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Arizona car auction big draw for young and old
By ORA CALLAHAN Indiana Correspondent SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The 36th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction at West World concluded on Jan. 21, after a nine-day run of festivities and an auction, setting all-time record highs. Despite the cold, wet and windy weather that buffeted the weekend, it was a successful event. Annually, the car auction attracts thousands of older well-heeled bidders, and it is increasingly attractive to younger audiences as a result of the family day, a rock-and-roll memorabilia auction and more than 350 vendors offering everything from trick car gadgets to high-end jewelry. The world famous Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is one of Scottsdale’s major claims to fame. Car enthusiasts from across the country had bidding in high gear for nearly 1,200 cars, trucks and motorcycles, in addition to special events, displays and vendors. Several sponsors were present, including Ford and General Motors. An impressive array of rare and valuable vehicles were available, weighted toward muscle cars, hot rods and American Cruisers. Craig Jackson, 47, whose parents Ruse and Nellie started the Scottsdale Car Auction with classic car enthusiast Tom W. Barrett III and his wife Bonnie in 1971, has watched it grow into an event that generates an estimated $96.2 million for the local economy and attracts more than 250,000 attendees. There are people from all over the world flying to this annual event, he said. With Barrett-Jackson exposure on cable television, including the SPEED channel, FOX and CNN, the event has grown into the largest collector car auction i