It’s been a busier than usual couple of weeks living in car Mecca. This past week was the Holy Grail –
Scottsdale Arizona Auction Week. (For those not interested in “alternative facts,” Scottsdale only hosts most of the auctions. RM is in Phoenix. Silver is on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.)
The buildup started with the Barrett-Jackson World’s Biggest Collector Car Media Preview. Craig Jackson himself was there, with some insights and some 2017 bullet points.
Cool story about the L-88 ‘Vette, bro. The live version was more interesting than the B-J preview show version they played during the second half of the preview. I didn’t watch. Instead, I wandered the hall without drowning in a sea of humanity and merchants. If this were the first one, OK. Growing pains. I get it. Hopefully they improve the sound, light and staging for the second. If it wasn’t the first, well maybe let’s try a little harder. Maybe not a dark cave next time.
Barbara in red at the table was very nice and lined up a badge and a parking pass for me. I took a Diet Coke for my trouble, but skipped the mystery food in little white and red boxes.
Continue reading “Auction Week 2017: Goliath”
We love cars. We love driving them, ogling them, shooting them, writing about other stuff but still finding a way to include them. All of it.
We love finding the cars out on the street. Failing that, we stalk the car show circuit, hunting grail cars and wacky survivors. Option three is the auction circuit: RM, Gooding, Russo and Steele and Barrett Jackson.
Oh, and Bonhams. Everybody always forgets them.
Which leads us to today’s fabulous email opportunity!
Until now, the honor of having access to the Owner’s Box at Barrett-Jackson was exclusively reserved on an invitation-only basis for celebrities, million-dollar bidders or select VIPs. Remarkably, through this very special VIP package, you could become one of those privileged individuals. Get the chance to meet Barrett-Jackson C.E.O, Craig Jackson, 9 days of exclusive perks and more with the Owner’s Box Package.
(I’m guessing they mean I will transform, swan-like, into a “Select VIP” rather than a celebrity or million-dollar bidder. And that the “honor” is more like shooting first at the country club than a knighthood)
Only the top two give you indoor suite access. And “Platinum VIP” badges. Only the owners box gets you into the owners box where at least once, the owner will hold court while you’re there. Plus, you get an autographed framed picture of you meeting the man.
Yay capitalism. B-J has as much right to sling VIP passes to willing buyers as I have to say hi to Craig for free when he rolls up to a
Hookers and Squirrels Cars and Coffee in that gorgeous Auburn. I am just a little staggered by the $8,500 upcharge from VIP Luxury Reserve (!) which loses the “Celebrity Hosting Area/Special Appearances in Skybox” and adds the private hospitality suite, a picture, a handshake and a leather jacket.
Here in the land of $3 lunches and $59 hotel rooms, the head swims. Also, I obviously need to sell WAY MORE advertising before B-J 2016 rolls around.
We’ll see more detailed shoots of these in the coming days and weeks, but here is a gallery of the “OMG They’re real!” cars from the week.
|A tasty start|
BARRETT-JACKSON’S SCOTTSDALE 2014 SALON COLLECTION TO OFFER DIVERSE DOCKET OF WORLD’S MOST SOUGHT-AFTER COLLECTIBLES
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (Dec. 18, 2013) – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, announced today a group of exceptional vehicles representing 85 years of automotive history will cross the auction block as part of the world-renowned Salon Collection. The collection will be offered during the company’s 43rd Annual Scottsdale Auction, Jan. 12-19, 2014 at the all-new facility at WestWorld of Scottsdale.Barrett-Jackson’s historic auction week attracts top car aficionados and collectors with some of the world’s most valuable collectible and coveted vehicles. On Saturday, Jan. 18th, the Salon Collection will begin crossing the block LIVE between 1-3 p.m. MST on FOX. This segment will be called “A tribute to Americana.” The Salon Collection will resume from 5-7 p.m. MST and will be shown on the National Geographic Channel. The collection includes several highly sought-after vehicles such as:
- Lot #5022 1969 Chevrolet Corvette #57 Rebel Convertible Race Car
- Lot #5035 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe
- Lot #5040 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Hot Wheels “Snake” Funny Car
- Lot #5041 1972 Plymouth Duster Hot Wheels “Mongoose” Funny Car
- Lot #5042 1967 Dodge D-700 Hot Wheels “Snake” Ramp Truck
- Lot #5043 1967 Dodge D-700 Hot Wheels “Mongoose” Ramp Truck
- Lot #5044 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe
- Lot #5048 1929 Duesenberg SJ Lebaron Dual Cowl Phaeton
- Lot #5051 1947 Delahaye 135 Cabriolet
- Lot #5053 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Touring Berlinetta
- Lot #5060 1929 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom l Brewster Ascot Phaeton
- Lot #5063 1963 Shelby Cooper Monaco King Cobra
- Lot #5066 1954 Plymouth Belmont Convertible Concept Car
- Lot #5069 1955 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport GSL Coupe
- Lot #5072 1991 Ferrari F40 2 Door Coupe
- Lot #5082 Carousel
“After concluding a successful 2013 auction season, we’re very happy to continue the momentum by offering such a high caliber of automobiles at our worldwide stage in Scottsdale,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “For more than four decades we’ve been offering the world’s most valuable, collectible and coveted cars and we’re proud to continue that tradition. With the Salon Collection offering in its third year, enthusiasts and collectors will once again experience the high quality offerings they expect from Barrett-Jackson.”
“Our elite collectors have been part of the Barrett-Jackson family for generations, and I’m proud of this year’s Salon Collection offering,” said Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson. “The cars we’ve consigned showcase true automotive passion from around the world and I look forward to sharing the excitement as it unfolds on the block with those equally passionate about these beautiful cars.”
For more information about +Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com or call 480-421-6694. To contact a Salon Collection specialist please call (480) 663-6255. To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com/scottsdale/tickets/.