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A piece of both cinematic and Porsche engineering history, this 1979 Porsche 928 used n the film “Risky Business” will be selling in Houston with No Reserve.


“Risky Business,” the 1983 film by written and directed by Paul Brickman, has danced its way into the history of moviedom. The film launched the career of an up-and-coming Tom Cruise, whose tighty-whitey-clad performance to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock & Roll” remains an iconic part of cinematic lore. The film is equal parts a lampoon of male adolescence mixed with suburban whimsy; think “Animal House” meets “The Graduate” – a romping coming-of-age story set in Chicago’s affluent North Shore neighborhood of Highland Park.

Cruise, as the film’s protagonist Joel Goodsen (good son), finds himself alone in the house while his demanding parents abscond to some far-off paradise. It’s here where the ball begins to roll, and a cascade of mischief follows the poignantly named “good son” as he motors about in his father’s Porsche 928. The shark-nosed, bug-eyed 928 was chosen for its role in the film by Brickman himself, supplanting its rear-engined brother, the venerable 911 – a car Brickman considered “too mundane.” In Brickman’s eyes the 928 was the perfect choice for a successful Windy City businessman and the perfect car to land a teenager in a whole heap of trouble.

Offered with No Reserve at the inaugural 2021 Barrett-Jackson Houston Auction is the hero car from “Risky Business,” a 1979 Porsche 928. Multiple 928s were used during the production of the film, but this car was the featured vehicle, and received the brunt of screen time and seat time from the cast. And before we go any further – no, this was not the car that found itself submerged in an unforgiving Lake Michigan. It is in fact one of three cars driven on set, and one of two cars used during the film’s signature chase scene that culminated in Cruise, looking straight into the camera, declaring the German carmaker’s slogan, “Porsche. There is no substitute.”

The 928 was an engineering masterpiece when it was launched in 1978. Considered as a possible successor to the 911, the 928 was no slouch. More GT cruiser than typical sports car, a burly 4.7-liter V8 is nestled under the hood. The 928 produces 295 horsepower, allowing the car to hit 60 mph from a standstill in just 6.2 seconds and clear the quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds. A 5-speed manual routes power to the rear wheels, and this example wears 16-inch offset 5-hole aluminum alloy wheels and features a beautiful cork on cork leather interior.

Apart from starring alongside Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay, this car – VIN 9289201213 – has a unique story all its own. The 928 was the subject of the documentary, “The Quest for the RB928 (Risky Business 928),” in which filmmaker Lewis Johnsen chronicles his journey to track down this particular 928. Oh, and there’s another thing that contributes to the provenance – it was in this car that Tom Cruise learned how to drive a stick shift.

This 928 has resided in a climate-controlled environment in a private collection, where it has been meticulously cared for. Originally painted green, the 928 was refinished in gold for the movie, and later wore white. Following the film’s production, the car returned to California, where it was discovered by Johnsen and returned to its original screen appearance. Marking its importance in Porsche history, the 928 has been featured at numerous museums and displays. This car was a centerpiece at Porsche Cars North America for a year and was part of the Petersen Automotive Museum’s influential Porsche Effect Exhibit. While at the Petersen, Chad McQueen – son of legendary racer and actor Steve McQueen – sat in this car. The 928 also features signatures from several members of the film’s cast – including Bronson Pinchot (“Barry”), Joe Pantoliano (“Guido”), Curtis Armstrong (“Miles”) and Francine Locke (“Shower Girl”) – and comes with several images of the car on set covered in camera rigging equipment.

A piece of both cinematic and Porsche engineering history, the 928’s starring role in “Risky Business” helped to further inspire a generation of Porsche fans, and presaged Porsche’s wider design and engineering accomplishments. When this iconic automobile crosses the block in Houston, recall the film’s tagline, “There’s a time for playing it safe and a time for risky business.” To be clear, this Porsche is 100 percent “Risky Business,” and at the same time, anything but risky business.

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Title: MOVIE CAR MASTER: The 1979 Porsche 928 From “Risky Business”
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2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Preview


American Honda maintains its venerable XR650L into 2024, with no notable changes to the stalwart platform. It will remain priced at $6,999 and will only be available in the white color scheme shown below.

“A motorcycle of legendary status, the XR650L continues to stand the test of time, thanks in part to its simple, no-frills design and relentless dependability,” American Honda says in its official press release. “Backed by an incredible record of success in Baja, this dual-sport icon has amassed a loyal following of enthusiasts around the globe since its introduction in 1993.

The 2024 Honda XR650L will remain priced at $6,999.
The 2024 Honda XR650L will remain priced at $6,999. (Honda/)

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As is evident by the longevity of other dual sport motorcycles, like the KLR650 and DR650S, big single-cylinder machines continue to have appeal. The XR650L is no exception in this case, but it does now stand as one of the most simple of the bunch mechanically, now that Kawasaki has finally given in to fuel injection.

The 644cc mill is air-cooled, features a 42.5 diaphragm-type CV carburetor, and puts power to the ground by way of a five-speed transmission. The bike is ready for some hard time off-road too thanks to the sealed battery, dry-sump design, black spoked rims, and long-travel suspension.

