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STEVE DAVIS’ BEHIND THE SHADES: Mile Markers Along the Road to Las Vegas
Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis.

Steve Davis’ dark glasses protect his eyes from a light sensitivity condition – but that doesn’t hinder his vision of the collector car market.

The SB 42 celebration in the Visalia Motorsports Festival program.

Can you believe it? The milestone events are coming at us fast and furious. We no sooner wrapped up our 20th year in Palm Beach then we turned our attention to Las Vegas, where we’re proud to be hitting our 15th year. On top of that, all throughout 2023 Shelby fans are celebrating the centennial of Carroll Shelby’s birth in 1923. While Carroll is no longer with us, his legacy definitely is, and that legacy is tied up with both Barrett-Jackson and Las Vegas. Thinking about these turns of the wheel, I can’t help but contemplate how many Shelby moments we’ve had on our Las Vegas stage.

One in particular stands among my favorites.

But before I get to that, some background first. I really got to know Carroll closely and we became friends in the 1990s. I worked with Shelby and his organization when the Series 1 project was being introduced. I put together an event where we took the Series 1 to Road America and got the top clients of investment firm Merrill Lynch to drive the car. I helped move Shelby American from their original Vegas location to their facility at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I also worked with Carroll on his charitable foundation, and he supported me in my efforts to have the 1997 grassroots petition drive to exempt 1973 and older autos from stringent new smog restrictions in California. This effort became known as SB 42, and if it had not passed, the collector car business as we know it could have been eliminated in California. In celebration of this, he helped me get a motorsports festival for charity off the ground in Visalia, California, that included a reenactment of a prewar road race in Los Angeles in 2000.

Carroll at the Las Vegas 2008 interview going over the 1949 MG TC roadster.

When we decided to hold our inaugural auction in Las Vegas, the Shelby connection was key. The excitement of Vegas is obvious to anybody who has ever been there; it’s one of my favorite cities. I love the 24/7 lifestyle and excitement. But it was also the home of Shelby American, which is not just significant to me personally, but to millions of car enthusiasts around the world.

As Barrett-Jackson was building up to this first Las Vegas Auction, I was really searching for something that would be the centerpiece. And lo and behold, we came up with this little 1949 MG TC roadster. Not just any MG, but Carroll’s first actual race car. It quickly became the poster child for our inaugural event.

When finalizing the consignment for this MG and we were executing all the pre-event marketing, I went to Las Vegas with a camera crew, as I wanted to do everything I could to celebrate Carroll, the car and all the things he represented, particularly in Shelby American’s hometown. We did an in-depth interview with him that was amazing, and had him autograph the car.

The stories Carroll could tell were legendary, but on this occasion he was more reflective. The MG meant a lot to him. He was driving it for his friend Ed Wilkins, and it represented an opportunity to drive a real race car – and he took his first checkered flag in his first race. It was the starting point for everything that came after. At that time in his life he was not the legend we know today, and to take the checkered flag in Norman, Oklahoma, in that moment in that car, inspired him and lit that fuse of excitement and desire to do all the things he eventually did. It was a humbling conversation. He kind of went back in time to 1952 and was that young guy again, taking the first step of an incredible journey.

Aaron Shelby.

Carroll was unable to join us on the Las Vegas auction block for that sale in 2008, but his presence has been felt many times in Vegas. In 2009 he appeared onstage with drag racing Hall of Famer Don “The Snake” Prudhomme for the sale of the original concept car for the Prudhomme Edition Super Snake Shelby GT500. And how could I forget selling my personal Shelby Super Snake for $1 million for charity to support the first responders following the terrible 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino?

It is fitting that so many significant Shelby moments with Barrett-Jackson happened in Las Vegas. We still enjoy a great relationship with the Shelby organization. Gary Patterson, the president of Shelby American, has been on stage with many Shelbys as we sell them on the block, as have Carroll’s grandsons Aaron and Shawn Shelby.

And that MG TC? It was later sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction in 2015 when Ron

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: STEVE DAVIS’ BEHIND THE SHADES: Mile Markers Along the Road to Las Vegas
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/steve-davis-behind-the-shades-mile-markers-las-vegas-2023/
Published Date: Wed, 31 May 2023 21:41:16 +0000

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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/rolls-royce-silver-ghost/
Published Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 23:23:29 +0000

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Select “Dare to Dream” Auction results

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Background

The recently held “Dare to Dream” auction in Toronto, Canada, represented a wide variety of automotive milestones, specifically for European Sportscars. Aptly described on Sotheby’s website, “They represent what could be—what will be in our eyes, the greatest.”

