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ROCK THE BLOCK: Foreigner to Kick Off 2024 Scottsdale Auction

Rock ‘n’ roll music and the automotive world have shared an intertwined history that dates back to the emergence of Jackie Brenston and the Delta Cats’ iconic track “Rocket 88″ in 1951. Often considered the first rock ’n’ roll tune, this song not only marked a pivotal moment in music history but also paid homage to the Oldsmobile 88, solidifying the connection between the emerging genre of rock music and the world of cars.

Barrett-Jackson has a long and storied history of hosting some of the most revered musicians and bands as part of its auctions. Rock icon Bret Michaels captivated Opening Night Gala guests with performances in 2012 and 2014, and hip-hop sensation Vanilla Ice kick-started the 2014 Palm Beach auction weekend with a memorable special appearance during the opening-night festivities.

Operating under a shroud of secrecy, Barrett-Jackson secured the legendary Zac Brown Band as the headline act for the invitation-only 2016 Scottsdale Opening Night Gala. The surprised and delighted audience was treated to a phenomenal acoustic performance by the band during the unforgettable night, which celebrated Barrett-Jackson’s 45th anniversary.

Now, for the first time, Barrett-Jackson will host a full-blown opening-night concert in the 2024 Scottsdale auction arena, infusing the excitement of live music into the electrifying nine-day automotive lifestyle event. This “Rock the Block” concert – presented by Arizona Lottery on Friday, January 19, 2024, at WestWorld – will feature the rock band Foreigner with Night Ranger as the opening act.

Foreigner, celebrated for their 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 Top-30 hits, stands as a globally renowned rock band. Their extensive catalog of music, exceeding 80 million in album sales, not only continues to drive sold-out tours but also solidifies their position as one of the most beloved rock acts worldwide.

Renowned for their iconic rock anthems such as “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Feels Like The First Time,” and the global chart-topper “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner remains a significant force in the music industry after more than 40 years. Their enduring presence on the charts, continued success on the Billboard Top 200 albums list, and the fact that audio and video streams of their hits approach nearly 15 million per week demonstrate the enduring appeal of the band’s music.

The rock group announced its Feels Like The Last Time Farewell Tour on November 14, 2022, and the show scheduled for January 19 at Barrett-Jackson may be one of the final chances to witness this band’s live performance in Arizona.

Tickets to the auction, January 20-28, and the Rock the Block concert, January 19, are available on

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Final Encore—Bizzarrini P538

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Photo: Casey AnnisThe 1950s and 1960s were a time of rapid change in both the road and racecar world. Technology was advancing quickly and with this advancement, it became increasingly harder and harder for a lone individual—either engineer or visionary—to be solely responsible for a complete automobile. Yet, some amazing vehicles were given birth during this time by some of the last of these automotive prodigies. One such automotive savant was Italian Giotto Bizzarrini. A tenacious and talented engineer and development driver, Bizzarrini either created or played a major role in some of the most iconic cars of the 1960s, including several built under his own name. Any true understanding of Bizzarrini’s cars, however, first requires an understanding of the man, as the two are virtually inseparable.

The author unleashes a healthy dose of the “Anniversario” Bizzarrini’s prodigious horsepower.
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Born Survivor

Giotto Bizzarrini was born in June 6, 1926, in Quercianella, near Livorno, Italy. Born into a long line of engineers, it is perhaps not surprising that Bizzarrini would gravitate toward things mechanical. However, his early childhood years were more dominated by soccer and hunting, at least until World War II intervened. When the war broke out, Giotto’s father took up arms against the Germans, leaving young Giotto behind to fend for his family. During the war years, times were tough and much of what the Bizzarrini family had to eat ended up coming from Giotto’s hunting prowess. Bizzarrini would look back on these years of deprivation and state, “That period really influenced me for the rest of my life. It made me into a survivor, somewhat of a maverick.”

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Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine

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Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
Although Bike EXIF is dedicated to art on two wheels, our automotive interests are wide-ranging. Our publisher has an enviable car collection, our workshop editor, Dean, is a vintage snowmobile fiend, and I’ve been in love with the Morgan Super 3 ever since I test-drove it at the Malle Mile. So today we’re bending the rules, and bringing you a stunning three-wheeler that’s only really thirty percent motorcycle.

Dubbed the ‘MAC 2,’ it’s the second handmade three-wheeler from Indonesian engineer and vintage bike enthusiast, Cosmas Lili Sudrajat. Cosmas has a major crush on Morgan’s V-twin-powered three-wheelers—but they’re expensive and hard to come by in Indonesia. Luckily, he knows his way around a workshop.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts

The V-twin powerplant bolted to the front of the MAC 2 isn’t a motorcycle engine though. It’s out of a Mazda B600—a pint-sized, Japanese-made station wagon that was a hit in Indonesia in the 1960s. “The Mazda’s air-cooled 600 cc V-twin engine is the perfect size for a three-wheeler,” says Cosmas.

Once the Mazda B600 had been torn down to just its chassis and motor, Cosmas chopped off the rear half of the frame and installed a repurposed Honda swingarm. Repurposed 18” laced motorcycle wheels do duty up front, modified with cast aluminum MAC-branded hubcaps.

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Ferrari Challenge UK commences

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The 2024 Ferrari UK Challenge race series commences its sixth season this weekend at iconic English racing circuit Brands Hatch. Ferrari North Europe has confirmed another packed grid of experienced and new drivers in both the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell classes.

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The 2024 season welcomes the return of numerous racing favorites, including Andrew Morrow, who readies himself for a step up to the EU Challenge in 2024, and Tom Fleming, the EU Challenge rookie who went on to win the World Championship at Finali Mondiali in Mugello last October. With both drivers showing great talent, the stage is set for a hotly contested season opener.

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Several exciting newcomers also make their debut in the series this year, hoping to seize the initiative and pilot their Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo race cars to victory in the final solus year for the 488 model, before the introduction of the new 296 Challenge in 2025.

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