Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
1/9/19


Greetings Riders,


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The newsletter this week should be started by saying "Welcome to Classic Car Auction Week" in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. If you have any interest in motorsports, you probably already know that the big Barrett Jackson Classic Car Auction takes place from January 12th - 20th at WestWorld of Scottsdale. This year Barrett-Jackson has consigned a historic 1,800 No-Reserve Vehicles for the Scottsdale Auction for the ultimate event celebrating the automobile. It even includes John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster which includes a copy of the original U.K. registration bearing John Lennon’s iconic signature among many other unique cars. This looks to the biggest and most exciting year that I have seen from this auction that will surely bring over $100 million in sales.

“With over 1,800 cars set to cross the block, this is will be our largest consignment in history,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “It’s an honor that a record number of our customers have consigned their collector cars for this month’s Scottsdale Auction. We’re using every square inch of our facility to showcase these beautiful cars, and will have 37 hours of live TV coverage on MotorTrend and Discovery. We couldn’t be more excited about what’s going to happen in Scottsdale this year. The world’s attention will be focused on Barrett-Jackson and it’s going to be phenomenal.”

“We’ve taken Scottsdale to another level with more cars, more carmakers, more vendors and more fun than ever before,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “This incredible collector car event will include three vehicle introductions and a huge number of high-profile motorsports celebrities, along with an unprecedented docket. Only in Scottsdale and only at Barrett-Jackson will you get this new level of excitement. It’ll be unlike anything in the entire world.”

But if you are going to make a week of cars, don't stop with just Barrett-Jackson. There are 5 other auctions taking place around the valley also. Here is the list of other auctions to visit.

Gooding & Company Collector Car Auction.
Gooding & Company is an auction house for collectors of rare and exceptional cars, and it isn't unusual to witness record-breaking sales of extraordinary vehicles at this auction. The 2019 auction takes place on January 18 and 19 at the auction house near Fashion Square Mall and Old Town Scottsdale.

Russo and Steele Auction. Russo and Steele, which specializes in European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods, and customs. The “Auction in the Round” format is unique to this event. The 2019 auction, which will include more than 800 classic cars, happens at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick January 16 to 20.

Bonhams Scottsdale Auction. Bonhams is a privately owned British auction house of fine art and antiques. In addition to classic cars, the Scottsdale auction includes collector books and automotive-related collectibles. You can see these items at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale on January 17, 2019.

Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale Auction. Worldwide Auctioneers is a company with multiple auctions across the country each year and will hold its Scottsdale vintage car auction on January 16, 2019. There will also be previews and test drives available on January 14 and 15 at its auction location on East McDowell Road.

RM Sotheby's Auction. RM Auctions is a well-respected investment-grade collector car auction company that has an event in Phoenix every year. RM Sotheby's takes place at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa on January 17 and 18, 2019.

Motorcycle Auction - Highly Recommended

And don't forget one of my favorite Vintage Motorcycle Auctions coming up in Las Vegas January 22 - 27 at the South Point Hotel & Casino. The Mecum Vintage Motorcycle Auction. We have been to this event 4 out of the last 5 years and thoroughly enjoy it. If you love motorcycles, you should make it to this event at least once to immerse yourself into the history of motorcycles from the early 1900's and up. You are be able to be up close to some of the rarest motorcycles that have ever been produced from both the United States and abroad. This year will feature over 1750 motorcycles from around the world. The cool thing about this auction is that it has something for everyone. You can buy a motorcycle from as low as $2000 all the way up to $750,000. Regardless whether you are buying or just going to be immersed in every brand of motorcycle for a day or two, this is the place to go. We have always enjoyed this auction in the past.

This year even has a little bit of a local flavor to it as the Ricky Jensen Indian Collection will be auctioned off. Owner of RJ and C Metal Fabricators in Phoenix, Arizona, the late Rickey Jensen was known to be a quiet and private man who mostly kept to himself. Some surmised that he may have been a bit of a hoarder, but as a welder and fabricator, his extensive collection of scrap metal and other junkyard items were all just a part of the business.

After Jensen’s death, however, a different sort of collection was discovered, hidden away in the dark confines of his padlocked barn. Unlike his heaps of discarded metal odds and ends, this collection was a carefully curated treasure trove of valuable goods: 15 vintage Indian motorcycles and hundreds of pieces of Indian memorabilia—a collection so rare and desirable that it puts others before it to shame. Jensen’s remarkable barn-find collection will join the Las Vegas motorcycle auction lineup, and each sought-after piece will be offered at absolute no reserve. Click Here to view an excellent 2 minute video about his shop and collection. Click Here to view the entire collection.

I would highly recommend making a road trip out of this event. Click Here for more information.

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Enjoy your week and
Please Ride Safe!
Barry


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This Week

Sunday, January 13th
4th Annual Classic Motorcycle Show & Swap will be held at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Campus – 2844 W. Deer Valley Rd., Phoenix, AZ. 85027. From 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Presented by Phoenix Road Runner Chapter of AMCA American, European, Japanese. FREE ADMISSION Attendees & Vendors (Free vendor spots limited – 2 per vendor, additional spaces available for $10 each) For more information call 602-292-7441 or visit https://www.phxroadrunneramca.com


Extras

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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com

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