If you’re into muscle cars or any cars in particular then Barrett Jackson Northeast is the place for you. If you’ve been, then you know what it’s like. It’s by far a spectacular event if you thought the first Barrett Jackson Northeast was amazing…then you don’t want to miss any more of them. Not only are there beautiful cars that are roughly priced around $5,000, but you can stumble across another car, which could be parked next to the $5,000 car that’s marked for $600,000. Honestly, you never really know what you’re going to get coming to these types of shows.
This year’s auction sold an astounding $30,378,902 which was from 574 vehicles in the event. This year they broke the record of 90,000 guests walking through the gates for this 3-day event, incredible. Let’s give you a rundown of the top 5 cars across the block.
1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 ($624,800)
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 ($346,500)
1967 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 ($330,000)
1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird ($330,000)
2005 Ford GT Custom ($253,000)
There you have it, the beautiful top 5 cars that are just amazing in every way. Let’s take you on the experience journey of the event. First things first, since I’m a photographer I tend to get a little dangerous with my shots…shh. So when I tell you that my phone broke because I was getting sweet underwater shots, it’s true. Foolish you say, but we all do things to get a great shot. Getting to Barrett Jackson is a bit of a hike but well worth it. Route 6, I wasn’t pleased as I was coming from Boston and you know how the traffic is in Boston….brutal, oh and those damn potholes.
Arriving early to the show, which was located at Mohegan Sun was a bonus. I got the change to explore the venue and take some cool photos along the way. Now don’t get caught because of Willy, the security guard had to pull me aside to make sure I wasn’t taking pictures of the games or anything else. I mean come on, I’m no gamer but I get it. I smiled and said, “I’m strictly here for the cars.” Apparently, there are over 55,000 camera’s set up in this entire casino. I kept him on his toes and had to hand him my business card to take to his boss before I was allowed clearance. His good graces allowed me to continue shooting. I also showed him some the photo’s I took last year of the cars, he loved it and it allowed me to fly through without a hitch. Thanks, Willy.
Let’s talk about the parking garage, this isn’t just filled with crappy Toyota’s, but you look at one side of the lot and it greets you with the gorgeous cars and their owners. The glistening paint with their aggressive attitudes grabbing the attention of anyone that passes by. To show you how many people were gazing at all the cars, it took me about 10 minutes to get a clear picture of some of them. Worth it though. This is why I needed an assistant, but eventually, you got to do what you have to do.
Some of my favorites at the show were Backdraft Racing Cobras, the custom hot rodd that had roses growing out of the car and of course seeing the Dodge Demon.
Even though security was a lot tighter this year, I obtained a pass and quickly got to the front of the auction to see my friend, Ed Owen win the bid on the beautiful BMW 1800S.
If you are thinking of attending next year, I strongly recommend it. You also never know who you can meet at events like these. Until next year, stay tuned for more articles and pictures.