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Great traditions in a new venue: The giant American flag and auctioneer lineup on the first day of Barrett-Jackson’s Inaugural Houston Auction.

 

A great kickoff for the Houston Auction: Barrett-Jackson’s famed Opening Night Party.

It’s all happening in Houston! Barrett-Jackson kicked off its first auction in the Lone Star State with a festive Opening Night Party Wednesday night at the NRG Center, where bidders, consignors and guests enjoyed a variety of fine culinary fare and live music. The acclaimed Emerald City band from Dallas had the entire crowd on its feet, singing along and dancing the night away to an incredible state-of-the art performance.

The energetic evening set the tone for the first day of the auction itself on Thursday, where more than 100 pieces of authentic automobilia had their turn in the spotlight in the morning. Top sellers included a Shell Oil gas pump from the late 1950s/early 1960s, as well as a number of brilliantly colored signs, such as Chevrolet OK Used Cars illuminated sign, a Pennzoil Motor Oil porcelain sign from the late 1950s, and a vintage light-up sign featuring the iconic Chevrolet bowtie.

Then it was time for the collector cars to start rolling across the renowned block, where bidders’ heads were turned by a diverse selection of vehicles that spanned 10 decades of the automobile – from a 1925 Rickenbacker Pickup to a 2016 Maserati Ghibli SQ4. Interest in pickups and SUVs in the collector world shows no signs of slowing, with several examples attracting attention from Thursday’s bidders, including an original 1988 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.

Among the record sales on Thursday was this 1969 Opel GT.

A number of vehicles set world auction record sales right from the get-go on Day One, including an Opel GT and Fiat 600D – both from 1969 – and a custom 1971 Pontiac Ventura.

Those attending the automotive lifestyle event today discovered there is a lot to see and do even beyond the auction area! Guests enjoyed getting up-close looks at all the auction cars on display, shopping for a wide variety of luxury goods and services in the Exhibitor Marketplace, checking out the many innovations from sponsors, and going on exciting rides with professional drivers around the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track in the latest vehicles from Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge and Toyota. Barrett-Jackson’s new Product Showcase in the Exhibitor Marketplace was also in full swing, with Thursday’s special interviews including one with automotive TV personality Wayne Carini on behalf of Craftsman.

The auction action will continue to ramp up! Join us for an exciting Friday and Saturday – tickets are still available on Barrett-Jackson.com.

Enjoy the video below with just a hint of what Wednesday night’s memorable Opening Night Party was like, and a gallery with Thursday’s highlights from the auction arena and around the vast site at Barrett-Jackson’s Inaugural Houston Auction.

 

Lot #102 – 2002 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE

Lot #108 – 1978 PONTIAC FIREBIRD TRANS AM

Lot #118 – 1988 CHEVROLET K5 BLAZER

Lot #63.1 – 1925 RICKENBACKER PICKUP – NEW RECORD SALE AT AUCTION

Lot #19 – 1969 FIAT 600D – NEW RECORD SALE AT AUCTION

Lot #97 – 1971 PONTIAC VENTURA CUSTOM HARDTOP – NEW RECORD SALE AT AUCTION

Lot #73 – 1960 RAMBLER AMERICAN CUSTOM COUPE

Lot #106 – 2016 MASERATI GHIBLI SQ4

Lot #109 – 2012 MINI COOPER S COUNTRYMAN CUSTOM SUV

Lot #6291.4 – LATE 1950S-EARLY ’60S WAYNE 505 SHELL OIL GAS PUMP

Lot #6282 – LATE 1950S-EARLY ’60S PENNZOIL MOTOR OIL PORCELAIN SIGN

Lot #6298.3 – CHEVROLET OK USED CARS LIGHT-UP SIGN

Lot #6298.4 – VINTAGE CHEVROLET LIGHT-UP BOWTIE SIGN

BARRETT-JACKSON CEO CRAIG JACKSON AND PRESIDENT STEVE DAVIS AT WEDNESDAY NIGHT’S OPENING NIGHT PARTY.

THE DALLAS-BASED BAND EMERALD CITY WAS A HUGE HIT WITH THE CROWD AT THE OPENING NIGHT PARTY ON WEDNESDAY.

SOPHIA SERENI, AGE 19, HELPED CONTINUE ANOTHER BARRETT-JACKSON TRADITION ON THURSDAY: THE SINGING OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM PRIOR TO THE START OF EACH DAY OF THE COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION.

ALAN TAYLOR (LEFT) INTERVIEW AUTOMOTIVE TV PERSONALITY WAYNE CARINI AT BARRETT-JACKSON’S NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE ON THURSDAY.

SEVERAL HOURS OF THURSDAY’S ACTION WAS BROADCAST LIVE ON FYI, WITH THE ENTIRE AUCTION AVAILABLE VIA THE LIVESTREAM ON BARRETT-JACKSON.COM.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: FIRST DAY THURSDAY: Opening Night Party excitement carries into some record-setting sales at the Inaugural Houston Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/day-1-highlights-2021-houston-auction/
Published Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 23:37:17 +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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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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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
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