Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, is happening at Westworld in Scottsdale now until January 22nd. With this being the 46th year the auction has taken place, spectators and purchasers alike can expect big things from this year’s auction.
As the anchor of Arizona Car Week, there are still many who don’t know much about Barrett-Jackson beyond the purchasing and selling of luxury and classic cars. So before you turn on the TV to watch the bidding begin, here are five top-level points to know about the auction.
- It’s about more than cars. This year, Barrett-Jackson will help raise funds for different charities supporting veterans, children and medical research. This charitable element is nothing new, either. According to Craig Jackson, the chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, “to date, Barrett-Jackson has helped raise in excess of $91 million for charity.” Specific vehicles at the auction are deemed ‘charity vehicles’ and all proceeds go toward helping these charities.
- Noteworthy charity vehicles. Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith, will take the stage on January 20th to sell his 2012 Hennessy Venom GT Spyder. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to Janie’s Fund, a philanthropic initiative created by Tyler to bring hope and healing to girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect.On January 21st, Dale Earnhardt Jr., world-champion pro stock car driver, will help sell a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle, and a Hendrick Motosports No.88 Chevrolet SS that he raced in six NASCAR Cup Series races. Proceeds from both vehicles will be donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
- It’s great for Arizona’s economy. According to Elliott D. Pollack & Company, a Scottsdale-based economic and real estate consulting firm, Barrett-Jackson annually generates an economic impact on Arizona of nearly $168 million, including more than $6 million in tax revenue for the state and nearly $2 million for the city of Scottsdale.Furthermore, the study revealed that Barrett-Jackson has created 1,437 jobs in fields including construction, tourism, and operations. Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane said, “Scottsdale is blessed to have the ‘Super Bowl’ of car auctions every year with Barrett-Jackson.”
- It’s a parade of celebrities. Apart from the celebrities who will be helping with the charitable side of things, other celebrities will be in attendance, and some will be auctioning off cars from their personal collection, too. Singer Justin Bieber will be auctioning off his 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia. A 1956 Austin Princess, formerly owned by John Lennon and featured in a documentary film called “Imagine” is also on the docket. Other notable celebrity cars include Eddie Van Halen’s 1934 Ford Custom Sedan, and the original “Miami Vice” 1986 Ferrari.
- It’s fun for the whole family. Even if cars aren’t your thing, Barrett-Jackson offers a variety of activities that are fun for the whole family. New to Barrett-Jackson this year is arena polo, including a match for the Townsend Cup between USA and England. Other events include a Monster Energy BMX Exhibition, and thrill rides where guests can take Ford and Dodge models out onto the track for a test drive, and then switch to the passenger seat for a lap around with a professional stunt driver!
Barrett-Jackson is located at WestWorld of Scottsdale- 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale 85260. Admission prices vary by day, but range from $8 to $30 for children, and $17 to $75 for adults. Door open at 8 AM daily!