This custom Ducati Scrambler 1100 by CC Racing Garage is a thing of beauty

A motorcycle customized by CC Racing Garage has won a big prize.

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Marco Graziani of CC Racing Garage customized a Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special motorcycle with a design so fit it won the third edition of Custom Rumble, a contest organized by Ducati Scrambler dedicated exclusively to custom bikes.

Each motorcycle that was entered was judged by a jury of experts including actor Nicholas Hoult, the riders Chaz Davies and Andrea Dovizioso, the founder of BikeShed Dutch Van Someren, and the Italian customizer of Officine Rossopuro Filippo Barbacane.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 FT by Marco Graziani of CC Racing Garage

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The model that won was part of the Bully category, a section of the entries that was dedicated to the Scrambler Ducati 110. There were no restrictions on the the of bike or style that designers had to create for their entry.

Graziani started with a Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special. The model is considered the sportiest Scrambler ever made. It retails starting at $15,095 and includes Öhlins forks and suspensions, a 1,079 cc air-cooled L-twin engine, traction control, three ride modes (Active, Journey, City), and machine-finished aluminum belt covers. The power plant delivers 86 horsepower and 65 pound-feet of torque.

When new, the bike rode on 10-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels. Up front were two semi-floating disc brakes matched with Brembo calipers. Out back is a disc brake and one-piston floating caliper.

Originally the model had a black seat with yellow stitching, black side panels with yellow underpanels, and a dual-element LCD instrument panel.

He customized the color, graphics, seat, and exhaust. He kept the headlight, rear, and tank similar to the original because he saw them as key elements of traditional Scrambler design.

During the qualification phase, which included nearly 5,000 users of the Ducati Scrambler community that voted at, the Scrambler 110 FT received the highest number of votes. It would take the crown after receiving the best score from the judges.

As the winner, Graziani received a Beta workbench including the complete tool kit.

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A new Texas-themed version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the way.

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Jeep has brought the Gladiator's off-road chops to the trails of the Lone Star State. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail is another of the the traditional of special edition vehicles for Texans who occupy the nation's largest truck market. It's the first time Jeep has offered a unique-to-Texas truck.

The new model builds on the Gladiator Sport S trim adding 17-inch Mid-Gloss Back Aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, standard side steps, and the Trailer Tow Group. The Gladiator Texas Trail has a unique hood and decals that feature the year 1836 in the graphic as a nod to the year of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It also wears a black hardtop, black leather seats embossed with the Texas Trail graphic and comes equipped with the Technology Group and Convenience Group packages.

2021 Jeep Gl The vehicle is ready to be fully accessorized to the buyer's wishes.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

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The Texas-themed model features the buyer's choice of Jeep's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that's rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 power plant, which achieves 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Jeep has badged each of the models with Trail Rated status. To achieve this status, Jeep vehicles must pass extreme off-road capability challenges.

The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 colors: black, white, Snazzberry, Granite Crystal, Sarge, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray. Jeep recently introduced a Snazzberry-colored Wrangler.

Each Gladiator comes with the Jeep Wave customer service program, which includes three years of maintenance, 24/7 phone/online support, trip interruption/first-day loaner coverage, and VIP access to Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas dealers.

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Ford dealerships will be adding Bronco showrooms to their portfolio in the coming year.

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Reporting by Automotive News reveals that Ford is enabling its dealership network to opt-in to build Bronco-specific showrooms. The stores are designed to be near or connected to existing Ford dealer locations, but will feature the Bronco horse logo rather than the traditional Ford Blue Oval.

Ford currently has two Bronco models: Bronco and Bronco Sport. All this for two models? Not quite. Ford is reportedly working on a Bronco-based pickup truck. Could it be Ranger Raptor-like? We'll have to wait and see.

Renderings of Bronco storefronts feature those models and vintage versions of the beloved off-roader alongside 3,800 square feet of building space that includes an outdoor fire pit and room to display three vehicles. There's also a wall that showcases Bronco merchandise including some of the over 200 accessories Ford is promising will be available for Bronco models.

Ford Bronco standalone showroom renderings

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The overall aesthetic is very much in line with what you'll see at your local REI. There's back-painted ceiling lining, exposed concrete, a gray stone entryway, and wood accents throughout the modern structure as well as plenty of windows that show it all off.

Dealers are able to modify the design that Ford has come up with. One dealer, in Arizona, told Automotive News that he is planning to build out a 12,000-square-foot space but hasn't included a fire pit in the plans because of the location's desert climate.

If dealerships don't opt for a separate showroom, dealerships can choose from other Ford-backed options to display the Bronco that are more traditional in nature. Andrew Frick, the head of Ford sales in the U.S. said that there are three options: a standalone showroom, an expansion of existing showrooms or displays that can be added to a showroom. All the options are available and recommended, but not required, kind of like the Sasquatch Package on the Bronco itself.

"It's an announcement to the world we're back; the Bronco is back," Tim Hovik, owner of San Tan Ford in Gilbert, Ariz., and chairman of Ford's national dealer council, told Automotive News. "It's such an iconic product that in an absolute way, we feel a Ford dealer is really adding almost an additional franchise."

Last month, Ford revealed that of its 190,000 reservations for either the two- or four-door Bronco, two-thirds of those have turned into firm orders. Deliveries of the redesigned Bronco are slated to begin in June. Early models are already making their way out onto the streets under the car of Ford employees.

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