Mark C. Bach

14th Annual Goodguys Spring Nationals Car Show in Del Mar, California

 

The 14th Annual Goodguys Spring Nationals Car Show in Del Mar, Californiawas beautiful. Goodguys Rod and Custom held the Goodguys Spring Nationals car show on Apr. 4-6, 2014. Over 2,000 cars and trucks came out over the three days allowing owners and spectators to enjoy the sun, look at some awesome cars and start up the San Diego car scene for another season.

Being in SoCal you would expect plenty of woodies on display and Goodguys set aside an outdoor plaza to showcase some of these special rides. They also invited a select number of low riders for the indoor car show to highlight these special cars and their workmanship.

Plus they still had room for an Auto Cross road course, vendors and children activities. Plus they hosted an engine building contest for high school teams, with Rancho Alamitos High School finishing first in 28:21; a full two minutes faster than the second place team. Can’t wait to see who wins the finals at the SEMA Show.

Goodguys gave out over 75 awards and selected some vehicles to be a finalist for nationwide awards to be issued later in the season at other Goodguys shows.

They selected the “Street Rod d’Elegance Award,” which is limited to those cars displaying at the indoor show and with a model year through 1948. The award was given to Wes Rydell’s 1935 Chevy Phaeton_which had previously won the “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award” at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA. A classy owner with a classy ride.

After the awards were issued out on Sunday afternoon, everybody has plenty of opportunity to pack up and head home or enjoy the nearby tourist spots. Goodguys Spring Nationals will be back again at Del Mar in April, 2015 so make plans to attend next year in person or check out the balance of their 2014 season at www.good-guys.com.
©2014 Mark C. Bach

 

2014 Spring Goodguys Rod and Custom Off To A Good Start

 

 

The 2014 Spring Goodguys Rod and Custom Nationals was a great way for Goodguys to start their year of car shows on Mar. 7-9, 2014 in Scottsdale, AZ. The 5th Spring Nationals was held on the grounds of Westworld, which was also the site of the Barrett-Jackson Auction in January.

Over 2,500 cars were registered for the weekend of fun and sun. Cars come out from across the country and even some Canadians get in the mix.

Goodguys started in 1983 and has expanded over the years and can be found at different venues across the United States. The concept is pretty simple; pay a registration fee and drive your car in for a fun weekend. Goodguys picks over 75 cars for various awards with some selected to vie for later nationwide awards, like Muscle Car of the Year.

Depending on the show location, often the cars are limited to 1972 and older cars. But in a nod to being inclusive (and help fill in the gaps on Sunday when the classics thin out), Goodguys now has “All American Sunday” where late model entries are welcome to show up. This week even some new 2014 Corvettes were in the mix of cars.

Besides the cars to see, there are plenty of vendors and a car corral area where folks are selling their cars and some local vendors set up their used parts to dicker over. Sort of like the back pages of Auto/Truck Round Up! They also have an Auto Cross competition with pros and amateurs showing what their cars and trucks can do on a short road course. This timed event is free for registered cars after passing a simple tech inspection and is great fun. It is nice to see the cars in action and see if they are all show with no go!

To encourage the youths to get involved at the 2014 Spring Goodguys Rod and Custom, there are usually some kid play areas, plus PPG sponsors a coloring contest and there is a “Make and Take” model car offering. And if you registered a car at the 2014 Spring Goodguys Rod and Custom, Goodguys offers you an unlimited number of free children admission tickets. So you can bring your children or grandchildren along for the show.

Although the title is 2014 Spring Goodguys Rod and Custom, there is everything from bone stock original classics to modern trucks and everything in between. Best of all, you can hang out with your buddies and watch the scene unfold around you.

