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Barrett-Jackson Sees Turbocharged Demand for Japanese Performance Vehicles During Palm Beach Auction11 Apr 2019
Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, will offer an enviable selection of Japanese performance cars during the 17th Annual Palm Beach Auction, April 11-13, all at No Reserve. Highlighting this import segment of the collector car market at Palm Beach will be a 2012 Lexus LFA (Lot #742), one of only 500 built, and one of only 170 of these naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V10 juggernauts allocated to the U.S. market.
“The increasing popularity of performance imports is one of the hottest trends in collecting,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Earlier this year in Scottsdale, the first production 2020 Toyota Supra sold for a staggering $2.1 million for charity, followed up with a 2012 Lexus LFA that sold well into the six figures. The demand for imports is largely being driven by bidders who were born in the 1960s and ʼ70s and now have the means to afford the vehicles of their youth. For those in the market to relive their childhood, we’ll have an incredible selection of imports in Palm Beach.”
Two Toyota Supras are among the most anticipated exports that will cross the block during this year’s Palm Beach Auction. The first, a 1993 Toyota Supra Liftback (Lot #353) is powered by a twin-turbo 3.6-liter inline-6 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission originally sold in Japan. The second is a 1994 Toyota Supra Turbo Liftback (Lot #680.1), which is a two-owner, all-original MK.IV twin-turbo version. It’s powered by a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine backed by a 4-speed automatic transmission and only has 45,127 original miles.
“We build our dockets to reflect the demands of our buyers,” noted Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The desire for import collector cars is stronger than ever, which is why our team is including more performance imports, like the Toyota Supra and Mitsubishi 3000GT. These cars represented a rebirth of performance in the 1990s and were the postercar for so many young enthusiasts.”
Other 1990s Japanese powerhouses crossing the block include this 1996 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Spyder Convertible (Lot #336). Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, it is one of only 1,034 3000GT VR4 Spyders produced, and one of only 84 manufactured in 1996. Also on the Palm Beach docket is a 1992 Mazda RX7 Custom Coupe (Lot #52). A right-hand-drive RX7 Type R, this Mazda was imported into the U.S. from Japan with just over 5,000 actual miles. Rounding out the ʼ90s Japanese lineup is a 1996 Acura NSX (Lot #650) powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Original and unrestored Datsuns will also make an appearance in Palm Beach, including this 1984 Datsun 300ZX Turbo Anniversary Edition (Lot #82). One of 5,000 produced, this California car has its original books and window sticker, and is powered by a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine backed by a 5-speed manual transmission. Also on the docket is this unrestored 1975 Datsun 280Z (Lot #335), which is powered by a 2.8-liter 6-cylinder engine and has only 20,000 actual miles since new.
As the Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger said long ago, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”
That sentiment carried the day for ProX Racing Parts and Pro Circuit Racing Saturday when Monster Energy AMA Supercross visited Nissan Stadium for the inaugural Nashville Supercross.
After his teammate and Eastern Regional 250SX Class points leader Austin Forkner went down and was sidleined with an injury he sustained in practice earlier in the day, it was up to Martin Davalos to shoulder the weight for Pro Circuit and to minimize the damage to his teammate’s point lead.
Davalos, a savy 32-year-old veteran, was up to the challenge and rode a smart, clean race to collect his fifth-career 250SX Class victory. The rider of the ProX-sponsored No. 73 Kawasaki KX250, who also picked up his first heat race win of the year earlier in the day, hung with the top five out of the starting gate and when the top two got together, taking themselves out of contention, Davalos took over the point and never looked back.
The Tallahasee, Fla., resident and native Ecudorian led all 19 laps and took home top honors with a little more than three seconds to spare. Davalos is currently fourth in points after picking up one spot in the standings following the win.
“It has been a long road to get back here with my neck and knee injuries last year,” commented Davalos, who spent most of 2018 recovering from injuries suffered at a trio of races (Anaheim, Atlanta and Saint Louis).
“The journey has not been easy, so to be up here (on the podium) tonight just means the world to me. My Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KX 250 was ripping all night. Some of my competitors decided to take each other out in the main event, which left me with a clear track to do my thing and I just rode a consistent race from start to finish.”
While Davalos was confident in his riding and his ability to close out his fifth-career victory, he still made his mechanic, Kyle Defoe, a little nervous in the waning moments after rolling his way through the demanding whoop section before taking the checkered flag.
“Everyone is talking about that,” explained Davalos. “The whoops were sketchy. It was a challenge to hit them just right every lap, and I like that. It was technical for all of us. I was managing my gap and I saw Chase (Sexton) moved up to second. I saw the white flag and I knew there wasn’t any reason to risk it. When I won my first race in Atlanta, I almost crashed on the last lap so I was like ‘I can’t do that’ so I rolled it and my mechanic was freaking out. When I came off the track he was like dude, you almost got passed. I’m like ‘calm down dude’ (laughs). So, it was alright.”
