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CRAIG JACKSON’S VIEW FROM THE BLOCK: The Entertainment Capital of the World
Craig Jackson – Chairman/Chief Executive Officer

Phil Hill and my brother Brian.

Las Vegas holds a special place in the hearts of many a die-hard car guy – including me. Well before Barrett-Jackson held its inaugural auction in the city in 2008, I remember going there in the ’60s with my parents to watch my brother Brian, who raced at the Stardust International Raceway when he ran SCCA with Phil Hill and Jim Hall, with the Chaparrals. I was there in the fall of 1968 for the Can-Am finale when Hall was in a wreck and his Chaparral broke in two. I was just a kid, but I remember it clearly; I even had a piece of the broken Chaparral in my room for a long time.

Its racing history aside, Las Vegas is of course known as The Entertainment Capital of the World, and it’s no wonder why. The city is home to world-famous casinos, luxurious resorts and some of the biggest names in entertainment. Our team is always looking forward to bringing the action of Barrett-Jackson to Las Vegas, because that entertainment culture provides the perfect backdrop for this exciting event. We are proud that many top-name entertainers have joined us for our Las Vegas Auction over the years – many of whom brought their prized vehicles along with them.

The inaugural Las Vegas Auction catalog cover.

This year marks 15 years of Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas. The first event in 2008 saw Carroll Shelby’s first road race car, a 1949 MG TC, as the top-selling vehicle – but the 2010 Las Vegas Auction is a particularly special and memorable one for me. The auction featured eight unique cars from the estate of Danny Gans, a Vegas headliner and philanthropist. I met my wife, Carolyn, through the sale of those vehicles.

The Las Vegas Auction has hosted many other well-known names, including Carroll Shelby, Funkmaster Flex, Jay Leno, Don Prudhomme, John Schneider, Bruce Willis, Don Johnson, Sylvester Stallone, Josh Duhamel, Tom Arnold, comedian Rich Little, legendary MMA Champion Randy Couture and UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell. Magician Criss Angel, a longtime Las Vegas headliner, sold seven vehicles from his collection at our 2011 event.

Not only have renowned entertainers participated in buying and selling, but on occasion they have even performed for us at the Opening Night Party. The performance by multi-platinum country star Clay Walker in 2013 will always be among my favorites.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Las Vegas without some local legends in attendance. Over the years these have included Siegfried and Roy, Corey Harrison, Austin “ChumLee” Russel of “Pawn Stars” and magician Penn Jillette. Wayne Newton, known as “Mr. Las Vegas,” participated in the charity sale of a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and sold a trio of his personal collector cars at the 2021 Las Vegas Auction.

The late Danny Gans’ children after the sale of his collection.

Aerosmith band members stopped by the auction in 2019 when they had a residency in the city. Additional notable entertainers checking out the action have included Mike Tyson, racing great Richard Petty and Linda Vaughn, best known as “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter.” Other familiar faces at the auction have included British entertainment writer Robin Leach, as well as Jeff Allen and Meg Bailey from TV’s “Car Chasers.” We had a lot of fun last year with comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, who sold his 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Trans Am Bandit Edition at the event.

With such a range of exciting cars and special guests, the Las Vegas Auction is always one of the most memorable in my book – made even more special by the city’s reputation for entertainment.

I look forward to seeing everyone on and off the auction block in Las Vegas this year. Cheers!

—  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.

Carroll Shelby and Jay Leno.

Funkmaster Flex’s Mustang

Don Prudhomme.

Josh Duhamel.

Rich Little.

John Schneider in the General Lee.

Randy Couture.

Chuck Liddell.

Criss Angel.

Clay Walker.

Siegfried and Roy.

Richard Petty.

Linda Vaughn.

Robin Leach.

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias.

Penn Jillette.

Wayne Newton.

A little Elvis just for fun.

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.


Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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