Sunday the awards are given out and then the cars meander out of town on to the next car show or Goodguys event. You can check out their site for more information at www.good-guys.com

 

 

2014 Barrett-Jackson Auction Recap

 

January can only mean one thing to classic car buffs. It is classic car auction time in Arizona! There are actually six venues in the Phoenix, AZ region that host auction houses in just one week; resulting in a collective SEVENTEEN days worth of auctions and one of those is the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Auction. If there is a marquee of a car desired, this is the place to find it! In just one week, the six auction companies rolled into town and sold altogether over 2,800 cars for $253 million dollars.

The 2014 Barrett-Jackson Auction is just one of the auction houses selling cars here; but is best known due to their size, number of cars being offered for sale and their live television coverage. Plus Barrett-Jackson had a new venue to sell at. This year viewers could watch them on a collaboration of Fox cable channels and on Saturday afternoon, the first live coverage of a car auction on a broadcast nationwide channel occurred. One benefit of the television coverage, beyond name recognition, is the prices of cars go up when the TV lights come on! With the help of those lights, they sold 1,401 cars for over $113 million.

Most of the cars offered by the 2014 Barrett-Jackson at the Scottsdale, AZ auction are with “no reserve”, which is unusual for a car auction. This means that the seller agrees to sell the car for the final bid price. Other auction houses will allow most cars to be offered with a “reserve”, meaning there is a minimum (undisclosed) price that the seller needs before the car can be sold. Barrett-Jackson figures that the car won’t sell for a higher price anywhere else. So except for a select few “Salon Collection” cars, all cars are sold for whatever they bring on that day and time.

Barrett-Jackson also collects a commission on both sides of the sale. So if a car sells for $100,000 on the auction block; the buyer must actually pay $110,000 (plus potential state taxes and transport costs to get it home). And the seller pays the same 10% commission, so from the selling price of $100,000; the buyer will only collect $90,000. The prices listed here include the buyer’s commission.

As an example of the volume of cars offered, over 130 Corvettes were offered; from bone stock originals to full done custom modified coupes. The top two selling cars at the auction, were in fact Corvettes. The second highest selling car was the, “Rebel” selling for a cool $2,860,000. This was one of four 1969 Corvettes made by Chevrolet with full road racing specs. After a great history of racing it was scrapped in 1972 and disappeared before a well known restorer found it. It came with a L88 engine with open chamber heads, a rock crusher Muncie M22 four speed and a dual disk clutch.

The highest selling car at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Auction was a 1967 Corvette L88 that sold for $3,850,000. For the limited production freaks, there were only TWENTY L88’s made in 1967 and this was the only red on red model. Perhaps most surprising, the odometer was only showing 11,800 miles! This is the highest price paid for a Corvette at a public auction!

Each morning the auction starts up with automobilia; from original car manufacturer advertising porcelain signs to oil cans and anything else car related. These are similar to what is offered for sale in the back pages of Auto/Truck Round-Up; though perhaps in slightly better condition! And then the cars start rolling up to the auction block.

Barrett-Jackson also hosts auctions in Florida and Nevada during the year but the undeniable “King Kong” of classic car auctions is held in Scottsdale in January. So make plans on coming down to warm weather and plenty of cars next January.

2013 SEMA Car Viewing Without A Badge Part II

 

The Las Vegas Convention Center held the 47th Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show on Nov. 5-8, 2013 and the two million square feet of indoor space was covered with the absolutely greatest cars and car products. The 2013 SEMA car viewing saw nearly 130,000 car enthusiasts in attendance for this four-day extravaganza and nearly 2,000 cars were there to be appreciated and draw buyers into the booths.

This event is for “trade only” meaning that diehard gear heads can’t just wander in. Only authorized official registrants from legitimate companies can cross the portals. But despite this stance, I still see some folks come wandering through that make me scratch to question how “they” got in. One male slickster with a beard was bearing a badge with “Judy ” for a name.
But here’s a secret: not all of the cars are on the other side of the velvet ropes. Although polite, suited guards will man all the doorways, there are plenty of cars on the outside!

