Amelia Island 2020

1984 Tiga SC84 Sports 2000 owned by rocker John Oates crosses the block for charity

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, rocker John Oates donated the proceeds from the sale of his 1984 Tiga SC84 to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Foundation.

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One lucky bidder has made their dreams come true. They now own the 1984 Tiga SC84 Sports 2000 that, up until the gavel pounded, was owned by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oats, one half of the Hall and Oates singer/songwriter duo. The final price was $50,400 including the buyer's premium.

The car was offered without reserve as part of the RM Sotheby's auction with all proceeds benefitting the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization with beneficiaries including Community Hospice & Palliative Care, Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, and Shop with Cops, and The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

The History of the car starts in the 1970s, when Formula 1 drivers Tim Schenken and Howden Ganley founded race-car manufacturer Tiga. The company found varying degrees of success I the 70s and 80s including a win at Le Mans and team awards at the World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Daytona.

From 2017 to 2018, the car was comprehensively restored after years of use. Oates, and his wife Aimee acquired the car in 2018. According to the listing by RM Sotheby's, the car was tested at Palm Beach International Raceway in December 2019, and it is said that SC84 drove better then than when delivered new in 1984.

The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and the Oates marriage both celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. In honor of the two milestones, the couple elected to donate the proceeds of the car sale to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Foundation.

"As Aimee and I approach our 25th anniversary, we are reminded of how fortunate we are to have found each other. The holiday giving season provides a chance to take stock of all that we have and give back to the ones that we care about," said John Oates. "Our hope is that the money raised from the sale of our race car provides comfort and resources for the individuals and families supported by the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Foundation's charitable giving."

Prior to the auction, the car had been estimated to be worth between $35,000 and $45,000.

"We're honored to work with John and Aimee to offer such a usable car for such a worthy cause," says Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby's. "This is a great coming together of long-time supporters of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and the important work of its Foundation, as well as a fantastic demonstration of the generosity found in the collector car community."

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Stunt driver Jess Hawkins and British royal family member Arthur Chatto went head to head in a new competition

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Earlier this year the grandson of the Queen of England’s late sister, Princess Margaret, was one in a foursome that captured the Guinness Book of World Records title as being the youngest team to row around Great Britain, a 2,000-mile feat.

Team Exe Endurow set off on the journey by launching their quad boat into the water near Tower Bridge in London using a 2020 Land Rover Defender, while wearing Land Rover x Elliot Brown Holton Professional watches.

Another unique athletic venture has paired up Chatto and the watch again. The young royal challenged challenged stunt driver and W Series racing driver Jess Hawkins to a race: each would travel across the wilderness and the first one to the destination would be the winner. Hawkins entered the race fresh off serving as a stunt driver for the new James Bond movie “No Time to Die”. She took the wheel of a 2020 Defender for the challenge. Chatto went on foot.

Before setting out, the two placed a wager. If Hawkins won, she would turn her Defender over to Chatto. If he won, he would turn his watch over to her.

A new video from Land Rover showcases the battle, marketing style, with the duo covering muddy tracks, rivers, and other natural obstacles. Watch the video below.

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The new Land Rover Defender is on sale now. The Land Rover x Elliot Brown Hilton Professional watch was built to withstand harsh environments. It retails for $624 in the U.S. as part of Land Rover’s Above and Beyond Collection of technical clothing and equipment.

Chatto isn’t the only British royal family member with ties to Land Rover. His cousin, Zara Tindall had an ongoing professional relationship with the company for years as a brand ambassador (Tindall is a world champion horse rider and won a silver Olympic medal in Eventing in 2012).

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The new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is coming soon to a LEGO store near you.

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Ask any Jeep Wrangler owner and they'll tell you that their vehicle is just a bigger version of this new LEGO set," said Mark Allen, Head of Jeep Design. "The design of the Jeep Wrangler allows them to take it apart, top off, doors off, reconfigure it, add new pieces from our Mopar team, and then put it back together again. This LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler should bring a new level of joy to our Jeep enthusiasts and help inspire future designers to the brand."

LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

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The 665-piece model features all the classic Jeep hallmarks - a performance 4x4 system, rugged tires, fold-down rear seats, and a seven-slot grille. It features a button operated front steering system and axle-articulation suspension. It has a yellow-and-black color scheme.

"The Jeep Wrangler is an icon in the off-road world" says Lars Thygesen, Designer, LEGO Technic. "The Rubicon has a lot of the iconic details loved by 4x4 fans the world over, so it was important to me to pack as many of the authentic, powerful features of the real vehicle into the LEGO Technic replica. I hope LEGO fans and vehicle lovers enjoy all aspects including the suspension, winch and open air design that we developed alongside the talented Jeep design team."

The LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler is designed for Jeep and LEGO fans alike, aged 9 and above. It will be available from January 1st 2021 from LEGO.com, LEGO stores and other retailers globally, priced at [49.99€/49.99$/£44.99].

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