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Jan 18

Cars: Military Cessna And Truck Bring In One Million Dollars For Armed Forces Foundation

Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson waves the flag as $1 million is raised for the Armed Forces Foundation. (Photo: Carey Spencer/Best Digital Shots)

Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson waves the flag as $1 million is raised for the Armed Forces Foundation. (Photo: Carey Spencer/Best Digital Shots)

There was high drama to open the action Saturday at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car auction, as a Cessna scout plane and a military truck raised $1 million for the Armed Forces Foundation.

AFF President Patricia Driscoll delivered an impassioned introduction about the charity’s work and the bidding quickly hit $750,000 before the hammer fell. Other auction attendees contributed an additional $250,000 bringing the total raised to $1 million.

Jan 18

Nani Roma Wins Dakar Rally; Marc Coma Takes Fourth Bikes Title

Nani Roma (right) and co-driver Michel Perin (left) celebrate after winning the 2014 Dakar Rally. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nani Roma (right) and co-driver Michel Perin (left) celebrate after winning the 2014 Dakar Rally. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nani Roma won the Dakar Rally after an anticlimactic 13th and final stage during which team orders guaranteed the Spaniard would finish first on Saturday.

Stephane Peterhansel, the Dakar’s record 11-time winner and defending champion, began the race’s shortest stage of 157 kilometers with a 26-seconds lead but the Frenchman slowed down and even stopped to let teammate Roma roll first to Valparaiso.

Jan 18

Cars: Ford Making History At Barrett-Jackson With 2015 Mustang GT

The first 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback, which will be sold at Barrett-Jackson. (Photo: Carey Spencer/Best Digital Shots)

The first 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback will be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. (Photo: Carey Spencer/Best Digital Shots)

For the first time in its history, Ford Motor Co. will auction off the first retail production example of an all-new model.

The car in question is the first 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback, which will be sold today at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction, with all proceeds being donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, one of Ford’s pet charities.

Jan 18

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection — The Snake And The Mongoose

Anyone with even the least interest in motor sports knows the story of the Snake and the Mongoose. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Anyone with any interest in motorsports knows the story of the Snake and the Mongoose. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

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 match-up in American motor sports.