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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.

 

Craig and Nellie Jackson with fashion show models at the 1998 Opening Night Gala.

For decades, Barrett-Jackson events have been kicked off with a celebration before the collector cars begin to roll across the auction block, known as the Opening Night Gala at the flagship Scottsdale Auction and the Opening Night Party at the company’s other host cities across the country.

Not only is the occasion a way for Barrett-Jackson to express their gratitude to VIPs, consignors, bidders and special guests for their support, but it’s also a chance for everyone to relax, catch up with old friends and make new ones, and dine and dance the night away.

Since 2010, the renowned get-togethers have been meticulously planned nearly a year in advance by Carolyn Jackson, Barrett-Jackson’s Vice President, Brand Strategy. Every detail matters – and you can tell. The popular parties are the hottest ticket in town when it’s Barrett-Jackson time – whether you’re a collector car enthusiast or not. In attendance is an incredible mix of the nation’s top car collectors, car builders, captains of industry, athletes, celebrities, musicians, socialites, politicians and more – all brought together through a mutual passion for collector cars and a desire to be part of a memorable event.

Fashion show at an early Opening Night Gala.

Each celebration features gourmet dishes from top local restaurants at dining stations around the venue, along with thirst-quenching libations from a number of on-site bars. Music from acclaimed live performance bands keeps the dance floor hopping for the thousands of guests all night long. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, fashion shows added some extra pizzazz, with special events like Escada-clad models floating through the Gala crowd wearing confections that seemed right out of a fairy tale.

The air at each event is charged with excitement and anticipation, as you never know what surprises might be in store – including celebrity appearances and occasionally a surprise superstar recording artist!

Bret Michaels performing at the 2014 Opening Night Gala in Scottsdale.

Such was the case with the Scottsdale Opening Night Gala in 2016 to kick off Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Anniversary Auction. Under a veil of secrecy, Barrett-Jackson secured the iconic Zac Brown Band to headline the Gala, who treated the surprised and elated audience to an incredible acoustic performance.

In 2014, rock legend Bret Michaels performed for Gala guests and actor Billy Baldwin offered “the ultimate 2015 Super Bowl package” in a charity auction. At the 2014 Palm Beach Opening Night Party, pop sensation Vanilla Ice jump-started the auction weekend with a special appearance.

Musician Zac Brown mingled with guests at the 2016 Opening Night Party in Palm Beach.

Celebrities find Barrett-Jackson’s Opening Night celebrations a place where they can relax and enjoy the night without being hounded by paparazzi. In 2016, Grammy Award-winning musician Zac Brown and legendary actor William Shatner enjoyed mingling with guests at the Palm Beach Opening Night Party.

Craig Jackson recalls one particularly memorable Scottsdale Gala in 1995, spearheaded by his brother Brian just before he passed away. Called the Celebrity Auction of Dreams, the charity event was organized with the help of actress Sharon Stone and her sister Kelly, and featured the likes of comedians Red Buttons and Milton Berle, actor Peter Fonda and other luminaries.

Automotive icon Carroll Shelby celebrated both his 80th and 85th birthdays at Barrett-Jackson’s Opening Night Gala.

This decades-long tradition has also provided the opportunity to mark a number of special occasions. In 2008, Barrett-Jackson’s Opening Night Gala in Scottsdale was actually a surprise 85th birthday party for Carroll Shelby, where the automotive icon was presented with a cake in the shape of the new Barrett-Jackson Ford Shelby GT, as well as a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday” from party-goers.

At the Gala to kick off the 2020 Scottsdale Auction, a marching band and the unveil of the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series made for a memorable evening.

Bottom line: If anyone knows how to throw a party, it’s Barrett-Jackson, and the opening night celebrations are not to be missed!

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: THE OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATIONS: A 50 Facts & Favorite Memories Feature
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/the-opening-night-celebrations-a-50-facts-favorite-memories-feature/
Published Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2021 17:39:25 +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!
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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