VIEW FROM THE BLOCK: Craig Jackson looks back at the successful Scottsdale Auction and ahead to Las Vegas
Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson
WITH CRAIG JACKSON AT THE HELM, THE COMPANY IS CELEBRATING 50 SUCCESSFUL YEARS IN THE COLLECTOR CAR HOBBY. CRAIG IS ALSO AN AVID CAR COLLECTOR, AWARD-WINNING RESTORER AND RACING ENTHUSIAST.
There’s one word I’d use to describe our 2021 Scottsdale Auction: incredible. After rescheduling our flagship event from January due to an anticipated spike in COVID-19 cases after the holidays (in hindsight, a great decision), we were hopeful that by March things would have turned around significantly enough to bring our customers and fans an event that would be as close to a traditional Barrett-Jackson experience as possible. The end result exceeded all expectations, showing the collector car hobby is alive and well – and that people are happy to comply with a few safety protocols in order to get back to some sense of normalcy.
Among the stars of the 2021 Scottsdale Auction in March was the Carroll Shelby’s one-and-only 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake, which sold for $5.5 million.
I am humbled by and extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from everyone involved. City and state officials worked diligently with us to help ensure a safe and successful event. Our operations team labored around the clock for weeks to create a health-conscious site layout. Our consignors brought some spectacular cars to the table – including a number of great collections. America’s top automakers and some generous consignors also helped assemble a history-making lineup of “cars for a cause.” Eight VIN 001 and first-production vehicles brought in a total of $5.8 million for various worthy organizations, bringing our total raised for charity to date to more than $133 million.
Our bidders turned out in great numbers, both in-person and online. We were encouraged to see many of our fans coming through the front gates of the event, where they were treated to – among many other attractions – fantastic displays full of gleaming collector cars. Thanks to our friends at Adam’s Polishes, those vehicles were kept shining day and night in anticipation of their moment in the spotlight.
The brand-new multi-million dollar West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center – Barrett-Jackson’s new location
Now we are eager to carry that same momentum into Las Vegas.
MGM and Mandalay Bay have been great partners over the years, and we considered their arena and convention center our home away from home. A dozen amazing auctions were held there, and many priceless memories were made.
More than a decade ago, however, when Las Vegas Events approached us to hold an auction in the city, talk of the addition to the Las Vegas Convention Center was always front and center. With the completion of construction on the all-new West Hall, 2021 became the year to make the move. We’re excited to be the first event open to the general public in this multi-million-dollar state-of-the-art facility (read more about this new location HERE).
An impressive video screen is the focal point of the West Hall’s lobby.
We will be closer to the heart of the action on the Strip in our new location. We also wanted to simplify the guest experience in Vegas by making it easy for everybody to stay at their favorite place. We feel this new location will do just that, with a large variety of hotels and resorts (including the fabulous Wynn, and the incredible Resort World opening soon right across from the West Hall) within walking distance, or within easy reach via monorail, ride share and eventually the Tesla tunnel system.
Auction attendees will feel comfortable at the new West Hall, as the layout will be very similar to what it has been at our past Las Vegas Auctions, with everything in one (very) big room. We’ll be setting up Jumbotrons throughout the space, so you’ll get the whole experience no matter where you are: you’ll hear it and be part of it. Our Barrett-Jackson Performance Track featuring thrill rides and hot laps will be in full swing just outside the auction arena, with everything else indoors under one roof.
We’ll of course be following whatever state and local health and safety protocols are in place at the time, but as our Scottsdale Auction illustrated – that won’t deter from what promises to be another fantastic Barrett-Jackson experience, and I’m excited to share it with you all in June!
Title: VIEW FROM THE BLOCK: Craig Jackson looks back at the successful Scottsdale Auction and ahead to Las Vegas
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Published Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2021 19:47:24 +0000
SLEAK AND SPEEDY: The ‘Pre-A’ 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster Continues to Impress
Written by independent automotive journalist David Neyens
LOT #1355 – 1955 PORSCHE 356 SPEEDSTER – NO RESERVE
As the first production model ever to bear the Porsche name, the Type 356 swiftly evolved immediately after the first prototypes emerged in 1948 from a converted sawmill in Gmünd, Austria. Today, the foundational 356-series cars and their many variants are rightly regarded as the beginning of an automotive dynasty that continues uninterrupted today with a victorious, often dominant, competition record at the pinnacle of international motorsports.
