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THE HISTORIC HEART OF SCOTTSDALE: Newly Renovated Civic Center was the “Birthplace” of Barrett-Jackson

Written by Barbara Toombs

A meeting between classic car aficionados Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett in the early 1960s set them on a road that effectively changed the face of car collecting forever, culminating in what is now known as The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions. The collaboration between the two men had humble beginnings that sprung not only from a passion for vintage vehicles but also a love for their recently adopted hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona, which was incorporated as a town in 1951 and became a city in 1962.

The population of “The West’s Most Western Town” had grown rapidly from a mere 2,000 in 1951 to more than 10,000 by 1960 and showed no signs of stopping. Recognizing that the rapidly growing municipality needed a civic infrastructure, a downtown site was chosen for a new governmental complex. The 1966 master plan called for a civic and commercial mix that would include a municipal library, convention center and museums, along with commercial buildings around a landscaped pedestrian mall adorned with sculptures, fountains and pools. Tapped to bring the plan to life was architect Bennie Gonzales, who envisioned a cultural center in which civic discussions, educational pursuits and appreciation for the arts would coexist.

Barrett and Jackson decided to help the project along by holding a car show and parade – dubbed the “Fiesta de los Autos Elegantes” – to raise funds for the city’s arts center and to buy books for the community library. That car show evolved into what is now a collector car auction known the world over, and today, the Scottsdale Civic Center Library and Scottsdale Center for the Arts remain two important anchors of what is now a unique urban park.

The Civic Center, constructed in stages between 1968 and 1975, had as its unifying element the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, with several entrances to ensure access from all surrounding areas. Although the city made gradual improvements over the years to enhance the usability of the space, a complete revitalization of the center began in 2021.

The updated Scottsdale Civic Center, unveiled in the fall of 2023, is truly an oasis in the desert. After the $33 million renovation, it – more than ever before – is a fantastic place to take in a concert, attend a festival or enjoy a picnic in the beautiful Arizona weather. Bordered by restaurants, art galleries, shops and residences, the Civic Center abounds with trees, plants, lawns, fountains and sculptures. Walkways, benches and bistro tables beckon visitors to hang out.

Updates to the Civic Center included the addition of a new 360 Stage with surrounding lawns just outside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (connecting the already existing West Bowl and Central Lawn performance areas) and a large amphitheater in what is known as the East Bowl.

Plan to enjoy a peaceful stroll on the Civic Center Mall and take in the Marshall Gardens, Botanical Garden and the Children’s Gardens, as well as the Social Hub, located between Scottsdale City Hall and Civic Center Library. Providing a direct connection to the new children’s library entrance, the hub has a splash pad and fog feature, a children’s play area, and shaded social and picnic areas.

The Scottsdale Civic Center also serves as an outdoor art gallery for several impressive installments, including The Yearlings, created in 1985; the steel Windows to the West, dedicated in 1973; and the 12-foot-tall, bright red and blue Love sculpture that has served as the backdrop for many wedding and family photos over the years.

Cultural buildings surrounding the Civic Center area include the Little Red Schoolhouse built in 1909 that now houses the Scottsdale Historical Museum, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA).

While you’re in town for Barrett-Jackson, be sure to explore the unique Scottsdale Civic Center – remembering, as you stroll, that this is really where the seed that became The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions was planted.

Fiesta de los Autos Elegantes from Barrett-Jackson Archives.  Additional Photos Courtesy of Experience Scottsdale.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: THE HISTORIC HEART OF SCOTTSDALE: Newly Renovated Civic Center was the “Birthplace” of Barrett-Jackson
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/the-historic-heart-of-scottsdale-newly-renovated-civic-center-was-the-birthplace-of-barrett-jackson/
Published Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2023 21:19:33 +0000

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Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand

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Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.
A surfboard rack on a motorcycle might seem like a gimmick to some, but if you live in Bali and love surfing, it’s a downright necessity. The Indonesian island is peppered with surf spots—and a small bike with a rack is the best way to get to them. It doesn’t hurt if that motorcycle looks as good as this Yamaha WR155R scrambler.

The bike was built by Dream Fast Co. for Tiw, the founder of the Laem Yah Rayong Surf Club. Both parties are based in Thailand, but the influence came directly from Bali’s motorcycle and surf culture. Tiw has Balinese friends who use vintage enduro bikes to find hard-to-reach surf spots, and wanted to capture that vibe in his Yamaha WR155R.

Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.

Dream Fast Co.’s mandate was to take the modern and reliable WR155R and inject it with a big dose of classic Yamaha dirt bike style. It sounds simple enough on paper, but in reality, it meant wading through piles of plastic to shed the WR155R’s contemporary aesthetic.

Once the Yamaha was denuded of its plastics, the Dream Fast Co. crew set about reworking its lines. The subframe was hacked off, and a new one was fabricated, this time with a kicked-up loop at the back. A new seat sits up top; it’s designed for one, but there is a smidge of space out back if you and your passenger want to get extremely cozy.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-wr155r-scrambler
Published Date: Sat, 18 May 2024 18:15:34 +0000

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1967 Ford Bronco underwent a full, frame-off restoration in 2020 that was completed in 2022. The frame and all components have been powder-coated in black. The body parts were media-blasted and coated top and bottom in LizardSkin for protection. The powerplant is a 351W with aluminum heads, roller rockers, mild roller cam, 10.25:1 compression and .40-over pistons. An Edelbrock Pro-Flow 4 fuel-injection system controls and monitors the engine components. It also features a CVF serpentine pulley system, K&N filters and an aluminum radiator.

The engine is backed by a C4 automatic transmission built to handle 400hp and includes Kevlar bands, Redline clutches, a 2,000-rpm stall converter and Dana 20T transfer case with twin-stick conversion. Power goes to a Ford 9-inch rear end with a Dana 30 front differential, WARN locking hubs and 3.50-ratio gears. It also features power steering and brakes (front disc and rear drum), new drive lines, a ceramic-coated exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers, complete Painless wiring, a chrome tilt wheel, 2.5-inch suspension lift with 2-inch body lift, stainless-steel brake lines, six Bronco oil shocks with single steering stabilizer and a BorgWarner steering box with all billet components.

This SUV was finished in a new Bronco Area 51 Blue with the original Bronco Wimbledon White hardtop, roll cage, dash, grille and accessories, and rides on color-matched Ford steel wheels wrapped in Toyo Mud Country tires. The cabin includes high-back bucket seats with a console, a rear seat that folds up, shoulder seat belts and a Vintage Air system for heating and cooling. It also features a Kenwood head unit with back-up camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and charging port, and sound going through two 6×9-inch and two 6.5-inch KICKER speakers paired with a 10-inch Fosgate subwoofer.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1967-ford-bronco-custom-suv-selling-with-no-reserve-at-the-2024-scottsdale-fall-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:13:08 +0000

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1964 Chevrolet C10 crew-cab pickup is powered by a 496ci stroker V8 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The exterior is equipped with suicide doors, shaved door handles and custom paint, and the bed of the truck features a hydraulic lift.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
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Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:12:42 +0000

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