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VELOCITY AND DISCOVERY CHANNEL ANNOUNCE THE ON-AIR TEAM FOR BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE

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Silver Spring, Md. – Dec. 19, 2014 – Velocity and Discovery Channel announced today the on-air team of auto experts and television veterans who will bring viewers 100 hours of LIVE Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction coverage in 2015 as part of BARRETT-JACKSONLIVE which premieres on Tuesday, January 13. The broadcast team unites for the first time as Velocity and Discovery Channel present BARRETT-JACKSONLIVE beginning with the much anticipated Scottsdale auction in January.

BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE begins Tuesday, January 13 from 6-8 PM ET on Discovery Channel and continues through Sunday, January 18 from 2-7 PM ET on Velocity. For the first time ever, select hours from BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE will also air live outside the United States—on Discovery Channel and Discovery World in Canada, and on Discovery Channel and Discovery Turbo in Latin America. In addition, the Spanish language broadcast will be available to U.S. viewers on Discovery en Español on Saturday, January 17 from 8-10 PM ET. Throughout 2015, BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE will air within Discovery’s portfolio of international networks, which reaches viewers in more than 220 countries and territories around the globe.

“We’re set to deliver our viewers unparalleled coverage of the greatest collector car auctions in the world beginning with Scottsdale in January, the most hotly anticipated Barrett-Jackson auction in recent memory,” said Robert Scanlon, General Manager of Velocity. “Launching BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE is an extraordinary milestone for the network. We’ve chosen the very best on-air team to take audiences inside the historic Scottsdale auction like never before.”

“Discovery Channel sets a high bar with motor programming and live events, and we’re excited to share BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE with our viewers”, said Denise Contis, Executive Vice President of Development and Production for Discovery Channel.  “It’s an epic event with the ultimate classic car auction, and combined with our on air team of experts, it’s a great way to start 2015.”

Full On-Air Broadcast Team Includes:

Chris Jacobs – Host

Jacobs is co-host of Velocity’s OVERHAULIN’, television’s longest running automotive restoration show. Jacobs most recently served as host of Discovery Channel’s Discovery News during this month’s Mega Week 2014, and in November he was live on the ground in Chicago as the digital host of Discovery’s Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda. Jacobs is a television personality known for his hosting work on “The Insider”, “Entertainment Tonight” and the NFL Network. In his spare time he is self-proclaimed “gearhead” and lover of Mopar. @ChrisJacobs

Ray Evernham – Car Insights Expert and Interview Correspondent

Evernham is host of the Velocity series, AMERICARNA and a three-time NASCAR National Championship crew chief for Jeff Gordon. He has experienced motorsports racing from every angle including as a driver in his early career, as Gordon’s crew chief, as a team owner under Evernham Motorsports , and as a consultant for Hendrick Motorsports. His series, AMERICARNA uncovers the stories of some of history’s most storied automobiles. @RayEvernham

Rick Debruhl – Play-by-Play Announcer

Debruhl is a veteran auto-racing reporter formally serving as ESPN’s pit reporter for NASCAR, IZOD IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series races. Prior to a prolific career in motorsports coverage, DeBruhl worked on local news in Phoenix and in Santa Maria Calif. @rickdebruhl

Mike Joy – Auction Block Expert

Joy currently serves as the lap-by-lap voice of Fox Sports’ NASCAR Sprint Cup coverage. Following his beginnings at a local track in Massachusetts, Joy has broadcast NASCAR’s biggest event, the Daytona 500, 34 times. Previously he also served as FOX Sports’ expert analyst for the network’s coverage of collector car auctions and vintage auto racing events. @MikeJoy500

Steve Magnante – Auction Block Expert

Magnante is the former Technical Editor for Hot Rod Magazine. After a life long fascination with cars, Steve landed the job at Hot Rod Magazine to re-emphasize the roots of hot rodding, nostalgia drag racing and focusing on inexpensive junkyard-sourced hot rod projects. He is the author of three CarTech Books and currently a spokesperson for Dodge. @SteveMags426

Cristy Lee – Social Media Correspondent

Lee is a co-host of Velocity’s series ALL GIRLS GARAGE, as well as a motorsports reporter, arena host, race commentator and live emcee for several different outlets. Beginning in radio in Detroit, Lee has fielded an extensive career hosting for the NHL, SpeedTV, NASCAR and the AMA Pro Race Circuit. @CristyLee09

BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE in Scottsdale is produced for Velocity and Discovery Channel by Discovery Studios. For Velocity, David Lee and Peter Neal are executive producers and Robert Scanlon is general manager.

22 DAYS UNTIL SCOTTSDALE: MOTORCYCLES

This 1907 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January. This 1907 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.

Commonly referred to as a “strap tank” because of how the oil tank is secured to the gas tank with nickel-plated steel straps, this 1907 Harley-Davidson Strap Tank (Lot #2506) was produced during the legendary Milwaukee firm’s third year in volume production.

