Fred & Sharon Smith – Barrett-Jackson
Monday, February 1, 2016, 3:00 pm
We had not made a pilgrimage to the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, AZ since 2012. Plus, I needed to find a present for Fred’s birthday, so that seemed a perfect place for him to find something he liked.
Since it is a long drive we decided to do an overnight stop in Palm Springs on the way. We arrived in Palm Springs in the early afternoon, January 26, which allowed the rest of the afternoon for enjoying the beautiful sunshine and some light shopping as a warm-up for Scottsdale.
Wednesday morning, January 27, we headed to Arizona and had an easy drive. I wanted to do something special for Fred’s birthday and had heard about the fabulous sunsets from the terrace at the Wrigley Mansion in Phoe-nix. We arrived about 15 minutes before the sky began its evening show of color. It was spectacular with a color range of golds, oranges, reds, blues, and grays and absolutely did not disappoint. It must have lasted at least 30 minutes going through a range of color combinations, each new one being better than the last. We enjoyed a light dinner prepared in Geordie’s Lounge and served to us in the library. We had our own personal dining space among the furnishing from the early 1930’s. The mansion is used for events so most of the original furnishings are no longer there, but the architecture and crafts-manship in the building are impressive.
Thursday, January 28, I had two museums for us to visit. First on the agenda was the Martin Auto Museum which had a nice collection of autos, neon signs, gas pumps, and other automotive related items. In the afternoon because of our association with open wheel racing with our son-in-law, Cory Kruseman, we toured the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum which is 14,000 sq. ft. of open wheel racing history told through race cars, drivers’ uniforms, thousands of photos, model race cars, trophies, and other memorabilia on display.
Friday, January 29, was our day at Barrett-Jackson to view the assembly of auto and truck oldies but goodies as well as the lat-est and greatest with a few “what were they thinking” in the mix. My personal fa-vorite, if I were to exclude Corvettes, was the new 2017 Acura NSX. One turn on the platform and it had me in its power. Fred dragged me away to the vendor area where we enjoyed checking out products automotive related and non-automotive in art, clothing, furniture, jewelry, garage accessories, boats, planes, motorhomes, trailers, etc. Yes, I did find Fred a birthday present, but it did not go across the auction stage. We are out of garage space any-way…….is that a good excuse????
Saturday before we left we had time for one more stop to visit the Penske Racing Museum. There was a private party, so we were unable to see the museum. No prob-lem, we just spent the time checking out the cars in the dealerships in the auto row. These included Maserati, Bentley, Lambor-ghini, Jaguar, Range Rover, Ferrari, Por-sche, etc. We were now satisfied that we had done our best to partake in everything an automobile enthusiast should see in the area and we happily got in our Corvette and headed west.