June in Las Vegas is looking to be a really busy month. Not only do we say goodbye to the silly mask mandates, but a lot of our favorite shows finally have set their coming back-to-life dates in June!! Then we have one of my favorite events! The Barret -Jackson Collector Car Auction. June 17-19, 2021.
To make it even more exciting, this year the event moves to the swanky new digs at the Las Vegas Convention Center – West Hall. Right there on the Las Vegas Strip! Next to our favorite restaurant, the Peppermill! Can this get any better of an event??
Fans Since Day One
We started this website back in 2006 and in 2007 was the first year they held the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Las Vegas. It started as an experiment, a way to expand the brand outside their home base of Scottsdale, Arizona. For Las Vegas, it was meant to add something interesting and different to the Las Vegas event calendar between Labor Day and the start of the NFR World Finals. If memory serves me, I think they signed on to hold the auction in Las Vegas for 5 years. To see if it would work!
What was fun was that Craig Jackson, Chairman, and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, was so gracious and open. He did a great interview then passed us around to other people behind the scenes. Letting Sazzy and myself see how it all worked.
We even got a chance at meeting classic car royalty by being in what could be best described as a presentation line to greet the matriarch of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company and widely considered as the “First Lady of Collector Cars,” Nellie Jackson, as she entered the auction stage area.
Ok, maybe that’s not the real word for it. There was a line of people that had some importance and they all stood, behind a rope as she entered. They all said their greetings to her. Not sure if she responded to any of them… But everyone in the line was all giddy that they got to “meet” her.
Trying Not to Drool
For the past couple of weeks, they have been sending out periodic updates on some of the vehicles and automobile memorabilia that will be crossing the auction block. It’s not always just about the vehicle!
For some of us car buffs, it’s almost better than sneaking peeks at your dad’s Playboy collection. Let me just say that some serious pieces of chrome will be changing hands in Las Vegas, and the great thing is you can be there!
That’s the cool thing. Ok, so you may not be able to buy that car from your youth that you paid $150 for because today, in restored mint condition, it will sell for one hundred grand. But you can walk the hall and look at all the cars in the lineup before they hit the auction block.
They also have vendors there as well that can help you in restoring that project car that’s been sitting in your backyard for the last decade. The one you promised the wife you will finish maybe next year!
Best Reason to Go?
I will tell you this. I have fun there because of the people you will meet. Just walking the lanes of cars setting up to hit the auction block, you get to talk to some wonderful people who like to talk about cars. Maybe the car that’s about to go up or maybe about a car in the line-up. You may be standing and admiring some classic car, suddenly somebody walks up and starts to talk about it or what the car reminds them of. Maybe even get to meet the owner and get their side on why that car or Jeep. And some of the stories will surprise you!
Let me know if you will be there, maybe we can meet up!