Things to do while in Arizona

While this is most old car hobbyists version of heaven on earth, even the most die-hard car enthusiast might need a diversion from watching great cars being bought and sold on the auction block. Even if it’s just to take in other car activities.

One of the favorite stops of Old Cars Weekly staffers when in
Arizona in January is The Pavilions Car Show, held on Saturdays
at the Rock ’n’ Roll McDonald’s on Indian Bend Road in
Scottsdale. (Ron Kowalke photo)

So for all the old car enthusiasts planning on a trip to the Scottsdale/Phoenix area in mid-January to attend the marathon slate of Arizona auctions, the following list includes additional car-focused activities in the Grand Canyon State.

As always, we recommend calling before traveling to any location to make sure it’s not a wasted trip.

AUCTIONS

ICA
6th annual January in Arizona
Jan. 16-18 in Gilbert, AZ
800-243-1957

Russo and Steele
10th annual European Sports,
American Muscle, Hot Rods
& Customs
Jan. 20-24 in Scottsdale, AZ
602-252-2697

RM Auctions
11th annual Automobiles in Arizona
Jan. 21-22 at the Biltmore Resort
in Phoenix, AZ
519-352-4575

Barrett-Jackson
39th annual Scottsdale Auction
Jan. 18-24 at WestWorld
in Scottsdale, AZ
480-663-6255

Silver Auctions
13th annual Arizona in January
Jan. 22-25 at Ft. McDowell Resort
& Casino in Fountain Hills, AZ
800-255-4485

Gooding & Co.
3rd annual The Scottsdale Auction
Jan. 22-23 in Scottsdale, AZ
310-899-1960

Kruse International
39th annual Scottsdale Auction
Jan. 16-17 at Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Resort in Glendale, AZ
800-968-4444

CAR SHOWS
 
The Pavilions Car Show

Every Saturday (Jan. 9, 16 and 21
during the Arizona auctions)
Held at the Rock ’n’ Roll McDonald’s
9140 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
480-367-9500, ext. 226

SALVAGE YARDS

There are 98 salvage yards listed in the Arizona salvage yard directory, too many to list in this space. Those that are listed have been visited by Old Cars Weekly or are recommended due to their inventory of vintage vehicles. Again, call before traveling to make sure the yard is open/operating at the time of your visit.

Arizona Desert Specialties
Tucson, AZ
520-574-9611

Desert Valley Auto Parts
Phoenix/Casa Grande, AZ
800-905-8024

Ferris Automotive & Towing
St. Johns, AZ
928-337-4440

Hidden Valley Auto Parts
Maricopa, AZ
520-568-2945

Springerville Auto Wreckers
Springerville, AZ
928-333-2230

Valley Auto Wrecking
Thatcher, AZ
928-428-3645
Collector Car Dealers

Anthem Motors
21242 N. Black Canyon Hwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85027
877-448-2277

Arizona Connection
1265 S. Gilbert Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85296
800-243-1957

Cn’V Corvette Sales
Tempe, AZ
480-994-8388

Leo Gephart Classic Cars
7360 E. Acoma Dr., Ste. 14
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
480-948-2286

Suburban Motors
Tucson, AZ
520-790-2979

Woodies USA
located in the Scottsdale Airpark
Scottsdale, AZ
480-694-7929

MUSEUMS

H.H. Franklin Museum
1405 E. Kleindale Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85719
520-326-8038

MISCELLANEOUS


Tom Mix Crash Site Memorial

Mix, a cowboy movie star, died in October 1940 when he drove his 1937 Cord into a gully near Florence, Ariz. A riderless horse memorial statue is located on Hwy. 79 between mile markers 115 and 116.

There are also more than 100 antique dealers listed for the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, too many to list in this space. These businesses often have automobilia/petroliana items for sale, especially vintage automobile literature.

For a full list of these dealers and their locations, use the Internet and search for Arizona antique dealers. Also, when in Arizona, state-operated tourist information sites will often have pamphlets or maps of the antique dealers in the area.

These tourist information sites are also stocked with pamphlets for non-automotive events.

 


 

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