It is one of 150 motorcycles built in 1907 and is powered by a correct 27cid single cylinder engine. Originally delivered new to Los Angeles for use by the city police department, it spent much of its life in California except for a stint in the hands of a New York collector some 30 years ago.

It was stolen in the mid-‘70s when it was in pieces awaiting a previous restoration. Justice prevailed, and the cycle was subsequently purchased by Otis Chandler, who set things right by obtaining many of its misplaced original parts with help from early Harley-Davidson specialist Stu Munger. No expense was spared, and the results speak for themselves. The leather belt drive pulleys, crankcase handlebars and idler/tensioner brackets are chrome plated and complement the Renault Gray frame with red pinstriping while the gas tank bears the Harley-Davidson logo in real gold leaf foil.

This 1907 Harley-Davidson (Lot #2506) will cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Ron Pratte’s prestigious collection of automobilia will kick off the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction beginning Saturday, Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. and running through Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Pratte’s vehicles first cross the block at 4 p.m. on Tuesday with lot numbers 2000 through 2109 and will continue with lot numbers 2500 through 2530 on Saturday, Jan. 17.

 

1929 Indian 401 Motorcycle

Indian MotorcycleThe ultimate expression of the American inline 4 cylinder motorcycle, Indian’s 401 would define the smooth, quiet 4 cylinder motorcycle for nearly a generation of riders. Formerly of the Otis Chandler Collection, this 1929 Indian 401 (Lot #2058) has been restored to as-new condition and is ready to be ridden.

Its powered by a 77.2cid F-head inline four with a 3-speed gearbox and kick starter and the brakes consist of a contracting drum brake (rear) and enclosed, expanding drum brake (front). In keeping with Indian’s legacy, shifts are accomplished via a chromed shift lever capped by a black ball positioned at the rider’s right knee.

This 1929 Indian 401 Motorcycle (Lot #2058) will cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

COLLECTIBLE SHELBY MUSTANGS SET TO CROSS THE BLOCK AT BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE AUCTION

 

  • Shelby 68 GT500 KR Convertible (Lot #5013) is one of only 51 painted in Acapulco Blue and has been driven less than 300 miles since its restoration
  • Lot #5028 is one of 76 Candy Apple Red Shelby GT500 Fastbacks with deluxe red interior built between 1969 and 1970

This Shelby 1968 GT500 KR Convertible is one of several highly collectible Shelbys set to cross the block at the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January. This Shelby 1968 GT500 KR Convertible is one of several highly collectible Shelbys set to cross the block at the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.

 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Dec. 18, 2014Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, will bring an exciting group of Shelbys based on the Ford Mustang to the stage during its Scottsdale auction Jan. 10-18, 2015, at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. Among the featured Shelbys will be a ’68 Shelby GT500 KR convertible (Lot #5013) that is one of only 51 painted in Acapulco Blue.

“Barrett-Jackson has a deep appreciation for Carroll Shelby and the lasting impact his cars have made on American performance,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The magic he built into the Ford Mustang line over the years is simply legendary. We’re thrilled his namesake will be well-represented with the Shelby Mustangs in Scottsdale.”

A Shelby favorite to cross the Scottsdale auction block will be a ’68 Shelby KR in Acapulco Blue with deluxe black interior (Lot #5013). This King of the Road Shelby Mustang has been refinished to MCA and SAAC standards and includes a 4-speed manual transmission, power steering, power front disc brakes, tilt-away steering column and AM radio. Every component on this Shelby KR, from the correctly dated motor to the original carburetor, is either original or correctly replaced.

“Our Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction will be almost 50 years to the day that Ford first launched the Shelby GT 350 Mustang at Riverside, California,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “This will be an exciting opportunity to honor the Ford and Shelby relationship with some exciting Shelbys on the docket.”

Also highlighting the collection of Shelbys on the Scottsdale docket is a Candy Apple Red ’70 Shelby GT500 Fastback (Lot #5028) with ultra-rare deluxe red interior. Only seven 1970 GT500s were built red with red interior. This particular Shelby is loaded from the factory and includes an automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes and deluxe console. It features all matching numbers between the engine, transmission and the rear end, and is fully documented with the original Build Sheet, Eminger Sheet and Marti Report.  

“Carroll Shelby’s” ’69 Shelby GT500 convertible (Lot #2511) and a ’66 Shelby GT350 Fastback (Lot #2032), from the Ron Pratte Collection, will also cross the auction block in Scottsdale. Owning it for more than three decades, the Shelby GT500 was Carroll Shelby’s personal car since new. It was named the number-one car on Mustang Monthly’s “Top 10 Dream Cars” in July 2001. The Shelby GT350 was fully restored in 2003 in the factory-correct Ivy Green with white LeMans stripes and black interior. Under the hood is the original 306hp, high-output 289 V8 backed by the original 4-speed transmission, both of which have been fully rebuilt within the past 1,000 miles using correct NOS parts.

The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale will be broadcast on Velocity and Discovery during 36 hours of live, high-definition TV coverage from Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 13-18.

