ZERO BOOST LAG: Supercharged and Twin Turbocharged, this 2005 Ford GT Will Put the Wind in Your Hair
Written by independent automotive journalist Steve Statham
2023 NEW ORLEANS AUCTION – 2005 FORD GT HENNESSEY 1000 EDITION – NO RESERVE
The Ford GT has always been a car of extremes. The original – the famed GT40 of the 1960s – was built with one mission in mind: win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The later generations, built in 2005-06 and 2017-23, were supercars that stood head and shoulders above the legions of commuter cars trudging through everyday life, and were more than capable of carving up racetracks as well.
The middle-generation GT in particular was a shock when it was revealed in concept form at the 2002 North American International Auto Show, followed by the announcement that the GT would be going into production. The world got its first peek at the production models when Ford built three of them for the company’s 2003 centennial celebrations. “The Ford GT is the ultimate living legend,” said J. Mays, Ford vice president of design at the time. “It’s a true supercar with appeal equal to that of the greatest sports cars in the world but with the addition of a heritage no one can match.”
When the mid-engine 2005 GT arrived in Ford showrooms it set the standard for performance, with an aluminum space frame and hand-built, all-aluminum, DOHC, 32-valve supercharged 5.4-liter V8 producing 550 horsepower. The powerful engine was teamed with a purpose-built Ricardo 6-speed manual transmission. Heritage features included a clamshell engine cover, doors cut into the roof, racing-inspired toggle switches and leather-trimmed, carbon-fiber ventilated seats. In keeping with its exclusive nature, only 4,038 Ford GTs were built for the 2005-06 generation.
But there are always those who push the boundaries of even the cars that exist on the leading edge of performance. Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) in Texas is one such outpost of speed that has been elevating American high-performance cars to new levels since 1991. The Mark IV Red 2005 Ford GT Hennessey 1000 Edition selling with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s New Orleans Auction, September 28-30, is an example of their handiwork. The Hennessey GT1000 conversion fit the car with twin 67mm turbochargers used in conjunction with the factory Eaton twin-screw supercharger.
That additional boost kicks the 5.4-liter V8’s output to approximately 1,000 horsepower, with HPE’s dyno-testing showing 850 horsepower at the rear wheels, with a flat-torque curve and 699 ft/lbs of peak torque. The combination of supercharger and turbochargers results in zero boost lag for an instantaneous hit of power. The turbo plumbing is artfully integrated under the hood, as good-looking as it is purposeful. The vinyl GT1000 side stripes and rear emblems are the only external clues to the power that lies under the skin.
The Hennessey GT1000 upgrade is the only modification to the car. From the factory, this GT was a three-option vehicle: red-painted brake calipers, the McIntosh stereo system and painted white over-the-top stripes. The car has also had the Ford control arm recall, which includes sturdy billet aluminum control arms in all eight positions. The base aluminum rims were overlooked by most GT buyers and are now seldom seen. Only 7% were so-equipped.
This Ford GT Hennessey 1000 Edition is serialized with documentation that includes HPE serial plaques and emblems affixed at HPE. OEM take-off parts are included in the sale. The car has been garage-kept and covered, and has 19,985 original miles. Register to bid today for a chance to be the next owner of this double-forced-induction GT and be prepared to hit the road propelled by a mighty breeze.
Title: ZERO BOOST LAG: Supercharged and Twin Turbocharged, this 2005 Ford GT Will Put the Wind in Your Hair
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Published Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2023 16:03:00 +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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