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The Road Back to Barrett-Jackson

01/20/2016

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

I was so lucky back in January to be asked to cover our Velocity Channel's Barrett Jackson 2015 Scottsdale auction.  I spent 5 days/15 hours a day taking photos, doing web based interviews and blogging.  I was in heaven.  As a car guy, it was the greatest show I've ever been to.  Any car nut must make this a bucket list event.  You don't have to bid on anything, just check out the mile long tent filled will cars and vendors and all sorts of great food.  Then you have another 6 huge tents outside, housing hundreds of vehicles.  

I'm highlighting just a few of my favorites below.

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The 1935 Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton is a mouthful of title but such a special car and a splendid example of American craftsmanship and engineering.  This special motor car had a 420 cubic inch motor which was upgraded to the SuperCharged specification netting 320 horsepower.  The Duezy was part of the Salon collection of special high end automobiles curated by Ed Fallon and and Don Williams of the Blackhawk Collection.

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Feeling Nostalgic? Here's a Car for You!

10/16/2015

In February 2014, the BBC sent reporter Charlotte Stacey to Oxfordshire to meet John Bitmead, the mastermind behind the only known road-legal, drivable, life-sized Little Tikes Cosy Coupe constructed from a Daewoo Matiz SE 0.8. Just over a year later, Bitmead is ready to part ways with his oversized toy.

Bitmead told BBC that it took his brother Geoff and him 1,000 hours to build the car, which required the equivalent of $6,200 to complete. The brothers are no strangers to unique rides. Together they own Attitude Autos, a company that operates with "a passion for historic, classic and contemporary vehicle restoration and modification" according to its website.  

Impressed? Well there's good news. You can now buy this car!

The brothers have put the car up for auction on eBay, hoping to find an owner that will continue to use it for charitable causes. They're asking £21,500.00, which equates to around $33,300. The car has 65,000 miles, 5,000 of which have been driven since the car went through its highly documented makeover.

May the highest bidder win! Although,we're almost certain this father-son duo from Texas will probably end up taking it home. They've got a thing for fast cosy coupes.

Don't think it will sell? Well Wayne thinks differently. Cute DOES sell. 

The New Graveyard Carz

10/06/2015

(Guest blog post courtesy of Mr. Mopar, Mark Worman) D-158842-Graveyard-Carz-Countdown-Cards-3

Graveyard Carz (GYC) is back!

I'm looking forward to sharing the new season with all of you. As some of you know, we have undergone some changes since the last time you saw us. We finalized our move into the new shop—thank goodness—and it's truly amazing. The growth of Graveyard Carz has been exponential over the past few years and we're busy!

The new GYC is exciting, fast-paced and chocked full of work on the most desirable Mopars on the planet. We have eight vehicles in the shop at any given time, in various stages of restoration and we take you through the painstaking tasks of making old cars look new. The tutorials and information on the show this season reach new heights. 

Our new painter, Will, is phenomenal at what he does. I taught him everything he knows, so what else would you expect? The fun thing about Will is that he's worked for me for almost 15 years, so he knows my routine and can snap back quicker than anyone. Allysa, my daughter, is back at GYC. She's doing our research and learning the finer points of OE detailing. Allysa, much like Will, has been around me most of her life, so I have my hands full keeping them on their toes. Royal is back! My life-long friend is returns and has always been the steady worker that gets things done. Mixed in with the new cast and crew, Royal is at the top of his game.

Make no mistake about it, Graveyard Carz is here to stay. Great shop, great cars, great team and all of the fun you've come to love.

Getting to Know You: Dallas Car Sharks' Martha Davis

09/16/2015

33065_ep201_021Dallas Car Sharks returns with an all new season Wednesday at 10/9c only on Velocity.
 
Martha Davis hails as the only female shark, but she doesn't let anything stand in the way of showing the boys who's boss. Be sure to keep up with her on Facebook and Twitter.
 
What’s the number one thing you look for when purchasing a car?
Martha: The first thing I do is research the market and economy before I even go to the auction. It's not what you buy but if you are going to be able to sell it. To me, the market dictates what I buy. I may love a  certain type of car that isn't marketable that week, so I am a flexible buyer. When I look at a car I want to buy of course looks draw me in just like a retail customer. I don't care what year it is, newer or older, but it has to draw my attention. Then I go for smells-- such as smells in the engine-- whether I smell an oil burner, or antifreeze leak. Smells tell a lot about the car, after that I listen to the engine to see how it sounds. Like everything, it's still a toss of the dice, everything is a gamble.
 
What’s one modification a new owner can make that can really revamp their new used car?
Martha: The first thing to do on a car you buy is to change fluids, so that you know what mileage to follow, and can maintain from that day forward. Then get a full detail, if it wasn't already done. That makes it feel like a new car to you. A compound and buff can do wonders for a used car.

