Automobile Events Score High Points in Popularity

Summer is the perfect season for exploring goodies in your own backyard. That journey can encompass hobbies like gardening, photography, flea market treks, trying new foods, and the list goes on.

This past weekend brought thousands of auto lovers to Mohegan Sun‘s inaugural 3-day event, Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast Auction. The collector car market is unique in that it combines several interests: investing, Automobilia and history. The event exceeded expectations with attendance reaching 90,000, a record for any event in the 20-year history of Mohegan Sun.

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Additionally, monies were raised for charity from six cars that sold during the auction. “A total of $605,000 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting charitable organizations,” according to Barrett-Jackson reports.  “On Friday, the 2016 Shelby GT-H concept/prototype sold for $150,000 to benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation. Aaron Shelby, grandson of the late Carroll Shelby and longtime Barrett-Jackson supporter and fan drove the rare vehicle onto the block.”

To see the top ten car sales by make, model and price, click Business Wire for report.

The Barnes Museum in Southington, CT hosted ‘Wheels of The Past’ on its grounds Saturday June 25th, and for $5 admission, visitors could admire equally impressive historic automobiles. The Wheels of the Past Classic Car Show is the second event of its kind for Barnes Museum, and according to curator Marie Secondo, Bradley Barnes was the second person in Southington to own an automobile.

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Charging admission for the the event allows Barnes Museum the opportunity to fulfill the restoration of Barnes’ 100-year-old player piano.

Whatever the scale of event, large or local, historic automobiles prove to be a big draw for those who enjoy a summer day trip. What are your favorite summer pass times?