If you’re a fan of the Barrett Jackson Auctions, then you already know the name Ron Pratte. For those who don’t, well, he’s an American businessman who founded the Pratte Development Company, Inc. Ron became a well known face at the Barrett Jackson auctions around 2003 when he began his collection. He was notorious for bidding on the best of the best cars and not backing down until the hammer dropped. As a result, Ron quickly assembled one of the most eclectic collections of American automobiles and memorabilia.
Fast forward to January 2015 when the Barrett Jackson Auction House announces the news that the entire private collection of Ron Pratte will be auctioned-off in Scottsdale, AZ. That’s all we needed to hear to know that this would be a historic moment to see some of the rarest American automobiles cross the block once again.
For news and photos of his collection, go to Barrett-Jackson.com
While Ron’s collection was impressive, I captured photos of some equally stunning cars. Enjoy!
Barrett Jackson – Scottsdale was absolutely phenomenal. It was everything I imagined and more. If anyone has ever said it would be impossible to find more than one collectable corvette, camaro or mustang with nearly identical specs in the same building – they are simply wrong. If one could pick any color combination and drivetrain manufactured from GM or Ford, then it would have happened the weekend of the Scottsdale auctions.
It’s been one whole year and SEMA opened it’s doors once again to reveal the latest and greatest in the automotive industry. As expected, the show proved to be both entertaining and overwhelming. Some of the top builders across the nation displayed the most amazingly detailed cars and trucks for spectators to drool over. These master pieces created quite a spectacle as they sat on plush carpeting and glimmered under the fluorescent lighting. So enjoy the photos and have a great weekend!
August 10, 2003 – August 10, 2013
Well, I think it’s safe to call Monarch Bay our home after 10 years of building friendships each and every Saturday morning. What started as a small group of hotrodders who decided to begin meeting for coffee at a local Starbucks Coffee Shop has become one of Southern California’s coolest weekend morning cruises.
Many thanks to Starbucks and Monarch Plaza for their support over the years. Of course, thank you to everyone who attends each Saturday.
So with the long 4th of July weekend, I had a chance to cruise up to Tustin and check out the Million Dollar Breakfast Cruise. This morning cruise attracts a lot of very cool cars and trucks. It’s always nice to see a variety of different classics. They also present a very nice etched-glass trophy to three deserving rides. I know…. because they gave me one. Imagine that! Thanks guys! Oh…. can’t forget the popular 50/50 raffle too. The pot last week was a grand sum of $1550. So if you have a free upcoming Sunday morning, go check it out. It happens the first and last Sunday of each month from 7am – 11am at the 55fwy and 17th street.
SEMA to me is one of the baddest automotive events on the west coast. The Las Vegas Convention Center transforms into a colossal playground for the automotive enthusiast. Aside from the latest innovations and technologies that make SEMA so unique, there’s an overwhelming display of the coolest rides on the planet. One cannot describe in detail just how spectacular and mind blowing the custom car show scene really is at SEMA. So I brought home a gallery and a tidbit of what one would experience if given the opportunity to attend in the future. I highly recommend it! So buckle up and cast your peepers on these beauties.