Barrett-Jackson, Day Two
I stopped in the media center yesterday and got some stats. Friday's attendance was 19,000. Subtract bidders, sellers, VIPs, etc and there were probably around 16-17,000 paid attendees. I know there have never been that many at any of the auctions in Monterey. The estimates are that Barrett-Jackson (I will not use the initials) will bring about $40 million into the Las Vegas economy. That may not be up there with some of the bigger events (SEMA, NASCAR) but on a per attendee basis it's at least equal to those others. The folks that buy and sell at Barrett-Jackson are usually high rollers - they stay at the better hotels, eat at the best restaurants, and they do not play the nickle machines. I heard of one bidder who spent half the night at the craps table betting a $1,000 per play.
No pictures this time because I am on assignment and I have to sort through the pictures for the assignment. Once I know what they will use I can post what's left.
Barrett-Jackson holds auctions in Palm Beach, Orange County, Las Vegas, and their home town of Scottsdale (which I've heard is a monster). If you want to attend a "lifestyle" event, a great car show, and watch and auction (or if you can afford it, bid) then you owe it to yourself to attend a Barrett-Jackson Auction at least once.