Written by Nicole Ellan James
2023 LAS VEGAS AUCTION – 2019 FORD GT LIGHTWEIGHT CARBON SERIES – NO RESERVE
The Ford GT embodies innovation. By reviving the GT, Ford embarked on a new chapter in its lineage of performance cars. Right from the beginning, the GT was meticulously engineered as a race car tailored for the open road. Every detail, from its creases and angles to its vents and channels, was shaped with relentless dedication to optimize aerodynamics. This deliberate engineering approach resulted in a stunning design that seamlessly merges form and function, epitomizing the concept of marrying aesthetics with purpose. The GT was more than prepared to conquer any race circuit and outperform its competitors ‒ and conquer it certainly did.
In its racing configuration, the GT reigned supreme in its class, delivering a performance that was truly unmatched. A standout moment came on the memorable 50th anniversary of Ford’s initial triumph at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, where they achieved a remarkable podium sweep. Ford celebrated this significant milestone by securing victory in the 2016 Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance Professional (LMGTE) Pro Class with the No. 68 American entry piloted by Joey Hand, Sébastien Bourdais and Dirk Müller. This triumph was a testament to the GT’s prowess and the exceptional skill of its drivers, solidifying Ford’s place among the racing elite.
Following the success of the race, Ford offered the Ford GT to customers in the 2017 model year. Among those produced was a handful of Competition Series cars, which were customer copies of the 2016 race car that won the LMGTE Pro class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Competition Series lacked anything not essential to performance ‒ including things like air conditioning, a sound system and cupholders.
In 2019, a compelling addition graced the order form of the Ford GT: the 600A Lightweight Package. This package drew inspiration from the weight-saving strategies of the Competition Series, incorporating elements such as titanium lug nuts, a titanium exhaust and a lightweight Alcantara steering wheel. However, it skillfully maintained the creature comforts found in the standard Ford GT, including features like air conditioning, cup holders and the infotainment system. By offering this option, Ford struck a harmonious balance between shedding unnecessary weight and preserving the desirable amenities that enhance the overall driving experience.
The unique 2019 Ford GT heading to Barrett-Jackson’s 2023 Las Vegas Auction is a No Reserve offering. The event, scheduled for June 22-24, takes place in the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. This specific GT was originally ordered through Galpin Ford in Van Nuys, California. It showcases a stunning Liquid Gray exterior complemented by carbon-fiber stripes and exposed carbon-fiber trim. Remarkably, this GT boasts an impressive array of factory options valued at over $80,000, including the highly sought-after 600A Lightweight Package. Moreover, to ensure its pristine condition, the Ford GT has been meticulously wrapped in paint protection film, treated with a ceramic coating and equipped with a windshield protection film.
At the core of the GT lies a carbon-fiber monocoque structure, forming the foundation of its design. This monocoque is securely bolted to both the front and rear aluminum subframes, which not only provide structural support but also act as active stress members for the advanced hydraulically adjustable pushrod suspension system. This innovative setup enables the GT to dynamically adapt to various road conditions by offering variable ride height and selectable drive modes. Additionally, the GT comes standard with the exhilarating launch control feature, further enhancing its performance capabilities.
Nestled within the heart of this GT lies a potent 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, producing an impressive 647 horsepower. This formidable powerplant is seamlessly paired with a specially designed 7-speed Getrag dual-clutch gearbox, ensuring swift and precise gear shifts. With this dynamic combination, the GT can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds, and its exhilarating performance doesn’t stop there. The GT unleashes its full potential as it surges to a top speed exceeding 217 mph, pushing the boundaries of speed and excitement.
Complementing the GT’s exceptional performance is its purposeful stance, riding on a set of staggered 20-inch gloss carbon-fiber wheels. These wheels are wrapped in high-performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, with a front size of 245/35 and a rear size of 325/30. Providing the necessary stopping power are red Brembo 6-piston
Title: UNLEASHING INNOVATION: The Exquisite 2019 Ford GT Lightweight Edition
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Published Date: Tue, 23 May 2023 18:30:05 +0000
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
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-cbx-1000-restomod
Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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