Ford has produced the Focus RS for some time, but only for the European market — until now. At the recent Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, the first North American 2016 Ford Focus RS crossed the block and brought $550,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Ken Block was there to talk briefly about the car and to help boost the bidding to benefit charity.
If you watched the Super Bowl, you probably took note of the evocative and star-studded 60-second Jeep commercial during the half time break featuring Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Jeff Goldblum and the dinosaurs from Jurassic World. The Terminator even made an appearance. In addition to these more recognized figures, the commercial featured 60 portraits in total of other famous and ordinary people who helped shape Jeep’s 75 year history in addition to different Jeep models throughout its history.
So many automakers have moved their sport utility vehicles to unibody “crossover” architecture that I’d almost forgotten what it was like to drive a real body-on-frame model. Fortunately, Toyota still makes such a vehicle, what it calls a “full-capability SUV,” the 4Runner.
Toyota has been producing the 4Runner for more than 30 years. Still at true SUV, the 4Runner rides on a truck-style frame and offers a 4×4 powertrain for true go-anywhere capability along with the capability of towing 5,000 pounds, whether it’s a boat or camper or ATV or motorcycle trailer. Continue reading
Imagine learning how to manipulate a manual transmission in a car worth a million dollars?
But that’s what happened the morning before the third annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance when several concours participants shared their vehicles with students at the Hagerty Driving Experience. Continue reading
So Bob Golfen drove the all-new 2016 Nissan Titan XD for a day, and spent part of that day crawling around off-pavement. I drove one of Nissan’s new full-size pickups for much of Arizona Auction Week, and the only time I was away from pavement was parking on gravel lots at Barrett-Jackson and Russo and Steele, and at the parking lot I use while teaching journalism classes at Arizona State University. Continue reading
In the Golden Age of car design, many manufacturers strove for innovative futuristic designs. Some looked as though they had been inspired by a UFO, while others drew inspiration from aircraft of the time. This trend seemed to calm down over the years but never fully went away, offering resurgence with the new models coming out today.
Compared with the five other Arizona collector car auctions going on this week, Silver’s Fort McDowell sale is way out in right field, both in location and substance. While the other auctions are situated within the Scottsdale/Phoenix metro hub, Mitch Silver has planted his event northeast of town at the Fort McDowell Casino and Resort in the Yavapai tribal community.
And while the other auctions try to outdo each other in the splendor of their sales, Silver remains a laid back and easily accessible affair for the everyman enthusiast, with most of the collector cars on the docket readily affordable. Continue reading
This makes my 16th year of covering RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction. I have had some great times and seen some great cars at the sale. Part of the charm of this auction is the diversity of the cars that RM Sotheby’s offers.
This year is no different, which makes it difficult to narrow my “Pick6” selection. Actually, I couldn’t reduce my list of likes that far, so I’m including seven cars on the docket that I would love to have in my personal collection. Continue reading
The first of the several hundred cars on the docket is scheduled to roll into Russo and Steele’s auction-in-the-round “block” at noon Thursday, when Drew Alcazar and his team launch their 16th annual Scottsdale sale. Wow. Has it really been 16 years since this high-energy auction made its debut? Continue reading
So far the selection of cars at Gooding & Company has been the most enticing I’ve seen this week at the Arizona auctions. From the moment I walked in I was drawn to so many vehicles, especially the Ferraris.
There’s a stunning Ferrari that greets you as you enter the first big tent, and a row of them is just around the corner. But there were other cars that also caught my eye, including those from Japan and several barn finds. Continue reading