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With 375 stores, The Galleria is the fourth largest shopping center in the nation.

Welcome to Texas, Barrett-Jackson fans! We’re excited to be coming to the Lone Star State and know you will be, too. There’s much to do and see within easy reach of our new home away from home at NRG Center, so we thought we’d provide you with a quick “lay of the land” to get you started.

Once you get settled in your hotel (check out our hotel guide HERE), of course head over to the auction site and check out all that’s offered there. But don’t miss the chance to explore around the area, whether you’re in the mood for a bit of shopping, dining or dancing the night away.

SHOPPING

The fourth-largest city in the nation, Houston is arguably the style capital of the South. It’s home to a Project Runway winner and more than a dozen distinct shopping areas, with retail options that include everything from vintage to high-end designer. And less than a 20-minute-drive from NRG Center are two of the city’s finest shopping destinations.

The Galleria: Featuring 375-plus stores and a grand indoor ice rink, this venue’s anchor stores are Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Macy’s. Akin to New York’s Fifth Avenue or Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills – with shops like Louis Vuitton, Montblanc, Chanel, Gucci and Versace – the sprawling destination also has hip designer boutiques and some great dining options, including Nobu Houston (see “Dining” below).

River Oaks District: This outdoor shopping complex of global luxury brands comprises 252,000 square feet of retail space with shops that include Dolce & Gabbana, Hermès and Cartier, many restaurants (including the acclaimed Steak 48 – see “Dining” below), sidewalk cafes and an iPic movie theater.

If you’re looking for places to satisfy your inner cowboy, the area has that too! Within a 20-minute drive or less you’ll find The Hat Store, renowned for its collection of Western hats with a customer list that includes both Bush presidents, Leon Russell, Shaquille O’Neal and the ZZ Top crew; King Ranch Saddle Shop, a stunning mercantile offering everything from furnishings to luggage, clothing to jewelry and great Texas-themed gifts; Lucchese, a go-to place for top-notch Western boots, shoes and accessories; and Dos Carolinas for the ultimate bespoke guayabera – the casual/dress shirt inspired by the folk traditions of the Yucatan and Cuba. A little further afield, about 30 minutes away, is Cavendar’s Boot City, with all the cowboy stuff you can imagine.

 

DINING

Houston is known as an outstanding food city, where you’ll find high-end sophisticated restaurants, the perfect date night dining, the ideal celebration spot, remarkable neighborhood establishments and many other jewels tucked into unexpected places. Here are a few of the best – all 20 minutes or less from the auction site.

Steak 48: Since 2016, Steak 48 in the River Oaks District has been the hottest steakhouse Houston residents flock to for special occasions, a night on the town or the best steaks the city has to offer. This is the place to go for prime grade beef, fresh seafood, traditional side dishes and unique desserts.

Nobu Houston: Experience Iron Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s genre-defining cuisine in more than 10,000 square feet of stunning indoor-outdoor space at The Galleria. Enjoy signature dishes like Black Cod with Miso and Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, world-renowned sushi and more.

MAD: Located in the River Oaks District, this energetic place known for its innovative Spanish tapas and main dishes captured the 2020 Tastemaker Awards Best New Restaurant prize.

Rosie Cannonball: This restaurant, centered around a wood-burning oven and grill, serves up European comfort food in a lively atmosphere. Expect outstanding pasta and fun veggie dishes, as well as some of the best Neapolitan pizza in the city.

Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino: If you’ve got a hankering for Italian, this is your place, which specializes in Venetian-style small plates. Just about everything is made in-house, and the pasta dishes are raved about: think Pappardelle ai Funghi e Gorgonzola and Orecchiette Giorgione.

Ray’s BBQ Shack: We’d be remiss not to mention a highly rated Texas barbecue spot! This one offers dine-in options, and while tucked away in an unassuming spot near a gas station, its old-school barbecue, massive meat-stuffed baked potatoes and sides (like fried corn on the cob!) are to die for.

 

Fun on the mechanical bull at Stampede Houston.

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Title: HELLO HOUSTON! Texas Two-Step Your Way Through Barrett-Jackson’s New Host City
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Published Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2021 18:53:48 +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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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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Title: The Swan Song of the V12
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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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