It was so unthinkable that even the Vegas Mantra couldn't quell the news. Within hours the world knew that something very terrible had taken place in Las Vegas. But within the tragedy were also stories of heroism, compassion, generosity and resolve. This is, after all, America – home of the free and the brave, blogs Jim Palam. That this 10th Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction would have a record attendance of over 74,000 people, total vehicles sales of $30.68 million, automobilia sales ov...Read More
HOT CARS, HOT SALES, HOT PANTS!
Jim Palam delivers some auction sizzle from Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, 2016. With more than $32.5-million in total sales, the Barrett-Jackson 2016 auction machine, October 13-15 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, was cookin' with high-octane. If you missed the show or the extensive television coverage, here's a look at some hot picks from Car Guy Chronicle's correspondent on the Left Coast. Originally a Shriner's Parade vehicle, this restored ‘23 Dodge Graham chemical fire ...Read More
’17 FORD GT: AMERICA’S LATEST ROAD & TRACK STAR!
Alex Pepe talks with Jim Owens, Ford Performance Marketing Manager, about the new GT and racing. Top, Ford GT. Above, L to R: Jim Owens, Matt Sylvester, Focus RS, Assistant Marketing Manager, Alex Pepe and Tyler Weiland, TimePiece PR & Marketing, the person who made this interview possible. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with the marketing manager for Ford’s Performance vehicles. Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale was our rendezvous point largely due to the focus of Ford’s ...Read More
BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE: CARS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED!
Our man on the Left Coast, Jim Palam, blogs about some two and four-wheel machines you may have missed while binge-watching the hobby’s premier auction. While overall auction totals at Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale showed a decline from the big numbers in 2015, there was little evidence of a downswing in enthusiasm for sellers, buyers and attendees at the self-proclaimed, "World's Greatest Car Auction" in 2016. Our West Coast contributor Jim Palam looked for vehicles that were less in the med...Read More
GO FAST, DO GOOD: ’15 COPO CAMARO #1!
The first ’15 COPO Camaro will go to the highest bidder at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction; all proceeds will go to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans. Chevrolet is selling the first ‘15 COPO Camaro racecar, Vin # 2015COPO001, on Saturday, April 18, to raise money for Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, a non-profit organization that helps disabled athletes, including veterans, gain access to races, equipment, and training dedicated to improve their physical ...Read More
RARE L88 CORVETTES: STING RAY & STINGRAY!
It’s a rare day when two important super-high-performance L88 Corvettes cross the block. It doesn’t get better than these prime examples. Chevrolet tried everything to discourage people from buying L88 Corvettes in 1967 to 1969. The 427 engine with aluminum heads and ultra-high-compression was really a single four-barrel track engine, not engineered to run with mufflered exhausts and on pump gas. Initially dealers were discouraged from selling them and Chevrolet rated the L88 at five horsepo...Read More
ZR1 & ZR2 CORVETTES: THE MARK OF ZORA!
If you wanted to race a 1970-'72 Corvette, all you had to do was check off ZR1 or ZR2 on the order sheet. Very few did, so they have become rare collectibles. At the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, AZ, a pair of rare Corvettes, optioned with Chevrolet’s ready-to-race ZR options will cross the block. In 1970, just 25 Corvettes were equipped with the ZR1 option which included solid-lifter 350/370 small-block engines, M22 four-speeds, J56 dual-pin brakes, K66 Transistorized igni...Read More