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More 45th Annual SEMA Coverage: Part 2

More SEMA Coverage, Mark C Bach, Auto Round-Up, The Specialty Equipment Market Association, SEMA, 45th annual trade show, Las Vegas NV, vehicle manufacturers, automotive aftermarket vendors, Ford Mustang named Hottest Car, the Scion FR-S was the Hottest Sport Compact honors, the Ford F-Series won Hottest Truck, Jeep Wrangler received the Hottest SUV trophy, PPG Paint, 1953 Chevy Pickup, '56 Ford Ranch Wagon, gold ‘54 Chevy 3100 pickup, Gear Wrench, 1957 Cameo, restofied, Chip Foose, ‘48 Cadillac "Eldo Rod", Boyd Coddington's shop, NHRA drag racersThe Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) 45th annual trade show was held in Las Vegas, NV during Halloween week. The SEMA show has been held in Las Vegas since 1977 and typically lasts four days. Last issue we looked at the vehicle manufacturers and this issue we’ll look at the aftermarket vendors.

Tuesday morning starts the official events with the New Products Awards where manufacturers vie for first place in 12 categories, with over 2,000 submissions. There are always some new, well-engineered products that snag the honors. Some software “apps” and electronic gizmos were winners as was a camshaft to show the breadth of products showcased. Afterwards, SEMA announces the four new “Hottest” vehicles at the show, based on the cars being displayed by all the vendors, with this year’s winners being the Ford Mustang named Hottest Car, the Scion FR-S was the Hottest Sport Compact honors, the Ford F-Series won Hottest Truck and the Jeep Wrangler received the Hottest SUV trophy.

More SEMA Coverage, Mark C Bach, Auto Round-Up, The Specialty Equipment Market Association, SEMA, 45th annual trade show, Las Vegas NV, vehicle manufacturers, automotive aftermarket vendors, Ford Mustang named Hottest Car, the Scion FR-S was the Hottest Sport Compact honors, the Ford F-Series won Hottest Truck, Jeep Wrangler received the Hottest SUV trophy, PPG Paint, 1953 Chevy Pickup, '56 Ford Ranch Wagon, gold ‘54 Chevy 3100 pickup, Gear Wrench, 1957 Cameo, restofied, Chip Foose, ‘48 Cadillac "Eldo Rod", Boyd Coddington's shop, NHRA drag racersI always look forward to the PPG paint display, as they not only bring out some awesome cars but their whole display is creative and fun. This year’s Western theme hit the mark with cars and also some finely detailed hoods and guitars painted by master craftsmen. They spotlighted a green 1953 Chevy Pickup, a ‘56 Ford Ranch Wagon and a gold ‘54 Chevy 3100 pickup.

The tool companies come out with a swath of new items that you just have to get! Gear Wrench showed off a ratchet with a minimal swing arc of only three degrees. That could come in handy in some tight spots and will be on many upcoming lists to buy your favorite mechanic! Their booth was spotlighting a clean 1957 Cameo that had been restofied!

Over 2,200 exhibiting companies were on hand this year setting a new record. To give you a sense of the magnitude at the show; there were 208 vendors for wheels, safety equipment had 116 displays and there were 69 folks with just filters for you to view!

More SEMA Coverage, Mark C Bach, Auto Round-Up, The Specialty Equipment Market Association, SEMA, 45th annual trade show, Las Vegas NV, vehicle manufacturers, automotive aftermarket vendors, Ford Mustang named Hottest Car, the Scion FR-S was the Hottest Sport Compact honors, the Ford F-Series won Hottest Truck, Jeep Wrangler received the Hottest SUV trophy, PPG Paint, 1953 Chevy Pickup, '56 Ford Ranch Wagon, gold ‘54 Chevy 3100 pickup, Gear Wrench, 1957 Cameo, restofied, Chip Foose, ‘48 Cadillac "Eldo Rod", Boyd Coddington's shop, NHRA drag racersOne car celebrity who seemed to be all over the floor and on Twitter was car designer and star of Overhaulin’ – Chip Foose. He snagged one of twelve Chevrolet Design Awards given out by GM this year. His restored ‘48 Cadillac “Eldo Rod” was just awesome and actually had been his first design as Chief Designer at Boyd Coddington’s shop. He made numerous appearances for his sponsors and companies and always drew a crowd. So did John Force and his fellow NHRA drag racers at the Castrol oil booth at the AAPEX show and with the Traxxas radio-controlled cars and the Ford display at SEMA.

