Anyway after our slight mishap with a blown hydraulic hose on the RV ... the well versed gentleman parked next to us in his 2006 half a million dollar Prevost RV told me that their was the annual Mecum Car Auction being held just 8 miles from where we were staying. He told us that it is THE most massive auction of state of the art muscle & classic cars ... some of them valued in the millions.
Well that information was all I needed to pack Ruthie into the car and convince her we were off to the biggest shopping outlets of all time ..
. and with cute excitement on her face ... she jumped into the Suzuki and away we ventured .... about half way to our destination, I broke the news to her that this Shopping outlet was somewhat different to what she would have been expecting and after telling her where we were going ... she seemed mildly enthusiastic about condescending her senses into predominantly a man's world. Perhaps she was going to try and fathom the depths of why some men are somewhat consumed with big V8's and glossy mags ... anyway by the time we arrived at an overflowing car park (there were 1000's of paying visitors like us) Ruth was in her own way looking forward to the next few hours.
Seeing we couldn't fit into the massive car park we parked about 1 kilometre away and then unhitched our bikes off the back of the car and rode right up to the admission gate, paid our $12 general admission fee and as soon as we entered ... it was a "pinch me" moment ( Meg & Dave Clothier know all about these moments!).CARS CARS AND MORE SPECTACULAR CARS
It is so difficult to even describe how this auction works ... but in a nutshell it works like this .... Cars from all over the USA and not just normal cars ...
. but the sleekest, rarest, fastest, of all types (mainly American) are delicately transported to this massive area. There are literally 1000's of them. The Auction takes place from 10am to 10pm every day for 4 days and literally millions of dollars are spent on purchasing some of these rare masterpieces.
Each car is individually rolled into a massive auditorium on a red carpet ... the bidding is "fast & furious" and most often it is completely in-decipherable as the auctioneer loudly gabbles on at almost the speed of what some of these cars are capable of! ... each car has a short time in the limelight and then it's "gone in 60 seconds" .... about 60% sell while the rest don't meet reserve, but can still be negotiated direct with the owner. While we were there we witnessed a very rare 1961 Corvette get passed in at $850,000 .... hmmmmmm ... no sign of a recession here! In fact in 2009 an original Shelby Cobra (Lady's have your husbands explain to you what this is!) sold for over 8 million dollars .... wow! AMAZING WHERE A $12 ADMISSION TICKET WILL GET YOU?
We soon learnt that to get right up close and personal to the most exclusive cars during the auction, you have to be a registered bidder (costs $100) or be a media representative ...
. keep in mind this auction is televised world wide and some of the Arab sheiks bid live on-line. Anyway, not being able to satisfy any of the crucial criteria to get into this exclusive area, we did the next best thing..... We pleaded total ignorance and bravely strolled past security to where no person without the appropriate visible pass would dream of strolling .... and it worked!! ... (Ruth can be such a brazen confident person at times ... and I just humbly follow her every lead!!) .. Well for at least the next 30 minutes Ruth & I were rubbing shoulders with the worlds best photographers with their 2 billion megabyte Nikon cameras flashing away and us with no passes, pointing and shooting the bright green Sanyo 1 megabyte waterproof camera (At least Ruth had her outdated tattered scratched Iphone taking pics!!) .... we did get a few stares as we jostled for the best position ... but the bluff paid off and that 30 minutes was just amazing!!! ... I'll let the videos and photo's tell the story. We later mused over thinking of some Arab Sheik from Abu Dahbi watching the live feed of the auction on-line and about to bid on his favourite Maybach, when 2 Aussies get right in the way of his view .... snapping photos and tripping over the red carpet!! ... and turning a serious mega-auction into somewhat of a comedy parade! .. quite a funny thought actually.TIME TO SAY FAREWELL.
What was only going to be a 2 hour visit ended up being about 7 hours ...
. and yes Ruth actually liked the experience. But all good things must come to an end and so with a number of glances back looking at these masterpieces of engineering fading into the distance, we rode off into the sunset just wondering what it would be like to be driving off in a 1963 rare split window Stingray Corvette instead of our cheap 24 inch Mongoose squeaky mountain bikes .... Oh well ... It was still a very good day and a very interesting one.
Keep safe and well everyone.
Hi to all the fella's ... yes this blog will generally be boring for the Lady's, but for anyone who has a bit of an appreciation for the fine engineering achievements in the field of auto-mobiles, then I'm sure you will enjoy just a few (they are brief) comments about this amazing worldwide televised car auction.