Barrett-Jackson’s 2023 auction season rolls underway in earnest January 21-29 with its Scottsdale Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Many thousands from across the globe will take part in what has become a world-renowned automotive lifestyle event, featuring a variety of activities and experiences beyond the block for auction-goers of all ages.
“This past year marked the most successful year of auctions in Barrett-Jackson’s history, [reaching] new heights and breaking hundreds of world auction records, and we are keeping our foot firmly on the accelerator heading into 2023,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “This year’s Scottsdale Auction will once again provide an unforgettable experience for our guests, with an extraordinary docket and a host of activities.”
The nine-day automotive lifestyle event will kick off Saturday, Jan. 21, with Family Day presented by QT—a series of exciting hands-on activities for enthusiasts of every age, including STEM Fest, which will allow young auction-goers the opportunity to learn and participate in several immersive Science, Technology, Engineering and Math exhibits.
One especially notable exhibits will be the capsule from the Blue Origin rocket, which will be showcased at STEM Fest before moving to the Exhibitor Marketplace for the remainder of the event.
On Family Day, Children 12 and under will receive free admission with an accompanying paying adult.
Saturday will also highlight the coveted Barrett-Jackson Cup presented by Castrol, where all 50 custom car and truck entries will be on display in the auction arena and paraded across the auction block before moving to the South Showcase to remain on display for the entire week.
Winners of the Barrett-Jackson Cup Ultimate Best in Show and the People’s Choice award will be announced the following Saturday, Jan. 28.
Additionally, the Boy Scouts of America will be participating in a pinewood derby competition and earning their automotive merit badges.
On Sunday, Jan. 22, it’s the Future Collector Car Show presented by Meguiar’s on the WestWorld Polo Field for the first time. FCCS is a family-friendly, concours-style event featuring vehicles that best represent the future of the collector car hobby with the goal of celebrating the cars we love today and the future collectibles of tomorrow.
FCCS will also feature a fashion show, live DJ and sponsor exhibits. Prior to the show, judges will hand-pick the top cars for each category from the applications submitted. Every vehicle entered in the show qualifies for the coveted Best of Show trophy, a People’s Choice award selected by spectators on-site, and various Best in Class awards.
Weekdays during the show will bring variety of other experiences, including luxury shopping within the Exhibitor Marketplace, learning from industry leaders during the “Behind the Hobby” Collector Car Symposiums, and adrenaline-pumping Thrill Rides, Hot Laps and Off-Road Experiences with leading automotive manufacturers.
Food and beverage options abound alongside outdoor firepits or in front of the live music stage, with food trucks, craft beers, cocktails and a cigar lounge.
The 2023 Scottsdale Auction docket features many extraordinary early consignments including the 1966 Shelby Group II Mustang that was built for legendary racer Ken Miles; a highly desirable 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, one of only 644 sold in the United States during its production run from 2004-06; and several Ford GTs, including a Frozen White 2020 Ford GT Carbon Series, a 2019 Ford GT Lightweight and a second-generation 2006 Ford GT that is one of two with factory stripe delete and one of only 75 finished in Speed Yellow.
Also on the docket are many exceptional Resto-Mods and customs, including a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible built by Jeff Hayes Customs and finished in Dirty Martini Green, and a 1956 Lincoln Continental custom Mark II built locally by Sic Chops in Cave Creek.
“Every January our Scottsdale Auction ushers in a renewed excitement for the collector car hobby over the coming year,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “For more than a half century, Barrett-Jackson has created some of the most incredible collector car moments that have occurred here at home in Scottsdale. We’ve built the ultimate lifestyle event and invite everyone to help us write the next chapter in automotive history.”
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