For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to http://www.barrett-jackson.com/Bidder/Home.

 

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Reno-Tahoe, Nevada. With broadcast partners Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature 100 hours of live television coverage in 2015, including broadcasts in over 100 countries internationally. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com, or call 480-421-6694.

For high resolution photos, please contact Aaron Cook at ACook@TPRM.com 

 

Media Contacts:

Corporate Communications
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Barrett-Jackson Media Relations Supervisor
480-427-1950
rscearce@barrett-jackson.com

 

Automotive Media
Aaron Cook
TimePiece PR & Marketing on behalf of Barrett-Jackson
214-520-3430
ACook@TPRM.com

23 DAYS UNTIL SCOTTSDALE: 1936 CHRYSLER AIRFLOW CUSTOM

This 1936 Chrysler Airflow Custom is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January. This 1936 Chrysler Airflow Custom is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.

By 1934, the Chrysler Airflow was introduced to the market and sold through 1937. The aerodynamics concept was so advanced, that after four years the buying public still hadn’t caught up to this otherworldly image and sales dwindled. Throughout the rest of the ’30s, most Chryslers looked like their design had taken a step backward. You could say it was the industry’s first attempt at retro-styling. The fact remains, the Chrysler Airflow opened the door to the future of automotive design, and imaginative engineers have been charging through it ever since.

This 1936 Chrysler Airflow Custom (Lot #2521) has won over 35 prestigious awards, including the $20,000 Gold Award in Tulsa, Okla. One of only four remaining in the United States today, this car has taken the original concept to an entirely different dimension. It features a completely new chassis, modern underpinnings and the performance only a V10 Viper engine can provide.

This ‘36 Chrysler Airflow (Lot #2521) will cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Ron Pratte’s prestigious collection of automobilia will kick off the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction beginning Saturday, Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. and running through Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Pratte’s vehicles first cross the block at 4 p.m. on Tuesday with lot numbers 2000 through 2109 and will continue with lot numbers 2500 through 2530 on Saturday, Jan. 17.

24 DAYS UNTIL SCOTTSDALE: 1912 PACKARD SIGHTSEEING BUS

This 1912 Packard Sightseeing Bus is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January. This 1912 Packard Sightseeing Bus is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.

More utilitarian, but no less impressive, is the 1912 Packard Sightseeing Bus (Lot #2505). This bus is not just a piece of Packard history, but a slice of California history as well. It served as a sightseeing bus at Yosemite National Park for several years and was once part of the Otis Chandler Collection. It has been featured in the Rose Bowl parade and has transported VIPs at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Capable of carrying up to 42 people across its seven rows of seats, this Packard is thought to have been originally purchased by the U.S. Army to serve as a sightseeing bus at Yosemite. When control of Yosemite passed from the Army to the National Park Service in 1919, a gold prospector purchased the bus to show would-be investors around prospective mine sights.

Restored in 2001, the period details include a brass gong used for calling passengers, a dash-mounted Sterling clock and an acetylene-powered “Solar-Clipse” brass lamp. The Packard bus is powered by a 432cid, four cylinder T-head gasoline engine, teamed with a 3-speed manual transmission. Dual chains deliver power to the rear wheels, which are shod with solid rubber tires.

This 1912 Packard Sightseeing Bus (Lot #2505) will cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Ron Pratte’s prestigious collection of automobilia will kick off the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction beginning Saturday, Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. and running through Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Pratte’s vehicles first cross the block at 4 p.m. on Tuesday with lot numbers 2000 through 2109 and will continue with lot numbers 2500 through 2530 on Saturday, Jan. 17.

25 DAYS UNTIL SCOTTSDALE: 2013 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE VIN #0001

This 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible VIN #0001 is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January. This 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible VIN #0001 is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.

Sporting VIN #0001, this 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot #2528) was the first built for Chevrolet’s special 2013 Corvette 427 Collector Edition. This unique convertible features the legendary 427cid V8 engine and is the fastest, most capable convertible in Corvette’s history. This 427 model also shows off the stunning 60th Anniversary Appearance Package.

Various technologies from the Corvette Z06 and Corvette ZR1 have been incorporated into the 427 convertible, making it the highest performance Corvette convertible yet. The handcrafted 7.0 liter LS7 engine was developed with the Corvette LeMans-winning GT1 engine and has a dry sump oil system and titanium connecting rods and valves. The car sits on Michelin PS2 tires with 19” front wheels and 20” rear wheels. A carbon fiber raised hood, dual mode exhaust system, as well as the magnetic selective ride control and launch control are also featured with this car.

This 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible VIN #0001 (Lot # 2528) will cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Ron Pratte’s prestigious collection of automobilia will kick off the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction beginning Saturday, Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. and running through Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Pratte’s vehicles first cross the block at 4 p.m. on Tuesday with lot numbers 2000 through 2109 and will continue with lot numbers 2500 through 2530 on Saturday, Jan. 17.

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