Editor’s Note

An Event-Full New Year

Niki D’Andrea – Executive Editor

Happy New Year! Just as everybody’s starting to recover from the Christmas holidays, it’s time to refresh for 2019. January in the Airpark is like a shotgun start to the marathon that will be the upcoming year. So many marquee events this month serve as action-packed prequels to our spring prime time that we dubbed this issue our special “Airpark Events” edition.

For starters, there’s the “Greatest Show on Grass,” the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. It’s a professional competition – and a party scene – like none other in the PGA, and this year will be no different, with the biggest names in golf walking the green while some stellar names in music take the stage at the Birds Nest. This year, those acts include some top-notch DJs, a sold-out show featuring Snoop Dogg and a collection of country stars including Old Dominion and Brandon Lay, both of whom spoke to us about their upcoming performances for our feature “The Cherry on Top” (page 30).

For further fun, we go WestWorld again, for the massive Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, one of the most prestigious and most televised auto auctions in the world. This issue provides a peek at some of the sweetest vehicles rolling across the stage this year, including a 1965 Ford Mustang that will star alongside Matt Damon and Christian Bale in a movie slated to open in summer 2019. That car is an ultra-rare pilot production vehicle in original condition, but as Craig Jackson points out in this month’s cover story (Auto Biographies, page 20), custom cars are kind of a big deal right now. Our hot wheels list is full of them.

Customs are kind of classic, actually, especially in Arizona, which has a long tradition of car shows and custom rides. Arizona’s most celebrated statesman, the late U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater, had a 1953 Jaguar XK-120 Roadster modified by famous Batmobile designer George Barris and his Barris Kustom Industries. According to website kustomrama.com, “Barry had a taste for wild customized cars.”

Goldwater also loved motorcycles, something his granddaughter Ali Goldwater mentioned to us recently when we spoke to her about a very special photo exhibit she’s bringing to Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West this month. The show displays dozens of some of her grandfather’s more than 15,000 photos, which he took over several decades all over the state of Arizona, including rarely seen rural areas and candid photos on Native American reservations. Learn more about this one-of-a-kind exhibition, which includes some of Goldwater’s personal items and an event on January 30 featuring many members of the family, in our Arts in the Airpark story Frozen in Time (page 38).

And those events are just the beginning. There’s even more in our Airpark Events calendar (page 50), which now includes a “Featured Event.” This month, it’s the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show – the largest Arabian horse show in the entire world, also held at WestWorld of Scottsdale, in February.

It’s an awesome lot to look forward to.

Niki D’Andrea
Executive Editor