Four Firsts Up for Sale for Charity at the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Sale

A new year means a new beginning. More importantly, it also means the return of Barrett-Jackson’s collector car extravaganza down in Scottsdale, Arizona. This year’s auction looks to be one of the biggest yet, attracting a surprising number of first-off-the-line production cars for charity, supercars, and rare classics.

Here’s a few of the star cars you can expect to see on Saturday.

First Production 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition

Created in celebration of the marquee’s 65th anniversary, the Carbon 65 Edition is one of the sharpest looking packages for the Corvette Grand Sport and Z06. Each Carbon 65 Edition arrives with excellent Ceramic Gray paint, unique blue stripes and graphics on the front fenders, special ground effect body trim, and distinct graphics on the doors. Inside, there’s liberal

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Walla Walla man arrested after downtown Astoria dust-up

James Clive Alfred Harvey

James Clive Alfred Harvey

A Walla Walla, Washington, man was arrested Saturday after allegedly causing disturbances at downtown businesses and then fighting with police.

Just after 4:15 p.m., Astoria police responded to reports of a man who had thrown produce around at the Astoria Co-op grocery store, stole a cellphone from owners of the Mai Tong Thai food cart across the street and poured hot sauce on a black Cadillac Escalade nearby. A witness also told police that the man had shattered a piece of glass in the area.

When officers arrived, they located James Clive Alfred Harvey, 35. He allegedly struggled for several minutes as officers attempted to arrest him.

During the tussle, two Astoria police officers used a stun gun to try to subdue Harvey, listed

... read more at: http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20180109/walla-walla-man-arrested-after-downtown-astoria-dust-up

New and Future Cars for 2018 and Beyond

In 2016 the car-making industry saw its seventh consecutive year of record sales in the U.S. with 17.55 million purchases in all. So far in 2017 the numbers seem to have finally plateaued, with analysts forecasting a final total closer to 17 million—still not too shabby. Various social, political, and economic factors are driving the slight decline, but don’t blame it on a lack of interesting, exciting, and appealing new vehicles designed to grab our attention. Indeed, the following is filled with more than 100 cars, crossovers, SUVs, and trucks that are either on sale now or will be within a few years. Even so, this lineup is not exhaustive in terms of everything coming down the pipe. It is composed of the top 100-plus machines that pique our interest as the automotive world continues to change on a seemingly daily basis. Although there might come a day when,

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Billy Joel, Nas, and Nicki Minaj Roll Out for Velocity’s ‘Unique Rides’

Even the most well known members of the entertainment industry have dream cars that simply can’t be bought from a dealership.

That’s where Velocity’s “Unique Rides” comes into play. Host Will Castro and his crew, Team Unique, build cars fit for their stars and any other clients looking to add some flavor to their ride.

The show for car enthusiasts is now in its third season. The season premiere kicks off with a 1988 Mercedes-Benz 190 E commissioned by hip-hop artist, Nas.

The episode will also feature a 2017 Mustang GT build commissioned by one of Castro’s previous customers on a tight

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First Drive: 2018 Infiniti QX80

CHARLESTON, South Carolina – Big three-row SUVs have become de facto flagships for certain luxury brands. Think Cadillac Escalade, of course, and the all-new Lincoln Navigator. Or, in our case today, the Infiniti QX80. While these brands have struggled to compete with their sedans against the flagship of flagships, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, their body-on-frame SUVs offer much of the luxury of the S-Class, throw in high-level towing and some off-road capabilities, and return huge profit margins.

Infiniti unveiled a 2018 model-year facelift of its relatively low-volume, high-profit QX80 recently at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show because the Middle East, along with Russia and the U.S., is one of this model’s most important markets. In fact, Infiniti sells the QX80 in just 27 of the luxury brand’s 50 markets, so 23 go without this

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2018 Infiniti QX80 First Drive Review | Automobile Magazine

CHARLESTON, South Carolina – Big three-row SUVs have become de facto flagships for certain luxury brands. Think Cadillac Escalade, of course, and the all-new Lincoln Navigator. Or, in our case today, the Infiniti QX80. While these brands have struggled to compete with their sedans against the flagship of flagships, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, their body-on-frame SUVs offer much of the luxury of the S-Class, throw in high-level towing and some off-road capabilities, and return huge profit margins.

