The cars are cool but what I really like best about Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction this year is the new venue. After several years in what otherwise was a rough, open field near the intersection of Scottsdale Road and the Loop 101 freeway, the auction this year has moved to its new home, the northwest corner of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
In just a few weeks, the baseball diamonds that are part of the complex will be the spring training home to the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks. But this January, and for more Januarys to come, much of the grounds of the state-of-the-art professional sports facility will be home to Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction.
Along with the move comes much better access, nicer parking areas, and more room for displays, venders and for the tents that cover the cars on the docket and for the tent that houses auction block itself.
And this is just the start, promised auction head Drew Alcazar, who already is making expansion plans for 2018 and beyond.
But collector car auctions are about the cars, so here are some that I saw Friday that would fit my needs, which tend toward cars you can drive and enjoy and show locally: