Our first show of 2017 was the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Two weeks of sun and fun were interrupted by a "brief downpour", but it was merely a drizzle in the eyes of this Native Floridian. For 46 years, Craig Jackson and his team have turned the equestrian grounds of Westworld into a Mecca for all things motorized, which means we are obligated to be there.But we couldn't make the trip without the support of our clients and fans, so here is a roundup of the experience. First in was a display of rolling artwork from Vossen Wheels. Darren Young from Wheel Specialists was on hand to explain what goes into forging a monoblock wheel, and how they outperform your factory equipment. Choosing the inconspicuous route, they arrived with a wide body Mercedes-McLaren SLR along with a Ferrari 458 Italia. A big thanks to Sy Salari at Creative Bespoke for allowing us to showcase them.
Front and center was a black Ferrari Enzo from Exotic Eurocars. The black on black example was one of four produced, and it was daily driven in the past, showing 13,088 miles on the odometer. With no visible signs of wear inside or out, the asking price of $3.4 million is the definition of a solid investment.
Behind the black beast was Airstream's latest Interstate touring coach. The Tommy Bahama Edition is inspired by the Caribbean with dark wood paneling and woven flooring. Powered by a clean burning Mercedes turbo diesel, it has such amenities as a queen size memory foam bed, black chrome fixtures and three TVs. Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins stopped by to speak with our publisher, and the Airstream made for a relaxing office. Because our display was both Fast N Loud, the Gas Monkeys took time to sign autographs and the obligatory celebrity selfie.
Next to the Airstream was a Baja Challenge Car from Wide Open Baja. The rugged design was built to handle 1,000 miles of Mexico's toughest terrain. Powered by Subaru's legendary 2.5 liter flat four, the suspension is made to go airborne. With locations in Cabo and Ensenada, the all-inclusive vacation is a life changing experience.
Hailing from the deep south, Confederate Motors arrived on a new P51 Combat Fighter. Limited to 61 examples, the billet bruiser features carbon fiber wheels and a 200 hp V-twin. Acrylic windows on the fuel tank and above the intakes captured the imaginations of those who have never considered owning a motorcycle. Once they realized this work of art is capable of 165 mph, the relative bargain of $125,000 speaks for itself. We first heard rumors of the Black Manta project at the Orange County Auto Show, and Gi Automotive did not disappoint. What began as a 2013 Corvette ZR1 has emerged as a carbon fiber masterpiece. Built as a rolling advertisement of their abilities, Amber Blonigan and Angie King have bestowed this super villain with AccuAir, Recaro seats, and a ton of downforce. If you thought airbags and Corvettes should never be associated, you would be incorrect. Being able to control the height along with an aggressive stance were making many spectators wonder why Chevrolet doesn't offer something like this from the factory.
If you ever need to be gone in sixty seconds, your only choice should be Eleanor. Built by Fusion Luxury Motors in Chatsworth, CA, this movie correct replica was built from the same molds as the film star. Sporting modern fuel injection in a vintage style, the Roush 427 with open headers could be heard from across the auction block. Not limited to this sole example, Fusion can build your own Eleanor after the 8 month waiting list is overcome. If you find yourself in the LA area, their dealership will blow your mind. From Boss 429 Mustangs to numbers matching Mopars, they have something for everyone.
Ronald McDonald House is a refuge for families of ill children, and each year their raffles help to bring comfort to those in need. Everyone loves a bright red Corvette Z06, and the drawing will be held in December. Get your tickets now, or see them at our booth in Palm Beach.
It's hard to walk through our booth without spending money, so Z-Clip was on hand with the latest in carbon fiber currency holders. From LeMans to Daytona, each model is named after a famous race track. The perfect gift, they can be customized with your corporate logo or diamond engraved.
If you haven't seen the latest in automotive accessories, Tire Stickers will transform your rubber. Using a proprietary process, they are able to offer bespoke sidewalls. Nothing is off limits, including white wall overlays. From temporary vinyl decals to permanently raised rubber lettering, your tires are a blank canvas in need of a finishing touch.
Thank you to everyone who helped us start 2017 with a great display. Something special is in the works for Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, so stay with us for complete coverage of the event.