Auction is a dream event for gearheads

It’s the week after Christmas and all through the house, not a race car is stirring… I’m not sure how the rest of that should go. Well, apparently Santa’s idea of good and mine must be different. No new race car in the yard or garage once again. I did get a nice Go-Pro type camera to record everyone as they pass me next season, LOL! So smile and wave as you go by.

There’s always income tax time. Maybe I can find a bargain. One can always hope! There’s not much happening in the motorsports world this particular week. That doesn’t mean the shops across the country are not busily preparing for next season.

There are several huge events that happen in January in the motorsports/auto enthusiasts’ world. The world’s Largest Collector Car Auction is held in Scottsdale, Arizona. Known as Barrett-Jackson to those in the know, this is really just one of several auctions that the Barrett-Jackson group puts on each year. It is by far the one that sets the tone for the collector car market for the coming year.

There truly is something for everyone at these events. Early in the week there is the world’s largest auction of auto-related memorabilia. There are also art exhibits, manufacturers’ displays, and it turns into the biggest car show on the planet. There are always interesting people on hand also from the music, movies and auto racing fields. If you consider yourself a “gearhead” this event needs to be on your bucket list.

This event runs from Jan. 13-21 at the West World complex. TV coverage begins on Velocity Network Jan. 16 from 6-11 p.m. Wednesday coverage moves to Discovery Network from 6-11 p.m. Then Thursday through Sunday, coverage moves back to Velocity Thursday from 6-11 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m..-midnight, Saturday 3 p.m.-midnight, and Sunday 2 p.m.-7 p.m. If proper arrangements are made you may become a bidder and have your purchase shipped back home. You may also follow the auction real time at Barrett-Jackson.com for cars that are not shown on TV.

More than 1,600 cars, trucks, motorcycles, race cars, exotic sports cars and good old American Muscle cars will cross the block and most will be sold without reserve. This is also the place to see and buy some of the rarest antique cars. So get your line of credit ready and bring some of these treasures back to the Mountain State.

On the racing front, on Jan. 9-13, the Chili Bowl presented by General Tire moves into Tulsa Oklahoma for the largest gathering of Midget Cars on the planet. These little four cylinder cars put on some great action packed racing. This is another race event held indoors and literally there will be hundreds of the top race teams to battle it out over four days so that one driver will take home the Golden Driller trophy and of course a nice check.

The winners list of this event reads like a who’s who of motor racing. Christopher Bell was last year’s winner and he went on to become the NASCAR Camping World truck series champion. I’ll bring you all the results right here and it will also be televised on MAVTV live at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 13.

The end of the month, on Jan. 27 and 28, engines will once again roar around the Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56 mile road course to kick off Speedweeks 2018. The Rolex 24 hours at Daytona is the premier road race in North America. There will literally be the greatest drivers from all over the world and every type of racing come together to race for 24 hours non-stop. These races are usually decided by mere seconds after all that racing. Several classes of cars compete at the same time for their own class win along with chasing the overall race victory.

The race coverage will begin on Fox Network at 2 p.m. on Saturday and will then switch over to FS2 at 5 p.m. FS2 will carry the race until 10 p.m., then coverage moves to FS1 from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Then on Sunday morning, FS1 will catch up on the overnight’s events at 8 a.m. and continue on until 10:30 a.m., and be back on to televise the finish from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

I’ll be watching to bring you all the rundowns for each of the three divisions competing. So whether it’s the high speed twists and turns of Daytona or the tight dirt oval in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the end of the straightaway there’s another left turn