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30 DAYS UNTIL SCOTTSDALE: HOWARD HUGHES’ 1953 BUICK ROADMASTER

This 1953 Buick Roadmaster is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January. This 1953 Buick Roadmaster is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.

This historic 1953 Buick Roadmaster (Lot #2503) was personally customized for 20th century Renaissance man, Howard Hughes. One of his prized possessions, Hughes drove the car while he stayed at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Hollywood, Calif., utilizing it as his own mobile office.

Always concerned that he was being watched, Hughes preferred the Roadmaster as its exterior blended in with other vehicles on the street. An aviation enthusiast and aerospace engineer, Hughes directed the Roadmaster’s mechanical modifications to conform to his eccentric demands and idiosyncrasies. Amidst his modifications is a full 24-volt aircraft electrical system in conjunction with the factory 12-volt system that allowed him the ability to personally jumpstart his airplane while traveling undetected. The electrical system also features a trunk-mounted air conditioning unit that is fully operable separate from the engine. In line with Hughes’ germ obsession, it was designed to first flow through a dust trap and bacterial filter.

The Buick Roadmaster was also the last car that Hughes drove. Purchased off the blocks at 7000 Romain in Hollywood, Calif., where it was stored for 20 years, this piece of history has only 5,339 miles on the clock. The exterior is 100% original with factory Pastel Blue paint and a Seafoam Green top. All interior appointments are in perfect condition, complete with blue wool, broadcloth and nylon.

The ’53 Buick Roadmaster (Lot #2503) will cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Ron Pratte’s prestigious collection of automobilia will kick off the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction beginning Saturday, Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. and running through Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Pratte’s vehicles first cross the block at 4 p.m. on Tuesday with lot numbers 2000 through 2109 and will continue with lot numbers 2500 through 2530 on Saturday, Jan. 17.

BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE AUCTION TO FEATURE HISTORIC RACE AND COMPETITION CARS

 

  • (Lot #5054), a ’53 Chevrolet Corvette roadster race car raced by NASCAR Hall of Fame members Herb Thomas and Junior Johnson
  • A ’68 Corvette L88 Competition Corvette Convertible (Lot #5048), one of three of James Garner’s American International Racing team car is among the anticipated consignments
  • The first car to participate in a national NHRA event, Carl Grimes’ 1954 DeSoto Custom Drag Race Car (Lot #494) will cross the block in Scottsdale

 A 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster driven by NASCAR Hall of Fame members Herb Thomas and Junior Johnson is just one of many great race cars set to cross the block in January at the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. A 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster driven by NASCAR Hall of Fame members Herb Thomas and Junior Johnson is just one of many great race cars set to cross the block in January at the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Dec. 10, 2014Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, will offer hundreds of vehicles during its Scottsdale auction Jan. 10-18, 2015, at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. The predominantly No Reserve auction will offer a diverse docket of vehicles featuring some historic race cars. Highlighted by a coveted ’53 Corvette (Lot #5054) raced by NASCAR Hall of Fame members Herb Thomas and Junior Johnson, the auction also features a ’68 L88 Corvette Convertible (Lot #5048) from James Garner’s American International Racing team as well as Carl Grimes’ 1954 DeSoto that was the first car to participate in a national NHRA event.

“Motorsports has had a profound influence on our love for cars,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Many of the race cars in our Scottsdale docket have incredible stories behind them, and now our bidders can own a piece of that racing history.”

True to the roots of American stock car racing, a ’53 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster (Lot #5054) is set to cross the block in Scottsdale in January. The Daytona Beach NASCAR ’53 Corvette Convertible was created by Chevrolet Engineering for NASCAR as part of Ed Cole’s push to save the Corvette and create a brand image of speed and performance. Throughout its racing tenure, this corvette was driven by a number of NASCAR legends, most notably NASCAR Hall of Fame members Herb Thomas and Junior Johnson. Under the supervision ofthree-time Indy 500 winner Mauri Rose, this Corvette was one of two rebuilt by Chevrolet Experimental Shop and Garage in November 1955, as a project titled “Rebuilding of NASCAR Corvettes for NASCAR Stock Car Racing.”

Also among the most anticipated race cars at Scottsdale is a pair of ’68 L88 Corvette convertibles. One of the first 200 Corvettes built in 1968, a LeMans Blue L88 Corvette Competition Convertible (Lot # 5048) purchased by James Garner for his American International Racing team, will cross the auction block on Saturday, January 17. Raced by Dick Guldstrand, this #44 car took the pole in the 1968 Daytona 24 Hours race. The second, a ’68 Corvette Convertible L88 race car (Lot # 5035), was built and raced by Don Yenko for the Sunray DX-sponsored team. This #2 DX L88 became Yenko’s personal racer on his way to winning the 1968 SCCA Midwest Division championship.

