Taking a break for the Scottsdale Auctions
I took a break last week to head to Arizona for the Scottsdale auctions. No, I didn’t buy a car, nor was I there trying to buy a car…I was WORKING. Yes. That’s how I spend my vacations…working. Up at 6, back to the hotel at midnight for four days straight, now that’s a vacation. I’ll be back to working on the Disgustang this weekend, fear not.
I left town on Wednesday last week to drive to Scottsdale and spent the next four days working the Russo and Steele auction as a driver. I figure I drove at least 50 different cars, but I lost count on Sunday once we got into the cars I didn’t care as much about. With several early Mustangs there, I’d sincerely hoped I’d be able to snag some quick seat time in an early V8 car, but alas…no. I did, however, get some time in a Boss 429, which kinda makes up for it.
Unlike other auction houses, Russo and Steele uses car enthusiasts as volunteer drivers, which is pretty nifty, and I’m truly grateful to Drew Alcazar and his team for the opportunity. I met a lot of great guys (and a few duds), had some good laughs, and generally worked my butt off. The auction started every day around noon and went until 11 pm or so each night, except for Sunday when we ended early. Basically drivers are handed a set of keys and a run number, and it’s up to you to go find the car, make sure it starts, and then wait for the command to head up to the staging area. Cars are staged at the entrance to the auction shoot at least an hour before they run, so once I got up there with a car, usually I then had to hop into another car in the staging area that was about to go through. At that point, the driver stays with the car across the block, and then drives it back to the tent to begin the process over again. It’s a hoot and overall it’s not to stressful once you get the hang of it. The biggest challenges present themselves when the owners show up or disappear at the last minute. Several times I was removed from driving when an owner showed up…only to end up driving the car again when the owner vanished at the auction block.
From Ford to Ferrari, I drove several unique and interesting cars, many of which were modified in some way. Overall, though, my favorites were the authentically restored “back to stock” cars; the ones that were done well stood out from the pack. Here are the highlights…