Winds, rain tear through Scottsdale, devastates auction

Greetings all,

Below is an article from Old Cars Weekly describing wind damage in Scottsdale, Az. I spoke to reletives in Tucson last night and the winds were gusting up to 75 mph. I hope none of you had an Amphicar for sale under one of those Scottsdale auction tents!



Brian Crombie



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Winds, rain tear through Scottsdale, devastates auction



January 22, 2010
by Old Cars Weekly Staff

Heavy winds and matching rain destroyed tents and devastated one of the main auction venues in the annual collector car auction extravaganza in Scottsdale, Ariz., Thursday night.


Three tents were ripped from the ground at the Russo & Steele event, leaving several hundred collector cars exposed to the elements and the wreckage during some of the worst weather in the Scottsdale area in recent years.

Remains of one of the tents wound up strewn across nearby Highway 101, forcing highway crews to temporarily shut down one of the city’s main arteries.

No injuries were reported and most of the audience had already been evacuated by the time the tents collapsed.

According Old Cars Weekly Auction Editor Ron Kowalke, who was at the site, the winds picked up at 6:15 p.m., and the large white tents began pulsing and the lights inside began swinging above bidders. After about 100 cars had crossed the block, an unknown person ran into the tent and contacted Russo & Steele President Drew Alcazar, who immediately ordered everyone inside the main tent to evacuate as a Chevrolet was mid-bid on the block.

“The evacuation was very orderly,” reported Kowalke by phone, “which probably helped get everyone out of the tent safely.

“Once we got out, everybody went out into the rain. People were trying to get to their cars when suddenly the southern-most tent where they keep most of the cars lifted into the air. When the tent went up, all of the poles supporting it came down on the cars. To make matters worse, the remnants of the shredded tent began slapping on the cars.

“The part of the tent still there, the wind would get underneath it and lift it, then drop it back onto the cars.”

Meanwhile, owners could do nothing but watch the weather abuse their fresh restorations and high-dollar machines as police and fire safety personnel kept the crowds and owners away due to safety concerns.

“A Road Runner convertible owner tried to get the police officers to allow him to his car since it was beneath a pole hanging above, and they almost let him until they decided it would be a safety concern, and then they would have to let everybody else in,” Kowalke said.

“On some of the convertibles, where the owners left the tops down, there is nothing covering them anymore and they are filling with water. None of the owners could retrieve their cars or raise the tops to keep the rain out.”

The main tent, where bidding is conducted, remained in position as of Friday morning. To block the continuing winds, several Reliable Transport semi trucks and trailers lined up bumper to bumper to form a barrier to prevent further wind damage from the southern end of the auction compound.

Kowalke noted that the high winds also put Barrett-Jackson on alert, and it evacuated one of the tents at its venue where cars are staged before they cross the block, and one of the non-essential tents did blow away. Due to the rain, Barrett-Jackson had also been forced to closed part of its lots due to flooding.

“I think they are going to declare a state of emergency,” Kowalke said. “There are a lot of flooded streets and they are getting several feet of snow in the mountains and they are not prepared to deal with that here.”


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azpaul50

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Only one was there and went really cheap. That storm came through here first and was every bit as bad as people said. - Azpaul50 in Yuma


To: azpaul50@hotmail.com
Subject: [General Amphicar Discussion-t-20674] Winds, rain tear through Scottsdale, devastates auction
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 14:01:57 -0500
From:





Greetings all,

Below is an article from Old Cars Weekly describing wind damage in Scottsdale, Az. I spoke to reletives in Tucson last night and the winds were gusting up to 75 mph. I hope none of you had an Amphicar for sale under one of those Scottsdale auction tents!



Brian Crombie



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Winds, rain tear through Scottsdale, devastates auction



January 22, 2010
by Old Cars Weekly Staff

Heavy winds and matching rain destroyed tents and devastated one of the main auction venues in the annual collector car auction extravaganza in Scottsdale, Ariz., Thursday night.


Three tents were ripped from the ground at the Russo & Steele event, leaving several hundred collector cars exposed to the elements and the wreckage during some of the worst weather in the Scottsdale area in recent years.

Remains of one of the tents wound up strewn across nearby Highway 101, forcing highway crews to temporarily shut down one of the city’s main arteries.

