Written by Nicole Ellan James
1972 JAGUAR E-TYPE CUSTOM ROADSTER BY BEACHAM
Your bags are packed and you’re ready to tour your destination in style; all that’s left is selecting the perfect vehicle for your vacation. Depending on where you go, that could mean driving a right-hand drive vehicle on the left side of the road or a left-hand drive vehicle on the right side of the road — confused yet?
According to World Standards, as of January 2022, about 35% of the world’s population drives on the left. Most of the countries that continue to practice right-hand driving are either current or former British colonies.
1995 NISSAN SKYLINE
The practice can be traced back to the ancient Romans, who would steer their carts with their left hand, freeing up their right to defend against enemies, and the medieval period, between 1066 and 1485, when it was common to see knights and sword fighters. Right-handed swordsmen preferred to keep to the left side of the road so they could easily use their right hand to employ their sword at an approaching opponent.
Similarly, between 1603 and 1867 in Japan, samurai walked on the left due to the position they carried their sword. This gave them the ability to quickly draw their sword with their right hand at a moment’s notice.
Given that left-handedness was suppressed during this time, it’s easy to see why staying to the left was the norm. The British government passed measures to make left-hand traffic the law in 1773, and in 1872 Japan cemented its preference for driving on the left with its first railway system built with help from the British, with trains traveling on the left.
Meanwhile in France, Napoleon, who was left-handed, favored the right side of the road as a military tactic, which the country adopted. By the late 1700s in the United States, it became common for people to use large wagons pulled by multiple pairs of horses. The driver rode on the left rear horse so they could more easily control the team of horses with their right hand. Naturally, drivers began passing on the left to avoid collisions, and traffic shifted to the right.
1956 VOLKSWAGEN 23 WINDOW MICROBUS
The rise of the automobile and Ford’s ability to mass-produce reliable and economical vehicles led more countries to convert to driving on the right side of the road, as the cars exported by Ford remained left-hand drive.
Over the years, Barrett-Jackson has seen many right-hand drive vehicles cross the block. Many of the highly prized collectibles are from British and Japanese automakers. Rolls-Royce and Bentley would be suitable options if you are craving a luxurious right-hand drive vehicle for your adventure. If you plan to take the road less traveled, you can’t go wrong with a Land Rover Defender. Need something smaller? Try a Jaguar, Austin-Healey, MG, Morris Minor or a Mini Cooper. Those with a need for speed will want to check out the Honda NSX, Nissan GT-R and Toyota Supra.
If you prefer American-branded vehicles, don’t worry. Some examples of American-made right-hand drive vehicles that have rolled across the Barrett-Jackson block include a 1964 Chrysler Valiant pickup sold exclusively in Australia and a 1947 Ford Woody Wagon sold in England as a right-hand drive model.
For those who want to experience the world behind the wheel of “the ultimate driving machine,” BMW has even produced a few right-hand drive European models of its 320i coupe. Volkswagen has you covered if you need a right-hand drive bus or a beetle.
Driving on the left or driving on the right, getting there with style is what makes it fun. Here’s a look at some of the spectacular right-hand drive cars that have crossed the Barrett-Jackson block over the years.
1989 NISSAN SILVIA CONVERTIBLE
1994 DAIMLER DOUBLE-SIX SEDAN
1971 MITSUBISHI COLT GALANT GTO
1996 TOYOTA SUPRA TURBO CUSTOM DRAG CAR
1992 NISSAN SKYLINE GT-R
Title: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD: A Look At Right-Hand Drive Auction Vehicles
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Published Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2022 15:36:25 +0000
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BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
Written by Barbara Toombs
Fremont Street in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.
Millions of visitors are understandably attracted to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas’ renowned Strip each year, where world-class resorts, casinos, shows and incredible dining options are the name of the game.
What many don’t realize is that there’s another fascinating side to the Entertainment Capital of the World, headlined by two cultural districts known simply as Downtown and Chinatown.
Downtown Las Vegas (also known as DTLV) is really where this unique desert city got its start. In 1931, construction began on what is now known as the Hoover Dam, attracting thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. To capitalize on this growing workforce, savvy businessmen began building casinos and showgirl venues along Las Vegas’ only paved road at the time: Fremont Street.
Today, DTLV is comprised of three distinct districts. Many visitors to the city are already familiar with one of them: the Fremont Street Casino District, which contains museums, restaurants and bars, as well as the original Las Vegas casinos, including El Cortez, Golden Nugget and Golden Gate. Here you’ll also find the renowned Fremont Street Experience, which debuted in 1995. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is covered by a canopy of more than two million LED lights and a state-of-the-art sound system that comes to life every night for a spectacular sound and light show called “Viva Vision.”
