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Auction Central
By Larry Edsall
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Seven days can't contain annual Arizona auction week
By Larry Edsall

Each January, the classic cars community gathers in Phoenix - some in person, some via the Internet or telephone, some in front of their television screens - for the annual Arizona auction week. This year - well, actually at this point it's still next year --that "week" expands the calendar to encompass not just seven but nine days and nights.

It starts on the 16th when International Classic Auctions holds its sixth annual January in Arizona event at its home grounds in Gilbert. Gilbert is a much more modest Phoenix suburb when compared to, say, Scottsdale, and so are the prices at this event, which features a nice selection of cars from the '50s and '60s.

The 39th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction runs from January 18-24 at the WestWorld horse (and horsepower) showplace in Scottsdale. There will be the usual assortment of more than a thousand collector cars - and quite a few stars as well. Like last year, Barrett-Jackson isn't limiting its catalog to ground-bound vehicles. Last year, a Ford Tri-Motor sold for more than a million dollars. This year's Barrett-Jackson at Scottsdale event includes one of only 29 1929 Hamilton Metalplane H-47s built, and the only one that has been completely restored.

Located almost kitty-corner from Barrett-Jackson, the Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions company celebrates its 10th anniversary with its event January 20-24 with a sale that features European sports cars and American muscle cars, hot rods and customs.

On January 21 and 22, the Arizona Biltmore resort is the site of the 11th annual Automobiles of Arizona auction by RM, which is expanding its sale with an opening night of "The British Are Coming!" with a selection of some 40 ACs, Alvises, Aston Martins, Austins-Healeys, BMCs, Jaguars, Lagondas, MGs, Morgans, and Triumphs. Several additional British cars will be among those crossing the block on the 22nd, when the catalog includes the "Fliptop" 1964 Shelby Cobra 427, a couple Motorama Cadillacs, a '41 Chrysler Thunderbolt, and the 1954 Mercury XM 800 and 1956 Chrysler Plainsman concept cars.

Silver Auctions' 13th annual Arizona-in-January event takes place January 22-24 at the Fort McDowell casino just east of Scottsdale in Fountain Hills. Like the International event in Gilbert, this auction features American classics from the second half of the 20th Century - and a lot more of them.

Like RM, Gooding has expanded its schedule. Its third Scottsdale Auction, held adjacent to the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall, will run for two days, the 22nd and 23rd. Among its consignments are what it's calling five one-of-a-kind European classics - the 1956 Jaguar D-type sports racer, 1959 Ferrari 250 GT cabriolet, 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlineta with coachwork by Allemano, 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport by Zagato and 1934 Hispano-Suiza J-12 T68 cabriolet by Saoutchik.

Kruse license for Arizona auction canceled

Although you may have seen advertisements and even articles about a Kruse International collector car auction in January at the Renaissance Glendale hotel in a west Phoenix suburb, the Arizona Dept. of Motor Vehicles says the auction company is not in compliance with Arizona regulations governing the business of motor vehicle dealers and therefore its licenses have been cancelled.

After Kruse' 2009 auction, held in Tucson, many sellers complained that they were not paid within Kruse's self-imposed deadline. In fact, many said they had to seek legal recourse before finally getting their money. Kruse also failed to maintain a staffed dealership office after the auction as required by Arizona state law.

A hearing on the matter was held in early December, though no representative of Kruse appeared before the judge. As of December 16, the judge had yet to issue his ruling, which could include cancelling Kruse's license for a full year.

Kruse contends his attorney was ill and said another hearing date has been set. He also said that has taken on a licensed Arizona motor vehicle dealer as a minority partner for his Arizona auction and believes that puts him in compliance with state law.

On December 21, the AZ DMV's executive hearing office issued this statement: "The Motor Vehicle Division's allegations of Dealer Licensing violations involving Kruse, Incorporated, ('Kruse International') were heard by Administrative Law Judge Kevin Walling in Phoenix on December 2, 2009. The Judge has the matter under advisement. No further matters involving Kruse, Incorporated are scheduled for hearing."

Racers and their cars featured at Wheels of Wellness show

For the third year in a row, Arizona auction week gets a jump start from the Wheels of Wellness: A Gathering of Historic Race Cars at The Wellness Community's historic century-old home in downtown Phoenix.

In addition to an array of racecars - 1951 Indy Offy, 1958 Watson roadster, 2009 IRL championship Target Honda Dallara, 1960 Lotus 18 Formula One, 1970 NASCAR Dodge Charger Daytona, and many more - the event features a panel discussion by racecar drivers. This year, Lyn St. James will moderate a panel that includes Bob Bondurant, P.J. Jones, Arie Luyendyke, Tom Sneva, Didier Theys and reigning Indy Racing League champion Dario Franchitti.

The event raises funding for The Wellness Community's work in cancer support and education.

Mark your calendars

7 - MidAmerica motorcycle auction at South Point Hotel, Las Vegas
9 - Tom Mack Classics auction at Metrolina Expo, Charlotte, North Carolina
9-10 - Dave Rupp auction at War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
15-18 - Kruse auction at Renaissance Glendale, Glendale, Arizona
16-18 - International Classic auction, Gilbert, Arizona
17 - Wheels of Wellness vintage race car show, Phoenix
18-24 - Barrett-Jackson auction at WestWorld, Scottsdale, Arizona
20-24 - Russo and Steele auction, Scottsdale, Arizona
21-22 - RM auction at Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix
22-24 - Silver auction at Fort McDowell resort, Fountain Hills, Arizona
23 - Gooding auction at Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale, Arizona
23 - Third annual Winter Rod and Speed show, Albany, Oregon
28-31 - Mecum auction at Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida


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