More than 1,000 muscle cars will be on display and up for auction this weekend at the Belvidere Spring Classic car auction.
The 19th annual event will be at the Boone County Fairgrounds May 25-29. Fairgrounds are at 8791 N. Rt. 76 in Belvidere.
Mecum Auctions will host the event. Each year, Mecum conducts nine auctions. The Belvidere event continues to be the flagship event. They estimate $50 million of vehicles will be at the auction. Buyers and sellers from throughout the country are expected to attend.
One of the cars expected to bring in more than $1 million is an extremely rare Shelby Cobra Dragon Snake. It is one of only six original Shelby Cobras built specifically for drag racing. This car was the first, and one of only two, owned by engineer and designer Carroll Shelby. The other four were sold to private individuals. This car has its original paint and front tires. Muscle car fans may recognize it from the Elvis Presley movie Viva Las Vegas. The current owner has had the car for 40 years.
An extraordinary collection of 53 cars from the Joseph Tuzinski estate will be sold at no reserve Monday, May 29. Many of the cars in this collection have not seen daylight in almost 40 years. A 1910 REO Touring, a 1935 Ford Phaeton and a 1954 Buick Skylark are a few of the highlights.
The lowest mileage, highest horsepower, fully documented muscle car in the world will also be for sale at the auction. It is a big-block 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS-6. The 450-horsepower beast has a total of only 27.2 documented miles on its odometer.
Gates open at 9 a.m. daily. In addition to the many cars being sold, there will also be memorabilia and collectibles available at the show. The memorabilia auction begins Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Sunday and Monday at 10:30 a.m., and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Cars go on sale at 6 p.m., Thursday, at 11 a.m., Friday, Sunday and Monday and at 10 a.m., Saturday.
Even if you dont plan on bidding on one of these pieces of history, everyone is still invited to come and check out all of the vehicles on display. Dont forget your camera! If you are planning to place a bid, dont forget your wallet!
Doug Halberstadt is a local resident and is track announcer at Rockford Speedway. He can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the May 24-30, 2006, issue