Road-car sales were as crucial to Porsche’s earliest fortunes as racing success, and significant demand existed for open versions of Porsche’s increasingly refined 356 coupes. An early reply came in the form of Porsche’s early and relatively costly 356 America roadster, bodied by Erich Heuer’s Gläser Karosserie. However, New York’s legendary European-car importer Max Hoffman saw sufficient demand in America for a sharper-edged, no-frills Porsche convertible at a lower price point. Stuttgart’s Reutter Karosserie revised the America’s original bodywork and designed a curvaceous, high-waisted “bathtub” body style for the new 356 model, dubbed the Speedster. Retaining the prior America’s Type 540 internal designation, the sleeker Reutter-built 356 Speedster debuted in 1954 and went on to become one of Porsche’s most celebrated designs.
Equipped with a removable cut-down windscreen and simple yet supportive bucket seats, plus a low-profile soft-top and rudimentary side curtains for weather protection, the lightweight Speedster delivered noticeably sharper performance, braking and handling. Instruments consisted only of a speedometer and temperature gauge, with a tachometer and heater optional to keep the price down to just $2,995 when the Speedster made its New York debut.
The Speedster was a rather successful niche model for Porsche from launch, with some 200 built initially and over 1,000 produced for 1955, with their Volkswagen-based, yet effective mechanical components yielding the retrospective “Pre-A” designation used by Porsche enthusiasts. Late in 1955, the 356 and 356 Speedster received its first major revision to 356A standard, with engine displacement growing to 1,600 cubic centimetres and more unique Porsche mechanicals. Annual 356 A Speedster production eventually peaked at 1,416 units for 1957. Just 2,922 examples were built in all before the advent of the more comfortable and highly equipped 356 A Convertible D in 1959.
Contemporary road-test reports almost unanimously praised the Speedster, which must have appeared much like an alien spacecraft to Americans more accustomed to large V8 sedans. Detailed coverage in the May 1955 issue of Road & Track of a 1500 Super-powered 356 Speedster was particularly enlightening and, as related, “… the engine is small, and the torque is proportionate. Yet, as we show in this road test, the latest Porsche 1500 S Speedster is capable of a very high performance. This result is due to an efficient engine, four useful gear ratios (all synchronized), and low overall weight. Common-sense design, thorough engineering, and good workmanship contribute to the overall effect and insure customer satisfaction in terms of reliability.”
Exemplifying the dual-purpose nature of the Speedster, Erich Bücklers drove the Road & Track test car to victory in a 1,500cc sports-car race at Willow Springs just a few days before the magazine’s road test was published. On the track, especially in American SCCA competition, the 356 Speedster was devastatingly effective. Light in weight and possessing sleek low-drag bodylines, the Speedster was an unqualified “giant-killer” on the track. In the hands of the era’s top amateur and professional drivers, the Speedster out-braked and out-handled the competition with remarkable ease everywhere it appeared. On the street, the Speedster’s avant-garde flair and adventurous attitude made it an instant hit with buyers and an enduring classic that continues to captivate successive generations of Porsche enthusiasts today
All surviving Speedsters are highly sought-after collectibles today, and this early “Pre-A” 356 Speedster from 1955 is a particularly compelling find. Finished in white with red upholstery and seats smartly piped in white, it retains the original air-cooled, 1500cc flat-4engine that was built to a larger-capacity 1600cc configuration. Fitted with two dual-venturi Zenith carburetors and now rated at a very usable 80 horsepower, the Speedster is equipped with a number of new supporting items, including the exhaust system, clutch disc, front transmission mount, front suspension bumpers, a
Title: SLEAK AND SPEEDY: The ‘Pre-A’ 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster Continues to Impress
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Published Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2023 23:37:07 +0000
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2024 Honda CB1000R Preview
In addition to carrying over street bike models like the CBR1000RR and CBR600RR, Honda will also leave its CB1000R unchanged for 2024, available in Black Edition trim and starting at $12,999. The newest edition is now available at your local Honda dealership.
The 2024 Honda CB1000R will start at $12,999. (Honda/)
Unlike some of the other carryover models, the CB1000R keeps the same MSRP as last year, which is a notch in the plus column. We can also speak to the quality of the bike, having sampled essentially the same setup back in 2021 when the “Black Edition” model first made it to market.
