Barrett-Jackson Closes 2018 Auction Season with Las Vegas Record $32.9M Sales and Celebration of Yearlong Driven Hearts Charity Campaign

ended the 2018 auction cycle in an incredible way at the 11th annual
event in Las Vegas with record sales, celebrity guests from the
entertainment and sports industries, and a celebratory final stop of the
company’s first yearlong charity campaign, Driven Hearts. This year’s
premier automotive lifestyle event in Las Vegas was held Sept. 27-29,
2018, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. In total 733 vehicles,
nearly all at No Reserve, sold at a staggering 100 percent sell-through
rate for a Las Vegas Auction record of more than $32.9 million, while
nearly 400 pieces of automobilia brought in over $760,000, and
$1,094,500 was raised through the sale of charity vehicles, bringing the
total auction sales to more than $34.7 million.

Celebrities from across the entertainment and sports industry were also
a part of the auction action and included NASCAR driver Richard Petty,
“Mr. Las Vegas” Wayne Newton, magician and entertainer Roy Horn from the
famous Las Vegas duo Siegfried Roy, and National Hockey League players
from the Vegas Golden Knights: Brad Hunt and Brayden McNabb.
Barrett-Jackson also honored the memory of Hollywood icon Burt Reynolds
with the sale of the last four cars owned by the actor, including a
Smokey and the Bandit Trans-Am Re-creation.

“We want to thank the collector car and Las Vegas communities for
capping off a great 2018 auction year in Las Vegas,” said Craig
, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The excitement was
especially tangible during exhilarating and record-breaking sales like
the ’97 Acura Integra Type R that has rocked the collector car
community. We had four great collections, celebrity guest appearances
and fans provided a wonderful tribute to our friend Burt Reynolds. We
are also very humbled by the tremendous support for our Driven Hearts
campaign and the incredible generosity of the collector car community
that not only helped raise much-needed awareness and donations for the
American Heart Association, but also provided many great moments on the
auction block.”

The top 10 vehicles sold during the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas
Auction included:



’18 Porsche 918 Spyder (Lot
) – $1,760,000


’18 McLaren 720S (Lot
) – $352,000


’99 Shelby Series 1 Convertible (Lot
) – $205,700


’67 Shelby GT500 Fastback (Lot
) – $198,000

’18 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Coupe (Lot
) – $198,000


Burt Reynolds’ 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am “Bandit” Re-creation
) – $192,500

’71 Chevrolet Camaro Custom Coupe (Lot
) – $192,500

’14 Rolls-Royce Wraith (Lot
) – $192,500


’56 Ford F-100 Big-Window Custom Pickup (Lot
) – $181,500


’65 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe (Lot
) – $176,000

’15 Chevrolet Camaro Custom Coupe (Lot
) – $176,000

“It’s always such a great experience to be in Vegas and share the
passion of the collector car hobby with our guests,” said Steve
, Barrett-Jackson president. “Not only did we bring to the
Entertainment Capital of the World some of the most coveted collector
cars on the planet, we also filled the weekend with some extraordinarily
special moments with the sale of six charity vehicles. With the help of
our friends in the collector car community, we helped raise over $1
million to help countless people across the country.”

In total, six vehicles sold to benefit charity during the three-day Las
Vegas auction, highlighted by a 50th Anniversary Ford Shelby GT350 (Lot
) that sold in support of Barrett-Jackson’s Driven Hearts
campaign, which raised $215,000 for the American Heart Association. The
local Las Vegas community was also supported with the sale of a 2018
Ford Mustang GT Coupe Premium (Lot
) that features a custom Vegas Golden Knights wrap with the
team’s logo and the words “Vegas Born.” Hunt and McNabb took the stage
to support the sale that raised $250,000 for Las Vegas-based non-profit
Grant a Gift Autism Foundation.

