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Scarp: Wheeling around town: A look at speeding cars and classic cars

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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2007 5:47 am | Updated: 7:56 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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• I take a different view from many about Scottsdale traffic. It’s not that there’s more of it so much as who’s in it.

Some guy in a dark-colored crossover SUV honked and sped around me from behind as we were each in a left-turn lane in downtown Scottsdale on Saturday.

He turned directly in front of two pedestrians in the crosswalk whom I was waiting for to pass and zipped away, weaving around other cars.

Having just learned my lesson from a speeding citation to slow down, I just had to follow this fellow while staying under the speed limit to see just how far ahead he’d get.

Five traffic signals later, he finally made a light that I didn’t. Quite a triumph for him.

• Maybe this is just another conspiracy theory, but I’m beginning to wonder if the city’s so-what attitude about the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction has some method to it. Call it the Glendale method.

We all know how despite the Super Bowl game being played in Glendale in February, most of the hip, cool, fun events surrounding the game the previous week — not to mention all of the high-spending visitors — will be on the east side of the Valley, mostly in Scottsdale.

It’s been reported that the car auction is scaling back in Scottsdale and ramping up one in Las Vegas, and that its officials are considering moving the local show to another Valley city.

Sounds like bad news for Scottsdale unless you consider that even if the auction moves to, say, Glendale, most of the economic impact Scottsdale has long treasured will be sticking around here anyway.

Wealthy fancy-car buyers aren’t likely to stay in Glendale, but in our cushy resorts, and wouldn’t be spending much time or money in Glendale, but in Scottsdale art galleries, top restaurants and trendy clubs.

And what about all those cool classic cars that change hands at the auction?

Unlike cars most folks buy, whose city sales taxes go to the local treasury of whatever city the dealer where the car was sold is located, city officials told me a long time ago that Scottsdale doesn’t get the sales taxes from cars auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson event.

Neither would whatever city it might move to.

This might explain why City Council members are sitting on their hands instead of trying harder to make a long-term deal to keep the auction.

• I’m beginning to collect stories about Scottsdale’s beloved late former Mayor Herb Drinkwater, in advance of the 10th anniversary of his death late next month.

If you have recollections of “Mr. Scottsdale” and how this community has changed in the past decade, please use the contact information below to get in touch with me. Thanks.

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