First-timers to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale are undoubtedly a bit floored. Sprawled across some 30 acres are more than 80 high-tech sponsor exhibits, an incredible variety of goods and services for sale at the 240-plus booths in the vendor marketplace, dozens of food and beverage options, exclusive merchandise displays, the exciting Ford/GM Ride ’N Drives and Dodge Thrill Rides—and of course the more than 1,600 extraordinary cars on display in the many, many tents erected at WestWorld of Scottsdale just for this occasion.
Tens of thousands more streamed through the gates today, including celebrities such as actor Frankie Muniz, NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon, and legendary racing safety gear inventor Bill Simpson. Among the more exciting moments today were three cars rolling across the block for a total of $1.01 million going to three worthy charities.
First of the cars to cross the block was a special 30th “Jahre” (Year) Anniversary Edition 2015 BMW M5 (Lot #3002), one of only 30 imported to the U.S. market and one of 300 produced worldwide. The sleek car was brought to the block by the BMW Car Club of America to benefit their Foundation and the “Street Survival” safe driving program for teen drivers. Legendary Indy driver Bobby Rahal came to the podium to help cheer on the heated bidding, which resulted in the always-generous Rick Hendrick of NASCAR fame coming up with the winning bid of $700,000—100 percent of which goes to the Foundation.
Up for auction to benefit Detroit’s College for Creative Studies was the 6.2-liter, 640hp 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, VIN 001 (Lot #3003), donated by General Motors. Featuring unbelievable power for a luxury sedan, the 6.2-liter, 640hp car has a top speed of 200mph and is capable of 0-60 performance in 3.7 seconds. The winning bidder took home this beauty for $170,000.
The third and final charity car for the evening was one familiar to Barrett-Jackson fans: a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst Coupe (Lot #3004). Once owned by Miss Hurst Golden Shifter Linda Vaughn, this vehicle was first purchased by the Jackson Family Foundation at the 2013 Palm Beach Auction. The Foundation then donated it to the 2014 Scottsdale Auction to benefit the TGen Cancer Research Fund in memory of Russ and Brian Jackson. The car was subsequently purchased and donated back to TGen two subsequent times before this evening’s appearance. The car rolled up onto the block driven by actress Sharon Stone, with Linda Vaughn as her passenger. With Miss Stone serving as guest auctioneer, the car was auctioned once again for the cause, going for $140,000—and the winning bidder followed tradition by immediately donating it back to TGen for a future auction.
Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson with actress Sharon Stone, who served as Guest Auctioneer to Lot #3004, a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst Coupe, which brought in $140,ooo for the TGen Cancer Research Fund in memory of Russ and Brian Jackson.
Apart from the cars crossing the block for a cause, there were some pretty remarkable offerings today. Older Ford custom pickups proved popular, with three ending up in the Top 10, along with a Jaguar, a roadster and a good showing of muscle cars. Here are the Top 10 vehicles for Thursday:
Lot #826 – 1956 Ford F-100 Custom Pickup – $242,000
Lot #854 – 1933 Ford Custom Roadster – $198,000
Lot #811 – 1956 Ford F-100 Custom Pickup – $161,700
Lot #673 – 1973 Jaguar XKE 2+2 Coupe – $135,300
Lot #820 – 1967 Ford Mustang Custom Fastback – $112,200
Lot #804 – 1966 Ford Mustang GT Convertible – $110,000
Lot #823 – 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible – $110,000
Lot #833 – 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge – $110,000
Lot #849 – 1971 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible – $110,000
Lot #803 – 1930 Ford Model A Custom Pickup – $107,800
Friday promises to be another banner day at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, featuring not only another select group of spectacular vehicles crossing the block, but also the 2nd Annual Barrett-Jackson Bull Riding Challenge, with competitions at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. each day at the WestWorld Equidome. Admission is free with general admission.