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One would never imagine Barrett-Jackson’s humble beginnings when visiting the elegant two-story building in Scottsdale that houses the company headquarters today.

 

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.

 

In the 1970s Barrett-Jackson held one auction per year. This annual event garnered the attention of car aficionados across the country and the everyday fan base was beginning to grow exponentially. The World’s Greatest Collector Cars Auctions was on its way to becoming the leader of the collector car hobby.

The Barrett-Jackson team in the early days, hard at work on the next auction from a mobile office trailer.

Behind the scenes, the Barrett and Jackson families were working hard to bring the hobby they all loved to the forefront – and work hard they did. The original command center that held the small group was also a paint and body shop, mechanics garage and a storage yard for the restorations the families were working on in between auctions. Located on 56th Street and Washington in a Phoenix neighborhood that touches the border of Tempe, the original headquarters were humble and efficient with a no-nonsense approach to house the burgeoning company.

At the center of the daily activities was a mobile office trailer that was used not only at the 56th Street and Washington location, but it was also moved on-site to the auctions and used as an operations office for many years.

Craig Jackson takes a phone call from Barrett-Jackson’s “command center” back in the 1970s.

Although it has been a decade or so since the office trailer was hauled from auction to auction, the 1970s-era modular still boasts its original light oak colored paneling on the walls and all the accoutrements that showcased that decade. Thin commercial-grade carpet, hollow doors and a couple of small but functional single-pane windows remain in the trailer, and yes – it is still part of the Jackson family.

Today, the Barrett-Jackson headquarters is located farther north, adjacent to the Scottsdale Airport runway and housed in an incredibly elegant two-story building, resplendent with all the top technology needed to showcase and produce the now-legendary auctions. The journey of success for the auction company has been arduous and hard-earned and seems like a million miles from the thinly paneled walls of a trailer – but the heart of the company has not changed. It’s still about hard work, getting your hands dirty under the hood – and, most importantly, it’s still about people who love cars.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: THE ORIGINAL HEADQUARTERS: A 50 Facts & Favorite Memories Feature
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/the-original-headquarters-a-50-facts-favorite-memories-feature/
Published Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2021 18:35:25 +0000

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Honda’s Updated 2024 CBR600RR Not Coming to America

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Back in November, we previewed a notable update to Honda’s CBR600RR platform for the European market. It now appears that version won’t be debuting in the US in 2024. Honda has announced a 2024 CBR600RR for the States, but as a carryover from last year, which is actually a continued carryover from the last major US update made in 2013. The 2024 US version of the CBR600RR will be priced at $12,199, a $100 bump over the 2023 MSRP.

The 2024 Honda CBR600RR in Grand Prix Red.
The 2024 Honda CBR600RR in Grand Prix Red. (Honda/)

It should be noted that the revised CBR600RR that will be available in European markets is an extension of the work Honda did on the platform a few years prior, when it released a revised version for Japan back in 2020. It’s likely those changes will eventually make it to the US, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer.

That said, Honda’s 599cc supersport remains an appealing option for riders in the US thanks to its deft combination of comfort, ease of use on the road, expertly calibrated braking package, and solid suspension setup. The extra horsepower of the overseas version and revised chassis would obviously be nice additions, but such is life sometimes.

We last sampled the CBR600RR in 2020, and despite some of its shortcomings (such as in the electronics department), the platform still proved its worth. Particularly for road riders who want a bike that is as great around town as it is on the track.

For those who want to enjoy the benefits of ABS, expect to pay $13,199. Both editions will be available to US customers in Grand Prix Red colors.

2024 Honda CBR600RR Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$12,199–$13,199Engine:599cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 4 valves/cyl.Bore x Stroke:67.0 x 42.5mmCompression Ratio:12.2:1Fuel Delivery:DSFI w/ 40mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectorsClutch:Wet, multiplateTransmission/Final Drive:6-speed/chainFrame:Twin-spar aluminumFront Suspension:41mm USD Big Piston Fork; fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travelRear Suspension:Unit Pro-Link HMAS shock, fully adjustable; 5.1 in. travelFront Brake:4-piston calipers, 310mm radial-mount full-floating discs (ABS optional)Rear Brake:220mm disc (ABS optional)Wheels, Front/Rear:17 in. / 17 in.Tires, Front/Rear:120/70-17 / 180/55-17Rake/Trail:23.5°/3.9 in.Wheelbase:53.9 in.Seat Height:32.4 in.Fuel Capacity:4.8 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:417 lb.Available:March 2024Contact:powersports.honda.com

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By: Byron Wilson
Title: Honda’s Updated 2024 CBR600RR Not Coming to America
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-cbr600rr-not-coming-to-america/
Published Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2024 11:00:00 +0000

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Twinning: A pair of Royal Enfield Continental GT café racers from Mexico

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Royal Enfield Continental GT café racers by Hardheads Motostudio
The first Royal Enfield Continental GT came out way back in the early 60s; a 250 cc café racer that couldn’t do the ton, but looked as cute as a button. Royal Enfield then put the Continental GT name on ice for half a century, before reviving it just as the modern café racer craze was reaching fever pitch. The ‘new’ Continental GT was a handsome nod to the past, but its 535 cc single-cylinder mill was hardly exciting.

It was only when Royal Enfield released their modern 648 cc parallel-twin platform that the Continental GT really came into its own. The current Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 has all the style of a tasteful modern classic, with an updated engine that’s peppy, torquey, and easy to get along with. But if you ask the crew at Hardheads Motostudio, they’ll tell you that there’s still room for improvement.