No injuries were reported and most of the audience had already been evacuated by the time the tents collapsed.

According Old Cars Weekly Auction Editor Ron Kowalke, who was at the site, the winds picked up at 6:15 p.m., and the large white tents began pulsing and the lights inside began swinging above bidders. After about 100 cars had crossed the block, an unknown person ran into the tent and contacted Russo & Steele President Drew Alcazar, who immediately ordered everyone inside the main tent to evacuate as a Chevrolet was mid-bid on the block.

“The evacuation was very orderly,” reported Kowalke by phone, “which probably helped get everyone out of the tent safely.

“Once we got out, everybody went out into the rain. People were trying to get to their cars when suddenly the southern-most tent where they keep most of the cars lifted into the air. When the tent went up, all of the poles supporting it came down on the cars. To make matters worse, the remnants of the shredded tent began slapping on the cars.

“The part of the tent still there, the wind would get underneath it and lift it, then drop it back onto the cars.”

Meanwhile, owners could do nothing but watch the weather abuse their fresh restorations and high-dollar machines as police and fire safety personnel kept the crowds and owners away due to safety concerns.

“A Road Runner convertible owner tried to get the police officers to allow him to his car since it was beneath a pole hanging above, and they almost let him until they decided it would be a safety concern, and then they would have to let everybody else in,” Kowalke said.

“On some of the convertibles, where the owners left the tops down, there is nothing covering them anymore and they are filling with water. None of the owners could retrieve their cars or raise the tops to keep the rain out.”

The main tent, where bidding is conducted, remained in position as of Friday morning. To block the continuing winds, several Reliable Transport semi trucks and trailers lined up bumper to bumper to form a barrier to prevent further wind damage from the southern end of the auction compound.

Kowalke noted that the high winds also put Barrett-Jackson on alert, and it evacuated one of the tents at its venue where cars are staged before they cross the block, and one of the non-essential tents did blow away. Due to the rain, Barrett-Jackson had also been forced to closed part of its lots due to flooding.

“I think they are going to declare a state of emergency,” Kowalke said. “There are a lot of flooded streets and they are getting several feet of snow in the mountains and they are not prepared to deal with that here.”


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What was it like? And what is cheap'? ; > )

On Jan 22, 2010, at 7:10 PM, azpaul50 <> wrote:

Only one was there and went really cheap. That storm came through here first and was every bit as bad as people said. - Azpaul50 in Yuma


To: azpaul50@hotmail.com
Subject: [General Amphicar Discussion-t-20674] Winds, rain tear through Scottsdale, devastates auction
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 14:01:57 -0500
From:





Greetings all,

Below is an article from Old Cars Weekly describing wind damage in Scottsdale, Az. I spoke to reletives in Tucson last night and the winds were gusting up to 75 mph. I hope none of you had an Amphicar for sale under one of those Scottsdale auction tents!



Brian Crombie



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Winds, rain tear through Scottsdale, devastates auction



January 22, 2010
by Old Cars Weekly Staff

Heavy winds and matching rain destroyed tents and devastated one of the main auction venues in the annual collector car auction extravaganza in Scottsdale, Ariz., Thursday night.


Three tents were ripped from the ground at the Russo & Steele event, leaving several hundred collector cars exposed to the elements and the wreckage during some of the worst weather in the Scottsdale area in recent years.

Remains of one of the tents wound up strewn across nearby Highway 101, forcing highway crews to temporarily shut down one of the cityÂ’s main arteries.

No injuries were reported and most of the audience had already been evacuated by the time the tents collapsed.

According Old Cars Weekly Auction Editor Ron Kowalke, who was at the site, the winds picked up at 6:15 p.m., and the large white tents began pulsing and the lights inside began swinging above bidders. After about 100 cars had crossed the block, an unknown person ran into the tent and contacted Russo & Steele President Drew Alcazar, who immediately ordered everyone inside the main tent to evacuate as a Chevrolet was mid-bid on the block.

“The evacuation was very orderly,” reported Kowalke by phone, “which probably helped get everyone out of the tent safely.

“Once we got out, everybody went out into the rain. People were trying to get to their cars when suddenly the southern-most tent where they keep most of the cars lifted into the air. When the tent went up, all of the poles supporting it came down on the cars. To make matters worse, the remnants of the shredded tent began slapping on the cars.

