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Bugatti Atlantic wins best of show at Arizona Concours

Bugatti Atlantic is pushed carefully to the red carpet after its battery died | Larry Edsall photos
Bugatti Atlantic is pushed carefully to the red carpet after its battery died | Larry Edsall photos

Organizers of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance provide a roped-off area near the awards presentation area reserved for photographers with media credentials so they can capture images of the cars as they roll up and their owners receive their awards. For all but the last of those awards, the cars approach from stage right, so the photo pen onstage left provides the desired, heads-on vantage. Continue reading

1934 Hudson Terraplane convertible wins Classiccars.com Award at Arizona Concours

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1934 Hudson Terraplane convertible

A 1934 Hudson Terraplane convertible has been selected as the winner of the annual Classiccars.com Award at the 2017 Arizona Concours d’Elegance.

This 1934 Hudson Terraplane convertible was found in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by the current owner’s son. The car was complete but in poor condition and received a comprehensive  3 1/2-year restoration with over 3,000 man hours invested. Continue reading

Pioneering women in racing featured at Arizona Concours

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On stage with St. James were Miranda Seymoure, author of the Bugatti Queen,, and Janet Guthrie, the first woman to compete in the Indy 500 and Daytona 500 | Charles Siritho photos

The lights of the grand ballroom had been dimmed. Over hushed murmurs and the soft sound of rain, Lyn St. James’s took to the stage and said, “Over time, I learned I wasn’t so unique. When you are so often identified as the only woman in this male-dominated sport, it’s like sometimes you are just this strange person, but you don’t feel strange because you love what you do, so it becomes normal to be so unique.”

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Economic impact: Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale boosts local economy by $168 million, study reports

Barrett-Jackson has been the anchor of Arizona Car Week for nearly 50 years | Larry Edsall photos
Barrett-Jackson has been the anchor of Arizona Car Week for nearly 50 years | Larry Edsall photos

After nearly every collector car auction, the auction houses publish on their websites a list of all lots that sold, and for how much. Some also will share information on the high bid on lots that didn’t sell. In most cases, the auction houses also issue a news release listing an overall sales total, a sell-through rate and a list of the 10 lots that brought the most money. Continue reading

Fifth graders enthused with their introduction to car collecting

Fifth graders raise their paddles as they bid on scale models of classic cars | Larry Edsall photos
Fifth graders raise their paddles as they bid on scale models of classic cars | Larry Edsall photos

If you wanted to see enthusiastic bidding on classic cars, you needed to be inside the Worldwide Auctioneers’ tent in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Friday morning when 120 fifth graders were introduced to the wonderful world of collector vehicles. Continue reading

In praise of one of the unsung heroes of our hobby

Pebble's Sanda Button reads off John Clinard's accomplishments
Pebble’s Sanda Button reads off John Clinard’s accomplishments | David Gooley photos

One of the things about unsung heroes is that they are accustomed to working quietly, diligent and even dogged, and well behind the scenes, where they might go almost unnoticed. But while they personally might be unheralded, the things they do are not.

Fortunately, from time to time, someone does notice such heroes and offers them praise that they find almost embarrassing. Continue reading

Finest auctions working toward Boca Raton, Danbury sales

Bradley Farrell preparing for the Finest's first auction in its Connecticut facility | The Finest photos
Bradley Farrell preparing for the Finest’s first auction in its Connecticut facility | The Finest photos

Bradley Farrell may be the owner and chief executive, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t handle seemingly mundane tasks as his year-old collector car auction company prepares for its upcoming sales.

One of those sales will take place this spring in The Finest Automobile Auctions’ 48,000-square-foot headquarters and showroom in Danbury, Connecticut, where the CEO sweeps the floors when he’s not negotiating for an auction consignment or working on yet another way to revolutionize the collector car auction process. Continue reading

Alcatraz East Crime Museum opens with notorious cars

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John Dillinger’s 1933 Essex Terraplane | Alcatraz East Museum photos

Disguised as a 19th century prison inspired by the historic Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz East resides near the Margaritaville Hotel and Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Within the two-story museum’s 24,000-square-feet of space are more than 100 interactive exhibits covering the history of American crime, and the consequences of crime. among other things.

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Pick of the Day: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 fastback

The Boss 302 is said to be the only with this combination of colors and equipment
The Boss 302 is said to be the only one with this combination of colors and equipment

Muscle-car dreams come back to life every year during Arizona Car Week, now with seven collector car auctions taking place. This is when you swear this could be the year that you spring for that piece of high-performance magic that has been haunting you for as long as you can remember.

The Pick of the Day is one of those cars that many enthusiasts see in their minds’ eyes: an all-out 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 fastback coupe. The Boss hit the spot back in their day, offering something new and exciting — track-like performance in a daily driver, and with a look meant to thrill and inspire. Continue reading

Arizona auctions again awash in Porsches as values hold

A restored 1967 Porsche 911S is among Barrett-Jackson's collection of Porsches | Barrett-Jackson
A restored 1967 Porsche 911S is among Barrett-Jackson’s collection  | Barrett-Jackson

Just when you thought the Porsche passion had crested, a new wave of 911s, 356s, race cars and exotics from the German sports car brand washes into the Scottsdale/Phoenix area for the seven auctions of Arizona Car Week. The prophesized burst of the bubble has not occurred, although values have flattened somewhat.

The classic 911 experienced the greatest run-up in prices during the past four years, with many former entry-level models reaching toward six figures, and more-desirable cars going well beyond. The upcoming Arizona auctions are again awash in 911s, with the total number just slightly less than last year’s selection. Continue reading