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Among the cars of the Las Vegas legends heading to the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction is this custom 1981 Mercedes-Benz (Lot #703) belonging to Wayne Newton.

 

 

The “king” of the Las Vegas “Rat Pack,” Frank Sinatra, in 1957.

The Entertainment Capital of the World started taking form in the 1950s as Las Vegas, a city of less than 50,000 people at the time, rapidly became the destination to see the top entertainers. Visitors could catch growing stars like Liberace, Elvis Presley, Shecky Greene and Don Rickles in the lounges for as little as $5. At the Fremont Hotel and Casino in 1958, the future “Mr. Las Vegas,” Wayne Newton, then a high school student, booked six shows a day, an engagement that stretched out for five years. He would perform more than 30,000 shows in his new hometown over the next decades. As Newton was growing in fame, Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack – Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop – were turning the city onto its head, hitting on a vibe in the early-to-mid 1960s at the Sands’ Copa Room that’s still felt in Las Vegas today.

The 1990s brought new variety to Las Vegas, as magicians, circus performers and even a group of men painted blue captured imaginations. Considered by Las Vegas Weekly as one of the Top 5 headliners in the city’s history, Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn embodied the American dream: They emigrated from Germany and wound up with their own headlining magic show, their own zoo and their own (short-lived) cartoon series.

Siegfried & Roy

The pair met on a cruise ship in the late ’50s—Siegfried was a cabin steward and amateur magician; Roy was a waiter and animal lover. The two combined forces and began using animals in a magic act, combining Liberace’s flair with Doug Henning’s aura of wonder. They first performed in 1990 at The Mirage and proved to be the perfect Vegas combination: the magic of Siegfried & Roy, Masters of the Impossible. Although Roy passed away in May 2020 and Siegfried in January 2021, their legend lives on.

“Mr. Las Vegas” Wayne Newton with Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson at a recent Las Vegas Auction.

Since its inaugural Las Vegas Auction in 2008, Barrett-Jackson has been honored to showcase a wealth of vehicles belonging to the city’s top entertainers – including Elvis, Liberace and Dean Martin – and often welcomed Vegas superstars such as Wayne Newton, Siegfried & Roy and Penn Gillette to the auction stage. At the 2021 Las Vegas Auction, Barrett-Jackson will be offering an incredible selection of vehicles from a number of Vegas icons.

First up are a pair of highly collectible cars from the Siegfried & Roy estate: A 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing and a 1994 Rolls-Royce Corniche.

Lot #771 – Siegfried & Roy’s 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing Coupe.

The limited-edition Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing Coupe (Lot #771) from the inaugural 2011 model year naturally caught the eye of Siegfried Fischbacher, and his longtime partner Roy Horn purchased the car for him at the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction. Bristling with cutting-edge technologies and visually recalling the revered 300SL of the 1950s, with its radical “gullwing” doors, the car’s motivation comes from AMG’s 563-horsepower, 6.2-liter M159 V8 mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The “Silver Arrow” can reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph, surges to 60 mph in as little as 3.5 seconds and sprints through the quarter-mile in just a tick over 11 seconds. While already striking in Iridium Silver Metallic paint over Classic Red leather upholstery, the vehicle was subsequently fitted with a full chrome body wrap for greater exclusivity.

Lot #772 – Siegfried & Roy’s 1994 Rolls-Royce Corniche.

Presented as a gift to Roy Horn on the occasion of his 50th birthday, the 1994 Rolls-Royce Corniche IV (Lot #772) is one of only 219 examples produced from 1993 to 1996. As Britain’s most expensive automobiles at launch, these coach-built beauties were given their own unique identity in 1971 and named “Corniche” after the exotic roads that wind along the French Cote d’Azur. Power comes from a 6.75-liter V8 engine that propels the Corniche from rest to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds, with a top speed nearing 130 mph. Luxuriously equipped and trimmed in leather upholstery, this Corniche IV comes to market with an enchanting selection of images depicting Siegfried & Roy with the vehicle, and some of the beautiful animal co-stars of the duo’s world-famous shows.

Lot #703 – Wayne Newton’s 1981 Mercedes-Benz

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: FABULOUS ICONS: The stars of Las Vegas and the wheels that carried them
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Published Date: Wed, 26 May 2021 17:40:11 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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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.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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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

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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

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

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
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

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 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.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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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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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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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.

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Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
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