The suspension is actually one area where the XR650L shines among its closest competitors, offering effective Showa kit front and rear. The long-travel, air-adjustable fork has 16-position compression damping and gives riders up to 11.6 inches of travel. The Showa shock comes with spring-preload, 20-position compression, and 20-position rebound-damping adjustability and 11 inches of travel. These specs outshine those of both the Kawi and Suzuki.

Its price tag is also one of the most competitive of the small group of largely-untouched-so-are-now-retro-cool dual sports, beating out the Suzuki and pricing just $100 above the standard trim and S-level KLRs.

2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$6,999Engine:644cc, SOHC, air-cooled single; 4-valveBore x Stroke:100.0 x 82.0mmCompression Ratio:8.3:1Fuel Delivery:42.5mm diaphragm-type CV carburetorClutch:Wet, multiplate slipper/assistTransmission/Final Drive:5-speed/chainFrame:Semi-double cradle steelFront Suspension:43mm air-adjustable axle Showa cartridge fork, compression damping adjustable; 11.6 in. travelRear Suspension:Pro-Link Showa shock, spring-preload, compression and rebound damping adjustable; 11.0 in. travelFront Brake:2-piston caliper, 256mm discRear Brake:220mm discWheels, Front/Rear:Spoked rims; 21 in. / 18 in.Tires, Front/Rear:21×3.00 / 18×4.60Rake/Trail:27.0°/4.0 in.Wheelbase:57.3 in.Seat Height:37.0 in.Fuel Capacity:2.8 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:346 lb.Available:March

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Speed Read: A razor-sharp BMW R1300GS from Switzerland and more

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The latest custom motorcycles and bike news.
The Swiss maestros at VTR Customs deliver the first custom BMW R1300GS that we’ve seen, while Radical Speedshop builds a bespoke Moto Guzzi café racer like no other. We also look at a tidy Yamaha XT500 restomod and a stunning 1949 Triumph Speed Twin bobber.

BMW R1300GS by VTR Customs
BMW R1300GS by VTR Customs When BMW announced its new flagship adventure motorcycle, the BMW R1300GS, we knew it was only a matter of time before we saw it customized. Thanks to Switzerland’s VTR Customs, we didn’t have to wait too long.

Big adventure-style bikes with go-fast bits are all the rage right now. Machines like the Ducati Multistrada V4 RS and BMS M1000XR are primed for riders who want adventure bike ergonomics in a performance-orientated road-going package. This is probably what inspired the mad scientists at VTR Customs.

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Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023

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Safety is becoming more important to luxury car buyers. Wealthy individuals want vehicles that will protect themselves and their passengers.

However, it isn’t always clear which brand offers the best safety profile. Now, though, figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal a winner – the German automaker Audi.

The NHTSA looked at the rate of crashes per 1,000 drivers and found that Audi had a crash rate of just 0.54, putting it below tech leader Mercedes at 0.55 and far from Subaru which was up at 0.75.

The question on many people’s lips is why Audi is so safe. After all, Mercedes is the manufacturer that tends to bring the latest safety technology to market first.

The main reason appears to be the brand’s heavy investment in safety technology in recent years. The company conducts significant research and development in-house, allowing it to bring technologies to market at a lower price point than its rivals. Drivers benefit from comprehensive safety features across the range instead of solely on high-end models.

re Advanced Safety Features Necessary?

Previously, skeptics scoffed at the value of advanced car safety features, calling them gimmicky. However, the evidence suggests that it is effective, especially in recent years. Advanced driver assistance systems are finally coming of age and having a noticeable impact on the number of insurance claims. Data from LexisNexis Risk Solutions suggests that bodily injury claims are 27 percent lower with these systems, and property damage claims are 19 percent lower. 

These statistics are good news for drivers. It means that they can expect statistically different outcomes driving Audi vehicles than conventional cars. It represents a genuine upgrade. 

Car accident attorney Adam S. Kutcher is at the forefront of the consequences of vehicle collisions. The lawyer has tremendous knowledge of how vehicle accidents can cause harm.

“The people that come to us are real people who are often going through the most challenging time in their life,” he says. “People worry about who will pay their medical bills and lost wages, even if insurers agree to pay to replace vehicles. That’s why this new technology is so exciting for everyone who practices in this area. We don’t want to see people getting hurt. Instead, we want to make sure everyone stays safe and that as many people avoid this harrowing experience as possible.”

Currently, tort law is helpful to victims of car accidents through additional provisions in the legal code. But the reality is that many people never recover from their injuries and can’t go back to work, regardless of the medical care they receive.

“We can sometimes get big rewards for people seriously injured in car accidents, but financial compensation is only ever partial,” says Kutcher. “Money can’t fix a disability or even a tragic death in the family for an auto accident. That’s why car manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and investing in this technology.”

The Components Of Advanced Driver Safety Systems

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Advanced driver safety systems refer to a plethora of technologies car manufacturers are including in their vehicles thanks to advances in software and chip technology.

Automatic emergency braking is one of the most coveted features. Vehicles can now brake independently of drivers if they believe a crash is imminent, preventing rear-end shunts and jackknifes at interchanges.

Manufacturers have gradually increased the range of situations in which this technology will activate over recent years. Previously, it was solely to stop drivers from bumping into the car ahead, but now cameras can detect cross-traffic, even when reversing, and

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Title: Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023
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