The 5th annual Future Collector Car Show, presented by ClassicCars.com, kicked off Arizona Auction Week 2020 on January 12. The show attracted more than 170 entrant cars and thousands of spectators at High Street, an upscale shopping district in the Desert Ridge area of Phoenix.
The Best of Show winner, the 1993 Mazda RX-7 owned by local resident Tim Eull, was chosen by a panel of expert judges led by veteran concours judge Andy Reid and included Formula Drift Judge Ryan Lanteigne and Fielding Shredder, who was a top-3 finisher on the popular Netflix series, Hyperdrive, as well as ClassicCars.com-sponsored Formula Drift Pro2 driver Andrew Schulte.
The event displays, judges and awards cars that represent the next generation of cherished cars. This year the judges, students and attendees honored cars in eight categories. The awards and their respective winners are as follows:
• Best of Show: 1993 Mazda RX-7 – Timothy Eull
• Best Modified Vehicle 1st: 1992 Mazda Miata – Nick Hammon; 2nd: 1997 Acura NSX – Jay Pfenning; 3rd place: 2009 Nissan GT-R – Jose Flores
• Best Preserved: 1988 BMW M3 – Brian Abraham
• Best Restored – Presented by Barrett-Jackson: 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda – Theril Lund
• Rookie of the Year: 2014 Subaru WRX – Johnny Juarez (age 24)
• Fan Favorite: 2006 Subaru WRX – Austin Connelly
• Students Choice sponsored by Universal Technical Institute: 2014 Ford Mustang GT — Krisztina Athanasakis
• Best Trunk sponsored by Slime: 2015 Dodge Charger RT – Mike Klennofsky
• Best Ford – presented by Steeda Performance Vehicles: 1979 Ford Mustang – David Jocobelli
The show also featured a Stylist Competition and Fashion Show presented by Luxe and City, on-site pet adoptions, and Kid Zone presented by the official charity, Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Roger Falcione, chief executive of ClassicCars.com, said, “We couldn’t have asked for better weather, a better array of cars and the wonderful people. We are grateful to our growing number of sponsors. We really liked the fashion show, which added depth to the lifestyle aspect of the show. The Kid Zone encouraged enthusiasts to bring their children. Overall we are very pleased with the show’s success.”
Arizona Car Week continues with auctions, shows and parties running through January 19.
As the automotive world descends on Phoenix and the surrounding areas, ClassicCars.com is at the center of all the action. The online marketplace and authority on classic and collector vehicles has comprehensive coverage from all of the week’s events available at journal.classiccars.com.