Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, kicked off its 46th year by breaking more than 40 vehicle auction sales records (as verified by Hagerty Data) during the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, held Jan. 14-22, 2017, at WestWorld of Scottsdale in Arizona.
During the automotive lifestyle event, 1,719 vehicles were consigned, the most at one auction in the company’s history, with vehicle sales totaling approximately $100 million (unaudited) at a 99.5-percent sell-through rate. Over 1,800 pieces of automobilia sold for more than $2.5 million (unaudited) bringing the total sales to more than $102 million. Approximately 320,000 people attended this year’s auction, including many of today’s hottest celebrities, professional athletes and entertainment personalities.
“This year’s Scottsdale auction was a tremendous success,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Despite the rain and colder temperatures, we had a phenomenal turnout, set 40 world auction sales records and sold more than 1,800 pieces of authentic automobilia. This year’s entertainment factor was through the roof. From Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steven Tyler and Grammy award-winning Justin Bieber, through undefeated pro boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and the most decorated Olympian in history, Michael Phelps, to two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, there was no shortage of entertainment and full-throttle excitement.”
Eight charity vehicles crossed the Scottsdale block this year, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Grammy winner Steven Tyler’s 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder (Lot #3003). Tyler roared onto the stage to help sell his rare Hennessey, which sold for $800,000, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Janie’s Fund.
“Steven Tyler entered the auction arena in true rock and roll style,” said Jackson. “With a grand entrance featuring lights, music and Steven standing in the passenger seat, the crowd was on their feet like we were at one of his concerts. There’s really no place in the world, like Barrett-Jackson, that brings together superstars and super cars.”
The complete docket of charity vehicles included:
• 2016 GMC Sierra Custom Pickup (Lot #3000) to benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation/Building for America’s Bravest – $100,000
• 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 (Lot #3001) to benefit Childhelp – $130,000
• 2017 Chevrolet Camaro COPO (Lot #3002) to benefit the United Way – $175,000
• Steven Tyler’s 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder (Lot #3003) to benefit Janie’s Fund – $800,000
• 2017 Ford Raptor Pickup (Lot #3004) to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – $157,000 with an addition $50,000 donation
• 1930 Cord L29 4-Door4 Brougham (Lot #3005) to benefit Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital – $300,000
• 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle designed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (Lot #3006) to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital – $200,000
• 2014 Chevrolet #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Race Car (Lot #3006.1) to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital – $200,000
• 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback (Lot #3007) to benefit Military Assistance Mission, Inc. – $175,000
To date, Barrett-Jackson has raised over $93 million for local and national charities.
The Robert D. Sutherland Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving both the lives of people with bipolar disorder as well as their families, announced they are hosting an online drawing fundraiser to raise money that will help the foundation’s treatment center, Sutherland Bipolar Center, continue to provide research-based therapies for clients.
The fundraiser’s grand prize is a Deluxe Coldplay Concert Experience for four.
The Deluxe Coldplay Concert Experience includes four premier seating tickets to Coldplay’s concert at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 6, 2017, round-trip airfare for four within the continental United States, hotel accommodations for four near the concert venue, hospitality passes to meet the band members before the concert and a Fender guitar signed by every member of Coldplay.
“We want to thank Coldplay for their generous contribution of tickets, hospitality passes and signed guitar,” said Rachel Cruz, Robert D. Sutherland Memorial Foundation director. “Their generosity will help us provide treatment for our clients who wouldn’t be able to get the help they need otherwise.”
Donation amounts vary from $25 to $1,000 and include a corresponding number of tickets and bonus tickets to increase a donor’s odds of winning. The fundraising campaign ends July 7, 2017 at 12 p.m. MST and the drawing to select the winner will be held later that day.
For 15 years, the Sutherland Bipolar Center has treated over 1,500 people impacted by bipolar disorder through diagnosis, comprehensive treatment and education. Housed in the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, the Sutherland Bipolar Center aims to provide proven evidence-based therapy programs for individuals and families with bipolar disorder who are unable to pay for services in the community. Clients pay between $0 and $20 per week for services allowing them to get the help they need even if they can’t afford it.
