Every year on Speed you here the announcers talk about how you’ve got to go to Barrett-Jackson if you are a car guy, you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. Well for most of us east coast guys driving across the country isn’t really an option. But what we can do is make the trip south to Kissimmee, Florida to the Mecum Auction. A place by the way that had more cars this year than Barrett-Jackson. So I agree with the commentators on the Barrett-Jackson, you’ve got to go, but as the Mecum has take says, you’ve got to go #WhereTheCarsAre #MecumKissimmee!
When you first drive up at Mecum you are in too much awe to worry about the cost of admission. With $8 dollars to park and $20 dollars a head to get in its kind of pricey but I wouldn’t have cared if they had said $100 dollars I would have still gladly paid it to walk through those gates.
We were kind of a late arrival on Thursday night so we jumped on the shuttle and headed straight to the main building where the auction is held.
Greeted at the door by a rare ZR2 Corvette along with an L88 Corvette I figured we must be in the right place!
The auction itself is truly a spectacle, the lights, the setting, it just makes you want to spend money!
Watching auctions are nice, but if you’ve been to as many as I have, and just spent 30 hours of your life watching Barrett-Jackson on TV, they get old quick. So with darkness setting in quickly I decided we had better hit the cars if we were going to take much of it in tonight.
Our first stop was the main tent right outside the door, when I walked in I got dizzy for a moment trying to look at all the rare cars. Here are a few shots.
From there we headed for the memorabilia tent.
Once out of that tent we were left with a choice, try and start walking through all the other tents full of cars or head to the “Catalog Cars” and see the best of the best. I chose the greedy route and we headed for the best! Walking into this building will literally take your breath away.
This is where our day one journey ended, I could have stayed there all night, but we had been on the road since 4 am so we figured a little shut eye was in order.
For all of the pictures from Thursday at Mecum CLICK HERE
We went back around 2 pm to Mecum on Friday, I wanted to be sure I had plenty of time to see everything. I was a little bummed right off that bat that you couldn’t access the cars that were already sold unless you had bought one of them. I completely understand why I just wish I could have looked from the other side of the fence!
So we started our walk in zig-zaging through the tents, trying not to miss anything! By the time we left I felt sure I had saw 75% of it, there is just so much to take in at Mecum, you really need to be there earlier in the week before the auction really starts to see everything when its in line and in place.
Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day.
For all the pictures from Friday CLICK HERE
Here is a look at the Top Ten Sellers for 2013
1. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster- $735,000
2. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429- $417,000
3. 1966 Ford Mustang SCCA Group 2 A/Sedan- $400,000
4. 1970 Plmouth Hemi ‘Cuda- $320,000
5. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06- $310,000
6. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window- $275,000
7. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible- $250,000
8. 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake Tanker- $242,000
9. 2005 Ford GT- $220,000
10. 1955 Ford Convertible Resto Mod- $210,000