Delayed by the pandemic, Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale came and went in late March 2021. Since my first visit in 2012, I have never missed this gathering of classic and modern automotive technology. I don’t have the finances to support buying at the auction, let alone having a place to store all of the beautiful vehicles that I come to see. No matter, I’m like a kid in a candy store with no money in my pocket when I get there. I can look, but I mustn’t touch. Continue reading
Regular readers of this humble wannabe tome know that since wintering in Arizona, I spend some time every year at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auto Auction. I like to pick Thursday for my day trip and I always enjoy the day’s selection of cars on display, many of which were sold earlier in the week. The SOLD sticker has a notation in marker as to the selling price of the vehicle. I’m always amazed at how some cars are “overpriced” and others are “stolen.” Continue reading
Regular readers know that I can’t pass up a classic car show. Earlier this year the car club I hang with when in Buckeye toured the Martin Auto Museum in Phoenix. As you can see by the opening photo, they have a few Corvettes. They also have a wide variety of custom and original stock vehicles. Continue reading
Murdo, South Dakota.
On our trips to Arizona, our usual route takes us via I-90 from Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Murdo where we pick up U.S. Highway 83 and from there we head south to North Platte, Nebraska for our end of the first day stop. Being the classic car nut that I am, you’d think before this year we’d have stopped at the Pioneer Auto Museum by now. At our travel pace, it’s a 10-hour drive and we simply aren’t feeling a stop along the way. Continue reading
This week, Patti Moed shares some examples of “filling the frame” to bring the subject up close and personal. Hers are examples of shots that are improved by the technique. She writes, “This week, we invite you to explore filling the frame for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #66. You can include images of buildings, people, objects, and/or elements from nature. Feel free to include shots of the same subject before you filled the frame and after you filled the frame.” You can read her entire challenge post here. Continue reading
Fargo, North Dakota.
Coming out of the theater on a summer’s evening, the last vestiges of sunset were upon us. In the parking lot, a beautiful custom Chevrolet attracted my attention. Clearly the custom wheels and simple body design spoke to the care that created this automotive work of art. Continue reading
It isn’t every day that we get to ride in a classic car like this 1927 Chevrolet. One of our occasional pastimes here in Buckeye is to visit some of the newer real estate developments to check out the newest designed homes being built. We are realistic at this point in our retirement, we aren’t going to make any rash decisions on a new house purchase. Continue reading
I often find myself watching programs about automobiles, usually that’s on the Motor Trend Channel (formerly Velocity). In recent months, I discovered Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC. Jay feeds my addiction for classic and unique automobiles and as it happened, one of the features had Jay and Brad Garrett visiting a museum in Maricopa, Arizona. The story featured a collection of vehicles built by Ernie Adams and Gene Tweedy. These hand-made one-off classic cars are about 11/16th the size of the original vehicles they are modeled after. In the segment, Jay and Brad were sandwiched into a dwarf convertible that they drove around on the nearby streets of Maricopa. Continue reading
Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
This winter, a family friend who is also a “car nut” shared a hidden treasure near Albuquerque. This vintage auto museum is well worth a visit and if you’ve the desire and funds, you might just be able to take home one of the classics on display. When we were there, a few of the cars had “For Sale” signs on them. That’s not usual for a museum…
My first winter in Arizona brought me, with friends, to my first Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction. Since then, I haven’t missed spending at least a day during the 8 auction days each January. This year was no exception and along with my wife, my sister and her boyfriend, we arrived around 9 AM or so, and entered the main pavilion at West World. We usually head outside almost immediately and find the tents where there are four rows of classic cars sitting in the shade. Continue reading