While I might not plan on visiting all week without a badge, if you are in town that week, there is still plenty to see for one day outside at the Show and all for free making it possible to to attend the 2013 SEMA car viewing without a badge..

You may have seen Barry Meguiar hosting his Car Crazy show on cable TV. A good portion of some of these interviews with industry leaders occur smack in front of SEMA. The elevated stage is just outside the main convention hall and hosts a number of interviews with ever-changing car scenery in the background.

The front of the whole convention center is awash with display vehicles of all types. Visitors are welcome to wander through this huge parking area and sidewalk without any badging. Probably 4oo-plus cars are on the sidewalks and in the lobbies, free for all to see. Neat fact-SEMA has local high school bands perform in front just before the show opens up each day.

Also in the front parking lot area of the Las Vegas Convention Center, SEMA always sets up some sort of “proving ground” to allow a manufacturer to show off their cars. This year Ford was spinning their tires, drifting and running amok. In years past Toyota brought in tons of dirt to show off their “off- road” capabilities of the Tundra and Sequoia. And some vendors set up in this area as well.

Finally on Friday, the last day of the show, the SEMA Cruise is held in the afternoon, after the show officially closes. Then cars are invited to cruise out and give fans a chance to see these vehicles in action. This year, Chip Foose came over to thank the fans for coming to SEMA and over 200 cars drove out during the two-hour event. Fans sat in the bleachers, especially setup just for this event, and they also lined the driveways to see the cars roar by. And the drivers did not disappoint, as the trucks turned on their high-powered LED lights, the exhausts rumbled and the vehicles drove by letting us all admire these rolling pieces of art. Can’t wait to see the show next year.

See ya’ on the road!

47th Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) 2013 Show–Car Haven and Car Heaven

SEMA--Car Haven and Car Heaven, Auto Round--Up Publications, Mark C Bach, Las Vegas Convention Center, 47th Specialty Equipment Market Association, SEMA, greatest classic cars, automobile after-market industry, NASCAR driver Ricky Carmichael, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, 2014 COPO Camaro, Z/28, LS7 engine with 500 horsepower, SS model, Corvette Stingray, yellow Bumble Bee Camaro, National Hot Rod Association, NHRA, Dave McClelland, Bob Frey, Alan Reinhart, Dave Rieff, John Force, 16th Funny car championship, Chip Foose, Danny "the Count" Koker, Mother's Polish, 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, Troy Trepanier, 429 Boss engine, Art Morrison chassis, gasser look, Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, AAPEXThe Las Vegas Convention Center hosted the 47th Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show on November 5-8, 2013 and the two million square feet of indoor space was covered with the absolutely greatest classic cars and car products. The show connects over 60,000 buyers with the automobile after-market industry.

Over 130,000 car enthusiasts attended this four day extravaganza and nearly 2,000 cars were there to be appreciated and draw buyers into the booths.

Monday is the unofficial start of the SEMA Show, with educational classes and seminars offered throughout the day while exhibitors frantically hustle to get their booths in order. One of my personal highlights is attending the Chevrolet Media Event that night. There they offer a first look at some of their production and concept cars that will be on the display floor the rest of the week. Celebrities were there to tout their creations including motorcycle champion and NASCAR driver Ricky Carmichael as well as fellow NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, straight from a win at Martinsville. At this show, the Chevy management unveiled the new blue 2014 COPO Camaro designed for the drag strip and in very limited quantity (only 69 will be sold at auctions and in a lottery); along with restoring the Z/28 nameplate for the Camaro with a beast of a car, featuring a LS7 engine with 500 horsepower! Gordon was showcasing a SS model with a gorgeous red satin paint job. From the upcoming “Transformers 4” movie were the real stars: a Corvette Stingray, a Sonic and a yellow Bumble Bee Camaro!