Collector Miles Nadal

It’s always inciteful to know a little about the face behind the collection and what his/her thoughts are on the business of acquiring automobiles. According to Nadal, he has always been a collector of types. Somewhat tangentially related to cars, his first collection was of hand tools he never used and had no intention of using, admitting he was not mechanical in any way. But he appreciated what they stood for Perfection. Engineering. Function. Those three pillars play a heavy part in his future collections, too. The tools were always pristine and presented in order. The same was applied to his following collection of keys, and then of model cars. The model cars were just a placeholder for the real cars Nadal truly desired to own someday.

After working as a sports photographer in his teen years, further exposed to the world of professional sports and the players that made the difference… the influencers… the icons, he figured out the direction of the collection he would someday start. Automotive icons. And so, we take a quick look at some of the sports car icons that were sold from the collection.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti

$3,305,000 USD | Sold

There is perhaps no better archetype of a Ferrari model than the 275 GTB/4. As one of the last Prancing Horses manufactured in the vintage era, preceding the wholesale shift to mid-rear engine placement, the GTB/4 was the product of all the lessons learned since the company’s 1947 inception. Like the greatest Ferraris that preceded it, the model was defined as a grand touring berlinetta: a closed-body dual-use GT car that could be driven to the track and raced before being gently driven back home.

Introduced in 1964, the original 275 GTB was the first roadgoing Ferrari to be equipped with four-wheel independent suspension, and the first to employ a weight-saving transaxle, which also improved weight distribution. When the GTB/4 iteration arrived two years later, it boasted dual-cam valve actuation for each cylinder bank, making it the first four-cam road car from Maranello’s stable. This prodigy of mechanical performance was clothed in coachwork designed by Pininfarina and built by racing car carrozzeria Scaglietti, featuring a long hood and fastback rear end that were obviously developed from the legendary 250 GTO.

1959 Porsche 356 A Carrera 1600 GS ‘Sunroof’ Coupe by Reutter

$637,500 USD | Sold

The most potent mechanical variation of the 356 was the Carrera model, which was powered by the slightly detuned, Fuhrmann-designed four-camshaft, 1,600-cubic-centimeter racing engine. Available in both “GT” race specification and “GS” touring specification, Porsche made sure that their new engine could be marketed on a platform to individuals who were looking to spend time on the track, as well as to those who were looking to drive down the Autobahn in style.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Select “Dare to Dream” Auction results
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/select-dare-to-dream-auction-results/
Published Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2024 07:04:29 +0000

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Powerbrick trims down the Harley Pan America for urban adventures

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Custom Harley Pan America by Powerbrick
Big-bore adventure bikes like the Harley Pan America have to tick a lot of boxes, which is why they end up looking like two-wheeled spaceships. But the custom scene has shown us a new side to the Pan America. If you can strip away enough of its adventure-focused accouterments, there’s a pretty gnarly street bike lurking under there.

This custom Harley Pan America from Powerbrick offers proof. The Dutch parts specialist and custom workshop has shown time and time again that they’re adept at building radical machines that buck convention. And although they made their bones creating edgy BMW K-series customs, this Pan America suggests that they can apply their signature aesthetic to just about any type of motorcycle.

Custom Harley Pan America by Powerbrick

According to Powerbrick head honcho Tim Somers, the Pan America mission had two objectives; create “the streetfighter that Harley never released,” and develop a range of bolt-on parts under Powerbrick’s sub-brand, CNCPT Moto. To that end, Tim got major financial support from Harley-Davidson Rotterdam and Amsterdam, who also supplied the bike.

“We’ve designed everything to make it look OEM so that people would think that the bike is supposed to look like this,” Tim adds. “Harley-Davidson has a strong heritage, we’re just trying to give it a little shake-up to make it appeal to a new generation.”

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Powerbrick trims down the Harley Pan America for urban adventures
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/harley-pan-america-powerbrick
Published Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2024 20:15:39 +0000

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