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Apr 13

Barrett-Jackson Sunday: Five Cars to Watch

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This tricked-out 1954 Oldsmobile Holiday 88 Custom Roadster should draw plenty of attention Sunday at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction. (Tom Jensen photo)

It’s the third and final day of the 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction and so far, the event has been a huge success with a great docket of more than 550 cars, millions raised for charity and massive crowds.

Today, the focus is on the fun, the funky and the affordable collector cars, the kinds of rides that are perfect for weekend jaunts rather than some of the uber-high-dollar cars that end up as museum pieces.

With that in mind, here are Sunday’s Five To Watch cars from Palm Beach:

LOT 634, 1954 OLDSMOBILE CUSTOM ROADSTER

A wonderful, period-correct cruiser, this 1954 Oldsmobile Holiday 88 Custom roadster evokes the legendary customizer Gene Winfield. This Olds is chopped, channeled, shaved, decked, frenched and about everything else you can do.

Apr 13

MotoGP: Rain Could Level Playing Field For Grand Prix Of The Americas

Everyone is chasing Marc Marquez (93) at Circuit of The Americas. (Photo: Getty Images)

Everyone is chasing Marc Marquez (93) at Circuit of The Americas. (Photo: Getty Images)

The dark clouds looming over the Circuits of The Americas today may look like a small ray of hope for the bulk of the MotoGP field, at least compared to the prospect of Marc Marquez riding off into the sunset.

Marquez has been in imperious form this weekend at the circuit he scored his first-ever MotoGP victory one year ago. Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa may still hold realistic hopes of overcoming Marquez, but the rest of the top men have lowered their sights with a podium result considered about the best they can hope for… unless something unusual happens.

Apr 13

SX: Villopoto Wins In Front Of Hometown Seattle Crowd

Ryan Villopoto won at his hometown race in Seattle for just the second time in his 450SX Class career. (Photo: Simon Cudby / Monster Energy Supercross)

Ryan Villopoto won at his hometown race in Seattle for just the second time in his 450SX Class career. (Photo: Simon Cudby / Monster Energy Supercross)

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto crushed the competition Saturday night in Seattle, Wash., winning by a margin of 12.14 seconds in front of a hometown crowd of 53,927 fans.

Villopoto’s night started out rocky when he was forced to transfer out of the second 450SX semi-final race, but it only went uphill from there. The Seattle-area native nailed the holeshot in the main event and then led all 20 laps to claim his fifth Monster Energy Supercross victory of 2014.

Apr 13

SX: Seely Pulls Off Clutch Win In Seattle To Tighten Championship Race

Cole Seely picked up his second win of the season Saturday in Seattle, Wash. (Photo: Monster Energy Supercross)

Cole Seely picked up his second win of the season Saturday in Seattle, Wash. (Photo: Monster Energy Supercross)

Cole Seely needed a solid performance to keep his Western Regional 250SX Class title hopes alive, and he delivered Saturday night in front of 53,927 fans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.

The Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda rider passed Dean Wilson on the opening lap of the 250SX Class main event and remained unchallenged for the remainder of the 15-lap race, ultimately earning his second win of the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season.

VILLOPOTO WINS IN FRONT OF HOMETOWN SEATTLE CROWD

Apr 12

SX: Seattle Storylines – Villopoto Looks To Wrap Up Fourth Title

Ryan Villopoto was second fastest in qualifying. (Photo: Simon Cudby)

Ryan Villopoto was second fastest in qualifying. (Photo: Simon Cudby)

Practice has wrapped up inside CenturyLink Field, home of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. Weather has been uncharacteristically stellar in the days leading up to the race and continues to be great today, making for one of the driest Seattle tracks in recent memory. As a result, the track is breaking down with deep ruts and a rocky surface. When combined with its technicality it has the makings for an unpredictable night of action.

Ryan Villopoto has a fourth consecutive title within reach entering his home race and needs just five points over James Stewart and Ryan Dungey to clinch the championship in Seattle. However, Villopoto has just one 450SX Class win in four attempts at Seattle (he missed 2010 due to injury), which makes for the most intriguing storyline of the evening.