Written by Eric Becker
An unrestored survivor: This 1970 Ford Falcon with a 429 Cobra Jet under the hood (Lot #667) will be selling with No Reserve in Las Vegas.
For as long as there have been cars, there has been racing. Ever since the invention of the automobile, motorists and engineers have used competition as a means to gauge their craft, validate their innovation and drive through a contest of speed. From the hairpins of Monaco to the banks of Daytona, cars and their drivers have long lined up, side by side, in a bid to see just who really is the fastest.
No form of racing has become more of an American institution than drag racing, whether the stoplight dares down Main Street or jetting down the quarter-mile. Makeshift or not, success on the drag strip rendered its way onto the showroom floor and created healthy competition among manufacturers. Offered with No Reserve at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction are three prime examples of American muscle: two Cobra Jet-carrying contenders from Ford and a big-block-motivated Chevrolet.
This 1970 Ford Falcon (Lot #667) was drag-raced for the first few years of its life.
Up first is an unrestored survivor, a 1970 Ford Falcon powered by a 429ci Cobra Jet V8 (Lot #667). At a time when Ford was replacing the small-body Falcon with the Maverick, the Falcon name was used on two different cars in 1970: the compact 1970 Falcon and the full-size 1970-1/2 Falcon. To distinguish between the body styles, Ford elected to make its two-door sedan model the “Falcon” and allowed all the options available from the Torino/Fairlane packages to be ordered. This model was produced for less than six months and only available as a two-door “post” sedan, meaning it has a B-pillar behind the driver’s door glass, while the Torino and Fairlane have a more extensive cache of body offerings.
The legendary 429 Cobra Jet engine in Lot #667.
Built in Ford’s Atlanta, Georgia, plant in May 1970, this half-year wonder was originally sold at Gallo Ford in Chicago for $3,840 to its original owner. Like many other bare-bones intermediates over the years, the 1970-1/2 Falcons were obvious candidates for drag racing. This car has the legendary 429 Cobra Jet under the hood and is backed by a 4-speed manual transmission, with the optional Drag Pack and a Detroit Locker rear differential with 4.30 gears. This bulletproof setup made the 1970-1/2 Ford Falcon extremely popular among drag racers, and this example was drag-raced for the first few years of its life, then sat in climate-controlled storage for nearly 40 years. The Deluxe Marti Report shows that this 1970-1/2 Falcon is one of 42 to equipped with the Super Cobra Jet engine package. This 1970-1/2 Ford Falcon comes with options such as power front disc brakes, vinyl seats, AM radio, seat belts and Magnum 500 wheels wrapped in the original bias-ply tires. The Falcon has just over 6,018 actual miles and is ready to fly down the dragstrip once again.
Lot #668 – 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Race Car.
Horsepower sells cars; torque wins races. The 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet (Lot #668) headed to Las Vegas has both – and then some. Built for the track as the ultimate turnkey drag-racing vehicle, this Mustang is #47 of 50 produced for the 2014 model year. Capable of running an 8-second quarter-mile right from the factory, the Cobra Jet was powered by a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine topped with a Ford Racing/Whipple supercharger. The 2.9-liter supercharger features a 3.25-inch pulley as well as CNC-ported cylinder heads, and routes power through a 3-speed automatic transmission.
Ready to race: A 5.0-liter V8 topped with a Ford Racing/Whipple Supercharger under the hood of Lot #668.
Every detail was engineered for speed; the lightened body was optimized for ideal weight distribution and Ford Racing went so far as to use computer modeling and hundreds of simulations to optimize the suspension geometry to deliver peak 60-foot times. The roll cage was designed with rigidity and safety in mind and tested extensively via a process known as Finite Element Analysis (FEA). This Cobra Jet features the matte black paint option, an upgraded wheelie bar, FIA-certified RECARO race seats and electric power steering. It is race-prepped and turnkey-ready for NHRA Stock or Super Stock classes, as well as other racing series, and is sure to excite the winning bidder when they slide behind the wheel.
Lot #669 – 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS.
For Bowtie fans, this matching-numbers 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS (Lot #669) is ready to show off its muscle. Garage-kept since new, this rust-free Nova is powered by its original
Title: RACE-READY: A Falcon, Mustang and a Nova Selling With No Reserve
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Published Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2021 20:09:22 +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
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Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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