The Goodguys Rod and Custom folks kicked off their 30th anniversary in Scottsdale, Arizona this weekend.Â The first two days were hit with rain but Sunday March 10, 2013 turned out to be a postcard picture perfect day.Â While you can leave the event scratching your head at the cars that won an award; there is no denying that there are some awesome cars.Â Some of the cars are squirreled away here in the Phoenix region but many come from across the western states.Â Nice show, nice cars and nice weather.
This weekend marked the 29th annual National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) meet at Phoenix’s Firebird Raceway.Â But is it the end?Â The dragstrip is on leased land owned by the Gila River Indian Community and was once out in the middle of nowhere on the southeast edge of the Phoenix area.Â The 30 year lease expires at the end of March, 2013 and while the president of NHRA is optimistic, one can only hope that a new management team can keep NHRA coming back in 2014.
Phoenix is blessed with not only being the site of all four major sports – baseball, football, basketball and hockey – but also hosts two NASACR races and the Arizona Nationals for the NHRA.
Hopefully we’ll see NHRA back for more action like Erica Enders-Stevens’ win this past week.Â What do you think?
When you see this bus, you just have to smile. 21 window vans (or buses) are just neat and this color scheme just screams fun! I’m sure a purist would shudder at taking the originality off of this vehicle but it was a big hit at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. It sold for $110,000 with fierce bidding between the final two bidders.
The 7 refers to this Corvette model being the 7th generation (or styling change) for the Corvette. Since 1953 the Corvette car has gone through seven changes with this version becoming available in 2014. The C6 model lasted from 2005 to now. This version is now road ready and sports a stingray emblem behind the front wheels. Many folks have mixed feelings about the rear end and the lights, but I like the look! Especially when the lights are on.
You probably heard that George Barris sold his Batmobile at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.Â But make sure you follow the full money story.
The seller also had to pay a 10% commission ($420,000).Â Plus since the Batmobile is staying in the state, he pays a 8.95% sales tax ($413,490).
So George Barris also pays a commission to Craig Jackson.Â Since the car was sold on a reserve basis it generally requires a payment of 10% as well ($420,000).Â And sellers also pay a fee based on time and day the car is scheduled to be auctioned.
Add it all up and lots of money shifted around with just one car!