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Mike Phillips
Jan 23rd, 2006, 12:28 PM
When you first arrive and park your car and eventually make your way to the entrance of the auction itself, here's what you see...



http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2EntranceatBJ.jpg


Before you can go in however you have to pay for your ticket at one of the ticket booths...

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TicketBooth.jpg


I took this shot on Sunday and adult tickets were $20.00, on Friday and Saturday adult tickets were $40.00

Mike Phillips
Jan 23rd, 2006, 01:29 PM
Down below the upper auction tent is a large field that has more large tents errected to house even more cars...

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2DownontheField1.jpg


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2DownontheField2.jpg


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2DownontheField3.jpg


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2DownontheField4.jpg


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2DownontheField5.jpg


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2DownontheField6.jpg


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2DownontheField7.jpg



Some owners cover thier cars as the wind and the traffic, both foot traffic and gold carts of all kinds create a lot dust in the air.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Plasticcover.jpg

gb387
Jan 23rd, 2006, 02:42 PM
Did you get a chance to see the GM Futurliner? I didn't see it on tv but a guy at work was talking about it. Sold for something like 4 million? :eek:

Mike Phillips
Jan 23rd, 2006, 03:13 PM
Originally posted by gb387
Did you get a chance to see the GM Futurliner? I didn't see it on tv but a guy at work was talking about it. Sold for something like 4 million? :eek:

I was on stage when the bidding frenzy started!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2FutureLiner1.jpg


The gentleman in the white shirt and another person went after it pretty fast and furious until this guy finally backed down...

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2BigBidder5.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2BigBidder4.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2BigBidder3.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2BigBidder2.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2BigBidder1.jpg


It was pretty exciting to watch and the mood of the crowd hit a fever pitch when it went over 4 Million dollars...

gb387
Jan 23rd, 2006, 04:35 PM
Thanks for the photos that would have been one to see(the vehicle and the bidding).... crazy, just crazy!

Desertdawg
Jan 23rd, 2006, 09:54 PM
Yeah Mike, thanks for taking the time to post all of this, it was great seeing what you did for the weekend...:xyxthumbs

Jimmy Buffit
Jan 24th, 2006, 02:05 AM
What a great presentation, Mike!

Even tho I was there (Wed & Thurs), your photos just enhance my own experience.

Sorry I missed you...

As a "VIP Guest" of the local (Schumacher) MB Dealer, I thought I had great access, but your credentials certainly topped mine!:)

Great results for an "amateur"!

Jim

DetailManiac
Jan 24th, 2006, 11:26 AM
Thanks Mike,

Very interesting to read and view the pictures.

Teak
Jan 24th, 2006, 11:32 AM
From what I am seeing it looks like organized chaos.

Eric

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2006, 11:39 AM
Originally posted by Teak
From what I am seeing it looks like organized chaos.

Eric

Yeah... that about sums it up... you could add the word >fun< between the words organized and chaos!

I have a lot more pictures to upload, but I'm just now getting my expense report filled out. I haven't traveled much for a while and I forgot what hassle it can be, especially going through airports, then dealing with rental cars and hotels.

I stayed at a Hilton in Scottsdale, and Friday night all around me was a party going on that ended up turning violent and out of control. I had someone try to get into my room around 1:00am, which prompted my 3rd call to the front desk for security to come and tighten things down.

Around 11:00pm I moved my rental car down the parking area quite a ways as I was concerned it was going to be vandalized.

Made for an interesting first night... :)


I hope the upcoming class in Dallas, Texas is less eventful... :D

Snowman
Jan 24th, 2006, 11:47 AM
Originally posted by Mike Phillips

I stayed at a Hilton in Scottsdale, and Friday night all around me was a party going on that ended up turning violent and out of control. I had someone try to get into my room around 1:00am, which prompted my 3rd call to the front desk for security to come and tighten things down.

Around 11:00pm I moved my rental car down the parking area quite a ways as I was concerned it was going to be vandalized.

Made for an interesting first night... :)


I hope the upcoming class in Dallas, Texas is less eventful... :D

Sounds like you didn't really get much sleep at all that night from all the chaos going on there at your hotel.

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