Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 Tuesday Recap

Day one is in the books at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale!

Lets take a look at how our cars to watch did, if you missed the original post about them, CLICK HERE

1990 Ford Mustang 7 Up Car: $9,900- Very fair price, figured it would have went for a few more thousand

1974 Chevrolet El Camino: $20,900- Strong money! Twice what I figured it was worth!

1976 Pontiac Trans Am: $23,100- Fair market price

1972 Winnebago: $12,100- I so would have bought this!

1934 Ford 3 Window-$45,100- You couldn’t build it for that!

1970 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible(blue)- $52,250- A little more coin than I figured!

1970 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible(orange)- $44,000- About what I figured, I actually liked this one better than the blue one.

1969 Ford Talladega- $110,000- Really? Wow! These cars have never got the respect they deserve as compared to the Daytona and Superbird, until now!

1963 Chevrolet Corvette- $55,000- Strong money for this car.

1970 Dodge Challenger T/A- $66,000- About right were I figured this car would be

I can’t believe how much money the early Mustang convertibles were bringing! Check out these two!

The second one is a little high, but the first one was out of this world high! If this is the trend, fastback cars may bring 200k!

There were a few decent deals, but nothing I would consider a bargain! I can’t believe how high the cars were tonight! Records will surely be broken come the weekend!

Top Five Sellers For The Day

5. 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS $70,000

4. 1958 Chevrolet Impala $75,000

3. 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS $75,000 (charity)

2. 1969 Ford Talladega $100,000

1. 2013 Ford Mustang $110,000 (charity)

If you haven’t already, be sure and check out Wednesday’s Cars To Watch by CLICKING HERE

Unofficial Barrett-Jackson 2014 Guide

Everything you need to enhance your Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 viewing expereince!!


For the complete TV Schedule, CLICK HERE

Need help finding Fox Sports 1 or any of the other coverage channels? CLICK HERE

For the 2014 Scottsdale preview video’s, CLICK HERE

For everything Barrett-Jackson, visit their website by CLICKING HERE

For the complete event schedule, not just the tv schedule, CLICK HERE

For the complete car list, CLICK HERE

Information regarding this years Hagerty Fantasy Bid can be found HERE

If you are on Twitter, below are a few key items to remember.

You can follow us for live Barrett-Jackson commentary @jdsmotorsports

The official Barrett-Jackson twitter account is @barrett_jackson

The key hashtag to remember is #barrettjackson

Other accounts to follow


Another good account to follow is that of Tom Jensen, @tomjensen100

Also, be sure and check our website each morning for our cars to watch for that day. We will also have daily recaps and commentary!

Barrett-Jackson: Reno-Tahoe Hot August Nights Auction Coverage

Coming up this week starting on Thursday we will have coverage and commentary on the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Auction from Reno at the Hot August Nights! Be sure and stay tuned to us on Twitter @jdsmotorsports for live commentary during the auction! The auction can be seen all weekend on Speed/Fox Sports One. Here is the link for that information. CLICK HERE  For more information on the auction visit Barrett-Jackson online by CLICKING HERE



Its going to be a busy August on the site!

From auctions to events, August is going to be one of the busiest months yet for content on! Here’s whats coming up!

Auction Coverage & Commentary

Barrett-Jackson Reno & Tahoe Hot August Nights: August 8th, 9th, and 10th

Mecum Monterey: August 15th-17th

Gooding & Company Pebble Beach: August 17 & 18th

Russo and Steele Monterey: August 15-17th

RM Auctions: Monterey: August 16th & 17th

Car Show Event Coverage

5th Annual Georgia MTN Moonshine Cruiz-in August 8-9-10th

We will be on hand with coverage from the kick off party on Thursday night as well as the event on Friday.

Saturday night, August the 10th we will be in Hayesville, NC for the Annual Jacky Jones Cruise In at Jacky Jones Dodge. If you are anywhere close you need to come to this, its probably the biggest annual cruise in Western North Carolina has to offer!

If I can fit it in I will also be attending the car show and possibly the cruise in the night before at the Mountain High BBQ Festival in Franklin. It’s not high priority because I’m not a big fan of shows that number one, limit the year of entry, sorry to those 1974 and older!. And number two I’m not big on any show that is going to “limit” the amount of cars they take in based on space. If you are going to have a car show you better be able to park as many cars as you have show up. But anyway that is neither here nor there. I’ll still slide by at some point and take a few pictures.

August 16-18th we will be in Clarkesville, GA for the 36th Annual NE GA Antique Auto Show. We will have coverage from all three days!

August 23-25th we will be in Carlisle, PA for Corvette’s at Carlisle. This will be my first trip to Carlisle since 2007 and I have to say I am very excited to be making what used to be an annual trip for me!

August 31st will be the last and BEST show we cover all of August! That is the show that I put on each year for JDRF, the 7th Annual JDRF Charity Car Show in Clayton, GA. For more information on the show be sure and visit our sister site

We also plan to be at several local cruise nights between now and then promoting our JDRF show so look for coverage from those events as well!

NASCAR Picks: Martinsville

With the busy season coming on at my real job I’ve came to the realization that I don’t have the time each week to devote to writing a proper column. With that being said I’m going to discontinue the weekly writing of Restictor Plates Are Off, I will however continue to share my Yahoo Fantasy Pick ‘Em Picks and my pick for the race each week. I will from time to time be writing a NASCAR column just not on a weekly basis.

So on to the picks!



