As a number of auto shows and related symposiums around the U.S. are looking ahead to the future of the auto industry, another event is celebrating the past: the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction, which is widely regarded as one of the most exciting classic sales in the world. This year's occurrence, which is scheduled for Jan. 12-19 in Scottsdale, Ariz., will be the 43rd annual auction and is set to feature enough vendors, vehicles and entertainment to cover almost 1 million square feet of space.
Celebrities lend their support
A number of big names are going to be associated with the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction. In addition to the celebrities who are participating in the entertainment aspect of the event, which includes the musical stylings of Bret Michaels and the hosting abilities of Billy Baldwin, there will also be a few famous faces showing off their vehicles.
"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," said Craig Jackson, the chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. "... The celebrities joining us in Scottsdale for our opening night gala will enjoy a special charity auction hosted by Billy Baldwin and a performance by Bret Michaels. They will have a blast with an exciting week [of] activities and auction items."
Cars to watch
Well-known owners of sports cars and other classic rides may help drive up the price tag of some of these auction items, but for the most part, the impressive vehicles will stand on their own. After all, many big names within the auto industry are taking their rides to Barrett-Jackson, making this auction one to pay attention to.
"The trust that is given to Barrett-Jackson by our consignors is always humbling," said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. "... We cherish the relationships we have built with all of our consignors at the pinnacle of their careers and look forward to celebrating with them at this year's Scottsdale auction."
Some vehicles to watch for include a 2008 Bugatti Veyron owned by Simon Cowell, a 1956 Ford F-100 Custom Shelby Truck endorsed by Gene Simmons, and a 1963 Chevrolet Impala Custom Convertible that was once owned by basketball star Kobe Bryant. Other high-profile vehicles include a Ferrari driven by Michael Jackson and a Mitsubishi Evo from the film "2 Fast 2 Furious." All of these options have undergone extensive auto repair to preserve their quality and get them running smoothly.