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Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016 Recap

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For the 45th year in a row, Barrett-Jackson has outdone themselves in Las Vegas. Last Monday we broke down the duPont Registry booth at the Orange County Auto Show and prepared for a long ride across the Mojave Desert. Hunter S Thompson would be proud of our record setting time, as we had our booth at Mandalay Bay almost done by midnight.

Fusion Luxury Motors wasn’t far behind, as we placed Eleanor up front on Tuesday morning. Sean Hyland Motorsports delivered a loud Urban Warrior in dark purple metallic. The 4.0-liter supercharger and 5.0 liter Coyote V8 make for a very fast and street legal Defender.

Lamborghini Las Vegas allowed us to showcase a new Huracan Spyder and Aventador, next to a new Corvette Z06 raffle from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Valley. Instead of a wild Wrangler, Starwood Motors transformed a new Ford F150 into a Baja Pre Runner by Addicted Desert Designs.

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Since every booth needs an office, Airstream arrived in a new Interstate EXT. It was the largest vehicle in the booth, and it’s nice to have access to a fridge and memory foam seating after a long day. As always, the team from ZClip was a big help. Their carbon fiber wallets are the best way to protect your money.

The lightest vehicle in our exhibit was top secret until it was unveiled by us at 10 am on Thursday. Our esteemed publisher needed something new to drive, so Jo Borras and his team at Speedriven delivered with a twin turbo R8. With 8:1 compression and turbos larger than small children, we are aiming for quarter mile times in the mid 8-second range. Only 25 examples will be produced, with Mr duPont’s signature on the headrests and intake manifold. Finalized performance figures will be published after I make a few shakedown passes, so stay tuned for quarter-mile action.

A big thanks to Craig Jackson & his team for allowing us to be part of the action, and congratulations to the highest bidder who paid $357,000 for a 1969 Boss 429 Mustang.

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