Mustang Mayhem at Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
Barrett-Jackson recently held its 45th Annual Collector Car auction, and Brothers Performance was on hand to check out the action. Our team was there to see all the Mustang Mayhem at Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, held at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The nine-day celebration went from Jan. 23-31, and Barrett-Jackson filled its docket with more than 1,500 rare and collectible vehicles. “My father, Russ Jackson, and his friend, Tom Barrett, started the auction with one auction and a few select cars,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of barrett-Jackson. “More than four decades later, Barrett-Jackson has become the premier collector car auction company for enthusiasts around the world. Of course, our 45th anniversary is as much about our future as our past and that’s why we continue to bring new assets to our events,” said Jackson.
[caption id="attachment_5664" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Mark Fields, president of Ford was on hand to help auction a Focus RS. the proceeds went to the JDRF charity.[/caption]
The 45th Anniversary Scottsdale Auction included a host of exciting activities, events and exhibits over the week. Kicking off the week was the Cox Family Value Day on Saturday, January 23, with free admission for children under 12. The Opening Night Gala, a renowned event held at each of Barrett-Jackson’s four annual auctions, was on the 25th. Registered bidders, consignors and sponsors received invitations to the gala.
As much State fair as it is a car auction, the nine-day auction, offered the Ride ’N Drives and Thrill Rides with Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge, as well as a massive vendor marketplace, live music on select evenings and dozens of food and beverage options. Plus, we took in all the latest in performance from Ford, Ford Performance, Dodge, Chevrolet, Roush Performance and Shelby American. This included the new RST 511 hp EcoBoost Roush Ford Mustang and the brand-new Terlingua Race Team that was introduced at the show. We also spotted many celebrities including Aaron Shelby, Jay Leno, Ken Block, Richard Rawlings of Fast and Loud and the legend Burt Reynolds.
And in addition to the miles of classics, we spotted all types of late-model muscle, with the main feature being the Jack Miller collection of 38 late-model Mustangs, including rare Stangs from Roush, Shelby and Saleen.
New to the 45th Anniversary Scottsdale Auction will be the Experts’ Symposiums held throughout the week. Here, enthusiasts can get an idea about what to look for when buying a car and hear from Barrett-Jackson’s team of experts. This team works at each event to help review certain high-end and rare cars that may be represented, by the consignor, as having matching numbers or documented with show provenance. The symposium schedule will be announced and available online as the auction approaches.
“This 45th anniversary celebration will represent the ultimate automotive lifestyle experience and the most incredible environment of its kind,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The amazing docket we are building for the 45th anniversary will be a milestone in Barrett-Jackson history.”
[caption id="attachment_5652" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Brand new Shelby Terlinguia Mustang.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5662" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Ken Block gave us a ride in the new Focus RS![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5667" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Burt Reynolds, aka The Bandit.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5663" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Ken Block, Richard Rawlings and Alan Taylor.[/caption]