(Photo Credit: Speedway Media)

Pick Of The Week

Last week I picked Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win at California, thanks in part to the last lap mayhem I almost came out with a winner, but I’ll settle for second place any day! That moves my average finish to 15.8 for the year. To track all my picks for 2013 CLICK HERE. This week in Martinsville I’m going with you guessed it, Mark Martin. Mark is going to be in a strong car driving the #11 Fedex Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in place of injured Denny Hamlin. In fact this could be Mark’s last chance at a top tier cup seat, not downing MWR’s equipment, but I think most would agree a Gibbs ride is still a level above MWR. Not to mention Mark has two wins at Martinsville, both coming in the spring race.

Yahoo Pick ‘Em

Last week was a win for me in one league and a top five in the other. Three of my four picks finished top ten, the other top fifteen, not too bad!

Matt Kenseth-7th, Dale Jr.-2nd, Joey Logano-3rd, Casey Mears-15th.

But this is another week and at a track where anything can and probably will happen! Wish me luck!

A. Jeff Gordon- How can you not start him here?

B. Mark Martin & Dale Earnhardt Jr.- Mark is my pick to win the race, as I said above, and Dale Jr. has been solid thus far, Martinsville should be no different.

C. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.- I know alot of people have probably been burning their Ricky Stenhouse picks up early this year, I mean lets face it there isn’t much other option in the C level. I’m a little leery any time you start a rookie at a short track, but I think Ricky can stay calm enough to pull out a solid finish if he can avoid any major wrecks.

On the Bench:(I normally don’t share these, but they do effect qualifying and there is a minor chance I could panic if someone has a horrible qualifying and practice and swap them in, so I figure I’ll start sharing them)

A-Jimmie Johnson- Again, always solid at Martinsville, I would have probably started him over Gordon, but I figured I could use his starts later in the season.

B- Kurt Busch & Ryan Newman- Both are winners here, Kurt has been strong the last two weeks, I would have felt confident starting him. I don’t think Newman is a threat to win, but he is always a solid pole contender.

C- David Reutimann- Might get a good qualifying run in, if they are running the whole race he could have a decent finish.

Restrictor Plates Are Off: NASCAR International Part One “History Lesson”

(This is part one of a three part series)
With the announcement last week that former Nationwide Series director Joe Balash would become the new NASCAR International Competition Liaison NASCAR has made it clear that they will continue to market and race their cars and trucks outside of the United States. Further growing the sport we all love. I want to take a look at where NASCAR is and could be headed in the future with their international affairs but before I get into that I want to take a look back at where NASCAR has already been outside of the USA.

The Land Down Under

If you ask most casual fans when the first international NASCAR races were they would probably direct you to the three years of races in Japan, first at the Suzuki Circuit, then at the Twin Ring Motegi. But in fact NASCAR’s first international racing was done in the late 80’s in the land down under. The Goodyear Nascar 500 at the Thunderdome. The Thunderdome is a 1.1 mile race track on the grounds of the Cadler Park Raceway. The first race held there on February 28th 1988 and was won by Neil Bonnett. The field was a mix of NASCAR regulars and local stars. The NASCAR regulars included Bonnett, Bobby Allison, Dave Marcus, Hershel McGriff, Kyle Petty, and Micheal Waltrip. To see the complete finishing order CLICK HERE The race was a hit with those who ran it, in fact many of them came back that December to run in the Christmas 500. Morgan Shepard won that race with Sterling Marlin running second and Harry Gant 3rd. For the complete finishing order of that race CLICK HERE A third race was ran the following December, the NASCAR 400, it was won by Terry Labonte. CLICK HERE for the finishing order of that race.

I found some pretty cool video footage on youtube of the first race, check it out!

Here are the other parts to the race.
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
This video is from youtube user wildbeemer’s page. CLICK HERE to see more of his cool, rare NASCAR footage!

Although according to Wikipedia NASCAR racing continued in Australia until around 2000 under the authority of AUSCAR(Australian Stock Car Auto Racing) information on it is hard to find. A problem I will address in the second part of this three part series.

The House Of The Rising Sun

In 1996 NASCAR announced that it would bead to the Suzuka Circuit for a 100 mile non-points race that November. The first race featured NASCAR’s biggest names including eventual race winner Rusty Wallace, along with Dale Earnhardt Sr., Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte, Ernie Irvan, Dale Jarrett, and more. For a complete run down from that race CLICK HERE. Nascar went back in 1998 but with less star power. Mike Skinner would win that race. CLICK HERE for the complete run down.
Here is some video footage from the two race.

1997, this is the complete race

In 1998 NASCAR gave up the Japanese road course for a more familiar oval. The Twin Ring Motegi, a 1.549 mile oval, would play host to the third race in Japan, the Coca-Cola 500. The oval would again bring the star power to Japan. Race winner Mike Skinner, along with Jeff Gordon, Jeremy Mayfield, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Burton, Bill Elliot, Sterling Marlin, Micheal Waltrip, Kenny Wallace, Darrell Waltrip all took place in the race. The race would also be the first time that Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt. Jr. raced on the same track. CLICK HERE for a complete field rundown.

Here is some video footage of the last four laps of the race, more footage can easily be found on youtube.

NASCAR would return in 1999 under the “Winston West” banner. The race was without any Cup regulars and would be the last trip to Japan. CLICK HERE for the results of that race.

Canada, Mexico, and More…

After Japan NASCAR was pretty quiet on the foreign front. In 2006 the purchased the long running CASCAR series which runs in Canada renaming it the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. In 2006 they also started the NASCAR Toyota Series in Mexico. In early 2012 they announced they would sanction the Racecar Euro Series as a official “NASCAR Touring Series”. We will cover more on these three divisions and where NASCAR may be going in part two of this three part series next week! Stay tuned!

“Restrictor Plates Are Off” is simply a weekly opinion column shared each week with the viewers of, a word press blog. We are not a professional media outlet nor do we pretend to be one. Just a NASCAR fan who enjoys sharing opinions with our readers. This article is written by Jeff Southard. For questions or comments pleas either respond through the website or email