conversations flow easily, friendships are established, and knowledge is exchanged. Whether discussing the intricacies of engine specifications, sharing restoration stories or simply admiring a particular vehicle, attendees connect on a level that goes beyond the surface.

This upcoming 2024 Scottsdale Auction will hold a special place in my heart, marked by the sale of seven cars from the personal collection of Don Williams. Don, a cherished friend and mentor – as well as a world-renowned car collector and restorer – was truly part of the Barrett-Jackson family. Among the seven vehicles that are the last of his collection that will be on offer is the remarkable 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio, a car that has been in Don’s possession since the late 1980s, and one that I hold in high regard.

A stunning complement to that early Bugatti but equally impressive is a 2018 Bugatti Chiron, which Don would have wholeheartedly appreciated. Featuring exposed carbon fiber, this Bugatti not only captivates with its aesthetic but also symbolizes Bugatti’s remarkable technological advancements. The awe-inspiring W16 engine, showcases Bugatti’s longstanding engineering prowess, seamlessly combines two 15-degree V8s in a side-by-side arrangement, resulting in a commanding 90-degree configuration that unleashes a speed-defying 1,500 horsepower.

As we navigate our busy lives, our automotive pursuits offer not just an escape but a profound reminder of our passion, connection and the shared appreciation for the extraordinary. It’s a call to cherish the moments, whether on the open road, on the track or amidst the electric atmosphere of a Barrett-Jackson auction.

I’m looking forward to seeing each of you in January – it’s the perfect opportunity to share what drives us!


With Craig at the helm, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company is celebrating over 50 successful years in the collector car hobby. He is an avid car collector, award-winning restorer and racing enthusiast.

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Final Encore—Bizzarrini P538

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Photo: Casey AnnisThe 1950s and 1960s were a time of rapid change in both the road and racecar world. Technology was advancing quickly and with this advancement, it became increasingly harder and harder for a lone individual—either engineer or visionary—to be solely responsible for a complete automobile. Yet, some amazing vehicles were given birth during this time by some of the last of these automotive prodigies. One such automotive savant was Italian Giotto Bizzarrini. A tenacious and talented engineer and development driver, Bizzarrini either created or played a major role in some of the most iconic cars of the 1960s, including several built under his own name. Any true understanding of Bizzarrini’s cars, however, first requires an understanding of the man, as the two are virtually inseparable.

The author unleashes a healthy dose of the “Anniversario” Bizzarrini’s prodigious horsepower.
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Born Survivor

Giotto Bizzarrini was born in June 6, 1926, in Quercianella, near Livorno, Italy. Born into a long line of engineers, it is perhaps not surprising that Bizzarrini would gravitate toward things mechanical. However, his early childhood years were more dominated by soccer and hunting, at least until World War II intervened. When the war broke out, Giotto’s father took up arms against the Germans, leaving young Giotto behind to fend for his family. During the war years, times were tough and much of what the Bizzarrini family had to eat ended up coming from Giotto’s hunting prowess. Bizzarrini would look back on these years of deprivation and state, “That period really influenced me for the rest of my life. It made me into a survivor, somewhat of a maverick.”

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Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine

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Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
Although Bike EXIF is dedicated to art on two wheels, our automotive interests are wide-ranging. Our publisher has an enviable car collection, our workshop editor, Dean, is a vintage snowmobile fiend, and I’ve been in love with the Morgan Super 3 ever since I test-drove it at the Malle Mile. So today we’re bending the rules, and bringing you a stunning three-wheeler that’s only really thirty percent motorcycle.

Dubbed the ‘MAC 2,’ it’s the second handmade three-wheeler from Indonesian engineer and vintage bike enthusiast, Cosmas Lili Sudrajat. Cosmas has a major crush on Morgan’s V-twin-powered three-wheelers—but they’re expensive and hard to come by in Indonesia. Luckily, he knows his way around a workshop.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts

The V-twin powerplant bolted to the front of the MAC 2 isn’t a motorcycle engine though. It’s out of a Mazda B600—a pint-sized, Japanese-made station wagon that was a hit in Indonesia in the 1960s. “The Mazda’s air-cooled 600 cc V-twin engine is the perfect size for a three-wheeler,” says Cosmas.

Once the Mazda B600 had been torn down to just its chassis and motor, Cosmas chopped off the rear half of the frame and installed a repurposed Honda swingarm. Repurposed 18” laced motorcycle wheels do duty up front, modified with cast aluminum MAC-branded hubcaps.

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Ferrari Challenge UK commences

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The 2024 Ferrari UK Challenge race series commences its sixth season this weekend at iconic English racing circuit Brands Hatch. Ferrari North Europe has confirmed another packed grid of experienced and new drivers in both the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell classes.

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The 2024 season welcomes the return of numerous racing favorites, including Andrew Morrow, who readies himself for a step up to the EU Challenge in 2024, and Tom Fleming, the EU Challenge rookie who went on to win the World Championship at Finali Mondiali in Mugello last October. With both drivers showing great talent, the stage is set for a hotly contested season opener.

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Several exciting newcomers also make their debut in the series this year, hoping to seize the initiative and pilot their Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo race cars to victory in the final solus year for the 488 model, before the introduction of the new 296 Challenge in 2025.

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