We’re in the Wrong Line of Work. Or Something.

We love cars.  We love driving them, ogling them, shooting them, writing about other stuff but still finding a way to include them.  All of it.

We love finding the cars out on the street. Failing that, we stalk the car show circuit, hunting grail cars and wacky survivors. Option three is the auction circuit:  RM, Gooding, Russo and Steele and Barrett Jackson.

Oh, and Bonhams.  Everybody always forgets them.

Last year, media credentials allowed us to cover all of them.  But, we’re on the mailing list for B-J. (Ed.: Not her (or her). The other other B-J.)

Which leads us to today’s fabulous email opportunity!

Until now, the honor of having access to the Owner’s Box at Barrett-Jackson was exclusively reserved on an invitation-only basis for celebrities, million-dollar bidders or select VIPs. Remarkably, through this very special VIP package, you could become one of those privileged individuals. Get the chance to meet Barrett-Jackson C.E.O, Craig Jackson, 9 days of exclusive perks and more with the Owner’s Box Package.

(I’m guessing they mean I will transform, swan-like, into a “Select VIP” rather than a celebrity or million-dollar bidder. And that the “honor” is more like shooting first at the country club than a knighthood)

There are three packages: Owner’s Box, VIP Luxury Reserve and Gold VIP.  $15,000, $6,500 and $4,500. Per person. (Golf Cart rental fee not included. Don’t get cheap on them now.)

Only the top two give you indoor suite access. And “Platinum VIP” badges. Only the owners box gets you into the owners box where at least once, the owner will hold court while you’re there. Plus, you get an autographed framed picture of you meeting the man.

Yay capitalism.  B-J has as much right to sling VIP passes to willing buyers as I have to say hi to Craig for free when he rolls up to a Hookers and Squirrels Cars and Coffee in that gorgeous Auburn. I am just a little staggered by the $8,500 upcharge from VIP Luxury Reserve (!) which loses the “Celebrity Hosting Area/Special Appearances in Skybox” and adds the private hospitality suite, a picture, a handshake and a leather jacket.

Here in the land of $3 lunches and $59 hotel rooms, the head swims.  Also, I obviously need to sell WAY MORE advertising before B-J 2016 rolls around.

News Flash


Rare and Desirable Vehicles Plus One Fully-Operational Carousel Will Cross the Auction Block at Company’s Monumental Scottsdale Auction, Jan. 12-19, 2014  

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (Dec. 18, 2013) – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, announced today a group of exceptional vehicles representing 85 years of automotive history will cross the auction block as part of the world-renowned Salon Collection. The collection will be offered during the company’s 43rd Annual Scottsdale Auction, Jan. 12-19, 2014 at the all-new facility at WestWorld of Scottsdale.Barrett-Jackson’s historic auction week attracts top car aficionados and collectors with some of the world’s most valuable collectible and coveted vehicles. On Saturday, Jan. 18th, the Salon Collection will begin crossing the block LIVE between 1-3 p.m. MST on FOX. This segment will be called “A tribute to Americana.” The Salon Collection will resume from 5-7 p.m. MST and will be shown on the National Geographic Channel. The collection includes several highly sought-after vehicles such as:

  • Lot #5022 1969 Chevrolet Corvette #57 Rebel Convertible Race Car
  • Lot #5035 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe
  • Lot #5040 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Hot Wheels “Snake” Funny Car
  • Lot #5041 1972 Plymouth Duster Hot Wheels “Mongoose” Funny Car
  • Lot #5042 1967 Dodge D-700 Hot Wheels “Snake” Ramp Truck
  • Lot #5043 1967 Dodge D-700 Hot Wheels “Mongoose” Ramp Truck
  • Lot #5044 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe
  • Lot #5048 1929 Duesenberg SJ Lebaron Dual Cowl Phaeton
  • Lot #5051 1947 Delahaye 135 Cabriolet
  • Lot #5053 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Touring Berlinetta
  • Lot #5060 1929 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom l Brewster Ascot Phaeton
  • Lot #5063 1963 Shelby Cooper Monaco King Cobra
  • Lot #5066 1954 Plymouth Belmont Convertible Concept Car
  • Lot #5069 1955 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport GSL Coupe
  • Lot #5072 1991 Ferrari F40 2 Door Coupe
  • Lot #5082 Carousel

