Organizers of the 2021 Chattanooga Motorcar Festival have added a Mecum Auctions live collector car auction on Oct. 15-16 to its ever-expanding lineup of special activities in the “Scenic City” along the Tennessee River.
The two-day (Friday and Saturday) auction, hosted by Mecum, will be held at the 100,000-square-foot Chattanooga Convention Center and will feature an estimated 600 vintage and collectible cars — including a 1965 Lola T70 Mk1 Spyder formerly owned by both Carroll Shelby and Dan Gurney (photo above). Additional offerings include a wide variety of classics, muscle cars, race cars, customs, high-end exotics and more.
Mecum Auctions, headquartered in Walworth, Wisconsin, has been, since 2011, ranked No. 1 in the world with number of collector cars offered at auction; No. 1 in the world with number of collector cars sold at auction; No. 1 in the U.S. with number of auction venues; and No. 1 in the U.S. in total dollar volume of sales.
“We are excited to have Mecum Auctions join the Festival this year,” said Ken Gross, Festival Concours Chairman. “The cars that are expected to be on the auction block are outstanding examples of what car collectors look for. It should be a dynamic event.”
“Chattanooga’s downtown is an excellent setting for any large-scale event, especially a car-centric one like the Motorcar Festival,” added Mecum Chief Operating Officer Sam Murtaugh. “Mecum is thrilled to be getting in on the action and excitement already associated with the festival with the aim of ticking it up a few notches with fast-paced auction action. The auction will undoubtedly be celebrated by all in attendance, and it will be a welcome new adventure for the entire Mecum team.”
The Chattanooga Motorcar Festival, which had a successful debut in 2019, returns for its second event Friday through Sunday, Oct. 15-17. Concerts, wheel-to-wheel racing on a new track currently under construction, and multiple celebrity appearances throughout the weekend are just a few highlights among the many events planned.
As in its 2019 debut, the Festival will focus on vehicles of all types, and experiences that engage, excite and entertain the entire family. Proceeds from the Festival support neuroscience research through Fifty Plus Racing Foundation, Inc.