Drlee wrote:That is the thing. There are so many. The application process for bidding was really easy. I did not need to do it but who knows what might catch your eye. I did a letter of credit from my bank and that worked pretty well.
That's what I did, as well.
At Kissimmee last January, I had a letter of credit and $18K in cash, but didn't buy anything. I bid on a couple of Benz roadsters, but the prices were just going too high for them. A car that would get a top bid of $15K on a Tuesday will climb to over $22K on Saturday, just because it's the weekend and more bidders show up.
Funny aside: My buddy bought his 1966 Corvette at Mecum Kissimmee back when the auction was held in a tent at the fairgrounds. Last January he went for the first time since buying that car; not sure how long ago, but several years. When he got his bidder package in the mail, he was issued the same bidder number he had years ago. Apparently, once you're issued your number, that's your number for life...
Last time I went with a friend and we did the bronze VIP package which was $700.00 each IIR but it included three nights in the hotel, view of the staging lane and decent food. Since the tickets for the Thurs, Friday and Saturday were about $50.00 a day or something like that this seemed like a good deal.
I didn't get a bidder's badge at Barrett-Jackson, just the media credential. The Gold package at Mecum is $500. That gets you into all
of their auctions for a full year, preferred seating, complimentary drinks and a guest pass (in addition to the bidder badge), but obviously not a hotel. Me and a buddy are splitting a three bedroom condo at Saratoga Resort Villas
in Kissimmee. If you're ever down there, check it out. We're paying $129 a night for four nights (and that includes a Friday and Saturday). Pat and his girl will have one room, me and the hot Puerto Rican babe will have another, and then the third bedroom is just in case any friends want to come down for a night. It's got a living room, full kitchen, pool, restaurant and bar; the whole nine...
I had this off my radar for this year but you reminded me that Scottsdale is only a month off. I may have to think about it.
Barrett-Jackson happens in April here in Florida. As much as they take care of media in the media center, they don't take very good care of us on the auction floor.They corral media onto this little stand that sits off to the side and it gets really
crowded. I was a bit put off by it, to be honest. And, if you happen to be walking from the entrance to the stand and see a cool car on the stage, you're not allowed to stop and take a shot. They're just really
In contrast, At Mecum, about the only place I'm not allowed to go is the ladies room. if you watch Mecum Kissimmee on television, it wouldn't be surprising to see me at the end of the strip, photographing cars as they come across and get their yellow sticker. You can literally walk anywhere and, if you arrange it before the day starts, you can even get a half hour on the auctioneer's stand. I've yet to do that, but I'm definitely going to look into it this year.
Now, with all that said, I would love to attend Barrett-Jackson in Arizona, as well as visit their showroom...
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