We had a great time at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this year. It was great to be back in person, after the virtual event in 2020. Check out this short clip showcasing some of the highlights of this year’s event, as well as a quick update on the recent changes to the Las Vegas Convention Center.
For more than 50 years, Barrett-Jackson has hosted its annual collector car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The auction has grown over the years into a multi-day event and has become the cornerstone of Arizona Car Week.
Now the auction house is expanding with the launch of their first ever Houston, TX auction scheduled for September 16-18, 2021. The auction will be held at the NRG Center in Houston.
This is not the first time Barrett-Jackson has entered a new metro area. The Scottsdale-based company launched auction events in Palm Beach, Florida in 2002, Las Vegas in 2008, Orange County in 2010, Reno-Tahoe in 2013, and the northeastern U.S. in 2015. In a statement, Barrett-Jackson’s CEO Craig Jackson said “The car culture runs deep in Texas, which is why we’ve had our hearts set on bringing an event to the state. The pent-up demand for collectible vehicles and the hobby in 2021, combined with the level of excitement we see at our inaugural events, will make this Houston Auction one that enthusiasts around the globe will not want to miss.”
The event is more than just a simple car auction. Barrett-Jackson will be kicking things off on September 15th with an invitation-only gala for registered bidders and VIPs. There will be an exhibitor marketplace during the event featuring vendors and companies centered around the automotive lifestyle.
Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to ride with a professional driver on the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track. Chevrolet and Ford will provide hot laps in their C8 Corvette and Mustang Mach 1, respectively. Toyota and Dodge will also be on site with Thrill Rides in a drifting exhibition featuring the Toyota Supra, as well as Dodge Charger and Challenger.
The sales commence on September 16th, starting with automotive memorabilia such as antique gas pumps, neon signs, and other decorations for the ultimate collector garage or man cave. Then, it’s on to the cars.
Barrett-Jackson specializes in postwar American muscle cars of the 1950s through 1970s, though their auction catalog includes everything from prewar cars to the latest sports and exotic cars. Here are some highlighted vehicles that will be sold at the Houston auction:
Lot #748 – 2019 Ford GT with 19 Miles
The Ford GT is an amazing, purpose-built, low-production race car for the road. While each of them is special, this one carries a high number of factory options that distinguish it from the pack.
- Liquid Blue paint with Frozen White stripes
- Exterior Exposed Carbon Fiber Package with matte finish
- Ebony and white Ford GT Re-Entry interior
- Carbon fiber seats
- Indoor car cover
- 6-point harness anchors
- 18.1 actual miles
Lot #741 – 1966 SHELBY GT350 – STIRLING MOSS RACE CAR
- Formerly owned by Sir Stirling Moss
- Raced from 1991-97
- Car upgraded to “R spec”
- Extensively documented
If you are not able to attend in person, don’t worry! The auction event will be live streamed on Barrett-Jackson.com Presented by Toyota.
Here at Generation High Output, we don’t just write about cars – we are car enthusiasts. We like bringing you news and information about what’s happening in the automotive world. We like seeing cars up close and in person.
Because of the pandemic, the Specialty Equipment Market Association decided to make SEMA a virtual event for 2020. We completely understand why, but it definitely did not provide the same experience as walking the convention center, talking to builders, meeting people, and discovering amazing new booths and vendors.
Joyfully, the SEMA Show will be back to an in-person event for 2021! The automotive aftermarket expo returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center November 2-5, 2021. But wait, there’s more!
The Las Vegas Convention Center has completed its latest expansion, and the new West Hall adds an incredible 1.2 million square feet of floor space. And SEMA will be using all of it! That’s right, the 2021 SEMA Show will be the largest event yet!
A sky bridge connects the new West Hall to the North Hall, crossing over Paradise Road. This expansion will host the Trucks, SUVs, and Off Road exhibitors, Powersports and Utility Vehicle exhibitors, and Restyling and Car Care Accessories exhibitors. This means changes to the layout of the South Hall exhibitors. The South Hall Lower Level will feature wheel and tire exhibitors as usual, but the South Hall Upper Level will feature booths and exhibits related to Collision Repair, Tools, and Equipment.
There will be a lot to see at the 2021 SEMA Show, and we plan to be there to bring you the most updated information on trends in the auto industry, the aftermarket, and some cool custom cars as well! For more information, visit www.semashow.com NOTE: The SEMA Show is a trade-only event and not open to the general public.
January is a sacred time of year for classic and sports car enthusiasts in Arizona. It’s a time when multiple collector car auctions converge on the desert for a week of excitement and events known as Arizona Car Week. But with the current restrictions in place regarding public health and safety, things are going to be very different for 2021. Here’s a quick update on what you need to know.