SEMA--Car Haven and Car Heaven, Auto Round--Up Publications, Mark C Bach, Las Vegas Convention Center, 47th Specialty Equipment Market Association, SEMA, greatest classic cars, automobile after-market industry, NASCAR driver Ricky Carmichael, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, 2014 COPO Camaro, Z/28, LS7 engine with 500 horsepower, SS model, Corvette Stingray, yellow Bumble Bee Camaro, National Hot Rod Association, NHRA, Dave McClelland, Bob Frey, Alan Reinhart, Dave Rieff, John Force, 16th Funny car championship, Chip Foose, Danny "the Count" Koker, Mother's Polish, 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, Troy Trepanier, 429 Boss engine, Art Morrison chassis, gasser look, Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, AAPEXTuesday kicks off the show and SEMA uses the morning to announce their new products award winners. This year over 2,200 products were displayed in the new product display area and judges narrowed the entries down to sixteen winners in various categories.

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) hosted their annual breakfast where past announcers reminisced about their careers and the racers they followed. Dave McClelland, Bob Frey and Alan Reinhart were joined by current ESPN sportscaster Dave Rieff to discuss their humorous memories. Then, John Force, who just won his 16th Funny car championship, joined them for more laughs and stories.

SEMA--Car Haven and Car Heaven, Auto Round--Up Publications, Mark C Bach, Las Vegas Convention Center, 47th Specialty Equipment Market Association, SEMA, greatest classic cars, automobile after-market industry, NASCAR driver Ricky Carmichael, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, 2014 COPO Camaro, Z/28, LS7 engine with 500 horsepower, SS model, Corvette Stingray, yellow Bumble Bee Camaro, National Hot Rod Association, NHRA, Dave McClelland, Bob Frey, Alan Reinhart, Dave Rieff, John Force, 16th Funny car championship, Chip Foose, Danny "the Count" Koker, Mother's Polish, 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, Troy Trepanier, 429 Boss engine, Art Morrison chassis, gasser look, Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, AAPEXThroughout the four days of SEMA, the booths were packed with products, cars and celebrities. If you saw a LONG line it had to be for Chip Foose, the hardest working guy at SEMA. He made daily appearances at his various sponsors and at his trailer selling Foose gear. His gold “Magnatude” was a big draw and garnered lots of praise. John Force and his clan made the rounds as did many other drivers and TV celebrities. Even Las Vegas locals Danny “the Count” Koker and Kevin Mack from History Channel’s reality show Counting Cars were there drawing big crowds of admiring fans.

There are literally thousands of cars to admire, whether in a vendor booth, along a walkway or out front of the convention center on an asphalt lot.

SEMA--Car Haven and Car Heaven, Auto Round--Up Publications, Mark C Bach, Las Vegas Convention Center, 47th Specialty Equipment Market Association, SEMA, greatest classic cars, automobile after-market industry, NASCAR driver Ricky Carmichael, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, 2014 COPO Camaro, Z/28, LS7 engine with 500 horsepower, SS model, Corvette Stingray, yellow Bumble Bee Camaro, National Hot Rod Association, NHRA, Dave McClelland, Bob Frey, Alan Reinhart, Dave Rieff, John Force, 16th Funny car championship, Chip Foose, Danny "the Count" Koker, Mother's Polish, 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, Troy Trepanier, 429 Boss engine, Art Morrison chassis, gasser look, Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, AAPEXThe folks at Mother’s Polish issued their Shine Award for the 13th year to a 1969 Ford Torino Talladega built by Troy Trepanier. This Ford was powered by a 429 Boss engine and mated an Art Morrison chassis to a C5 front end and a rear four link suspension from Detroit Speed and Engineering. It seemed every body panel was either shortened, widened or modded to some degree with over 1,000 hours in the body and paint prep alone.

Two trends that were noticeable were the choice of green for paint jobs and the gasser look was growing. Everywhere you looked there was bound to be a green car. And, plenty of Moon Eye gas tanks were bolted to front bumpers for the “gasser” look.

