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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 ClassicCars.com 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 ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram (@Nicole_ellan), Twitter (@nicoleeellan), and Facebook. Use her hashtags: #highheelsandhorsepower #V6withsomebite

Pick of the Day: 1971 Lancia Fulvia

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1971 Lancia Fulvia

Ten-years after leaving Formula One racing, Lancia re-established its motorsports department in 1965 with the Fulvia Coupe and placed a new focus on rally racing. Driven by privateer Lancia enthusiasts, the Fulvia was considered a prototype racecar until 1969.

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RideTech transforms a truck in 48 hours at Barrett-Jackson

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1968 GMC C10 on Autocross layout | Photos by RideTech and Nicole James

Talk about pressure: Imagine taking a car to an auction, doing a complete upfit on the premises and then selling the vehicle 48 hours later!

That’s precisely what RideTech, an aftermarket suspension company, did last week at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale, where it transformed a 1968 GMC C10 pickup truck and then sold it for $82,500 (price includes buyer’s fees). Continue reading

No-reserve drifting with Vaughn Gittin Jr.

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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

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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

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Nissan GT-R | Photos by The Function Factory

Set during Arizona Car Week, the second Future Classics Car Show, presented by ClassicCars.com, 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

ClassicCars.com, 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

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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

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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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