The Arts District
A popular attraction in this district is The Mob Museum (the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), which showcases intriguing tales and the age-old dichotomy of good guys versus bad guys. Explore at your own pace, go on a guided tour or uncover museum surprises as part of a group scavenger hunt. Want a literal “taste” of old-school Las Vegas? Plan to dine at Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, perched on the 24th floor of Binion’s Gambling Hall. The restaurant dates back to 1965 when it was known as Top of the Mint, the signature dining spot at The Mint hotel tower. The interior design (and menu – think steak, prime rib, lobster and even Baked Alaska) is a throwback to an earlier era when the mob ran much of Las Vegas, but the real draw is the spectacular view through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.
Built in 2002, the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) is a six-block area that stretches from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and from Ogden Street South to Carson. FEED is pedestrian-friendly, offering diverse street life and many eateries, cafes, bars and lounges, as well as ample shopping opportunities and lively entertainment. A must-see attraction in this district is the Downtown Container Park – a dining, shopping and live music venue made of 45 colorful repurposed shipping containers, all fronted by a two-story, fire-breathing praying mantis who made its original debut at Burning Man. Nearby is the popular Bin 702 – one of many great dining choices in the area – featuring a great selection of beer and wine, as well as a tantalizing choice of charcuterie and cheese, sandwiches and small plates for sharing.
18b sign in The Arts District.
In recent years, The Arts District – or the 18b as it’s also known (a reference to it occupying 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas, loosely outlined by Commerce Street, Colorado Ave, Fourth Street and Hoover Avenue) – has been growing in popularity. Its monthly “First Friday” block party and art walk features food trucks and live music, serving as a backdrop for artists showing their works off at a variety of open-air and indoor galleries. These include The Arts Factory, home to over 30 artists and art galleries, and ArtSquare, a hip establishment that houses design stores, designer’s studios, wellness spots, and food and drink outlets. Behind The Arts Factory sits one of many great dining choices in The Arts District: Taverna Costera, serving up delicious Coastal Mediterranean fusion that draws inspiration from coastal Spanish, French, Italian and Greek cuisines and beyond.
Just a couple of miles east of the Strip, along Spring Mountain Road (roughly between Rainbow Boulevard and Interstate 15), lies the city’s amazing Chinatown, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Asian businesses in Southern Nevada, including a multitude of authentic Asian restaurants, gift shops, a hair stylist, a reflexologist, home decor, an Asian supermarket and the only Chinese bookstore in Nevada.
At Chinatown’s heart is the enormous and ornate Chinatown Plaza, featuring a colorful, dragon-adorned, Tang Dynasty-inspired gate and gleaming
Title: BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
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Published Date: Fri, 19 May 2023 18:07:14 +0000
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
This red 1967 Corvette custom coupe received a complete custom restoration at Springfield Motorsports in Peachland BC, Canada. The build consists of a completely new jig-mounted tube chassis with C4 corvette front upper and lower control arms riding on coilover shocks and power rack & pinion steering. The rear differential is a custom narrowed 9-inch Ford with aluminum Dale Gerry center section with Wilwood disc brakes on all 4 corners. Filling out the wheel wells are custom offset Fikse wheels.
K&S machine in Kelowna, British Columbia took the 454ci engine and machined it to 496ci it is equipped with Comp Thumper camshaft and 800cfm carburetor and it creates a true hot rod sound through the ceramic-coated exhaust. Lee Baxter upholstery created the one-off hand-stitched red leather interior with a rear storage area. It features Vintage Air, Digital gauges, power windows and a leather-wrapped vintage-style steering wheel.
Title: 2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
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Published Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 15:52:01 +0000
From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
The Honda CBX 1000 was only in production for four years, but that was enough time for it to leave a lasting impression on the motorcycle industry. First released it in 1978 as a screaming six-cylinder naked superbike, it later faced stiff competition from its stablemate—the equally iconic CB900F. So the Japanese marque redesigned it as a sport tourer, halfway through its tenure.
The updated ‘CBX-B’ had a touring fairing, optional panniers, and Honda’s new-at-the-time Pro-Link mono-shock setup. It was a hair less powerful than before, but that didn’t stop it from becoming a legend in its own right. If you park a CBX and CBX-B next to each other, you could argue that the latter has more presence.
It’s that mystique that prompted the owner of this 1982 Honda CBX 1000 Pro-Link to buy it. Enamored with the fusion of modern technology and ancient traditions found in Japanese cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, he was on the hunt for a classic motorcycle that embodied that philosophy. When he found the CBX, the sheer brutalism of its six-cylinder engine was impossible to ignore.
“In the eyes of this enthusiast, the engine wasn’t just a mechanical marvel; it was the soul of the motorcycle, much like the heart in a human body,” says Tiago Gonçalves, founder of the Portuguese custom shop, Unik Edition. “This revelation laid the foundation for a transformative project, one that would honor the motorcycle’s origins while infusing it with a new identity.”
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
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Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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