All posts by Nicole James

Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Ford Mustang which she bought as her first car at the age of 16. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn, and uses the car to participate in track events. Nicole joined the Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is Editor-in-Chief of Car Street Journal, an online publication catering to the Arizona car enthusiast community, as well as a contributor for Follow Nicole on Instagram (@Nicole_ellan), Twitter (@nicoleeellan), and Facebook. Use her hashtags: #highheelsandhorsepower #V6withsomebite

No-reserve drifting with Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. drifing his 2017 Mustang RTR Spec 2 near Barrett-Jackson tents | Mustang RTR phtotos

Barrett-Jackson recently teamed with “professional fun-haver” Vaughn Gittin Jr. to create “No Reserve Drifting,” a video showcasing the world champion drifter’s abilities as he slides around the 74-acre WestWorld auction site in his 450-horsepower 2017 Ford Mustang RTR Spec II.

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Jet Center event: Luxury lifestyle and charity benefit

Lamborghini at JetCenter event | Nicole James photos

Live music, local wine and microbrews joined exquisite art, a jet aircraft and several exotic cars at the inaugural AZ Jet Center event held Wednesday evneing at JetLinx Scottsdale as part of Arizona Car Week.

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The car show that celebrates the future, today

Nissan GT-R
Nissan GT-R | Photos by The Function Factory

Set during Arizona Car Week, the second Future Classics Car Show, presented by, drew more than 100 produced since the mid-1970s to be displayed and appreciated atop a parking garage at the Scottsdale Quarter.

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Future Classics Car Show packs rooftop garage

Mercedes-Benz AMG GTS enters the car show | Photography by The Function Factory, with support from Car Street Journal and the Function Factory, celebrated future collector cars with a show of their own Monday, set during Arizona Car Week atop a parking garage at the Scottsdale Quarter, an upscale shopping district.

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Pioneering women in racing featured at Arizona Concours

On stage with St. James were Miranda Seymoure, author of the Bugatti Queen,, and Janet Guthrie, the first woman to compete in the Indy 500 and Daytona 500 | Charles Siritho photos

The lights of the grand ballroom had been dimmed. Over hushed murmurs and the soft sound of rain, Lyn St. James’s took to the stage and said, “Over time, I learned I wasn’t so unique. When you are so often identified as the only woman in this male-dominated sport, it’s like sometimes you are just this strange person, but you don’t feel strange because you love what you do, so it becomes normal to be so unique.”

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Alcatraz East Crime Museum opens with notorious cars

John Dillinger’s 1933 Essex Terraplane | Alcatraz East Museum photos

Disguised as a 19th century prison inspired by the historic Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz East resides near the Margaritaville Hotel and Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Within the two-story museum’s 24,000-square-feet of space are more than 100 interactive exhibits covering the history of American crime, and the consequences of crime. among other things.

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Rocker, racer among stars offering charity cars at Barrett-Jackson

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle created by Dale Earndheart Jr. | Barrett-Jackson photos

In 1967, Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett organized a Scottsdale car show to benefit local charities. By 1972, the car show had transformed into a classic car auction and has continued to support charities over the years, including the Barrett-Jackson Cancer Research Fund, established in memory of Russ and Brian Jackson.

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Pick of the Day: 1969 Chevrolet Nova

1969 Chevrolet Nova

From Rose to Champagne, various gold tones have become a popular choice for our phones, our jewelry, and our cars’ paint. Gold’s popularity as an automotive paint color has fluctuated over the years, though the recent rise is due, in part, to being a “natural” color and relatively neutral. Continue reading

Gearing up for Arizona Car Week with Nicole

1930 Duesenberg J Dual-Cowl Phaeton | Nicole James photos

Every time I see my editor, Larry Edsall, I ask him if he is excited about Arizona Car Week. He likes to play the old-man “been there and done that” card, but really who wouldn’t love all the auctions, the concours, car shows, and the social events that are part of car week. Continue reading