See ya’ on the road.

Mark Bach ©

47th SEMA Show – Car Haven and Car Heaven 2013

SEMA-Car Haven and Car Heaven 2013, Mark C Bach, Auto Round-Up, Las Vegas Convention Center, 47th Specialty Equipment Market Association, SEMA, automobile after-market industry, car enthusiasts, Chevrolet Media Event, concept cars, NASCAR driver Ricky Carmichael, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, 2014 COPO Camaro, restoring the Z/28 nameplate for the Camaro, LS7 engine with 500 horsepower, SS model, Corvette Stingray, Bumble Bee Camaro, National Hot Rod Association, NHRA, ESPN sportscaster Dave Rieff, 16th Funny car championship, Chip Foose, Magnatude, Danny "the Count" Koker and Kevin Mack, Counting Cars, Mother's, 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, 429 Boss engine, Detroit Speed and Engineering, gasser, Automotive Aftermarket Industry WeekThe 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 cars and car products. The47th SEMA 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 47th 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 SEMA-Car Haven and Car Heaven 2013, Mark C Bach, Auto Round-Up, Las Vegas Convention Center, 47th Specialty Equipment Market Association, SEMA, automobile after-market industry, car enthusiasts, Chevrolet Media Event, concept cars, NASCAR driver Ricky Carmichael, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, 2014 COPO Camaro, restoring the Z/28 nameplate for the Camaro, LS7 engine with 500 horsepower, SS model, Corvette Stingray, Bumble Bee Camaro, National Hot Rod Association, NHRA, ESPN sportscaster Dave Rieff, 16th Funny car championship, Chip Foose, Magnatude, Danny "the Count" Koker and Kevin Mack, Counting Cars, Mother's, 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, 429 Boss engine, Detroit Speed and Engineering, gasser, Automotive Aftermarket Industry Weekfor 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!

Tuesday 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 SEMA-Car Haven and Car Heaven 2013, Mark C Bach, Auto Round-Up, Las Vegas Convention Center, 47th Specialty Equipment Market Association, SEMA, automobile after-market industry, car enthusiasts, Chevrolet Media Event, concept cars, NASCAR driver Ricky Carmichael, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, 2014 COPO Camaro, restoring the Z/28 nameplate for the Camaro, LS7 engine with 500 horsepower, SS model, Corvette Stingray, Bumble Bee Camaro, National Hot Rod Association, NHRA, ESPN sportscaster Dave Rieff, 16th Funny car championship, Chip Foose, Magnatude, Danny Funny car championship, joined them for more laughs and stories.

Throughout 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 SEMA-Car Haven and Car Heaven 2013, Mark C Bach, Auto Round-Up, Las Vegas Convention Center, 47th Specialty Equipment Market Association, SEMA, automobile after-market industry, car enthusiasts, Chevrolet Media Event, concept cars, NASCAR driver Ricky Carmichael, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, 2014 COPO Camaro, restoring the Z/28 nameplate for the Camaro, LS7 engine with 500 horsepower, SS model, Corvette Stingray, Bumble Bee Camaro, National Hot Rod Association, NHRA, ESPN sportscaster Dave Rieff, 16th Funny car championship, Chip Foose, Magnatude, Danny "the Count" Koker and Kevin Mack, Counting Cars, Mother's, 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, 429 Boss engine, Detroit Speed and Engineering, gasser, Automotive Aftermarket Industry Weekshow 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.

The 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 SEMA-Car Haven and Car Heaven 2013, Mark C Bach, Auto Round-Up, Las Vegas Convention Center, 47th Specialty Equipment Market Association, SEMA, automobile after-market industry, car enthusiasts, Chevrolet Media Event, concept cars, NASCAR driver Ricky Carmichael, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, 2014 COPO Camaro, restoring the Z/28 nameplate for the Camaro, LS7 engine with 500 horsepower, SS model, Corvette Stingray, Bumble Bee Camaro, National Hot Rod Association, NHRA, ESPN sportscaster Dave Rieff, 16th Funny car championship, Chip Foose, Magnatude, Danny "the Count" Koker and Kevin Mack, Counting Cars, Mother's, 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, 429 Boss engine, Detroit Speed and Engineering, gasser, Automotive Aftermarket Industry Weekevery 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.

