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To mark Barrett-Jackson’s half-century in business, in this special series we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite moments from the past 50 years – as well as some little-known facts about The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions.

 

The city of Scottsdale, Arizona, has been Barrett-Jackson’s home right from the early days in the 1960s when Tom Barrett and Russ Jackson staged a car show known as the Fiesta de los Autos Elegantes to raise funds for various city projects. When the car show concept evolved into the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, “The West’s Most Western Town” played host to the collector car auctions through 1977 when the event moved to Phoenix Municipal Stadium for a time.

Posing with Tom Barrett (left) and Russ Jackson, Scottsdale Mayor Herb Drinkwater (center) first declared “Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction Week” in the city in 1989.

It was Scottsdale Mayor Herb Drinkwater who lured Barrett-Jackson back to its original home after seeing immense potential in the northern portion of the city, where the 356-acre Horseman’s Park had been opened in 1982. Drinkwater took the Barrett and Jackson families to the area to explain his vision of making this beautiful part of the city at the foot of the McDowell Mountains the epicenter of world-class Scottsdale-based events.

Drinkwater’s persuasiveness worked. The first Barrett-Jackson Auction held in its new location at WestWorld of Scottsdale drew a record 50,000 people and realized a sales volume of nearly $30 million. The company has never looked back, holding its flagship Scottsdale Auction there every year, attracting bidders from all 50 states and dozens of countries around the world – and bringing welcome revenue to the city from the thousands of fans who flock here each year. The results of the most recently completed economic and fiscal impact analysis demonstrated that in 2016, Barrett-Jackson produced a total economic impact of $167.8 million. The study also found that the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company created 1,437 direct and indirect jobs in a variety of fields, such as construction, operations and associated tourism activities.

Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson with current Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega at the March 2021 Auction at Westworld.

Drinkwater was so grateful to Barrett-Jackson’s contribution to the community that he issued a proclamation in 1989 recognizing that special week in January was to be known as “Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction Week” – and thus began a tradition that every Scottsdale mayor since has honored. Now known as “Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction Week,” the proclamation recognizes the auction as an important tradition for the residents of Scottsdale, a premier event of its kind and applauds Barrett-Jackson for “creating a positive economic impact upon Scottsdale, the Valley of the Sun and the State of Arizona.”

“We have received tremendous support over the years from the City of Scottsdale, and that support has been instrumental in creating the ultimate automotive lifestyle event right here at our home,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We are honored to have consistently received the Scottsdale mayor’s recognition for our contribution to the community and honored to bring the national and international spotlight on Scottsdale year after year for another exciting Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction Week at WestWorld.”

Barrett-Jackson is proud to call the city of Scottsdale its home and is excited to celebrate 50 years of the world’s greatest collector cars there in January 2022.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: HOMETOWN HONORS: A 50 Facts & Favorite Memories Feature
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/hometown-honors-a-50-facts-favorite-memories-feature/
Published Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2021 21:00:33 +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!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
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