SEMA--Car Haven and Car Heaven, Auto Round--Up Publications, Mark C Bach, Las Vegas Convention Center, 47th Specialty Equipment Market Association, SEMA, greatest classic cars, automobile after-market industry, NASCAR driver Ricky Carmichael, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, 2014 COPO Camaro, Z/28, LS7 engine with 500 horsepower, SS model, Corvette Stingray, yellow Bumble Bee Camaro, National Hot Rod Association, NHRA, Dave McClelland, Bob Frey, Alan Reinhart, Dave Rieff, John Force, 16th Funny car championship, Chip Foose, Danny "the Count" Koker, Mother's Polish, 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, Troy Trepanier, 429 Boss engine, Art Morrison chassis, gasser look, Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, AAPEXWhile the SEMA Show is running, across town at the Sands Convention Center, the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) show is concurrently running. This show is focused towards the mechanics and small shop owners but still many of the same companies will display their wares at both shows. But there are significantly less cars on display at this event. Together, the two shows combine to form the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week in Las Vegas the second largest convention held there. Unfortunately, the two shows are trade shows and the general public cannot attend these shows that are always held on the first week of November.

But there are two ways to still get a chance to see some of the cars at the SEMA Show. Check out the next issue for our follow up story on SEMA and the cars.
©2013

Note: We will continue a future submission displaying more on SEMA from Mark C. Bach in a follow-up issue as Part II. Stay tuned!

LAMBRECHT CHEVROLET AUCTION HOSTED BY VANDERBRINK

 

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1958 Cameo with 1 Mile

The much talked about Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction is over now and the results were pretty impressive.

These cars ranged from used cars with mileage ranging from 50,000 and up, to “pristine” new cars that had never been sold with little miles showing on the odometers. Many were sold on MSO’s–Manufacturers Statement of Origin. MSO’s generally go from the original dealer to the state motor vehicle department for titling. This meant that the cars with MSO’s had never actually been sold before to the public.

The story went that the owners of Lambrecht Chevrolet would tuck away certain new or used cars that they didn’t or couldn’t sell and were stored in the showroom, warehouses and even wooded fields. Finally, the time was ripe to sell these classic cars and reap the proceeds. I’m impressed that the defunct dealership had their paperwork so organized with original sales records available.

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LAMBRECHT CHEVROLET AUCTION, Auto Round-Up Publications, MSO's, Manufacturers Statement of Origin, Vanderbrink Auctions, classic cars, 1958 Chevrolet Cameo pickup with one mile, tri-five Chevy's, Lambrecht collection, classic car auctionsNearly 500 cars were sold for over $3 million. The star of the auction was the 1958 Chevrolet Cameo pickup with one mile showing on the odometer. It was the highest seller at $147,000 (including commission). Many of the cars had significant rust issues from being stored outside. Even the Cameo had a cracked windshield and a dented roof due to a warehouse roof collapsing. Some of the prices just make you scratch your head while others barely went for over $1,000. At those low prices, I suspect most buyers were looking at the usable parts on the car. In fact, after the auction was over, the auction house was allowing buyers to remove only the parts from the car they wanted and then the auction house would scrap the rest.

In looking at what was offered, I suspect that the owners never had much problem selling the most popular models, either soon after they were traded in or while sitting out in the fields. For the tri-five Chevy’s there were lots of four doors and sedans available, but a two door sports coupe was difficult to find.

Already the auction buyers have “flipped” the cars and are selling them on the internet. At last count I saw at least five cars already being re-sold as from the “Lambrecht collection.” In my book, any day you save a car from the crusher is a good day, so thanks to all. See ya’ on the road!

