An Afternoon Of Motorsport Fun During Arizona Auction Week

Phoenix, AZ — Arizona Auction Week is in full swing. With eight auctions around the valley, there is plenty to see and do for visiting (and native) automotive aficionados. However, with all of the auctions around, talk can start to center around terms like “value” and “investment.”

Photo: Nick Lish (Vintage Motorsport)

That is all well and fine, but the folks at Hagerty decided the week needed a little play time as well in the form of their 2020 Motorsports Celebration. It’s a chance for attendees to reconnect with their automotive senses—speed, sound, and yes—smell.

Photo: Nick Lish (Vintage Motorsport)

On hand was sports car legend, Porsche factory driver and self-proclaimed “little car show co-founder,” Patrick Long. Not only was Long around to mingle a bit and chat with people, but he also gave spirited ride-alongs aound the Bondurant School course in a Porsche GT2 RS Clubsport.

Photo: Nick Lish (Vintage Motorsport)
Photo: Nick Lish (Vintage Motorsport)

There was also a great showing of prewar cars that piqued the interest of many attendees as they came in for a closer look. Brian Blain spoke about his Nationals, answered questions, and gave rides to anyone daring enough to jump into the mechanic’s seat. National was a luxury car that had a glorious, but relatively short-lived competition career from 1910-1913.

Photo: Nick Lish (Vintage Motorsport)
Photo: Nick Lish (Vintage Motorsport)
Photo: Nick Lish (Vintage Motorsport)

Finally, the event featured a conversation with Rob Dickinson, founder and creative director of Singer Vehicle Design. Dickinson outlined the history, present, and future of Singer before offering laps in a restored custom Singer 911.

Photo: Nick Lish (Vintage Motorsport)

Kudos to Hagerty for putting this together and hopefully they continue to host events like this in the future. We tend to like parties with a little tire smoke and the wail of a flat-6.