While the SEMA Show is running, across town at the Sands Convention Center, the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) show is concurrently running. This SEMA-Car Haven and Car Heaven 2013, Mark C Bach, Auto Round-Up, Las Vegas Convention Center, 47th Specialty Equipment Market Association, SEMA, automobile after-market industry, car enthusiasts, Chevrolet Media Event, concept cars, NASCAR driver Ricky Carmichael, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, 2014 COPO Camaro, restoring the Z/28 nameplate for the Camaro, LS7 engine with 500 horsepower, SS model, Corvette Stingray, Bumble Bee Camaro, National Hot Rod Association, NHRA, ESPN sportscaster Dave Rieff, 16th Funny car championship, Chip Foose, Magnatude, Danny "the Count" Koker and Kevin Mack, Counting Cars, Mother's, 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, 429 Boss engine, Detroit Speed and Engineering, gasser, Automotive Aftermarket Industry Weekshow 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.
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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!

SEMA Show 2011

Great weather, new car products and spectacular vehicles dominated the SEMA Show 2011 recently held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show was held in Las Vegas, Nevada in November 2011 and gave over 2,100 exhibitors the chance to spread out over a million square feet of indoor convention space to show off their latest and most popular products.

The first official SEMA show actually was held in 1967 at Dodger Stadium under the organization of famed publisher Robert Petersen. It eventually moved to Las Vegas in 1977 and is a staple of what is labeled the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW). The Las Vegas Convention Center is presently booked through 2015 for the SEMA show.

More than 60,000 buyers were present this year and there was a lot of buzz in the air. Auto/Truck Round Up Monthly was distributed to attendees to the SEMA Show 2011 and is an official media partner.

One of the best parts of this trade show is that many vendors bring out cars to help show off their products or lure the crowds into their booths.

Moreover, various sections within SEMA, like the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) and Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO), offer their own opportunities to network, honor achievements in their business categories and see some additional great hot rods. SEMA keeps expanding the show to include more space for their New Products Showcase and increased the number of awards they issue to industry leaders and trend-setters.

SEMA Show 2011 picked four current models for recognition with the Chevy Camaro winning for Hottest Car while the Ford F series won for Hottest Truck. Also winning awards were the Jeep Wrangler as the Hottest SUV/4×4 while the Fiat 500 won for Hottest Sports Compact.

Not only do cars dominate the vendors’ booths, but a large portion of the exterior parking lot and sidewalks (another nearly million square feet) are taken over for some eye-popping cars. This year for the first time, SEMA Show 2011 highlighted the cars leaving the exhibit area on the closing day by having a “cruise” out of the Las Vegas Convention Center and then having a quick car show in a nearby lot that was open to the public. Since this is a trade show, only “qualified” attendees can actually go in to the show, so this Friday night car show was the public’s chance to see the cars that they were seeing all week on the local television newscasts.

Many celebrities from the automotive industry were present; either roaming the aisles or at specific sponsor’s booths. It helps that the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) just concluded a competition at the local strip that previous weekend. Therefore, many drivers hang around for their sponsors, like John Force and his drivers signing autographs at the Castrol Oil booth. Of course, NASCAR had a show of force out with drivers and crew chiefs visible at the show.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. actually rode shotgun when GM rolled out their ‘70 Chevelle to the media at a private party on Monday night before the official start of SEMA.

Beyond the SEMA show, there is also the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) show held at the nearby Sands Convention Center. Ironically, many vendors are at both shows, but the AAPEX show historically caters to the garage trade and the off shore manufacturers displaying their products and skills. Unfortunately, there are usually substantially less show cars being exhibited there as well.

As mentioned, SEMA is a business-to-business trade show, so the general public cannot attend the exhibits. The best they can hope for is to read coverage in their favorite magazines. Next year’s show is scheduled for Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012 and more pictures of the cars and the show can be found at www.semadigital.com.

See ya’ on the road.

Barrett Jackson 2011

The second day of the Barrett Jackson 2011 auction is being held today and SPEED is showing five hours live (5-10 PM, locally from Arizona). SPEED cable coverage continues through Sunday with live telecasts and tape re-broadcasts. The weather was great and as the television lights came on, so did the prices.

The folks from GM are selling off some cars from their Heritage Museum. It is interesting to note that the auctioneers are repeating frequently that these cars are not warranted, nor necessarily carry the required safety or emission equipment. Instead of a bill of sale, which is common when cars don’t have a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) like NASCAR race cars – these cars are being sold with a scrap title. Some collectors might be paying top dollar for cars that will never be able to get on the road. Speaking of NASCAR, Rick Hendrix was buying some of these GM pieces.

