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Did this month’s
Car City, USA
feature whet your appetite for some serious car love? Check out this stash of behind-the-scenes photos and event info.
In the Valley of the Sun, there’s a car cruise, car show or car auction literally every weekend of the year. Here are a few to get you started.
Martin Auto Museum
: Auto collector Mel Martin’s personal showroom in Phoenix is impressively stocked with 54 vintage cars, including perhaps the only Model J Dusesenberg (1930) in Arizona. Th-Sa, 12-5 p.m.; 17641 N. Black Canyon Hwy., Phoenix, (602) 971-4753,
Scottsdale International Auto Museum
: Soon to be a misnomer, this nonprofit showcase of more than 150 privately-owned vehicles is in the midst of relocating to a 156,000 square-foot former department store space at the Metro Center in Phoenix. Prime pieces include a 1936 Lincoln V-12 once owned by Howard Hughes. 9617 N. Metro Pkwy., Phoenix, 602-230-7111,
Penske Racing Museum
: Peruse a showroom filled with Formula One racers, souped-up stock cars and other memorabilia commemorating the achievements of the legendary Penske racing team. Mo-Sa, 8 a.m-4 p.m.; Su, 12-5 p.m; 7125 E. Chauncey Ln., Phoenix, (480) 538-4444,
Saturday Mesa Riverview Cruise-In
: One of several events staged every weekend by “Cruise-In Queen” Nancy Perry, this car-hobby gathering lures low-rider and novelty car enthusiasts, including regular appearances by a Ghostbusters replica 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor. The cruise takes place next to the Chili’s every Saturday night. 5-8:30 p.m; 1061 N. Dobson Rd., Mesa, (480) 461-0050,
Cruise on Central
: This twice-yearly classic-auto confab has become the seminal cruise event in Phoenix, turning the midtown area near the Park Central Mall into an auto eye-candy playground every April and October. 3110 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-843-3545,
Goodguys Hot Rod & Custom Car Spring Nationals
: See over 2,500 hot rods, muscle cars, trucks and classics, none made before 1972, at this huge swap meet and car corral held at Westworld in Scottsdale. March 8-10. 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, (925) 838-9876,
: The alpha of American car auctions realized $109 million in sales last January, setting records for attendance (over 300,000) and number of no-reserve cars sold (1,343).
Cave Creek Spring Classic
: Offering a wide variety of classic and collector cars, this auction in Stagecoach Village is a non-peak-season option for car buyers. April 5-7. 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, (480) 525-1136,
: Staged the same week as Barrett-Jackson, this single-day auction at the Arizona Biltmore specializes in European exotics, securing a massive $8,140,000 bid for a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT last January.
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