Starting with its sixth annual Las Vegas event, Barrett-Jackson begins a new chapter in its history as the pioneer of live television coverage of collector car auctions. The SPEED network was re-branded as FOX Sports 1 in August in the United States, and Barrett-Jackson’s auction coverage will now be carried on several platforms within the FOX family of networks. For viewers in Canada, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, the SPEED brand remains, and the new FOX Sports coverage of Barrett-Jackson will be broadcast on the network as usual.Auction, Barrett-Jackson, Cars
Nitro-fueled funny car drag racers roared into the consciousness of mainstream America in the early 1970s when two of the sport’s biggest competitors, Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen, squared off against each other in match races as the Snake vs. the Mongoose, respectively, in what’s considered the greatest rivalry in drag racing history and perhaps the most famous matchup in American motorsports.
Barrett-Jackson became a major part of the rich legacy of the Snake and the Mongoose for the next few months, both at the inaugural Hot August Night’s Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson this past August and at the 2014 Scottsdale auction in January.Barrett-Jackson, Cars, Don Prudhomme, Mongoose, Snake, Tom McEwen
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A 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom Sports Tourer complete with a double-barreled, high-caliber Howdah pistol, mountable Lantaka swivel cannon and a trailer-mounted .450-caliber, hand-cranked machine gun, is set to cross the block at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Las Vegas on Sept. 28 … if it gets through security.
The custom-built, one-off “Tiger Car” was built for Umed Singh II, Maharaja of Kotah, to carry heads of state and aristocratic hunting parties across his property in search of Bengal tigers, elephants and other big game.
“The Maharaja is a magnificent example of a one-off custom machine built for royalty,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “It’s an exciting car with an even more incredible history, and we can’t wait to see the magic it inspires when crossing the block at our sixth-annual Las Vegas Auction.”
The car, last offered but not sold at auction in 2011 by an American collector, combines signature Rolls-Royce comfort and styling with the extravagance one would expect from royalty – alligator-skin seats and a nickel-plated snake horn, along with the stopping power of a small military unit. In addition to the big guns, the car also carries a heavy rack filled with shotguns, big-game rifles and bird guns.
Live Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction coverage from Las Vegas is available Sept. 26-28 across the FOX family of networks, including newly launched FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports 2, as well as the National Geographic Channel.
Don’t miss the auction marathon. FOX Sports is your exclusive home for LIVE coverage and highlights of the 2013 Barrett-Jackson classic car auctions from Las Vegas.
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View the full Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas car list here.
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