After more than 35 years in business, Keith McCormick of Palm Springs, CA thought he saw it all. Then came the pandemic of 2020. “Many small businesses did not survive it and those that have so far are having a bumpy ride. But good times are ahead. History reassures that," he said.
With the opening of his 70th Palm Springs collectable car sale on Feb. 26-28, McCormick plans to adhere to the very strict safety and health guidelines that he used in the sales event last November.
“We limited admission to only 2,000 people, checked their temperature as they entered, required everyone to wear face masks and employed health and safety workers to constantly patrol the site to keep everyone safe."
Held twice each year, the event takes place outdoors with large open-sided tents and special fans to keep fresh air in circulation. Multiple sanitizer stations are everywhere.
“We did contact tracing after last November’s event,” McCormick said, checking with the auction staff, the security personnel, the company that set up the tents and McCormick’s employees, a total of more than 100 people. “No one contracted Covid-19 after the November event. Our strict measures paid off,” he said. “We had a 61 per cent sales rate, outstanding in these unprecedented times.”
The weekend sale will showcase more than 400 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles and draws many buyers in person and online. It is held on a seven-acre site beside the Palm Springs Convention center near downtown. The auction is free and open to the public on Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at $15 per day.
Featured cars include two Chevy’s and a Ford, plus a variety of vehicles for sale on consignment in the showroom. To view the cars online, go to www.Classic-CarAuction.com. Here are a few noteworthy cars:
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