The six charity vehicles in Las Vegas, which all sold with no buyer’s
fee or seller’s fee, included:

1. ’56 Ford Thunderbird Convertible (Lot
) – $295,000, American Heart Association and Regional West
2. ’18 Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe (Lot
) – $250,000, Grant a Gift Autism Foundation
3. ’15 Ford
Shelby GT350 50th Anniversary Edition (Lot
) – $215,000, American Heart Association
4. ’18 Can-Am
Spyder F3-T 3-Wheel Motorcycle (Lot
) – $186,000, Project Road Warrior Foundation
5. ’18 Ford
F-150 XLT Pickup (Lot
) – $116,500, Paralyzed Veterans of America
6. ’95
Celebrity 310 Sport Cruiser Boat (Lot
) – $32,000, American Heart Association

Automobilia sales also highlighted the excitement of this year’s Las
Vegas auction, including items from the coveted Robert K. Haines Sr.
Estate Collection. Setting a Las Vegas record at $63,250 was a
one-of-a-kind custom Gilmore Gas Station island restored to the highest
standards by McLaren Classic Restorations (Lot

The top five automobilia pieces sold during the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Las
Vegas auction included:

1. One-of-a-kind custom Gilmore Gas Station island (Lot
) – $63,250
2. Rare Sinclair Oil Eric Model #603 “Cadet”
gas pump (Lot
) – $23,000
3. 1950s Coca-Cola Vendo 81 Restored 10-Cent
Coin-Operated Soda Machine (Lot
) – $20,700
4. Near Flawless NOS 1959 Sinclair Oil
double-sided porcelain service station sign (Lot
) – $19,780
5. Scarce 1928 Keesee Brand Visible Gas Pump (Lot
) – $18,400

Barrett-Jackson kicks off the 2019 auction year with the 48th Annual
Scottsdale Auction, January 12-20, 2019, at WestWorld of Scottsdale.
Advance tickets and All-Week ticket packages are currently available at
Consignments are also being accepted via the online
or by calling 480-421-6694. For information on becoming
a bidder, visit
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and Twitter
for the latest news and information heading into the 2019 Scottsdale

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 and automotive lifestyle events, which include
authentic automobilia auctions and the sale of high-profile estates and
private collections. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale,
Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut; and Las
Vegas, Nevada. With broadcast partners Velocity and Discovery Channel,
Barrett-Jackson features extensive live
television coverage
, including broadcasts in over 150 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
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Governor Brown signs Assembly Bill 315

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Assembly Bill 315 (Wood) was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown
on Saturday September 29, 2018. This bill is an important and necessary
step for establishing a regulatory structure for the previously
unregulated practices of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs). The bill
makes important changes to the California Business and Professions Code
as well as the Health and Safety Code to ensure that patients and
providers alike are protected from the hidden practices of PBMs in
California. For a detailed explanation of AB 315, please click here.

Consumers and pharmacists have been burdened by a complete lack of
transparency and one-side, take-it-or-leave-it conditions thrust upon
them by PBMs for far too long,” noted California Pharmacists Association
(CPhA) CEO, Jon Roth. “AB 315 is an important step in beginning to
unveil exactly how consumer’s prescription drug benefit plans are
financed and managed.”

CPhA was a strong supporter of AB 315 and spearheaded efforts of their
members’ to urge its passage.

A win like this not only shines on the outcome, but reflects on the
difference our pharmacists can make for the benefit of patients. We
would like to thank Assemblymember Wood for authoring this important
legislation,” stated Roth.

About California Pharmacists Association:

The California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is the largest statewide
professional society of pharmacists in the United States. CPhA
represents pharmacists in all practice settings in fulfilling its
mission to promote the health of the public through the practice of
pharmacy. For more information on CPhA, please visit

Baaah! TV gardener Titchmarsh leads London Bridge sheep drive

LONDON (Reuters) – British television gardener Alan Titchmarsh and men dressed in medieval costumes drove a flock of sheep across London Bridge on Sunday as part of a centuries-old tradition.

Titchmarsh kicked off the annual sheep drive, which sees freemen of the City of London, the small area which now makes up the city’s financial district, exercise their ancient right to drive the animals over the bridge to raise money for charity.

The tradition of freemen — people who enjoy civil or political liberty — stretches back to the Middle Ages, where they would be granted lucrative trading rights and privileges.