The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction will also feature an iconic piece of National Hot Rod Association history. The first car to participate in the first national NHRA drag race, a ’54 DeSoto Custom Drag Race Car (Lot #494), will be one of the most prized pieces of the drag racing genre in Scottsdale. The sole known survivor of motorsports pioneer and NHRA Hall of Fame member Carl Grimes, this drag car is famously known as Grimes’ “Wild Wagon.”

“True to Barrett-Jackson, we continue to build a docket with some of the most amazing collector car vehicles,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Our mission is to include something for every car collector who comes to our auction. From high-performance race cars like the Corvette L88s to custom NHRA drag racers, we have something for every motorsports and racing enthusiast.”

Racing legend Graham Hill’s #70, Indy Car (Lot #5069), a 1968 Lotus STP Type chassis 56/3 will also cross the Scottsdale block. Famous for its turbine engine, it is one of the only four original type 56 cars ever made. Nearly 50 years after shattering the qualifying record at the 1968 Indy 500, this car was fully restored by Clive Chapman and Andy Granatelli’s son, Vince, with meticulous attention to detail and engineering.

Live coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale will be broadcast on Velocity and Discovery during more than 36 hours of live, high-definition TV coverage from Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 13- 18.

For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com/Bidder/Home.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Reno-Tahoe, Nevada. With broadcast partners Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature 100 hours of live television coverage in 2015, including live international coverage in both Canada and Latin America. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com, or call 480-421-6694.

For high-resolution photos, please contact Aaron Cook at ACook@TPRM.com 

Media Contact:
Corporate Communications
Rodney Scearce
Barrett-Jackson Media Relations Supervisor
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rscearce@barrett-jackson.com

Automotive Media
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TimePiece PR & Marketing on behalf of Barrett-Jackson
214-520-3430
ACook@TPRM.com

BARRETT-JACKSON 2015 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION TO FEATURE RARE DOCKET OF CHEVROLET CORVETTES

 

• A never-titled ’69 L89 Corvette convertible (Lot #5050) with only 352 miles highlights Barrett-Jackson’s Corvette lineup
• The fastest street legal Chevrolet Corvette, a ’78 turbine-powered Jet Corvette (Lot #5070) in excellent condition will be among the auction’s most notable consignments
• ’57 (Lot #5057) and ’07 (Lot #5057.1) Corvettes with matching VIN numbers will be sold as a pair in Scottsdale

LOT #5079, a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe, is just one of several remarkable Corvettes that will cross the block at the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January 2015. LOT #5079, a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe, is just one of several remarkable Corvettes that will cross the block at the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January 2015.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Dec. 8, 2014 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, will feature a rare docket of collectible Corvettes during its Scottsdale auction Jan. 10-18, 2015, at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. The predominantly No Reserve auction will feature a remarkable range of Corvettes, including a ’69 L89 Corvette convertible (Lot #5050) that has only 352 original documented miles and won the 2014 NCRS Top Flight Award.

“The Chevrolet Corvette has become an iconic symbol of authentic American performance to fans around the world,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Since its birth in 1953 in Flint, Mich., its instantly recognizable design is matched by its exhilarating performance. The Corvettes that will cross our block in Scottsdale are a testament that the sports car continues to be a fierce competitor more than 60 years after its introduction.”

The ’69 L89 Corvette convertible (Lot #5050) will be one of the most sought-after vehicles at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. With only 352 original miles, this time capsule has never been titled. Original documentation consisting of the Corvette order form, retail buyer’s order form, scheduled price sheet, receipt for payment and the dealer copy of the order are included. The convertible, which has been registered in Kevin Cavanaugh’s L89 registry since 1989, also includes a notarized letter from Steve Honnell verifying originality of car and original miles.

Barrett-Jackson will auction a one-of-a-kind ’78 turbine-powered Jet Corvette (Lot #5070). Engineered by Vince Granatelli and complete with the same type of Pratt & Whitney ST6B turbine engine that powered the 1968 Indy Car, this Corvette graced the cover of Motor Trend Magazine. The fastest street-legal corvette in the world, Granatelli claimed it could go 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds.

Among the most anticipated consignments is a rare ’69 Chevrolet Corvette L88 2 door coupe (Lot #5049) in excellent condition. The Monaco Orange L88 is one of 116 with gorgeous body-off restoration by world famous Nabor Bros of Houston, Texas. The restoration was complete with aluminum heads, radio delete, power brakes, transistorized ignition, M22, posi-traction, headrests, F41 suspension, J56 brakes, tinted glass, Rallye wheels and black wall F70x15 tires.