When GM first started to list the cars they were releasing for this auction, some bloggers criticized them for selling plain Jane pieces that could be easily be replaced in the museum at a later time. But in reality many are concept cars or one offs that don’t have a twin in existence. These cars were rightful fought over and the prices show the collectors’ interest.  Be sure to keep reading to get the latest action from Barrett Jackson 2011.

 

Cruise on Central Avenue

Phoenix, Arizona is the site of some pretty outrageous car shows. But probably nothing will beat the antics along the Cruise on Central Avenue twice a year.

It seems “back in the day” the spot to cruise was along Central Avenue which went the entire length of Phoenix. Well as things happen, the police and the citizens put a stop to this popular cruise spot for the Cruise on Central Avenue.

For a while the cruisers went to Mesa, Arizona on the east side of the Valley of the Sun for some fun, but that too died off courtesy of the local citizenry for the Cruise on Central Avenue.

But twice a year, the Cruise on Central Avenue roars back to life.  Each year in April and October, a Cruise on Central Avenue is sponsored, primarily centered on an older, now overlooked outdoor mall called Park Central Mall.

At one point this cruise was “unsanctioned” but for the last few years a nice group has made the effort to put this Cruise on Central Avenue together.

This show was held on Saturday April 30th, after previously being postponed a few weeks due to some nasty weather rolling in.

Typically the Phoenix Police are out in force but look the other way on some “mild” stuff until it gets too late or somebody really gets obnoxious.

Cars can cruise along the light rail “Metro” route and the sidewalks are packed with spectators.

This year at the Cruise on Central Avenue, the police seemed to be pretty much out of the picture; so some Goodyear’s and Bridgestone’s were sacrificed a burnout sacrifice if you will!

Lots of cars were seen along the route for the Cruise on Central Avenue and the rubber fumes were always present in the air. For information on the next show keep an eye out on http://www.nancyperryproductions.com.

 

MotorCars on MainStreet

Coronado, California is known for the arching blue bridge across San Diego Bay, being home to humongous aircraft carriers and training the Navy’s SEALS. They even host a vintage car race on the North Island Airbase each year. But in April they also hold a pre-73 MotorCars on MainStreet car show along their historic and quaint downtown.

The 21st annual show, MotorCars on MainStreet, was held on Sunday, April 17, 2011 and as usual the car show sold out with over 400 cars in attendance.

The MotorCars on MainStreet show was also well attended by the public and awards were given for four top overall categories, with first and second place awards given in 15 car specific categories. There was everything from pure stock to highly modified vehicles to peruse. Two tri-five Chevy’s swept the modified 1946-1959 category and a 1923 Ford T Bucket won the people’s choice.

For more information on the MotorCars on MainStreet show and a list of the winners check out http://www.coronadomainstreet.com/csite/cms/home.htm

 

My Favorite Cars at SEMA

My Favorite Cars at SEMA
By Mark C. Bach

With over 1500 cars at the 2010 SEMA – Specialty Equipment Market Association – it is hard to narrow down some favorites but here are my top five, tongue drooling, oh my god, greatest cars. Some were chosen for historical purposes and some just because! Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

SEMA, Mark C Bach, Specialty Equipment Market Association, 1959 Cadillac Coupe De Ville, 1948 Ford, Ed Roth Mysterion, bubbletop, 1956 Chevy Nomad, Meguair's, 1934 Cadillac, www.semadigital.com, Auto Round-Up#1 1959 Cadillac Coupe De Ville Custom. This car was at the PPG paint display and was just drop dead gorgeous. The purple magenta fade paint job was done by the legendary Gene Winfield and was brought over from Australia.

SEMA, Mark C Bach, Specialty Equipment Market Association, 1959 Cadillac Coupe De Ville, 1948 Ford, Ed Roth Mysterion, bubbletop, 1956 Chevy Nomad, Meguair's, 1934 Cadillac, www.semadigital.com, Auto Round-Up#2 1948 Ford. This blue bombshell was just flat period authentic with the wide whites and the red wheels. The swoopy top made it look fast while standing still.

SEMA, Mark C Bach, Specialty Equipment Market Association, 1959 Cadillac Coupe De Ville, 1948 Ford, Ed Roth Mysterion, bubbletop, 1956 Chevy Nomad, Meguair's, 1934 Cadillac, www.semadigital.com, Auto Round-Up#3 Ed Roth’s Mysterion is a classic from the customs of the 1960’s. This bubble top and twin engine cyclops just screams for attention from the custom crowd.