The bike is fantastic on the street, with a powerful midrange, bidirectional quickshifter, nimble chassis, and a decent TFT display panel. The braking feel could be improved, but the power is definitely there to easily bring the 472-pound machine to stop.
The Black Edition update also resulted in a much leaner and more sophisticated-looking machine.
Additional features of note include ride-by-wire, selectable ride modes and torque control, an attractive aesthetic, LED lighting throughout, and a commendable Showa suspension package.
The last major update to the CB1000R was for the 2018 model year, where Honda took the previous-generation CB1000R and dialed up specs with a lighter chassis, better engine, and a more comfortable cockpit. Despite the lack of attention it has received since then, the CB1000R remains a solid liter-size naked bike that holds its own in a crowded and competitive segment.
2024 Honda CB1000R Technical Specifications and Price
Price:$12,999Engine:998cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 4 valves/cyl.Bore x Stroke:75.0 x 56.5mmCompression Ratio:11.6:1Fuel Delivery:PGM-FI w/ 44mm throttle bodies, ride-by-wireClutch:Wet, multiplate with bidirectional quickshifterTransmission/Final Drive:6-speed/chainFrame:Steel backboneFront Suspension:43mm USD Showa SFF-BP, fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travelRear Suspension:Showa shock, spring preload and rebound damping adjustable; 5.2 in. travelFront Brake:4-piston, radially mounted calipers, 310mm discs w/ ABSRear Brake:256mm disc w/ ABSWheels, Front/Rear:17 in. / 17 in.Tires, Front/Rear:120/70-17 / 190/55-17Rake/Trail:24.7°/3.8 in.Wheelbase:57.3 in.Seat Height:32.7 in.Fuel Capacity:4.3 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:472 lb.Available:February 2024Contact:powersports.honda.com
By: Byron Wilson
Title: 2024 Honda CB1000R Preview
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Published Date: Sat, 02 Mar 2024 11:00:03 +0000
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Mama Tried Brings the Ruckus Back to Brewtown in 2024
Although technically distinct events, Mama Tried wouldn’t be the same without the Flat Out Friday races. Maclain “The Bear” Drucker (24) holds off Daniel Bromley (64) in the AA (Pro) races. (Cathy Drexler/)
Since 2014, the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show and the Flat Out Friday race have been a showcase for builder culture, custom bikes, and lighthearted mayhem. It’s not everyone’s cuppa, as the English say. Some folks huff and puff about the pointlessness of choppers and custom bikes and the rowdy atmosphere. It’s not that they’re wrong. They’re just not partying correctly.
For the less dogmatic among us, it’s a welcome break from the Midwest winter and a great excuse to party in Cream City (aka Milwaukee). It’s about imagination and engineering running riot in flake paint and TIG welding. Calling Mama Tried a “chopper show” is only half right. There are also EVs, ‘70s survivors, Franken-bikes, and plenty of real dirt and patina. Plus, dozens of hopeful vendors with parts, accessories, gadgets, and new gear.
It all kicks off with the Flat Out Friday races at Fiserv Arena. It’s usually clad in a parquet floor for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. But one night every year, aspiring racers and various ne’er-do-wells fill the arena with exhaust fumes and lay down rubber on the Dr Pepper syrup-prepared surface. Last year was a hoot, but this year brought out even finer costumery and livery concepts. Tea time while racing? That’s rich.
Photographer Cathy Drexler has been shooting the event since 2016. What’s her take on Mama Tried?
“It’s a uniquely Milwaukee experience that has a happy way of bringing us together over our love of bikes.”
Truer words were never spoken. So take a load off, grab a cold one, and check out the 2024 edition of Mama Tried and Flat Out Friday in glorious color and pixels.
Flat Out Friday always brings high class and fashion in equal measure. (Cathy Drexler/)
James “Jimbo” DeLisle (963) boxes out Dan “Dangerous Dan” Jacobson (39) in the Masters class, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
An unidentified future 50cc champion holds their own on the track, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
Kaleb Zink (15) applies Team Green grit to his orange Harley-Davidson in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
Where my zip-ties at? Donovan LeVan’s BSA puts power (and pipe) to pavement in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
Conflict of interest? Andrew Clark (52) and an unidentified race official team up on the
By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: Mama Tried Brings the Ruckus Back to Brewtown in 2024
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Published Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2024 21:36:17 +0000
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