Organizers of the 2021 Chattanooga Motorcar Festival have added a Mecum Auctions live collector car auction on Oct. 15-16 to its ever-expanding lineup of special activities in the “Scenic City” along the Tennessee River.
The two-day (Friday and Saturday) auction, hosted by Mecum, will be held at the 100,000-square-foot Chattanooga Convention Center and will feature an estimated 600 vintage and collectible cars — including a 1965 Lola T70 Mk1 Spyder formerly owned by both Carroll Shelby and Dan Gurney (photo above). Additional offerings include a wide variety of classics, muscle cars, race cars, customs, high-end exotics and more.
Mecum Auctions, headquartered in Walworth, Wisconsin, has been, since 2011, ranked No. 1 in the world with number of collector cars offered at auction; No. 1 in the world with number of collector cars sold at auction; No. 1 in the U.S. with number of auction venues; and No. 1 in the U.S. in total dollar volume of sales.
“We are excited to have Mecum Auctions join the Festival this year,” said Ken Gross, Festival Concours Chairman. “The cars that are expected to be on the auction block are outstanding examples of what car collectors look for. It should be a dynamic event.”
“Chattanooga’s downtown is an excellent setting for any large-scale event, especially a car-centric one like the Motorcar Festival,” added Mecum Chief Operating Officer Sam Murtaugh. “Mecum is thrilled to be getting in on the action and excitement already associated with the festival with the aim of ticking it up a few notches with fast-paced auction action. The auction will undoubtedly be celebrated by all in attendance, and it will be a welcome new adventure for the entire Mecum team.”
The 2021 Festival’s feature events include the elegant cars of the Concours d’Elegance, two editions of the scenic and challenging West Village Road Rallye, and vintage race cars competing in the Pace Grand Prix at the Bend.
The Festival specializes in fun for both children and adults, offering games, simulators, Automobilia, Car Club gatherings, special displays, celebrities, special guests, panel discussions, and much more. “There will be entertainment available for all from the time the gates open each day,” added Bogo.
The 2021 Festival features the Concours d’Elegance, West Village Road Rallye, Mecum Auctions and The Pace Grand Prix at the Bend. Other family-friendly events will be scheduled and announced later. Additional information may be found at chattanoogamotorcar.com.
Festival tickets will be digital and are available online or purchased at the entry gates the days of the events in West Village, at the Pace Grand Prix at the Bend, and at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The transaction at the gate will be cashless, and there will be an additional charge of $10 per ticket.