Speed and Barrett-Jackson Reach Extended Partnership Agreement – The world’s premier collector car auction company, Barrett-Jackson, and SPEED , the definitive motorsports and automotive lifestyle network, have reached an agreement on a multi-year contract to continue live broadcasts of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Events in Scottsdale, Ariz., and West Palm Beach, Fla., and extend coverage to include Barrett-Jackson’s new Las Vegas auction. The deal gives SPEED exclusive rights to live coverage of Barrett-Jackson’s three auctions and will include multi-platform support such as SPEEDtv.com, mobile, “video on demand” and Fantasy Bid.
“Our new contract is a testament to the growing passion of the collector car hobby,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman/CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Over the years, our companies have formed a dynamic partnership that has been instrumental to our growth, as well as to the development of this amazing hobby. Barrett-Jackson and SPEED are a winning team, with high ratings, impressive sales numbers and record breaking attendance to prove it.”
The relationship between Speed and Barrett-Jackson began in 1997 with six hours of coverage during the Scottsdale event. Since then, the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Events and auction programming have become one of the highest-rated shows on the network. The coverage, highlighted by over 40 hours of live action in 2007, has vaulted the thrilling collector car hobby into the mainstream, making it accessible to millions of new collectors across the globe.
“Barrett-Jackson has done a great job of consigning a range of cars from many price ranges – with entry level cars early in the week giving way to the high-dollar vehicles as the weekend goes on,” noted Rick Miner, SPEED SVP of Production & Operations. “What they’re doing is consigning cars that the public wants to buy and that everyone wants to see on television. It’s a great event.”
Barrett-Jackson auctions were born in 1967 from a simple charity car show called “Fiesta del los Auto Elegance” to benefit local Scottsdale charities. By 1971, the show had grown, featuring classics from Russ Jackson’s and Tom Barrett’s personal collections, including Mr. Barrett’s Mercedes 770 Phaeton that fetched $153,000 – setting the automotive world abuzz.
The ’80s and ’90s saw massive growth in the industry and big changes as Craig Jackson took over the company and forged an aggressive, long-term plan of growth, which included a new relationship with SPEED. Over the past 11 years, that relationship has helped position Barrett-Jackson as the premier auction company within the collector car hobby.
“There have been many great moments in more than a decade of broadcasting from the auction block,” added Miner. “One of my favorite memories actually happened in Palm Beach, when they sold the Howard Hughes 1953 Buick Roadmaster. It was a very dramatic moment, especially when it hit a million. You knew the Palm Beach auction had really arrived at that point.”
“Nothing tops the legendary sale of Carroll Shelby’s ’66 Cobra Super Snake last year in Scottsdale,” said Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson. “The electricity in the building was unlike anything I had ever witnessed. Like most of the memorable moments at Barrett-Jackson, the entire sale of the Super Snake was captured by SPEED. They were able to catch the intense exchanges between our auctioneers and the bidders, as well as the reactions of the consignor and Mr. Shelby when the car sold for a record $5 million.”
Jean Marie Balestre Passes Away – Former FIA president Jean Marie Balestre has passed away at the age of 86.
Balestre, who was succeeded by current president Max Mosley in 1993, was a founding member of the French national motorsport association, the Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile (FFSA), becoming its president in 1973. During that period he also established FISA, then F1’s primary governing body, and became heavily involved in the organization’s battles with Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula One Constructors Association (FOCA) over the control and finances of Formula 1.
In the early 1980s, the FISA/FOCA infighting led to several boycotts of grand prix events by teams supporting either FISA’s or FOCA’s position. Balestre finally agreed to a compromise deal with Ecclestone leading to the conclusion of the first “Concorde Agreement” whose successors specify the ground rules for governing the sport to this day.
Even after burying the hatchet with Ecclestone, Balestre remained a lightning rod with his crusade to improve safety in the sport, which saw him campaign hard for the banning of turbo engines – a goal he ultimately achieved in 1989. However, he remained a source of controversy as he was accused by some within the sport for abusing his power—especially following the bitter controversies at the 1989 and 1990 Japanese Grand Prix between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. Mosley, formerly Ecclestone’s right-hand man at FOCA, emerged as one of Balestre’s leading critics, and ultimately defeated the Frenchman’s bid for re-election to the presidency of the FISA in 1991. Mosley went on to succeed Balestre as president of the FIA, FISA’s parent body, two years later.
[Source: Speed TV]
Balestre Already at Work – According to AutoWeek, the FIA said that Max Mosley, 67, has sought legal advice over a front-page story in a British tabloid alleging that he took part in a $5,000 sadomasochistic orgy with five role-playing prostitutes. News of the World published photographs purporting to show the FIA president with the women in a basement apartment in London. The photographs showed a prostitute in a striped uniform reminiscent of those issued to Jewish prisoners held in World War II concentration camps and another in Nazi-style clothing.
The tabloid made much of the fact that Mosley is the son of Nazi sympathizer Sir Oswald Mosley, who founded the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s. Jewish organizations reacted to the report by calling for Mosley’s resignation. Mosley made no comment. An FIA spokesperson said, “This is a matter between Mr. Mosley and the paper in question. We understand that Mr. Mosley’s lawyers are now in contact with that newspaper.”
Ecclestone told the Times of London: “I’ve known [Mosley] an awful long time. If somebody had told me this without the evidence, I would have found it difficult to believe. Assuming it’s all true, what people do privately is up to them. I don’t honestly believe it affects the sport in any way. Knowing Max, it might all be a bit of a joke.”