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Is anyone watching the Barrett-Jackson auction tonight?

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I ended up with only 220 points which is pretty pathetic.... :confused: :eek: :mad:

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Hi

Does anyone know what the 39 Buick indy pace car went for ? That car was at the RM Auction at Hershey in 2011.

Al Storrs

Whoever bought this got a great deal. I know the restorer well and we used to take this car out for a run once in a while a few years back. Spoke to him today and he says it was a model 80C (restored in 1991) and they only made 3 convertibles in 1939. Supposedly they made around 31 81C convertibles in 1939.

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Hi Todd; Thanks

Wish I had seen your old value on the Lincoln before I bid. But even THEN it may not have lowered my bid of $45,000. You cannot get mad at these things, or try to justify or complain. It WAS a lot of fun, and because of the contest, my wife did not object to leaving the auction on all last night and today. and she even enjoyed rooting for me (us). Great idea by B-J. The more I Missed by, the more we laughed!

I swung and I MISSED on the Lincoln. I can only laughingly try to calculate that such a unique car with some good history brought so much less than a old ford Pickup truck,, and some real "dogs" bought a lot more. I'm happy for the buyer, though.:)

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Hi Poci;

There were only two Fantasy Bid cars in between those two;

1. The 1969 Dodge Charger 2-door ("General Lee") Bid to $110,000 which is the Fantasy Bid #. (but with the buyer's premium, was $122,000) I was 100K Off! @ 235,000 and a bit surprised since the last General Lee at BJ got around $450,000!, and I follow them, since my son has a near perfect one. Going by it's claimed history as the first Original one and subsequent crash and trash, I would "guess" they would have had to replace "a Lot" of the original parts, to get to the auction condition at BJ..

The guy who won the auction for the General Lee was pro golfer Bubba Watson....

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You cannot get mad at these things, or try to justify or complain. It WAS a lot of fun, and because of the contest, my wife did not object to leaving the auction on all last night and today. and she even enjoyed rooting for me (us). Great idea by B-J. The more I Missed by, the more we laughed!

I should try your system here at my house. My wife is normally unhappy with my grumbling at the TV about the auction and it's..(ahem)..showmanship. This time she was MORE unhappy at my newfound determination to follow along for an entire weekend. That is why I missed the General Lee and the Corvette--I agreed to go out to dinner and a movie as a gesture of togetherness (while trying to sneak in bids on my smartphone connection).

To lebowski, I ended up with 400 points but considering the amount of effort I put in that is a disappointment. BUT now I will be back if they do it again at Palm Beach in April. Looks like the Fantasy Bidding sucked in this critic....Todd C

PS--I do wish they would schedule more of the bids on Sunday though...

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One more thing, I would also like to add that I always find the B-J website to be helpful and excellent, they are to be commended for that too. Todd C

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....................I agreed to go out to dinner and a movie as a gesture of togetherness (while trying to sneak in bids on my smartphone connection)....

"What honey? What? Do you think I can, like, just bring football scores and video to my cell phone, like just out of the air?" :D

You guys are something.:cool:

W.

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I stopped watching after the short wheelbase Lincoln sold, staying at any party to the very end puts a sad ending to it, I'd rather remember things as they were rolling along, the 2013 event will be here in no time. Thanks Barrett-Jackson I had a great time!Bob

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"A LOT of alcohol flowing through the place. Drinks are ridiculously cheap--or even free!--"

I don't know what Barrett-Jackson charges, but RM wanted $12 for a glass of wine at Hershey. You won't get me drunk that way!

Phil

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Actually their closing thoughts were to my liking. The announcers said a few words to the effect that to those who think the event is decadent they would encourage them that you do not have to spend big bucks but can come and find something for as little as $3000-$4000 and enjoy participating in the hobby yourself. I do not remember seeing that $3000 car, but the message is one I have been trying to spread over the years and I appreciated the sentiment. Todd C

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One commentator tonight stated that you did not need to have big money to bid on cars at Barret-Jackson many sell for as low as $3000. To be able to enjoy on a "BEER Budget' Not a Champaigne budget"!??

