Dust Settles in Scottsdale Auction Parking Showdown

Scottsdale‘It appears that the dust is settling in Scottsdale, AZ this week after a potentially difficult showdown arose between two classic car auction giants over access to land for parking during the companies competing shows.

    According to an article in today’s issue of the Arizona Republic, Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction has withdrawn its request to lease a 12-acre site southeast of Scottsdale Road and Loop 101.

    Problems arose earlier this year when Russo and Steele, which holds its annual car auction during the same time slot as Barrett-Jackson, started the permit process with the State Land Department only to learn that its competitor had filed a request to use the same piece of land.

    Russo and Steele had used the acres in question and an adjacent five acres for years. However, the Arizona State Land Department claimed earlier this year that the company had overstepped its boundaries.

    According to the article, Barrett-Jackson withdrew its competing request earlier this week and told the Land Department that new parking options have opened up at WestWorld.

    Drew Alcazar, owner of Russo and Steele, told the paper that he was glad to have the issue resolved.

    “We’re certainly grateful to all the folks who helped us maintain the synergy we have here in Scottsdale. We’re looking forward to January,” Alcazar said.

    A spokesman for Barrett-Jackson said he is confident now that Scottsdale will offer adequate parking for his January event without having to use the 12-acre parcel that was in dispute.

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