Concours of Elegance has earned the well-deserved reputation of bringing together the rarest cars in the world, and this year is no exception. They have confirmed that seven of the finest Packard Twelves will come together at Hampton Court Palace for this year’s event. On September 2-4, the event that is considered to be one of the top three concours d’elegance events in the world because of the quality of cars that it attracts. This year, they will once again gather the best and most exquisite and the rarest historic vehicles in the world.
Packard was an American luxury automobile manufacturer that earned the reputation of producing refined, opulent, reliable, and mechanically sound automobiles. The company produced their first Packard automobile in 1899, and they continued to make the best luxury cars until 1956 when the last of the units left the Detroit-made Packard machine.
Even before World War II, Packard has already built a reputation of being one of the finest car makers, and they were the favorite among European Royalty, celebrities, and Corporate America, adding to their fame.
The JBS Collection is a prominent American collection that houses a selection of Packards known as the ‘Magnificent Seven’. These automobiles went through an exacting 100-point concours restoration done by LaVine Restorations, renowned American specialists. What makes this event doubly special is that the collection has never been showcased outside of the US and Concours of Elegance will give their guests a once in a lifetime chance of seeing this awe-inspiring collection up close in the UK.
Only five of the Gun Metal Gray 1933 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster were ever produced, and currently there are only units two left in the world. This year and model was the first run of the Packard Twelve which was the successor of the Packard Twin Six. It is equipped with a 7.3-liter 160bhp V12 engine, and it is the only year that had a unique foldout window design. The Packard has had its share of awards having been recently awarded at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
1934 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster
Joining it is the gorgeous Packard Blue 1934 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster. Equipped with a 12-cylinder Eleventh Series, the example is one of the most coveted Packard Coupe Roadsters. 1934 was the year of production for the Eleventh Series cars and it is arguably one of the most prestigious year for the iconic design of the Packard. The example is equipped with a 160 bhp, 7.3-liter V12 engine matched with a Three-Speed Selective Synchromesh Manual Transmission.
There is also the 1934 Packard Twelve Formal Sedan. Another Eleventh Series car finished in brown, one of the main features of this particular Packard is that it was given beautifully elegant ‘suicide’ doors. It was given the same smooth and powerful V12 engine and running gear as the Coupes though it is able to seat more passengers.
Up next is the 1934 Packard Twelve Victoria. It has a LeBaron body and the first Packard model to be offered a radio option which the Victoria has. This Packard is the only car known that has a Dietrich custom interior in a Victoria. Packard produced this model for only three years, with the 1934 model as the most coveted. Currently, there are less than ten Packard 1107 Convertible Victorias in existence.
The very special 1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan will also be on display. Advertising American heiress Louise Arner Boyd commissioned the example and the Dietrich individual custom car accompanied Ms. Boyd everywhere. The chauffeur driven Packard was also used during Ms. Boyd’s famous exploratory tour around rural Poland in the mid-1930s. The famed example was also able to win awards at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s and The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Title: Packard Twelves At Concours Of Elegance
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Published Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 15:51:20 +0000
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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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