For a long time, I was known as “The Black Hole”. Once I bought a car for my collection, I never sold it. As things got a little out of control with the number of cars, I finally decided that I should sell a few.
I decided to take 5 cars to the Russo and Steele car auction in Scottsdale in January, 2010. I picked them carefully and got them ready for the sale. I was looking forward to being on the other side of the gavel for a change.
The night before the cars were due to cross the auction block, I was at another auction in the Valley. There were some storms in the area, and we were restricted to being in the main tent until the storm passed. While I was there, I got a call from a friend of mine that was at the Russo and Steele site. He told me that they had all just been told to exit the tents and were evacuated. The storms at the time were pretty bad, and he said he’d get back to me. He called about a half hour later and told me that the tents had blown down at the auction site, and although nobody could get close enough to see, there was a lot of damage.
It was several days before we were allowed to see the damage at the site. We were pre-warned that the damage was extensive. Sure enough, when I went to see my cars, all 5 of them had been hit by tent poles. A couple of them were extensively damaged, including this one.
So much for my first car selling experience! Check out the before and after pictures along with the magazine article. Unfortunately, this car made the cover.