Unfortunately, much of the day’s conversation centered around Forkner, who went down earlier in the afternoon after losing the handle on his machine during the first 250SX Class timed practice. As of press time, the extent of Forkner’s injuries had yet to be revealed, but the rider of the No. 24 Kawasaki was on crutches and in the pits when the starting gate dropped for the main event. While the Richards, Mo., native was out for the night, he still holds a three-point advantage with two races left to determine a champion.
“I am absolutely gutted right now,” lamented Forkner. “I should have been out there racing, but a mistake in practice caused me to crash. We tried to give it a go in the third practice and everything felt fine until I over jumped one of the sections, which aggravated the issue. We still are chasing the championship and the team and I decided to play it safe and take the night off to make sure I am ready to go for the last two rounds.”
Monster Energy AMA Supercross heads for the Mile High City this weekend where the series will wrap up a 15-week swing that began in January in Anaheim, Calif. The 15th of 17 races on the 2019 supercross championship calendar will be televised live on NBCSN Saturday, April 13 beginning at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 5:30 p.m. Pacific
Indian Motorcycle today announced its sponsorship for the 2019 Handbuilt Show in Austin, TX. The brand will have the all-new, highly-anticipated FTR 1200 on display, including the Tracker, Rally, Tour and Sport accessory collections.
The weekend will be jam-packed with activities including demo rides where show-goers will be able to test the Indian Scout and Scout Bobber models. On Saturday, attendees can step outside to catch the live action at round three of the Super Hooligan Series, powered by Indian Motorcycle, where Hooligan racers will battle it out on a TT style track.
The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show will take place April 12-14 at the Austin American Statesman located at 305 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX.
Barrett-Jackson to Sell 16 No-Reserve Vehicles From Renowned Chip Watkins Collection During Palm Beach Auction11 Apr 2019
Barrett-Jackson will sell 16 vehicles, all at No Reserve, from the renowned William “Chip” Watkins Collection during the 17th Annual Palm Beach Auction, April 11-13, 2019, at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Over the last decade, Barrett-Jackson has become a magnet for prominent collectors seeking to buy and sell vehicles. The Chip Watkins Collection features 16 vehicles, representing seven decades of automotive performance, including a including a 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Roadster (Lot #748) featuring an LS2 engine, Corvette C4 polished suspension with coilovers, power disc brakes and a Dana 44 rear end.
“From classic Resto-Mods to low-mileage future classics, the Chip Watkins Collection represents an enviable diversity of performance vehicles,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Not only does the collection represent a seven-decade span of makes and models, but the quality of each vehicle is unsurpassed as well. For anybody looking to add an incredible vehicle to their garage, the Chip Watkins Collection should be on the must-see list during our Palm Beach Auction.”
Classic American performance vehicles from the Chip Watkins Collection include an unmolested 1969 Shelby GT500 (Lot #689) that has been in the care of the Watkins family since it was originally purchased in 1969. It has less than 35,400 original miles and includes the original Shelby owner card, copy of the Shelby work order, Window Sticker and the door/data tag. Another offering is a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette (Lot #734),a beautiful example of a no-expense-spared Resto-Mod that competed in the SEMA Battle of the Builders 2015 and has been stored in a climate-controlled collection since completion.
“There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to car collecting,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “That’s why we’ve always built dockets with as much diversity as possible. The Chip Watkins Collection is a natural expansion of our docket, spanning 70 years of some of the finest examples of collector vehicles. Each one is a tribute to their heritage and impact on the automotive culture.”
Low-mileage future classics, such as a rare 1996 Chevrolet Grand Sport (Lot #361), will also cross the block. Commemorating the 1963 Grand Sport racing cars, this example is number 34 of only 810 coupes produced and shows only 1,490 miles on the clock. Also featured is a 1980 Chevrolet Camaro Hugger Z/28 (Lot #339). Designed with the help of GM Vice President of Design Bill Mitchell, this example is number 32 of only 90 Huggers manufactured in 1980.
The Chip Watkins Collection also includes a 1972 Datsun 240Z (Lot #132) that is originally from Southern California and has been fully restored, including a rebuild of the original L24 engine. In addition to restored and new engine parts, the restoration included a complete refinish of the body. For those who enjoy German engineering, a 1989 Porsche 930 (Lot #727) in the collection was a one-year-only production car with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Click here to view the complete Chip Watkins Collection crossing the block in Palm Beach. To view the complete 2019 Palm Beach Auction docket click here. For more information on becoming a bidder for the 2019 Palm Beach Auction, follow the link to www.Barrett-Jackson.com/bid.
Southern California Car Culture Elevates Importance of BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix for IMSA Manufacturers11 Apr 2019
Fresh off a high-profile street circuit event in the Pirelli GT4 America championship, CrowdStrike heads to the biggest street race in the United States this weekend as the series travels to the West Coast.
The Long Beach Grand Prix weekend is a home race for the California-based CrowdStrike, and the race is an iconic event not just in North American motorsports but around the world.
On the track, two Audi R8 LMS GT4 entries will represent CrowdStrike in the Pirelli GT4 America Streets of Long Beach presented by AWS. The 50-minute sprint race in the GT4 championship is set for 10 a.m. PT on Sunday with CJ Moses and James Sofronas driving the Audis prepared by Global Motorsports Group (GMG Racing).
