I arrived after the bidding already had begun Friday at Leake Auction Company’s Dallas sale, though I arrived in time for the highlight of the day — the sale of Gas Monkey-fame Richard Rawlings’ 1929 Packard, fresh from its appearance just a few months ago at Pebble Beach.
I also arrived in time to wander through the collection of cars that will be crossing the block Saturday. Actually, make that crossing the blocks because Tulsa-based Leake employs two bidding turntables at its sales so the sale finishes each day by dinner time (or in the case of today’s sale, in time for the 7 p.m. kickoff of the Oklahoma vs. TCU football game; both teams are 9-1 and bidding to make the final four in the college football playoffs).
The sale is being held in Market Hall, where on Friday, the Saturday cars were parked in the same huge room where the bidding was taking place. Friday cars were in a side room and Sunday cars were still out in the adjacent parking garage.
When Classic Car News staffers attend auctions, we do these features in which we select the cars we’d most like to take home for our very own. Our selections probably say more about our personal tastes than they do about the mix of cars on the docket. But then isn’t that what the classic car hobby is all about, seeking the vehicles which strike the strongest chord within us?