Auction Sales Exceed $23.2 Million
As the Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 CRAFTSMAN Barrett-Jackson Auction Trips Sweepstakes, we will be attending all the 2016 events.
The second Barrett Jackson auction of the 2016 schedule was held on April 8-10 at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach, FL. Although this is the only collectors’ car auction on the East Coast, this auction was much smaller than the Scottsdale, Arizona event. However, that is to be expected considering that Barrett Jackson is headquartered in Scottsdale.
Nevertheless, there was still plenty to see and do. I complained about the security staff at the first auction (in Scottsdale). Therefore I must first communicate how much friendlier and more helpful all the staff were here in Florida. We were treated with kindness and respect everywhere we went. They even provided a free shuttle service from the parking lot to the gate.
The Barrett Jackson Auctions offers so much more than just remarkable automobiles for sale. Don’t get me wrong, you could have wandered the Florida Fairgrounds acreage and spend most of the day admiring the over seven hundred extraordinary vehicles on display.
However, there are also lots of merchants and an Automobilia Auction that will capture your imagination and empty your wallet!!! The Automobilia top seller was an extremely rare 1935 Wayne model 40 showcase gas pump restored in Mobil Oil regalia. It sold for $23,500; just a tad outside of our budget.
Also Movie Star William Shatner and Country Music Legend Zac Brown were in attendance to bring star power to event – however, I did not see either.
On the other hand, we did locate a ride and drive opportunity that was on site. After we signed the release forms and blew into a breathalyzer; we enjoyed the Ford Fan Experience with a ride in both the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R and the 2016 Ford Focus RS.
Wow - what a wild ride the Fords provided. Look at the smile on my face after a hot lap in the 2016 Ford Focus RS. The acceleration and handling were both amazing.
I really enjoyed talking to Matt at the SimCraft display. We discussed how SimCraft has helped racers like Simon Pagenaud with their race competition prep.
My favorite auction car was the Amphicar 770. While I had heard about this car, I had never seen one. Fully restored, this Amphicar boasted it was ready to be enjoyed on both the open road and water! While you would not win any speed contests, Amphicars have crossed the English Channel in twenty foot seas!
Of course, you know that I would look for anything NASCAR. I stumbled onto Camping World Truck Racer, Cameron Hayley as he manned his father’s ‘Cabinets By Hayley’ display.
Here I am in front of the 1996 Brickyard 500 Pace Car. Jeff Gordon won the pole position for the race, while Dale Jarrett won. What a great piece of NASCAR ephemeras.
Over $23.2 million in sales were generated during the three days of the auction and the attendance surged to over 65,000. There was so much to see and do and learn.
NASCAR Race Mom learned that Barrett-Jackson waives all fees on vehicles auctioned for charity. This means that one hundred percent of the hammer price goes directly to the philanthropic organizations! A total of $1,050,000 was raised for charity in West Palm Beach. Way to Be Barrett Jackson – See you in Connecticut*.
*Barrett-Jackson will host its inaugural Northeast Auction at Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino on June 23-25, 2016.
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