Their entitlements included the right to drive sheep across London Bridge without being charged a toll, being hanged by a silken rope should they be condemned to death and the right to go about the City of London with a drawn sword.

Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Keith Weir

L’Oreal looks to make a splash on the Seine

PARIS (Reuters) – Boat traffic on the Seine came to a standstill on Sunday to make way for a floating runway featuring movies stars and models in an extravaganza orchestrated by cosmetics company L’Oreal to coincide with Paris Fashion Week.

Luxury clothing brands from Chanel to Kering’s Gucci have for years picked increasingly elaborate settings to present their collections, and now beauty firms are getting in on the act.

Actors Eva Longoria and Elle Fanning were among the famous faces marching down the 60-metre catwalk along with models such as Duckie Thot and Soo Joo Park as crowds of spectators gathered on nearby bridges.

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River traffic in front of Paris’ Quai D’Orsay museum was stopped for 30 minutes for the event to celebrate the cosmetics mass market L’Oreal Paris brand.

“We wanted to create something new, that would be accessed by the widest possible audience and at the same time highlight our Parisian DNA,” said Pierre-Emmanuel Angeloglou, global brand president of L’Oreal Paris.

The show was broadcast on Tmall, owned by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, and other shopping platforms after last year’s L’Oreal runway display spurred a spike in web traffic on the day.

Paris Fashion Week runs until Oct. 2.

Reporting by Sarah White; Editing by David Goodman

China to lift restrictions where second African swine fever outbreak found

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is set to lift restrictions on an area in central Henan province, where the country’s second African swine fever outbreak occurred last month, the agriculture ministry said on Sunday.

The local government in Zhengzhou plans to officially lift the blockade on Oct. 1, but it must take measures to prevent recurrence of the highly contagious disease, the ministry said in a statement.

On Saturday, the ministry said it had removed restrictions in Shenyang, Liaoning province, where the first such outbreak was reported.

The world’s top pork producer has seen a steady stream of outbreaks since the first case was reported in early August.

Authorities have banned the transport of live hogs and pig products from regions bordering provinces where African swine fever has been reported, shut live markets and banned the use of feed derived from pig blood in an attempt to contain the disease.

Reporting by Kevin Yao; Editing by Richard Borsuk

Golf: Thomas beats McIlroy on 18th to give U.S. hope

PARIS (Reuters) – American rookie Justin Thomas secured a dramatic victory in a ding-dong battle with Rory McIlroy as his opponent cracked on the 18th hole to give the U.S a glimmer of hope on the final day of the Ryder Cup on Sunday.

The 25-year-old often trailed against the four-times major champion but secured the win down the last as McIlroy suffered a calamitous end to his round — taking two shots to get out of a fairway bunker then finding water.

With Thomas safely on the green after two nerveless blows, McIlroy offered his hand to concede the first of the eight points the U.S. needed to retain the trophy having won in Hazeltine two years ago.

It was Thomas’s fourth point of the weekend — the best haul for an American rookie since Larry Nelson in 1979.

Thomas, who won three points playing with Jordan Spieth on Friday and Saturday, was gracious in victory.

“It was an extremely unfitting way for that match to end. I’m very happy to get the point for our team, but I didn’t want to get it like I that,” he said.

“I told Rory I’ve looked up to him for a long time, and I’ve always respected the way he’s treated me so it was pretty cool getting thrown out there in the first match against him.”

With Europe needing only 4.5 points from the 12 on offer in the singles matches the opening duel was crucial for Jim Furyk’s U.S. side.

It proved to be a matchplay classic played out in an electric atmosphere on a sun-kissed Le Golf National Course.

Seeking to overturn a 10-6 deficit on the final day — something achieved only twice in the Ryder Cup — the Americans needed an early boost.

Thomas provided it as he battled McIlroy and most of a huge crowd packed along the fairways and perched on the banks around the amphitheatre-like greens chanting “Rory Rory”.

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Having won the first with a long birdie putt he trailed by a hole at the midway point but tickled in a long birdie on the 10th.

