AACA - CHESAPEAKE REGION

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2019  Mecum Collector Car Auction - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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On Thursday, August 1st, a group of Chesapeake Region members attended the 2019 Mecum Collector Car Auction, held at the Farm Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. As we approached the entry gate, everyone's attention was drawn to the outdoor Dodge exhibit - of reving engines and squealing tires - as a group of Dodge Challengers and Dodge Chargers - of the SRT Hellcat variety - negotiated a compact, curvaceous track.

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Free "rides" were being offered to anyone who dared.

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Daring to take the "Challenge" was Chesapeake Region member Gary Ruby.

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After a squeeze into the pasenger seat, seat belt fastened and door closed - the ride began.

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And quite a ride it was... with tires squealing and smoking as they rounded the first turn.

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Power sliding into the multiple turns of the compact track, all was over in a matter of seconds. For Gary, however, the "Hellcat" experience will certainly live on forever.

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Once inside the massive auction arena your senses are immediately overwhelmed with the sights and sounds of this amazing spectacle: 1200 collector cars assembled for sale.

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We gathered for a group photograph before scattering for the day among the multiple displays of cars and automobilia to be auctioned during the four-day event.

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Under a large, nearby tent were many cars to be auctioned on the day that we attended. Seldom seen vehicles such as these three 1991 Nissan Figeros were among the group.

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The huge tent held an amazing number and variety of vehicles.

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A 1962 Pontiac Bonneville 2 door hardtop.

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A 1956 DeSoto Adventurer.

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Tom and Al look over a 1937 Ford convertible sedan.

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Jack, our Chesapeake Region member, and certified vehicle appraiser, lends some expert opinion.

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One of the oldest vehicles under the big tent was this nice Ford Model T.

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This mid-fifties pickup likely received heavenly treatment over the years at the Living Waters Bible Camp.

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This 1964 Mercury Comet Cyclone later sold for well over $50,000. Its owner announced to those of us around him that he was "estatic" - with it well-exceeding his expectations.

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This highly-optioned , fuel-injected 1957 Pontiac gleamed under the lights of the indoor display area.

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The huge indoor area, where the cars were eventually brought for auction, was just one of several locations where cars were on display.

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It was a large universe of automobile ages, makes and models, all displayed together - the greatest of car shows - any of which could be yours for the right price.

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Some vehicles you likely never witnessed on the road - such as this Plymouth Super Bird.

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Ever been passed on the Interstate by a Ford GT?

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For their final approach to the auction stage, vehicles were shut down and manually pushed by Mecum staff.

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As the auctioneer called off the bids submitted, constantly encouraging submission of higher ones, the audience watched the frenzied action.

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As the auction action continued non-stop, nearby awaited a 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan for auction on another day.

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And for the collector looking for something unique: Batmobile Replica #5.

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A look inside the cockpit.

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Of course, some special controls not found in your everyday driver.

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Late model, high-end vehicles, like this Ferrari, were being bid on and sold for relatively-reasonable prices.

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Is that a 1938 Cadillac Coupe?

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Cars everywhere!

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The Ford Model T crosses the auction block.

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SOLD!!! ... and driven off as the auctioneer's hammer drops.

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Chesapeake Region President Paula Ruby, in her role as an AACA Director, staffed a recruitment desk - offering memberships to the national AACA organization.

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Lining the walls of the main hallway were automobile-related metal signs up for auction.

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... as well as illuminated neon signs.

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If original, a quite rare Edsel neon sign, I imagine.

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A group of motorized bicycles to be auctioned. Vintage Whizzers. The dream of every boy of the 1950s!

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Some of the nicest auction automobiles were displayed in the massive, covered Arena.

What an experience! A veritable sensory overload of automobile sights and sounds. Be sure not to miss the experience when the Mecum Collector Car Auction returns to Harrisburg next year.