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Sept. 6, 2019
 
SARATOGA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM TO HOST A SPECIAL EVENING WITH RACING LEGEND DAVID HOBBS
Bob Varsha, and Judy Stropus will be on-hand to help kick-off the third annual Saratoga Auto Auction
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Sept. 6, 2019) — The Saratoga Automobile Museum has announced a commemorative evening with David Hobbs, Bob Varsha, and Judy Stropus on Thursday, Sept. 19 starting at 6 p.m. in the Hall of Springs in the Saratoga Spa State Park. The evening will include a cocktail reception, dinner, and a silent auction to benefit the Museum.
 
The evening will also include the featured consignment to the auction, the 1969 Gulf Mirage M2 BRM, that was driven by David Hobbs. The two will be reunited during the evening. The guests of honor for the evening will include: 
 
David Hobbs: David’s racing career spanned 30 years, at all levels, including Indy car, IMSA, NASCAR, Can-AM and Formula One. Hobbs has provided commentary for countless Formula One and GP2 races, working with CBS, NBCSN, and ESPN over the years. He was also a familiar voice in Disney-Pixar’s © animated movie, Cars 2.
 
Bob Varsha: Bob has long been known as the American voice of Formula 1. He has covered virtually every type of motorized competition in the world, on both two-wheels and four. He has provided commentary for numerous collector car auctions, historical retrospectives, vintage racing, and the all-electric Formula E Championship. He has also been master of ceremonies for the world’s premiere classic car showcase, the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance.
 
Judy Stropus: Judy is a driver, racer, author, professional timer, scorer, and award-winning public relations expert. She’s worked with the racing industry’s top teams, including Penske Racing, Brumos Racing, Bud Moore Racing, and Al Holbert’s Porsche IndyCar Team. Judy competed in the notorious Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash in 1972. In 1981, actress Adrienne Barbeau played her character Marcie Thatcher, which was loosely based on Judy, in the movie, Cannonball Run.
 
“We are honored and privileged to be reuniting David Hobbs with the Gulf Mirage that he drove those many years ago,” said Bill Windham, auction director, “This is a once in-a-lifetime event that racing and car enthusiasts won’t want to miss and is the best way to open the Auction weekend. 
 
The 1969 Gulf Mirage M2/300/03 with a BRM V-12 engine is currently on display in the main gallery of the Museum until the Saratoga Auto Auction. Museum visitors will have the opportunity to see this incredible piece of racing and automotive history up close. This race car is one of only three produced by John Wyer Automotive Engineering for the 1969 World Sports Car Championship and its estimated value is 1.3 million dollars. 
 
This Gulf Mirage is the only remaining Wyer Mirage that has been returned to its original, as raced, condition. The car is a complete, fresh concours restoration with an emphasis on originality and authenticity. This car was raced during the 1969 season with David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood behind the wheel. The Mirage M2 was the most successful of the three cars that had been built.
 
Tickets for the Hobbs and Friends event are $200 per person or can be added onto auction bidder’s registration by calling Megan Hennessey, Director of Special Events at 518-401-5185 or by emailing megan.hennessey@saratogaautomuseum.org. or visiting the Museum’s website at saratogaautomuseum.org
 
The Saratoga Auto Auction, now in its third year, will take place Sept. 20 and 21 on the stage of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. In the auction’s second year, nearly 300 vehicles were part of the event. This year, the auction will feature more than 300 incredible rare and classic vehicles.
 
To register to bid, to buy spectator tickets, and to learn more about the Saratoga Auto Auction, please visit saratogaautoauction.org.

 

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July 31, 2019
 
SARATOGA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM TO HOST DRIVE-IN CONSIGNMENT DAY FOR SARATOGA AUTO AUCTION ON AUG. 4
Discuss and learn more about consigning a vehicle that could be auctioned at the third annual Saratoga Auto Auction in September at SPAC
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (July 31, 2019) — The Saratoga Automobile Museum has announced that it will host a drive-in consignment day at the Museum on Sunday, Aug. 4 to promote the upcoming third annual Saratoga Auto Auction taking place this September.
 
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., prospective consignors will have the opportunity to meet in-person with the Auction team to discuss consigning their vehicle for the auction. Should the prospective consignor and the Auction team decide the vehicle will be part of the auction, the Auction team will work with the consignor to estimate an auction value range for the vehicle, take professional photographs on-site, and execute a consignment contract with the Auction.
 
