Written by Eric Becker and Barbara Toombs
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
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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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
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Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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