Aug 21, 2014



This past Sunday was the second Caffeine and Exotics car show. Held at Atlanta's Lenox Square Mall, this show is strictly for high end exotics, luxury, import, and sports cars. Unfortunately, I was dealing with headaches, dizziness, and lightheadedness for the past couple of weeks and this day was no different. Sorry for the lack of photos, but my stubborn ways wasn't allowing me to miss this show.























Ironically, while checking out my Instagram time line, I found out that everyone's favorite divorce lawyer and girlfriend- Team Salamone were in town, and technically, they could have shown up to the show with this...



To see the rest of the photos, check out Bernie's Caffeine and Exotics: August 2014 gallery. P.S. I'll make sure I'm better in time for the next car show I'm covering. Anaheim, here I come!!!

Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Bernadette Truell

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Aug 11, 2014



On August 3rd, Caffeine and Octane held it's eighth show of  2014.  Dubbed Atlanta's Best Car Show, this show doesn't fail to disappoint. This month had a lot of old school/vintage cars in attendance, so that's why I'm mostly showing off old cars, and maybe a few toys that Butler Tire brought.









































 









Check out Bernie's Caffeine and Octane: August 2014 gallery for more photos...

Posted on Monday, August 11, 2014 by Bernadette Truell

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Aug 1, 2014



After the success of last years' auction, Barrett-Jackson is coming back to Reno, Nevada. This weekend (July 31st-August 2nd), Barrett-Jackson will be hosting their world's famous auction in the "Biggest Little City in the World". 

I love seeing what's up for auction and picking my favorites. But like I said last year, Reno's auction lacks a certain oomph. This years' docket is much like last years- a lot of American vehicles and not a lot of vehicles within the last 14 years. Maybe in a couple of years, when Barrett-Jackson has been established in Reno, some more exotic goodies will roll on the auction block. Until then, here's the second part of my 16 picks and just in case, you can check out the first part here.




A 1957 Buick Super Riviera is occupying Lot 357. This Super Riviera has a 331cid engine with automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes. New paint, interior, white wall tires, brakes, exhaust, shocks, sway bar link, stainless, windshield, fuel tank, fuel pump, starter and generator. Runs and drives great.



Next on the list, we have a 1986 Zimmer Golden Spirit located in Lot 383. Fastidiously kept and presenting in like-new condition, chrome Dayton wire wheels with Vogue tires, gold/wood Nardi steering wheel, 5.0 Liter V8, original owner's manual, original sales brochure and two sets of keys. Recent full inspection and servicing.



Residing in Lot 394, expect to find a 1950 Oldsmobile Deluxe 88. This sporty looking Deluxe 88 with its original 303.7cid V8 and 4-speed automatic. Presented in a beautiful dark blue metallic with solid black roof and gray cloth interior.



Parked in Lot 400, we have a 1951 Ford Custom Convertible. This is a very rare Ford Custom convertible. Options include fender skirts, bumper guards, deluxe hood ornament, dual spot lights, heater, radio, and a Ford-o-Matic transmission. Smooth running Flathead V8 with dual exhaust for that just right sound.



Stationed in Lot 416, there is a 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 up for auction. Full high performance restoration. Upgraded Pro-Built 454 with an M20 4-speed and 12-bolt posi-traction. Cranberry red with black Strato bucket seats and console. Original Build Sheet, restoration receipts, owner's manual and service manuals included.



A 1940 Ford Custom Puckup is currently occupying Lot 420. This is a recently completed traditional Hot Rod build. This all-steel truck features a 350cid V8 Chevrolet power, upgraded suspension and show quality detail throughout. Show or go, built to be driven.



Waiting to be purchased in Lot 447, we have a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro. This is a first generation Camaro with a 383 stroker small block, neck snapping quickness, 4-speed transmission, power steering, black on black, and laser straight paint.



Halfway down the list, a 1969 Ford Talladega Fastback is located in Lot 636. This is one of 750 produced. Professionally restored and equipped with a 428/335hp V8 with an automatic transmission. This Pesidential Bue color is the rarest of the three colors offered on the Talladega.



Residing in Lot 686, expect to find a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. This SS has a supercharged big block V8, Turbo 400 transmission, reverse manual valve body, electric fuel pump, sinister paint job, sport bucket seats and Wilwood front disc brakes.



Located in Lot 691, we have a 1961 Chevrolet Corvette. This rare jewel blue convertible has white coves and a blue interior. 283cid dual quad roadster with correct Carter carburetors and a 4-speed manual transmission. Documented restoration with receipts and photos.



Take a walk with me to Lot 700 where a 2006 Shelby GT-H is waiting. This 20006 Shelby GT-H Mustang was owned by Shelby American and frequently used by Carroll Shelby and his executives. Part of the Hertz program promoting Shelbys for the enthusiast minded rental customers. It is one of only 500 built.



Parked in Lot 725, we have another Shelby... a 2007 Shelby GT Barrett-Jackson Edition. This is the serial number 1 Shelby prototype car used to showcase the Shelby GT/Barrett-Jackson edition cars. The production run was limited to 100 specially prepared, badged, and serial numbered cars.



Only four more to go, and in Lot 731, you will find a 1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible. This Challenger was upgraded to a 426/425hp HEMI with twin 4 barrel carburetors and 727 transmission with Gear Vendors overdrive and DANA rear end with 3.54 gears. Citron Yellaa exterior, black interior with bucket seats, woodgrain console and dash with pistol grip shifter.



Check out this eye candy in Lot 734- a rare 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko. One of 100 Copo cars ordered by Don Yenko. Period-correct 427/450hp motor. Excellent condition and COPO documented. Listed in the Supercar Registry.



Stationed at Lot 743 is a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302. This Boss sports a rust-free all original sheet metal, under 100,000 original mile survivor. Marti Report, Build Sheet, and this classic was recently purchased in California



And to round out my sweet 16 picks, Lot 758 has a 1958 DeSoto Firesweep parked in it. This is a rare, low production Firesweet convertible, only 700 produced. Restored and equipped with the original 350/295hp HEMI head engine, push button Torquefilte automatic transmission, power brakes, power steering and power top.

Posted on Friday, August 01, 2014 by Bernadette Truell

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