Eye Candy: Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

Today was the last day of the Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson auction and it ended with a bang, this afternoon Barrett-Jackson announced there new auction location in Uncasville, Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Casino. This event is happening in 2016 on June 23-25.

Also on today’s surprises, from Lot #3002 2016 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Z06 Vin #001 selling for charity and crossed the block at $500,000. This car doesn’t come out till late this year and only 500 will be for sale in the U.S. Market.

Next on the surprise list, you can’t have a Barrett-Jackson auction without the “King” Elvis. Yes, Elvis is in the building helping sell off a 1976 Stutz Blackhawk. But as quick as Elvis came in the building, Elvis left the building and so did the owner of the 1976 Stutz Blackhawk.

Now that Barrett-Jackson is over, you can catch them in the beginning of next year, 3 months from

It may not have been one of those emotional Barrett-Jackson moments with a million dollars being bid and a charity being benefited, but a highlight of the auction action Friday at Las Vegas was the appearance on the block — at the same time — of six micro cars and two Oompa Loompas.

For those who may not remember, Oompa Loompas are the orange-faced, green-haired characters from the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

The cars were a 1942 Crosley Convertible, 1957 BMW Isetta 300, Googomobile TS-250, 1957 Morris Mini Cooper, 1959 Goggomobil TS-250 and a 1957 Rolux Baby.

While on stage, the Oompa Loompas handed out candy to the Velocity television crew  and also tossed treats to the bidders in the front row. Seemingly everybody wanted a photo with the colorful characters whose positive energy and quirky costumes really helped show off the beauty and special character of the  micro cars.

Day two at Barrett-Jackson went off better than day one. No shocker there though, Barrett-Jackson never fails when it comes to their auction events. More cars went across the block and now have a new owner. After walking the auction car floor to check out the auction cars, more cars caught my eye again. Here they are:

IMG_9828-011. To start off, Lot #510 2010 Dodge Charger Custom Sedan. This car is not your everyday Charger, the material on the body is a plastic but asphalt look and feel to it. It’s weird in a good way, which is how it caught my eye. Plus the LEDs on this car is another eye stunning part. Either just cruising around or attending a car shows, this car will turn heads.

I love getting lost in the beautiful paint, the glimmering chrome and the exotic cars that come to Barrett-Jackson at each auction location, and have learned each site seems to bring out a different style of cars. Maybe it’s because I am in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, but the cars being offered for Barrett-Jacksons’ eighth year in Vegas are to die for. The cars, bikes, trucks and even boats are all show-stoppers in their own right, making it difficult to select just which ones I’d want to take home.

It’s also quite a journey to see the cars being offered -– finding the shuttle station, then taking two shuttles and several flights of stairs  — but once you enter the building, your senses become overwhelmed and you feel like a kid in a candy store.

After window shopping, here are the cars I want to take home with me:

While Barrett-Jackson is primarily known for auctioning classic and collector vehicles, a fun attraction offered away from the bidding block is a ride and drive experience hosted by various automotive manufacturers. Friday in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, I had the opportunity to do test drives  in  the  2015 Ford Ecoboost Mustang and V6-powered Chevrolet Camaro and go for rides in a 2015 Ford Mustang V8, 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 2015 Dodge Viper and a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

The 2015 Ecoboost Mustang is fun. I was limited to a speed of 25 miles per hour, but could tell it’s the perfect vehicle for someone who wants to look cool and own a new muscle car yet needs good gas mileage for commutes. But after my short drive around the four-corner track I wanted more power.

Satisfaction came in the form of the V8 Mustang as the expert driver expertly navigated the course

On day one of the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas, Nevada, I was lucky enough to be able to go on there ride-and-drive experiences at the Mandalay Bay Event Center.

This fun attraction let attendees ride with professional drivers in the newest sports cars like the 2015 Ford Mustang, Dodge Viper, Chevy Corvette. All cars had their own ride experience making them completely unique.

The 2015 Ford Mustang had power but did toss and slide around the track.

The Dodge Viper left the rear end slide, or drift as most people would say, and was a great ride with the fast power plus the drifting makes your heart race. The only downer from this experience was that the side plate under the door was extremely hot and you were warned to be careful not to touch that area. This could’ve been due to the side exhaust being too close and these cars car being

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