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Brigadier General (Ret.) John Pray, CEO of Operation Homefront (on right) with motorsports driver Oliver Gavin (on left), Steve Davis, Craig Jackson, Corvette driver Ron Fellows and Sean Finegan of General Motors Corporate Events and Vehicle Distribution.

 

U.S. Paralympian Kaitlyn Verfuerth with Craig Jackson.

The sale of a charity car is an exciting event for bidders, audience members and, especially, the nonprofits that benefit from the public’s generosity.

Brigadier General (Ret.) John Pray, CEO of Operation Homefront, could not contain his elation when the gavel fell on the first retail production 70th anniversary edition of the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette, VIN 001, at Barrett-Jackson’s 2022 Scottsdale Auction. The hammer price soared to $3.7 million, including an additional $100,000 donation from longtime friend of the auctions Michelle Mauzy. One hundred percent of the funds supported his organization, which helps build strong, stable and secure military families.

“We knew that this remarkable driving machine would be of intense interest to car collectors and would likely bring in a sizable donation,” Pray said. “We were absolutely thrilled when the bidding far exceeded even our lofty expectations.”

For U.S. Paralympian Kaitlyn Verfuerth being present for the sale of two i-FORCE MAX Toyota Tundras was an incredible opportunity. The paracanoe athlete was front and center on the block, cheering on the bidders. “This type of support is life-changing,” she said. “These funds will go directly to help Paralympic athletes train, have proper equipment and have access to the best coaching.”

The Tundras, a Capstone Hybrid Crewmax pickup VIN 001 and a TRD Pro Crewmax pickup VIN 002, sold for $700,000 and $550,000, respectively, with 100% of the hammer price going to the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund.

Ford donated two amazing vehicles: a 2022 Ford Shelby GT500KR First Production, which raised $700,000 for the Carroll Shelby Foundation and JDRF, and a 2021 Ford Bronco “Bronco 66” First Edition Model, which sold for $500,000 to benefit the Pope Francis Center in Detroit.

Aaron Shelby, co-president of the Foundation and grandson of Carroll Shelby, was on-hand to introduce the GT500KR. “Every time we do these auctions, the excitement in the audience is phenomenal. For us to be a beneficiary of that is really exhilarating,” he said.

Aaron Shelby (left), co-president of the Foundation and grandson of Carroll Shelby joined NASCAR driver Aric Almirola (right) to sell Almirola’s personal 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C CSX.

Shelby also joined NASCAR driver Aric Almirola to sell Almirola’s personal 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C CSX. “It was a huge adrenaline rush being up there,” Almirola said. “And when I was told that every dollar raised would go to the Mayo Clinic, it made me that much more excited.

Rounding out the Ford vehicles that crossed the block for charity was a 1968 Mustang custom fastback, which raised $1 million for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Services (STARS) Foundation.

Ashley Brown, founder and CEO of Selfless Love (on left with Ed Brown), Pitbull, Eloise and John Paul DeJoria.

When Barrett-Jackson announced that Grammy Award-winning artist Pitbull would accompany a custom 2022 Karma GS-6 at the 2022 Scottsdale Auction, the media attention was over-whelming, shining a spotlight on Selfless Love Foundation and The SLAM Foundation, both of which help underserved youth. The Karma hammer sold for $500,000, and Mrs. Mauzy added an additional $200,000, bringing the total amount raised for the two charities to $700,000.

“The exposure also has been unbelievable,” said Ashley Brown, founder and CEO of Selfless Love. “Our website views alone jumped 175% the night of the event, and our social media plat-forms grew a ton. You can’t put a number on the long-term impact Barrett-Jackson and the Barrett-Jackson community have on these charities all over the U.S.”

Rock star and longtime Barrett-Jackson friend Bret Michaels with two Barrow Neurological Foundation nurses.

Also making an appearance on the block was rock star and longtime Barrett-Jackson friend Bret Michaels who helped support the sale of a 1973 De Tomaso Pantera. The $155,000 raised benefited The Barrow Neurological Foundation, an organization near and dear to the musician, who credits Barrow with saving his life following a brain hemorrhage.

Gigi Garner, daughter of the late actor James Garner, with Craig Jackson.

Gigi Garner daughter of the late actor James Garner, knew that selling her dad’s beloved Cadillac CTS was the best way to raise money for the James Garner Animal Rescue Fund, the

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: SOLD FOR A GOOD CAUSE: For Nonprofit Organizations, Barrett-Jackson’s Charity Auctions Are Events to Remember
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/sold-for-a-good-cause-for-nonprofit-organizations-barrett-jacksons-charity-auctions-are-events-to-remember/
Published Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2022 18:14:42 +0000

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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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By: Wilson Lim
Title: Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023
Sourced From: www.luxuo.com/cars/automobile/audi-tops-the-luxury-car-safety-charts-in-2023.html
Published Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2023 07:56:16 +0000

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The Rise of Car Gallery Homes

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Forget the garage — the rise of car gallery homes leads many car collectors to create better spaces for their prized machines.

