Have you ever dreamed of owning the car from your favorite TV show? Or your dad’s first ride, the one he never stops talking about? Or maybe a race-used NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car? Maybe your dreams aren’t that lofty and you’re just looking for a classic piece of American muscle? Heck, maybe you’re just a window shopper who appreciates a work of art? Either way, Barrett-Jackson’s 43rd Annual Scottsdale Collector Car Auction is the place to satisfy any of your oogle-worthy automotive desires.
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The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company puts on four shows across the country each year, but the first one runs from Jan. 12-19 in Scottsdale, Ariz. For the first time, it will take place at the brand-new facilities of Westworld of Scottsdale, which boasts nearly one million square feet of auction space.
This is the event where Bubba Watson famously purchased his General Lee in 2012. The Barrett-Jackson show attracts all types, from PGA Tour pros like Watson to celebrities from across the media spectrum. From families “car-gazing” to CEOs looking for the missing piece to their collection.
What makes the Barrett-Jackson auctions so special is the diversity of products; you never know what will come across the auction block. The Scottsdale show will feature a number of cars previously owned by celebrities like Paul Walker, James Gandolfini, Kobe Bryant and many more.
Auction week also features various charity endeavors by Barrett-Jackson and other groups. This year, programs benefiting from charitable auctions include Make-a-Wish, Victory Junction, NASCAR Foundation, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Warriors, Ikan, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, TGEN Foundation, SEMA Cares, Cornerstone Schools and Cox Charities.
Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, Craig Jackson said on the company website, “Barrett-Jackson has a strong legacy of working with individuals and the causes that they choose to support. Through our auction platform and waived fees, 100 percent of the funds bid in a charitable auction flow directly to the cause, maximizing the benefit.”
Celebrities taking part in the charitable auctions during the week and opening night gala include Gene Simmons, Billy Baldwin, Bret Michaels, Steven Tyler and NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace.
“More and more, our Scottsdale auction, as well as our other three auctions, are drawing a greater attendance of celebrities as our brand becomes more global, as our reach enters new media markets and as consignors and bidders flock to our lifestyle events and our website,” Jackson said.
So whether you’re an automotive mogul, car aficionado or a just looking for a fun time, the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction is the place to be. And if you can’t make it out to Scottsdale, be sure to follow the auction all over the FoxSports cable family or check out each day’s schedule at the official Barrett-Jackson website.