Both players suffered a frustrating day with the putter, especially McIlroy who made only one birdie all day despite some glorious irons.

Thomas chipped in from the fringe to save par on the 12th and stay level but threw away the 13th with a missed putt.

He would not go away though and a magnificent approach to the par-five 14 allowed him to level again.

McIlroy made a magical save at the 17th and the match headed down the last — only the third to reach the dramatic water-lined 18th so far this week.

It turned into a house of horrors for McIlroy as his tee shot found a bunker and the ball plugged.

His attempt to extricate it merely left it back in the sand and then his second escape attempt flew out and into water.

Meanwhile Thomas played two superb shots to the green and was soon celebrating his fourth point of a superb debut.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis

Motor racing: Hamilton wins in Russia to go 50 points clear

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Valtteri Bottas did as he was told and moved aside to let Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton win the Russian Grand Prix and surge 50 points clear in the Formula One championship on Sunday with five races remaining.

The victory was a landmark 70th for the Briton, whose fifth title now looks only a matter of time and who is 21 wins behind the all-time record of 91 held by seven times champion Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton’s closest rival Sebastian Vettel finished third for Ferrari with Bottas, who started from pole position and was told to let Hamilton through after 25 of the 53 laps, securing the Mercedes one-two.

“It doesn’t feel great. Naturally, Valtteri has been an incredible team player today,” said Hamilton after one of his more controversial wins.

In a race with little real drama, Max Verstappen celebrated his 21st birthday in style by steering his Red Bull from the back to the front, dropping back to fifth after finally pitting with 10 laps to go.

Mercedes remain unbeaten in Russia, Sunday being their fifth win in Sochi since the Olympic Park circuit first appeared on the calendar in 2014. Hamilton has now won eight races this season.

The Briton, who would not have been able to switch places with Bottas had he not pulled off a slick overtake on Vettel after dropping behind at the pitstops, stayed in the car for some time after he parked up at the finish.

He then went over to thank Bottas and commiserate. At the podium ceremonies, with Russian president Vladimir Putin doing the honors, Hamilton maneuvered the Finn onto the top step alongside him.

“It’s actually quite a difficult day,” explained the Briton. “He was a real gentleman to let me by. Usually I’d be elated but I can understand how difficult it was for Valtteri.”


The Finn, without a win this season, had asked the team over the radio, more in hope than expectation, in the closing laps whether the order might change back.

“Is this how we are going to finish the race?” he asked, before the answer came back in the affirmative.

“Valtteri this is Toto. Difficult day for you and a difficult day for us,” said team boss Toto Wolff, whose finger had been captured by the world television feed hovering over the ‘tactics’ button before the order was given.

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“Let’s discuss it afterwards when we come together and we’ll explain things.”

Wolff later told reporters he took full responsibility for the decision and would rather be the bad guy in Russia than the idiot, should misfortune strike in coming races, at the end of the season.

Bottas had stopped first in the race, with Vettel following a lap later. Hamilton then came in and returned, to some bemusement, a fraction behind his German rival.

“Guys, how did that happen?” he asked over the radio, before regaining the fourth place on lap 16.

With Verstappen running a long first stint, Bottas was second and Hamilton third with some signs of tyre blistering while Vettel was closing in. Mercedes then decided to take action into their own hands.

Force India also invoked team orders to give Sergio Perez a chance to attack Kevin Magnussen’s Haas but later reversed the positions in favor of Esteban Ocon when the Mexican failed to get past the Dane.

Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth for Ferrari, after leading briefly when he stayed out longer before his stop, followed by Verstappen and Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo.

Charles Leclerc, who will be racing for Ferrari next season, was seventh for Sauber and Magnussen eighth, ahead of Ocon and Perez.

Both Toro Rossos spun early on and retired.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis

Weary Woods sleepwalks his way to four losses in Ryder Cup

PARIS (Reuters) – Tiger Woods sleepwalked his way through another disappointing Ryder Cup as the American suffered a fourth consecutive loss at Le Golf National when he was beaten 21 by Jon Rahm in singles on Sunday.

