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STEVE DAVIS BEHIND THE SHADES: The Road To Keeping The Collector Car Hobby Healthy
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.

Across my nearly 30 years of being a part of Barrett-Jackson, and before that as somebody on the other side of the fence as a consignor and bidder, I’ve seen a lot of changes. Many of those changes have been great for the collector car hobby, but not all of them. It’s a sad fact of modern life that vintage cars often suffer in the name of so-called “progress.”

We’re living through one of those periods now, and it’s not hard to spot the storm clouds on the horizon. Multiple states are attempting to impose EV mandates that will limit peoples’ choices. California is well underway in introducing “Zero Emissions Zones” as part of their plan for net-zero carbon emissions by 2045. In August, the state sent out a survey to owners of 1978 and earlier classic cars asking detailed questions about vehicle use. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) maintains it was just a routine updating of data. You decide.

You see, I’ve been down this road before.

In the 1990s, California came up with a grand idea for an updated Smog Check II emissions test. It was designed in a way that would fail the classic cars that we know and love. And by failing, your car would be branded a gross polluter and have one more cycle of registration, and then your cars would be taken off the road. California had a history of this kind of thing. In the 1970s, CARB had approved a Kar-Kit Nox emission control kit for old cars that deactivated the vacuum advance in the distributor using rubber plugs. It came with a warning to not exceed speeds of 60 mph. Imagine driving your Boss 429 Mustang under those restrictions.

I owned a classic car dealership in Visalia, California, and the implications from Smog Check II was one of those profound reality checks. But the more I talked to people, it surprised me that most of them had no idea what was going on. I had a burning passion that something had to be done, and the one thing I could think of that I could do unilaterally was to start a petition drive and bring awareness to people.

Fighting the new regulations became my full-time job. Keep in mind, I had no lobbyist, no attorneys, no PR firms, no contributions. This was as grassroots as it got. It was me, my wife, my father-in-law and my copy machines.

I started the petition drive, and tens of thousands of signatures later I made my way to the legislature in Sacramento. I was there to fight for Senate Bill 42, introduced by state Sen. Quentin Kopp, that allowed for a rolling 30-year exemption from smog testing for vintage cars, which had never been designed for modern, stringent emission standards. As I walked in to testify, I sat down at this long table, on one side just me and Sen. Kopp. On the other side of the table, every chair was full – and they all had a killer look in their eyes with me as their target. The only ammunition I had was boxes and boxes of individually signed petitions, more than 30,000 in all.

The voices of that many enthusiasts propelled SB42 through the legislature and it was signed into law by the governor in 1997. Even better, SB42 helped set the template for other states.

That was a big victory, but the fights continue. At Barrett-Jackson we represent the heart of the hobby, and we realize the only way we can maintain the things we love is to fight for them if they come under attack. We need to all be keepers of the flame and help each other. Together, we can continue rolling up wins. Last year, Barrett-Jackson spearheaded a movement to legalize in Arizona the removal and reinstallation of a VIN tag for pre-1981 vehicles for purposes of restoration. In many states, that act pretty much puts you in felon territory. Even in California, popular pressure this year led to a repeal of laws that restricted low-riders and cruising.

We’re all looking to do everything we can collectively for the health of the collector car hobby. But we shouldn’t lull ourselves into a false sense of security. We’re at a crossroads. We need to make sure that people know we’re willing to fight for the right to keep and drive our collector cars. That’s what we do collectively; that’s what we do as a company. We’re proud to fight alongside all of you in support of these amazing, historic vehicles and keeping them on the road for generations to come.

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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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