If the opening remarks at Media Day of this year’s Autoshow in Toronto sound a bit more fast-paced than normal, it won’t be difficult to understand why. Craig Jackson, namesake of the famous Barrett-Jackson collector car auction house, will be taking the mic to kick-off the event on February 14th.
In addition to pontificating about the car industry during his time on stage, Jackson is also showcasing four of his own collector cars at the show. They’ll be joined by machines from six other Canadian collectors that were either bought or are scheduled to be sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction, creating a display that’s sure to please gearheads of all stripes. Look for it on the 100 level of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre near the Auto Exotica feature.
“There are few people in the world who rival Craig’s passion and knowledge of the collector car sector,” says Jason Campbell, General Manager of the AutoShow. “Muscle and collector cars are always popular installations at the Canadian International AutoShow. We are excited to have Mr. Jackson provide some of his insights into the exciting world of car restorations and collecting.”
Among the cars coming to Toronto is Jackson’s 1969 AMC Javelin racecar. When AMC entered Trans-Am Series racing it was represented by the sporty Javelin, built between 1967 and 1974. The car coming to the AutoShow was originally driven by Jerry Grant, until Roger Penske and his team acquired it for developmental purposes and reskinned it as a 1970 model. The car was raced by Grant until it was retired from Trans Am racing and subsequently bought by Jackson.
Barrett-Jackson is coming off a dandy event in Scottsdale this past January. Under the big top in Arizona, the hammer fell on over $130 million worth of vehicles and automobile memorabilia. Among the more than 1800 vehicles sold was a McLaren Senna, a car which will make its Canadian debut in Toronto, a 2020 Toyota Supra, and a 2019 Ford GT Heritage edition bearing VIN #001. The annual Scottsdale event is Barrett-Jackson’s biggest of the year and its sheer size and quality of cars on display make it a bucket-list event for any gearhead.
With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays, and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show. It is open to the public from February 15th through to the 24th.
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