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By Larry Edsall
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Seminars offer educational bonus during Arizona Auction Week
By Larry Edsall

Cruisin' with Larry Buy or bypass? That could be what the guys in the photo are wondering as they look at this collector vehicle.

Even if you cannot afford to bid on any of the thousands of classic cars crossing auction blocks this month in Arizona, you can leave with newfound knowledge about the hobby by attending a series of seminars being offered at various venues.

It starts Tuesday, January 15, when the Phoenix Automotive Press Association stages its fourth annual Arizona Auction Week Preview from 7-9 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum. Each of the auction houses is invited to make a brief presentation about its upcoming event before a panel of classic car experts discusses not only those specific auctions, but the overall state of and trends in the classic car community.

This year, the panel of experts includes Leslie Kendall, curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum; Mel Martin, a long-time car collector who displays his cars, including a recently acquired Duesenberg, in the Martin Auto Museum; and Rick Carey, who has been covering auctions and other classic car news for several decades, most recently for Sports Car Digest.

The event concludes with a dessert buffet provided by

Admission is $20. Tickets are available at

The Peroni Garage at the Barrett-Jackson auction will be the site of two seminars on Thursday, January 17.

From 9-10:30 a.m., it's the sixth annual Corvette Market Insider's seminar, which will cover topics from "best buy" C1 to C6 Corvettes to information on the new engine in the new C7 car, and then, from 11 a.m. until noon, folks from the Marti Report and National Corvette Restorers Society will talk about "Automotive Misrepresentation" and how collectors can assure a vehicle is what it's represented to be. To register for the Corvette Market Insider's seminar, visit http://www.americancarcollector/2013semniar

Also on Thursday, January 17, auto racer Lyn St. James will be the featured speaker at the Collectors Foundation "It's Not About the Car!" seminar exploring the cognitive benefits of manual trades and school shop classes, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Penske Racing Museum.

Then, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the same location, Hagerty Insurance will host a two-part seminar with racers George Follmer and John Morton sharing stories from their days at Trans Am-series racers before Rob Sass and Dave Kinney of Hagerty, Andy Reid of Classic Motorsports, Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars and car valuation expert Donald Osborne discuss vehicle values at "Under the Hood: An Insider's Look at the Scottsdale Auctions."

You can register for all three of the events at the Penske museum through

You also need to register for the seminars being offered at the Russo and Steele event. The first -- Market Facts & Influential Trend -- starts at 9 a.m. Thursday, January 17 and will take the form of a breakfast round table summit featuring classic car experts. The second -- Collection Management and Estate Planning Workshop -- starts at 9 a.m. Friday, January 18 and again includes breakfast and a discussion of the estate planning and tax implications of a classic car collection.

Register at

Click here for event calendar.


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