“Our drive-in consignment day is a great opportunity for prospective consignors to go through the consignment process in-person with our amazing team,” said Bill Windham, auction director of the Saratoga Auto Auction.
 
Appointments for the drive-in consignment day are not required, but are encouraged by either e-mailing bill.windham@saratogaautomuseum.org or by calling (518) 401-5180. For those who are unable to attend on Aug. 4, contact Bill Windham to set up an alternative date for an appointment.
 
The Saratoga Auto Auction, now in its third year, will take place Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 on the stage of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. In the auction’s second year, nearly 300 vehicles were part of the event. This year, the auction will feature incredible rare and classic vehicles, including a unique 2008 Ford Ravenhawk in which all proceeds will benefit the Double H Ranch.
 
To consign, register to bid, to buy tickets, and to learn more about the Saratoga Auto Auction, please visit saratogaautoauction.org.

 

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July 30, 2019

SARATOGA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM, DOUBLE H RANCH PARTNER ON VEHICLE AUCTION
Proceeds will support the Ranch’s programs for children with life-threatening illnesses
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (July 30, 2019) – The Saratoga Automobile Museum and Double H Ranch are proud to announce a new partnership between these two venerable organizations, culminating with the auction of a 2008 Ford Ravenhawk Roadster. The Ravenhawk will be auctioned off at the museum’s third annual Saratoga Auto Auction, taking place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in September.
 
A mix of classic automotive looks and modern conveniences, the Ravenhawk is a modern car that captures the stylings of yesteryear. The Ravenhawk’s underpinnings consist of a Corvette C5 drivetrain and chassis with a LS2 Corvette engine. Boasting 405 horsepower mated with a six-speed manual transmission, the Ravenhawk delivers an exciting automotive experience.
 
“The 2008 Ravenhawk will certainly excite the car lover in everyone,” said Bill Windham, auction director. “We’re honored to help further the mission of the Double H Ranch through our partnership to auction this unique car off at no reserve during the third annual Saratoga Auto Auction.” 
 
“The Double H Ranch shares a special relationship with Matt and Lois Emmens who generously support our campers and the mission, and donated this car,” said Max Yurenda, Double H Ranch CEO and executive director, “The car auction will directly benefit our inspirational campers and we are all excited to hear the results of this unique fundraising initiative with the support of the Saratoga Automobile Museum.”
 
The Double H Ranch, based in the Adirondacks and co-founded by regional entrepreneur Charles R. Wood and actor Paul Newman, provides specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. 
 
Contemporary Classics Inc., a company founded by a retired Boeing engineer in the early 2000s, constructed this particular Ravenhawk in 2008.
 
The Ravenhawk is currently on display in the Marsha and Dennis Dammerman Gallery, at the Saratoga Automobile Museum until the auction in September, where it will be auctioned off at no reserve.  
 
The Ravenhawk will also be on display at the Saratoga Race Track on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, along with Museum and Double H Ranch officials. 
 
For more information about the Ravenhawk Roadster, the 2019 auction, or current consignments can be made by calling Bill Windham at (518) 401-5180 or by emailing bill.windham@saratogaautomuseum.org.
 
The 2019 Saratoga Auto Auction, in support of and presented by the Saratoga Automobile Museum, is happening Sept.  20 and 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The auction will have more than 300 vehicles available for bid. There will be opportunities to bid in person, online, over the phone, or via proxy. To learn more, register to bid, or consign a vehicle for the Saratoga Auto Auction, visit saratogaautoauction.org.

 

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June 24, 2019
 
SARATOGA AUTO AUCTION CONSIGNS CLASSIC VENTURES T-BUCKET ROADSTER TO 2019 AUCTION 
Fred Steele and Don Spinney built 1920 Ford T-Bucket Roadster made famous by The Ventures in Space album cover.
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (June 24, 2019) – The Saratoga Automobile Museum is excited to announce its newest consignment for the 2019 Saratoga Auto Auction; the 1920 Ford T-Bucket Roadster that was featured on the iconic, 1964 Venture’s album cover, Ventures in Space.
 
The Ventures, are one of the best-selling rock-instrumental groups of all time (with nearly 110 million albums sold, worldwide). The Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Oh. on March 10, 2008. Ventures in Space was their 14th album and featured the now iconic 1920 Ford TBucket on the cover, overlooking Los Angeles.
 
