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Barrett Jackson Back in New England Again

by Paul Saulnier
July 8, 2018

Barrett-Jackson has been holding vehicle auctions around the USA for many years but didn't come to New England until three years ago. Their first 4 day event sold out within hours. No doubt that B-J will keep coming back.

The cars and trucks were up for auction at no reserves. That means once the vehicle is consigned to B-J, they own it and it will be sold to the highest bidder. The consigners that I spoke to were nervous but they all felt that B-J's format brings the best prices.

Having a press pass allowed me to get up close to the stage to take pictures. I had hoped to follow the bidding action of a Holliston consigner but there were none on this Friday.

While roaming the auction area, I came across someone with a Holliston connection. Even though he didn't have a car in the auction, Holliston's Heath Agent Scott Moles, below, was there to follow the action and record the results.

I was invited to paricipate in a press conference put on by Ford Motor Company in cooperation with B-J. The session was presented by Jim Owens, above left, of Ford's Performance Center and Scott Black of B-J. Owens was happy to enlighten the press about Ford's Performance Center in Utah, where anyone who buys one of Ford's line of performance cars can go and learn from professional drivers how to fully utilize the vehicles, including off road vehicles. Jim pointed out that students develop skills they never knew they had and the best is "you're learning on someone elses car", said Owens. Last year more than 4,000 buyers went through the performance school.

I was treated to several runs around the track set up at Mohegan Sun in two Mustangs fitted with Ford's Track Pack. Both drivers were from Ford Performance and drove the cars to their limit. The acceleration, cornering and braking was phenominal - and these cars will be doing rounds all day over the four day auction.

After the rides, Owens took our group over to the Ford display where he told us about Ford's new performance line up, "likely for 2019," including a midsized Ranger pickup, a new Escape and the new Bullitt Mustang:

The new Ranger will be available only with a 4 cylinder engine and an available trail control system to help the driver get though the toughest off road situations.

The ST version of the Edge with feature all wheel drive and Ford's 360 degree assist.

The third version of the Bullitt Mustang was developed with the cooperation of the McQueen family and will come with 480 horsepower and 3.73 gears. It only comes in Highland green with a six speed manual tranny. I'll take it.

Ford Performance Racing School, based at Utah Motorsport Campus, is a state-of-the-art road racing school that offers multiple road, track and off-road courses, hundreds of acres of space and a highly trained staff of professional drivers and instructors. For more information regarding the Ford Performance Racing School and its products, please visit http://www.fordperformanceracingschool.com.

B-J is also noted for raising funds for charity. According to B-J's press release after the auction:

"Charity sales took center stage during the Northeast Auction with the sale of five vehicles that raised a total of $1.245 million. Pro wrestler Bill Goldberg was on the block to amp up excitement for the last-production models of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon (Lot #3002.1) and 2017 Dodge Viper (Lot #3002). The pair crossed the block on Saturday and together hammered in for $1 million to benefit the United Way."

 

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Comments (4)

Loved this article! Have been a car lover since age 15- car shows, classic cars, Racing cars- all kinds! Great article. Love to go to one of those auctions.. Shirley- want to go? Might be fun!! Mel

- Melissa | 7/8/18 9:49 PM

I'll be watching for you in your new Mustang!

- John Paltrineri | 7/8/18 12:11 PM

Nice article Paul. I love cars both vintage and modern.

- Shirley Chipman | 7/8/18 9:20 AM

Pretty cool cars! I really enjoyed the article, thank you.

- Jackie Dellicker | 7/8/18 7:17 AM

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