Also included in the rare collection is a pair of classic Chevrolet Corvettes, ’57 and ’07 convertibles with matching VINs, which will be sold together. The ’57 Corvette Convertible (Lot #5057) dressed in Venetian Red boasts only 190 miles since its frame-off restoration. The ’07 Corvette Convertible (Lot #5057.1) has only eight original miles and was factory built to mirror the 1957 colors and options, with a VIN number matching that of the ’57 model.

“It’s exciting to see the continued interest in the Corvette,” added Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The car’s impact on the automotive world is unmistakable, which somehow continues with every new generation developed by GM. I’m confident these Corvettes will be a crowd favorite in Scottsdale.”

Corvette’s racing history will also be well represented in Scottsdale with a ’68 Corvette Convertible L88 race car (Lot #5035) built and raced by Don Yenko on the Sunray DX sponsored team. This #2 DX L88 car became Yenko’s personal racer on his way to winning the 1968 SCCA Midwest Division championship. Also featured will be a ’68 Corvette L88 Competition Convertible (Lot #5048); one of three factory-built L88 cars for James Garner’s American International Racing team. This particular L88 was the GT class pole winner in the 1968 Daytona 24 Hour race.

Live coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale will be broadcast on Velocity and Discovery during 36 hours of live, high-definition TV coverage from Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 13-18.

For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com/Bidder/Home.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Reno-Tahoe, Nevada. With broadcast partners Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature 100 hours of live television coverage in 2015, including live international coverage in both Canada and Latin America. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com, or call 480-421-6694.

For high-resolution photos, please contact Aaron Cook at ACook@TPRM.com.

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Media Contact:

Corporate Communications
Rodney Scearce
Barrett-Jackson Senior Media Relations Supervisor
480-306-8253
RScearce@Barrett-Jackson.com

Automotive Media
Aaron Cook
TimePiece PR & Marketing on behalf of Barrett-Jackson
(214) 520-3430
ACook@TPRM.com

MORE THAN 100 VEHICLES FROM THE RON PRATTE COLLECTION WILL CROSS THE BLOCK TUESDAY, JAN. 13, AT BARRETT-JACKSON

<em>The entire Ron Pratte Collection will be auctioned during the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January 2015.</em> The entire Ron Pratte Collection will be auctioned during the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January 2015.

    • All Ron Pratte Collection vehicles with lot numbers between 2000 and 2109 will sell on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
    • More than 100 vehicles from the collection, including cars, trucks and motorcycles, will be auctioned on Tuesday
    • A ’69 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle 2 door hardtop (Lot #2016) and a ’69 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback (Lot #2049) are among the anticipated consignments

SCOTTSDALE – Dec. 5, 2014Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, will auction more than 100 vehicles from the world-renowned Ron Pratte Collection on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, beginning at 9 a.m. MST at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. Selling at predominantly No Reserve, The Ron Pratte Collection includes 140 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles, and over 1,400 pieces of automobilia.

“The Ron Pratte Collection is possibly the largest and most diverse to cross any collector car auction block over the past decade,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The majority of Ron’s collection was purchased at Barrett-Jackson auctions and it’s only fitting that these fine collectibles come back to our Scottsdale auction to be passed along to their next caretaker.”

The Ron Pratte Collection sale will kick off with his incredible compilation of automobilia on Saturday, Jan.10, at 9 a.m. MST and continue through its culmination on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. The Pratte vehicles with lot numbers between 2000 and 2109 will cross the block on Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m. The remaining Pratte vehicles, with lot numbers starting at 2500 and above, will be crossing the block on Saturday, Jan. 17.

The Collection being auctioned on Tuesday, Jan. 13, includes an impressive mixture of vehicles, including a ’69 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle 2 door hardtop (Lot #2016), one of only 22 still in existence and the only one known to exist with a column shift; a ’29 Indian 401 motorcycle (Lot #2058), which was restored to as-new condition and is ready to be ridden; and a ’69 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback (Lot #2049), one of the rarest Mustangs available with its original engine, transmission and rear end.

“Because of the size and breadth of the Ron Pratte Collection, we wanted to give bidders a single day to really focus on the amazing vehicles that will cross the block,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Tuesday will be a big day for many collectors who have had their eye on some of these fantastic cars. Of course, we’re also looking forward to the excitement when some of the crown jewels of the Ron Pratte Collection, like the Shelby Cobra Super Snake, cross the block on Saturday.”

