Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2018 with the Velos Mclaren 570S

2018 marked the 16th year for the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. This year, the show saw the inclusion of the John Staluppi collection, bringing 145 unique vehicles to the blocks for sale. With nearly 700 cars totaling out just shy of $40 million, the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auctions were as exciting as ever. Velos DesignWerks McLaren 570s with ULTIMATE PLUS Paint Protection As some of our readers might recall, we bolstered our presence at the 2017 WFCT with the help of a bright orange McLaren. In particular, the Velos DesignWerks 570S. For Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, it was back with a few new updates & modifications. Along with ULTIMATE PLUS paint protection film from The Sign Savers, the Velos 570S now has a new set of black & gold VLS01 wheels & a rear carbon wing. The McLaren drew a ton of attention to the XPEL booth. Having a fast car to show off is one thing, but when it's a rolling example of how the products performs in the wild, it's even better. Protecting a Little Piece of History No doubt, Barrett-Jackson is always full of surprises. When an opportunity for protecting something special arises, you've got to jump on it. Of all the celebrity sightings this year, Burt Reynolds stood out the most. Since his '80 Trans Am Pace Car crossed the blocks this year, the Bandit was on-location for a little meet & greet. After an autograph session, Burt decided to sign the Smokey themed printed wrap on the side of one of the merch trailers. With the help of some XPEL ULTIMATE film samples, Peter from Zen Auto Concepts made short work of preserving the signatures for years to come. Crowd Pleasers & Pocket Drainers As we mentioned above, Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach grew quite a bit in 2018. Staluppi's "Cars of Dreams" collection encompassed an entirely new tent all on its own. The collection included a little bit of everything, from classics to muscle and even a few oddities. While most of the vehicles were convertibles, there was one coupe that stood out. None other than a bone-stock twin turbo Toyota Supra, which sold for $50K and some change. There were quite a few other JDM legends hanging around the auction grounds of Barret-Jackson Palm Beach as well. We spied a handful of R33 Nissan Skylines, a right hand drive Mazda RX-7, and even a couple of NSXs. The top seller of the show was a uniquely spec'd Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition. Only 50 of the 500 LFAs produced came as Nürburgring Editions, so we were a bit surprised to see one crossing the blocks in Palm Beach of all places. At any rate, the LFA found a new home to the tune of a $770,000 hammer down. Inside the main Exhibitor Pavilion, a different high value supercar icon sat a few steps away from the XPEL booth. A Heritage Edition Ford GT, presumably, one of the same from SEMA 2017, looked as striking as ever in race inspired regalia. Other notable additions to the Blue Oval's base included the infamous Mustang Bullitt, as well as the first new Ford Ranger we've seen in the wild. Next Stop: Mohegan Sun All in all, this year's Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach was another awesome event for buyers, sellers, and show-goers alike. Between record setting attendance, high value automobiles and the enthusiasm of ownership, Barrett Jackson is just the type of place we like to be. In a handful of months, you'll be able to catch us back in the action at the Mohegan Sun for Barrett-Jackson Northeast. If you're going to the show, don't hesitate to stop by the booth & say hi!

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McLaren 570S Treated to ULTIMATE Paint Protection at XPEL Houston

Wrapping Up a Pacific Blue 2017 McLaren 570S with XPEL Self-Healing Film With over 560hp on tap, seven sequential gears & a twin-turbo V8 handling the heavy lifting, McLaren's 570S is quite a performer. It's a new breed of high performance vehicle that's reshaping the way we think about life on four wheels.Between an impressive power-to-weight ratio & lightweight construction, the 570S delivers on all levels. McLaren Automotive themselves describe the 570S as the "ultimate sports car experience." No doubt, it's hard to disagree. When you've got the Ultimate sports car, only ULTIMATE paint protection will suffice. Cue the music! As you can see, before venturing out to Royal Purple Raceway for TX2K last month, we made plans for a slight detour to XPEL Houston. Incidentally, a beautiful Pacific blue 570S from McLaren Houston was ready & waiting for us when we arrived. In no time, the 570S got prepped and wrapped up with Full Front XPEL ULTIMATE paint protection film. If you're unfamiliar - Full Front refers to all the high-impact areas. In this case, coverage included the McLaren's entire front bumper, front fenders, headlights & mirror caps. Installation Process & Procedure To kickstart the installation process, the 570S got washed up. Once clean, we put McLaren's paint through a thorough clay bar decontamination stage. With a silky smooth clear coat prepped for protection, the 570S was ready for XPEL ULTIMATE. Thanks to our precision designed kits, fitting the film to the McLaren was a relative breeze. Each piece of the 570s' Full Front package contours with the natural body shape of the vehicle for a snug fit. Even with a curvaceous shape like the front fenders on a McLaren 570S, XPEL ULTIMATE lays down smooth. After the initial stroke, installing clear bra becomes a matter of working out the gel. With proper technique, the floating film adheres right to the paint. On average, a skilled installer is capable of producing a Full Front XPEL ULTIMATE protection package in a matter of a few hours or so. At XPEL Houston, that standard rings true. Our installer made short work of the McLaren 570S, powering through the installation with ease. The fit and finish of the end product is proof in itself. XPEL ULTIMATE is nearly invisible over the Pacific blue paint. Whether this McLaren is up carving corners or corralled at Cars & Coffee, it's now protected from whatever the road throws its way! ULTIMATE Protection for an Ultimate Sports Car Back outside, the McLaren's new XPEL ULTIMATE clear bra glistened in the Houston sun. The Pacific's metallic flake remains unchanged under its new protective film. It's quite a dynamic color, and knowing it's going to remain that way for years to come is even better. In addition, paring it with McLaren's signature papaya accents makes for a stunning spec on the 570S. By the numbers, the McLaren 570S can rocket from 0-120+ mph in a mere 9.5 seconds. That's faster than most daily drivers can make it to sixty. It's a power-to-weight equation that favors McLaren's technological advancements. The 570S owes much of its featherlight nature to the MonoCell II chassis design. Tipping the scales at around 165 pounds, the carbon tub in the McLaren is a key component to its success. Juiced up, the 570S weighs in at a slim 3,100 pounds, notably lighter than most everything that falls under the "premium sports car" heading. As a result, the McLaren remains nimble, grounded, and predictable in the best kind of way. On or off the track, the 570S is capable of a spectacular performance. All things considered, when piloting a vehicle as spectacular as a new McLaren 570S, it's all about the experience. Thanks to the protection provided by XPEL ULTIMATE clear bra, you can put your mind at ease & focus on driving.  Houston XPEL Install Center Interested in preventative protection for your personal vehicle? If you live in Houston or surrounding areas, don't hesitate to reach out for more information on coverage, installation cost, and aftercare tips. The XPEL Houston installation center can be reached via the links below. LOCATED AT: 220 Barren Springs Dr #3, Houston, TX 77090 CALL: (210) 678-3700 ONLINE: www.xpel.com  What is XPEL ULTIMATE? XPEL ULTIMATE leads the clear bra industry with unrivaled clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and delaminating! Protecting your paint has many benefits. For example, clear bra will help maintain your vehicle's factory finish, make your car easier to clean, and can even help bolster the car's resale value! Check out this self-healing demonstration & see for yourself:   Click below to find an XPEL Installer nearest you: With Authorized Installers all over the globe, you can have XPEL Self-Healing Paint Protection Film installed on your vehicles no matter where you are. Can't find an XPEL Dealer in your area or looking to become an installer yourself? Shoot us an e-mail! Pacific Blue 2017 McLaren 570S Photo Gallery

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