“You’ll be able to have a look at the menu/However you simply cannot eat/You’ll be able to really feel the cushion/ However you’ll be able to’t have a seat.”
— Howard Jones’ “No One Is To Blame”
At many automobile reveals across the nation, auto fanatics can look however not contact. It is paying homage to Jones’ 1980s pop hit. However how a lot enjoyable would it not be to expertise the visceral thrill of a racing muscle automobile?
Yow will discover out when Mecum Auctions, the world’s largest collector-car public sale, involves Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee beginning Jan. 6 . Greater than 100,000 auto aficionados are anticipated to attend, together with as many as 10,000 public sale contributors.
On the Dodge Thrill Experience, you’ll be able to hit the drag-strip course for a 400-foot run courtesy of an expert driver. There’s nothing like listening to the wheels squeal because the acceleration forces you again into the seat throughout your experience within the muscle automobile, stated Dave Magers, CEO of Mecum Auctions.
“It is an unbelievable feeling,” he stated. “You are not simply admiring the look of a 700 horsepower automobile, you get the texture the ability of that very spectacular automobile.”
These which might be up for a wild experience can expertise the real looking simulators, the Hellcat or the Viper.
“It feels such as you’re actually driving,” Magers stated. “Should you hit a wall whereas on the simulator, it feels actual. Once I hit the wall, I believed I used to be going to need to pay for the automobile.”
Kids can participate as nicely. The State Farm simulator offers children the chance to get behind the wheel. “They really feel what it is prefer to drive a automobile on the highway,” Magers stated. “It is enjoyable but it surely’s not wild.”
After experiencing some visceral thrills, take a peek on the greater than three,000 eclectic high-powered cars on show.
Drag-racing fanatics and people interested by muscle vehicles can eyeball the classic classics. There’s an array of explosive gems offered by venerable auto collectors Don Fezell and Jackie and Gary Runyon.
Fezell’s lot consists of 43 collector-quality vehicles, together with the Chevrolet Impala Z12 light-weight drag racers. Probably the most well-known Z11 ever constructed, the Invoice “Grumpy” Jenkins produced “Outdated Dependable IV,” additionally will probably be available.
The hanging 1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Lightweights will entice consideration. Solely 51 of these blazers have been ever produced for drag racing. The ’68 Mustang Cobra, arguably the quickest pure-production Mustang of the muscle-car period, is a throwback that can transport you to the Flower Energy period.
Runyon, a former USAC midget, spring and Silver Crown race-car proprietor, may have a pair of rarities up for public sale. His 1965 Plymouth Belvedere A/FX Haulin Hemi II is valued between $650,000 and $750,000; the 1963 Pontiac Catalina Swiss Cheese between $500,000 and $650,000.
Fezell’s autos have been off the marketplace for greater than 20 years. His assortment of largely unobtainable manufacturing facility aluminum physique components and uncommon engine assemblies will cross the block Jan. 12-14.
The present has developed significantly since 2002, when the primary Mecum Public sale was held in Central Florida at the side of a Nationwide Corvette Society occasion. Mecum’s first solo occasions have been in Kissimmee’s Outdated City attraction in 2004 and a resort parking zone in 2005. Lower than 300 autos have been consigned for the public sale.
“In that lot there was a Laundromat and we have been subsequent to a rooster coop and we had about 50 vehicles,” Magers recalled.
To placed on its greatest present of the yr, Mecum takes up 125 acres of the 150-acre Osceola Heritage Park. Smaller auctions are set in Indianapolis; Monterey, Calif.; and Dallas.
“We’re notably pleased with the Kissimmee present,” Magers stated. “It is a household occasion. We see fathers and moms yearly coming in educating historical past via vehicles. …
“You achieve an appreciation while you come out and see how far America has include muscle vehicles. They are not simply quick and highly effective. They’ve turn into paintings and it is all on show after we come again to Kissimmee.”