Craig Jackson’s Inaugural Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction Brings Top Cars, Greg Olsen And Other Celebrities To A Sold-Out Arena

  • Celebrities, exhibitions and wide range of exotic, muscle and custom cars attract record 90,000 people to lifestyle event
  • First time in Barrett-Jackson history for “double sell out” with daytime Friday and Saturday tickets sold out within a few hours of opening on Thursday
  • Barrett-Jackson sets attendance record for any event at Mohegan Sun, creating huge economic impact
  • More than 1,700 registered bidders vied for over $26 million dollars in collectible vehicles and automobilia

UNCASVILLE, CT (June 26, 2016) – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, created the ultimate high octane experience at its inaugural Northeast Auion on June 23-25, 2016, attracting high profile celebrities, captains of industry and sports stars among the record-setting 90,000 people who bought over $26 million in cars and automobilia at world-class entertainment destination Mohegan Sun. In a first for the 45-year-old company, Barrett-Jackson sold out of its weekend tickets within hours of opening on Thursday.

Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, comments, “Only at Barrett-Jackson can someone rub shoulders with celebs – including Carolina Panthers All-Pro tight end Greg Olsen, former NBA star Dan Gadzuric, Chef Buddy Valastro of “Cake Boss” fame, “Fast N’ Loud” host Richard Rawlings, Wayne Carini of “Chasing Classic Cars,” and actor and martial artist Chuck Zito – while bidding on some of the most collectible cars in the world. The anticipation for our event meant every seat in the arena was filled and we set many records over the weekend including the largest attendance for any event in Mohegan Sun’s history.”

From the spectacular and star-studded Opening Night Gala to the closing bid, the weekend was full of memorable moments, such as when “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro presented Craig Jackson with a custom replica cake inspired by his mother’s 1934 Cadillac coupe, which Jackson had purchased at the Scottsdale auction earlier this year (Valastro’s eleventh Carlo’s Bakery is located in Mohegan Sun). Additionally, as at every Barrett-Jackson event, charity was an important part of the weekend: more than $605,000 was raised for a variety of worthy causes through the sale of six charity cars. Carolina Panther Greg Olsen stepped up to the block to sell a 1969 Chevy Camaro for $100,000 to benefit his charity The HEARTest Yard, and the Zac Brown Band sold a custom 2015 Jeep Wrangler to raise $120,000 for Camp Southern Ground.

Barrett-Jackson’s vision to bring a collector car event to the Northeast region was realized with near unparalleled success for a first-time auction. The total number of bidders (over 1,700) surpassed initial projections, with a record-number registering for bidder credentials on-site. Auto enthusiasts and families traveled from across the U.S. and Canada to enjoy the event, which included special exhibits, vendors and activities such as Ford and Chevy Ride ’N Drives and Dodge Thrill Rides all three days. Ticket sales for Friday and Saturday sold out within a few hours of the Thursday opening, with Barrett-Jackson adding additional seating and auction personnel to accommodate the unprecedented crowd, even offering Twilight tickets available for purchase after 5pm.

“The inaugural Northeast Auction at Mohegan Sun had the entire region energized,” says Ray Pineault, President & GM at Mohegan Sun. “We had more guests to our beautiful resort and casino in a 3-day span than ever before. We appreciate the tremendous dedication, effort and hard work of both our Mohegan Sun team members as well as the Barrett-Jackson team. It was an incredible weekend at Mohegan Sun and we’re truly thrilled about the partnership going forward.”

Barrett-Jackson will next light up the Las Vegas strip during its 9th Annual Las Vegas Auction from Oct. 13-15, 2016. For more information on consigning your vehicle and becoming a bidder, follow the link to www.Barrett-Jackson.com.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and Las Vegas, Nevada. With broadcast partners, Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature live television coverage in 2016, including broadcasts in over 100 countries internationally. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit www.barrett-jackson.com, or call 480-421-6694.

About Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in the United States. Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is home to three unique casinos, a 34-story, 1,200 room luxury hotel, a world-class spa and golf course, over 85 shops, restaurants and bars as well as three award-winning entertainment venues including a 10,000-seat Arena. Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and view us on YouTube.

Blockbuster Inaugural Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction Sells Out Weekend Tickets In First Few Hours

  • Daytime Friday and Saturday tickets for inaugural Barrett-Jackson northeast auction sell out within a few hours of gates opening on Thursday kick off
  • Barrett-Jackson sets attendance record for any event at Mohegan Sun
  • Consignments sold out before auction starts
  • Applications for internet and phone bidders still being accepted and a limited number of twilight tickets to be offered on site  

Within a few hours of opening its doors today, the public has purchased every ticket to Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast Auction on June 23-25, 2016, at Mohegan Sun.  In addition, consignments for The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions® are sold out and Barrett-Jackson set an attendance record for any event at Mohegan Sun. To meet the strong demand, Barrett-Jackson will offer a limited number of twilight tickets on-site, as well as increase support for bidding.

“The inaugural Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction became a success within the first few hours with record crowds and an unprecedented sell-out of both tickets and consignments,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “So while online sales of tickets have ceased, we’re offering a limited number of twilight tickets each day to attend after 5 p.m. We also added more bidder seating and increased the number of auction personnel to support them. This will be absolutely the best collector car event in the Northeast in 2016.”

Mohegan Sun, one of the most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in North America is hosting the three-day collector car auction and lifestyle event for visitors from around the world. Coverage of the inaugural Northeast Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson is being broadcast live on the Velocity and Discovery television networks.

Even though sales of admission tickets for the weekend have ceased, collectors can still apply for online and telephone bidding. For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com/Bidder/Home.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company:

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and Las Vegas, Nevada. With broadcast partners, Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature live television coverage in 2016, including broadcasts in over 100 countries internationally. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com, or call 480-421-6694.

About Mohegan Sun:

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in the United States. Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is home to three unique casinos, a 34-story, 1,200 room luxury hotel, a world-class spa and golf course, over 85 shops, restaurants and bars as well as three award-winning entertainment venues including a 10,000-seat Arena. Mohegan Sun iswithin easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and view us on YouTube.

Ashley Royer of @SingSongAsh Featured In Signings & Sightings Event At Mohegan Sun

WHAT:
Join Ashley Royer of @SingSongAsh as she signs autographs with fans during a free Signings & Sightings event at Mohegan Sun on Thursday, June 30th before 5 Seconds of Summer performs in the Mohegan Sun Arena.

WHEN:
Thursday, June 30th
4:00pm
The Shops at Mohegan Sun

NOTE: Media opportunities are available.  Please contact Kimberly Miller, Communications Manager at 860.862.7840 or kmiller@mohegansun.com for more information.

IN DETAIL:
Join 17-year-old Wattpad sensation Ashley Royer, AKA @singsongash, as she hangs out with fans and signs copies of her book, Remember To Forget, in The Shops concourse on Thursday, June 30th.  This Watty award-winning 5SOS fan fiction has been revised and expanded and is now a newly published hardcover teen fiction. Don’t miss meeting this teenage writing sensation during an exclusive Signing & Sightings event.

Participation is on a first-come first-served basis. Due to time restrictions, Ashley Royer will only be signing her book, Remember To Forget.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN: Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in the United States. Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is home to three unique casinos, a 34-story, 1,200 room luxury hotel, a world-class spa and golf course, over 85 shops, restaurants and bars as well as three award-winning entertainment venues including a 10,000-seat Arena. Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and view us on YouTube.