Leake cancels Rolland Museum auction as California fires sweep into area

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California fire forces delay to Leake’s Rolland museum auction
Cell phone photo shows flames visible from the auction venue | Richard Sevenoaks photo

With the California fire extracting a state of emergency declaration for the area and with flames visible from the auction venue, Richard Sevenoaks, president of the Leake Auction Company, announced late Thursday night that the sale of the Rolland Racing Museum collection, scheduled for Saturday, has been cancelled.

Sevenoaks said the decision was made partially in recognition of William Rolland’s history as a firefighter and longtime supporter of firefighters’ families.

“Mr. Rolland, a retired firefighter, was concerned for people’s safety,” Sevenoaks said in a followup message.

Instead of the sale taking place this weekend in Newbury Park, California, the 30 cars being sold will be transported and offered for no reserve February 23-24, 2018, at Leake’s annual auction in Oklahoma City, Sevenoaks said.

The Rolland auction was scheduled as a stand-alone event in a joint effort between collector car specialist Leake, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and fine arts and collectibles specialist Heritage Auctions, which is based in Dallas but has offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Rolland, a former firefighter, had a successful career in Southern California real estate. He also has been a philanthropist, making major donations to a Southern California college and establishing a foundation to aid firefighters’ families. His car collection features race cars, hot rods and other vehicles.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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