LAST CALL: One-of-One 2023 Dodge Demon 170 is Set to Raise Funds at the Las Vegas Auction for Children in Need
Written by Nicole Ellan James
2023 LAS VEGAS AUCTION – 2023 DODGE CHALLENGER SRT DEMON 170 – NO RESERVE
In 1970 Dodge introduced the short-lived Challenger. While production had ended a short four years after its introduction, the muscle car had a lasting impact on Mopar enthusiasts and played a significant role in the pony-car wars. The Challenger later made its second appearance with its second generation in 1978 but was discontinued in 1983.
In 2008, the Challenger made its third appearance, undergoing a reinvention that incorporated a nostalgic design and a modern HEMI V8 engine. At the Barrett-Jackson 2008 Scottsdale Auction, Dodge sold a special “Badge #1” edition on the block to benefit charity. To set itself apart from the competition, Dodge shifted its attention toward its illustrious heritage and reaffirmed its commitment to old-school values, emphasizing significant horsepower figures and impressive quarter-mile times as top priorities.
Dodge’s ingenious strategy commenced with introducing the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat, with Barrett-Jackson selling VIN 001 of the model for charity at the 2014 Las Vegas Auction. Equipped with a remarkable 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, it instantaneously seized the throne of power. This audacious move quickly made headlines and solidified the Challenger’s dominance in the realm of raw horsepower.
In another display of dominance, Dodge followed up in 2018 with the Demon – a meticulously designed drag car that remarkably doubled as a street-legal vehicle, complete with a factory warranty. It was limited to a mere 3,300 units for its single year of production, with the final Demon produced selling for charity at Barrett-Jackson’s 2018 Northeast Auction. This extraordinary creation boasted an augmented Hellcat V8 engine that unleashed an astonishing 840 horsepower when fueled by 100-octane race fuel. Dodge proudly proclaimed its achievement of a quarter-mile time of 9.65 seconds at a staggering speed of 140 mph on a prepared track surface.
Fast forward to 2023, a year that Dodge enthusiasts have approached with a sense of trepidation, as it signifies the conclusion of the brand’s era defined by unabashed extravagance. Regrettably, the Hellcat V8 engine will bid farewell after dutifully powering numerous iconic Chargers and Challengers for nearly a decade. In addition, both models will reach the end of their production line, making room for the emergence of electric muscle cars, marking a significant shift in the automotive landscape.
Amidst the bittersweet farewell, Dodge has been bidding adieu to its cherished beasts through a captivating seven-part series of special editions, aptly named “Last Call.” Now, the curtain is drawn on the seventh and ultimate vehicle in the series, and it stands as the most exhilarating street-legal masterpiece to ever emerge from the SRT laboratory: the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170.
To further the tradition and legacy of selling these incredible and powerful muscle cars at Barrett-Jackson, during the 2023 Las Vegas Auction, June 22-24 at the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, enthusiasts can bid on a 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170. 100% of the hammer price will benefit Kristi House. This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Florida provides treatment, advocacy and coordination of services, within a healing environment, for all forms of child trauma, with an ongoing dedication to prevention education and training.
The most diabolically enticing aspect of the Demon 170 lies beneath its hood. Nestled between the fenders resides a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 D170 HEMI engine, boasting an array of internal enhancements that set it apart from its predecessor. The only commonality between the two engines is the camshaft. When fueled by E85, a 170-proof ethanol fuel mixture that inspires its name, the Demon 170’s powerhouse generates a staggering 1,025 horsepower and 945 ft/lbs of torque. Without E85, a mere 91-octane fuel can still summon an impressive 900 horses and 810 ft/lbs of torque.
The enhancements extend beyond the engine, permeating the driveline with reinforced and upgraded components. A sturdier driveshaft and a more robust 240mm rear axle with a 3.09 ratio ensure the power is effectively transmitted. An 8-speed automatic transmission deftly manages gear changes, while an improved transmission brake introduces configurable launch settings, further augmenting the vehicle’s performance. Rolling on Mickey Thompson ET Street R tires, the Demon 170 sports a substantial size difference between the front (245/55R18) and rear (315/50R17).
Title: LAST CALL: One-of-One 2023 Dodge Demon 170 is Set to Raise Funds at the Las Vegas Auction for Children in Need
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Published Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2023 17:47:20 +0000
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
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-cbx-1000-restomod
Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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