Moses, in the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/Accel/GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4, made his professional racing debut in the Pirelli GT4 America event at St. Petersburg, Florida in March. Despite the much more experienced field, Moses posted a top-10 class finish his first time out.
“I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel on the Streets of Long Beach, after having had a great time taking media members on hot lap rides during the press day,” Moses said. “The circuit is unforgiving with the fastest line around the course being perilously close to the concrete barriers much of the time. It is a challenging course, but with the backing of the CrowdStrike/AWS/Accel/GMG Racing team behind me, it is a challenge that we are up to!”
Sofronas, owner of GMG, is the defending series champion and will pilot the No. 14 CrowdStrike/AWS/Accel/GMG Racing Audi R8 at Long Beach. The southern California resident also is a two-time winner at Long Beach.
“Long Beach is a special race for me, and I think CJ is going to get a lot from the weekend as well,” Sofronas said. “Having two CrowdStrike Audi R8s on track to race during the Grand Prix weekend makes it an even better occasion. The crew has done a great job of fine-tuning these cars for tracks such as this, and I’m really looking forward to this race weekend!”
Off-track, guests of CrowdStrike will be welcomed to the weekend with a pre-race party in celebration of the Pirelli GT4 America Streets of Long Beach presented by AWS, a rooftop event with spectacular views of the streetside circuit’s festivities below. CrowdStrike will host its third CXO Summit, a cybersecurity executive event, of the season. Guests will hear from experts on trends within the cybersecurity industry from its leading minds such as George Kurtz, CrowdStrike co-founder and CEO, and the company’s COO Colin Black.
CrowdStrike guests also will enjoy rooftop hospitality for premier race-viewing, and will have opportunities to participate in hot laps with racing legend Mario Andretti as well as a Q&A session with the four-time Long Beach race-winner.
“Hosting a race weekend at Long Beach with two CrowdStrike GT4 cars in competition and leading it with CrowdStrike’s CXO Summit is a true win for us,” said Kurtz. “This entire event further illustrates that success lies in teamwork - on and off of the track. We will be cheering for CJ and James this Sunday at Long Beach!”
The Pirelli GT4 America Streets of Long Beach presented by AWS is scheduled for 10 a.m. PT on Sunday, April 14. Watch the race at gt4-america.com/live. For more information, visit CrowdStrikeRacing.com
The coveted letters of acceptance into the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion have been issued to owners of some of the world’s most historic race cars to compete August 15-18 at Monterey County’s WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. More than 500 historic and period-correct race cars will be competing in 14 groups that span 103 years of motorsports. The earliest cars racing in the pre-war group are a 1911 National Speedway Roadster and 1911 Fiat S74, while the endurance group features a more modern 2014 Lola Toyota Rebellion LMP1 prototype.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), this year’s featured marque, historic IMSA cars are taking center stage. With an abundance of noteworthy cars applying, the highly qualified seven-person Selection Committee had difficult choices to make.
More than 145 IMSA cars were accepted into four IMSA-focused groups. Some of the greatest cars in IMSA history will be racing and include 1991 AAR Toyota Eagle MkIII, Porsche 935s, 1976 Dekon Monzas, Greenwood Corvettes, Riley and Scott Mk IIIs, and Mazda GTO, GTU and GTP cars, among the many.
What began as the sanctioning body for a Formula Ford and Formula Vee race at Pocono Raceway in October 1969 has grown over five decades to become an international auto racing powerhouse specializing in world-class sports car competition. Thus, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion organizers will run a full field of Formula Fords, which was the spark to IMSA’s beginnings.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, which was bestowed with the prestigious 2017 FIA Founding Members Club Heritage Cup, and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance are the cornerstones of the famed Monterey Classic Car Week. Last year, 67,128 car enthusiasts attended the races over the four days. Racing also kicks-off the week as the Monterey Pre-Reunion attracts 300 historic racing cars August 10 and 11.
There will be an abundance of book signings, interviews with Grand Marshal Hurley Haywood and other driving greats, car shows, demonstration laps, a marketplace full of exhibitors and a special tribute to the 100th anniversary of Bentley. This is in addition to the open paddock with rows after rows filled with significant cars from motorsport history, including a full grid of historic Formula one cars that ran between 1966 and 1985.
For outdoor enthusiasts there are affordable and convenient reserved campsites still available in the Laguna Seca Recreation Area. The premier campsites are sold out.
Advance pricing for VIP hospitality packages, preferred parking and day tickets are available. For complete pricing and availability, visit www.WeatherTechRaceway.com or call the ticketing specialists at 831-242-8200.
The 2019 premier event season began with the Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours (March 29-30); and continues with the Sea Otter Classic Cycling Festival (April 11-14); Trans Am SpeedFest (May 3-5); Ferrari Challenge & Corse Clienti Formula One (May 10-12); MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round with MotoAmerica (July 12-14); Monterey Pre-Reunion Races (August 10-11); Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, featuring 50th anniversary of IMSA (August 15-18); IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (September 13-15); and IndyCar returns for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey (September 20-22).
Future Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion dates:
August 13-16, 2020
August 12-15, 2021
August 11-14, 2022