Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
January 31, 2017

We were contemplating attending the enormous Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona (of the several auctions the company holds every year, Scottsdale is their “Super Bowl” where all the heavy hitters (rich guys and high-end musclecars and exotics) turn out in force. Everyone has an opinion on how these kinds of auctions affect actual market value of collectible cars like Mustangs, but regardless of how you feel about the situation, B-J Scottsdale should be on everyone’s bucket list to attend at least once.

Our waffling on whether or not to go to the 2017 auction was swayed in its favor when Marcus Anghel told us about his Open House and Boss 302 Seminar he was having the Saturday morning of the auction. So we made the six hour drive to Phoenix through uncharacteristic pouring rain (it’s the damn desert after all!) to attend and we don’t regret it. Not only did we work with Jerry Heasley and Bob Perkins to put together a killer story on the Mustangs that went across the auction block, we got to spend Saturday morning at Marcus’s Open House with Heasley, Perkins, Donald Farr, and many of the top Mustang experts in the country.

We didn’t get a head count, but our conservative estimate was that there was a tad over 100 people jammed into Marcus’s drool-inducing backyard shop to talk, enjoy the food from the breakfast food truck brought in for the occasion, and talk about all things Mustangs and Boss 302. Donald Farr then gave a slide show of his experiences with these now-historic Mustangs back in the 1970s and 1980s and how they were really treated “back in the day.” It was enlightening, and a good time.

About the event, Marcus said, "We really enjoyed hosting our annual Open House 2017 during the auction week here in Scottsdale, Arizona. Even with the colder and wetter weather, attendance and participation was better than we could have hoped for. Thanks to all that made the journey. Each year it’s a good opportunity for those who are restoring or judging early Mustangs to get together and look and discuss these cars and displays. The purpose being to help all of us in the SAAC and MCA community improve our understanding and increase the level of awareness and share information. This year featured the Boss 302 Mustangs with a fully detailed 1969 and 1970 motor and undercarriage detailing and suspension detailing with the car we had up on a lift for everyone. With all the interest we had we are already looking forward to next year’s event being even bigger and better."

Watch Mustang-360.com for an update on when it’ll happen again.

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