Holy Cow, Batman: George Barris Customized Batmobile Auctioned

Holy Cow, Batman, Mark C Bach, Auto Round-Up Publications, original Batmobile auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction for $4.2 million dollars, world’s record for the highest-selling car from a television series or movie, 1966 TV Batman series, 1955 Lincoln Futura, George Barris, car customizer, Lee Iacocca, 390 cubic inch 1956 Lincoln V-8 engine with a B&M Hydro Automatic transmission, car showThis winter you might have seen on television the original Batmobile auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction for $4.2 million dollars. Well here is more background on the car and the sale.

Actually, the final selling price is officially $4.62 million dollars, because at this auction (like many others) the buyer is charged a premium on the winning bid. Plus, since he is from Arizona, he most likely was also charged a combined sales tax of around $400,000. So the buyer is now actually in to the car for over $5 million. The sale did set a world’s record for the highest-selling car from a television series or movie.

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George Barris, already established as a car customizer, bought the concept car for a whopping $1 in 1965 through Ford and executive Lee Iacocca. When he was approached by the TV show producers to procure a Batmobile, he only had 15 days and $15,000 to work with. So a quick black paint job and some modifications produced the Batmobile that we saw on the television series.

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See ya’ on the road.
© 2013

2013 Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction Round-Up

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In January while the rest of the country might be combating winter blues, Arizona is red hot with car auctions. Six auction companies come out and offered a combined sixteen days worth of auctions in less than a week. Overall, the companies reported a combined $224 million in sales, which is up 22% from 2012’s total.

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But the auction companies also charge the new owner, a buyer’s commission. So they take a cut from both ends of the” sandwich”. An example, Barrett-Jackson charges the buyer a 10% commission and the seller an 8% commission. So, if the car was hammered and sold for $100,000, the buyer actually paid $110,000 while the seller collected $92,000. Makes a free ad in Auto/Truck Round-Up sound like a great deal!

Plus, the tax man for the state of Arizona will be collecting nearly 9% in sales tax if the car stays in Arizona.

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Here’s a quick recap by Auction Company:

Bonhams came out and had a quick one day of auction action on Thursday, January 17, 2013. They were able to sell 92 cars for a combined total of over $13.4 million. They sold a 1955 Mercedes Gull Wing for $896,000 and their top seller was a 1938 Mercedes 540K Cabriolet for over $1.3 million.

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Silver Car Auctions also managed to sell about 2/3’s of their listings and had plenty of Corvettes to choose from during two days of sales. Silver Car Auctions is always known for a fun show and fair prices for some good drivers. They actually seemed to have fewer muscle cars this year but still had a variety of cars to bid on.

Gooding & Company sold nearly every one of their 104 listings and brought in over $52 million including the proceeds from that 1958 Ferrari. They also sold a 1969 Corvette L88 for $825,000 and a 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra for $1,320,000. For each of the past six years, Gooding & Company has held the record for the highest selling car at the auctions held in Arizona.

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Barrett-Jackson in less than a week sold 1,343 cars for $108 million while featured live on SPEED. It wasn’t surprising that with Carroll Shelby’s recent death many of his cars would be up for auction. At the Barrett-Jackson auction alone, 48 Shelby’s were sold. Over 300,000 people came up to see this spectacle in person this year. And, with admission costs ranging up to $55 a person at the gate, that’s a great haul. One of the neatest highlights at the Barrett-Jackson auction is seeing some great cars being sold for charity. For these cars only, all fees are waived and the final selling price goes straight to the designated charity. This year, the 21 charity designated cars sold for over $5 million. That’s nearly a million dollars in auction fees waived by Craig Jackson.

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Barrett-Jackson smartly teamed up with SPEED to showcase their auction live over cable television. It consistently draws great ratings and helps spotlight the Phoenix, AZ region when much of the country is blanketed in snow and slush. When the coverage starts up, so do the prices!

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Shake your head at some of the prices and call it dumb, but “a rising tide raises all the boats.” Meaning most all collectible cars see hikes as some notable few spike up. Plus manufacturers are more apt to make and stock parts as they see the prices these cars fetch.

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See ya’ on the road!