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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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BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas

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BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas

Written by Barbara Toombs

Fremont Street in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.

Millions of visitors are understandably attracted to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas’ renowned Strip each year, where world-class resorts, casinos, shows and incredible dining options are the name of the game.

What many don’t realize is that there’s another fascinating side to the Entertainment Capital of the World, headlined by two cultural districts known simply as Downtown and Chinatown.

Downtown Las Vegas (also known as DTLV) is really where this unique desert city got its start. In 1931, construction began on what is now known as the Hoover Dam, attracting thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. To capitalize on this growing workforce, savvy businessmen began building casinos and showgirl venues along Las Vegas’ only paved road at the time: Fremont Street.

Today, DTLV is comprised of three distinct districts. Many visitors to the city are already familiar with one of them: the Fremont Street Casino District, which contains museums, restaurants and bars, as well as the original Las Vegas casinos, including El Cortez, Golden Nugget and Golden Gate. Here you’ll also find the renowned Fremont Street Experience, which debuted in 1995. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is covered by a canopy of more than two million LED lights and a state-of-the-art sound system that comes to life every night for a spectacular sound and light show called “Viva Vision.”

The Arts District

A popular attraction in this district is The Mob Museum (the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), which showcases intriguing tales and the age-old dichotomy of good guys versus bad guys. Explore at your own pace, go on a guided tour or uncover museum surprises as part of a group scavenger hunt. Want a literal “taste” of old-school Las Vegas? Plan to dine at Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, perched on the 24th floor of Binion’s Gambling Hall. The restaurant dates back to 1965 when it was known as Top of the Mint, the signature dining spot at The Mint hotel tower. The interior design (and menu – think steak, prime rib, lobster and even Baked Alaska) is a throwback to an earlier era when the mob ran much of Las Vegas, but the real draw is the spectacular view through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.

Built in 2002, the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) is a six-block area that stretches from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and from Ogden Street South to Carson. FEED is pedestrian-friendly, offering diverse street life and many eateries, cafes, bars and lounges, as well as ample shopping opportunities and lively entertainment. A must-see attraction in this district is the Downtown Container Park – a dining, shopping and live music venue made of 45 colorful repurposed shipping containers, all fronted by a two-story, fire-breathing praying mantis who made its original debut at Burning Man. Nearby is the popular Bin 702 – one of many great dining choices in the area – featuring a great selection of beer and wine, as well as a tantalizing choice of charcuterie and cheese, sandwiches and small plates for sharing.

18b sign in The Arts District.

In recent years, The Arts District – or the 18b as it’s also known (a reference to it occupying 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas, loosely outlined by Commerce Street, Colorado Ave, Fourth Street and Hoover Avenue) – has been growing in popularity. Its monthly “First Friday” block party and art walk features food trucks and live music, serving as a backdrop for artists showing their works off at a variety of open-air and indoor galleries. These include The Arts Factory, home to over 30 artists and art galleries, and ArtSquare, a hip establishment that houses design stores, designer’s studios, wellness spots, and food and drink outlets. Behind The Arts Factory sits one of many great dining choices in The Arts District: Taverna Costera, serving up delicious Coastal Mediterranean fusion that draws inspiration from coastal Spanish, French, Italian and Greek cuisines and beyond.

Just a couple of miles east of the Strip, along Spring Mountain Road (roughly between Rainbow Boulevard and Interstate 15), lies the city’s amazing Chinatown, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Asian businesses in Southern Nevada, including a multitude of authentic Asian restaurants, gift shops, a hair stylist, a reflexologist, home decor, an Asian supermarket and the only Chinese bookstore in Nevada.

At Chinatown’s heart is the enormous and ornate Chinatown Plaza, featuring a colorful, dragon-adorned, Tang Dynasty-inspired gate and gleaming

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2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve

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2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve

This red 1967 Corvette custom coupe received a complete custom restoration at Springfield Motorsports in Peachland BC, Canada. The build consists of a completely new jig-mounted tube chassis with C4 corvette front upper and lower control arms riding on coilover shocks and power rack & pinion steering. The rear differential is a custom narrowed 9-inch Ford with aluminum Dale Gerry center section with Wilwood disc brakes on all 4 corners. Filling out the wheel wells are custom offset Fikse wheels.

K&S machine in Kelowna, British Columbia took the 454ci engine and machined it to 496ci it is equipped with Comp Thumper camshaft and 800cfm carburetor and it creates a true hot rod sound through the ceramic-coated exhaust. Lee Baxter upholstery created the one-off hand-stitched red leather interior with a rear storage area. It features Vintage Air, Digital gauges, power windows and a leather-wrapped vintage-style steering wheel.

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Title: 2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
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From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition

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Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
The Honda CBX 1000 was only in production for four years, but that was enough time for it to leave a lasting impression on the motorcycle industry. First released it in 1978 as a screaming six-cylinder naked superbike, it later faced stiff competition from its stablemate—the equally iconic CB900F. So the Japanese marque redesigned it as a sport tourer, halfway through its tenure.

The updated ‘CBX-B’ had a touring fairing, optional panniers, and Honda’s new-at-the-time Pro-Link mono-shock setup. It was a hair less powerful than before, but that didn’t stop it from becoming a legend in its own right. If you park a CBX and CBX-B next to each other, you could argue that the latter has more presence.

Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition

It’s that mystique that prompted the owner of this 1982 Honda CBX 1000 Pro-Link to buy it. Enamored with the fusion of modern technology and ancient traditions found in Japanese cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, he was on the hunt for a classic motorcycle that embodied that philosophy. When he found the CBX, the sheer brutalism of its six-cylinder engine was impossible to ignore.

“In the eyes of this enthusiast, the engine wasn’t just a mechanical marvel; it was the soul of the motorcycle, much like the heart in a human body,” says Tiago Gonçalves, founder of the Portuguese custom shop, Unik Edition. “This revelation laid the foundation for a transformative project, one that would honor the motorcycle’s origins while infusing it with a new identity.”

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Title: From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
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