Monday, January 30, 2012

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2012, A Week In the Winter Sun

Dixon signing autographs at the ADESA Auction
January is auction time in the Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona area. Every type of vehicle and every type of collector is in town. There is the Gooding, Mecum, RM, Russo & Steele, Barrett-Jackson and more.

In January you usually find excellent weather and a great time with even better car people.  This year bonspeed boy, Brad Fanshaw attended with his friends Larry Dixon and Steve Johnson. Due to drag racing schedules neither had ever attended the events. This year they found some extra time.

Appearing with some true legends at ADESA.
The people at ADESA Auto Auctions couldn't have been any nicer they asked us to come by and appear at their annual event. We were in great company the group was Barry Meguire (Meguire's Car Care and Car Crazy), Larry Dixon (Three-time NHRA Top Fuel Champion), Steve Johnson (NHRA Pro-Stock Motorcycle Champion), Parnelli Jones, Mike Russo (ADESA), Brad Fanshaw (Car Warriors on SPEED and Rod & Custom Radio) and Alan Taylor (TV and Radio Host).

Dixon gets interviewed by SPEED Johnson drives in view.
Larry was grabbed by SPEED for a quick interview in the staging lanes to discuss his search for a new sponsor.  The ever-ready Steve Johnson grabbed some of the limelight by sneaking into a car and making an appearance.

Brad with April Rose from SPEED, all work and no play!
Brad did his share of hanging out with the SPEED crew to promote his new show that premiers on February 24th. After a live interview he made his way up to the SPEED Social Garage to answer Twitter questions and meet April Rose and Justin Bell.

One rare muscle car, M/T prepared HEMI Thunderbolt

Jim Mangione sold an incredible collection of cars at Barrett-Jackson, it included this Mickey Thompson, Hemi Ford T-Bolt.

Brad and Bob Bauder were part of the team that restored this car years back and the owner asked us to take it across the auction block.

Brad Fanshaw, Bob Bauder and the Hemi Ford Thunderbolt.

On the block at Barrett-Jackson, Brad and Bob Bauder had just drove the T-bolt across the block.
The car then sold for $242,000!

Bobby Alloway taking a Boydster across the block.

Ran into our friend and street rod builder Bobby Alloway at Barrett-Jackson.

The Hemi Dart reveals dual quads when the hood is lifted.

Another of the cars auctioned by Jim Mangione was this HEMI Dart. Here it is on the block being eyed by everyone in the house!

A real HEMI Dart and it sold for $176,000, might be expensive but a deal for the right buyer.

Simple Silver and an aluminum block equals nearly $500K

Yes, muscle cars are still very much in demand and rarity reigns supreme! This 1969 Camaro ZL-1 (Aluminum 427). Sold for $451,000 on Saturday.

Racing legends in Craig Jackson's skybox.

Even champions find champions at Barrett-Jackson. Larry and Steve with "Big Daddy" Don Garlits.

Monday, January 16, 2012

New bonspeed Wheel Styles Released for 2012

bonspeed "DETROIT" shown with optional bead blasted center spokes
bonspeed is ready for 2012 with several new wheel designs. Our newest designs range from classic to cutting-edge.

All bonspeed wheels are manufactured to order in our Anaheim factory, special backspace and brake fitment is always included. Most all bonspeed styles are also available in 6-lug versions.

The bonspeed "DETROIT" is a wheel that screams classic muscle car style, but looks equally as good on trucks and late model muscle.

The DETROIT has deep recessed spoke details and is available in sizes 17"- 26".

bonspeed "FreeBird" shown with optional finish and cap.

The bonspeed "FREEBIRD" is a wheel that needed to be built. So many auto enthusiasts remember the late 1970 styling that came from Detroit and now a similar style is available for their cars in modern sizes.

This premium wheel is available in sizes from 17"-24" and you can order them with special powder coating and even a custom center cap.

bonspeed "SWITCH" a directional wheel shown in polished finish


Always the design leader bonspeed has released the "SWITCH" a wheel that was inspired by the late model pony cars but works on any truck or even hot rods.

Personalize the directional spoke insets with our optional brushed finish or a powder coating. The wheel is available in sizes 17" - 26".

bonspeed "ICON" shown with optional black powder coat.


Classic muscle looks for your vintage steel or even your new Challenger. The bonspeed "ICON" is a billet wheel that provides the style you seek but with the ability to get a custom fitment.

The ICON comes in sizes 17"- 20".

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Car Warriors Season 2 on SPEED - Production is Complete

Brad Fanshaw, bonspeed President on-set Car Warriors for SPEED
All twelve (12) episodes of Car Warriors Season 2 for SPEED are completed. This production challenges two teams of car builders to customize a car in just 48 hours!

On Car Warriors there are no made up time lines the clock starts and the clock stops, it is truly 48 consecutive hours. The teams create a design then paint the vehicle, install a high-performance drivetrain, sew custom upholstery, add modified suspensions and a host of other custom features.

Brad Fanshaw acts as a technical co-host for the show by providing the audience with up-to-the minute information about the build. Fanshaw also informs the viewers of potential problems and solutions that the team encounters. His is a roll of information provider, coach, design leader, mentor and psychologist. Yes, Brad gets his hands dirty helping teams with ideas, solutions and management of the 48 hours.

Car Warriors premiers February 24th, 2012 on SPEED.