Beginning December 11, collectors can follow Barrett-Jackson’s “30 Days of Pratte,” an exclusive look inside the legendary Ron Pratte Collection featuring one Pratte-owned vehicle a day leading up to the first day of the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. For a complete listing of The Ron Pratte Collection, visit www.Barrett-Jackson.com.

Live coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale will be broadcast on Velocity and Discovery during 36 hours of live, high-definition TV coverage from Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 13-18.

For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com/Bidder/Home.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Reno-Tahoe, Nevada. With broadcast partners Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature 100 hours of live television coverage in 2015, including live international coverage in both Canada and Latin America. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com, or call 480-421-6694.

Media Contacts:
Corporate Communications
Rodney Scearce
Barrett-Jackson Senior Media Relations Supervisor
480-306-8253

RScearce@Barrett-Jackson.com

Automotive Media
Aaron Cook
TimePiece PR & Marketing on behalf of Barrett-Jackson
214-520-3430
ACook@TPRM.com

BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE TO HOST CONCERTS BY COUNTRY MUSIC ARTISTS RODNEY ATKINS, THOMPSON SQUARE

• Barrett-Jackson will host concerts by country music artists Rodney Atkins and Thompson Square as a part of auction week in Scottsdale
• Rodney Atkins, an ACM “Top New Male Vocalist” winner, will perform live on the Barrett-Jackson main stage at WestWorld on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
• Thompson Square, ACM and CMA “Vocal Duo of the Year” winners, will perform live on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 9 p.m.

Country star Rodney Atkins will kick off the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.

Country star Rodney Atkins will kick off the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.

Country music stars Thompson Square will be performing at the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.

Country music stars Thompson Square will perform Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Dec. 2, 2014 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, announced today that it will host country music artists Rodney Atkins and Thompson Square as part of their exciting auction week in Scottsdale, Ariz., from Jan. 10-18, 2015, at WestWorld.Rodney Atkins, who is co-sponsored by Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar & Grill” restaurant, will help kick off the auction week during Family Value Day on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Country music duo Thompson Square will take center stage on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 9 p.m.

“Barrett-Jackson and country music are both a part of the cultural fabric of America,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “This is the first time in our company’s history that we’ve organized concerts of this scale and featured some of the most popular country artists.”

Rodney Atkins, an ACM Top New Male Vocalist, is a country music singer/songwriter whose six chart-topping hits include “Take A Back Road,” “It’s America,” “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy),” “These Are My People,” “Watching You” and “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows).” His fourth studio album, Take A Back Road, yielded Atkins’ fastest-rising single to date with the title track and he is currently working on a new album for longtime label home Curb Records.

Thompson Square is a husband/wife duo, comprised of Keifer and Shawna Thompson. They made music history by earning awards from both the ACM and CMA for “Vocal Duo of the Year” in 2012. Thompson Square was awarded its second consecutive ACM Award for “Vocal Duo of the Year” in April 2013.With two number one smash singles, five Top-15 hits, seven awards and over 25 nominations (including two Grammys as well as American Music Award and Teen Choice Award nods), Thompson Square is one of today’s hottest country music acts.

Tickets are sold separately for each concert and can be purchased online at www.barrett-jackson.com, or at the gate at WestWorld. Ticket prices for each concert are:

General Admission:
$22, in advance
$29, day of show

General Admission Seats
$32, in advance
$39, day of show

General Admission Bleacher
$20, in advance
$25, day of show

Live coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale will be broadcast on Velocity and Discovery during 36 hours of live, high-definition TV coverage from Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 13 – 18.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Reno-Tahoe, Nevada. With broadcast partners, Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature 100 hours of live television coverage in 2015, including live international coverage in both Canada and Latin America. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit www.barrett-jackson.com, or call 480-421-6694.

VELOCITY AND DISCOVERY CHANNEL TO AIR 36 HOURS OF LIVE COVERAGE OF THE BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE AUCTION IN JANUARY 2015

–Entire, Famed Ron Pratte Collection and Jeff Gordon’s 1999 No.24 Pepsi Chevrolet Highlight the Scottsdale Auction Block–

The 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama concept car, one of only two designed by GM styling icon Harley Earl, is just one of 142 cars in the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.
The 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama concept car, one of only two designed by GM styling icon Harley Earl, is just one of 142 cars in the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.

