One of the world's largest classic car auctions is holding its first northeast show in Connecticut at Mohegan Sun this weekend.
The show hasn't even started and it’s Barrett-Jackson's second largest event. There are 550 cars up for auction. There are 50,000 guests from the northeast and beyond. They have already booked every hotel room in a 25-mile radius.
The show is first in New England for the Phoenix-based classic car auction house.
"I came and checked it out pretty impressed with the facility and what they have here and the enthusiasm that people have for what we do and embracing us coming here,” Craig Jackson of Barrett-Jackson said.
Jackson’s father helped start the company more than 40 years ago.
"I think it's a win, win for everybody the whole region,” Jackson said. “Our customers come the one sport is spending money."
The three-day event is already driving a huge boost to the region’s economy.
"There are no rooms in the region because of this event,” Jeff Hamilton with Mohegan Sun said. “When you have that many, many people coming to one. I think we're going to bring people to Southeast Connecticut that have never been before."
The hotel rooms starting at $500 per night are sold out and restaurant owners said they are ready for the weekend event.
The auction will last about eight hours each day. The cars have no reserve, which means bidders can bid whatever they want.
The main auction room will be the Mohegan Sun Arena. That area was being prepped on Tuesday for the big show.
They come from private collectors and shops including in Connecticut. Rich Willard is auctioning three cars including this 48 Packard and a rare Volkswagen panel car.
"I don't think locally we've ever had anything this big,” Willard said. “There have been smaller ones but nothing to the size of this and to the Venue that Mohegan Offers."
Anybody can go to the show with three-day tickets going for $125 at the gate for adults or $60 per day. It’s cheaper for seniors, military and students or child.
There will be a lot of people attending the event, which means parking issues. Offsite parking and shuttle buses are available all weekend.
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