Auburn Car Auction is Underway (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

August 28, 2013 Updated Aug 28, 2013 at 6:51 PM EDT

AUBURN, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – The annual Auburn Car Auction is underway at the Auburn Auction Park. Things got started with a collectibles auction Wednesday morning with a number of antique and collectible cars up for auction in the days to follow.

Auctions America Auction Manager Keith Koscak describes what makes this weekend so special.

“It’s really a collector car weekend, over 100,000 people coming to Auburn this weekend for the festival and for the auction. And we’ve got over 1,200 cars this weekend running through the auction as well as the swap meet and car corral.”

Koscak went on to describe some of the events geared towards the younger crowd, too.

“You can come out and enjoy the auction. We also have free monster truck rides, there’s helicopter rides, and there’s also a motocross stunt show that’s going to be going on this weekend as well.”

One of the big giveaways this year is a beautiful yellow 1966 Mustang convertible. If you make it out to the Auburn Auction Park, look for the vehicle’s QR-Code. You’ll want to scan that with the appropriate smart phone app for a chance to win. If you can’t make it to Auburn this year, make sure you head to our Facebook page to get all the details on how to enter for a chance to take the Mustang home.

“It’s a great car to tool around in, go to car shows, have fun with the family,” says Koscak. “We’ll be giving that away to one lucky winner this weekend at the auction.”

In speaking with a number of spectators, they described what makes the Auburn car show so special and unique.

“The auction. I mean there are a ton of old cars here. I like old cars in general, I just like to look around,” says Kara Reynolds from Bowling Green, OH:

Frances Bright of Kendallville isn’t looking to buy any cars this year, but she and her husband still come every year to look at all the cars. “We come here and see all these beautiful cars and trucks. My husband just goes nuts over them.”

But Bob Elliott of Bowling Green, OH came to Auburn on a mission to find his first collectible car purchase. “You can’t find more cars than this. You got them online, you can bid on them online, you can come here and look at them. It’s just tremendous. If you’re a car guy at all this is the place to be.”

The auction kicked off Wednesday at 11:00am featuring over 400 pieces of memorabilia. Cars will begin to go on sale Thursday through Sunday. Gates open at 9:00am. Single day passes cost $15, but full weekend passes sell for $50.

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