To experience this collector car auction, the world’s largest, you would really need to stick around in central Florida’s sunshine for about 10 days, eat three or four meals daily, shoot about a thousand photos, and try to comprehend its sheer size and scope.
The 2017 version of the Mecum Kissimmee auction brought three fabulous collections into the spotlight: the Williams collection, the Jackee and Gary Runyon collection, and the Don Fezell collection, each containing some of the most historic and sought-after muscle cars and drag race cars of the 1960s.
The Williams collection, some 72 cars, each offered at no reserve, range from a 1907 Cadillac Model K Runabout to a ’95 Chevy Monte Carlo raced by Ricky Craven in NASCAR, and was as full of muscle as the early version of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The Runyons have collected some very significant drag race cars from the 1960s, including one or two that were the very first of their kind when aluminum and fiberglass noses and seven-liter engines were de rigeur. More than 40 of their cars are on display and available for bidding.
Pennsylvania drag racer and collector Don Fezell offers even more drag racing gems, more than 40 cars, some of them expected to bring three quarters of a million dollars or more for Detroit iron that only cost about $3,500 new.
For someone who was raised on drag racing, this auction is pure heaven.