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Michael Bay, Paramount Pictures to auction Transformers vehicles at Barrett-Jackson

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Transformers arriving at WestWorld of Scottsdale | Photography by Matthew Fink

Two of the most iconic characters from the Transformers movie franchise will cross the block at Barrett-Jacksons 45th Scottsdale auction, taking place January 23-31 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Paramount Pictures is auctioning Optimus Prime, the iconic truck featured in the first three movies of the franchise, while Michael Bay, the films’ director, is auctioning his 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS which was used as Bumblebee in the latest installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction. 

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Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 marks 50 years of roadster joy

An early Alfa Romeo Spider 1600, this one coming to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction | Barrett-Jackson
An early Alfa Romeo Spider 1600, this one coming to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction | Barrett-Jackson

For many Americans, their first recognition of the Alfa Romeo Spider was at the movies when they watched a young Dustin Hoffman driving one, top down, as he sped after his beloved in the 1967 film, The Graduate.

In bright red with its classic roadster proportions and evocatively rounded tail, the newly minted Spider designed by Pininfarina seemed like a joyous entry in the freewheeling world of diminutive sports cars dominated in the U.S. by such British brands as MG, Triumph and Austin Healey. Continue reading

Chip’s Choice to honor Greenwood, Guldstrand Corvettes

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Greenwood Corvette, owned by Andy Rumford | Carlisle Events Photos

Each year, Corvettes at Carlisle attracts more than 5,000 Chevrolet Corvettes and more than 50,000 people to a weekend that includes, among many other things, a special display known as Chip’s Choice. The display honors Carlisle Events late co-founder Chip Miller, while providing a themed showcase.

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Snow machines featured at Owls Head museum

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Snowmobiles at Owls Head Museum | OHTM Photos

On January 23, the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, Maine, will feature a one-day show featuring the evolution of the mechanized snowmobile, ranging from the early 20th century machines to modern day adaptations.

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Outside display of snowmobiles

All pre-2000 snow machines are eligible to show for free. The event includes outdoor areas to show and for demonstrations as well as space indoors for the first 50 “show-stopping” snowmobiles.

The show also will include a “touch-a-snow-machine” area as well as a designated vintage sled for children to experience.

The museum will award best of show, best original/preserved, ost innovative design and best restored trophies.

Roll-in and set up will be from 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. with the show running from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, while those under 18 or who are retired or activate military get free admission.

Bonhams, Mecum auctions show strength of vintage bike market

A Vincent White Shadow is on the block at Bonhams motorcycle sale in Las Vegas | Andy Reid photos
A Vincent White Shadow is on the block at Bonhams motorcycle sale in Las Vegas | Andy Reid photos

It is interesting that in January, which is usually the dead of winter, when few motorcycle riders are even considering riding their bikes, the two largest motorcycle auctions in the U.S. are held in Las Vegas. This is what happens every year and the weather did not dissuade prospective buyers from raising their hands to try and get the bike, or bikes, of their dreams.

No matter what kind of bikes you are into, we have to believe that there was a model to pique your interest at auctions staged by Bonhams and Mecum (details after the first photo gallery below). They had hundreds of motorcycles on offer, from the early teens to some of the latest and most advanced superbikes built today. Continue reading

Amelia Island Concours to host 11 motorsports trophies with the winning race cars in special class

Harry Hartz and his 1932 Indy 500-winning Wetteroth/Miller race car are dwarfed by the Wheeler-Schebler Trophy | Amelia Island Concours
Harry Hartz and his 1932 Indy 500-winning Wetteroth/Miller race car are dwarfed by the Wheeler-Schebler Trophy | Amelia Island Concours

Eleven of the greatest trophies in motorsports, and the racing cars the won them, will be presented in a special class called “The Great Trophies and Cars” at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida in March.

The Indy 500’s famed Borg-Warner Trophy, the early-era Vanderbilt Cup, two separate year trophies from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 Perpetual Trophy and the French Grand Prix trophy of 1914 will be among those tracing the history of world auto racing. Continue reading

Three mighty Mustang Boss 429s heading to Barrett-Jackson

The Mustang Boss 429 is pwoered by the big-block V8 designed by Ford for NASCAR racing | Barrett-Jackson photos
The Mustang Boss 429 is pwoered by the big-block V8 designed by Ford for NASCAR racing | Barrett-Jackson photos

Ford’s quest to homologate its 429 cid “semi-hemi” engine for NASCAR racing resulted in one of the mightiest performance machines of the muscle-car era, the 1969-70 Mustang Boss 429, a limited-production pony car that is on every Ford collector’s A list.

Three of these brawny Bosses will be offered during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th annual Scottsdale collector car auction, which takes place January 23 through January 31 at the WestWorld event center in Scottsdale, Arizona. Continue reading