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CRAIG JACKSON’S VIEW FROM THE BLOCK: Start the Auction at the Opening Night Party
Craig Jackson – Chairman/Chief Executive Officer

The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray 3LZ First Retail Production VIN 001 at the Party in 2023.

What a great start to the year we had in January! We’re still on cloud nine after what turned out to be a historic Scottsdale Auction, which set a record-breaking $207.6 million in sales, the most in our company’s history for a single event. We are incredibly grateful for the tremendous support of our consignors, bidders and sponsors who helped make this happen. The entire team at Barrett-Jackson is eager to continue that momentum as we head to our Palm Beach Auction.

For years, we’ve kicked off Barrett-Jackson events with a great gathering the night before we get down to the business of showcasing an always-incredible selection of collector cars on the auction block. In Palm Beach, this celebration is known as the Opening Night Party. It’s a fun, relaxing event that gives us all an opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie we share as collector car enthusiasts.

The party provides the perfect occasion to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, swap stories and feel the excitement begin to build for the auction days that lie ahead. The atmosphere perfectly blends upscale entertainment with casual Florida flair, whether guests want to cut loose on the dance floor to some electrifying live music or just mingle and sample the enticing selection of cocktails and gourmet bites from renowned local restaurants.

Robert Van Winkle

The Opening Night Party always draws an impressive assortment of car collectors, car builders, industry leaders, athletes, celebrities, musicians, socialites, politicians – a diverse group united by a shared love of cars. One of the things I enjoy most about the Opening Night Party in Florida is that you never know what surprises might be in store – including celebrity appearances and occasionally a surprise performance!

At the 2014 Palm Beach opening night celebration, actor and rapper Robert Van Winkle, also known as Vanilla Ice, jump-started the auction weekend with a special appearance. Others prefer to just enjoy the entertainment. In 2016, for example, Grammy Award-winning musician Zac Brown and legendary actor William Shatner enjoyed mingling with guests at the Palm Beach Opening Night Party.

This year, several sure-to-be stars from the auction block will also be in the spotlight at the party. Among them is a 2022 Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine. The stunning supercar features special graphics and is number 27 of just 30 produced. Also turning heads at the celebration will be a 2022 Ferrari SF90 Spider – a one-of-one Tailor Made example modeled after the 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC, the winningest car in Ferrari race history. This car’s power comes from a twin-turbo 3.9-liter 986-horsepower V8 engine e4WD PHEV, backed by an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The 2024 Palm Beach Opening Night Party is gearing up to be yet another memorable affair, maintaining Barrett-Jackson’s tradition of providing an upscale evening of entertainment and enjoyment for all. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 17 and join me for an unforgettable evening that raises the curtain on the main event: the auction itself, taking place April 18-20 at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

— Craig Jackson

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. 

With Zac Brown and Steve Davis.

On display at the Opening Night Party in 2006 was a 1947 Bentley Mark IV Coachworks by Fanay that sold at the auction for $1.76 million.

With William Shatner.

2024 Palm Beach Auction – 2022 Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition – No Reserve

2024 Palm Beach Auction – 2022 Ferrari SF90 Spider – No Reserve

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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 BN3Photo: Ian Welsh
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

State of the art

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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