Royal Enfield Continental GT café racers by Hardheads Motostudio

Based in the heart of Mexico City, Hardheads specializes in creating custom fairings and seats, developing accessories, and restoring classic bikes. Naturally, they also find time to build custom bikes—like these twin 2022-model Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 café racers.

Dubbed simply ‘HH5’ and ‘HH6,’ these Continental GTs hark back to the era of the original Continental GT. But there’s a lot more

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Twinning: A pair of Royal Enfield Continental GT café racers from Mexico
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/royal-enfield-continental-gt-cafe-racer
Published Date: Thu, 29 Feb 2024 19:56:20 +0000

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AUTOMOBILIA COLLECTION OF A LIFETIME: The Mark Lange Estate

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AUTOMOBILIA COLLECTION OF A LIFETIME: The Mark Lange Estate

Written by Nicole Ellan James

LOT #9493 – LATE 1940S-EARLY ’50S PLUTO COIN-OPERATED KIDDIE RIDE – NO RESERVE

Each Barrett-Jackson Auction attracts the best-of-the-best collector vehicles and automobilia. The 2024 Scottsdale Auction continues this tradition. Notably, Barrett-Jackson will proudly showcase the Mark Lange Estate Collection during the 2024 Scottsdale Auction. Lange, recognized as a passionate “car guy,” owned and managed numerous classic and vintage car dealerships, with a specialization in European and American classics. Upon relocating to Lodi, California, in the 2000s, Lange acquired a Packard dealership from the 1920s, transforming it into the Vintage Reserve Garage, through which he bought and sold hundreds of classic cars.

LOT #9491 – 1953 FORD NEON PORCELAIN SIGN – NO RESERVE

Lange led a life deeply intertwined with automotive enthusiasm, engaging in numerous car events. His participation extended to showcasing a 1930 Duesenberg at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Beyond display, he actively raced vintage race cars across multiple racetracks nationwide. According to Rory Brinkman, Barrett-Jackson’s Automobilia Director, in addition to his love for cars, Lange also had a love for automobilia and he decorated his entire dealership with authentic tin, porcelain and neon signs.

“His dealership was quite impressive with the way it was decorated,” Brinkman said.W“what no one realized is that he also had his own compound, home and winery with numerous storage buildings that were literally just filled from floor to ceiling with automobilia and rare vintage car parts.”

It took Brinkman and his team over a week to go through all the buildings and sort all the pieces for the automobilia auction. “Lange had literally stacks of signs, 30-40 at a time,” Brinkman said. “It was something we had never seen before, and the majority of these pieces hadn’t seen the light of day for 15 to 25 years.”

The Mark Lange Estate Collection is now headed to the 2024 Scottsdale Automobilia Auction, where it will be sold with No Reserve.

LOT #9490.3 – 1940S LINCOLN MERCURY NEON PORCELAIN SIGN – NO RESERVE

Some of the amazing pieces set to cross the block include several dealership signs. Among the most notable is a gorgeous 1940s Lincoln Mercury Automobiles double-sided neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #9490.3), an extremely rare circa 1940s-50s Plymouth Automobiles single-sided neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #9495.1) with day-one gloss and colors and a stupendous 1953 Ford Jubilee double-sided neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #9491) that has undergone professional restoration, mainly to the perimeter edge. The 1953 Ford Jubilee sign is considered one of the most desirable of period neon signs.

Oil and gas companies are also represented in the collection with an outstanding circa 1940s-50s Mobil Oil double-sided neon porcelain rotating Pegasus service station sign (Lot #9489.4) and a rare new-old-stock 1961 Cougar Oil of Alabama double-sided porcelain service station sign (Lot #9470) that was found in the original box and never displayed. It is one of only two survivors known and was featured on the History channel show “American Pickers.” Additionally, the collection will include a monumental and large circa 1940s Oregon Chief Gasoline double-sided porcelain service station sign (Lot #9468). According to Brinkman, it is one of the most sought-after signs among collectors and features bright colors and gloss.

Other unique items from the Mark Lange Collection include a near-perfect circa 1930s-40s Garage Autos – Trucks double-sided neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #9397) with a fabulous bullnose design complemented by art-deco styling, as well as a magnificent and large new-old-stock 1928 AAA Auto Races framed poster (Lot #9559.2). The poster is of museum quality and was professionally dry-mounted to canvas, then framed.

LOT #9492 – LARGE 1950S PLUTO SINGLE-SIDED PORCELAIN WITH NEON STUDIO SIGN – NO RESERVE

Lastly, the collection includes two pieces of Disney memorabilia: a large 1950s Pluto single-sided porcelain with neon studio sign (Lot #9492) and a late 1940s-early ’50s Pluto coin-operated kiddie ride (Lot #9493). The neon studio sign features marvelous colors and the face has been restored to perfection, while the kiddie ride has been professionally restored to day-one condition.

In addition to the Mark Lange Estate Collection, the auction will feature items from Part Two of the Carl Bomstead Lifetime Collection. Part one of the collection was a highlight of the 2023 Scottsdale Automobilia Auction. Bomstead is known for his role as a longtime judge at the Pebble Beach Concours.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: AUTOMOBILIA COLLECTION OF A LIFETIME: The Mark Lange Estate
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/automobilia-collection-of-a-lifetime-the-mark-lange-estate/
Published Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2023 15:51:56 +0000

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