With a myriad of safety precautions in place and passion for the collector car hobby running high, the first day of Barrett-Jackson’s special 2020 Fall Auction got underway Thursday. Bidders, consignors and invited guests enjoyed perusing the many sponsor and exhibitor displays and taking a spin with a professional driver at the Dodge Thrill Rides, as well as checking out the hundreds of collector cars and automobilia items on display.
A highlight of the morning was rally driver Ken Block tearing up the tarmac – with Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson riding shotgun during a morning drifting exhibition in his 2016 Ford Focus RSX rally car.
Block drove that very car (sporting new tires, of course!) up onstage Thursday afternoon for the first of three charity sales at the 2020 Fall Auction. The star of “Gymkhana NINE: Raw Industrial Playground” and FIA World Rallycross car got the bidding moving quickly, with the gavel coming down on a final winning bid of $200,000, 100 percent of which will benefit Team Rubicon, whose mission is providing relief to those affected by disaster, no matter when or where they strike.
More than 100 collectible vehicles crossed the auction block on Thursday, with several records being set – including the sale of a much-talked-out 1970 Suzuki Bus customized to look like a mini school bus, which went to its new home for $30,800 – a world record sale at auction for any Suzuki. Top sellers of the day included a 1974 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst W-30, a 1973 Plymouth Barracuda Custom Coupe, a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Custom Coupe and a 1950 Willys Jeepster Convertible.
Beautifully restored vintage gas pumps captured bidders’ attention during the morning’s Automobilia Auction, with four of them ending up as the day’s top sellers. A 1930s Eco Tire Flator decked out in Polly Oil regalia also ended up in the day’s top sales, as did a unique Chicago Motor Club porcelain sign from the 1940s.
Check out the exciting video below of Craig Jackson’s donut-filled ride with Ken Block – as well as a gallery of happenings in and around the auction arena: