Written by independent automotive journalist David Neyens
This 1972 Ford F-100 nicknamed “El Diablo” is crossing the block with No Reserve at our 2022 Scottsdale Auction
Appropriately named “El Diablo” in recognition of its all-red livery, this impeccably customized 1972 Ford F-100 is now a far cry from its working days as a rough hauler for the original owner, who gifted the pickup to the consignor around 2014. A simple restoration with some modern upgrades was initially planned, but soon the project completely morphed into a top-level, show-quality effort, with the pickup completely reimagined on every possible level.
Visually stunning in its high-gloss, custom-mixed PPG Diablo Red exterior finish and body prep by Charlie Cutts, El Diablo features a wide array of body modifications by Willie Davis, most of which are only fully apparent to viewers upon closer inspection. While already very attractive in stock form, the F-100’s body proportions were subtly improved with the front clip narrowed two inches to line up perfectly with the hood, while the front of the cargo bed was widened by one inch to align with the cab. Other fine tweaks include the artful custom-fabricated heat extractors formed into the hood and flowing through the engine compartment, the auto-lift bed center with hydraulic struts, the neatly tucked-in front and rear bumpers, shaved side-marker lights, welded body seams, and custom tailgate with flat center panel and lettering. Flush-mount glass adds a decidedly modern appearance and improved aerodynamics. Hand-fabricated satin aluminum side trim by Mike Blackwelder carries a virtual factory look with a distinctive and handsome finish.
The red leather interior is a custom work of art in its own right, handcrafted by Recovery Room Upholstery to create a striking cockpit while offering undeniable comfort and convenience throughout. The custom seat was created using bucket seat lowers and a bench-type rear section, with the custom floor console built into the center of the bucket lower seat section, creating a seamless effect when adjusting the seat. Adorned by custom billet trim, the console neatly cradles the controls for the Vintage Air air conditioning and heater system, plus the Lokar billet floor shifter. A leather-wrapped billet steering wheel on a tilt column greets the driver and the fully customized dash was smoothed for a super-clean look and includes custom trim with a frenched-in early ’50s style gauge cluster. Custom door panels were crafted using perforated upholstery, power window lifts, and Mustang-themed components including the door release levers.
In keeping with this pickup’s wicked character, El Diablo is powered by a 5.0-liter Coyote engine topped with a Whipple supercharger and mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission for an amazing driving experience. The engine bay and entire underside are entirely consistent with the rest of the vehicle in terms of appearance and fit and finish, being fully customized to impeccable quality. The chassis and frame were hand-fabricated and finished in Satin Red with silver details, incorporating a Currie 9-inch rear end, 4-link rear suspension, a 4-wheel Airlift custom air ride system with remotely mounted compressors and console-mounted controller, and Heidt’s front suspension components. Upgraded power-assisted Wilwood disc brakes, custom El Diablo machined calipers, lower fender-mounted exhaust outlets, and gorgeous Intro Vista wheels wrapped with Pirelli tires finish off this formidable F-100.
The subject of three magazine cover shoots and at least five feature articles since completion, El Diablo is a popular and high-ranking custom machine in show competition. Chosen as a Truck of the Year finalist at the Goodguys 2021 Spring Lone Star Nationals, El Diablo also joined the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Cup Top 5 and won the 2021 Lone Star Throw Down. In short, El Diablo is surely one of the best “Bump Side” Ford trucks ever built – and its show career has only just begun.
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Title: RED HOT: This Is One Devil Of A Truck Selling With No Reserve At The Scottsdale Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1972-ford-f-100-nicknamed-el-diablo-2022-scottsdale-auction/
Published Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 16:08:59 +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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