Muhammad Ali and Carroll Shelby at the 2008 Scottsdale Auction
To mark Barrett-Jackson’s half-century in business, in this special series we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite moments from the past 50 years – as well as some little-known facts about The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions.
Jay Leno at the Scottsdale 2012 Auction
Since its inception Barrett-Jackson has attracted a starry crowd – you never know who or what you’ll encounter while wandering the grounds at auction. No other collector car event gives you the chance to see supercars and mingle with mega stars, all under the same roof. It’s part of the Barrett-Jackson experience – and a large part of why the Barrett-Jackson experience is unlike any other.
Over the years boldfaced names from the entertainment world, Hollywood, sports and, of course, auto racing have flocked to Barrett-Jackson keen to share their love and passion for automobiles and the collector car hobby. As Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson has put it, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction has evolved into the ultimate celebration of the high-octane lifestyle. “The auctions are a common ground for car people, whether you’re a celebrity or not,” he said. “Barrett-Jackson is definitely a place where car guys from all walks of life hang out. Celebrities who are as passionate about cars as we are also love to be part of the action.”
Tim Allen and Craig Jackson
Only at Barrett-Jackson can you find yourself bidding alongside the likes of globally renowned actor and comedian Kevin Hart or the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. More than a few celebrities have taken to the block to auction incredible cars and raise money on behalf of charitable causes. Actor Gary Sinise helped raise $1.3 million for wounded veterans with the sale of a special one-off 1981 Jeep CJ7, and former U.S. President
George W. Bush, along with comedian and car aficionado Jay Leno, made their presence felt on the auction stage, raising $1.4 million during the sale of the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition VIN 001. Other celebrities who have joined Barrett-Jackson for charity and more include boxers Floyd Mayweather and Sugar Ray Leonard, actor/comedian Tim Allen, pop star Justin Bieber, Peter Fonda, rockers Steven Tyler and Sammy Hagar, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, racer Jeff Gordon, General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Masters champ Bubba Watson, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and NFL great Reggie Wayne, along with racing legends Sir Stirling Moss, Parnelli Jones, Tony Stewart, Phil Hill, Joey Logano, Don Prudhomme, John Force, Rusty Wallace and oh so many more.
Justin Beiber at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction
Barrett-Jackson always draws celebrities together in full force, and at the 2008 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, a very special Barrett-Jackson moment occurred when boxing legend Muhammad Ali – The Greatest – arrived at Barrett-Jackson. Ali and the legendary Carroll Shelby had the opportunity to come together at the unveiling of the Limited Edition Barrett-Jackson Ford Shelby Mustang. A monumental convergence like this could happen only at Barrett-Jackson.
“We have built a world-class automotive lifestyle event known for its collector cars and celebrities,” said Craig Jackson. So be sure to join Barrett-Jackson in celebrating its 50th Anniversary at the 2022 Scottsdale Auction – you never know who you’ll run into!
Title: SUPERCARS AND MEGA STARS: A 50 Facts & Favorite Memories Feature
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/supercars-and-mega-stars-at-barrett-jackson-auctions/
Published Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2021 23:40:35 +0000
Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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.
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
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. 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. 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
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.
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!
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.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000
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