Treatment at the Sutherland Bipolar Center is provided by a licensed clinical psychologist who supervises and trains doctoral psychology students to specifically treat clients with bipolar disorder. The staff is committed to educating the public about bipolar disorder and to training mental health professionals and offers free eight-week seminars on bipolar disorder to clients, family members, friends and anyone else interested in learning about the illness. Bipolar is a mood disorder characterized by extreme shifts in mood, energy, behavior and functioning and if left untreated, the illness can have devastating effects — usually self-harm or suicide.
Nationwide, in partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Chevrolet, donated $400,000 to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
The donation equaled the sale price for a 1970 Chevelle SS and Nationwide No. 88 stock car auctioned off in tandem at the Jan. 21 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. The 1970 Chevelle was co-designed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Chevrolet; and the Nationwide No. 88 Chevrolet SS was driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. during the 2014 and 2015 NASCAR racing seasons. The cars were donated to the Barrett-Jackson auction by Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet.
“Working with Dale Jr., Chevy and Hendrick Motorsports to bring this donation to fruition underscores our special partnership,” said Terrance Williams, chief marketing officer at Nationwide. “Nationwide Children’s Hospital remains one of the cornerstone beneficiaries of our philanthropic efforts and together, Nationwide and the Nationwide Foundation are proud to have delivered more than $80 million in aggregate gifts and commitments to the hospital over the last decade.”
“On behalf of Nationwide Children’s Hospital patients, families and staff, I want to express our gratitude for the tremendous generosity exemplified by Nationwide, The Nationwide Foundation, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet,” said Steve Allen, MD, chief executive officer of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “The philanthropic vision of our hospital partners is a testament to their dedication to ensuring Nationwide Children’s Hospital will continue to help children everywhere through unmatched clinical care and the discovery of new cures and treatments.”
Paul O’Grady, TV presenter & star of the popular TV show ‘For the Love of Dogs’, has condemned a Court of Appeal decision denying Cruelty Free International permission to appeal a High Court ruling which paves the way for the expansion of a beagle breeding facility in East Yorkshire.
The appeal was the last opportunity to prevent innumerable dogs from being bred inside the Bantin and Kingman Ltd (B&K) breeding farm in Grimston, East Yorkshire, before being sold to UK and EU laboratories where they will endure crude and cruel experiments.
Last June Cruelty Free International applied for permission to appeal against the High Court decision, which disappointingly has now been rejected.
Paul O’Grady says: “Cruelty Free International has fought for over six years against the development of the B&K beagle breeding farm. This is an incredibly disappointing outcome and a real tragedy for all those who care about the welfare of dogs. Despite strong opposition from local residents and the animal welfare community, thousands of dogs have effectively now been condemned to a life of misery, destined to suffer and die in experiments.”
In 2014 the Home Office decided B&K did not have to provide outdoor space to dogs, despite EU regulations stating that such space should be provided where possible. The government department justified the move on the scientifically unproven basis that the dogs would be at risk of exposure to airborne toxins if they went outside – which they speculated would make them unsuitable for toxicology (poisoning) experiments.
Around 90% of the dogs in UK laboratories are used for toxicology tests; the approach therefore means that dogs used in these sorts of tests could virtually never be given outdoor access. The public will be shocked to learn that the Home Office will now be able to grant an exemption in any case it wants, just by citing an alleged risk of infection.
Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International, says: “We are dismayed by the verdict. Our challenge was all that stood in the way of the expansion going ahead and the suffering of countless dogs. We believe that denying the dogs outside access was simply a convenient get around for the problem of noise to local residents which had been an obstacle to the company getting planning permission. We will now press ahead with our campaign for a full ban on dog experiments.”
Cruelty Free International has led the campaign against the development of the B&K beagle breeding farm since 2011 and successfully prevented two previous applications to expand the facility. The nationwide move to save the #YorkshireBeagles has received widespread public support, and is backed by MPs and a host of celebrities including Paul O’Grady, Ricky Gervais and Jilly Cooper.