Larry

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I do have another question for those also watching. The announcers kept referring to each other's car guy credentials, do we know what their interests are? Sounded like Mike Joy is a collector. Todd C

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I do have another question for those also watching. The announcers kept referring to each other's car guy credentials, do we know what their interests are? Sounded like Mike Joy is a collector. Todd C

Mike Joy is the main announcer at NASCAR Sprint Cup races. He wasn't there on Thursday and Friday because he was the MC at the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony which was taped in Charlotte, NC on Friday and is airing tonight from 6-9 PM ET on the Speed Channel. I think most or all of the other guys work for various car magazines and all own at least a few classic cars....

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You could have watched the live streaming from the BJ website. No senseless drivel to listen to. I have TV sound muted most of the time and listen to the auction on the internet. Nothing like being there, but I due to business commitments, I was unable to go this year

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Yes, the live streaming is very good, and you don't miss the good cars that are auctioned when the Speed channel goes to one of the commercials....you don't get the closeups but at least you don't miss any!

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Here is some info of the Connecticut native. Mike Joy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:)

Mike Joy is the main announcer at NASCAR Sprint Cup races. He wasn't there on Thursday and Friday because he was the MC at the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony which was taped in Charlotte, NC on Friday and is airing tonight from 6-9 PM ET on the Speed Channel. I think most or all of the other guys work for various car magazines and all own at least a few classic cars....

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I found it a bit more ejoyable than past B-J auctions. I don't get annoyed when the announcers say something obvious or silly, keeping in mnd that "I" only know about SOME cars, and they cannot possibly know EVERYthing, about EVERY car, or even TYPE of car. And they are paid to keep talking..I DID find it annoyingly pretentious to have the 5000 Series, Reserve cars announced and presented in a thick British Accent. Especially since most of these were GREAT AMERICAN historic Classics. If you turned off after the last Fantasy Bid car, Bob, there were still a surprising amount of cars to follow that went through the 100K barrier. I would have turnned it off, too, but had it droning on in the background, while scanning old aviation photos at my computer. Best thing was the impression that they will be bringing back MORE Great American pre-War Classics next time, since they were pleased with the "action" on them, this year.

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Best thing was the impression that they will be bringing back MORE Great American pre-War Classics next time, since they were pleased with the "action" on them, this year.

Hi Joe, I heard them say that too and I am glad to hear it, always glad to see more of them. I also thought their prices seemed pretty strong, did you see who was buying them and what kind of buyer they were, i.e. middle age, elderly, museums, dealers, etc? Todd C

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[quote=memaerobilia;986576I DID find it annoyingly pretentious to have the 5000 Series, Reserve cars announced and presented in a thick British Accent. Especially since most of these were GREAT AMERICAN historic Classics.

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If you didn't like that thick British accent, you probably wouldn't have liked the dialect of the members who signed the Declaration of Independence either. Perhaps you prefer the dialect my grand kids have picked up on the street. Now where is my bar of soap???

D.

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According to the web site, it was part of collector Ron Pratte's collection.

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Helfen;

I have no prejudice against any non-U.S. person or nationality or society, having a good many truly close friends of British or British Commonwealth nationality. I may have been mistaken in what I thought was an (underlying) implication by the Auction company, that an announcer with British accent "might" give the sale, and related vehicles more prestige, than commentary from a U.S. expert. Especially since the subject was vehicles that were, for the most part, some of the best of the Golden Age of U.S. auto design. DeCadinet used to have some entertaining and informative commentary about carsof ALL national origins. But the jarring change to the Brit-flavoring of the Reserve-class car announcements required no such "special" perspective. Just my opinion.

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Saw this thread active again and was worried that some of you were stilled glued to your set after days of watching B-J!:D Thought it might be some type of syndrome!

As for the announcer. Ever notice how many pitchmen on TV are either British or Australian? I think a lot of people just like the voice. Marketing, one does it they all do it.

The 5000 series was very enjoyable and I thought the videos done very well. It really held my interest.

Any voice is OK with me as long as I can understand it!

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