A Look Back

I’m not sure I have expressed just how much fun my wonderful wife and I had attending the Mecum auction in Glendale, Arizona. Scott Hoke and John Kraman, the two hosts of the broadcasts on NBCSN, were most gracious with their time. Scott even arranged for us to take a tour of the TV production truck. Here are a couple of photos:



From the outside one would never know how many people are inside the truck and just how much goes into producing the broadcast. Thanks again to Scott and to Aaron, a member of the TV crew.

Of course, the stars of the auction are the cars. I haven’t posted too many Studebaker or Packard photos recently, so here’s one:



This is a 1932 Packard 902 Coupe Roadster. The car crossed the block on Friday the 13th and hammered sold at $57,000 or $62,700 all in. The 902 Eight was available in 12 different body styles in 1932 (!) and a total of 3,737 were built.


Oh…Mecum also auctions motorcycles and guitars. Given I used to play the guitar I have some interest in those auctions. Take a look at this photo of the main screen in auction arena:



That guitar did sell at $51,920 all in. Guitars and road art have a higher buyers commission than the 10% charged for automobiles. Still, if I could spend that kind of money I would rather buy a 1965 Buick Riviera GS.

The auction was held in the home of the NFL Arizona Cardinals, State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Glendale, of course, is a suburb of Phoenix and like many Phoenix suburbs it has experienced enormous population growth in the last few decades. In 1970 its population was about 36,000; the 2018 Census Bureau population estimate was approximately 250,000. This next photo is probably a little disorienting, but here’s a shot of the stadium floor. The building is not small…



This car really caught my eye:



This is a picture of a 2005 Maserati Cambiocorsa Spyder 90th Anniversary Edition. In person, the lines appear perfect, in my opinion. The Mecum listing incorrectly showed the engine displacement at 2.4 liters; the actual displacement is 4.2 liters or 258 cubic inches for Bill Stephens. An aside: we did not meet Bill during the auction. Maybe next time…back to the Maserati, when new the Ferrari-built engine produced 390 HP/333 LB-FT of torque.

Speaking of Maserati, I was overwhelmed by the looks of this car almost to the point of tears. This is a 1959 Maserati 3500 GT Coupe:



This is yet another car whose lines appear perfect to me. The car was offered on Friday, but did not sell at a high bid of $80,000. Depending on condition these cars can be worth multiples of the high bid.

Please let me know if you want to see more auction photos.








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10 thoughts on “A Look Back

  1. Glad to hear you made the trek before things shut down here for COVID-19 abatement. When you were here, you were about 20 minutes or so from our place in Buckeye. I am jealous that you got to check out the television facilities. Kewl!!

    Stay safe, my friend. When you move to Arizona, let us know. We’d love to visit over a cup of coffee.

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    1. We will definitely meet after we move to the desert. I am crossing my fingers, my toes and anything else I can cross that we are living there by this time next year, but the timing is not completely up to us, unfortunately.

      Thanks for the wishes and you stay safe as well. You know, of course, that the actual odds of contracting this virus are low; that’s the actual word used by the CDC. In any event, the only activity we have had to give up is dining in restaurants. Otherwise, we are the original practitioners of social distancing. 🙂

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      1. Indeed, it is true that the chances are low. The concern is that people can be carriers for so many days before they know they are infected. That leads to this unprecedented need for extra caution. We can see, already, that our medical facilities are being strained by those who have been infected. I worry for the health care workers and their families.

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      2. Let’s hope that this passes quickly, but that some lessons are learned. One, it should be OK in this day and age for people to work from home in many jobs more than one day a week. Two, people should always be mindful of good hygiene and sanitation. Three, people should be kinder to each other. I am not talking about a naive, unrealistic “Kumbaya” attitude, but just a realization that none of us is invincible.

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      3. It will take a lot of impetus to wean us from the standard model of how offices are supposed to work. My wonderful wife is an example of a person who works almost exclusively from home and yet is very productive.

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      4. My son-in-law works for a software development company from his home some 300 miles or so distant from his company. He travels two or three times a year to company HQ for certain meetings, otherwise he teleconferences. He’s been doing that for nearly a decade now.

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      5. That’s another good example among many about how workplaces can be restructured. In my opinion, the stubbornness and ego of management is one of the obstacles to having more people work primarily from home.

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    1. Thanks. I think our collectively short memory is good in that it allows things to get back to normal fairly quickly, but that trait is also bad in that it seems important lessons are seldom learned.


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