The World’s Greatest Collector Car auction returns to Scottsdale this weekend, running from January 12-19 in the all-new auction facility at WestWorld of Scottsdale. If you’re not sure where to start or what to see, we have your guide to all of the action right here.
The weekend kicks off at The Pavilions on Saturday, January 11 from 3 to 6 p.m., with Barrett-Jackson Night at The Pavilions. The weekly car show will play host to some of the vehicles that you might see cross the auction block during the week. It’s free to attend and great for an afternoon of family fun. But the main event starts on Sunday, with Family Value Day, benefitting Cox Charities. On this day only, kids ages 6 to 12 are admitted for free, and adults pay $15 at the gate. Radio Disney will be on site with games, entertainment and a picture booth. .
Throughout auction week, a number of vehicles and experiences will go up for bid to benefit charities including Phoenix Children’s Hospital, TGEN Foundation, SEMA Cares, Childhelp and Victory Junction, Cox Charities, The NASCAR Foundation, Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, Ikan, The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Cornerstone Schools.
This year, Barrett-Jackson has partnered with Bugatti and Make-A-Wish to auction an unbelievable experience, normally reserved only for Bugatti owners. The winning bidder will test drive the 1200 HP Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse on the world-renowned Formula 1 test track Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet, France. The four-day experience will include a tour of the original site in France where Ettore Bugatti established his automotive brand in 1909. It features a look behind the scenes where the Vitesse is hand crafted in Bugatti’s state of the art Atelier. The package includes airfare and hotel for the winning bidder and a guest.
Brushes with Fame
You’ll see a famous face or two on the auction floor, and lucky bidders will also have the chance to own cars once driven by the stars. Maybe you want to get behind the wheel of the 1949 Hudson Commodore 8 that drove Miss Daisy, or the 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Straman Convertible driven by Michael Jackson in a Pepsi commercial. Gene Simmons’ 1956 Ford F-100 Custom Shelby truck will cross the block, as will Simon Cowell’s 2008 Bugatti Veyron.
“The celebrities joining us in Scottsdale for our opening night gala will enjoy a special charity auction hosted by Billy Baldwin and a performance by Bret Michaels. They will have a blast with an exciting week activities and auction items,” says Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson.
Diverse Docket of Collectibles
Exceptional vehicles representing 85 years of automotive history will cross the block as part of the exclusive Salon Collection. Deusenberg, Alfa Romeo, Rolls-Royce, Shelby and Ferrari are some of the names you’ll hear over the loudspeaker, alongside vehicles from the infamous Snake and Mongoose drag-race rivalry of the 1960s and ’70s .
“Our elite collectors have been part of the Barrett-Jackson family for generations, and I’m proud of this year’s Salon Collection offering,” said Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson. “The cars we’ve consigned showcase true automotive passion from around the world.”
For a full schedule of events, a complete listing of vehicles that will be offered for sale, and to purchase advance tickets, visit Barrett-Jackson’s website. An unprecedented 40 hours of the auction will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and 2, National Geographic Channel, FOX Broadcast and FOX Business Network.