I had been going to the Barrett Jackson auctions in Arizona ever since they were at Legend City in Tempe and that has been since a number of years back, but I have never gone to one outside of Arizona, so I was happy to make it to Las Vegas this year. I expected to be in the parking lot at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, but found it almost 100% indoors. The “lot” where the cars were stored was inside a massive warehouse and the auction itself was in an arena that is probably typically used for a boxing match. Like many recent auctions Barrett Jackson Las Vegas was dominated by American iron and not many “real” sports cars.
Thursday began with the auction one-of-a-kind automotive collectibles. These collectibles were an eclectic mix of pedal cars, gas globes, service station signs and more including a seldom-available 1990s authorized Harley-Davidson neon dealership sign and several impeccably restored 1950s gas pumps. Many of the signs sat around the auditorium on the main floor.
I missed the good old days of the classic European sports and exotics, but got a couple of pictures that I hope you enjoy.
What: Vacation Where: Peyriac de mer, France Who: Classic Sports Cars When: June 22, 2014
Who would have guessed that Peyriac De Mer, France would be such a great place for sports cars? This seemingly sleepy little town in the south of France has one pizza shop, a tabaco store, a bakery, a grocery store slightly smaller than a 7-11, and one restaurant/bar. I stayed there 5 days and on two of those 5 days they had sports car shows; the AC Owner’s club of France and this group of beautiful cars that motored in while we were out at the Carcassonne castle doing the tourist thing. After such a great show for us with the AC club, I jokingly told my wife that I hope they have another group of cars for us to enjoy when we got back from the castle; and wow did they.
If you have been to France you know that not everyone knows English and some of those that do won’t let on, so here again I had a language barrier and had little interaction with the owners, but I hope you enjoy the pictures anyways.