Mecum adds music-and-food festival as it returns for 2nd Arizona auction

Country star Billy Ray Cyrus, rock-band Lighthouse headline shows; 1,500 cars, trucks and motorcycles are set to cross the block

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The 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda in one of Mecum's 'main attraction' cars | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions returns to Glendale, Arizona, for the second time March 11-14, with an expected 1,500 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles crossing the block at State Farm Stadium, the huge arena where the Arizona Cardinals play in the National Football League.

New for this year is the addition of the Sunset Sessions Food and Music Festival that will follow the auction bidding on Friday and Saturday, March 13-14.  Country pop-music star Billy Ray Cyrus and alternative-rock band Lighthouse will headline the shows.

Festival admission will include culinary specialties from award-winning celebrity chefs, Mecum said in a news release.  Admission to the festival also includes entry to the auction. 

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The 2019 McLaren Senna has carbon fiber bodywork

The 2020 Glendale auction follows an inaugural sale last March that was deemed a rousing success, with 1,450 vehicles sold for a total of $39 million.  Originally, the 2019 sale was scheduled for two days and around 600 vehicles, but an overwhelming number of consignments prompted Mecum to raise the number of entries and extend the sale to four days.

Mecum opted to hold its Glendale auction in March instead of during busy Arizona Auction Week in January, which would have conflicted with its biggest auction of the year in Kissimmee, Florida.  Glendale is located just west of Phoenix.

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Headlining the 2020 auction are a number of modern exotics, including a 2019 McLaren Senna, one of just 500 produced, with a factory upgrade to gloss Visual Carbon Fiber exterior body components finished in Pure Black.

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The 2017 Ford GT Competition Series has ultra-low mileage

Another significant exotic is a 2017 Ford GT Competition Series showing just 265 miles and owned by famed racing driver Sebastien Bourdais, the GTE class winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016.  Just six GT Competition Series cars were built, and this is one of three remaining in original spec.

Among the private collections crossing the block in Glendale are a number of vintage Cadillacs from collector Marty Nelson, as well as nine special collector cars from the Dennis Zentner Collection.

Two of Zentner’s cars are among the “main attractions,” as Mecum dubs its top consignments.  Those are a 1969 Chevrolet COPO Chevelle coupe in rare Hugger Orange and powered by a 427/425-horsepower L72 V8 and 4-speed manual transmission, and a Rallye Red 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda with a 426cid Hemi V8 and 4-speed manual transmission, which has had just three owners and driven only 2,800 miles since it left the factory.

The 1969 Chevrolet COPO Chevelle has 427 V8 power

The auction also will include about 500 pieces of Road Art, as Mecum calls its sales of automotive memorabilia, and 120 collectible guitars. 

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For more information about the Mecum sale and Sunset Sessions Food and Music Festival, visit the auction website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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