Though officially it is the second annual Las Vegas Road Rally, we prefer to think of it as the Strip Tease, the cruise that starts Thursday at Fairway Chevrolet on Sahara Avenue, then rolls over to the Las Vegas Convention Center and finally on down the Las Vegas Strip to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
The Road Rally, which takes place Wednesday afternoon, is the teaser for the annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction, which starts Thursday and runs through Saturday. Comprising the cruisers are members of various Las Vegas classic car clubs, as well as many of the vehicles that will be crossing the auction block.
Among the cars crossing the block are such exotics as a Bugatti Veyron, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren convertible and half a dozen Ferraris.
Also consigned to the event are 10 vehicles from the personal collection of Las Vegas entertainer Danny Gans.
The catalog includes Hemi 'Cudas, Shelby Mustangs and nine classic and collectable farm tractors.
Wonder if any of those tractors will be doing the rally? If so, which will turn more heads along the trip: a Veyron or a 1937 John Deere?
Most of the tractors come from the collection of the late Rudy Lechtenberger, who also collected 1950s cars and pickup trucks.
"We’re seeing more and more interest [in antique tractors]," said Barrett-Jackson president Steve Davis, who noted that collecting tractors is a huge hobby.
"It’s the big part of the iceberg but it’s been under the surface," he added.
And, he added, such vehicles are what makes Barrett-Jackson what it is.
"What marks Barrett-Jackson," said Davis, "is that we have everything from the most exotic, such as the Bugatti Veyron, to things like 1800’s covered wagons and collectible farm tractors."
Auctions America hits $13 million at inaugural Auburn auction
RM’s new subsidiary, Auctions America, made its debut over the Labor Day weekend, when the Auburn Fall Collector Car Auction drew 25,000 people and posted total sales of $13.7 million, with a 52.7 percent sell through.
"Our first Auburn sale exceeded our expectations in every respect," said Donnie Gould, Auctions America by RM president. "But the most rewarding aspect of the weekend was the many compliments received from visitors and clients about the quality of our sale and of the upgrades to the auction park."
The highest price paid for any vehicle was $962,500 for a 1934 Duesenberg Model JN convertible sedan by Rollston.
A 1929 Duesenberg Model J seven-passenger sedan brought $357,500, a 1932 Packard Twelve runabout speedster by LeBaron went for $275,000 and a 1938 Lincoln Model K Victoria convertible by Brunn sold for $200,750.
Auctions America announced that its next events will be March 3-5 at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and in April 29-May 1 back at the Auburn Auction Park in northeastern Indiana.
Coronado Speed Festival features Shelby American
Held in conjunction with San Diego’s Fleet Week, the 13th annual Coronado Speed Festival vintage races will feature cars produced by Shelby American in the "Race at the Base," September 25-26. The races are held on a 1.7-mile road course that uses runways and taxiways on the military air field.
Help build Ypsi’s auto heritage by buying a brick
The Ypsilanti, Michigan, Automobile Heritage Museum hopes to raise additional funding through a buy-a-brick program. Bricks can be etched with your name or a relative’s and will be placed in the plaza at the museum’s parking lot entrance. The bricks are $100 each. Not only does Ypsi have a strong local automotive heritage, but it’s the site each spring of the Orphan Car Show. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mecum to sell vintage wooden boats
Mecum Auctions will step away from its usual classic car business long enough to stage an auction that will feature the Warner Collection of vintage wooden boats, October 15-16 at Winsted, Minnesota. The Warner Collection includes more than 100 wooden boats dating to 1909 by Cris-Craft, Riva, Garwood, Hackercraft and others. Todd Warner owns Mahogany Bay, a company that specializes in wooden boats, and has been collecting since 1974.
In addition to boats, the sale will include engines, accessories, tools and parts.
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