Written by Nicole Ellan James
LOT #8299.9 – Dodge-em Bumper Car Ride – Private Treaty
LOT #7248 – Terminator T-800 Endoskeleton Statue – No Reserve
Upon entering the Cars of Dreams Museum, housed in Palm Beach, FL, visitors are transported to New York’s Coney Island, set in a bygone era frozen in time — almost literally.
Nostalgia from John Staluppi’s youth surrounds you from every angle. Multiple “roads” offer the promise of unique adventures, each lined with vintage streetlights and benches. Collector cars glisten under the lights, and your eyes immediately land on the full-size amusement park dodge-em bumper car ride before flickering over to the vintage diner.
It doesn’t take long to figure out where you are supposed to be or when. Accented by hand-painted murals of the world-famous Cyclone roller coaster and a motif of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty, the Cars of Dreams Museum serves as an entire town dedicated to preserving Staluppi’s childhood memories.
As you make your way through the museum and toward the Coney Island Arcade and
beachfront boardwalk — complete with a Carvel ice cream store — you will pass a fire station and drive-in theater. Nearby, two mannequins dressed as mechanics wait patiently for customers at a gas station service shop.
Everything within the museum works together to create a nostalgic mood that’s readily appreciated by everyone, even those who have never experienced the iconic amusement park.
Automobilia and memorabilia from the transformative space will be offered during the 2022 Palm Beach Auction, April 7-9 at the South Florida Fairgrounds.
“The automobilia and memorabilia is of the same high-quality caliber as the museum’s car collection that is also crossing the auction block,” said Rory Brinkman, longtime Barrett-Jackson Automobilia director.
The most significant piece offered from the collection is a fully functional full-size amusement park Dodge-Em Bumper Car Ride (Lot #8299.9). It features ten operating bumper cars and measures approximately 36 feet long by 50 feet wide by 10.5 feet high. The ride has been restored to “Day 1 condition” and upgraded with a floor pick-up system that eliminates the traditional overhead ceiling grid.
Due to space limitations, the ride will not be on-site at the auction and is being sold by private treaty, which means Barrett-Jackson will negotiate the sale on behalf of the consigner during the auction.
Included in the sale, the ride will be disassembled, shipped and reassembled at the buyer’s location.
LOT #8289 – Transformers Bumblebee Statue – No Reserve
Additionally offered by private treaty is a Lionel Train Set (Lot #8299.8). “It’s one of the most impressive modern train sets ever assembled,” Brinkman said.
The elaborate set comprises more than eight individual working locomotives with towns and villages. There are about 80 buildings in the train set itself — each fully lit — complemented by hillsides and mountains. There’s even a working helicopter and hot air balloon.
The collection includes several vintage coin-operated kiddie rides that will be on the auction block with No Reserve in Palm Beach, such as Lot #8269, Indian Motorcycle Kiddie Ride, which is chrome-plated with a police motif, and Lot #8281, 1950s Chris-Craft Woody Speed Boat Kiddie Ride. Both have received concourse-level restorations and are fully functional with working lights.
“Coin-operated rides have become six-figure items at the auction,” Brinkman said. Other notable kiddie rides include a restored 1950s Ride The Champion Kiddie Ride (Lot #8271), which features a high-end restoration with a view window to display working mechanics, and a circa 1950s Champion Horse Kiddie Ride (Lot #7266).
Several vintage bicycles are also among the top offerings from the collection. Most notably, a 1950 Monark Gene Autry Bicycle (Lot #7271) that was restored to perfection. It features a Trigger head mascot, fringed saddle skirt blanket, studded holster complete with Gene Autry cap gun and more. Additionally, a museum-quality 1949 Shelby Donald Duck Bicycle (Lot #8273) with a three-dimensional Donald Duck mascot with a working headlight and taillight is offered.
Two Transformers statues from the collection are offered with No Reserve on the Palm Beach block. Standing at 7.5 feet tall, the hand-built Transformers Bumblebee Statue (Lot #8289) and Transformers Optimus Prime Statue (Lot #8289.1) were each made from more than 10,000 automotive
Title: CURATED COLLECTIBLES: John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection Offers Vast Array of Automobilia and Memorabilia at 2022 Palm Beach Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/curated-collectibles-john-staluppis-cars-of-dreams-collection-offers-vast-array-of-automobilia-and-memorabilia-at-2022-palm-beach-auction/
Published Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2022 23:00:22 +0000
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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.
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
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. 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. 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
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.
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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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.
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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