“After concluding a successful 2013 auction season, we’re very happy to continue the momentum by offering such a high caliber of automobiles at our worldwide stage in Scottsdale,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “For more than four decades we’ve been offering the world’s most valuable, collectible and coveted cars and we’re proud to continue that tradition. With the Salon Collection offering in its third year, enthusiasts and collectors will once again experience the high quality offerings they expect from Barrett-Jackson.”

“Our elite collectors have been part of the Barrett-Jackson family for generations, and I’m proud of this year’s Salon Collection offering,” said Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson. “The cars we’ve consigned showcase true automotive passion from around the world and I look forward to sharing the excitement as it unfolds on the block with those equally passionate about these beautiful cars.”

For more information about +Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com or call 480-421-6694. To contact a Salon Collection specialist please call (480) 663-6255. To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com/scottsdale/tickets/.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson, the world’s leading collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events, specializes in providing products and services to astute classic and collector car owners and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™ in Scottsdale, Ariz., Palm Beach, Fla., Reno Tahoe, Nev. and Las Vegas, Nev., where hundreds of the world’s most sought-after, unique and valuable automobiles cross the block in front of a global audience. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance offering for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. With an unprecedented expert staff, including Craig Jackson, Steve Davis and Gary Bennett who have over 130 years of combined experience in the automotive field, Barrett-Jackson offers the most diverse and desirable inventory accompanied with trustworthy and transparent customer service. More information about Barrett-Jackson, including details on expanded television coverage on the FOX family of networks which includes the National Geographic channel, can be found at www.barrett-jackson.com, or by calling (480) 421-6694. ‘Like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @Barrett_Jackson
Each description contained herein is provided by the consignor for the purpose of describing the item offered for sale. The accuracy of a description is the responsibility of the consignor and Barrett-Jackson is not responsible for any errors contained in a description or for the failure of a consignor to produce any item for sale. Please conduct your own inspection before making a purchase and refer to the Barrett- Jackson website for complete terms and conditions of sale.

Eat the Rich

I need a new business plan. Writing off my data plan and hosting costs is nice and all (#notactualtaxadvice), but fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck, it’s nice (one supposes) to have a net income.  It evidently leads to perks.  To wit:

Craig Jackson is the big cheese* at Barrett Jackson.  BARRETT-JACKSON AUCTION COMPANY, LLC is a licensed (public consignment) auto dealer.  What does that mean?

1.  Dealer plates.  Drive the best dealer demo ever for a couple of years, and the company gets a fat write off (#notactualtaxadvice) of the depreciation on a $2 million (+/-) car that’s been whored around town.

Bugatti Veyron Cop
I can make you a deal on this, but you can’t pay in donuts

2.  Speaking of whoring…Look at the door.  Look closely at the top of the windshield here.  The aesthetic purist in me says, “Jesus Fuck, Craig Jackson!  You let your beautiful Godzilla-eating monstrobot car get viciously stickerfied by JC Whitney/pussified by Justin Bieber.  You’re as bad as Paris Hilton.”  Then it hit me: ADVERTISING EXPENSE.

  • Two million dollars and 35 cents (for the cheesy stickers) of acquisition cost?  Advertising expense.
  • 8 mpg? Advertising expense.
  • Routine maintenance costs that equal the GNP of Kerplekistan? Advertising expense.
  • Photo radar tickets? Probably irrelevant, because the registered owner is not a person. Otherwise? Advertising expense. (#notactualtaxadvice)

It all makes sense.  I can see it now:

  1. Internet bullshit you’re reading now


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  1. Profit!!!


  1. This:
Cadillac Spokes car
“Do you see who THAT is?” “Yeah, let’s go kick his ass!”


*trustee of the trust that manages the BJ holding LLC that manages the BJ auction company LLC.