After ending a five-year victory drought by winning the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Woods looked mentally drained all week in Paris.

Even in singles, the one Ryder Cup format where he had a good record, Woods could not rise to the occasion, losing for the first time since his debut against Costantino Rocca in 1997.

Woods now has 13-21-3 (wins-losses-halves) career Ryder Cup record, a puzzling statistic by arguably the greatest player of all-time, his 14 major titles second only to the 18 won by Jack Nicklaus.

Woods arrived in Paris on a high from the Tour Championship, but the expenditure of adrenaline from that victory, as well as jet lag, no doubt contributed to his mediocre play.

Coming up against opponents who played well did not help either.

On Saturday, Woods twice had the misfortune to encounter his recent nemesis, British Open champion Francesco Molinari, who teamed up with Tommy Fleetwood to go 4-0-0 in the team format.

It was Molinari who withstood Woods’ charge at the British Open in July, staying calm amid frenzied scenes playing with the American, who electrified Carnoustie as he stormed into the lead halfway through the final round.

Woods on Sunday also ran into a spirited Rahm, who birdied the first hole and never looked back.

“The incredible pride I feel, to beat Tiger Woods, I grew up watching that guy,” said 23-year-old Rahm.

“To play the golf I did, barely missed any shots, and to clinch it the way I did, a lot of emotions.”

Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina

Tennis: Nishioka beats Herbert in Shenzhen for first career title

(Reuters) – Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka beat Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-5 2-6 6-4 in the final of the Shenzhen Open in China on Sunday to win the first ATP World Tour singles title of his career.

It has been a long journey back for world number 171 Nishioka, who only returned to the sport in January after tearing a ligament last year.

The victory will see the 23-year-old unseeded Japanese break back into the world’s top 100 when the revised ATP rankings are released on Monday.

Herbert sent down 12 aces but paid the price for landing just 59 percent of his first serves and Nishioka kept the Frenchman’s second serve under constant pressure, picking up points at key moments to turn the course of the match.

After edging a tight first set and getting an early break in the second, Nishioka began to show signs of nerves as Herbert roared back into the contest by winning seven games in a row.

The decider started off with both players locked in an even battle before Nishioka secured the crucial break of serve in the fifth game of the set.

The Japanese played to his strengths throughout, staying behind the baseline and keeping his opponent constantly on the move as he began to control the rallies.

Herbert fought till the end, saving four match points but was unable to prevent Nishioka from converting the fifth to seal the title in two hours and 20 minutes.

Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

Europe regain Ryder Cup with dominant singles display

PARIS (Reuters) – Francesco Molinari fittingly took the glory as Europe regained the Ryder Cup in dominant style on Sunday, the Italian beating Phil Mickelson on the 16th to post the point needed to reach the magic tally of 14.5.

Mickelson conceded the hole after firing his tee shot into the water with Molinari on the green to leave the Italian as the first European to win all five matches in a week — having not won any of his previous six.

Europe were effectively already assured of victory when he teed off as the Italian, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia were all dormie and guaranteed at least half a point from their games – with Europe at that stage needing one.

They had started the day 10-6 up, needing to secure four and a half of the 12 points available to win back the trophy and extend their stranglehold on home soil that dates back to 1993.

Only twice before had a team come from four down going into the singles to win — the US doing so at Brookline in 1999 and Europe in 2012 in the ‘Miracle of Medinah’, but another stunning comeback never really looked on the cards.

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Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson and Tony Finau gave Jim Furyk’s team a glimmer of hope with early wins but then the European points started pouring in from all over the course.

Thorbjorn Olesen hammered Jordan Spieth and fellow rookie Jon Rahm beat Tiger Woods — leaving the 14-times major champion with a stunning four defeats out of four.

Ian Poulter, “Mr Ryder Cup”, then produced probably the loudest cheer of the week when world number one Dustin Johnson conceded on the 18th green to leave Europe on the verge.

It was then just a question of which match out on the course would finish next and it proved to be Molinari’s – sparking amazing scenes of celebration watched by the biggest galleries in the event’s history.

Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Toby Davis