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The auction’s location: Las Vegas Convention Center – West Hall

Las Vegas has always been a special place for Barrett-Jackson. It’s one of my favorite events simply because of being in Vegas. It’s such a great town and really mirrors the excitement of a Barrett-Jackson auction. I love the 24/7 energy, and I love the world-class entertainment, dining, and shopping options.

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

Of course, Las Vegas is a city you have to take on its own terms. The stakes are high and nobody knows exactly what is going to happen until you pull the handle. Everybody is hoping for that big jackpot. Barrett-Jackson has had gratifying success in Las Vegas, but it didn’t necessarily come easy.

Take our first Las Vegas auction in 2008. We worked a long time to get to Vegas initially. Many auctions have come and gone in Las Vegas — none ever reaching the level of success of a Barrett-Jackson event. So there were a lot of expectations there and we put plenty of effort into making that happen.

And as fate would have it, as we rolled into the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas for the inaugural event, it happened to coincide, literally to the day, with the 2008 financial meltdown. So we had the anxiety of a new event in a new venue in a new location and on a new stage, and lo and behold, as we were setting up and getting ready for the auction, the financial crisis began. I remember walking by the big screens that are everywhere in Las Vegas, and everyone was fixated on how low the Dow was dropping.

But the dice rolled in our favor, and when the smoke cleared, to this day, it was one of the best Las Vegas Auctions we’ve ever had.

Carroll Shelby and Steve Davis

I’ll admit that my connection with the Las Vegas Auction is deeply personal. For me it’s like a homecoming. At that first auction in 2008 we sold Carroll Shelby’s first race car, a 1949 MG TC. I went to Shelby American with the vehicle before the auction and interviewed Carroll himself. My memories revolve around that car as much as the event due to the historic nature of the MG and Carroll being around to tell me the story. And just last year I celebrated my 25th anniversary with the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company on the Vegas stage.

Some personal moments are bittersweet. In 2011 I sold my custom 1964 Ford Fairlane there for the Armed Forces Foundation, and I sold my Shelby GT500 Super Snake to benefit the local first responders following the terrible mass shooting in 2017. We were the first public event after that shooting that took place at Mandalay Bay. I think we played an important role in helping the healing process begin within the community. It really solidified our place as being part of the community, not just a business that comes in there and takes place and leaves.

Steve Davis Shelby GT500 Super Snake to benefit the local first responders following the terrible mass shooting in 2017.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Las Vegas without celebrities, and we’ve hosted so many great ones over the years. We’ve had Siegfried & Roy on the stage. One of the most touching and validating sales of a collection that I’ve experienced was when we sold Danny Gans’ collection for his family after he passed away. Danny Gans was voted Entertainer of the Year and headlined at The Mirage on The Strip for many years. Selling his incredible collection with his family in attendance was a milestone moment.

That celebrity spotlight will of course be shining at this year’s auction. Paul Stanley of KISS is selling his factory-customized VIN 001 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, along with an autographed Ibanez Paul Stanley Signature guitar. Comedian Gabriel Iglesias will have a couple muscle cars from his collection cross the auction block as well.

Danny Gans’ family and Steve Davis

Last year our auction moved to the new Las Vegas Convention Center. We loved and enjoyed our stay at Mandalay Bay, but we’re now in a state-of-the-art space designed specifically for the events we’re putting forward. For those who haven’t made the trip to this amazing facility, it’s a truly world-class venue.

There is so much to see! The Las Vegas Convention Center Loop, also known as the Tesla Tunnel, is very cool. It’s the first operational loop by Elon Musk’s Boring Company, and it takes you 40 feet below the streets of Las Vegas in Tesla shuttles right from Resorts World Las Vegas, our host hotel, to the convention center doorstep.

And we’re starting to see some of that same cutting-edge technology appear on the auction block, with hybrid supercars and Electro-Mods beginning to come into their

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: STEVE DAVIS’ BEHIND THE SHADES: The Entertainment Capital Of The World
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/steve-davis-behind-the-shades-the-entertainment-capital-of-the-world/
Published Date: Thu, 02 Jun 2022 22:38:59 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
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