It's a given that the annual Barret-Jackson Collector Car Auction has gotten big. Huge, in fact. But, after several controversies
from this year's auction, you might say it has even gotten too big for its own britches. Now comes word that it may have outgrown its tent-covered location as well.
Auction owner Craig Jackson was in Vegas recently talking with the city's mayor and tourism council about how his world-famous auction would fit in their world-famous town. From an Arizona Republic
article, it sounds like Jackson rolled all sevens and elevens with city officials.
Why is the BJ auction even looking to leave its hometown of 20 years? Again, from what the newspaper story reports, the
Scottsdale city council got greedy. Jackson says the city ditched its plans to erect a permanent multi-use building on the site of the auction, refused to sell him land at the site so he could build his own structure and then offered to lease land for 20 years to Jackson.
"It doesn't make any sense for me to build an auction house on leased land for only 20 years," Jackson says in the story.
Upon hearing of Jackson's Vegas visit,
Scottsdale's city manger tried to set up another meeting with the auction owner. But, "I don't need to waste any more time," Jackson said during a break between Vegas discussions. "I've got business to do and I'm getting business done here."
Going once! Twice....
[Souce: The Arizona Republic via Sports Car Market]