LVCC West Hall under construction in 2019. Photo by: Trevor Freeman
Here at Generation High Output, we don’t just write about cars – we are car enthusiasts. We like bringing you news and information about what’s happening in the automotive world. We like seeing cars up close and in person.
Because of the pandemic, the Specialty Equipment Market Association decided to make SEMA a virtual event for 2020. We completely understand why, but it definitely did not provide the same experience as walking the convention center, talking to builders, meeting people, and discovering amazing new booths and vendors.
Joyfully, the SEMA Show will be back to an in-person event for 2021! The automotive aftermarket expo returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center November 2-5, 2021. But wait, there’s more!
The Las Vegas Convention Center has completed its latest expansion, and the new West Hall adds an incredible 1.2 million square feet of floor space. And SEMA will be using all of it! That’s right, the 2021 SEMA Show will be the largest event yet!
A sky bridge connects the new West Hall to the North Hall, crossing over Paradise Road. This expansion will host the Trucks, SUVs, and Off Road exhibitors, Powersports and Utility Vehicle exhibitors, and Restyling and Car Care Accessories exhibitors. This means changes to the layout of the South Hall exhibitors. The South Hall Lower Level will feature wheel and tire exhibitors as usual, but the South Hall Upper Level will feature booths and exhibits related to Collision Repair, Tools, and Equipment.
There will be a lot to see at the 2021 SEMA Show, and we plan to be there to bring you the most updated information on trends in the auto industry, the aftermarket, and some cool custom cars as well! For more information, visit www.semashow.com NOTE: The SEMA Show is a trade-only event and not open to the general public.
January is a sacred time of year for classic and sports car enthusiasts in Arizona. It’s a time when multiple collector car auctions converge on the desert for a week of excitement and events known as Arizona Car Week. But with the current restrictions in place regarding public health and safety, things are going to be very different for 2021. Here’s a quick update on what you need to know.
Three auction houses including RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Co., and Bonhams will hold collector car auctions in January. Two of them are hybrid events (live stream plus limited in-person attendance) and one is online-only. There are no auction events open to the general public in January.
The two larger collector car auctions, Barrett-Jackson and Russo and Steele, have been moved back to March 2021. Barrett is planning on an in-person event, though general admission ticket holders will not be allowed to enter the Auction Arena. Russo and Steele will only be open to registered bidders, and not to spectators or the general public.
Please see below for detailed information about each auction event.
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2021 Rescheduled for March
The largest event during Arizona Car Week is Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale collector car auction. This event usually draws more than 300,000 attendees from across the country. Originally scheduled for January 16-23, the auction house announced on December 10, 2020 that their Scottsdale event would be rescheduled for March 20-27, 2021. Another important change is that only registered bidders will be allowed access to the Auction Arena. Only single-day tickets and VIP packages are available; I did not see any weekly passes for sale at the time of publication.
Preview Dates: Mar 20-23, 2021 (ticket required)
Auction Dates: Mar 24-27, 2021 Location: Westworld of Scottsdale Address: 16601 N. Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Catalog: 146+ vehicles for sale Admission: $25-$70 advance online (varies by day) Website:barrett-jackson.com
Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2021 Rescheduled for March
Russo and Steele will be hosting an exclusive private auction event at their headquarters in the Scottsdale Airpark. This invitation-only event is not open to the public. It will be a one-day event on March 27th instead of a multi-day event as in the past.
Preview Dates: Private Event, registered bidders only
Auction Dates: Mar 27, 2021, 5:00 PM Location: Russo and Steele Scottsdale Office Address: 7722 E Gray Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Catalog: Not Available Admission: Exclusive Private Event – By Invitation Only. Not open to the public. Website:russoandsteele.com
RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale 2021
RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale 2021 collector car auction will primarily be a live-stream event, with limited in-person attendance. Attendance is limited to registered bidders only, and is not open to the public.
Preview Dates: Jan 18-21, 2021 by appointment only
Auction Dates: January 22, 2021 at 1:00 PM Location: OTTO Car Club, Scottsdale Address: 15550 N 78th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Catalog: 80 vehicles Admission: Open to registered bidders only. Not open to the public. Website:rmsothebys.com
Gooding & Company Scottsdale 2021
Gooding & Co.’s Scottsdale 2021 auction will be an online-only event via the company’s Geared Online platform. There will be no in-person event for Scottsdale 2021.
Bonhams will be offering a Live Stream with limited attendance auction event at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale. The event is open to registered bidders only, and previews are available by appointment only.
Preview Dates: Jan 19-21, 2021 by appointment only
Auction Dates: Jan 21, 2021 Location: The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa Address: 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85254 Catalog: 37+ vehicles Admission: Open to registered bidders only. Website:bonhams.com
January is the busy season for classic car auctions in Phoenix. For 2014, there are six different auctions coming up and two concours shows! This will be an exciting winter if you are looking to buy or sell your classic car, muscle car, hot rod, or other custom vehicle. Check out this list of upcoming Arizona car auctions for 2014:
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 Auction Dates: Jan 12-19, 2014 Location: Westworld Address: 16601 N. Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Catalog: 1,600+ vehicles for sale Gate Price: $15-$60 (varies by day) Week Pass: $175 Website:barrett-jackson.com
Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2014 Auction Dates: Jan 15-19, 2014 Location: Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road Address: 18601 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ Catalog: 700+ Vehicles for sale Tickets: $20 per adult/single day Five-Day Pass: $80 Website:russoandsteele.com
According to a General Motors Press release the new EcoTec3 line of truck engines (a clever re-branding of the old Vortec line-up) includes a new V6, but you may not know it or hear much about it and here’s why. Continue reading →
The United States Postal Service has recently introduced a new series of Forever stamps called Muscle Cars. The series features five different vehicles: the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, the 1966 Pontiac GTO, the 1967 Shelby GT-500, the 1970 Chevelle SS, and the 1970 Plymouth HEMI ‘Cuda.
These five vehicles are icons of what we like to call the “High Output Generation.” These cars were produced at a special time in American history, a time that was unmarred by gas prices, federal emissions laws, or global recessions. All that mattered was power, and these Muscle Cars had tons of it!
If you follow us on Twitter, you may have seen the article that was posted last week about Speedworld Motorplex closing its doors. The multi-use facility was one of two quarter-mile drag strips in the Phoenix area and also featured a motocross course, BMX track, paintball park, and a sand drag/mud bog course.
Now, I have received news that Phoenix’s other dragstrip at Firebird Raceway in Chandler will also be closing in March 2013. The track owners cite the end of their contract with the Gila River Indian Community as the reason for the closure.
The Scottsdale International Auto Museum made headlines when they opened up shop in the Scottsdale Pavilions shopping center in 2011. Now the museum has just opened its second location inside Metrocenter Mall in Phoenix!