The Fall 2016 Leake Auction hit Dallas last weekend and it kicked off with a VIP party at Gas Monkey Garage. A lot of auction regulars were in attendance and the party was not only a great time for them to connect with Richard, but also to connect with one another to see what cars everyone had their eyes on. Gas Monkey Garage had three cars in the auction, including the 1957 Ford Thunderbird Custom Roadster, a 1980 Chevy El Camino and the 1977 Trans Am Bandit Edition. An absolute highlight of the evening for guests was a surprise appearance from our VIP, Christie Brimberry, whose recovery is going very well.
Many of Richard’s friends, who he likes to hang with at auctions like Leake, Barrett-Jackson, and Mecum were present. Friends like JD Pass, Scott Brandt, Mark Karpinski and of course Dennis Collins. I’ve had the opportunity to spend lots of time with these guys and I believe they are the closest thing to the “Rat Pack” of the classic car auction scene. They’re always having fun when buying, selling or partying really hard at each auction.
You may remember JD Pass from the Holy Grail Firebirds episodes, when he purchased the 1st two Firebirds ever built by Pontiac after Gas Monkey Garage restored them. For this auction, JD had his eye on the 1969 Boss 429 Mustang with the KK NASCAR identification code. Richard, Dennis and JD had this car’s worth at around $150,000, which was about right because the car didn’t get past that mark and didn’t reach the seller’s reserve which was closer to $200,000.
Scott Brandt and Mark Karpinski operate a high end classic car dealership, Motoexotica, in St. Louis, MO. Both are high level VIPs at each auction and almost always on the block or “walking the line.” “Walking the line” is essentially taking a look at the upcoming cars before they hit the block to see if there are any telltale signs of whether or not the car is worth bidding on or other clues that could unlock a sale afterwards if the car doesn’t reach its reserve price. Mark is particularly good at walking the line and the info he gathers is carefully considered before him and Scott bid on any car. I saw the whole process go down when they inspected, bid and won a 1974 Porsche 911S (RS clone) in Mexico Blue.
Check out the photo gallery below and be on the look-out for more articles on the “Classic Car Auction Rat Pack” as Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale approaches in January 2017.