SEMA, Mark C Bach, Specialty Equipment Market Association, 1959 Cadillac Coupe De Ville, 1948 Ford, Ed Roth Mysterion, bubbletop, 1956 Chevy Nomad, Meguair's, 1934 Cadillac, www.semadigital.com, Auto Round-Up#4 1956 Chevy Nomad. Nicely built custom car was seen outside by the Meguair’s booth and is already slated to be auctioned in January at the Russo Steele car auction in Scottsdale AZ. It has a Chevy LS6 crate motor and a manual 6 speed.

SEMA, Mark C Bach, Specialty Equipment Market Association, 1959 Cadillac Coupe De Ville, 1948 Ford, Ed Roth Mysterion, bubbletop, 1956 Chevy Nomad, Meguair's, 1934 Cadillac, www.semadigital.com, Auto Round-Up#5 1934 Cadillac. The builder kept it in the family with a Northstar engine but through in a Heidt’s front end and a nine inch Ford rear. This car was found out on the north lobby floor sitting majestically.

If you don’t like these pictures feel free to make your own after looking over the cars at www.semadigital.com

See ya’ on the road!

2005 Barrett Jackson Wrap-Up

Scottsdale, Arizona was the scene for the 2005 Barrett Jackson Car Auction in late January, 2005. In five thrilling days, 872 cars were auctioned off at no-reserve and additional automobilia as well went across the auction block. The sale exceeded $60 million dollars and was seen live on the SPEED Channel for 24 hours, plus of course the reruns!

Many experts consider the 2005 Barrett Jackson Auction as the bellwether for the classic car trends for the entire calendar year and if this is accurate, expect more record sales across the country. The company was expecting over 4,000 bidders and nearly 200,000 people to view the cars over the five days of action.

In a no-reserve auction the seller agrees to sell the car regardless of what the final bid price is. Many auctions allow bidders to set a “reserve” price and if they don’t reach that price, the seller keeps the car. Barrett-Jackson has enough pull that they can command a no-reserve condition from the sellers. After all if it won’t fetch top dollar there, where will it? This year at the 2005 Barrett Jackson sifted through 5,000 consignors before settling on the nearly 900 cars they finally took to the auction block.

Of course, by now, many of you are aware that a GM concept car, a 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 sold for $3,240,000 to a Colorado car museum but many cars sold that weekend set records for the prices bid.

Barrett-Jackson charges both the seller and the buyer a 8% commission so that $3 million dollar sale netted them $480,000 in commissions from just one car! Plus gate admission price to walk through the cars on Saturday alone, the peak day, was $50. The weather was bad with some rain on three days but that didn’t stop folks from buying cars.

The auction is held on a grassy (and muddy) polo field and adjacent parking lot in the nation’s largest tent west of the Mississippi River. They also use five other large tents to cover some of the cars. Barrett-Jackson officials made some noise about moving away from this tented facility and moving to the west side of the Phoenix region, but for now they publicly are planning for next year’s show in Scottsdale. Unlike the Kruse International Auction held a week earlier, which is titled as the “Scottsdale” auction but actually held at the Phoenix International Raceway; about 40 + miles further west and nowhere near the city of Scottsdale!

Barrett-Jackson not only attracts top-notch cars, they also attract high-end bidders who can afford to buy cars on a whim. They feature not only cars but also gala dinners, special lifestyle shows and fashion parades all designed to separate money from the buyers. Many folks fly in to Scottsdale on their private jets and keep them at the nearby municipal airport. Even some cars linked to Hollywood stars were sold; like cars formerly owned by Nicholas Cage, Jodie Foster and Ozzie (as in Nelson, not Osbourne!) And the bidders don’t even have to be on site. They can bid through the Internet or over the phone!

The average price of a car sold this year at the 2005 Barrett Jackson was nearly $70,000 and while some of these might see street time, the majority of the cars are destined for garage space and concourse shows. In the past this auction featured many restorations of Dusenburgs and Packards, but now more and more “muscle cars” are showing up on the stage. Frequently these cars are numbers matching restorations, but many are also modified or custom variations of the classics.

These cars would probably be rated strong 1’s by most appraisers, with a few 2’s in the midst. While many folks might complain about the prices paid, remember this makes the prices of other classics rise as well, and manufacturers now see a profit to be made by recreating long lost parts and fabricating new equipment as needed.

Barrett-Jackson also holds auctions in Florida and California during the year, but this is the granddaddy of them all and the most watched. For more information on specific cars sold or next year’s action check out www.barrett-jackson.com