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Sam Burch built this space for a Ferrari collector’s home. Image: Sam Burch Architect

“Carchitecture” is a newly coined phrase that describes the world of cars and architecture coming together in a fluid, cohesive design. Celebrating the adoration of fluidity, lines and optimisation of space and spectacular design, owners of these collectable cars often seek an architect or interior designer to integrate the vehicle into the home and frame it like a beautiful object.

No discerning car collector would allow his or her automobile treasures to sit in some dank and dark garage, nor can you park in the street for fear of being stolen or scratched. From rare Aston Martins, classic Porsches and highly-prized Mercedes-Benz cars, these car collectors are now taking a new approach to admiring their exceptional vehicles without going into a garage.

Their beloved cars have become celebrated objects in the heart of their penthouse, mansions, or bungalows. Etienne Borgos, one of the co-directors of Borgos Pieper Studio who has designed homes for car collectors, “Clients are choosing to have their cars in their homes or apartments, even at the penthouse level, as a celebration of the car as a design object. It’s taking car ownership to the next level.”

Now integrated into an interior setting rather than a garage, the car gives rise to all the spoils and extravagances. Some notable projects include a modern Shenzhen home designed by O-office Architect where the homeowner has a classic Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale as the centrepiece. Over in the Netherlands, a homeowner wanted his 2008 Tesla Roadster as the piece de resistance in the living room, so he got architectural firm Studio OXL to transform a carpenter’s workshop into a spacious loft while preserving the former entryway of the factory.

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O-Office Architects converted a textile factory in Shenzhen to house a client’s Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale. Image:Steffen Jahn

For these clients, money is no concern as setting up a small car gallery starts from £ 2 million. Jonathan Clark runs an architectural practice called Jonathan Clark Architects but has also set up another architectural practice that delves into “luxury spaces for cars”. Clark also owns a trove of classic Porsches, a Ferrari and an Alfa Romeo, and it allows him to connect with his car-adoring billionaire customers who enjoy sitting at home to appreciate beautiful cars in a gallery-like space.

Such car art galleries have become the playground for wealthy individuals who desire houses and interior spaces built around their expensive wheels, such as the USD 135 million 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe, which sits decidedly beautifully next to your dining room or indoor swimming pool.

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Architect Jonathan Clark at Garage Deluxe designs spaces built around cars, so

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By: Joe Lim
Title: The Rise of Car Gallery Homes
Sourced From: www.luxuo.com/cars/the-rise-of-car-gallery-homes.html
Published Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2024 03:21:18 +0000

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2024 Honda PCX Scooter Preview

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American Honda has announced the return of its purposeful PCX scooter for 2024, a tried-and-true urban commuter that makes riding as easy as can be. The highway-capable 157cc single-powered machine will be available in Matte Brown Metallic only and will be priced at $4,249, a $100 increase over the 2023 Honda PCX.

The 2024 Honda PCX scooter in Matte Brown Metallic.
The 2024 Honda PCX scooter in Matte Brown Metallic. (Honda/)

As with last year’s model, the PCX will be available in the ABS version only. The news comes on the heels of a number of carryover models for Big Red, though unlike bikes like the CBR600RR, the PCX has enjoyed a fairly recent update.

For 2021, Honda engineers revised the single cylinder, increasing output to 157cc thanks to a new valve design and revised bore and stroke. The frame was updated to reduce overall weight, LED lighting was added throughout, and styling tweaks gave the platform a refreshed look.

For those needing a convenient urban ride, the PCX remains a compelling option. The generous underseat storage area is capable of holding a full-face helmet, the V-Matic auto transmission is a truly simple twist-and-go setup, the hydraulic cam-chain adjuster aids in reducing the amount of ongoing maintenance riders need to be concerned with, and the nimble chassis provides effortless handling. Even with the slight price increase, the PCX remains a budget-friendly machine that is as approachable as it gets.

2024 Honda PCX Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$4,249Engine:157cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled single; 4 valves/cyl.Bore x Stroke:60.0 x 55.5mmCompression Ratio:12.0:1Fuel Delivery:PGM-FI w/ 28mm throttle bodiesClutch:Wet, multiplate slipper/assistTransmission/Final Drive:Automatic V-Matic belt driveFrame:Duplex cradleFront Suspension:31mm telescopic fork; 3.9 in. travelRear Suspension:Dual hydraulic shocks; 3.7 in. travelFront Brake:220mm disc w/ ABSRear Brake:Rod-actuated 130mm drumWheels, Front/Rear:14 in. / 13 in.Tires, Front/Rear:110/70-14 / 130/70-13Rake/Trail:26.5°/3.1 in.Wheelbase:51.7 in.Seat Height:30.1 in.Fuel Capacity:2.1 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:286 lb.Available:April 2024Contact:powersports.honda.com

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By: Byron Wilson
Title: 2024 Honda PCX Scooter Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-pcx-scooter-preview/
Published Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2024 11:00:01 +0000

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