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Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2007 12:00 am | Updated: 6:57 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Come to "the place to see and be seen", Barrett-Jackson's Classic Car Auction at Westworld in Scottsdale through January 21st and don't forget to visit the "Big 3" automakers sponsoring the event: Ford of North Scottsdale, Van Chevrolet, and Ed Moses Dodge.

The World’s Greatest Classic Car Auction” is being held this week up in Scottsdale. The Barrett-Jackson Car Auction is held every January at Westworld in Scottsdale. This year the event dubbed “the place to see and be seen” is being held January 13-21st . In case you’re new to the Valley or you’ve lived here but never been, On The Road has traveled up the information highway to let you know what The Barrett-Jackson Car Auction is about and just why you may want to attend!

Back in 1960 Tom Barrett was selling his 1939 Cadillac V-16 Town Car when Russ Jackson took interest in the vehicle. Though Russ Jackson never did buy the car, the two struck a friendship that one day would become the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction dynasty. In 1967 the two friends held their first Barrett-Jackson Car Auction as a fundraising event for local charities. In 1972 the two entrepenuers put together their first real auction with classic vehicles they both owned. When John Barrett’s Mercedes 770 Paetheon sold for a staggering $153,000 the sale earned worldwide news interest. Thus was born The Barrett-Jackson Car Auc- tion growing each year from humble beginnings. In 1987 Barrett-Jackson earned $1 million on the sale of one its vehicles. In 1989, the auction was relocated to Westworld and attracted over 50,000 attendees becoming the event to “see and be seen”.

Currently the worldwide event is run by son Craig Jackson.

There are classic automobiles in every category from world-class street rods, muscle cars, sports cars, and classic cars to see and to make offers on if you have the change! This past Tuesday kicked off the 36 th annual event with opening day records of six automobiles selling for over $100,000. Incredible response was given to Barrett-Jackson’s first “Rock on the Block” auction of rock history and pop culture with more items worth more than $400,00 were auctioned off the first day.

The “Big 3”; Ford, GM, and MOPAR (Chrysler) is co-sponsoring this year’s auto auction. The event will feature more than 1,200 of collector automobiles, the finest in the world, as well as over 225,000 visitors and television coverage on the SPEED channel. MOPAR will be having a prominent display of parts, GM will have new Cadillac and Chevrolet exhibits, and Ford will host a Ride and Drive event.

So bring out the whole family this weekend and catch some of the excitement of Barrett-Jackson. Information about the auction is available online at http://www.barrett-jackson.com or by calling (480) 421-6694.

Want to see some of the great cars for sale by the “Big 3” automakers sponsoring the event? Stop by Ford of North Scottsdale on your way to or from the auction. Located at 8555 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Ford of North Scottsdale commits itself to quality and competitive no-hassle pricing. With one of the largest inventories in the state, the sales professionals at Ford of North Scottsdale are prepared to help you test drive and then drive away with a vehicle that is just right for you.

Come by GM at Van Chevrolet, 8525 E. Frank Lloyd Wright just west of the Loop 101 freeway in Scottsdale or call (480) 991-8300. Van Chevrolet has long been a hallmark in the East Valley. This new, beautiful dealership has a professional sales and service staff that is dedicated to earning your business. GM is proud to be a co-sponsor of this year’s Barrett- Jackson event.

Ed Moses Dodge at 7801 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., rounds out your tour of the Big 3 in the backyard of Westworld, home of the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction. Ed Moses Dodge has also long been a landmark for families looking for dependable automobiles in the East Valley. MOPAR auto parts is also excited to be a co-sponsor of this year’s Barrett-Jackson event!

HAVE AN INTERESTING STORY IDEA? Send Mike Chwastek an email at: tribunecarfinder@yahoo.com

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