Monday, January 27, 2014

A Stroll Through Barrett Jackson

I got a chance to visit the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ two weeks ago. First off, the auction itself has a massive footprint....the indoor spaces for the auction and all of the auction cars are HUGE. If you include the outdoor tents and vendor areas then it is quite a bit to take in a few hours. Overall, it was a very very impressive collection of cars. Clearly, there are two ways to go the auction - as a car guy going to a car show or someone going to buy/bid on a car. I was in the former camp. As a car show, it is fantastic and being by the stage hearing and seeing the auction that I have watched many times on TV was pretty cool. I took a few photos as I strolled through. Here are the highlights:

The Facility:
Automobilia Auction on Stage
Cool $70K simulator that I got to run
Bondurant Demonstration for C7 Vettes
Outdoor tent with huge collection of cars to auction
Another BA simulator setup
The queue outside for the auction block
Car Auction in Action
Filming piece on the Salon collection cars

The Cars:
Simon Cowell's Veyron
Gas Monkey Garage F40
L88 Corvette Racecar
Cool Warren Johnson Drag Car
Engine Goodness
Two Vintages of Batmobile
Snake and Mongoose Drag Cars + Haulers
Vintage Midget with restored over-cab hauler
Crazy Hot Wheels BMW Isetta
Historic Fiat Racecar
FIA 289 Cobra
Viper GTS-R
Hot Rod Jeep with Gunner Seat!
These two cars are never far apart........
Miami Vice Boat with a cool engine shot

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