The car was purchased by Bob Collins, from Fred Steele, who has maintained the originality of the car. The T-Bucket boosts the original 1956 Chevy 265 cu. in. engine that was selected by Steele for the build. The black Naugahyde upholstery is a strong contrast to the white body was installed in Tijuana, Mexico after Fred Steele relocated to California from 1962 to 1964.
 
“We are excited to have this piece of automotive and music history consigned to our third annual Saratoga Auto Auction in September,” said Bill Windham, auction director. “We hope that many music and automotive fans come out to see and bid on this beautiful car and help maintain its legacy of great music and great automobiles.”
 
The T-Bucket Roadster is currently on display at the Saratoga Automobile Museum until the auction in September.
 
Questions about this T-Bucket Roadster, the 2019 auction or current consignments can be made by calling Bill Windham at (518) 587-1935 (ext. 22) or by emailing bill.windham@saratogaautomuseum.org.
 
The 2019 Saratoga Auto Auction, in support of and presented by the Saratoga Automobile Museum, is happening Sept.  20 and 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The auction will have more than 300 vehicles available for bid. There will be opportunities to bid in person, online, over the phone, or via proxy. To learn more, register to bid, or consign a vehicle for the Saratoga Auto Auction, visit saratogaautoauction.org.

 

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May 8, 2019


SARATOGA AUTO AUCTION ANNOUNCES HISTORIC RACING CONSIGNMENT TO 2019 AUCTION
Extremely rare 1969 John Wyer Gulf Mirage M2/300/03 BRM V-12 to be auctioned off in Saratoga Springs this September


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (May 8, 2019) – The Saratoga Automobile Museum is excited to announce its newest consignment for the 2019 Saratoga Auto Auction; the 1969 John Wyer built Gulf Mirage M2/300/03 with BRM V-12 engine. This race car is one of only three produced by John Wyer Automotive Engineering for the 1969 World Sports Car Championship. 


This Gulf Mirage is the only remaining Wyer Mirage that has been returned to its original, as raced, condition. The car is a complete, fresh concours restoration with an emphasis on originality and authenticity. This car was raced during the 1969 season with David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood behind the wheel. The Mirage M2 was the most successful of the three cars that had been built.


“We are honored to have this racing legend heading to our third annual Saratoga Auto Auction in September” said Bill Windham, auction director. “The sale of this Mirage will certainly be another entry into the history books for this incredible racing machine.” 


The car boasts a freshened BRM V12 2998/182.9 cid engine producing 315 b.h.p. at 10,599 r.p.m. with a ZF 5DS24 five-speed gearbox. The Mirage’s chassis consists of aluminum monocoque with a rear subframe. Car in trace trim weighs 1,654 pounds.  


This is the first time that this Mirage M2 has been offered for public sale. The Mirage M2 has been shown at various concours and auto shows, including; Monterrey Historic, Sebring, Amelia Island, Greenwich, Monticello, Radnor Hunt, as well as the Simeone Museum. It is highly unusual that an iconic John Wyer Gulf racing car is offered for sale. The Mirage presents a tremendous opportunity to own a part of that racing legacy in race ready condition.


In addition to this fully restored and racetrack ready Mirage, racing legend and former driver of this Mirage, David Hobbs will be on hand at the 2019 Saratoga Auto Auction to talk with fans about his experiences driving this piece of automotive history.


Questions about this Mirage M2, the 2019 auction or current consignments can be made by calling Bill Windham at (518) 587-1935 extension 22 or by emailing bill.windham@saratogaautomuseum.org.


The 2019 Saratoga Auto Auction, in support of and presented by the Saratoga Automobile Museum, is happening Sept.  20 and 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The auction will have more than 300 vehicles available for bid. There will be opportunities to bid in person, online, over the phone, or via proxy. To learn more, register to bid, or consign a vehicle for the Saratoga Auto Auction, visit saratogaautoauction.org.

 

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March 7, 2019

SARATOGA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM NAMES BILL WINDHAM AS AUCTION DIRECTOR
Veteran auction professional brings decades of experience to post

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (March 7, 2019) – The Saratoga Automobile Museum (“SAM”) has named William (Bill) H. Windham III as auction director.

Windham, an auction industry veteran, comes to Saratoga Springs with a 35-plus year track record in the automotive and racing worlds, most recently as sales and marketing manager for Auctions America and vice president of the automotive division for Morphy’s Auctions. Windham will manage overall auction operations, with a focus on attracting bidders and consignors for the Sept. 2019 auction.