Is there a car you’ve bought that you’ve immediately regretted?
Martha: Of course over the many years there are cars I have said I wished I hadn't bought thats why this business is not for the faint of heart!
 
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What sets you apart from the other sharks?
Martha: The main thing that sets me apart from the other sharks is that I'm a woman and also the longevity of time I've been in the car business.
 
What’s your favorite aspect of an auction?
Martha: The auction is all about making a deal. You make your money when you buy the car, but with so much competition that's not an easy task. Having the experience to know what my shop can repair and what I can restore and still make money on is a blessing. I would not want to be new in the car business in this day and time!
 
What’s your best piece of advice for the average car buyer looking to purchase a used vehicle?
Martha: GET A SECOND OPINION! Check out the car at a reputable mechanic shop, hopefully someone you are familiar with. If its too good to be true, beware! Don't impulse buy.
 
What occupies your schedule when you’re not working on Dallas Car Sharks?
Martha: Work takes up a lot of time but after that it's my family. My husband and I are empty-nesters now that the boys are grown and my daughter is a senior in college. We had to develop life after kids. We have been going to cooking and wine classes and have really enjoyed trying different dishes. Also we have gotten into seeing some of the Beetle clone groups Fab Four and Hard Days Night. Maybe we will become Groupies!
 
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RAPID FIRE WITH MARTHA
 
What’s your go-to song while driving?
Martha: I don't listen to the radio in the car at all, its the only quiet time I have!
 
What’s your favorite car?
Martha: My favorite car is the one that makes me money.
 
When did you learn to change a tire?
Martha: I learned at an early age. Call somebody to change a tire, though. There are more important things to learn. That's why they make Fix-A-Flat. 
 
What’s on your key ring?
Martha: My exercise place fob.
 
What is your favorite food?
Martha: All food is my favorite especially if I made it.
 
If you have a custom license plate, what would it be?
Martha: Mother hen.
 

#DallasCarSharks returns in just a few days with a brand new shark!

Posted by Velocity on Sunday, September 13, 2015

Getting to Know You: Dallas Car Sharks' JD Cole

09/15/2015

33065_ep211_008Dallas Car Sharks returns with an all new season Wednesday at 10/9c only on Velocity.
 
JD Cole battles sharks and his own mother and still manages to produce incredible remodels. Be sure to keep up with him on Facebook and Twitter.
 
What’s the number one thing you look for when purchasing a car?
JD: Number one thing I look for in a car is the ability to have someone else want to buy it after I do, you can't expect to buy what you want but to buy what someone else wants. The car marketchanges every day you have to look at what's going on to be able to predict what others want. You can’t sell a convertible in the dead of winter. Don't buy a gas guzzler in the high priced gas times. All boils down to one thing is there a profit that I can use to feed my family.
 
What’s your best piece of advice for the average car buyer looking to purchase a used vehicle?
JD: Make sure you have a budget stick with it, get the car you want closest to your budget. Keep money aside for maintenance you will have to do in the first 3 months.
 
33065_ep211_021What’s one modification a new owner can make that can really revamp their new used car?
JD: Add a better exhaust system or air intake system. Better flow of fuel, air and fire can have a better performing vehicle.
 
Is there a car you’ve bought that you’ve immediately regretted?
JD: Sometimes I buy cars from the live auction from my office and it bit me once. Big risk! All you see is a live video, not in HD by the way, and don't feel or hear the car. I bought a Jeep Wrangler and didn't see it till it got transported to my office. Well it had a bad trans and rust on the underside, so bad I couldn't fix the train unless I repaired the frame. I lost money on that one as soon as I saw it.

What sets you apart from the other sharks?
JD: I work on my own cars and get my hands dirty when I need to. Also I'm a lil' taller than the rest and a lil' more country.  
 
What’s your favorite aspect of an auction?
JD: That I get to go and the thrill of a fast pace atmosphere of gambling.
 
What occupies your schedule when you’re not working on Dallas Car Sharks?
JD: My shop Third Gen Automotive and making time for my family and fishing, car shows, country dancing, Sunday football.
 
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RAPID FIRE WITH JD
 
What’s your go-to song while driving?
JD: Depends on my mood mostly country, but Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins from the Top Gun soundtrack and Phil Collins' In The Air Tonight.
 
What’s your favorite car?
JD: Favorite car is third generation 1989 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am. Favorite truck is a nice lifted 4x4 crew cab Chevy ½ ton.
 
When did you learn to change a tire?
JD: Somewhere around 13 years old.
 
What’s on your key ring?
JD: Duh keys!
 
What is your favorite food?
JD: Good Texas BBQ brisket
 
If you have a custom license plate, what would it be?
JD: kindrcowboy
 
 
 
 

#DallasCarSharks returns in just a few days with a brand new shark!

Posted by Velocity on Sunday, September 13, 2015

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