Find a road map to highlights of Barrett-Jackson car auction
After 47 years, the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is still going strong, emerging as one of the most popular events of the year. But you don’t need to be a car enthusiast to enjoy the event: There’s plenty to see, do, eat and drink, and we have your guide.
After 47 years, the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is still going strong and is one of the most popular events of the year. More than 1,600 collector cars will grace the auction block at this year’s event, and 37 hours of the event will be covered live on the Discovery and Velocity television networks.
You don’t need to be a collector or car enthusiast to enjoy the event, though. There’s plenty to see, do, eat and drink over the course of the nine-day event.
Here are the top highlights and what you should keep an eye on for the week.
Bring your kids
The weekend of Jan. 13 and 14 is a preview weekend, where all of the cars will be on display and many activities will be happening, but the auction won’t be going on yet.
QuikTrip Family Value Day
If you want to bring the family but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, check out Family Value Day on Saturday, Jan. 13. Free admission is offered to children ages 12 and younger, and you can peruse the gorgeous cars before they hit the auction block.
Details: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. $17-$25 for general admission. Free for children ages 12 and younger. Monster Energy Motorcycle Stunt Shows Happening only during preview weekend, watch daredevils from Unknown Industries perform some wild, heart-pounding stunts on their bikes. Details: 11-11:30 a.m., 1-1:30 p.m., 33:30 p.m., 4-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. 11-11:30 a.m., 2-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14.
New to the auction
STEAM City This hands-on new attraction shows kids how fun going into STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) fields can be. There will be a variety of interactive demonstrations and activities happening throughout the week.
Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 21. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15-Saturday, Jan. 20. Barrett-Jackson Restoration Garage
Located by the Property Room, this area will feature vehicle builds from Factory Five and RideTech, and demonstrations from Currie Enterprises, Blue Print Engines, Praxair and more.
Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14 and Sunday, Jan. 21. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15-Saturday, Jan. 20.
Popular returning attractions
Ford Ride ’N Drives, Chevrolet Hot Laps and Dodge Thrill Rides
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a professional race car driver? Get your chance at this popular attraction as drivers take visitors on exhilarating rides on a closed course.
Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 21. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15-Saturday, Jan. 20. Behind the Hobby Collector Car Symposiums
Presented by American Car Collector, these talks and panels take place in the Equidome. The first events each day at 9 a.m. showcase industry experts discussing different car-related topics such as “The Finances of Car Collecting,” “A Debate: The Ten Best American Muscle Cars of All Time” and “The Barrett-Jackson Automotive Experts: Matching Numbers and How They Effect Value.” The second events at 10 a.m. feature television personalities such as ESPN announcer and Bogi Lateiner and Cristy Lee, hosts of “All Girls Garage” on Velocity. Details: 9-10 a.m. and 10-11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15-Friday, Jan. 19.
Food vendors and bars
The food selection at Barrett-Jackson is more than just hot dogs and soda. There’s a number of local restaurants who participate, including familyowned Honey Bear’s BBQ, Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, a rapidly growing local chain, and Karen’s Kreamer, an Avondale-based ice cream company.
Several local food trucks will also be onsite including Munchbox, serving grilled cheese sandwiches and Off the
Hook Taco Truck, known for tasty fish and shrimp tacos.
For the 21 and older crowd, there’s bars serving beer (Peroni, Miller, Coors, Blue Moon) and cocktails (Tito’s, Evan Williams) throughout the event.
Auction cars to watch
There’s a lot of gorgeous and unique cars to hit the auction block that will be exciting to watch. Some come from prestigious collectors such as the Steve Todhunter Collection, and others will raise money for worthy charities. 1951 Talbot Lago T-26 Grand Sport Saoutchik Coupe (Lot #1381): When it was first built in France, it was known as being the fastest touring car. Considered a work of art, this beauty is a one-of-a-kind by Jacques Saoutchik. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder (Lot
#1415): This sports car is arguable the most advanced high-performance hybrid on the market today, finished in Rhodium silver metallic. 1966 Shelby GT350 Prototype
#001 (Lot #1406) : This is a rare pre-production prototype with 289ci V8 engine and T10 4-speed manual transmission. Special features include a vinyl roof and Pony interior. 2015 Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale (Lot #1431): This car was brought to the auction as part of the impressive Steve
Todhunter Collection. The black Ferrari with red accents was just one of 499 built, and goes from zero to 60 MPH in just over three seconds. ❚ 2017 Ford GT (Charity car, Lot
#3010): One of the rarest supercars today, there were a limited number produced in 2017. The stunning vehicle is painted a Liquid Blue and auctioned off by the Evernham Family-Racing for a Reason Foundation, and benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina’s IGNITE Program. Details: 2:30-6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15. 2 p.m. to auction close Tuesday, Jan. 16. 10 a.m. to auction close Wednesday, Jan. 17-Saturday, Jan. 20. 11 a.m. to auction close Sunday, Jan. 21.
In addition to cars, Barrett-Jackson will feature an auction of fine and rare automotive collectibles, including signs, posters, hood ornaments and gas pumps, all at no reserve.
This year some of the more interesting items include a transportationthemed carousel by Wilhelm Hennecke (Lot #9499), which is one of only five important to North America in the 1950s, a 1928 Standard Oil Wayne Model #519 visible gas pump (Lot #8980) and 1940s Mobil Oil restored service station fuel island with two original Mobil M/S 80 lighted-script-top gas pumps (Lot #9386). Details: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 21. Full event details: Jan. 13-21. Gates open at 8 a.m. each day. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. QuikTrip Family Value Day on Jan. 13 is $14-$25, and free for age 12 and younger. $17-$80 for general admission; $8-$35 for ages 612 on Jan. 15-22; free for age 5 or younger. $10-$50 for twilight-auction hours, after 5 p.m. $70-$195 for an all-week pass. 480-421-6694, barrett-jackson.com.
Justin Bieber's 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia enters the auction floor at Barrett-Jackson on Jan. 21, 2017, at WestWorld in Scottsdale.