Three auction houses including RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Co., and Bonhams will hold collector car auctions in January. Two of them are hybrid events (live stream plus limited in-person attendance) and one is online-only. There are no auction events open to the general public in January.
The two larger collector car auctions, Barrett-Jackson and Russo and Steele, have been moved back to March 2021. Barrett is planning on an in-person event, though general admission ticket holders will not be allowed to enter the Auction Arena. Russo and Steele will only be open to registered bidders, and not to spectators or the general public.
Please see below for detailed information about each auction event.
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2021 Rescheduled for March
The largest event during Arizona Car Week is Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale collector car auction. This event usually draws more than 300,000 attendees from across the country. Originally scheduled for January 16-23, the auction house announced on December 10, 2020 that their Scottsdale event would be rescheduled for March 20-27, 2021. Another important change is that only registered bidders will be allowed access to the Auction Arena. Only single-day tickets and VIP packages are available; I did not see any weekly passes for sale at the time of publication.
Preview Dates: Mar 20-23, 2021 (ticket required)
Auction Dates: Mar 24-27, 2021
Location: Westworld of Scottsdale
Address: 16601 N. Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Catalog: 146+ vehicles for sale
Admission: $25-$70 advance online (varies by day)
Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2021 Rescheduled for March
Russo and Steele will be hosting an exclusive private auction event at their headquarters in the Scottsdale Airpark. This invitation-only event is not open to the public. It will be a one-day event on March 27th instead of a multi-day event as in the past.
Preview Dates: Private Event, registered bidders only
Auction Dates: Mar 27, 2021, 5:00 PM
Location: Russo and Steele Scottsdale Office
Address: 7722 E Gray Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Catalog: Not Available
Admission: Exclusive Private Event – By Invitation Only. Not open to the public.
RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale 2021
RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale 2021 collector car auction will primarily be a live-stream event, with limited in-person attendance. Attendance is limited to registered bidders only, and is not open to the public.
Preview Dates: Jan 18-21, 2021 by appointment only
Auction Dates: January 22, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Location: OTTO Car Club, Scottsdale
Address: 15550 N 78th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Catalog: 80 vehicles
Admission: Open to registered bidders only. Not open to the public.
Gooding & Company Scottsdale 2021
Gooding & Co.’s Scottsdale 2021 auction will be an online-only event via the company’s Geared Online platform. There will be no in-person event for Scottsdale 2021.
Preview Dates: Online starting January 11
Auction Dates: Jan 18-22, 2021
Location: Online-only event
Catalog: 36+ vehicles
Bonhams Scottsdale 2021
Bonhams will be offering a Live Stream with limited attendance auction event at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale. The event is open to registered bidders only, and previews are available by appointment only.
Preview Dates: Jan 19-21, 2021 by appointment only
Auction Dates: Jan 21, 2021
Location: The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Address: 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85254
Catalog: 37+ vehicles
Admission: Open to registered bidders only.
The Corvette name is directly associated with the zenith of Chevrolet performance and if you haven’t been paying close attention, you might think it always has been. The C1 generation was a bit of a bumpy start for what was a Thunderbird copycat.
In 1954 it was equipped with a souped-up version of the standard 235ci inline six cylinder. This “Blue Flame” sported most obviously three Carter side-draft carburetors and coupled with a high compression ratio was good for 150hp that was capable of propelling all 2886 lbs to 0-60 in 11.6 seconds. If that seems underwhelming, keep in mind that it was enough that GM didn’t have a manual transmission fit to sit behind it and since opted for the 2-speed powerglide auto on all models.
That didn’t stop a dealer option that would add a Paxton supercharger, though this model is without one. With a Polo white exterior, Sportsman red interior seen in pristine condition this ‘Vette was able to make it’s owner $60,500 on the block.
The SEMA Show in Las Vegas is the “World Series” for custom car enthusiasts. Builders from all over the world bring their custom vehicles to the annual show, hoping to scoop up awards or recognition for pushing the custom automobile industry forward a little bit.
Within the custom car world are many different segments: street cars, drag cars, pro-touring/restomods, Exotics, original restorations, stanced/flush, VIP, Rustomods, hot rods/Kustoms, vintage racers, street trucks, lowriders, Overlanders, Jeeps and 4x4s, and many other classes of vehicles.
But every once in a while, a vehicle comes along that defies classification. At the 2019 SEMA Show, there was a car that I couldn’t quite make sense of.
