The week before the biggest spectacle in racing is perhaps the biggest spectacle in classic car auctions.
Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction is taking place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from Friday through Sunday.
Mecum Marketing Director Sam Murtaugh said company officials were revved up to be in Indianapolis, RTV6's Jenna Kooi
"We're excited to celebrate our 25th anniversary here in Indianapolis," Murtaugh said. "You'll find more than 2,400 coveted cars, plus a production crew for Mecum's popular television show."
While the auction included some ties to the Indianapolis 500, organizers said it's simply a coincidence the event falls in Indy on the weekend before the 500.
Bob Scanlan produces Mecum's Auction Live! and said the overlap of events was well-received by race fans.
"The fact that it's Speed Week out at the Speedway doesn't hurt, either. It's a car culture. There's a lot of cars on people's minds," Scanlan said.
Money is also on people's minds, and organizers said the current state of the economy hasn't put the brakes on sales.
"Particularly in the more expensive cars that players are getting in and investing in, these cars literally serve as commodities, as opposed to something to put in the garage and drive on the weekend," Scanlan said.
For more information about the Mecum Auction, click here.
Copyright Copyright 2012 by
All rights reserved.
This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.