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DAY 3 IN SCOTTSDALE: Monday’s First Gavel Marked the Start of Over 2,000 No Reserve Vehicles to Cross the Block

The auction site at WestWorld was filled with excitement Monday as the first winning bid echoed through the auction pavilion. This significant moment – preceded by QuikTrip Family Day, Bidder Preview Day and the Opening Night Gala – marked the start of Day 3 of the 2024 Scottsdale Auction. The morning became even more memorable with the exciting news that Barrett-Jackson announced a four-day Fall Scottsdale Auction at WestWorld, to take place October 10-13, 2024.

The day’s activity kicked off shortly after the gates opened with the start of the Barrett-Jackson Automobilia Auction. This well-loved daily affair highlights unique automotive collectibles, spanning from antique gas pumps to illuminating neon signs, vending machines and beyond. Among the memorabilia and automobilia heading to new homes, the day’s top seller was Lot #7499.1, a 1930s Ford Automobiles neon porcelain sign, which sold for $33,350. Rounding out the Top 3 were Lot #7497, a 1930s Texaco Marine Products porcelain with neon sign that went to a new home for $32,200 and Lot #7499.2, a large 1960s Cadillac light-up sign with neon, selling for $23,000. The Automobilia Auction will continue each morning throughout the 2024 Scottsdale Auction, and all Lots can be previewed online or in the Automobilia area adjacent to the main auction stage.

The second finalist for the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Cup was revealed today: a custom 1960 Buick Invicta built by Andy Leach at Cal Automotive Creations. One of the stand-out aspects of the Invicta resides under the hood, where a 401ci Nailhead engine with a crank-mounted Pro-Charger resides. Guests in attendance and worldwide can continue to vote online for their favorite Barrett-Jackson Cup entrant through Thursday, January 25, at

Collector cars powered the afternoon, as bidders and enthusiasts filled the arena and Master Sergeant Derriel Morris sang the national anthem before a diverse array of vintage and modern-day vehicles crossed the block. Monday’s all No Reserve docket featured over 120 vehicles that represented decades of automotive history, ranging from a 1928 Ford Model A custom coupe to modern marvels such as a 2010 Porsche Panamera S.

In keeping with Barrett-Jackson tradition, the night before vehicles took center stage, the auction pavilion was transformed into a chic setting for Sunday night’s Opening Night Gala. The acclaimed Emerald City Band rocked the house and kept guests on their feet all night. A special highlight was a salute to the men, women and K-9s of the Scottsdale Police Department to show unwavering support for this often difficult and dangerous profession.

Enjoy today’s gallery of images from around the auction site today, as well as a video with highlights from the memorable Opening Night Gala. Stay on top of all the auction action in-person or catch the livestream and live broadcast on FYI tomorrow for another incredible day in Scottsdale.







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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.

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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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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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