Builders Herve Castagno and Alexandre Danton from France presented this 1969 Lamborghini Espada CHD Edition. Now you might be asking: who in their right mind would chop up and rat rod a Lamborghini Espada? I was wondering the same thing.
A sign in front of the car offered the following information:
- Built to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Espada
- The most expensive rat rod (insured for $750,000)
- The first ever Fabio Lamborghini inspired rat rod
- Custom built with real, numbers-matching Lamborghini body and chassis
- Custom G67 RUMI wheels by Govad Forged Wheels in Toronto, Canada
- Original V12 engine
- 8.2 feet wide
- Built by Danton Arts Kustoms in France
I can understand how Lamborghini purists would not like the car, as it goes in a very different direction from the car’s original intent as a luxury grand tourer. A car with no side windows, no engine cover and a very sparse interior seems too radical a change for a car that is supposed to be comfortable, fast, and elegant. It’s utterly impractical for anything other than short drives to car shows.
And what about the traditional rad rod enthusiast crowd? What would they make of this chopped and stretched Italian sports car? Rat rods are all about creativity – making a gas tank out of an old beer keg, or repurposing a vintage pump handle as a door latch. Using old pistons to make side mirrors – cool stuff like that. While this car has some rat rod elements – an extreme chopped roof and a wide stance, it is too polished, too perfect, too different from the “DIY aesthetic” that is at the center of rat rodding.
I am not sure that this car would fit in with the Vintage Lambo crowd or with the rat rod crowd. It’s kind of in between two very different segments of the car universe. I had the same mixed feelings about the 2009 Ford Mustang which received a Lamborghini Gallardo V10 engine swap, which I saw at Barrett-Jackson’s 2019 Scottsdale auction. I covered that car in my post Weird and Wonderful Custom Cars.
Don’t get me wrong – I think the Espada rat rod looks cool and it definitely showcases some expert level fabrication skills. But would I want to own the car? The answer is: no.
Not long after the SEMA Show, the car was offered for auction at Mecum Auctions in Kissimmee, Florida in January, 2020. While a high bid of $100,000 was received, this was far short of the estimate of $200,000 to $250,000. As far as I know, the car did not sell.
What do you think of the rat rod Lambo? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
After spending two whole days wandering the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2019 SEMA Show, I was exhausted. My feet were tired and I had seen so many amazing cars that I was becoming numb to them.
Seeking to get a breath of fresh air, I ventured outside the convention center and found myself in the Bronze Lot behind the South Hall. It was here that I came across a pair of incredible custom cars belonging to Bradley and Ashley Gray and their custom car business, BLOWN MAFIA.
The sight of a 1965 Ford Mustang and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, side by side, both painted in matching shades of Porsche Guards Red, was an interesting sight to see. But even more impressive was that both of these cars feature crazy built engines producing big power.
The ’65 Mustang features a 427 cubic inch LSX engine with not one, not two, but THREE superchargers! It is quite an incredible setup, and one that drew a lot of attention from onlookers and passers-by.
1965 Ford Mustang
Builder & Owner: Ashley Gray
Power Plant: 427 LSX Triple Supercharged with Arias Hemi Heads
Drivetrain: 2 Speed Powerglide
Rear End: 9″ Ford
Paint: Porsche Guards Red
Interior: Allanti Light Sand
Right next to the Mustang was this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. The car features a 468 cubic inch Big Block Chevy engine which is both blown and Procharged for crazy power.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Builder & Owner: Bradley Gray
Power Plant: 468 Big Block Chevy Blown & Procharged
Drivetrain: TH350 Transmission
Rear End: 12 bolt
Paint: Porsche Guards Red
Interior: Allanti Light Sand
This pair of “His and Hers” muscle cars sets a new standard for #relationshipgoals. I am glad they brought their cars out to SEMA, and that I got a chance to see them.
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1986 was a year of ups and downs for the IROC-Z. The 85mph speedometer has now been exchanged for a more sporting display reading up to 145mph. Last years 215hp 5.0L TPI motor recieved a severe camshaft downgrade and was now rated at 190hp for this model. With the cam change the redline on the tachometer was dialed back to a timid 4500 rpm, in stark contrast to the new speedometer. F41 suspension package was standard for the IROC-Z, but this model has a 2.73:1 peg leg rear behind the 700r4 automatic transmission.
The Daytona Yellow paint and gold trim on the wheels gives it a bit more bark to make up for the lack of bite, but as far as third-generation Camaros go this one sees itself in the middle of the pack of v8 models. It has an impressively low 23,368 miles on the odometer, and that’s likely the biggest reason why this car was able to reach $18,700 in auction.