We went to Barrett Jackson as one of our first dates. It was the first time we were flirty, touchy, and realized that maybe we were becoming a lot more than good friends. It was raining that day, and as luck would have it I wore some wedges without traction. Jacob kept telling me I could hold onto his arm anytime I needed help in slippery areas. This was a big move for an awkward engineer and an abuse victim divorcee still in their first year of learning to date and flirt again. We both have very fond memories of that date.
The nostalgia alone makes me smile as we return to this seasonal event, but the rain makes it absolutely perfect.
So what is it? It’s essentially a giant car auction where car collectors/restorers sell one of a kind and vintage cars. When you purchase a ticket you get to walk through tents of about 1,000 cars!
From there you get to find all kinds of gems. Like vintage tow trucks with your husband’s distance relatives names plastered on them.
Or one of the first cars ever made, complete with glass only on the front windshield and a buggy on the back.
We found our favorite at the end. Remember how we were Marty and Doc for Halloween? Remember how they travel to the year 2015 in Back to the Future II? We’re still figuring out what the universe is trying to tell us.
And how can you not giggle when you see a whole lot of this?
To keep it fun for both of us we play a game- if you had to drive one car for the rest of your life, what one would it be? I have a thing for turquoise and vintage, so that’s what I chose last time. I promised to at least give others a chance this year but loved this one at first sight.
I also considered if I ever decided I love pink and turn girly girl, then maybe the pink blush version is the car for me.
The 1930 Popcorn and Candy Wagon did have me think twice too. It was so cute, and if I was going to sell candy for a living I wouldn’t think twice about this ride. The original food truck, such a cool thing to see!
I think ultimately I’ll always be happy with a used, practical Rav4, but it’s fun to dream.
Jacob’s choices were all legit. This boy loves sports cars with style. This may have something to do with the fact his dad owned a body shop growing up.
Clearly, he’s the cool one in the family, particularly in the car department.
This last one won his heart. It really was a beautiful ride!
We also enjoy giving cars titles.
“The Darth Vader”
“The High Roller”
“The Vintage Child Molester’s Van”..seriously, where are the windows?
“The Next Mary’s Suitor Scandal on Downtown Abbey”
But joking aside, it’s a cool place to go, and if you’re in Phoenix it’s still happening all next week!
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