(Silver Spring, Md.)Velocity and Discovery Channel announced today 36 hours of live, world premiere coverage of the 44th annual BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE AUCTION beginning Tuesday, January 13 from 6-8 PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel and continuing through Sunday, January 18 from 2-7 PM ET on Velocity. The networks’ broadcast of the Scottsdale auction kicks off an agreement to air 100 hours of live coverage of BARRETT-JACKSON, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, across Discovery Channel and Velocity in 2015.

“January’s Scottsdale auction is the most buzzed about in Barrett-Jackson’s storied history,” said Robert Scanlon, General Manager, Velocity. “We pride ourselves in delivering world-class automotive content and our broadcast of this auction represents the very best of Velocity. There is no more exciting way to start off 2015 than partnering with Discovery Channel to bring audiences inside BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE live as it happens.”

For the first time ever, the BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE AUCTION will air live internationally on Discovery Channel and Discovery World in Canada, and on Discovery Channel and Discovery Turbo in Latin America throughout the week. In addition, the Spanish language broadcast will be available to U.S. viewers on Discovery en Español on Saturday, January 17 from 8-10 PM ET.

“We’re excited to take Barrett-Jackson to a purely automotive network again,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We’re also thrilled to mark another first in our history by going live to all of North America and Latin America, and broadcasting bilingually to bring the world of collector cars to a whole new audience.”

The highlight of the BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE AUCTION will be Ron Pratte’s world-renowned collection of 142 cars, trucks and motorcycles, as well as more than 1,500 pieces of automotive memorabilia. The collection includes the only remaining 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake and a striking 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama concept car, one of only two designed by GM styling icon Harley Earl. The collection’s very rare 1950 GM Futurliner (one of only 12 ever built) will be auctioned off with 100-percent of the proceeds benefiting the Armed Forces Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists, military families and veterans.

Another highlight of the Scottsdale auction block is NASCAR championship driver Jeff Gordon’s fully restored 1999 No. 24 Pepsi Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The historic stock car was rebuilt to “as new” condition by Ray Evernham, and last used by Gordon and his then crew chief Evernham in their final season competing together. Now on display in the Barrett-Jackson Collection Showroom in Scottsdale after its multi-city unveiling, the car is scheduled to cross the block during the Scottsdale auction with proceeds going to benefit The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.

Other highlights of BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE include the 1955 Chevy used in the counterculture-era cult classic film “Two-Lane Blacktop” starring James Taylor and The Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson, and a 1952 Woodill Wildfire, the first complete fiberglass car ever available and the star of three films: “Johnny Dark” with Tony Curtis; “Written on the Wind” with Rock Hudson; and “Knock on Wood” with Danny Kaye. Viewers can also expect an incredible line-up of customs and Hot Rods, including a 1971 De Tomaso Pantera Ringbrothers Custom created in collaboration with Nike, and Jimmy Shine’s 1934 Ford Custom Pickup, considered by many to be a “turning point” Hot Rod of the 20th century.

BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE U.S. Broadcast Schedule (All Times ET):

Tuesday, January 13
6:00 – 8:00 PM on Discovery Channel
8:00 – 11:00 PM on Velocity

Wednesday, January 14
6:00 – 11:00 PM on Velocity

Thursday, January 15
6:00 – 11:00 PM on Velocity

Friday, January 16
4:00 PM – Midnight on Velocity

Saturday, January 17
4:00 – 8:00 PM on Discovery Channel
8:00 PM – Midnight on Velocity
8:00 – 10 PM on Discovery en Español

Sunday, January 18
2:00 – 7:00 PM on Velocity

BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE is produced for Velocity and Discovery Channel by Discovery Studios. For Velocity, David Lee and Peter Neal are executive producers and Robert Scanlon is general manager.

About Velocity
Velocity, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), is the only upscale men’s cable network that focuses on thrilling automotive for its viewers. Velocity programming is diverse, intelligent and engaging; capturing the best of the human experience as told by the top experts in the field. Formerly HD Theater, the fully HD network is available in 58 million homes. For more information on Velocity, please visit Velocity.tv, on Facebook at facebook.com/VelocityTV or on Twitter @Velocity.

About Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 98 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 225 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com.

About Discovery Communications, Inc.
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity, engaging and entertaining viewers with high-quality content on worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and Science, as well as U.S. joint venture network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Discovery also controls Eurosport International, a premier sports entertainment group, including six pay-TV network brands across Europe and Asia. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, through Discovery Education, and a digital leader with a diversified online portfolio, including Discovery Digital Networks. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Reno Tahoe, Nevada. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit www.barrett-jackson.com or call 480-421-6694.

CONTACTS:
Andrew Scafetta: 240-662-6063
Andrew_Scafetta@discovery.com – OR –
Laurie Goldberg: 310-975-1631
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