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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The 2017 International Window Film Conference in West Palm Beach

  A few weeks before we brought a Bugatti Chiron to SEMA in Las Vegas, we found ourselves in West Palm Beach. Window Film Mag kicked off the annual International Window Film Conference & Tint-Off, and as a Diamond Plus sponsor, you know we had to bring the heat. Beyond XDC, International Window Film Conference & Tint-Off is one of the few events dedicated entirely to the film industry. In its 17th year, the WFCT has grown in scope & scale, highlighting the latest product releases, informational seminars, and an intense install competition. Velos Design Works McLaren 570S on Display at the XPEL Booth Thanks to our friends from The Sign Savers in Miami, we were lucky to have another awesome vehicle on display. Wrapped & protected with ULTIMATE clear bra, the Velos Design Works McLaren 570S was a serious attention grabber. Pushing an excess of 560HP with a top speed just north of 200mph, there's no denying that the papaya orange 570S was the most high performance ride on the floors of WFCT. The other stars of the International Window Film Conference were, you guessed it: our new window films! Along with the soft launch of our VISION Architectural Line, many attendees had a chance to play with PRIME. Offering incredible UV protection & heat rejection, PRIME XR is a serious contender for anyone seeking a high performance window tint option. The Window Film Mag team caught up with our very own Eric Keller to touch briefly on both products in a Day 1 video recap - check out the full clip here. VISION: A New Outlook on Architectural Window Films Just as PRIME is rapidly becoming a go-to for automotive tinters around the world, our VISION series seeks to take the flat glass industry by storm. With an array of architectural glass solutions available, the VISION portfolio is diverse. Need safety or security film? We've got you covered. Searching for a decorative or anti-graffiti application? Look no further. Our VISION series can give you a new outlook on architectural film like no other. Head over to the product page for more info or request a spec sheet today. The Paint Protection Competition and Tint-Off Of course, it wouldn't be the International Window Film Conference without an install competition. There were a handful of XPEL supporters in the WFCT showdown this year, and a few even made it to the finals. Shout out to Jameel from ACE Custom Signs & Dustin from MidWest Tinting for putting XPEL products at the forefront of the competition, and congrats to Andrew & Kyle from Oz Braz for bringing home the gold! Rightfully so, workmanship & finish quality will always supersede brand rivalries. As one of the judges of the PPF installation competition, lead trainer & installation specialist Alex Valencia made sure only the top qualifiers continued on. ONE CONFERENCE TO RULE THEM ALL Miss out on competing during the WFCT? There's another showdown on the horizon. The 2018 XPEL Dealer Conference is coming up, and we've got a competition in the works that will test the limits of any installer. Head over to xpel.com/dealerconference & get your entry locked in before it's too late.

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Barrett Jackson West Palm Beach with XPEL and The Sign Savers

Barrett Jackson: West Palm Beach Edition 2015 Featuring XPEL and The Sign Savers of Miami We arrived in West Palm Beach, Florida and the weather was beautiful, the sun was shining and it had yet to rain. The 13th annual Barrett Jackson West Palm Beach started bright and early on a beautiful Florida morning April 17th and concluded on April 19th, 2015. The first car rolled across the block at approximately 11am local time. We had plenty of face-time with previous customers and potential customers while showing off the great installation on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that the The Sign Savers of Miami, Florida installed. The Z06 was completely wrapped with XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing paint protection film. The following are all protected from rocks, bug acids, bird droppings and more: the bumper, hood, headlights, fenders, mirrors, doors, rock panels, roof, rear hatch, rear quarters, and rear bumper. It was reported that the owner is an avid racer and takes his vehicle to the race track, which is perfect because it is protected with XPEL ULTIMATE.   One of the more talked about cars during the auction was Herbie The Love Bug. The "oil squirter", made famous by its design to squirt oil out of the passenger side wheel well, it squirted oil on the police officers foot in the 1977 film "Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo." After the films were done, the car passed through the hands of a few private owners and museums before being fully restored to his glory days. Now that the car was in pristine condition and it is one of the last ones that are in drive-able condition, the owner decided to put it up for sale. Unlike the movie the car did not drive itself, so the Barrett Jackson drivers drove it across the block...and the car brought a staggering $126,500 USD at auction!   Statistics from Barrett Jackson: West Palm Beach The 13th Annual Barrett Jackson West Palm Beach brought in a staggering 60,000+ people! “This was one of the most successful Palm Beach collector car auction in our history,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. Here are some other interesting facts about this show: Sales from the sold vehicles: Over $22 million USD Vehicles Sold: 526 Bidders: Over 1,000, from 46 U.S. States and 2  foreign countries Media: 70 registered, from 13 U.S. States and 8 foreign countries Vendors: 73 Sponsors: 40 total Celebrity Appearances at Barrett Jackson West Palm Beach We were in the right place at the right time and caught up with WWE Hall of Fame member, Hulk Hogan! Hulk Hogan was there to help raise money for not just one, but three charities which include Connor’s Cure, A HERO Team and The Grace Project. He was auctioning a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, graciously donated by Torque Sports and Performance. With the help of Mr. Hogan, the vehicle sold for an astonishing $150,000 USD.  Show Pictures XPEL Ultimate Self-healing Clear Bra XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with it's clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much so that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your car has many benefits. It will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. Demonstration of our XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing properties Our XPEL ULTIMATE film self-heals from light scratches, swirl marks and rock chips while driving or maintaining your vehicle. During the show we use a Brass wire brush to simulate the every day occurrences that can affect the film. With the sun on the display the scratches from the brush instantly disappear. When the sun is not available, you can accelerate the healing process with a cup of warm water or a heat source. Not all Patterns are created equal At XPEL we pride ourselves on our pre-cut pattern software. By using a pre-cut pattern you’ll have less to worry about, since the installer will not be trimming the film on your vehicle. Using a pre-cut pattern the film will naturally fit without excessive stretching or contortion, which means the finished product not only lines up perfectly but is free of defects which could be visible once the install is finished. Contrary to what some may believe it’s possible to wrap edges using a computer cut pattern which gives you a much better protection and installation. With XPEL Technologies Corp., all patterns are available with precision cut wrapped edges where possible. Where a wrapped edge is not possible, for example around the parking sensors on a bumper, reverse cameras and more, the film is always machine cut with precision. You can pick and choose your coverage options. Door handle inserts, also known as door cups. This area is prone to getting scratched when entering and exiting the vehicle with rings, fingernails, etc... Luggage Area Kit. This area is prone to damage due to items being removed from the trunk. Headlights and/or Fog-lights Kit Rocker Panels High Impact Areas   Below are examples of the patterns that were installed on this Chevy Z06. To view the pattern for your vehicle: Click Here    

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