Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Event is a hit!

Trip Start Jan 08, 2008
Trip End Apr 09, 2008

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

AH! Phoenix how I love that warm sun - well the sun....

We are relaxing and enjoying the sunny, but cool, weather with our son in North Phoenix.  The first couple of days were spent unpacking the Murano.  Do we really need all this stuff?  Scott lives in a wonderful apartment complex very close to his work.  The apartment has two bedrooms, one for him and one for mom and dad or whoever else gets to mooch off his hospitality when they visit Arizona. Many family members have.   The adjustment for Scott is that he normally uses the second bedroom as his computer room. This isn't good when mom and dad are planning an extended stay.  So after two days of cleaning, moving and buying new furniture, mom has her son's apartment cleaned and reorganized.  Guess what, Scott doesn't seem to mind this turmoil.  He probably figures it is much cheaper than a cleaning service and he gets Mom's home-cooked meals to boot.

  Diane and I spent several hours Wednesday January 16th at the Barrett-Jackson Auction and classic car show in Scottsdale.  This is a nine day event that should not be missed.  It is held in a huge complex called Westworld and has both an indoor and outdoor component.  It attracts more than 250,000 visitors over nine days.   From Tuesday to Sunday the auction of antique and classic autos and trucks takes place from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm with a vehicle being sold ever 3 to 4 minutes.  On Wednesday most vehicles were selling in the $30,000 to $60,000 range but some went for $100,000 or more.  Last year's sales totaled more than $112,000,000. The more expensive classic vehicles will be sold Friday and Saturday night.   A gorgeous black one-of-a-kind roadster is expected to sell for around 3 Million dollars. I would love to have it in my collection but I don't think Diane would let me bid!

The great thing about this show and auction is that it caters to almost everyone's taste. Diane even got her interest in art fulfilled as we visited the artists who were displaying 'car' artwork.  It was fun to explore the display of classic cars and to try and find that particular one that we bought at some time in the past.  Our main search was for a duplicate of our emerald green 1969 Pontiac GTO with a 400 cubic inch engine.  It had to be a fast car to get Diane to school in Carleton Place, where she taught at that time.  We spent almost seven hours at the show and we are both recovering from stiff muscles from walking the many miles.  But I am ready to go back tomorrow if I can persuade Scott to go.  It is well worth the $20.00 senior discount admission!
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