Carlisle Events, which calls itself “one of the world’s largest presenters of collector car, truck and motorcycle entertainment,” has purchased the IAC Industrial Campus, a 48-acre site adjacent to the Carlisle Fairgrounds in south-central Pennsylvania. The site includes nearly one million square feet of building space, a 23-acre paved and lighted parking lot and a railway spur.
“Carlisle Events has experienced substantial growth over the last 36 years and this purchase seemed like the next logical step in the evolution of our company,” Carlisle Events co-owner Lance Miller said in a statement. “The ability to use a portion of the property to provide ample parking for our guests throughout the car show season is beneficial to our future.
“With the recently acquired property adjacent to the fairgrounds, it provides the perfect location for automotive-based entities who wish to reach our customers throughout the year and have a central location on the East Coast for sales and distribution.”
Carlisle Events stages 10 classic vehicle events each year at the fairgrounds, attracting half a million enthusiasts.
RM claims all-time record
RM Auctions says its 2010 sales of more than $275 million was the best ever for any international classic car auction company. RM hosted a dozen events in 2010 and sold 1,613 vehicles, 40 of which brought $1 million or more.
In addition to its auction sales, RM Auto Restoration (Rob Myers was restoring cars before he started his auction company) claimed its fourth best-in-show in the last 10 years at Pebble Beach when the 1933 Delage D8S De Villars Roadster it restored for Jim Patterson was called out for a celebratory drive across the lawn.
“The hobby is thriving with more great cars coming to market and strong interest from around the world,” Myers said in a statement announcing the year-end results. “The finest examples of each category -- rare automobiles with important provenance and documentation-- have continued to attract great prices at auction.
“RM’s performance in 2010 reflects not only the high caliber of consignments, but the expertise of our car specialists, acquired through decades of active participation in the hobby. Our background in restoration has enabled us to create a level of knowledge that is unmatched, leading to accurate auction estimates and condition reports -- and in turn, resulting in strong sales percentages and satisfied buyers and sellers.”
RM expanded its reach in 2010 by launching Auctions America by RM, which bought the former Kruse Auction grounds in northern Indiana, and by opening a new office in Hamburg, Germany.
RM/Auctions America 2011 schedule:
January 20-21 – Automobiles of Arizona, Phoenix
March 4-6 – Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Auctions America)
March 12 – Automobiles of Amelia Island, Amelia Island, Florida
April 29-May 1 – Auburn Spring Collector Car Auction, Auburn, Indiana (AA)
Ma7 21 -- Eccellenza e Bellezza al Concorso d’Eleganza, Cernobbio, Italy
July 30 – Vintage Motor Cars, Plymouth, Michigan
August 18-20 – Sports & Classics in Monterey, Monterey, California
September 1-4 – Auburn Fall Collector Car Auction, Auburn, Indiana (AA)
October 6-7 – Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey, Hershey, Pennsylvania
October TBA – Automobiles of London, England
After announcing a new venue for its annual Scottsdale auction next month, Russo and Steele now says it will remain at its usual site -- on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and the Loop 101 freeway. Russo and Steele said it already is at work on site improvements for its 11th annual Scottsdale auction, which will feature a new main auction structure from Losberger, a Germany company that specializes in the manufacture of temporary event facilities that appear to be permanent structures.
According to Russo and Steele founder Drew Alcazar, the goal is “to have every client, enthusiast, sponsor and attendee enjoy the 11th annual auction event and say ‘Wow, these guys took a huge hit last year and look at how they responded!’ That’s the statement we’re looking to make.”
Two new classes – Can-Am 1969-74 and Three-Liter Formula One 1966-83 have been added to add spice to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion next August.
Event CEO Gill Campbell said the new groups rekindle “a free-wheeling era in motorsports when all the rules were pushed to the extreme.”
Vintage racers eligible for the Can-Am category include McLarens, Chaparrals and the Porsche 917. F1 cars range from Lotus cars driven by Jimmy Clark and Graham Hill to the Tyrrell 006 in which Jackie Stewart won his last World Championship and the Lotus 79 of Mario Andretti’s championship season.
Meanwhile, featured classes at Pebble Beach will include Benz, Daimler and their successors; Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts (1907-1919); the centennial of Stutz; the birth of the Ferrari 250 GTO, and Italian motorcycles.
‘Ted’ Bacon dies in crash
Milton ‘Ted” Bacon, a cattle rancher and classic car collector who helped turn what was left of the Harrah’s Collection into the National Automobile Museum at Reno, Nevada, died recently in a crash on a California highway. Bacon, who had been a judge at Pebble Beach for 39 years, was 83.
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