Infiniti unveiled a 2018 model-year facelift of its relatively low-volume, high-profit QX80 recently at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show because the Middle East, along with Russia and the U.S., is one of this model’s most important markets. In fact, Infiniti sells the QX80 in just 27 of the luxury brand’s 50 markets, so 23 go without this

... read more at: http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-infiniti-qx80-review-first-drive/

If You Want Your Business to Win in the Long-Term, Don’t Take Shortcuts


Startups are for the impatient, so conventional wisdom goes. As programmer and author Paul Graham wrote, “Instead of working at an ordinary rate for 40 years, you work like hell for four” to “solve the money problem in one shot.” Sounds pretty good, right?

While the quick wins do happen from time to time (people win the lottery, too), working 80-hour weeks, starving relationships and pushing teammates to the limit is more likely to result in depression than a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Related: 7 Mental Shifts That Allowed Me to Become a Millionaire at 22

Experienced founders will tell you that the true path to success is long, winding and full of ups and downs. It takes an average of nine long years for a software-as-a-service company to go public. Nine years.

... read more at: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/300430

2020 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV: What to Expect

Lincoln is just now launching the third Navigator to be equipped with an independent rear suspension, and yet we’ve got a couple years before Cadillac finally responds with IRS and/or air suspension in its much-anticipated fifth-generation Escalade. Despite having most of the decade to develop the ’20 Escalade—the “all-new” 2015 model was more an evolutionary update of the ’07, hobbled by General Motors’ 2009 bankruptcy —it is rumored that company brass approved ditching the solid rear axle on its most profitable model late in the program. So the Escalade, its long-wheelbase ESV variant, and the less-expensive Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/XL brethren finally will offer a flat cargo floor. No more lifting out the heavy third seat before you head to Target.

The change to IRS came so late, in fact, that the Escalade has been

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West Gardiner man gets 20 months behind bars for driving SUV into 2 people

AUGUSTA — A West Gardiner man accused of deliberately running his SUV into two people last April pleaded guilty Wednesday to two felony-level charges of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon.

Dakota L. Brann, 21, who also has an address in Augusta, was indicted in July on two counts of elevated aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated assault, which say he caused serious injuries to two people with his vehicle, and one count of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury.

DAKOTA BRANN

On Wednesday at the Capital Judicial Center, those charges were dismissed and the reckless conduct charges were added.

No explanation was offered in court for why the altercation occurred, and District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said afterward there was no clear information about to why it happened, but it might have involved a former girlfriend.

“The defendant claimed it was an accident,” Maloney said, “but obviously

... read more at: https://www.centralmaine.com/2017/12/06/west-gardiner-man-gets-20-months-behind-bars-for-driving-suv-into-2-people/

Nearly 2000 attend Oktoberfest in Gardiner

GARDINER — Bryce Royal hasn’t shaved in more than five years. Throughout the early afternoon, person after person walked up to Royal and asked for a picture, and he was happy to oblige.

Royal was one of more than a dozen entrants in the Annual Gardiner Beard and Mustache Competition during the city’s eighth Swine Stein Oktoberfest.

Bryce Royal, left, and Zachary LeClair talk with other members of the Maine Facial Hair Club on Saturday afternoon during the eighth annual Swine  Stein Oktoberfest in Gardiner.


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“This is just a freestyle, and it took me a few hours this morning to get it the way I wanted,” said Royal, 38, of Windham. “It’s just a lot of fun.”

The event featured craft beers from a dozen Maine brewers under a big tent, as well as live music, children’s games, a petting zoo, food

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