“The part of the tent still there, the wind would get underneath it and lift it, then drop it back onto the cars.”

Meanwhile, owners could do nothing but watch the weather abuse their fresh restorations and high-dollar machines as police and fire safety personnel kept the crowds and owners away due to safety concerns.

“A Road Runner convertible owner tried to get the police officers to allow him to his car since it was beneath a pole hanging above, and they almost let him until they decided it would be a safety concern, and then they would have to let everybody else in,” Kowalke said.

“On some of the convertibles, where the owners left the tops down, there is nothing covering them anymore and they are filling with water. None of the owners could retrieve their cars or raise the tops to keep the rain out.”

The main tent, where bidding is conducted, remained in position as of Friday morning. To block the continuing winds, several Reliable Transport semi trucks and trailers lined up bumper to bumper to form a barrier to prevent further wind damage from the southern end of the auction compound.

Kowalke noted that the high winds also put Barrett-Jackson on alert, and it evacuated one of the tents at its venue where cars are staged before they cross the block, and one of the non-essential tents did blow away. Due to the rain, Barrett-Jackson had also been forced to closed part of its lots due to flooding.

“I think they are going to declare a state of emergency,” Kowalke said. “There are a lot of flooded streets and they are getting several feet of snow in the mountains and they are not prepared to deal with that here.”


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I believe the blue one on TV was at Barrett Jackson. I did not see it sell but they spotlighted it a few days ago. It looked nice, allegedly had something like 600 original miles.




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From: Tedredamphi <>
To: amphicar770@yahoo.com
Sent: Fri, January 22, 2010 9:01:11 PM
Subject: RE: [General Amphicar Discussion-t-20674] Re: Winds, rain tear through Scottsdale, devastates auction


The one I saw went for $41,000 . Couldn't tell on television what shape it was in.
Ted
 

Canadian four amphs

Amphicar Expert
The red one belongs (did) to a customer of mine,Rick B. I saw it before he left and was looking really good.Has my Grey/white interior in it.
Here in Ontario, in Ski Country we have had the mildest, les snow winter in a long time. clear sunny skys the last few with highs just above freezing but really cold in early Am.(0*F)
Im just hidding in my shop working on Amphicars,
Next project is to try and make a new steel skin for front hoods. The owner sandblasted it himself and destroyed a good hood!
GORD
 

Midwest Amphicar

Worlds Largest Amphicar Destination
That would really blow. No Amphis no Citicars this must have been the low rent tent !!!
Tampa Tommy can fix that tent. Later Dave the back in crapville Illinois Wave.
 

cigarman

Amphicar Expert
I talked to Rob Vondracek who was there and it said the Red car that sold for 41k was a steal.. It was really nice..
Cigarman
 

jfriese

Active Member
John,

The Red car was restored and went for $68K plus $10%. The blue car went for $41 plus 10% but I don't think it was restored at all. Still, it looked pretty good in the photos and probably was a good deal at the $45K, out the door, price.

John Friese
67 White
67 Red
 

cigarman

Amphicar Expert
Thanks John for getting the colors straight. I look forward to seeing you at Gordon's on the 26th..

Cigarman
 

azpaul50

Member
I dunno... it looks to me like the Amphi market is falling. Meanwhile, others with "cute" factors held somewhat firm but doen from 2 years ago. The Messerschmitt was okay but it was only a K175, the least desirable. A K500 Tiger was turned down elsewhere at $92K not making reserve. The Mets went faily high but not like in the past. I was especially interested in the Isetta as I am planning to get one, but only a special "rally" version sold high.



To: azpaul50@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: [General Amphicar Discussion-t-20674] Re: Winds, rain tear through Scottsdale, devastates auction
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 12:09:42 -0500
From:




John,

The Red car was restored and went for $68K plus $10%. The blue car went for $41 plus 10% but I don't think it was restored at all. Still, it looked pretty good in the photos and probably was a good deal at the $45K, out the door, price.

John Friese
67 White
67 Red



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Ed Howard

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If you are talking about the Barrett Jackson auction, the BLUE one sold for 41K.

The red one sold for 68K.

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