Written by Nicole Ellan James
INAUGURAL 2023 NEW ORLEANS AUCTION – 1972 CHEVROLET K5 BLAZER CUSTOM SUV – NO RESERVE
The 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer is a classic SUV that holds a special place in automotive history. It was the final production year of the first generation of Chevrolet Blazer vehicles, which were produced from 1969 through 1972. The K5 Blazer was designed to compete with other popular SUVs of the time, such as the Ford Bronco and the International Harvester Scout.
Debuting in 1969, the K5 Blazer emerged as a robust SUV, its foundation resting upon the Chevrolet K10 pickup truck platform. Seamlessly blending the realms of off-road capability and on-road luxury, its design was meticulously balanced. The 1972 rendition of the K5 Blazer included a noteworthy innovation: a detachable hardtop roof. This ingenious addition invited open-air excursions, crafting a versatile driving experience. The custom 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer to be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural 2023 New Orleans Auction, September 28-30 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, showcases that removable hardtop, paving the way for a year-round driving adventure without compromise.
In 1972, the K5 Blazer boasted an array of engine choices; however, this specific vehicle is powered by a GM LS3 430-horsepower engine, seamlessly mated with a 4L75E automatic overdrive transmission and the authentic NP205 transfer case. Remarkable enhancements encompass pristine New Old Stock (NOS) front and rear axles featuring 4.11 gears, augmented by a stainless-steel exhaust system. Noteworthy additions comprise lustrous polished headers, a Holley Sniper intake and an impeccably polished front-runner system crafted by Vintage Air. Maintaining optimal temperatures is a DeWitt aluminum radiator, diligently tending to the engine’s cooling needs. Further elevating performance is a stainless-steel fuel tank sourced from Rick’s Hot Rods, with an original GM fuel pump to complete the ensemble.
When the 1973 K5 Blazer hit the streets, it showcased a versatile part-time four-wheel-drive setup, endowing it with the prowess to conquer diverse off-road landscapes. This attribute significantly bolstered its appeal with nature aficionados and individuals seeking a ruggid automobile for professional demands or leisure pursuits. This distinctive iteration offered takes advantage of a tailored 4-inch lift kit, thoughtfully augmented by Fox shocks and fresh leaf springs, boasting a generous 11 leaves per spring to ensure a more supple ride quality.
Facilitating the vital connection between power and traction, the vehicle rests on 315/70R17 Goodyear tires mounted on Mickey Thompson wheels. The crucial task of braking is adeptly managed by a Hydrovac brake booster system, further underscoring its comprehensive engineering.
Exuding a refined exterior, the Blazer showcases a sleek finish, achieved through the application of AXALTA urethane paint. Attention to detail extends beyond the surface – the frame, radiator support, inner fenders and axles receive a durable powder-coat treatment. An exquisite touch is added by the inclusion of a powder-coated steel rollbar, seamlessly integrated with shoulder harness seat belts. The pursuit of perfection led to a comprehensive process that began with a top-to-bottom stripping of the body, followed by meticulous metalwork and epoxy-priming. To safeguard against wear and tear, the floor boasts a protective U-Pol Raptor coating. Prioritizing safety, modern LED headlights and taillights illuminate the path ahead. Meanwhile, the addition of power steps facilitates effortless entry and exit, enhancing convenience without compromising on elegance.
Though engineered to tackle rugged environments, the K5 Blazer’s interior surprisingly embraced a level of comfort befitting its era. With a seating capacity of up to five passengers, it offered conveniences like air conditioning, power steering and power brakes. This customized variant goes beyond, boasting brand-new upholstery, meticulously laid carpet and precise weatherstripping. The inclusion of Dynamat insulation furthers the cabin’s hushed ambiance, complemented by a Vintage Air system for climate control. Commanding the dashboard is a modern Dakota Digital RTX instrument cluster, accompanied by an upgraded Bluetooth flatscreen AM/FM stereo, injecting contemporary functionality. A thoughtful alteration places the driver’s seat 3 inches back, enhancing legroom, while an Ididit tilt steering column adds personalized driving comfort. Notably, this transformation culminated in June 2023 and has journeyed a mere 300 miles since, encapsulating a fresh and invigorating experience.
The 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer stands as a
Title: DRIVING ADVENTURE: This Custom 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer is a Timeless Classic
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Published Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2023 15:59:13 +0000
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
Title: BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
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Published Date: Fri, 19 May 2023 18:07:14 +0000
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.
Title: 2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
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Published Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 15:52:01 +0000
From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A 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.
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.”
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-cbx-1000-restomod
Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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