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Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson

WITH CRAIG JACKSON AT THE HELM, THE COMPANY IS CELEBRATING 50 SUCCESSFUL YEARS IN THE COLLECTOR CAR HOBBY. CRAIG IS ALSO AN AVID CAR COLLECTOR, AWARD-WINNING RESTORER AND RACING ENTHUSIAST.

 

Well, if there’s one thing our 2021 Las Vegas Auction in June illustrated, the collector car industry is alive and well! It was exciting to be the very first event open to the public in the new West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. It’s clear there was a not only a demand for fine collector cars, but also for a return to a sense of normalcy that we’d all been craving. We were very happy with the results. As you’ll read in the recap of the event, we had some awesome charity moments, the sales were exceptional and some impressive records were set along the way, just like we witnessed at our March auction in Scottsdale.

That event was the perfect prelude to our brand-new Houston Auction, September 16-18. I’m very much looking forward to our first-ever event in Texas. The car culture in this part of the nation is fantastic; many of the largest car collectors in the country hail from the Lone Star State.

And because we needed a venue as big as Texas, we chose NRG Center, which is a great location that will allow us to present the full, unrivalled Barrett-Jackson experience to fans in this part of the country. The invitation-only Opening Night Party will be in full swing the evening of September 15, and the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track we’re building there – where attendees can go on hot laps or breathtaking thrill rides in the latest vehicles from Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge and Toyota – will be our largest ever.

Being in the Houston area will bring back lots of childhood memories for me. NRG Center is located near the River Oaks neighborhood of the city, within the 610 Loop between Downtown and Uptown. My dad’s sister lived there and belonged to the River Oaks Country Club; I’ve been visiting there since I was a kid. The shopping, dining and hotel choices in the area are nothing short of phenomenal, giving our guests a wealth of options, all within easy reach of NRG Center.

We’re getting some great vehicles lined up for the Houston Auction that will be selling with No Reserve, which you’ll read about in these pages. They showcase the diversity of offerings for which Barrett-Jackson has become known, including a very low-mileage 2019 Ford GT, the 1979 Porsche 928 driven by Tom Cruise in “Risky Business,” a stunning 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Resto-Mod, Sir Stirling Moss’ GT350 race car, an incredible 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 “Birdcage” re-creation, and an impressive selection of fine vehicles from a number of prominent collections.

In addition to bringing our unique automotive lifestyle event to yet another part of the United States, Barrett-Jackson is also expanding in other exciting ways. We were pleased to recently announce the acquisition of the Collector Car Network, Inc., including its well-known properties ClassicCars.com, AutoHunter, The ClassicCars.com Journal and the Future Collector Car Show. It’s part of our commitment to continue expanding the hobby, attracting the next generation of enthusiasts and helping grow the collector car market.

I look forward to seeing you all at our Inaugural Houston Auction – our team has worked hard to make this an event that everyone will enjoy. Celebrating the collector car hobby in Houston is going to be big – just like everything in Texas and at Barrett-Jackson!

Houston, here we come!

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: CRAIG JACKSON’S VIEW FROM THE BLOCK: Taking the Fast Lane to Houston
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/craig-jacksons-view-from-the-block-taking-the-fast-lane-to-houston/
Published Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2021 17:00:55 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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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.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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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

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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

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

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
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

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 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.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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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!

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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.

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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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