Windham is a car enthusiast himself, holding memberships with Indycar, IMSA, NASCAR, and the Ferrari and Porsche Clubs of America. He has also driven competitively in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Formula Ford and Formula Atlantic classes.

With the auction now heading into its third year, Windham will lead the auction into its most significant year since its inaugural year in 2017. Windham’s background and diverse experience is anticipated to strengthen and expand the auction experience. This will create new opportunities and experiences for consignors, bidders, and spectators alike.

“Bill brings a lot to the table from his many years in management, partnership positions with luxury car dealerships, his connections in the racing industry, and his friendships with other classic car collectors. We know that Bill will be a great asset to our team this year and for the future,” said Kevin Biebel, chairman of the board of trustees. “2019 is the year that the Saratoga Auto Auction pulls out the all the stops. With the incredible opportunities to raise awareness for the auction, we’re confident under Bill’s leadership, the auction will reach new heights.”

“The Saratoga Auto Auction is more than a celebration and appreciation of the automobile and I’m thrilled to be part of it for its next great chapter,” said Windham. “In just two years, the auction has become a premiere auction and I look forward to building upon previous successes to grow this into a top-destination event for Upstate New York.”

Windham graduated from Montana State University (B.S., Pre-Law). He previously held management and partnership posts at other top automotive dealerships. Early in his career, he worked for both Penske Racing in Reading, Pa., and the Reading Stock Car Association.

The 2019 Saratoga Auto Auction will take place on Sept. 20 and 21, 2019 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. To consign a vehicle for the 2019 auction, contact Bill Windham at bill.windham@saratogaautomuseum.org or by phone at (518) 587-1935 ext. 22.

For more information about the Saratoga Automobile Museum, visit saratogaautomuseum.org. For more information about the Saratoga Auto Auction, visit saratogaautoauction.org.

 

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Oct. 9, 2018

SARATOGA AUTO AUCTION HITS NEARLY $6 MILLION IN SALES
Auction reaches 64 percent sell-thru rate in its second year; major fundraiser for the Saratoga Automobile Museum and its distracted driving safety initiative

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Oct. 9, 2018) – The Saratoga Automobile Museum (“SAM”) has announced that the Saratoga Auto Auction, in its second year and having taken place on Sept. 21 and 22, sold nearly $6 million in vehicles and automobile memorabilia.

“The Saratoga Auto Auction is a tremendous undertaking and its success could not have been realized without the incredible partners and sponsors that the museum was able to attract,” said Kevin Biebel, board chairman, Saratoga Automobile Museum. “Bravo and kudos to the entire staff and team of volunteers at the Saratoga Auto Museum for putting together another world-class auction. In just two years, this event has become a signature attraction for car collectors.”

The auction serves as the museum’s major fundraiser for the year. Proceeds from the auction support the museum’s distracted driving safety initiative as well as overall museum programming.

“The success of this auction is a huge win for the future of the museum’s initiatives, most notably our distracted driving safety program that no doubt has saved an untold number of casualties,” said Carly Connors, executive director.

Total sales were $5.8 million. The sell-thru rate for the auction was 64 percent, a substantial increase year-over-year from the inaugural 2017 auction. The auction also increased its lots from 200 to nearly 300 from 2017.

“This year’s auction solidified the Saratoga Auto Auction’s standing among major, national auction houses,” said Jeff Whiteside, auction director. “The sheer quality of the consignments this year was simply phenomenal. And without a doubt, the inclusion of the renowned Dammerman Collection as part of this year’s auction helped rev up our overall efforts.”

The average sale price was $30,275. Top sellers at the auction included:

+ Lot 673S (1966 Batmobile Replica): $98,000
+ Lot 509F (1958 Chevrolet Impala): $105,600
+ Lot 703S (1965 Austin Healey): $106,700
+ Lot 695S (1959 Chevrolet Impala): $121,000
+ Lot 697S (1953 Buick Skylark): $121,000
+ Lot 702S (1957 Jaguar XK140): $121,000

The 2019 Saratoga Auto Auction will take place on Sept. 20 and 21, 2019 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

For more information about the Saratoga Automobile Museum, visit saratogaautomuseum.org. For more information about the Saratoga Auto Auction, visit saratogaautoauction.org.

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